The recent massacre in Las Vegas claimed 58 people and injured hundreds more. This tragedy shook the nation. As the dust settled people began to search for answers, security, and meaning. How we interpret events of this nature is important not only for our collective narrative, but also to better understand and prevent future atrocities. Many began to call the perpetrator a terrorist. However not every massacre is an act of terrorism. This article creates a framework to better understand the differences in various types of massacres. It then further explains why a more careful and nuanced approach is useful. Continue reading
Fake News is not a new problem but with the internet its effects are magnified. Fake News can take many different forms but it boils down to a form of media that is relaying inaccurate information, either accidentally or maliciously. False information can spread instantly on the internet. The best and sometimes only method of prevention is education. It is up to us to filter the nonsense in order to find credible and honest sources of information. These are a few ways to determine if what you are reading is Fake News. Continue reading
The so-called Islamic State has issued threats to Canadians and specifically urged followers to attack on Canada Day. Should we be worried?
Cyber security is a problem that will not leave our headlines anytime soon. An unfortunate reality about the digital age is that with new technologies comes new threats. Our interconnected global society is at risk, seemingly daily, from an onslaught of major hacks.
Canada’s history contains numerous chapters of domestic extremism. In Quebec the FLQ once terrorized the province by kidnapping politicians and bombing political targets. During the Oka Crisis tensions between the Indigenous and the settlers boiled over in dramatic waves of violence. Canada is no stranger to extremes on our soil and the most prominent form of violent ideological expression gripping our country today is Islamic Terrorism.
A speech by Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to take place at UC Berkeley on February 1st 2017. Angry protesters surrounded the facility and demanded the event to be called off. A fire was set and the protesters became violent, ultimately resulting in the cancellation of the speech. Continue reading
E-International Relations is an online academic resource that offers free texts on a variety of topics. I was very impressed when I stumbled onto their collection. They cover a wide variety of subject matter including the ongoing situations in the Middle East, the conflict in Ukraine, and on Climate Change. Continue reading