Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

'Not to see the fallen is no favour'

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day to honour U.S. military personnel who died in service. The NYT's David Carr attacks one particularly Catch-22-esque policy for embedded reporters, the number of whom has fallen from 126 to 92 in the past month, and how it constrains coverage of soldiers in Iraq. From […]

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Exporting terror from Iraq

The NYT reports that many Muslim militants are taking the skills learned in fighting the Iraq insurgency and using them to conduct terror operations in neighbouring countries and beyond. From the NYT: When Muhammad al-Darsi got out of prison in Libya last year after serving time for militant activities, he had one goal: killing Americans […]

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BBC's Johnston could be freed soon: Hamas

From AP via CTV.ca: A British Broadcasting Corp. journalist kidnapped in Gaza is alive and well and could soon be released, a Palestinian government spokesman said. Speaking at a literary festival in Wales Saturday, Hamas government spokesman Ghazi Hamad said he knew the “small group” holding Alan Johnston and was personally involved in negotiations to […]

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Chavez shuts down opposition TV station

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez took some payback at midnight on Sunday when he allowed the liked of Radio Caracas TV to expire, putting the opposition TV station off the air and replacing it with a public service station. RCTV supported the coup that temporarily overthrew him in 2002. From the BBC story: Mr Chavez said […]

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Speaking of Chavez …

I saw the documentary Revolucion!?, by Montreal director Charles Gervais, on Friday. The Globe gave it 3.5 stars. Eye Weekly gave it three stars. The spoilsports at Now gave it two stars, and called it a mighty dull film. I concur with Now.

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