Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

States of Emergency, Technologies of Terror, and the War of Networks  9.23.01

"On 9/11, in the blink of an eye, the United States was plunged into a state of emergency. In a carefully coordinated suicide attack, terrorist hijackers transformed three commercial jetliners into highly explosive kinetic weapons, which toppled the twin towers of the World Trade Center, substantially damaged the Pentagon, and killed over five thousand peopleā€¦" Read | Discuss

Analysis  9.19.01

Lost in America, Closer to Home
Michael Moore
"We have made it to Columbus, Ohio for the night and are staying just a couple of blocks from the state capitol building where Governor Rhodes gave the order on May 4, 1970, to send the National Guard to Kent State..." 9.19.01 Read | Discuss
Entrapments Rich Governments Cannot Escape: Governance Hotspots
Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago
"The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon brings home more clearly than ever, that we cannot hide behind the walls of our peace and prosperity. The evidence has been growing -- it is all over the place..." 9.16.01 Read | Discuss
An Afghan-American Speaks
Tamim Ansary
"I've been hearing a lot of talk about 'bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age.' Ronn Owens, on San Francisco's KGO Talk Radio, conceded today that this would mean killing..." 9.14.01 Read | Discuss
Fear and Self-Loathing
Eric S. Einhorn, UMass Amherst
"I have read your comments on the 'root causes' of the horror of 11 September. I think you have a thoughtful and often accurate understanding of many global issues, but I also think you have missed the main point..." 9.14.01 Read | Discuss
Asking "Why"
Michael Klare, Hampshire College
"I think its almost impossible for us in this country to conceive of what would drive people to this state of rage. And we are certainly getting no help on this from government officials.." 9.13.01 Read | Discuss
While Some Lash Out, Others Must Reach Out
Larry George, California State University, Long Beach
"Across the US, an ugly backlash against innocent Arab-Americans and American Muslims has erupted in the wake of last Tuesday's terrorist violence in New York and Washington..." 9.13.01 Read | Discuss
Welcome to the Desert of the Real!
Slavoj Zizek @ <nettime>
"The ultimate American paranoiac fantasy is that of an individual living in a small idyllic Californian city, a consumerist paradise, who suddenly starts to suspect that the world he lives in is a fake..." 9.13.01 Read | Discuss
"We Have All Been Stunned..."
David Newbury, Smith College
"We have all been stunned and enormously saddened by the events that have taken place in New York and Washington. And we have been forced to look within ourselves as well as to outside news reports.." 9.13.01 Read | Discuss
Clippings  9.24.02
A World Out of Touch With Itself: Where the Violence Comes From
Rabbi Michael Lerner @ Tikkun
"There is never any justification for acts of terror against innocent civilians -- it is the quintessential act of dehumanization and not recognizing the sanctity of others, and a visible symbol of a world increasingly irrational and out of control..." Broken link. 9.24.02 Read | Discuss
In New War on Terrorism, Words Are Weapons, Too
Celestine Bohlen @ New York Times
"The title of his show is 'Politically Incorrect,' which, until recently, was politically acceptable. But in a time when public discourse is constrained by barriers of taste, propriety and patriotism, the comments on Sept. 17 by the late-night talk show host Bill Maher..." 9.29.01 Read | Discuss
White House Whitewashers
Jake Tapper @ Salon
"Bush staffers chastise NBC for a Clinton interview, Fleischer whacks Maher and the Bush-was-in-danger story falls apart. Tension mounts between the White House and the media... this White House has developed a particularly tense, mutually distrustful relationship..." 9.27.01 Read | Discuss
Terror's First Victims
Janelle Brown @ Salon
"When fanatics like the Taliban seize control of Islamic countries, women are the first to suffer... Feminists and human rights activists have been concerned about the Taliban's oppression of women for years, and in the aftermath of the World Trade Center..." 9.24.01 Read | Discuss
"I am a Muslim. I am an American..."
Muhammad Ali
"I am a Muslim. I am an American. As an American Muslim, I want to express my deep sadness and anguish at the tremendous loss of life that occurred on Tuesday. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam does not promote terrorism or the killing of people..." Broken link. 9.23.01 Read | Discuss
Fighting Terrorism on a Global Front
Kofi Annan @ New York Times
The terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11 aimed at one nation but wounded an entire world. Rarely, if ever, has the world been as united as it was on that terrible day..." 9.21.01 Read | Discuss
First, Define the Battlefield
Michael Walzer @ New York Times
"There is an old Bill Mauldin cartoon in which two elderly gentlemen are sitting in a gentlemen's club. One leans forward and speaks: 'I say it's war, Throckmorton, and I say, let's fight!' There has been a lot of talk like that in Washington since Sept. 11..." 9.21.01 Read | Discuss
First, Define the Battlefield
Michael Walzer @ New York Times
"There is an old Bill Mauldin cartoon in which two elderly gentlemen are sitting in a gentlemen's club. One leans forward and speaks: 'I say it's war, Throckmorton, and I say, let's fight!' There has been a lot of talk like that in Washington since Sept. 11..." 9.21.01 Read | Discuss
Networks of Terror
John Leonard @ Salon
"As television hypes the coming war, the nation watches passively. Stunned by grief, we've shut ourselves up... After a couple of days of doing what they do best, which is grief therapy, the television networks and cable channels reverted to what they do worst..." 9.21.01 Read | Discuss
The New Terrorists
Henning Ritter @ Frankfurter Allgemeine
"One of the first results of the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon was U.S. President George W. Bush's agreement with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin that in Chechnya, Russia has not committed the human rights violations of which the West has been accusing it for years..." 9.19.01 Read | Discuss
A Time for Solidarity
Valery Giscard D'Estaing @ Washington Post
"It has happened in the past that the United States and France experienced divergences in the field of foreign policy. In other circumstances -- in 1796, 1917 and 1944 -- they have joined in common and tightly intertwined forms of action. This should be the case today. The events call for a solidarity without fail..." 9.18.01 Read | Discuss
Lashing Out Is No Answer
James Lindsay @ The Guardian
"Last Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon now appear to surpass the civil war battle of Antietam as the bloodiest day in American history. As Americans grieve for those who perished..." 9.18.01 Read | Discuss
A Time to Hate
Shmuley Boteach @ Jerusalem Post
"For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace..." 9.17.01 Read | Discuss
The Disaster Movie Made Flesh and Blood
David Thomson @ The Independent
"The IoS film writer David Thomson was at home in San Francisco with his young sons when he turned on the television on Tuesday morning. What they watched was horrifically familiar..." 9.16.01 Read | Discuss
Women Religious Leaders Speak of Faith, Healing
Siobhan Benet @ Women's eNews
"Women religious leaders across the United States are preaching peace, reconciliation, and healing -- and addressing their own feelings of grief, anger and fear that this country may embark on misguided vengeance and war..." 9.16.01 Read | Discuss
New York's Female Leaders Express Sorrow, Hope
Cynthia Cooper Women's eNews
"The city's first woman firefighter still working to save lives, the African American Manhattan borough president, the state's U.S. senator with worldwide name recognition are united in expressing not only sadness but determination to rebuild..." 9.14.01 Read | Discuss
Terrorism, Television and the Rage for Vengeance
Norman Solomon @ AlterNet
"We stare at TV screens and try to comprehend the suffering in the aftermath of terrorism. Much of what we see is ghastly and all too real; terrible anguish and sorrow. At the same time, we're witnessing an onslaught of media deception. "The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing," Aldous Huxley observed long ago..." 9.13.01 Read | Discuss
Feminist Leaders Comment on Terrorist Attack Against U.S.
Staff @ Women's eNews
"Leaders of international women's rights organizations have stressed that women's participation in all levels of public policy decisions minimizes violence and enhances the likelihood of peace. This is what they had to say Wednesday..." 9.13.01 Read | Discuss
They Can't See Why They are Hated
Seumas Milne @ The Guardian
"Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad... Shock, rage and grief there has been aplenty. But any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities ... seems almost entirely absent..." 9.13.01 Read | Discuss
Death, Downtown
Michael Moore @ Michael
"I was supposed to fly today on the 4:30 PM American Airlines flight from LAX to JFK. But tonight I find myself stuck in L.A. with an incredible range of emotions over what has happened on the island where I work and live in New York City..." 9.12.01 Read | Discuss