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Americans believe Islamic State sleeper cells are on U.S. soil, poll finds

A poll conducted for CNN has found that 71 per cent of respondents believe that Islamic State already has terrorists in the United States. At this point, there is no evidence of any IS terrorists operating sleeper cells in the U.S.. Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept offers some commentary.

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Mon, September 8 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » 1 Comment

‘Why your phone is suddenly full of explainer journalism’

That was the Globe and Mail’s headline for a feature on the rapid growth in new journalism outlets in the United States — ventures that are largely aimed at a mobile, socially-savvy, data-friendly audience. The same type of flurry hasn’t occurred in Canada, but there is a new site coming called Ricochet.

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Mon, September 8 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Backgrounder on how Islamic State came to be

The Globe and Mail devoted two pages to the roots of Islamic State, its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the role of Canadians within the brutal Islamist group. Foreign affairs columnist Doug Saunders also chipped in an analysis suggesting that we should be afraid, but not very afraid, of the Islamic State phenomenon.

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Sun, September 7 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

How Islamic State plays up its ‘cool factor’

Why is Islamic State relatively successful in drawing young Western men as fighters? Partly because it knows how to speak to them in their own cultural references.

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Fri, September 5 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

NATO’s weaknesses showing after Ukraine debacle

In the Globe and Mail, Doug Saunders argues that NATO is girding to re-fight the Cold War era while Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is moving ahead with a 21st century strategy.

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Fri, September 5 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

How Islamic State regulates photojournalists

The rules are quite simple. You will take the images they want, and if you don’t, you will be killed, Erbil, Iraq-based photojournalist Sebastian Meyer tells NPR’s On The Media.

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Thu, September 4 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

How the Steven Sotloff execution video was used

Once again, the Toronto Star led media competitors in the aggressive use of an Islamic State video showing the brutal murder of a journalist, this time being American Steven Sotloff.

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Tue, September 2 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Islamic State claims to have murdered another captive journalist

From the Associated Press via the Globe and Mail: An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. air strikes in Iraq.

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Tue, September 2 2014 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Islamic State have mastered social media propaganda

While the United States has an overwhelming edge in military might, on the Internetz, Islamic State appears to be winning the propaganda war.

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Fri, August 29 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

NATO and the escalating conflict in Ukraine

CBC Radio’s The Current had a solid panel discussion this morning on what NATO can do with respects to Russia’s “stealth invasion” of Ukraine. There were three interview subjects in two separate segments: Alec Luhn, a freelance journalist who travels regularly between Ukraine and Russia Bessma Momani, a University of Waterloo political science prof and […]

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