Category Archives: North America

Growing danger from right-wing violence

The mosque massacre in New Zealand has focused attention on right-wing and white-nationalist violence, as reported here. Last year in the U.S., 49 of 50 extremist-related killings were tied to far-right perpetrators, and the EU saw a doubling in 2017 … Continue reading

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Elder fraud

U.S. authorities announced a year-long “largest-ever” elder fraud crackdown resulting in criminal and civil charges against 260 defendants for defrauding more than 2 million victims out of $750 million, as reported here. The total annual loss to elder Americans is … Continue reading

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Women, peace and security

This blog post notes the approaching 20th anniversary of the UN resolution on Women, Peace and Security, which promotes “gender mainstreaming in militaries and peacekeeping missions.” It also reviews a new book detailing both accomplishments and challenges of WPS, including … Continue reading

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Mexico continues to struggle

Mexico’s new president promised a different approach when he was running for office — “to withdraw the military from regions wracked by drug violence and focus on education, social programs, and job creation to help young people avoid falling into … Continue reading

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Terrorism at lowest level since 2002

Global terrorism has been decreasing steadily since 2002. The number of terror attacks decreased 19.8% in 2017, following drops of 9.2% and 11.5% in the preceding two years, according to this article. Terrorism-related deaths declined 24.2% in 2017 following drops … Continue reading

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U.S. role in investigating atrocities & war crimes

The FBI has an International Human Rights Investigation Unit that continues work begun after World War II to bring “perpetrators of atrocity crimes to justice in the United States by investigating suspected perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, torture, recruitment of … Continue reading

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Race relations report in Ottawa

Following a fatal encounter with a Somali-Canadian man in 2016, Ottawa police created an Outreach Liaison Team to study the agency’s relationship with its diverse community. The “unusually frank” internal report was completed a year ago but only recently made … Continue reading

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