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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.
Dan Coats, left, then director of national intelligence, told Congress in 2019 about the potential danger of a pandemic. Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Was the coronavirus outbreak an intelligence failure?

Warnings about major disease outbreaks are supposed to come from national and international medical intelligence and surveillance agencies that most Americans have never heard of.
Air raid wardens in Washington, D.C., conduct a practice air raid. Office for Emergency Management, Office of War Information/National Archives

Cold War-style preparedness could help fight future pandemics

Since the Cold War, Americans have shifted from engaging in active self-rescue to passively waiting for help from a centralized, bureaucratic federal emergency response.
America lags when it comes to being able to speak more than one language. Monopoly919/Shutterstock.com

7 reasons to learn a foreign language

Better job prospects and richer lives are among the many reasons to learn a foreign language, an expert on foreign language instruction writes.
Facebook’s initiative places the company in a complicated situation, as increased user privacy, while positive, could come with potential impunity for offenders. SHUTTERSTOCK

Facebook’s push for end-to-end encryption is good news for user privacy, as well as terrorists and paedophiles

Facebook is planning to put end-to-end encryption on all its messaging services soon. But governments aren't happy about it, as it could make it harder to catch criminals.
Climate change is expected to increase the severity of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, straining Australia’s ability to respond through humanitarian missions and fuelling more climate migration. Vlad Sokhin/UNICEF handout

Climate change poses a ‘direct threat’ to Australia’s national security. It must be a political priority

A Senate report recommended several measures the government should take to prepare for climate-fuelled migration, natural disasters and conflicts. The response so far has been underwhelming.

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