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This week’s front page editor

Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

History, geography, insanity

Brzezinski and the Mujahideen - elephants and chickens - Beijing park life and a mad Russian colonel - plus we continue our spotlight on Chechnya.

Afghanistan: the problem with military action

An armed attack by the United States on the Kabul regime would create more problems than it solved.

The two 11 Septembers

On the same date twenty-eight years apart, the two American cities which shaped Ariel Dorfman’s life - Santiago and New York - have now suffered catastrophe. Their terrible fate, he reflects, also offers the chance to repair damaged humanity.

New war, new justice

The response to the attacks on the United States must be the creation of a new global covenant for justice and peace, say David Held and Mary Kaldor.

Europe united?

Can the EU rise to the challenge of 11 September and respond to this crisis with a unity it failed to deliver on the Balkans?

Back to norms

From bigamy to reverse-flow philanthropy, from missiles to youthful pacifism, in its infinite variety humanity gets back to ‘normality.’

A new apartheid in the making?

The long journey from the Kurdish mountains has taught this distinguished journalist painful lessons about the mismatch between Islam and democracy – and the pitfalls of multiculturalism.

The Real Third Way: Britain's lesson

One aftershock of the attacks on America was the postponement of ‘normal’ politics. As they cautiously return in Britain with the party conference season, a reflection on the British experience since 1997 reveals the contrast between New Labour’s large ambitions and its want of the democratic radicalism needed to realise them.

The Afghan dimension

openDemocracy readers discussed the possible effects of a probable war on Afghanistan.

War & Law

On the eve of 9/11 openDemocracy readers discuss the legality and usefulness of conducting a ‘war on terrorism’.

An appeal to International Law

An international criminal court, so far opposed by the US, could try what can be described as an international war crime.

Semper Fidel

The reaction of people in Cuba was heartfelt and human. For Fidel and the TV schedulers, the line was less straightforward.

For Alan Beaven

Alan Beaven was a passenger on UA Flight 93. A friend pays tribute to a man who died the way he lived.

Grasping ruins

The fourth in Todd Gitlin’s series of reflections hears the echoes of Auden and feels the aftershocks of hatred around Manhattan.

US, EU, Russia: a new order?

In the aftermath of 11 September, the world has focused on America’s diplomatic and military response. Before, other security issues – missile defence, the Balkans and the future of NATO – dominated the headlines. How will this agenda appear when it re-emerges from the smoke of battle?

What happened, and what may follow

We don’t yet know what happened on 11 September, or what it will lead to. A respected sociologist braves a series of clear predictions.

Understand the whispers

The experience of those who suffer injustice and see it erased before it is spoken of must be heard for a larger process of reconciliation to begin. Rajeev Bhargava, in New Delhi, reflects.

Bizarre new world

Muslim leaders have condemned the attacks. But from Palestine to Islamabad, many people sing a different tune. As this Pakistani physicist says, there is no known “terrorist gene”. What will it take for the US and Muslim societies to engage anew, as pluralists not combatants?

A time to rethink

With the current temptation to give in to the idea of a “clash of civilisations”, a complete ideological re-think becomes ever more urgent.

How are we?

Imagination is a precious weapon against the tyranny of terrorism. It reveals our connectedness to reality, and to one another. It’s a way of being free.

The right to rights

No-one has claimed responsibility for the atrocities of 11 September. In itself, this reveals a great deal. One way forward is to insist on normality.

Militant liberalism

Islamic fundamentalism isn't the real problem. The trouble arises from the existential clash of liberal and authoritarian political cultures. So now is the time for a militant liberal culture.

The American Jihad

The disturbing reaction to the attacks of 11 September by would-be warmongers betrays an urge to seize and politicise them in ways that resonate with untruth, says Paul Gilroy.

Taking it slowly

Everyday heroism prompts us to re-think our notions of “heartland.” This is our Americas Editor’s third piece from New York in the aftermath. Now it’s clear: there’s more than one America.

Terror and globalisation: Islam outside the state

The only way to grasp the nature of the challenge represented by Osama bin Laden and its followers is via a true understanding of globalisation. But that will take the champions of this idea into uncomfortable territory, says Roger Scruton.

Bloody Tuesday

At this stage in globalising history “America” has come to be seen by many as a stand-in for the “cosmopolitanism” that was once associated with Jews. “America” represents some kind of soulless, materialistic, rootless way of life that they detest.

Real and imagined enemies

The superpower shakes, and the openness of its domestic society with it. As another New Yorker explains, tension around foreigners and immigrants was immediate and all-too-popular. But there are deeper questions: are innocence and omnipotence compatible?

The suicide of fundamentalism

The speed, reach and supports of today’s Islamic terrorism owe much to globalisation. But there is a silent majority building in the Islamic world, and among the young people of its diaspora. Can they take the fanaticism out of fundamentalism?

Shifting the rubble

A day after the US attacks, Max Robbins decided to volunteer in the clear-up effort. This is his personal account.

Violence and justice in a global age

A foremost theorist of globalisation takes his measure of the new century’s first defining moment. He calls for the criminalisation of terrorism, instead of recourse to further arbitrary violence.