Canada Terrorism

We Need A Human Rights-Based Approach To National Security

Alex Neve | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Alex Neve

Human rights or security? In Canada and around the world the debate rages on; but it is an utterly false debate. We must, finally and firmly, reject the assumption and assertion that more of one necessarily leads to less of the other. There is no security without human rights.

Conservatives Double Down On Divisive Policies Canadians Rejected

Michel Picard | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Michel Picard

The wedge politics and fearmongering of the Conservatives in the last election were resoundingly rejected by Canadians. Whether it is Kellie Leitch playing to xenophobia with her values test or Tony Clement gleefully trampling our rights, it seems the Conservative Party still hasn't gotten the memo.

Don't Let Fear Be Your Guide To Planning A Vacation

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Travel
Julie Rusciolelli

I prepared for this trip months before, but not in the way I should have. With the recent bombings and terrorist activity in the countries I was about to visit, it seemed we couldn't go a month without an attack in Europe making headlines in Canada. This put me and my husband on high tourist safety alert.

Althia Raj

Monitor Every Canadian Charity For Terror Activities: Tory MP | Althia Raj | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics

It's part of the Tory leadership contender's plan to make Canada safer.

Canada Can Help Support The Long-Term Success Of Refugees

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Canada is a young country and we lack the long history and cultural heritage like European countries. We do not share the American Dream nor America's melting-pot culture. Thus, we provide better ground for multiculturalism to flourish; we let refugees and immigrants from around the world preserve their culture and heritage.

Banning Religious Attire Will Only Create More Division In Society

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's too much to ask French citizens to explain how banning the burkini in any way diminishes security threats. If bans on religious attire that are so popular in France were indeed so constructive in the fight against terrorism why are the levels of anxiety continually on the rise in the country?

We Need Unity In The Face Of Attacks On Education In Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Lauryn Oates

Militaries come and go, regimes rise and fall. But the social change that comes from education is irreversible. Every teacher capable of inculcating curiosity in a young mind, every individual who persists in questioning, every student who learns new ideas and spreads them to others, is a menace to the Taliban's plans.

Terror Attack In Canada 'Could Happen,' Warns Public Safety Minister

HuffPost/CP | Althia Raj and The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Ralph Goodale described the country's national terrorism threat level as "medium."

American Involvement In Canadian Terror Cases Must Be Questioned

Monia Mazigh | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Aaron Driver died in obscure and tragic circumstances, and we may never know what really happened to him. Nevertheless, asking questions and demanding answers can help us to learn from the past and move forward. Linking the case of Aaron Driver to the question of radicalization is a simplistic and misleading narrative. Demanding answers about the FBI's role in his death, however, is more crucial than ever.

Canada Must Become A Leader In Countering Radicalization: Goodale

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics

The comments come after a terror suspect was killed last week.

After Aaron Driver, How Will We Confront Jihadi Ideology In Canada?

Tahir Gora | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada
Tahir Gora

A fundamental question that often arises here is what's Islamist extremism? The roots of Islamist extremism stem out of the concept of armed Jihad, which endorses the idea of domination of Islam through armed struggle. The very same concept is being adopted by ISIL.

We Cannot Compromise Justice In Canada's Fight Against Terror

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

I have full confidence in the ability of our authorities to protect us from those who intend to harm us and hold them to account. But one thing worries me about the way today's authorities locate, arrest or even kill terror suspects, and it was recently highlighted in a B.C. judge's argument against the RCMP.

Do We Have A Pattern Of Police Entrapment In Canada?

Monia Mazigh | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Last week, Justice Catherine Bruce, a judge from British Columbia, made history in Canada and in North America in general. She ruled that John Nutall and Amanda Korody, two Canadian convicted on terrorism charges, were instead entrapped by the RCMP. The unusual factor here isn't that entrapment was used, but the decision of the judge to accept it as one.

