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A makeshift memorial at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch after a gunman killed 50 worshippers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid. Mick Tsikas/AAP

We need to stop conflating Islam with terrorism

The arguments of far right commentators who conflate Islam with extremism are flawed. In the rich and complex tradition of Islam, extremists are a small minority who often target other Muslims.
Schools have the opportunity to develop students’ voices and agency to shape greater political civility and civic engagement. Shutterstock

How schools can foster civic discussion in an age of incivility

The extent to which schools foster political deliberation, engagement, understanding and empathy has far-reaching implications for our democracy.
A memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter killed 11 and wounded six on Oct. 27, 2018. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Terror isn’t always a weapon of the weak – it can also support the powerful

The attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and the sending of pipe bombs to critics of the current administration are examples of the increase in the violence on the margins of the right.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in orange headgear, greets members of Sikh community during his visit to Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)

Is Sikh extremism really active in Canada?

Recent reports of the presence of Sikh extremists in Canada have put both the prime minister and the federal leader of the NDP party on the defensive about their positions.

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