Trudeau’s Smart Bet, How To Defeat Terrorists, Belgium and Dutch Challenge, Home Grown,

What I’m listening to.

Sonata overo Toccata quinta a violino solo 'detta la Laura rilucente'

Deficit? What deficit?

Globe and Mail -- Trudeau betting most Canadians don't really care about deficits

Anyone watching closely was able to roughly guess the size of the $29.4-billion deficit before the government unveiled it in Tuesday’s federal budget. But when it was there in black and white, it was still a shock for the policy wonks and pundits reading it. And there was no zero further along in the tables – no reassuring projection that in four or five years, the books will be balanced again.

(ed’s note -- impossible commutes, broken bridges, Flint like Aboriginal living conditions, child care chaos, of course Canadians are going to support a government that tries to fix these problems particularly when every mainstream economist agrees that given the low level of interest rates and the importance of these investments in the long term health of the economy they are the right thing to do.)

The video below is an hour plus video on defeating terrorism, great in depth discussion.

Peace and Justice - Combating Terror with Intelligence - Michael Sheehan

Counterterrorist expert and author Michael A. Sheehan spoke onTuesday, Oct. 5, in the Mitchell Auditorium on The College of St. Scholastica campus. The title of his discussion is "Combating Terror with Intelligence."

The book.

Crush the Cell -- Michael Sheehan

How are terrorist groups defeated? It’s not military force.

The Rand Corporation -- How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa'ida

All terrorist groups eventually end. But how do they end? The evidence since 1968 indicates that most groups have ended because (1) they joined the political process (43 percent) or (2) local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed key members (40 percent). Military force has rarely been the primary reason for the end of terrorist groups, and few groups within this time frame have achieved victory. 


Create -- Terrorist Group Survival: Ideology, Tactics, and Base of Operations

Terrorist groups located in democratic countries with an intermediate amount of ethnic fractionalization tend to remain active longer, although these findings are not robust and need further study. 


E-International Relations -- A Policy of Violence: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Tactics in the Algerian War of Independence and Algerian Civil War

The scene was all too familiar for those living in Algeria between 1954 and 1962. Calls for independence quickly escalated into an all-out war against the French that took hundreds of thousands of lives, before France granted Algeria independence. But, even after independence, Algeria’s struggles continued. Disparate groups, united in their hatred for the FLN-led regime, engulfed the nation in years of ceaseless violence, sleepless nights, and uncertain futures. It appeared that Algeria could never have peace, democracy, or either.

In for the long haul.

Gatestone Institute -- The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013

Belgium and the Netherlands have some of the largest Muslim communities in the European Union, in percentage terms.

Home grown.

The Australian -- War against homegrown terrorists

At 11am on December 2, about 100 kilometres east of Los Angeles, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, stormed into a Christmas party for employees of the San Bernardino county public-health department, where Farook worked.

Quote -- “Lone-wolf jihadists have killed a total of 45 Americans in the US in the past decade and a half. Each of these deaths is a tragedy, but this isn’t remotely on the scale of the national catastrophe that unfolded on the morning of September 11, 2001.” 

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