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The media and ISIS propaganda; The trouble with universities; The Frog March; Svetlana's letters

Are journalists aiding and abetting terrorist propaganda by reporting on ISIS videos? - Michael's essay Dear Parents: Everything You Need to Know About Your Son and Daughter's University but Don't: UPEI professor Ron Srigley says universities are no longer teaching critical thinking. Instead, they're degree-granting and fund-raising machines. How The Workplace "Frog March" Harms Everybody - A Talin Vartanian documentary: Employers first used "the frog march" to fire people with access to sensitive information. A surprise phone call summons the employee to an unexpected meeting; they're given the bad news, then marched out. The ripple effect is huge. Talin's documentary is called "Can Someone Get Her Coat?" Svetlana comes to Canada: The University of Toronto is the new home for a treasure trove of letters between Stalin's daughter and her best friend, British art historian Mary Burkett. It's all thanks to author Rosemary Sullivan.

Are journalists aiding and abetting terrorist propaganda by reporting on ISIS videos? - Michael's essay: 

"ISIS is a master at marketing its murderous products of beheadings, crucifixions, burnings, stonings. They are very good practitioners of the public relations art."

Dear Parents: Everything You Need to Know About Your Son and Daughter's University but Don't: A recent essay by UPEI professor Ron Srigley is something of a "cri de coeur" over the current state of university education in Canada. He tackles everything from grade inflation, to students who can't read or write, to the burgeoning number of administrators and fund-raisers.

How The Workplace "Frog March" Harms Everybody - A Talin Vartanian documentary: Employers first used "the frog march" to fire people with access to sensitive information. These days, it seems to be standard operating procedure. A surprise phone call summons the employee to an unexpected meeting; they're given the bad news, then marched out.  The ripple effect is huge. Talin's documentary is called "Can Someone Get Her Coat?"

Svetlana comes to Canada: The University of Toronto is the new home for a treasure trove of letters between Stalin's daughter and her best friend, British art historian Mary Burkett. It's all thanks to author Rosemary Sullivan.

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