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February Today in Terrorism

February 23, 1984: Parliamentary candidate assassinated in Spain

On this day in 1984 a hooded gunman assassinated a Socialist candidate for the regional parliament, three days before the hotly contested Basque elections

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February Today in Terrorism

February 9, 2009: ETA Bombing in Spain

On this day in 2009 a bomb inside a van exploded in northeastern Madrid, after a warning call by ETA

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September Today in Terrorism

September 20, 1980: ETA kill four members of Spain’s Guardia Civil at a bar

There are terrorists groups that have their rise and fall over time. Some groups are remarkably resilient and longlasting, such as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) which is pretty close to a century old. Others are a flash in the pan such as the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) which lasted only between 1973 and 1975 […]

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A Canadian (i.e. inoffensive) way to talk about terrorism

We Canadians are a deferential bunch. Our national phrase is ‘sorry’ (NB if you want to find a Canadian in a crowd quickly just step on everyone’s toes. The first person to say ‘sorry’ to you is the Canadian). We really try not to offend anyone. This deep-seated desire to be inoffensive even extends to […]

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Assassination of Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco – December 20, 1973

On this day in 1973, a massive bomb buried under a Madrid street exploded as a car carrying Prime Minister Carrero Blanco detonated.

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Why we need to be careful in declaring an end to terrorism

Terrorism is really hard to defeat. Governments often announce ‘victory’ over terrorist entities to sound positive, but these pronouncements are usually hollow.