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When blocking a highway, who is a domestic terrorist and who is a peaceful protester? And does it make a legal difference? David Ryder/Getty Images

The ‘domestic terrorist’ designation won’t stop extremism

Legally designating domestic extremist groups as terrorist organizations – as some in the US advocate now – will have limited benefits, if any at all.
A young man in Ontario (not pictured) affiliated with incel culture has been charged with terrorism, which may pose problems for how we understand national security. (Shutterstock)

Why charging incels with terrorism may make matters worse

The decision to charge an incel youth with terrorism reinforces worrying trends in counterterrorism.
A man and his son pay respects at a memorial to a teacher in Debert, N.S. on April 21, 2020. RCMP say at least 23 people are dead after a man went on a murder rampage in Nova Scotia communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Let’s call the Nova Scotia mass shooting what it is: White male terrorism

Until we acknowledge that toxic white masculinity is fuelling mass murders, aggrieved white men will continue to commit them -- and we'll all continue to pay the price.
Released prisoners sit in a bus outside Ankara, Turkey – while government critics remain behind bars due to Turkey’s sweeping terror laws. AP

Turkey releasing murderers – but not political opponents – from prison amid coronavirus pandemic

To stem the spread of COVID-19, Turkey is releasing 90,000 prison inmates. Not on the list for release: tens of thousands of academics, journalists and others the regime sees as political threats.
An Uighur woman rests near a barricaded structure and heavily armed Chinese policemen in Urumqi. Ng Han Guan/AP Photo

I was in China doing research when I saw my Uighur friends disappear

A scholar who spent 24 months in the Uighur-dominated regions of China recalls when the Chinese crackdown on Uighurs started in 2017 – people were picked up and never returned.
Military commanders inspect arms and ammunitions recovered from Boko Haram jihadists. Audu Marte/AFP via Getty Images

Should Nigeria have released Boko Haram suspects?

The re-integration of defectors from terror groups into society is a conundrum governments in conflict situations have to deal with across the world.
Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

When we call survivors ‘heroes,’ we’re missing the full picture

We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them "heroes." Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.

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