Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Does a new quagmire await the anti-Islamic State coalition?

From CP via the Winnipeg Free Press: The Obama administration has committed itself — and by extension its allies, including Canada — to an open-ended conflict in the Middle East in precisely the kind of foreign entanglement Stephen Harper has sought to avoid.

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Obama sets out his Islamic State game plan

U.S. President Barack Obama laid out the broad brush strokes of his plan for attacking Islamic State militants in Iraq and, in a new turn, Syria.

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Islamic State – Jihadis with MBAs who target weak states

An interesting take on Islamic State (IS; formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria[ISIS], or as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [ISIL]).

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‘Complicit enablers’

That is how former White House press secretary Scott McLellan characterized the White House press corps with respects to selling the Iraq War to the American people.

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Well, this seems to be a blow against the credibility of Mr. al-Kawwaz

From the BBC: The family of an Iraqi journalist – who he claimed had been killed by gunmen in Baghdad – have appeared on Iraqi television, apparently safe and well. Dia al-Kawwaz, who lives in Jordan, said that several members of his family were killed by Shia gunmen on Sunday. But a taped report on […]

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Iraq bans trigger-happy U.S. security company

The Iraqis are mightily pissed with Blackwater USA, a private security firm whose trigger-happy ways left nine Iraqis dead. Iraq wants to revoke the company’s operating licence, but can it do so?

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Daily Show’s Riggle Baghdad-bound

From the AP story on CTV.ca: Giving its green screen a temporary rest, the Comedy Central series will air “Operation Silent Thunder: `The Daily Show’ in Iraq,” several onsite dispatches filed by Senior War Correspondent Rob Riggle. Riggle will provide what the network calls “in-depth coverage and insights from the front lines.” Riggle is a […]

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‘Licence to lie’

The Salon blurb: In his devastating new book, Ron Suskind shows how 9/11 allowed George W. Bush and his shadowy courtier, Dick Cheney, to “create whatever reality was convenient.”

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Jon Stewart mixes it up a bit — good on him!

Since I sometimes make scornful posts about Jon Stewart’s occasionally milquetoasty interviews, I should say he acquitted himself well Thursday night with Christopher Hitchens (available on The Daily Show site under ‘celebrity interviews‘).

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‘The Blogs of War’

The Daily Show had a fascinating interview Wednesday night with writer John Hockenberry who has written a piece on military bloggers for Wired magazine called The Blogs of War.

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