Making sense of violent attacks

In the aftermath of this week's tragedy in Toronto, how do we come to the grips with such violence? And who do we blame?

Making sense of violent attacksLike most columnists, I’m usually inspired to write on topics that are aligned with my areas of interest. My usual fare is politics, history and economics, but I’ll sometimes write about art, sport, music, and even animation and comic strips. Every once in a while, I’ll pick an issue that doesn’t perfectly fit in one…

Vasili Arkhipov kept his head and saved us from nuclear destruction

We owe so much to Vasili Arkhipov, yet he’s not well known. He kept his cool while those around him were losing it during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Vasili Arkhipov kept his head and saved us from nuclear destructionWhere would we be without Vasili Arkhipov? Would we be here at all? Who is Vasili Arkhipov? Before I get to that, let’s talk about the dangerous world we live in. North Korea is bristling with nuclear bombs. The rogue nation is completely unpredictable. South Korea, Japan – and, apparently, North America – are all…

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech corner

Industrial security in the cyber age must include more than an outdated line of concrete, fences, guns and guards

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech cornerBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist In the same way that shopping online is convenient, terrorism and sabotage are becoming easier. A terrorist, hacker-for-hire or deranged person can gain remote control of power grids, water works, hospitals, industrial operations, self-driving cars and traffic lights. The Internet of things (IoT)…

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?

No political spin doctor or Liberal-friendly talking head can ever make Trudeau’s inexplicable meeting with the Boyle family go away

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?Joshua Boyle’s story has never smelled right. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior advisers surely knew this, so it boggles the mind why they proceeded with a meeting with the former Afghanistan hostage. The son of a federal tax court judge, Boyle grew up in Breslau, Ont. He graduated from the University of Waterloo…

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanation

Joshua Boyle met with Justin Trudeau before Christmas. Now, with a photo making the rounds and Boyle facing charges, questions are being asked

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanationNot so long ago, I was in Vancouver at the same time as Jean Chretien. We decided to get together at a spot in Gastown. It was sunny and a truly beautiful day. Looking outside, Chretien suggested we go for a walk. So we left to take a walk – me, the former prime minister…

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic State

The IS brand of Islam institutionalizes sexism, misogyny, homophobia, racism, sectarianism and slavery. It’s a barbaric credo

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic StateIn October 2017, Britain’s International Development Minister, Rory Stewart, made a case for the in-theatre termination of Britons fighting for the Islamic State (IS). Stewart said: “They believe in an extremely hateful doctrine which involves … trying to use violence and brutality to create an eighth-century … state. …. [T]hese people are a serious danger…

The peculiar cult of Che Guevara

Guevara’s primary political instinct was totalitarian, with a propensity to violence

The peculiar cult of Che GuevaraIreland has just issued a postage stamp commemorating Che Guevara. Featuring the ubiquitous two-tone portrait created by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, the stamp marks the 50th anniversary of Guevara’s death on October 9, 1967. The postal service’s rationale is that Guevara had Irish ancestry and that Fitzpatrick’s artwork “appears on t-shirts, posters, badges and clothing…

Looking past the symbols to see the real perpetrators of evil

To be truly inclusive and open, we must recognize that acts of terror aren't about race or religion, they're about evil individuals

Looking past the symbols to see the real perpetrators of evilThere’s only one lesson to be learned from the terrible events of last weekend in Las Vegas and Edmonton. It’s to examine our first reactions to both incidents and recognize a valuable self-teaching moment that should adjust our perceptions in the future. When the suspect who stabbed a police officer and attempted to run down…

The legacy of 9/11: no end in sight for the war on terror

We’ve spent the last 16 years fighting the symptoms of jihadism but we’ve made little progress in dealing with its root causes

The legacy of 9/11: no end in sight for the war on terrorThis week marks the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. It wasn’t the beginning of jihadism or terrorism. Nor was it the first attack by jihadists in Europe or North America. Still, 9/11 marks a beginning. Sixteen years later, however, it’s still unclear what beginning it marks.…

A Canadian in New York: an outsider’s perspective on 9/11

It was a day when Americans were becoming very tribal – very fast – and circling the wagons of exclusion

A Canadian in New York: an outsider’s perspective on 9/11I remember. For me, those two words will always and forever denote only one day in my life. Every year since Sept. 11, 2001, I find myself returning to that Tuesday morning. I remember how it unfolded in the small community 130 km from New York City where I lived and worked. What’s most instantly…