New Statesman (1996)

Articles from Vol. 140, No. 5069, September 5

Acts of Piety: How Did Artists Respond to the Attacks of 11 September 2001? the Most Powerful Works Do Not Represent Them Directly, Writes Arthur C Danto, but Draw on Collective Grief
I learned two truths from the attacks of ii September zoos. One was that everyone is capable of heroism and, correlatively, an after-effect of tragedy is a mutual commiseration among survivors. The other was that even the most ordinary people respond...
After a Decade of War, the West Is Weak and in Retreat
Everyone of a certain age can remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the al-Qaeda attacks on the Pentagon and Pennsylvania and the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, reduced to...
A Quiet Anniversary for a Day Most Americans Want to Put Behind Them
If 9/11 taught America any stoicism, it certainly wasn't much in evidence from the media as Hurricane Irene approached. Television stations competed for the most alarmist and stupid emergency coverage. "Reporter caughtin Irene's wind," one report...
"Bin Laden Should Have Been Dead Long Ago": Michael Scheuer Led the CIA's Hunt for Osama Bin Laden, until He Scolded His Superiors for Missing Their Chance to Kill the Terrorist. as a Result, He Says, Innocent Lives Were Lost - and Even Today, the Threat Remains
In September 2007, in the run-up to the sixth anniversary of the 11 September attacks, Osama Bin Laden released a video message. Addressing the "people of America", the al-Qaeda leader denounced US foreign policy, from the bombing of Hiroshima and...
Dave's Magical Wisteria Tour
Ever fancied strolling over the field where Citizen Dave went galloping with Rebekah Brooks? Examining the pile where, last Christmas, the Prime Minister prepared to gift BSkyB to Rupert Murdoch? Or admiring the stone cottage on which Cameron spent...
Donna Marsh O'Connor, Peace Activist: "I Can't Believe I Haven't Seen My Daughter in Ten Years"
You lost your daughter in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Does the tenth anniversary feel particularly painful? You want people to remember the date for the right reason - that hate engenders hideous things. Time heals in some ways,...
Epitaph for Another Day: Ariel Dorfman Reflects on Two Fateful September Mornings, 28 Years Apart
That 11 September, that lethal Tuesday morning, I awoke with dread to the sound of planes flying above my house. When, an hour later, I saw smoke billowing from the centre of the city, I knew that life had changed for me, for my country, for ever....
Forget Them Not: A New Sculptural Language of Loss Offers Hope, Writes Richard Calvocoressi
In 2003, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation held an international competition to design a memorial to the 3,000 men, women and children who were murdered in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 - predominantly in the north and south...
How Irene, Ben and Christine Are Blowing All Forecasts off Course
The United States is recovering from the effects of three severe headwinds, courtesy of Irene, Ben and Christine; a tropical storm and two speeches. All three have implications for the US economy - and for ours. First, Irene. The devastation that...
How to Tell a Horror Story: Ryan Gilbey Wonders Why So Many Film-Makers Have Shied Away from the Attacks
As the first camcorder-ready terrorist act of the rolling-news era, the attacks of 11 September 2001 were rooted so fully in visual spectacle that it feels as if 9/11: the Movie has always been with us. That might explain why few narrative film-makers...
Jason Burke
The 9/11 Wars covers the ten years since the attacks on 11 September 2001. Did you see it as a first draft of history? As I was writing, it wasn't just that new events kept occurring, but new material kept emerging about events that had happened...
Nick Clegg Might Be Unpopular, but There Will Be No Regicide
A turbulent summer has thrown established political calculations into disarray, and since the Westminster establishment had calculated that Nick Clegg was finished, disarray feels like a reprieve for the Liberal Democrats. The Tories' authoritarian...
No 4191
We first set this comp ("Averse to puns ") many years ago, when the inimitable Stanley J Sharpless was one of the winners. We gave his first verse to inspire you: 'Twas in the Scilly season (A break for the tired MP) When Ted bared his teeth to...
