All posts by Alessandro Burato

03Ott/16

Safety and Security Planning for Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games: A Great Opportunity for a Safer Durban – by Giovanni Pisapia

Every year, in September, the South African Police Service (SAPS) releases the official crime statistics for South Africa. The statistics reflect the total numbers of crimes for various categories recorded by the police for the previous financial year – from the 1st April of the previous year to the 31st March of the release year (Institute for Security Studies, 2016a). Continue reading

30Set/16

The Charlotte social unrest violence: Why islamist terrorism is not the sole security threat – By Maria Alvanou

Since the attack of September 11, the U.S. took the lead in the struggle against terrorism. They did so dealing with it in the context of “war against enemies of the nation”, so that american citizens are protected from “external” threats that challenge the security of the country. This line of response set standards (legal, military, and police) that affected counterterrorism strategy globally. Yet it is not terrorist attacks, but social unrest violence that has been challenging seriously and repeatedly the domestic security of the country. Killings of members of the African American community by the police, as well as more generally the phenomenon of police brutality in relation to racial prejudice[1] have been the background for serious protests, violent riots, even “revenge shootings”[2]. Continue reading

28Lug/16

“Ich bin Deutscher! Ich bin hier geboren!” Identità sconnesse e violenza estrema nelle ultime ondate di terrore in Germania – by Barbara Lucini

“Sono tedesco! Sono nato in Germania”: questa frase urlata in modo tanto rabbioso quanto difensivo da Ali David Sonboly dovrebbe diventare il simbolo delle violenze occorse in questi ultimi giorni in Germania, ma anche Francia e USA, così come potrebbe essere una valida quanto oramai sottovalutata risposta alla domanda Warum? Perché? Continue reading

27Lug/16

Esperienza di rischio e comportamenti protettivi – by Davide Scotti

Il periodo feriale 2016 si è purtroppo caratterizzato per i numerosi episodi di sangue che sembrano mettere a rischio la possibilità di rilassarsi. Gli attentati sono in luoghi diversi e particolarmente comuni nella vita di ciascuno con la conseguenza che qualsiasi contesto può essere rischioso e quindi aumentare lo stress personale. La continua sensazione di pericolo, sempre e ovunque, condiziona il modo di percepire la realtà per cui un evento apparentemente banale può essere avvertito come estremamente pericoloso. Molti sono i falsi allarmi dopo le calamità e gli attentati. Continue reading

27Lug/16

St. Etienne du Rouvray church attack in France: “Je suis Chretien” – by Maria Alvanou

On July 26th a new attack took place in France that IS took responsibility of. In the Catholic church of St. Etienne du Rouvray near Rouen, during mass, two armed Islamists entered and carried out their act of terror. They slit the throat of priest Fr. Jacques Hammel (who was 84 years old). As it was reported in the media, they made him kneel and filmed their deed, while nuns as well members of the congregation were held hostages. The whole event ended with the two perpetrators getting shot by French authorities. Continue reading

23Lug/16

July 22 shootings in Germany: The implications of a possible new Munich attack – by Maria Alvanou

July 22 was already a black day for Europe. It was in 2011 when Breivik assumed his deadly activity in Norway, showing to Europeans that terrorism activity today is not an Islamist privilege. Although current international security seems to focus in addressing global jihadi campaigns, there are other sources of threat, equally dangerous, that require attention. Five years later, July 22 is once again a black day for Europeans. Not long after Nice, we are shocked again due to death and injury from attacks that have taken place in Munich. Continue reading

15Lug/16

“Truck attack” in Nice: initial comments on operational issues – by Maria Alvanou

Bastil Day in France has been marred yesterday night by a deadly attack that has resulted in people getting killed and injured. The numbers of victims continuously rise as this short first commentary is written. A truck crushed into crowds that were out gathered for the celebrations and the driver has been shot dead by the authorities.

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15Lug/16

Lo spettacolo nel centro dello spettacolo: l’attacco di Nizza

Ieri sera, intorno alle 22.30, un camion ha investito le centinaia di persone presenti sul lungomare di Nizza per assistere ai fuochi d’artificio del 14 luglio. Nel centro dello spettacolo per le celebrazioni della presa della Bastiglia, la minaccia del terrorismo si fa vedere, anche in maniera evidente, sottolineando il valore comunicativo degli attacchi suicida: non puoi fermare chi vuole ucciderti e in questo caso non puoi fermare un camion lanciato a velocità sulla folla che non può fare altro che fuggire. Continue reading