Canada Terrorism

Ottawa's De-Radicalization Focus Too Narrow: Former Skinhead

CBC | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Politics

An ex-skinhead, now a counsellor trying to turn around the lives of potential extremists, is warning that Ottawa's plan to fight homegrown terrorism i...

The Government Can't Intimidate Activists By Calling Us Extremists

David Suzuki | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada and the world. But the RCMP has a different take. A secret report by the national police force, obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global warming and conjures a spectre of threats posed by people who rightly call for sanity in dealing with problems caused by burning fossil fuels.

Half Of Canadians Feel Less Safe Than 2 Years Ago: Survey

CBC | Jon Hembrey, CBC News | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics

Nearly half of Canadians say they feel less safe from terrorism than they did two years ago, according to a survey conducted for CBC News. Two-third...

CSIS Eyes Threat Of Budding Anti-Islam Movement Online

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency is eyeing the threat of a homegrown anti-Islam movement spreading online.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service advis...

How Harper's Fear Appeals Actually Work

Andreas Krebs | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Conveniently, the fear appeals being made by ISIS, Al Shabab, and the other myriad terror groups we tend to lump together are quite literally textbook examples of fear appeals. What's more, the terrorists and our own government actually work together for a good part of the process, increasing the fear we feel for their own insidious ends.

Harper's Controversial Anti-Terror Bill Passes Second Reading

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Politics

Critics ranging from Jean Chretien to Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald all urge caution when it comes to Bill C-51.

Harper's Exploitation Of Fear Is Wrong And Racist

Rafe Mair | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Rafe Mair

It is sad to observe but I fear that Mr. Harper has found such an evil but effective issue for the coming election, will exploit it, and that many will support him for it.

Bill C-51: We Must All Stand On Guard For Canada

Suresh Kurl | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Suresh Kurl

I think our inter-faith leaders -- every priest, rabbi, pundit, imam and granthi -- would do this country a great service if they enforce a message of peace and harmony against and speak to their captive audience against the symptoms of sadistic behaviour -- manipulation, the thrill of violence, power, and control that comes from inflicting pain on other.

MacKay On Terrorism Definition: 'Look It Up'

CBC | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics

Peter MacKay had a simple, gruff reply when asked by reporters what the definition of terrorism will mean in the government's latest anti-terrori...

Don't Fall For Harper's Election-Year Economic Rhetoric

Colin Kenny | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

No matter how you slice it, Harper has failed to lead Canada towards a sustained economic recovery from the financial crisis seven years ago. It doesn't matter how much public money he spends on ads claiming otherwise. Facts are facts. So, what does a government facing re-election do when its top agenda item, economic management, is in tatters? It changes the channel to something else.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Terrorism?

Jordan Benadiba | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Benadiba

Convicting and incarcerating those who return to Canada from fighting with extremist groups overseas alone is not enough. Radicalization spreads, particularly in prison, where many individuals feel wronged by the system and society more generally. Once those prisoners return to civilian life they take with them their twisted and radicalized beliefs and spread them in the communities where they live. Many of Canada's allies have their own de-radicalization programs in place for those who return home after joining terrorist organizations abroad.

Mulcair: Anti-Terror Bill's Broad Wording Allows For Political Spying

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Information-sharing measures in proposed anti-terrorism legislation are so broadly worded they would allow the government to spy on its polit...

Hypocritical Outrage Over Cartoons Is the Real Scandal

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The history of crude antisemitism in cartoons began in Europe long before Israel's existence. That it continues to be carried forward today in Palestinian society and Muslim communities elsewhere is a scandal, one that should be condemned by all people of good will.

CSIS To Gain New 'Power To Disrupt'

CBC | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada's spy agency is expected to be given new powers to stop would-be Canadian jihadists before they leave the country as part of sweeping new ...

New Bill Could Criminalize Sharing Certain Terrorism Videos

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government wants to make it a criminal offence to encourage someone to carry out a terrorist attack.The Canadian Press has l...

King Abdullah Leaves A Legacy of Shame

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Last week King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. From the time he received the throne in 1995 until the day he died, Abdullah watched, mostly in silence, as the world became mired in religious extremism and as blame for the chaos fell squarely upon the shoulders of ordinary Muslims. Abdullah knew and implicitly sealed the export of hateful Wahabism from Saudi Arabia's borders to all corners of the earth, ignoring centuries of tradition from its Islamic anti-thesis, Sufism.

Harper's Anti-Terrorism Law To Be Introduced Friday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's overhaul of anti-terrorism legislation will be introduced by the end of week and will make it crime to promote ...

Moderates, Not Far Right or Lefties, Must Lead the Discussion About Charlie Hebdo

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

If our core values -- democracy, tolerance, pluralism -- are to prevail, moderates must act before the extreme right and the extreme left hijack the discourse. We must move quickly and decisively to prevent such atrocities from recurring, beginning with four critical steps.

What Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher Grocery Store Have in Common

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

As the media speaks of Islamist terrorist attacks killing 17 people in France last week, we clearly, and correctly, forge a connection between the two...

Canada Should Stop Using Cowardice to Fight the War on Terror

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Ethan Rabidoux

The War on Terrorism has been raging since planes knocked down the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. Canadians have long felt insulated from the rush to hysteria and paranoia that has gripped many of our allies but now we're right in the thick of it.

The Racism Behind #JeSuisCharlie

Julian Vigo | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Julian Vigo

Now a few days after the horrific attack in Paris, hashtag #JeSuisCharlie floats about the Internet as a neoliberal nod of solidarity to those who were killed in yesterday's attack. While I see its good intentions, in the big picture this hashtag serves as a demonstration of alliance with that coveted icon of western identity: freedom of speech. But make no mistake, the reasons the perpetrators carried out this attack were more complex than simply freedom of speech. For what is pitifully lacking in most every media representation of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo is the historical background of what this attack was about.

Blaney Kiboshes Group's Attempt To Fight Terrorist Label

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An organization that was formally branded a terrorist group last spring has been denied permission by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to...

Religious Fanatics Are Dragging My City of Peshawar Back to the Dark Ages

Murtaza Haider | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Slowly, but surely, I see my ancestral city die a slow death at the hands of religious fanatics. From Boko Haram in Nigeria, who kidnapped 276 young girls from a school in April 2014, to the TTP, who has repeatedly attacked schoolchildren in Pakistan, the Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking schools and students. Their goal is to deprive the future generation of Muslims of education and return them back to the dark ages. It is time for the West to right the wrongs and help save Peshawar from the apocalyptic mercenaries.

A Muslim Message to Those Leaving Canada to Join ISIS

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Recently ISIS released a video featuring former Canadian, 23-year-old John Maguire, now known as Abu Anwar Al-Canadi, demanding Muslim Canadians carry out terrorist attacks on Canadian soil. Though interpretations of religion which fail to uphold universal human rights legitimize ISIS ideologies for men like Maguire, not all Canadian adherents of conservative interpretations of Islam wish to live in a violent dictatorship, bound by the most rigid shariah law. If you are a Canadian Muslim, considering joining ISIS, here are a list of sins you will commit if you do.

Official Warns Of Censorship Challenge In Terrorism Fight

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is looking for ways to better use secret intelligence in court proceedings as a means of countering homegrown terrorism...