Author Event: Party in The Street

Author Event: Party in The Street

Party in the Street; The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11  explores the interaction between political parties and social movements in the United States. Examining the collapse of the post-9/11 antiwar movement against the wars in Iraq and...
Author Event: Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice

Author Event: Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice

Join FPIF and Teaching for Change Bookstore for a talk and book signing with Alia Malek, author of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice. Alia’s book seeks to tell the life stories of the innocent men and women who have been needlessly swept up in the...

The Motive for Terrorism That Officials Dare Not Acknowledge

In the commentary on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the news and infotainment media have predictably framed the discussion by the question of how successful the CIA and the military have been in destroying al Qaeda. Absent from the torrent of opinion and analysis was...

The Hidden Culprit of 9/11: Clinical Depression

In one of the most useful articles occasioned by the tenth anniversary of 9/11, at Foreign Policy, Adam Lankford writes that “when it comes to the underlying motives and psychology of the 19 terrorist hijackers, the experts got it wrong.” There were four...

Ian Williams’s Lost 9/11 Chronicle, Part II

On 9/11, noted reporter and author, and Foreign Policy in Focus contributor, Ian Williams lived near the World Trade Center and reported on the attacks for Canadian Broadcasting. Not long afterward, he wrote a heretofore unpublished account, which we present in two...
Resurrecting the Truth in Chile: The Other 9/11

Resurrecting the Truth in Chile: The Other 9/11

On Tuesday, September 11, 1973, the democratically elected President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup d’état organised by the Chilean military and endorsed by the United States. A military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet took control of the...

Ian Williams’s Lost 9/11 Chronicle, Part I

On 9/11, noted reporter and author, and Foreign Policy in Focus contributor, Ian Williams lived near the World Trade Center and reported on the attacks for Canadian Broadcasting. Not long afterward, he wrote a heretofore unpublished account, which we present in two...
Making an Exception for Osama bin Laden

Making an Exception for Osama bin Laden

I don’t like to exult in the death of people, not even people I don’t like. I think it’s bad form. I’m making an exception in the case of Osama bin Laden, however. From the point of view of a comfortable middle-class American (which I certainly...

Good Riddance

Editor’s note:This blog post is the same as Donald Kaul’s May 9 column, Making an Exception for Osama Bin Laden. I don’t like to exult in the death of people, not even people I don’t like. I think it’s bad form. I’m making an...

Playing into Osama Bin Laden’s Hands

We have, once again, played right into Osama bin Laden’s hands. This might seem like an odd assertion, since the al-Qaeda mastermind is finally dead at the hands of U.S. Special Forces, most heads of state have voiced their congratulations, and practically the...

Why I Can’t Celebrate Osama Bin Laden’s Death

I recall precisely where I was, as well as what I was doing, when I heard the horrible and heart-wrenching news of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the aborted attack represented by the plane that went down in rural...

Jihadi Butch Cassidy

We have, once again, played right into Osama bin Laden’s hands. This might seem like an odd assertion, since the al-Qaeda mastermind is finally dead at the hands of U.S. Special Forces, most heads of state have voiced their congratulations, and practically the...

Justice, Vengeance, and Osama Bin Laden

[Amman, Jordan] — U.S. agents killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, apparently without cooperation from the government in Islamabad. The al-Qaeda leader was responsible for great suffering; I do not mourn his death. But every action has causes and consequences,...