Jul 14, 2019

Terrorism: plus ca change (part 2)

If you are a faithful reader of my blogs or have had the opportunity to listen to my podcasts you will know that I have been going on lately about Buddhist terrorism. Yes, I am referring to that oddly-phrased form of violent extremism which I imagine strikes most as oxymoronic (can peaceful Buddhists REALLY engage […]

Jul 14, 2019

Terrorism: plus ca change (part 1)

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) For many in the post 9/11 world it may seem as if terrorism is something new – and terrible. We are constantly inundated with news about attacks here and attacks there, sometimes […]

Jul 11, 2019

Remember Al Qaeda? It’s baaaacckkk!

When you have been at war with something for almost two decades it is important to declare ‘victory’ at some point. Those whose support you – i.e. the public/taxpayer – need and want to see some results for the actions they are backstopping. Fighting for years with no sense that you are winning is a […]

Jul 08, 2019

What the annual CSIS report tells us about national security and public safety

This piece appeared in The Hill Times on July 1, 2019. It should come as a surprise to no one in this country that the activities of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) are secret. After all, CSIS is a spy agency and all good such organisations do not tend to shout their methods and […]