Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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21 civilians killed in Afghanistan

No sooner do I make some posts about civilian deaths when this happened. It's tough to win hearts and minds when you're taking out civilians in air strikes. Update The Globe and Mail had a story in Thursday's paper that contained this: Rahmatullah, who is 13 and uses only one name, seemed to forget the shrapnel […]

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The Queen's first carbon offset visit

From the BBC: Following the Queen's return to the UK her carbon footprint will be calculated and offset for the first time for a state visit. Buckingham Palace will make a donation to an environmental charity to offset the plane journeys made by the Royal couple and their entourage. THE QUEEN'S FIRST CARBON-OFFSET STATE VISIT […]

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Further what I was saying earlier about protecting civilians …

From the BBC: An attack by a US helicopter against suspected insurgents in Iraq has killed a number of children at a primary school, Iraqi security sources say. The attack took place in Diyala province north-east of Baghdad, the sources say. A spokesman for the US military said there had been helicopter activity in the […]

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Afghan Senate wants talks with Taliban

From the BBC: The Afghan Senate has called on the government in Kabul to open direct talks with native Taleban militants, and for Nato to stop attacking them. The Senate passed a bill which will now go before the lower house and, if passed, to President Hamid Karzai. The draft law distinguishes between Afghan members […]

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Grovelling in Afghanistan and the Haditha parallel

In Afghanistan, an American commander apologized for the killing of Afghan civilians by U.S. Marines who had been ambushed (during their retreat, they shot up about 10 kilometres of highway). Here's a question: Why haven't the Marines learned their lesson from Haditha? First, an excerpt from the BBC story: An American commander in Afghanistan has […]

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