Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Countering Terrorism on the Canadian Homefront

Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence released its interim report titled Countering the Terrorist Threat in Canada: And Interim Report. The committee was charged with studying and reporting on cyber espionage, threats to critical infrastructure, terrorist recruitment and financing, and terrorist operations and prosecutions, among other threats. Considering the testimony...

Legal Responses to Health Emergencies

Conducted in February of 2015, The Global Legal Research Center from the Law Library of Congress published a European Union World Health Organization [WHO] study regarding the Legal Responses to Health Emergencies in 23 different countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya,...

Is Cyberspace Safer Than You Think?

The Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chatham House have released a paper titled, Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime. With all of the recent media coverage on large-scale data breaches, a person could conclude that Cyberspace is a very unsafe place. The author, Eric Jardine, would disagree...

How’s WHO doing?

After the Ebola outbreak, experts are now assessing the handling of the situation by the World Health Organization (WHO). The panel found that there need to be significant changes made throughout all levels of WHO. The panel also found that there are many shortcomings in the International Health Regulations released...

Iran Nuclear Deal: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

After a 17 day marathon of negotiations, an agreement has finally been made between the P5(plus)1 and Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program. Since 2002 when the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, revealed to the world the Arak heavy-water production facility, the world nuclear powers have been...

“Climate Change Does Not Exist!”

That is what some skeptics might say nowadays, but a recent independent report commissioned by the G7 members (United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) argues otherwise.  The report, titled “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks“, focuses on...

FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts

On July 9, 2015, The Government Accountability Office [GAO] released a report, FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts. From 2007, the GAO reviewed FEMA’s workforce and noted the difficulties that FEMA was facing. FEMA has outlined a strategy to improve GAO’s workforce by: “[1]...

Making a Dangerous Job Safer: Report Provides Roadmap Toward Smarter Fire Fighting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collaborated with the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to produce the recent “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting: Summary Report“. In this report, readers find statistics regarding the hazards of fire fighting, damage caused, lives lost and disadvantages faced by fire fighters. ...

Increasing Accountability at Our Borders

In late June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Interim Report of the CBP Integrity Advisory Panel, detailing shortfalls in the agency and recommendations to overcome them. The three recommendations are titled Assuring Integrity, Preventing Unauthorized Use of Force, and Improving Transparency. The report details the lack of...

Fatal Attraction: Western Muslimas and ISIS

This issue of Perspectives on Terrorism focuses on the increasing membership of ISIL (Islamic State of the Levant (a.k.a ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria))) …specifically the number of women from Western countries. A rough estimate states that there have been at least 500 Muslim women who have decided...