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The van that was used to kill ten people in the Toronto attack is cordoned off by police. Picture: Cole Burston/Getty

Dani Garavelli: Difference between Incel and jihadi killers

Alek Minassian – the 25-year-old who drove his van into pedestrians, killing 10 in Toronto last week – ticked every box for a lone wolf terrorist. He was a misfit, an outsider with a grievance, which he nursed until it turned into a rage. Then he took that rage to the internet where other misfits legitimised and politicised it, moulding it into an ideology of hatred. Minassian was radicalised, in other words, just like so many angry young men before him.

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Dani Garavelli: Time has come, but Ruth doesn’t realise it

Being named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018 is a double-edged sword for Ruth Davidson. On the one hand, it must be flattering to find herself described as “refreshing and rambunctious”, even if the judgment comes courtesy of Niall Ferguson, a man whose previous character references include suggesting the economist John Maynard Keynes’ homosexuality and childlessness rendered him indifferent to the welfare of future generations.

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Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement on 10 April, 1998. Picture: John Giles/PA

Dani Garavelli: Fateful memories of Northern Ireland peace

In March, 1999, I spent a night in a B&B just off the Falls Road in Springfield, Belfast. It was one of those ideas that was excellent in theory. I was in Northern Ireland to write a piece about the first anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. What better way to mark its tentative journey towards normality than by checking out a newly opened guest house in one of the city’s most notorious trouble spots?

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