Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editors

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editors

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8:50AM, 7 JuIy 2005: An office day like any other. Except that a minute later, a bomb goes off in London's underground: the first of four. The radio goes on. Two are dead, then 10, then 38, and rising. Hundreds are injured. At this moment during a Thursday morning peak hour, everyone in the NI's Engish office knows someone who is likely to be travelling on the underground. The telephone lines melt down. By the time I finally get through to Melbourne, Australia, (where I usually work and live) my family is frantic. Thank the gods you are all right,' they say.

As Australians, my family and I experienced how an act of terrorism can rip into a nation's soul after the BaIi nightclub bombing nearly three years ago. Now in London, the parallels are immediately obvious. For weeks news sources will be full of blood and tears. …

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