Canada Terrorism

How Harper's Fear Appeals Actually Work

Andreas Krebs | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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...

Economic Opportunity May Be the Antidote to Radicalism

Mark Milke | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The recent killing of two Canadian soldiers by self-professed, radicalized young men who became enamoured with a violent interpretation of Islam will bring up multiple assertions about the "root cause" for such attacks. Economic freedom and the institutional "pillars" that undergird it matter.

Let's Reflect on the Attacks in Canada, But Hold Off on Legislation

Piotr M. Szpunar | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Piotr M. Szpunar

The horrific and public murders of two Canadian servicemen days apart will surely become political fodder for debates about Canada's international and domestic policies and practices concerning terrorism. While these tragedies should indeed stimulate conversation and reflection, they should not be used to stifle debate and facilitate the speedy passing of any counter-terrorism legislation without due scrutiny or a critical eye.

What Afghans Can Teach Canadians About Terrorism Response

Lauryn Oates | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

It was strange to receive the news in a country where terror is an every day occurrence, that a deranged jihadist had shed blood on Canadian soil, rampaging through our normally peaceful capital, on the heels of another attack days earlier in Montreal. I knew, too, that the people of Afghanistan would have sound advice to offer Canadians.

The Story Behind the Picture ISIS Never Tweeted

William Reymond | Posted 01.01.2015 | Canada
William Reymond

But before I explain how the so-called ISIS-did-it theory was born, let me tell you the story behind this picture, How it landed on my computer screen and how I was able to identify it before sharing it with the world.