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Whose Century Is It?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Those post-9/11 dreams of global domination shared by the top leadership of the Bush administration proved wildly destructive and it's gotten no better since. Consider the vast swath of the planet where the devastation is most obvious: the Greater Middle East and North Africa. Then ask yourself: Are we still in the American Century?

Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part II

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.12.2016 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

A superpower also has a moral responsibility to handle its power appropriately. Similarly, its artists have a responsibility to consider the "can" and the "should."

Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part I

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.10.2016 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

The basic question is: As writers, what is our relationship to our times?

14 Years Later: A Mantra for 9/11

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Fourteen years later, thousands of innocents killed represent international criminality and immorality of the first order. No one in Washington has yet taken the slightest responsibility for blowing a hole through the Middle East and helping to create the first true terrorist state of modern history.

Writing History Before It Happens

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Remind me who, even among opponents and critics of the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq, ever imagined that the decision to take out Saddam Hussein's regime and occupy the country would lead to a terror caliphate in significant parts of Iraq and Syria that would conquer social media and spread like wildfire.

The Marriage of War and Disney

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The idea that we were now in an eternal "wartime" became part of the post-9/11 atmosphere. At the same time, George W. Bush famously called on Americans to act as if everything were normal -- to spend, vacation, and visit Disney World.

Hey You, Haraam Police

Coming of Faith | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Coming of Faith

You tried so hard to instill your beliefs on to me. I grew up thinking that God hated me, that I was constantly doing something wrong. I'll thank you for one thing though: you made me understand that Islam is perfect, but the people practicing it may not be.

WATCH: How This Man Redefined His Life After 9/11

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living

On the anniversary of 9/11, many Americans will take a moment of pause to consider the lives affected by the day's tragic events. 9/11 eyewitness ...

Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. We're not only living in a post-9/11 world, we're stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

Time to Start Talking

Jeff Hensley | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Hensley

Last month, I had the privilege of hearing a man named C.C. Collie at a Memorial Day celebration in Dallas. Mr. Collie is a nonagenarian who spent WWII on a U.S. Navy destroyer during the final bloody year of the Pacific campaign.

WATCH: What 9/11 Was Like For Tom Brokaw

OWN | Posted 03.18.2013 | OWN

The OWN series "Oprah's Master Class" features intimate first-person stories told by newsmakers who have impacted the world. In the March 17 episode, ...

Paradoxes of Community Policing in Counterterrorism

Sahar Aziz | Posted 04.29.2013 | Crime
Sahar Aziz

Until this stereotype can be stripped away from "hard on terror" preventive counterterrorism strategies, the benefits gained in the traditional local community policing model of the 1990s are unlikely to be realized. And Muslim communities have the most to lose.

What We're Getting Wrong About Veteran Employment

Chris Marvin | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Chris Marvin

Historically, the veteran population is more employed than civilians. Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, veterans' unemployment has been lower than the national average every year.

The Problem Veterans Face Behind Closed Doors

Vicki Larson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It's clear that some marriages may be yet another casualty of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Racial and Religious Profiling: What Will Be the Toll on Our Children?

Deepa Iyer | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Deepa Iyer

Our collective psyche has been shaped by the experiences of living in post-9/11 America, and future generations will be forced to wrangle with questions of identity, history, shame and our place in America.

NYPD Surveillance Shows No Good Deed Goes Unpunished For American Muslims

Sahar Aziz | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Sahar Aziz

So long as the police engage in systemic racial profiling and attendant criminal punishments, community outreach is futile, as well as disingenuous.

The Squandered Superpower: How America Has Stunted Imagination

Cody Pomeranz | Posted 01.08.2012 | College
Cody Pomeranz

Think of a number between 1 and 10. Got it? Now, how many of you reading this thought of the number pi? Or how about e? The brain is certainly capable of giving those kinds of answers. But that is not the way in which many of us have been taught to think.

In Post-9/11 World, Muslims Find Home, Of Sorts, At Catholic Church

Sammamish, WA Patch | Robert Baldino | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion

Christianity and Islam have a long and contentious history with each other, one that literally spans a thousand years and several wars. Since the terr...

The Loss Of An Authentic Expression Of Human Spirit In The Post-9/11 World

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Michael W. Waters

Where do we see the authentic human spirit captured in handwritten glory today? In love letters? In loving notes placed in lunchboxes? Or do we consider our humanity best expressed in tweets?

The Catharsis of Song

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 11.08.2011 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

About ten days after 9/11/01, I was asked to sing on the opening subscription concerts at the New York Philharmonic. After the performance I wandered out alone through the Lincoln Center plaza and wondered why I was there at that moment.

Poll: N.Y. May Be More Spiritual, But Not Because Of 9/11

Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) New York-area residents are more spiritually active since 9/11, a new survey shows, but the uptick ...

Ken Kesey Rides Again In Magic Trip

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 10.06.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Directors Alex Gibney and Allison Ellwood have resurrected, cinematically, the pivotal moment when our country went from Mad Men to HAIR.

Bin Laden's Death: Do I Fit Into the Celebration?

Gissou Nia | Posted 07.10.2011 | Home
Gissou Nia

I spent the years following 9/11 reacting to the discrimination of those around me. Bin Laden's death is at least, for now, some comfort that my dark decade -- and that of my nation -- has finally come to a close.

Bin Laden's Death: Do I Fit Into the Celebration?

Gissou Nia | Posted 07.09.2011 | Home
Gissou Nia

I spent the years following 9/11 reacting to the discrimination of those around me. Bin Laden's death is at least, for now, some comfort that my dark decade -- and that of my nation -- has finally come to a close.

The End of an Era: Nation-Building at Home After Bin Laden's Death

Daniel Marans | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

It will not always unite us as a country, or give us a warm and fuzzy feeling inside the way the hunt for bin Laden did, but maybe we can now turn our attention to the pursuit of domestic nation-building.