late 9/11 post. Where Erkan was on 9/11?

First of all, my most sincere condolences…

It was on the midnight of 10 September 2001, right at the very end of my first month in US, I had written to a TA friend of mine who would later come to US and start her own PhD: ?Dear Almıla, life here in Houston, is so quiet. with all peace of mind, I can study on my dissertation topic and enjoy my life after all that busy, stressful and exhaustive life in Istanbul.

I got up at around noon on September 11, 2001 and as I checked out the web as the first thing, I learnt hell broke loose. International  Office had sent out an email to all international students to get together in the campus. As I walked to the campus, I had for the first time in my life felt being a minority member. It lasted only for a few hours, Rice U and its environment was cosmopolitan and welcoming. And i did not exactly look like stereotypically Muslim.

We met and tried to understand what happened. It still took some time to perceive the real significance and consequences of the event: I happened to stop by a sit-in next day in another university campus. I saw the leaflets of Communist Party of America and there seemed to be lots of radicals around. A professor made a very angry and harsh talk and sort of applauded the attack against the castles of capitalism. I would never hear such a discourse again… In a few days, I have begun to see cars with American flags. That was something very Turkish to me and I had hoped not to see again.. But all came back…

 I had never believed in conspiracies but I strongly believe Bush government capitalized on the 9/11 attacks and exploited financially and militarily as much as possible. I don?t think many could imagine such an attack and intelligence overload could not be processed on time… It is a pity that with 9/11 a period of war started that brough more unhappiness all over the world…and that won?t likely to end soon…

A roundup:

Turkey and 9/11


While it was hard last week not to read an article or see a TV item on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in the American and European media, there was hardly any attention for the biggest terrorist attack ever in the Turkish press.

Sept. 11 attacks 10 years on


As the 10th anniversary of the Sept.11 attacks was marked on Sunday, Turkish columnists took time to reflect on the reasons behind these attacks and the developments following them.


9/11, Israel and Turkey


Ten years after 9/11, the world is not a safer place; it is simply different. Security challenges remain in critical regions, as the threat of Islamic and Christian fanaticism, blindly moving into the center from the periphery, looms in various areas, from Afghanistan to Europe.

10 years after 9/11: Islamophobia in the West by Hilal Elver


Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

from WhirledView by Patricia H. Kushlis


9/11 on 10th anniversary

by Ruşen Çakır

On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, there is agreement that al-Qaeda has lost, is about to lose or has no chance to win a war it waged against the United States.


MAIN FOCUS: 9/11 ten years on | 09/09/2011

from euro|topics

Ten years after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001, the press looks back on the way they changed the world. Commentators weigh up the damage caused by the terrorists and the US’s reaction, where al-Qaida stands today and the significance of the Arab Spring in this context.


9/11, and the end of the American century, David Held

from open Democracy News Analysis – by David Held

The ?war on terror? launched in response to the crime of 9/11 signalled the decline of American and western power and marked the emergence of a multipolar global landscape. The challenge now is to work out a politics of mutual recognition that meets the permanent reality of intertwined human fate, says David Held.


America after 9/11: the wrong target, Rein Müllerson

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Rein Müllerson

A flawed response to terrorism on its soil brought the United States low. The lessons are also for the rest of the world to learn, says Rein Müllerson.


After 9/11: three dimensions of change, Volker Perthes

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Volker Perthes

The attacks of 11 September 2001 did not, after all, transform the world. But they did propel the United States into a unilateral and regime-change moment – and pose a more enduring challenge both to American and European conceptions of security and stability, says Volker Perthes.

9/11: a perfect pretext, a terrible legacy, Mariano Aguirre

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Mariano Aguirre

The tragedy of 11 September 2001 was used by authoritarian forces in the United States as a political opportunity. The ensuing damage to liberty, legality and democracy has been deep, says Mariano Aguirre

The spectacular terrorist attacks that the United States suffered a decade ago changed the world for the worse. They provided a perfect pretext for far-right political forces around the world to impose their agendas, in ways that weakened the political capital of their democratic opponents. The new hegemony established in the aftermath of the attacks imposed huge human, political and financial costs that are still being paid throughout the world.