End Abusive Invocation Of 'Self-Defence' In Response To Terror

Nicolas Boeglin | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nicolas Boeglin

Among the signatories, we find distinguished members of international law community as well a younger researchers and assistants. The objective of this collective initiative is to challenge the invocation of the legal argument of self-defence by several States in the context of the war against ISIL or ISIS.

Trump Is Fuelling The Rise Of White Fright

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Donald Trump's apocalyptic acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was easily the scariest political event I've ever witnessed outside of 1930s newsreels. As CNN's Anderson Cooper summed up: "He painted a dark and frightening picture of America, he talked about people being attacked by criminals, attacked by terrorists, betrayed by their leaders, the game is fixed. And he said he can be their voice." The thing about this tactic -- a far cry from conservative saint Ronald Reagan's inspirational "shining city on a hill" much less Obama's hope and change optimism -- is that it captures (and, yes, fuels) the zeitgeist of white America.

Trumpers Support A Muslim Ban They Know Will Never Work

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Many Americans likely realize that actually putting this thing into effect risks compromising a Constitution that Americans greatly value. The idea of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, while attractive to many Republicans, is surely seen as unrealistic by members of the GOP.

We Cannot Silence Terror By Silencing The News

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

There's a growing number of people who think ending news reporting on acts of terror will somehow #SilenceTerror. And I could not disagree more with this all-too-convenient answer to a complex issue. Proper news reporting may seem to give credence to terrorist organizations who actively court such media attention, but it will never truly further their cause -- not when reporting often counters and negates the narratives spun by extremist organizations. Amid the shouting of social media, professional reporting offers fact, reason and, most importantly, context.

Halifax Honours The Victims Of Baghdad's Karrada Bombing

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Candles were lit in downtown Halifax for the souls lost in Baghdad's Karrada bombing. Around 100 people gathered in silence at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street to take a stand against violence and fear.

Je Suis Humanity

Jari Qudrat | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

If our social media profiles can tint in support of Paris, Belgium, and Orlando, then why not change for Turkey, Bangladesh, and Iraq? Innocent lives taken in Turkey airport, and no vigils, or landmarks, but when an attack of similar degree took place in Brussels we did all of the above. I'm often asked why Muslims don't speak out enough, but perhaps this is something we all need to work on.

Travelling In An Age Of Terror

Claire Newell | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Travel
Claire Newell

It's really sad when terrorist attacks and other tragic events halt travel to a country, especially because people depend on the tourism industry to make a living -- from restaurants and hotels to travel companies, shops and more. But big and small risks exist everywhere: overseas and at home.

Without Urgent Action, Millions Of Iraqi Children In Line Of Fire

David Morley | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

If you're a child in Iraq today, the odds of growing up in a safe and secure environment are not in your favour. According to a new UNICEF report, 3.6 million children in Iraq -- or one in five -- are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction or recruitment into armed groups.

I Think I Am Muslim, Therefore I Am

Jari Qudrat | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

Is it too much to ask in the 21st century to self-identify based on the beliefs you hold so dearly? After all, who has the right to tell me who I am and who I'm not? Apparently the Pakistani government does, who have declared the Ahmadiyya community "infidel" and non-Muslim since the infamous ruling in 1974.

The Real Reason Why British MP-Killer Is Not Being Called A Terrorist

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Coverage did eventually begin discussing Mair's racist sympathies, but not before humanizing him as a community-minded, daffodil-planting individual suffering from mental illness. Such humanization and labelling restraint is rarely afforded to other ethnic and religious backgrounds.

After The Orlando Massacre, So Many Questions And So Few Answers

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Instead of seeing this man as a radicalized religious terrorist, we could consider the possibility that his ambivalence about his sexuality and his shame about his preferences made him despise and want to punish those people whom he desired. It certainly wouldn't be the first case of this happening.

Counterterrorism Plans Won't Be Effective Until Biases Are Addressed

Monia Mazigh | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Last federal budget, the government announced the plan to create a counter terrorism office. This new initiative named as the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Co-ordinator would cost Canadian taxpayers $35 millions dollars. With an initial funding of $3 million in 2016-2017 and a $10 million a year in the subsequent years.