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This week’s front page editor

Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

Being open to surprise

The common, consoling wisdoms are already encrusting around 11 September and its aftermath. We need to return imaginatively to the surprise we felt that day, and learn its lessons.

The war begins

The first night of aerial assault on the Taliban indicates an extended US campaign. But is this what bin Laden wants?

The attack on 11th September and the new world order

Reforms in the functioning of the UN are needed in order to try to create a fairer world in which the threat of international terrorism can start to disappear.

A way out of the (televised) endgame?

The acts of 11 September had a symbolic as well as political meaning, and can be seen as a violent challenge to a world where symbolic inequality parallels and reinforces other kinds of inequality. Widening the media landscape to create a real global dialogue is now essential.

The Media strand: 11 September and beyond

Between the debates on public service broadcasting and on the power of media corporations, fell the awful shadow of 11 September. How will the media strand of openDemocracy respond?

Radical Islam and 9/11: inside the fundamentalist mind

The abstract universalism that produces extremist violence is rooted in the modern intellectual and psychological complexes of the Islamic world, says Murat Belge.

What now for the anti-globalisers?

The US-led advocates of borderless trade want to press on with their mission in the wake of the WTC assaults. From the perspective of a Bolivian conference of grassroots campaigners, such moral blindness may be the prelude to intensified revolt.

Hooligans of the Absolute: Black Pluto's door after 11 September

The impulse of the attacks was not confidence but despair – the strike of a miserable old world against the unsettling but promising new.

On the eve

What will be the effects of a United States-led attack on Afghanistan? The informed analysis of the aftermath of 11 September 2001 continues.

Theatre and the urban-rural divide

openDemocracy invites rural and urban readers from around the world to explore and even contribute to a theatre work with a difference: part of the research for a new play launched by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Clarissa Brown explains.

The planning process: a local councillor's view

From the outside, planning decisions can seem bureaucratic and even corrupt. From the viewpoint of a local councillor in England’s rural North Wiltshire, the role of planning officers is a reminder of their human, and honourably professional, dimension.

Lutyens and Le Corbusier: from heritage to history

The contrasting legacy of two “artist-architects”, each active in India on either side of the country’s independence, illustrates the need to see the architectural past in aesthetic terms. And it is Lutyens’ elemental classicism, not the modernism of his counterpart, that is a rich source of learning today.

Con(sumer) trick

The latest acorn to fall from the tree.

Towards a partnership of equals: European-US relations

The long-term trends in transatlantic relations are towards equality. After 11 September, will they be set back by an intensification of the unilateralism of Bush’s first year? Or will current, necessary coalition-building become the harbinger of a progressive renewal?

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.