Mark Bourrie
Mark Bourrie is quickly emerging as the country’s leading expert and author on propaganda and censorship. He is also an award-winning writer and a respected military historian with a PhD in history. A National Magazine Award-winning journalist, he has been a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1994. Bourrie lectures on propaganda and censorship at the Department of National Defence Public Affairs Learning Centre and periodically teaches courses on media history, censorship and propaganda at Carleton University and in Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Entries by Mark Bourrie

'Walking Time Bombs': ISIS's Radicalization Of Our Youth

(9) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 2:14 PM

From The Killing Game by Mark Bourrie ©2016. Published by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.

The carefully shot video starts with a wiry young man with long, stringy hair and a thin beard, clad in a loose black robe, walking along the edge of a ruin somewhere in the Middle...

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Is 'Argo' Canada's Story if We Never Claimed It?

(32) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Ah, the Argo-bashing. Yeah, it was a bad rehash of the story of the rescue of six American diplomats from the jaws of the Iranian Revolution in 1980. And the producers screwed Ken Taylor and all the rest of the Canadians who were involved in what -- until now --...

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What Really Worries Me About the London Riots

(18) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 3:01 PM

When I was a teenage juvenile delinquent, a story made the rounds of my friends about some hoodlums who had broken into a trailer in Collingwood, drank whatever booze was in the cupboards, stole everything valuable, then trashed the place.

They decided to record all the fun they were having,...

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Book Publishing: An Author's Hellish Ordeal

(11) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 12:08 PM

Yeah, the interim leader of the NDP was, maybe still is, a separatist. The U.S. has, for the time being, been saved from financial self-destruction. There's a hurricane brewing in the Caribbean and Japanese nuclear reactors are still spewing radiation.

I wish I could care. I can't. My book, The...

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Canadian History Just Bunk to Make a Buck

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 12:14 PM

This is the time of year that we're nagged about our 'ignerence' of our own country's history, when newspapers try to make us feel guilty about we don't know about Canada.

For the rest of the year, the country's newspapers show their own ignorance of the country's history by running...

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Will and Kate Arrive, Canada Yawns

(29) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 6:59 AM

Years ago, my wife, who has a nasty fear of heights, gazed out at the Spanish Aero Car, the balloon-basket-like cable car that traverses the Niagara River whirlpool, and said they couldn't pay her enough to ride on that thing.

A few weeks later, she was working as a tour...

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Canada's New Bills Won't Change Old Financial Habits

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 9:07 AM

In a drawer somewhere, I have a nickel-sized coin of the Roman emperor Gallienus (ruled 253-268 AD). Gallienus is long-forgotten, but he shouldn't be. He is one of the true fathers of inflation, and there should be a statue to him on the Acropolis in Athens and in the lobby...

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Canada's Media Is Around When You're Short of Enemies

(18) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 7:08 AM

On August 13, 1941, Canada's chief press censor sat down at his desk and typed a memo to the head of military intelligence.

The two men had just come from a rancorous meeting. The military wanted a tougher censorship system. The censors, backed by the federal government of William Lyon...

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Parliament Security: Is the Hill a Public Space?

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 8:59 AM

The race to finish Checkpoint Charlie is over.

That's the new security gate at the bottom of Parliament Hill, just off Bank Street. And it's a dandy. The East German Vopos, the border guards who manned the Berlin Wall, would have been envious. It was finished just before the new...

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Canada's Politicians Lead Like Zombies

(10) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Many people in the mainstream media tried to ignore the problem of the walking undead.

This, even though that at least one party leader, a self-admitted eastern European count, was literally coming apart before our eyes during the last election.

The leader of what was then the third party...

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Jack Layton's Got a Great Act, But Have We Seen the Whole Show?

(18) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM

It was indeed strange.

There he was. The party leader, reading vacuous comments from three teleprompters, with a wall of MPs behind him as a backdrop.

The MPs cheered at appropriate times as the leader worked his way through the boilerplate. They gave him the obligatory standing ovation and...

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