Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Gigantic bomb dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan

The United States military used the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal Thursday against its Islamic State foes in Afghanistan. The bomb is formally called GBU 43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB. Its nickname is Mother of All Bombs.

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Trump moves to temporarily ban refugees, migrants from Muslim-dominant countries

With an executive order, Donald Trump upset the immigration and refugee applecart in America. Applicants from seven named countries won’t be able to enter the United States for four months. From Syria, the ban is indefinite.

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Top Islamic State official reportedly killed

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for Islamic State and planner of international attacks, reportedly met his end Tuesday in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The United States hasn’t confirmed his death yet, but the media arm of Islamic State issued a statement saying that al-Adnani had been “martyred.”

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Tue, August 30 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Top Islamic State official reportedly killed

Slain war correspondent’s family suing Assad regime

The family of Times of London correspondent Marie Colvin, killed by artillery blasts in 2012 in the city of Homs, have filed a lawsuit alleging that Syrian military forces deliberately targeted her to shut down Colvin’s reporting of human rights abuses.

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A NYT reporter dishes on fighting Islamic State

Rukmini Callamachi, the NYT reporter on the Islamic State beat, posted a remarkably informative Twitter essay Sunday evening on the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. I’ve reproduced it below:

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Sun, December 6 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on A NYT reporter dishes on fighting Islamic State

Turkey playing hardball with Russia over Syria

CBCNews.ca writer Andre Mayer has penned an analysis piece looking at why Turkey would do something as risky as shoot down a Russian military aircraft.

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Wed, November 25 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Turkey playing hardball with Russia over Syria

Turkey shoots down Russian military aircraft

From the Globe and Mail (“Putin: ‘Serious consequences’ coming after Turkey downs Russian jet“): World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, called Tuesday for cooler heads to prevail after Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian fighter plane that allegedly flew through Turkey’s airspace while carrying out a bombing mission in […]

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Tue, November 24 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Turkey shoots down Russian military aircraft

Harper hypes Islamic State war mission

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canadian forces involved in the air war against Islamic State that they have his unconditional support for the effort — then went into a hair-raising rant about the dangers posed by IS.

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Sun, May 3 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Harper hypes Islamic State war mission

Turning our eyes from the Syrian civil war

What if you gave special coverage online to the fourth anniversary of the Syrian civil war and precious few people clicked on it? That’s the situation Al Jazeera found itself in after Sunday’s anniversary. Online editor Barry Malone tries to make sense of it.

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Tue, March 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Turning our eyes from the Syrian civil war

Islamic State burned Jordanian pilot alive

From the BBC: Jordan has confirmed the death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video published online by Islamic State (IS) claimed to show him being burned alive.

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