As defined by the US FBI, 'the unlawful use of force against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in the furtherance of political or social objectives'
Understanding Mohammed's kidnapping, torture and burning alive as a symbolic act of political terror by members of a colonial settler society rather than an isolated act of violence, a 'hate crime' by a few Jewish extremists, enables us to locate the inscription of violence and suffering on the colonized body in the structural foundations of the Israeli settler colonial state.
The outlook for Libya remains uncertain and we can see that Afghanistan has returned to the bottom of the GPI amid mounting political instability, a rise in terrorist activity and in the level of political terror.
Firmly located and filmed in the Berlin underground, pic cannily blends formula tropes with 20th century German political terror, from the Nazi era through the East German Stasi--and may put a damper on the fad of exploring urban sewer systems.
The country was previously ranked relatively high in the GPI, peaking at 46th in 2009, with low scores for most measures of societal safety and security apart from respect for human rights (the Political Terror Scale) and the ease of access to light weapons.
Two books were helpful: Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence--from domestic abuse to political terror, by Judith Herman, and The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, by Babette Rothschild.
As Freedom House noted recently, Russia's past year was marked by ''electoral abuses, declining religious freedom, greater state controls over the presentation of history, growing police corruption, and the repeated use of political terror against victims including human rights activists and journalists.