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What Next?

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 11:41 am (UTC-4)
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The scale of the attacks across Paris is forcing a global rethink on how to prevent terrorism. Even as the violence unfolded last Friday evening, world leaders were going live, sending a clear message to the Islamic State that such carnage will not be allowed to stand. As the dead and injured are mourned, and Parisians try to absorb the terrible reality of the coordinated attacks, governments are asking what else must be done to stop such evil.

Why Paris? The Answer Can Be Found in Syria and Iraq

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 8:27 am (UTC-4)
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There, since September 2014, ISIS has lost significant territory and faces the near-term prospect of losing to a multiprong offensive by the international coalition that could decisively cripple the terrorist group. With these daunting prospects, ISIS is lashing out, much like a cornered animal, and the Paris attacks are part of this.

9/11 in 2015

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 3:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Cloudless blue skies with a hint of the coming autumn temperatures greeted Washingtonians Friday morning, delivering an eerie familiarity of how the day began Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Among the big news stories expected that day, Michael Jordan’s announcement he was coming out of retirement to play for the Washington Wizards. That and much more was rendered insignificant as the day’s events unfolded. Everything changed after the four-pronged attack on New York and Washington, killing nearly 3,000 people and leaving physical and emotional scars on countless more. The United States waged a war on the terrorists who launched these attacks, a war that endures 14 years later, with no end in sight. On this day of service and remembrance, some ask when the war will end while others find new ways to keep alive the memories of those who died for future generations.

The Golden Age of Terrorism

Posted July 29th, 2015 at 2:50 pm (UTC-4)
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Terrorists’ bombs going off frequently in New York, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles. More than a hundred hijackings of airplanes in the States. These weren’t the acts of ISIS-inspired terrorists in recent times, but of terrorists in America during the 1970s.

A Counterterrorism Strategy for White Shooters

Posted July 7th, 2015 at 2:58 pm (UTC-4)
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If a non-Muslim white American mass shooter is no different than a radical Islamic militant, then that raises the question: What “counterterrorism” methods should we be using on our homegrown terrorists? That’s the right question—because it turns out that we are really dealing with the same profile of person.

South Carolina Church Massacre: Hate Crime or Terrorism?

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 12:58 pm (UTC-4)
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The killing of nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston by a young white man has thrust gun control and racism front and center once again in America. Among the many pained questions being asked is whether or not the shooting should be defined as a hate crime or an act of terror.

Let’s Call Charleston Shooting What It Was: A Terrorist Attack

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 10:16 am (UTC-4)
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It’s become quite the national pastime (centuries in the making, in fact) that when violent, racially motivated and genocidal-like tragedies befall African Americans, the reflex is to avoid calling it what it is: domestic terrorism.

American Terrorism

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 9:47 am (UTC-4)
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The racially-motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina—one of the worst U.S. domestic terror attacks in years—serves as a terrible reminder that not all terrorists carry a black flag.