Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Please help support wounded Afghan journalists

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the survivors of a horrific April 30 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that targeted journalists, plus the families of those nine killed. The goal is $50,000. Please donate whatever you can and spread the word about the campaign. Background Horrific day for journalists in Afghanistan

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Sat, May 19 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Torture overseer appointed as CIA director

Gina Haspel, a veteran of the CIA’s black sites in the post 9/11 period, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the CIA’s new top official.

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Thu, May 17 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Britain may double number of troops in Afghanistan

Following a request from U.S. President Donald Trump, Britain is reportedly considering doubling its small troop contingent in Afghanistan.

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Thu, May 17 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Federal NDP leader tweets against TMX pipeline

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh must have done some math. His party won 14 seats in B.C. in 2015, and one in Alberta. Then he must have thought, “Sorry, Alberta colleague, gonna have to cut you loose.” Then he issued the following tweet:

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Wed, May 16 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Feds pledge to protect TMX pipeline from political risk

The federal government said Wednesday it is prepared to financially protect the contentious Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline against what it is calling political delays.

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Wed, May 16 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Alberta bill sets stage for turning off fuel taps to B.C.

Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley held a news conference Wednesday, before the provincial legislature voted to pass Bill 12, which gives her government the ability to choke off fuel shipments to British Columbia.

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Wed, May 16 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Stuck inside of Virginia with the Afghan blues again

Seven Afghan journalists were resettled in Charlottesville, Va. — something that may have saved their lives. But they aren’t journalists any more, just wage slaves, and it’s got to hurt.

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Wed, May 16 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Saving the Toronto Star

Brent Popplewell tells a long yarn in the Walrus about the Toronto Star, its seeming death march as ad revenues dry up — and a long-shot plan to save the storied daily newpaper.

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Mon, May 14 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Could you be duped by fake news?

Depending on its sophistication, the answer is oh yes, you probably could. Some French journalists have created a conspiracy theory video to test you.

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Sat, May 12 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

La Presse looks to a not-for-profit model

It tried literally stopping the presses in December 2017, but La Presse newspaper found that didn’t cut it, business-wise, in today’s disrupted climate. Now its parent company wants to cut it a $50-million cheque and send it out in the world as a not-for-profit newsroom.

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Wed, May 9 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments