Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Woman faces no charges after ‘rolling wake’ in Alaska with dead hubby

From AP via the Guardian: “An American woman took her dead husband’s body on road trip in Alaska, using ice from local canneries to keep the corpse cold, police have said.” (more…)

Sat, July 23 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae » No Comments

The U.S.’s real problems

International affairs columnist Doug Saunders offers some sage advice on covering a foreign country — and then explains why we shouldn’t take take headlines at face value when looking at the problems faced by the United States of today. (more…)

Sat, July 23 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

A period of great instability

Globe and Mail correspondent Mark MacKinnon tries to make sense of the turbulence and violence we’ve seen in recent weeks, from Baton Rouge to Istanbul. (more…)

Sat, July 23 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Nice truck attack not a lone-wolf operation

The man who carried out a mass-casualties attack with a large lorry in Nice, France on Bastille did so with the help of up to five accomplices and had planned the rampage for months, says the Paris prosecutor handling the case. (more…)

Thu, July 21 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

More on the Nice truck attack

French residency permit of  Mohamed Bouhlel, who carried out the vicious lorry attack on Bastille Day in Nice, France.

Islamic State is calling Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel — the petty criminal who drove a truck down Nice, France’s main seaside boulevard on Thursday, killing more than 80 people out to watch Bastille Day fireworks —  one of its “soldiers.” (more…)

Sat, July 16 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Blacks in Canada face distressingly similar discrimination to American ones

Columnist Doug Saunders says there should be less discrimination measured against Canadian blacks compared to their American counterparts, but many troubling markers show the gap is disconcertingly close. (more…)

Sat, July 16 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Thailand wants to crack down on sex trade

Sex trade workers in Thailand

Saying that tourists want to come to Thailand to experience its beautiful culture, Thailand’s tourism minister wants to wipe out the country’s huge, illegal-but-tolerated prostitution business. (more…)

Sat, July 16 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Solving France’s terror problem means stopping Islamic State in Syria

Doug Saunders argues in the Globe and Mail that destroying Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is the best way to stop the major terrorist attacks battering France. (more…)

Fri, July 15 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Globe editorial says we are in a ‘civilization’-‘anti-civilization’ conflict

In an editorial, the Globe and Mail rejected the argument that the Nice, France terror attack represents another skirmish in a war between civilizations. (more…)

Fri, July 15 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Lorry drives through crowd in Nice, France; terrorism suspected

The lorry used to attack pedestrians out for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France on July 14, 2016.

A large truck dodged two police cars blocking a boulevard late Thursday in Nice, France before going on a two-kilometre killing spree that only ended with the driver’s death at the hands of police. (more…)

Fri, July 15 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments