Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Declinism and what the Trumpsters are reading

From the Doug Saunders column: “If there is one big intellectual idea that motivates people to vote for far-right movements, it is declinism: the notion that your country’s best days are in the past and that its economy and culture are being defeated.”

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Russia cultivating neo-Nazi allies to destabilize Europe

In the old days, Russia and Nazis were mortal enemies. In the era of Vladimir Putin, Russia is cultivating such groups as allies in the hopes of unsettling Europe.

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Terror may be a new normal for Europe’s citizenry

The lede: “New Islamic State efforts to sow terror in Europe are pushing counterterrorism authorities to their limits, forcing citizens and their leaders to resign themselves to a new era where attacks may be a fact of life, not an exception.”

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United Russia signs co-operation deal with far-right Austrian party

The lede: “The leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party has signed what he called a cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party and recently met with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the designated national security adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump of the United States.”

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Tue, December 20 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on United Russia signs co-operation deal with far-right Austrian party

Brexit: The Leave side emerges victorious

As I checked Twitter feverishly on Thursday night, the news I was dreading to hear broke around 10:50 p.m. MDT: The BBC was projecting a victory by the Leave side of the Brexit referendum. The final tally wouldn’t be known for a few hours later (about 7:20 a..m. in London). The Leave camp had won […]

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Fri, June 24 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Brexit: The Leave side emerges victorious

Angry nationalism, Europe and the Brexit referendum

The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon visits Peterborough in Britain and Styria, Austria to find that a dislike of the other and a desire to return to an imagined version of the past and avoid a fervidly imagined future are driving citizens in both places towards populist, right-wing politics.

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Sat, June 18 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Angry nationalism, Europe and the Brexit referendum

A cogent argument against Brexit

Adopting the letter-to-a-friend approach, the Globe and Mail penned a solid editorial advising residents of the U.K. why they should vote “remain” in the Brexit referendum.

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Fri, June 17 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on A cogent argument against Brexit

Globe editorial blasts Greece’s ‘bailout’ deal

The Globe and Mail wrote a strong editorial condemning the deal reached between Greece and its creditor nations, particularly Germany, saying austerity alone won’t put Greece back on a strong economic track.

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Mon, July 13 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Globe editorial blasts Greece’s ‘bailout’ deal

Greece’s poor suffer most in austerity-induced depression

From the New York Times (“Greece Financial Crisis Hits Poorest and Hungriest the Hardest“): As Athens takes on the aura of Soviet Russia, with lines of people outside banks waiting to receive their daily cash allowance, some aid groups are seeing their supply channels narrow. By some accounts, lines for food, clothing and medicine have […]

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Greek referendum voters reject more austerity

About 61 per cent of Greeks who voted in Sunday’s convoluted (the question was 73 words long) said no to more austerity measures in exchange for European financial support. Now the tea leaves will be aggressively read to see exactly what that means for the proud, destitute Greeks.

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Sun, July 5 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Greek referendum voters reject more austerity