Tag Archives: terrorism

The Duque effect: one social leader is assassinated in Colombia almost every day now

by Adriaan Alsem

Violence against Colombia’s community leaders and human rights defenders has escalated to the point that a leader is assassinated almost every day, according to a leading think tank.

According to conflict monitoring NGO Indepaz, 416 leaders have been assassinated between the beginning of a peace process on December 1, 2016 and Thursday.

Private sector behind mass killing of Colombia’s social leaders: prosecution

by Adriaan Alsema

Colombia’s private sector is using death squads to assassinate social leaders who seek the return of stolen land, according to the country’s prosecution.

Authorities have long claimed that drug traffickers and ELN guerrillas were behind the killings, but top officials told President Ivan Duque on Thursday that businessmen are behind many of the killings to prevent the restitution of land they stole during the war.

Why terrorists attack concert halls

When a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom, killing concertgoers as they filed out of pop star Ariana Grande’s show, he joined a particularly insidious tradition of attacks on entertainment spaces. The killers who carry out such acts of terrorism aren’t simply launching assaults on Western culture. They’re attempting to destroy the particular freedom that comes from surrendering to art, exploiting the very vulnerability that accompanies that surrender.

Greece | Evidence of Parcel Bomb Against Former Greek PM Leads to Known Terrorist Group

After collecting evidence from the scene of the parcel bomb explosion in the car of former prime minister Lucas Papademos, Greek police suspect that the perpetrators are linked with the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire terrorist group.

France | Louvre attendance falls as tourists stay away from Paris

The Louvre has announced that its total attendance in 2016 fell to 7.3 million. This compares to its record attendance of around 9.3 million only two years ago, when the museum projected visitor numbers could rise to 12 million by 2025. The Louvre attributed the decline to the fall in foreign tourists visiting Paris in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016. It is likely to remain the world’s most visited art museum in The Art Newspaper’s annual survey: the British Museum in London attracted 6.8 million visitors in 2015, placing it second to the Paris museum.