Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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‘Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin’

Here’s a long read about one of the most-talked-about dictators of our time, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The subhead: “Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?”

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Sat, February 25 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

‘This Century Is Broken’

Columnist David Brooks says the 21st century’s lack of economic growth means we are looking at a much nastier world in the coming decades, compared to what we had in the latter 20th century.

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Tue, February 21 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

‘Why facts don’t change our minds’

The subhead: “New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.”

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Tue, February 21 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Meet Trump adviser Seb Gorka

A man once so far on the fringes of Washington foreign policy conversation he had a job with Breitbart News, Seb Gorka now has the president’s ear on such sensitive topics as dealing with Islamist terrorism.

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Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Europe fights fake news as election season underway

An office in Brussels pours through hundreds of potentially fake news reports in a typical day, trying to identify them as such as Europeans in the Netherlands, Germany and France prepare to go to the polls this coming spring.

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Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Russian city of toxic booze fame still favours Putin

In the Siberian city of Irkutsk, 76 people recently died as a result of poisoning, victims of a toxic form of rotgut sold as bath oil but known as the poor man’s vodka. It’s but one marker of social distress hitting Russian cities and towns as the 2014 oil price recession grinds on.

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Sun, February 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Swedes confused by Trump’s terrorism remarks

The lede: “Donald Trump’s comments during a rally in Florida on Saturday night that seemed to suggest a non-existent terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden have pitted the Scandinavian nation against some fervent supporters of the US president.”

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Sun, February 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Columnist Doug Saunders says if you look closely at Rob Ford’s success in becoming a populist mayor of Toronto seven years ago, one can see how a Canadian populist swell could occur with significant recent immigrant participation.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

A pioneering Islamist terrorist dies in U.S. prison

Islamic cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, who blessed the assassins of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and is believed to be linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York, has died in a U.S. federal prison.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Why the North Korean nuclear threat is getting worse

North Korea isn’t a bona fide nuclear threat to its neighbours yet, but the hermit kingdom has taken some important steps forward in developing missile technology and more powerful bombs.

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Fri, February 17 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments