Canada Terrorism

Don't Keep Yelling 'Islamophobia' To Silence Genuine Debate

Munir Pervaiz Saami | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada
Munir Pervaiz Saami

These conspiracy theories and Jihadi rhetoric have so clouded the Muslim mindset in Canada that they rarely come out to denounce Muslim terrorism with a united voice. And if they do, they refrain from renouncing the doctrine of armed Jihad.

Why Is Zehaf-Bibeau a Terrorist But Not Justin Bourque?

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Christopher Stuart Taylor

Zehaf-Bibeau was driven by "political and ideological motives" in the murder of Cpl. Cirillo. Even before the day was out, our Prime Minister came out and labelled him a terrorist, without truly knowing who he was and why he did what he did. Knowing that Bourque intentionally targeted five Mounties, murdering three in cold blood in June, how come he wasn't (and still hasn't been) vilified as a terrorist?

5 Reasons To Quit Calling These Guys Terrorists

Sandy Garossino | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

We should honour the sacrifice of Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent by refusing to bestow their attackers with a name that accords them prominence and stature. Let's dial this back several notches and call this phenomenon what it is: violent treason. And the mental health aspect cannot be dismissed. Our focus should be soberly fixed on appropriate security, not obsessing over unstable individuals who are by their nature unpredictable.

Early Arrival For New Anti-Terror Laws?

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is expected to give police and spies new tools to fight terrorism as early as next week.But some point out that a...

Did Canada's Looser Gun Laws Contribute to the Parliament Hill Shooting?

John A. Tures | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Politics
John A. Tures

Twitter exploded with comments by people wondering how Michael Zehaf-Bibeau could get a gun in Canada. The myth is that private citizens can't own guns. While the country doesn't have something along the lines of a Second Amendment to the Constitution, citizens can own guns. That's because the Canadian system is more about licensing and registration than restriction. And even that's been watered down in the last few years.

What It Was Like to Be in Ottawa During the Shooting

Quora | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Quora

I hope nobody ever has to go through something like this again, but I know it happens every day, all over the world. We're not special. In fact, we've just joined a club that nobody wants to be a part of.

Canada's Biggest Security Threat Isn't What You Think

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Recently, Canada's military has come under deliberate, sustained attack. In fact, our Forces may already have been vanquished. Not by an enemy, but by the nation it defends. Faith in Canada's support is the one thing our Forces absolutely, positively must have to be effective. But that was taken away last year, bringing the days of selflessly charging into danger to a crashing halt.

Greenwald Predicts Canadian Crackdown

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Canadians should expect sweeping security and surveillance measures following attacks against the military in Quebec and Ottawa, says the m...

Feds Should Not Rush New Anti-Terror Laws, Expert Says

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer has ordered a full review of Parliament Hill security after Wednesday's deadly shootout in the halls o...

On Guard, For All of Us

Erin Chrusch | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

Like so many others across our country, I was - am - so upset about these tragic events. I am upset that a reservist guarding our nation's war memorial was murdered so callously. I am upset that the building where the legislation that shapes our country has been discussed and debated and passed into law was violated in such a visceral way. I am upset that schools in the area had to put their lockdown skills to good use.

Post-Shooting, Canada Should Fight For Its Public Spaces

Kevin Wong | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Wong

Confronted with the senselessness of this tragedy, and given how many details have yet to emerge, understanding the implications of this horrific act is difficult. But it seems clear that this is more than merely an issue of national security -- it is an issue of national identity. Rarely have Canadians so acutely felt a sense of collective loss. The easy thing to do is to respond to this tragedy with anger, rashness, and xenophobia. Already, some pundits have found a way to politicize these events -- to call for a barricading of public spaces, a reform of the gun registry, and a military presence on the Hill. All of these things may indeed be sorely needed. But they are beside the point.

A Day in the Life of an Ottawa Mom While Parliament Was Under Attack

CanadianMomEh | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Living
CanadianMomEh

I was in total disbelief and battled with even acknowledging that violence of this nature can even exist in Ottawa. I went to the bus stop like a mother hen to pick up my kids. I had both my kids with me at 4 p.m. and held them close. We waited anxiously for my husband to come home safe.

Expat Chinese People Need to Join the Fight Against the Ivory Trade

Sangita Iyer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Seventy per cent of illegal ivory ends up in China -- the world's largest ivory consumer, as the insatiable demand for the "white gold" is surging with the growing middle class populous. The root cause of this insane craving for ivory is ignorance. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), more than 70 per cent of Chinese don't realize that elephants are being killed for their ivory.

Iran's State-Sponsored Oppression of Kurdistan

Sara Akrami | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Sara Akrami

Although the Iranian government officials claim that terrorism is strange to them, an immense weight of example shows that orchestrated terrorism inside and outside Iran has been a major factor in practice of the regime.

Liberals Want Hearings On Canadian Islamic Radicals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - MPs should urgently study the issue of Islamic radicals returning to Canada from foreign battlefields, says the Liberal public safety critic....

ISIS Has Shifted Into Second Gear

Sara Akrami | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada
Sara Akrami

For those who have not being paying attention, the great Jihad is continuing but with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it has finally shifted into second gear. By now it should be evident to anyone but the most callow and most blinkered of us that there is an ideologically-driven evil loose on the world.

These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy Strikes

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Lone-acting offenders were far more likely to have a history of mental illness than offenders who had been part of a group. Lone-actors with mental illness were also more likely to have a spouse or partner who was part of a larger movement (making them more vulnerable to outside influences) and to have parents who were divorced. Though offenders acting alone are often characterized as being "loners" without any real sources of emotional support, that doesn't appear to be the case.

Separate the People of Gaza from the Problem

Robert Barrett, PhD | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada
Robert Barrett, PhD

suffering conjures deep emotional sentiments that can quickly turn to feelings of anger and of retribution. And yet all too often this anger is channeled incorrectly. It's a mistake to think that pro-Palestinian is the antithesis of pro-Israeli. Would the Israelis not wish for a stable, prosperous, and free Gaza territory? Of course they would, because it would bring about a concomitant level of security for both Israel and the people of Gaza. Let's not confuse pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian with anti-Hamas.

We Need To Do More Than Just Sound Off About the Gaza Attacks

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada
Joseph Soares

There is no fundamental difference between the conflict in Ukraine and that between Israel and Hamas. Each group in question sees itself as having its back to the wall. Each has had the bitter experience of trusting allies who let it down. This does not justify shooting down a plane filled with innocent people, but the fear of destruction that drives people to such exigencies is a terrible thing.

Jewish Diaspora Must Stand Up for Peace

Adam Moscoe | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

I am grateful to be able to say my focus remains on imagining the possibilities for a resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. I have the privilege of maintaining, with relative ease, a personal sense of hope with respect to a two-state solution.

Stop the Downward Spiral of Hate in Israel

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Two general arguments thus exist against any act of terrorism. One is substantive, an argument that the situation which the terrorist defines as necessitating eradication is, in fact, not the case. The terrorist's perception and determination of the facts, in themselves, are challenged. Accordingly, there is no argument for terrorism as there is no need for terrorism.

The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Romeo Vitelli

In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to Dr. Pogu Bitrus, delays in the government response to free the girls has taken a toll on parents as a result.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Islam's Sectarian War May Determine Your Gas Prices

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

The Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, a Shiite, is far from perfect. It has failed to create a shared sense of nationalism in Iraq that unites the Shiites and Sunnis in peaceful co-existence. However, Prime Minister Maliki remains the world's best hope against the Jihadists who, if left unchecked, would continue to wage wars against Shiites and the West.

Can the World Do Anything For the Kidnapped Girls of Nigeria?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Wayne K. Spear

As I write this, the swell of a Western grassroots outcry against the Nigerian outfit, Boko Haram, appears to be forming across social media. There's a specific aspect of war crimes which it is necessary to emphasize, and that's the use of sexualized violence against women as a tool of war. Can we all agree to stop using the phrase "the forcible sale of women into marriage"? Church bells and nuptials this is not. It's profiteering from rape in a triple currency which is simultaneously economic, military and psychological in nature.