Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Israel is making desalinization work

This article starts with the insight that Israel appeared to be running out of water just two years ago, partly because of the worst drought in 900 years. But advances in desalinating seawater means the Middle Eastern country is now in water surplus.

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How the media should cover mass shootings

The reader’s editor of the Observer has suggested some guidelines media outlets may wish to follow the next time there’s a mass shooting.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More on the Nice truck attack

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.”

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Terrorists and the Dark Web

It’s tough to enter if you don’t have specialized software, but the part of the Internet called the Dark Web is becoming increasingly important to so-called lone-wolf terrorists and the organizations that seek to motivate them.

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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.

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Thailand wants to crack down on sex trade

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.

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