The Terror of the Terrorists Nicole Morgan, Ph.D In November 2014, two young women from Montreal were reported missing by their families who feared they had joined the Islamic State in Syria. Two is hardly a trend, but according to Amarnath Amarasingam, a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University who has been studying the issue, theirs is not an isolated case.
Matthew Fisher had it right. The recent parliamentary discussion over the role of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Iraq is largely foolish and naïve. There has been too much politicking, too much talking, and not enough thinking. While recognizing that the central issue revolved around Opposition attempts to score political points by claiming Prime Minister Harper apparently misled Parliament
Sometimes it takes more than the morning paper and the evening news to understand what’s going on. Herewith five books The Vimy Report recommends to its readers to provide context for today’s fast moving events. Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties, by Paul Johnson, Harper Collins, 1991 There’s nothing like a good history of the last
Hasibullah Yusufzai, 25, of Burnaby, B.C. has been charged under a new law forbidding terror-related travel. Yusufzai is believed to have left Canada in January 2014 to join Islamist fighters in Syria. This is the first instance of charges laid under a new part of the Canadian Criminal Code, making it a criminal offence to either leave or even attempt
While there already exists a website to provide travel advisories, the Department of Foreign Affairs does not believe it goes far enough. Artur Wilczynski, the department’s director general of international security and intelligence recently delivered a proposal to include risk levels for regions identified as those with high levels of terrorist activity. Wilczynski’s presentation to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security targets tourists, relief workers,
The Ottawa Citizen can’t seem to make up its mind regarding the threat level to the nation’s capital from terrorist organizations. Specifically, the paper calls out Iran as a top candidate for extremist action against Ottawa: But the newly declassified ITAC report raises the spectre of a sophisticated assault by an organization with proven capabilities for political assassinations and bombings.
A Calgary man, identified as Farah Mohamed Shirdon has joined the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) fighting in Iraq and Syria. Shirdon is the third man from Calgary known to have joined ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. While it may seem strange that a Canadian would join these terrorist groups overseas, Shaikh said these individuals don’t typically
In a recent interview with the Canadian Press, Russian Ambassador Georgiy Mamedov said Russia learned nothing of value from information provided by former Canadian navy officer Jeffrey Delisle. Delisle began selling Western military secrets in 2007, and over the course of four years Mamedov claims that nothing they received registered much more than a yawn. “Russia gained nothing whatsoever,” he
Other countries have been much more proactive than Canada in identifying and radicalizing extremists at home. Our country’s well-founded reputation as a passive wallflower means Canada can be an incubator for terrorists who then take their views abroad. In his article for The Globe and Mail, Michael Zekulin argues: Inaction emboldens those seeking to radicalize our citizens to continue operating with