Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Gains of Operation Medusa on verge of being overturned by Taliban

Operation Medusa was a two-week land battle in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province that began in early September 2006. Canada’s troops did the job and drove the Taliban out of village districts such as Panjwaii and Zhari. Twelve Canadian soldiers died in the fighting. However, nearly 11 years later, the Taliban threaten to retake control of their […]

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Gigantic bomb dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan

The United States military used the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal Thursday against its Islamic State foes in Afghanistan. The bomb is formally called GBU 43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB. Its nickname is Mother of All Bombs.

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Russian subs logging Cold War levels of activity

Russian submarines have been remarkably active in the past year, says that country’s navy chief.

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Trump brings the hammer down on climate policies

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order undoing his predecessor’s climate policies and regulations, ensuring America would become dirtier as it became “richer.”

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Trump using Special Forces as linchpins of anti-terror fight

Following a policy set out by his predecessor, U.S. President Donald Trump has let the Special Forces operators of his nation’s military shoulder much of the heavy counter-terrorism load.

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Behind the tweets and bombast, Trump is making changes

John Ibbitson argues that the headlines about the Trump administration — Russia and wiretapping, to name two examples — are obscuring the fact that it is the most activist presidency since Ronald Reagan.

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Anti-Islam far-right party falters in Netherlands elections

The lede: “The far-right politician Geert Wilders fell short of expectations in Dutch elections on Wednesday, gaining seats but failing to persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his extreme positions on barring Muslim immigrants and jettisoning the European Union, according to early results and exit polls.”

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‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Some on the U.S. left are becoming as crazed by anti-Russia stories as their rightwing counterparts were by anti-Hillary stories during the U.S. election — and that’s making them targets for false news, writes Ben Smith.

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Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries.

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‘Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media’

Columnist Matt Taibbi’s effort to bring context to the Russia-messing-with-U.S. tensions story. One big problem? Making assumptions that might not be true.

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