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Why it is so hard to decide what is – and what isn’t – terrorism

Terrorism is not as obvious as it may seem at times. Agreement on what is – and what isn’t – an act of terrorism can be quite difficult.

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Quick Hits 123 – Do conspiracy theories constitute an ‘ideology’

Lizard people, COVID, 5G… What conspiracy theories did the Christmas Day Nashville bomber believe in? Was he treated differently because he was white?

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No, violent incels are not terrorists

As the trial of Alek Minassian gets underway doubt is raised as to whether he is mentally responsible. Borealis looks at why we should not call violent incels ‘terrorists’.

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What terrorism and Mark Twain have in common

I cannot count the number of times a news article or an op-ed piece has declared that a terrorist group is “on the run” or “dying” or “facing serious challenges”. These declarations are greatly exaggerated.