After 9/11: a wasteland of buried reason, Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

America?s excessive reaction to the 9/11 attacks was the prelude to a decade of damage and injustice on a vast scale. An understanding of what went wrong is essential to progress in the next ten years, says Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh.


The path from 9/11, Jane Kinninmont

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Jane Kinninmont

A focus on the violence of an Arab and Muslim minority skewed western policy for a decade. The great events of 2011 are a chance to think afresh, says Jane Kinninmont, whose life was altered by witnessing the 9/11 attacks.

9/11: more security, less secure , Cas Mudde

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Cas Mudde

The world has been changed by the securitisation of everyday life and the Islamisation of security. The accompanying threat-complex has shifted American sensibilities, says Cas Mudde.

9/11, and the hijacked decade, Vicken Cheterian

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Vicken Cheterian

The al-Qaida strategy of attacking the United States created its own form of blowback. But the triumph of militarisation after 9/11 exacted a deeper cost on the world, says Vicken Cheterian.

Fear and loathing. What 9-11 has to do with the economic crisis, Tony Curzon Price

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Tony Curzon Price

The mentality created by the War on Terror created the demand for a sense of security which translated, in the US and the UK, into excessive investment in homes – the ultimate “place of safety” in the Anglo-Saxon mindset. The War on Terror gave us the economic crisis also.


How Are You Commemorating 9/11 in Your Online Communities? [OPEN THREAD]

by Stephanie Haberman

What the Front Pages of the Web Looked Like on 9/11/2001

by Todd Wasserman

?I am an American?: living September 11, 2001, ten years on, Cynthia Weber

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Cynthia Weber

An American professor of international relations who is also a documentary film-maker invites us to share in her unique pursuit of answers to the following question: How can we remember September 11, 2001 as fully as we can, including those things about it we would rather forget? For it is this more complete history that is shaping who we are.


How 9/11 changed us

from Reset Dialogues on Civilazations

For a few years, for far too long, these ideas became radicalized, language was militarized, reasoning impoverished, reduced to simplistic and misleading pairs, such as black/white, good/bad, with God pitted against God (with God of course privatized by all parties involved). In this sense al Qaeda?s school of thought won the day and was reflected in the arrogant Bushism of the Iraqi adventure (based on lies and producing more terrorism than it defeated, not to mention the thousands of innocent victims, including the western soldiers sent to die there pointlessly), until recently all dominant and winning paradigms. But, today, something has changed.


United States: Latino Perspectives on the Anniversary of 9/11

by Louella Mahabir

This post is part of our special coverage Global Voices 9/11 Retrospective.

The year 2011 is an unforgettable year in regards to the 9/11 attacks. The death of Osama Bin Laden in the beginning of May, the announcement of President Obama to withdraw troop from Afghanistan for the third trimester of 2012, the advancement of the reconstruction of the World Trade Center, and particularly because it marks the 10th anniversary of the attempts in New York and Washington that changed the course of history.


Arab World: Remembering September 11

by Amira Al Hussaini

This post is part of our special coverage Global Voices 9/11 Retrospective.

Twitter users from across the Arab world paid tribute to the 3,000 victims of September 11 as the world recalled the horrors committed by Al Qaeda terrorists who flew four passenger jets into buildings in the US 10 years ago.

Cultural anthropology of 9/11

from anthropologyworks by admin
Cultural anthropology is not, overall, an events-driven field of study as is journalism and political science. But if, in recent times, there was to be an event that would inspire cultural anthropologists to apply their research skills and analytical insights, 9/11 is high on the list. Cultural anthropologists excel at looking at the local and seeing the global connections, or vice versa. Cultural anthropologists are about connections ? between people, ideas, states, policies, contagion, and more.

A conversation with Catherine Lutz about The Costs of War

from anthropologyworks by admin

The Costs of War is a report written by several professors and policy experts from around the country and centered at Brown University?s Watson Institute. One of the authors and co-director is Catherine Lutz, cultural anthropologist and chair of the department of anthropology.


September 11th Ten Years On: ‘Are You OK?’

from MediaShift

There is nothing like an anniversary to force you to notice change. In New York City this weekend, a lot of us are contemplating what’s happened over the past decade: to ourselves, to our city, and to the world.

