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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.

Understanding the message

The only possible approaches are political; to counter the sowing of fear and hatred with a strategy of winning hearts and minds.

Making policy on the hoof

Instant reactions to the attacks on the US are misjudged, and policies based on them will be misguided. At this moment the US and its allies need patience and a clear eye.

Moral seriousness

Our North Americas editor continues his reports from New York.

What is Post-fascism?

One of Hungary’s leading anti-communist dissidents accuses Europe and the world of abandoning Enlightenment principles. He is now an unillusioned critic of a racialised global liberalism.

I have coined the term post-fascism to describe a cluster of policies, practices, routines and ideologies which can be observed everywhere in the contemporary world. Without ever resorting to a coup d’etat, these practices are threatening our communities.

A day to define a century

The attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 raise profound questions of American power, human rights, and international law. How Washington responds will define the world's next decade and beyond, says Timothy Garton Ash.

All is changed

On day two of the post-disaster era, the lines of opinion are being drawn up across America. It’s impossible to say which way the mood will swing. But, says Steven Lukes, it is certain that the American way of life is now forever changed.

Justice and democracy will prevail

We’re all interconnected now, and this tragedy will harm even those the terrorists profess to represent. But democracy is resilient: nations, peoples and networks must speak out and insist on their basic rights and freedoms.

The Nauru Solution

The attempt of Afghan asylum-seekers to reach Australia on a Norwegian ship graphically illustrated the global nature of the issues of asylum, refuge, and immigration. How has the latest crisis impacted on the politics and consciousness of the quintessential immigrant nation?

Is this our fate?

openDemocracy’s North America editor witnessed the events in New York. This is his first response.

Public legitimacy: ICANN at the crossroads

The debate about governing the internet is intensifying. Does the new medium need new forms of representation, or simply an application of “real world” norms? If the former, how can the public interest be best secured? The net’s governing body, ICANN, is meeting this weekend to thrash out the issues. A representative of the Markle Foundation sets out the principles he, and other independent experts, believe should guide it.

Think tanks in the global marketplace of ideas

Think tanks can survive the pressures of competition, and maximise their resources of independence and flexibility, argues the director of the Italian organisation Vision. But they must adapt to a change of scale, and start thinking globally – without maps.

Crafting the mental goods

The fragmenting of traditional politics is making the life of think tanks more difficult. Their potential recruits are seduced by the glamour of power, their funders prefer topicality to thoughtfulness, their university rivals are raising their game. In a political culture transfixed by “delivery”, an experienced grant-maker asks: where will the independent ideas of the future come from?