A quick scapegoatery prevention manual

Terrorist attacks struck Brussels this morning, at Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station. An airport and a metro station I’ve used multiple times. Apparently, the attackers were Islamist terrorists. It’s a very scary thought; I or any one of hundreds of people I know could have been caught up there. I have dozens of friends in the Brussels area and a handful of my better-connected Burundian friends have been laying low there.   Many commentators have aptly observed that the brainwashed individuals responsible for the attacks were attacking Westerners’ “right to free mobility”– a right that we take for granted, a right that Western governments are doing all they can to deny to most of the people fleeing places where ISIS represents a daily threat. But I digress.

I did see this meme floating around, which provides some solid tips for distinguishing useful news from sensationalism during events like these.

 

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About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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