Perpetual Warfare: As the Ruins of the Twin Towers Still Smouldered, the West Plunged into a Series of Conflicts It Could Not Win. Can It Now Confront Its Diminished Place in the World?
The 11 September 2001 attacks were a new kind of warfare. Waged by small, decentralised, highly mobile groups not identified with any state or government, this hyper-modern type of conflict aims not to conquer territory or destroy the enemy's military...
Strange to Say, but Washington's War on Terror Has Bolstered Liberalism
The 11 September era in US politics ended in November 2008 with the election of Barack Obama as president. Among American liberals, certainly, criticism of many aspects of the war on terror has become notably less passionate since Obama took office,...
Talking to Terrorists: The Documentary-Maker Peter Taylor on a Decade of Investigating Al-Qaeda
When al-Qaeda attacked the twin towers, I was in a BBC editing suite, putting the final touches to a television series on the "Hairies" - the Special Branch officers who infiltrated "subversive" organisations. My feelings were those of incredulity,...
Ten Years of Terror
[up arrow] 20% Increase in births reported by hospitals in New York nine months after the 9/U attacks 6,26 Number of US military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq since 9/11 [down arrow] 4% Decrease in belief in an omnipotent God among...
Ten Years on, Sit Next to a British Asian Muslim on the Bus
I was sitting on the Tube with my six-year-old son. I'd bought him a bag of crisps and he was munching them while I read some boring periodical. Then: "Dad, Dad ..." He pulled at my elbow. "Shush!" I admonished him. "I'm reading." Then again: "Dad,...
The NS Crossword by Anorak: Your Place or Mine?
All the Across clues and three Down clues are of kind and lack thematic definition. Across 1 Reviewed last prohibitions (2, 6) 5 There's no end to body and mind (6) 10 Copper equality (5) 11 "It's not salad coming back," King admitted...
The True Threat Is Not a Super-Villain Skulking in the Desert
In answer to the obvious question, I was in double biology, cutting up potatoes for my GCSE coursework. There was a television in the school science labs, and in students rushed, in ones and twos and in hushed astonishment, as the twin towers burned...
The Week So Far
1. Middle East I Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan on 30 August. In Syria, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot at protesters, killing seven, on the first...
Throwing Shapes: Scientists Run Rings Round a Baffled Cecil Balmond, Writes Antonia Quirke
Your World: Iconic Geometry BBC World Service The first in a short series of programmes (27 August, 2.05pm) about the significance of various geometric shapes considered "a story of infinity, symmetry and efficiency as profound to humanity as it...
Tropical Affair
I was recently asked to select a film with a science-related theme as part of the Glasgow Science Festival. I chose John Curran's The Painted Veil, which is based on William Somerset Maugham's 1925 novel of the same name. The science aspect is peripheral:...
Under Fire from Gaddafi's Tanks, We Said Goodbye to Our Families
There was a crackle of fire from an AK-47 and the rebel next to us fell down. He had been shot through the head and was dead before he hit the ground. So much of his blood and brains had sprayed over our cameraman Jim Foster that, at first, I thought...
We Will Defeat Terrorism Only When We Refuse to Be Terrorised
As we approach the tenth anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks, I find myself yearning for the leadership of Franklin D Roosevelt -and not just on the economy. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," FDR declaimed in his 1933 inaugural...
Where Were You on 9/11? It Is a Generation's JFK Moment - an Event That Is Etched into Our Collective Memory. We Asked Writers, Politicians and Activists to Remember the Day
Elizabeth Turner Author of The Blue Skies of Autumn I stood quietly on my own, watching the TV screen in my office at Channel 4 Television. I couldn't quite understand what had happened, but the "Breaking News" tagline on Sky News was telling the...
Why the Rich Want More Tax, Tory Tape and the Story of That Leader
My reactions to 9/11 were, from the start, different from everyone else's. As we watched on the office television, somebody said with horror, "I can't believe this is happening in Manhattan!" To which, I thought, why not? Many countries had, at some...