Daniel Proussalidis - November 8th, 2013
OTTAWA – Canada’s list of banned terrorist entities is growing, with the addition of two Islamist groups Friday.
The list now includes two more al-Qaida-linked groups: Jabhat Al-Nusra, also known as the Front for the Defense of the Syrian People, and the Signatories in Blood, which is active in West Africa.
Jabhat al-Nusra is one of the rebel groups taking over territory in northern Syria recently, creating new concerns for Western backers of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The Signatories in Blood is believed to be behind a hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant last January that also included Canadian involvement, along with suicide bombings in Niger in March.
Public Safety Canada says in its regulatory filings for the expanded list that “everyone who knowingly participates in or contributes to any activity of a terrorist group … is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment.”
Daniel Proussalidis - February 20th, 2013
An alarming new report warns the next year “could be even more troublesome” for Canada than 2012 in terms of global trouble spots and economic worries.
“The Middle East is in worse shape than at the beginning of the Arab Spring; Iran looms ever more ominously … North Korea threatens the U.S. with nuclear weapons; the tone between China and Japan and other players of the region over islands dotting the South and East China Seas has become harsher,” said the Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDAI) in its latest strategic outlook. Read more…
John Robson - February 7th, 2013
The Globe and Mail, channeling Bob Rae, editorially scorned the Harper Administration for considering ”knee-jerk legislation” that would strip dual citizens of citizenship “if they go abroad to commit acts of terrorism, or acts of war against this country and its allies”. Even as rhetoric this is feeble; as analysis it is doubly so. Regrettably it seems to reflect widely held elite attitudes.