Many people turn to religion in times of need and we are in such a time with the coronavirus crisis. But while this is acceptable, some of the practices advocated by a few religious leaders are unhelpful and will aid in the spread of the virus. This too is religious extremism.

See our COVID-19 coverage at https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/tag/coronavirus/

In this podcast, retired Canadian intelligence analyst Phil Gurski discusses the subject of terrorism: what it is (and isn’t), trends, developments and more. Phil Gurski, author of five books on terrorism, is not shy to wade into controversial matters and provide his perspective honed from more than three decades in intelligence. From Canada to the greater West to the world, subscribe to listen to the thoughts of a person who 'worked at the coalface' for many years.

> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith
> The podcast is now available on Spotify
> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism
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What do we know about radicalisation to violence so far? Who are the leaders in this field and how can scholars and security intelligence practitioners work better together? Have a listen as Borealis talks to the University of Waterloo's religion scholar Lorne Dawson.

Lorne L. Dawson is a Canadian scholar of the sociology of religion who has written about new religious movements, the brainwashing controversy, and religion and the Internet. His work is now focused on religious terrorism and the process of radicalization, especially with regard to domestic terrorists.

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

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Podcast 34 - Discussing radicalization with Lorne Dawson

Counter terrorism is a cat and mouse game: sometimes the mice win.

On this day in 2010, at least 12 people, including a top local police official, were killed by two suicide bombings in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.

Read more: https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/2010-dagestan-suicide-bombings

> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism
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> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith

If you commit a crime in a foreign country that country has the right to arrest, try, convict, and imprison you (or execute you for a capital offence). Why should terrorists be any different?

In this podcast, retired Canadian intelligence analyst Phil Gurski discusses the subject of terrorism: what it is (and isn’t), trends, developments and more. Phil Gurski, author of five books on terrorism, is not shy to wade into controversial matters and provide his perspective honed from more than three decades in intelligence. From Canada to the greater West to the world, subscribe to listen to the thoughts of a person who 'worked at the coalface' for many years.

> Now available on Spotify
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> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith
> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism

Some terrorist groups are so small that they can only strike nationally or subnationally: others are truly transnational.

On this day in 2016, Boko Haram terrorists killed six Nigerien (not ‘Nigerian’) soldiers in the Diffa region of southeastern Niger.

Read more: https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/2016-six-nigerien-soldiers-killed-by-boko-haram

> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism
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> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith

Anyone can be a terrorist, irrespective of age, gender or other ‘characteristic’.

On this day in 2010, female suicide bombers are thought to have been behind an attack on the Moscow metro during the morning rush hour in which 38 people were killed.

Read more: https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/2010-moscow-metro-bombings

> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism
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> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again: even terrorists know this.

On this day in 2011 a series of huge explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen killed at least 150 people and wounded 45.

Read more: https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/2011-yemen-weapons-factory-attack

> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism
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> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith

Islamist extremists really hate the Jews and always cite them as the #1 problem in the world: sometimes they actually succeed in killing them.

On this day in 2002, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in during a seder in an Israeli hotel, killing at least 30, many of them children.

Read more: https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/2002-passover-massacre

> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism
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> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith

As much as terrorism is often easy to analyse when you know the perpetrator and the target, sometimes it beggars understanding.

On this day in 2018, the Volcanic Group Rupture Network Domination claimed an arson attack on communications cables in Berlin which led to a power outage, but no casualties.

Read more: https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/2018-berlin-arson-attack/

> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism
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> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith

COVID-19 is scary, very scary. We know that it is spread from person to person. So if a person spreads it deliberately can/should that person be charged with 'terrorism'?

In this time of COVID-19 we have enough to worry about without freaking out about terrorism!

See our COVID-19 coverage at https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/tag/coronavirus/

In this podcast, retired Canadian intelligence analyst Phil Gurski discusses the subject of terrorism: what it is (and isn’t), trends, developments and more. Phil Gurski, author of five books on terrorism, is not shy to wade into controversial matters and provide his perspective honed from more than three decades in intelligence. From Canada to the greater West to the world, subscribe to listen to the thoughts of a person who 'worked at the coalface' for many years.

> Now available on Spotify
borealisthreatandrisk.com
> Check out Phil latest book When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith
> Read Phil's daily blog Today in Terrorism

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