Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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An excellent backgrounder on fighting Boko Haram

Geoffrey York, the Globe and Mail‘s veteran Africa correspondent, has written an excellent long feature on the difficulties of bringing Boko Harum to heel in northern Nigeria (“How not to fight Islamist extremism“).

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Sat, February 28 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Bangladesh Islamists use machetes to kill atheist blogger

From Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.

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Fri, February 27 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Leading Russian opposition figure Nemtsov assassinated

From the Globe and Mail (“Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow“): One of Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics was silenced on Friday when veteran opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in the centre of Moscow.

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Fri, February 27 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Islamic State killer ‘Jihadi John’ has a real name

From BBC (“‘Jihadi John’ named as Mohammed Emwazi from London“): The masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John”, who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named.

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Thu, February 26 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Charlie Hebdo sees stunning rise in subscribers after attack

From Mashable (“‘Charlie Hebdo’ now has 25 times as many subscribers as before deadly attack“): Prior to the attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, when two gunmen stormed the magazine’s office and killed 12, the satirical publication had a print run of between 24,000 and 50,000 copies a week, with 8,000 subscribers. On Wednesday, some 2.5 […]

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Wed, February 25 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Citizenfour’ wins Oscar for best documentary film

Citizenfour, the absorbing and frightening story of NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks about the surveillance state to filmmaker Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, earned the Oscar for best documentary film of 2014.

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Mon, February 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Toronto Star ‘unpublishes’ controversial vaccine story

The Toronto Star has taken the rare but probably necessary step of “unpublishing” its controversial and disputed story on Gardasil, the vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV), from its website. Publisher John Cruickshank announced the move late Friday on Twitter and in the Saturday Star. He concluded (in “A note from the publisher“):

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Sat, February 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Two Moncton Times & Transcript editors depart over ethical issues

From CBC News (“2 Moncton Times & Transcript editors out after ethics probe“): Two senior editors at the Moncton Times & Transcript are no longer with the newspaper, after an internal ethics probe by Brunswick News Inc.into one editor’s acceptance of a trip to Larry’s Gulch, according to the company’s ombudsman.

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Mon, February 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Did the Copenhagen shooter act alone?

One question Copenhagen police are wrestling with is whether the 22-year-old suspected of shooting at a cafe hosting a free speech lecture and then a synagogue was a lone-wolf gunman or whether he was part of a militant group.

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Mon, February 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

News satire more trusted than the straight goods?

CBC TV’s The National had a panel Sunday night that jawed about trust, with the context being the suspension of NBC News anchor Brian Williams for telling nosestretchers and the looming departure of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. For good analysis, listen to Jonathan Kay, editor-in-chief of the Walrus magazine (the guy with the glasses).

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