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Idyli’s Reaction to 9/11

Our correspondence began…”My father, a war correspondent, was covering the 9/11 attacks when they happened. I was only 11. I remember everything clearly.”  The discussions that Ms. Tsakiri and I have been having over the past few months have been enlightening to say the least. Since their inception, I have garnered a different understanding of the way that U.S. actions/inactions are perceived. Read more

Muslim Scholar Condemns Terrorism

BBC News released an article on Tuesday, March 2nd, entitled, “Muslim Scholar Condemns Terrorism.” The article begins, “An influential Muslim scholar is to issue in London a global ruling against terrorism and suicide bombing.” Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri is attempting to effectively “dismantle Al-Qaeda’s violent ideology.”

The article can be located here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8544531.stm

After you review the article, I would like to offer up some “food for thought.” The document ul-Qadri has assembled is approximately 600 pages long. In what way will a document of this length be an effective form of “dismantling Al-Qaeda’s violent ideology.” Populist demands, such as this one, have been utilized before; much to no avail. Could the breadth as well as the depth of this document be a step in the right direction? Or are we relying too much on the political process to correct centuries of violence and conflicting ideologies?

The Irish Times and Domestic Coverage of September 11: A Comparative Analysis

In the wake of the events of September 11, news organizations worldwide immediately began covering one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in the past decade. Coverage of the attacks was far-reaching and diverse. Domestic news organizations framed the events in such a way that articulated the necessary unification of a nation amidst a crisis. “When citizens are threatened by actual terrorists or the fear of future attacks, calls to consolidate around a national identity are quite common” (Barnett and Reynolds 117). Although domestic media outlets were quick to extend support and offer solace to American viewers, Read more

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.