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Articles from Vol. 275, No. 9, September 23

A Green Ground Zero. (Articles)
The debate over how to redevelop the World Trade Center site has revolved around several key concerns: the commercial interests of the real estate industry, the public's desire to embolden Manhattan's skyline with exciting architecture and the historic...
Changing History. (Comment)
All history, the saying goes, is contemporary history. People instinctively turn to the past to help understand the present. Events draw our attention to previously neglected historical subjects. The second wave of feminism gave birth to a flourishing...
Devil in a Blue Dress
"My only regret with Osama bin Laden is that he did not manage to kill every member of the Wall Street Journal editorial staff." "In this recurring nightmare of a presidency, we have a national debate about [George W. Bush's stolen presidency].......
Enemy Aliens and American Freedoms: Experience Teaches Us That Whatever the Threat, Certain Principles Are Sacrosanct. (Articles)
From his very first speeches following the horrifying events of September 11, President Bush has maintained that the terrorists attacked us because they hate our freedoms. Hence the war on terrorism's official title--"Operation Enduring Freedom."...
Impaired Intelligence. (Comment)
In July the Washington Post, under the headline "Panel Finds No `Smoking Gun' in Probe of 9/11 Intelligence Failures," reported that the House and Senate intelligence committees jointly investigating the September 11 attack had "uncovered no single...
Letter from Ground Zero: The Path to Point B. (Articles)
On the day after the September 11 attacks, Jonathan Schell began a series of reports in this magazine that explored the questions raised by those attacks and the government policies that followed. This is the latest in that ongoing series.--The...
Letters
How 9/11 Changed Our Lives Hundreds of readers, aged 16 to 94, replied to our request for letters detailing how September 11 changed (or didn't) "your views of your government, your country, your world, your life." Many responses are personal:...
Map to Ground Zero: How Do You Build Anything at This Site and Divorce It from the Culture of `9/11'? (Articles)
For perspective on the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site, look a few miles north to Columbus Circle, where the nearly-twin towers of the AOL Time Warner headquarters are going up. The commercial reuse of that midtown block, formerly...
Mourning and Modernism after 9/11: The Twin Towers Were Symbolic Tombs for Urban Life Long before Al Qaeda Struck. (Articles)
The near-unanimous revulsion that the six original proposals for the former World Trade Center site provoked among New Yorkers was one of the most hopeful developments since the initial wave of solidarity washed through the city after the September...
One Year Later. (Editorials)
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Americans experienced a mixture of fear and warmth, a quickening of the national spirit. The extraordinary heroism of the firefighters, police and others in coping with death and destruction...
Roseanne over Jennings. (Comment)
What a difference a year makes. Immediately after September 11, US news organizations were seized by a narrow-minded nationalism that made dissent and even debate all but impossible. Susan Sontag became a national whipping girl for suggesting that...
Standing Up for Dissent. (Articles)
Every year Greensboro, North Carolina, holds a Fourth of July parade in which local organizations form the units. This year members of the Greensboro Peace Coalition decided--"after some hesitation," admits chairman Ed Whitfield--to join the line...
The Art of 9/11: The Works Belonging to the Experience Differ from the Art That Will Memorialize It. (Articles)
Recall that after Schubert's death, his brother cut some of Schubert's scores into small pieces, and gave each piece, consisting of a few bars, to his favorite pupils. And this act, as a sign of piety, is just as understandable as the different...
The End of Empire: US Debt to Foreigners Is Growing Rapidly; Sooner or Later They Will Pull the Plug. (Articles)
The imperial ambitions of the Bush Administration, post-9/11, are founded on quicksand and are eventually sure to founder, but for fundamental reasons not currently under discussion. Bush's open-ended claims for US power--including the unilateral...
The Left and 9/11: The War on Terror Has Ignited a Fiery Debate That Shows No Signs of Abating. (Articles)
Since the September 11 attacks, it's become a cliche to say that the left is divided over American foreign policy. But "divided" doesn't begin to capture the diversity of opinion about the war in Afghanistan and the war on terror--or, for that ...
The Tenth Crusade
Amid the elegies for the dead and the ceremonies of remembrance, seditious questions intrude: Is there really a war on terror; and if one is indeed being waged, what are its objectives? The Taliban are out of power. Poppies bloom once more in...
Whose Security? Bush's Counterterrorism Efforts Neglect Women and Frustrate Feminists. (Articles)
When I talk with feminists from other countries, whether from Europe or the Third World, I am repeatedly asked: "Where are the voices of the US women's movement against what the Bush Administration is doing globally, using the excuse of 9/11?" ...