US anti-war veterans in their own words


Ten years after 9/11, members of the US army, marines and air force speak on war and re-integrating into ‘real life’.


10 Years Later: How 9/11 Was Remembered Through Social Media

from Sysomos Blog by Sheldon Levine

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the day we have all come to know as 9/11. On September 11th, 2001, the United States were attacked by way of suicide bombers that left many Americans dead and even more scared for what will come next. I?m sure everyone around the world will remember where they were that day when they first heard the news. I know that even though I was in Canada I will always remember exactly how I first found out.


9/11 Raised Unrealized Hopes in US-Iran Relations

from by tabsir
by William O. Beeman, New American Media, Sep 11, 2011

WEEKLY: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring

from Project Syndicate by Omar Ashour

WEEKLY: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring The combined effect of intelligence operations, drone attacks, transformations within jihadi ranks, and the Arab Spring has thwarted Al Qaeda’s power. While some fragments of the group will probably survive, because they are embedded more deeply within particular localities, Al Qaeda as a global threat is probably finished.

The connection between Iraq and 9/11


Bush administration “seized opportunity” after attacks to push global agenda, former ambassador tells Al Jazeera.



from Eurozine articles by Stephen Howe

A decade after the destruction of the Twin Towers, we need to resolve that “Islam”, as a singular noun, or “Muslims” as a collectivity are simply not good things to think with or about, let alone for or against. Stephen Howe tracks the tremors after 9/11.


The 9/11 decade: Afghanistan’s new beginning?


On the eve of 9/11, the Taliban were poised to conquer the remaining fronts of resistance, but things changed quickly.


9/11 chronomania

from The Immanent Frame by Justin Neuman

Under its congressional mandate to ?examine and report upon the facts and causes relating to the terrorist attacks?[and] make a full and complete accounting of the[ir] circumstances,? the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, better known as the 9/11 Commission Report, begins with a narrative timeline. In the simple past, in a voice devoid of interiority but rich in temporal data, the Report tracks movement in time and space. Readers learn, for example, that ?Atta and Omari arrived in Boston at 6:45. Seven minutes later, Atta apparently took a call from Marwan al Shehhi ? they spoke for three minutes.? A steady barrage of ticking clocks marks the intersecting plots of the four teams of hijackers, a stopwatch-driven succession that culminates in the instant when, ?at 8:46:40, American 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.? The conspicuous precision of the Report?s time measurement?to within the hundredth of a second?should invite us to question why, when tasked with understanding the attacks and their causes, the Report begins by establishing exactly when events occurred; further, what might such chronometric narratives have to say about the legacy of September 11, 2001?

An anniversary to remember

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

The 10-year anniversary of the September 11 2001 terrorist attack is approaching and the news landscape is preparing for it.

The Knight Center offers an overview on how US news media are planning special coverage of the anniversary, while, as AP reported (via WSJ), Al Jazeera English, which didn’t exist at the time of the attacks, aims to bring an “a global perspective to the anniversary that domestic networks likely won’t”. Facebook, in partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and social marketing platform Involver, as the Washington Post reported, launched a Web app asking people to share how they are remembering the 9/11 attacks.

Remembering 9/11 as a Muslim American


While most Americans blamed the attacks on al-Qaeda, not Muslims in general, some commentators stoked Islamophobia.


How 9/11 Changed the Way We Talk

from The Global Language Monitor by admin

Great new 9/11 Memorial iPad app

from by CyberJournalist Editor

?The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future? is a new iPad app that looks at the World Trade Center using scores of videos and photos. Since being released last week, it?s quickly risen to be the #11 downloaded app in the News category in the iTunes app store.  It?s by far…

A US Soldier?s Experience in Iraq on 9/11

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Adam Fish

Here is some raw data?a second interview with my friend serving his second term in Baghdad. We talk about his ?cultural training? exercises, Bradley Manning, and his engagement with the local Iraqis.


New Yorker publishes Sept. 11 ebook

from by CyberJournalist Editor


Original online coverage of Sept. 11


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