Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Canada slapped over al-Jazeera restrictions

Reporters without Borders (Reporters sans Frontieres) has lumped Canada in with Iraq and Iran as a country that censors al-Jazeera. I heard about this in an interview on CBC's As It Happens on Friday night. And here's a link to a BBC story. An excerpt from the release: Reporters Without Borders has protested at persistent […]

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Ronald McDonald as fitness guru?

Boy o' boy, the spectre of being blamed for the millions of bloating tots around the U.S. of A. has McDonalds reverting to extreme measures. Ronald McDonald, the company mascot and “chief happiness officer,” is going to become its public fitness guru. Some excerpts from the Washington Post article: Ronald, the company's newly dubbed “chief […]

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The Nation has Hersh's back on 'The Coming Wars'

'The Daily Outrage' column by Ari Berman at The Nation's website looks at the furious Pentagon response to Seymour Hersh's eye-opening New Yorker piece (still on the shelves!; I wrote about it) and how subsequent reportage is supporting Hersh's work. An excerpt: Instead of denying the existence of the secret teams outright, the Pentagon and […]

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OK folks: What do I read next?

I just finished a book called Exception To the Rulers, by U.S. journalist Amy Goodman and her brother David. She hosts a program called Democracy Now! Now, the question is: What next? That's where you come in. Here's some titles I got for Christmas (or bought at Boxing day sales): The Revolution will not be […]

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Public transit observations

The 501 Queen car. Heading west to pay my overdue bill at the self-storage place. Am minding my own business when I hear a monster “Ah-Choo!!” followed by a sputtered “Mother-FUCKER! Don't you cover your mouth?!?!” The outraged voice belonged to a very well dressed black guy in his early 30s (cool facial hair — his goatee […]

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A Rwanda hero's pessimism about 'never again'

Paul Rusesabagina's efforts to save lives during the Rwandan genocide have made him a famous man, with his story immortalized in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda. But excuse him for being frustrated with humanity's inability to learn from the past. He says: “'Never again' to me is not enough.” An excerpt from the BBC story: Hotel […]

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A few Auschwitz notes

I was doing an interview with with a prominent author and professor in 1992 on violent criminals. The savagery in Bosnia was in full swing, the the phrase “ethnic cleansing” had emerged from there. The prof said who would have thought we'd hear such words again, drawing an analogy to the Nazi phrase “final solution.” I […]

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