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Pen Pal Conversation: Women and Terrorism

After hearing about “Jihad Jane” and the increasing mentions in the media about women terrorists I thought it presented a very interesting social and moral issue. There’s something about the status of women in society that makes it seem to be a different issue. For me it was more troubling and difficult to comprehend the rationale behind women terrorists. I’m not sure what biases lie behind my feelings so I asked my penpal, Chinwei Wong, what he thought and below is our exchange. Hopefully others can provide more input because I still can’t resolve what quite differentiates a male terrorist from a female terrorist. Read more

“Terrorism” in my words

Terrorism. In short, there is no definition. To say that there is a definition of terrorism would be to say that there is agreement on what “Terrorism” is. And from everything I’ve read, learned, and discussed this semester, that kind of conclusion just can’t be reached. That is because terrorism is an ever-evolving organism. I could add a reference page and quote authors, historians, and professors all with insights over what aspects make up terrorism, but to do that would be putting it in their

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The Heart of Terror

My definition of terrorism has morphed over the past couple of weeks. I came into the class with the perception that terrorism is what happened on September 11, 2001. Al Qaida performs terrorism. They are reckless and use bombs, explosions, and weapons of mass destruction. Read more

My Definition of Terrorism

To me, terrorism is the use of violent actions to provoke fear or terror in a population for the purpose of spreading a message. Read more

Using Artistic License to Create Pathos

Film maker Paul Greengrass took a different approach to the retelling of the events of January 30, 1972 than a traditional documentary.  Greengrass realized that since his film would be broadcast to a television audience that already knew the events of Bloody Sunday, that he would need to present them with something more than just  a retelling.  Thus, he decided to take a more human perspective for the movie.  Read more

About the fairness and reality of the film Bloody Sunday…

The film Bloody Sunday graphically depicts the 1972 battle that fueled further development of the Provisional IRA. Catholics and Protestants, namely civil rights marchers and the British Paramilitary respectively, pitted against in each other in a deadly representation of the political unrest between these two groups. The Irish Catholics in the film marched to Guildhall, a British council setting, to demonstrate their political dissatisfaction. Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland have historically fought for independence from oppressive British rule, and the Provisional IRA embodies the extremity of this political opposition with religious roots. Read more

My Penpal: Markela

Markela is a student at the American College of Greece where she studies history and communication. She is especially interested in politics and international relations.

Markela has helped me a lot in understanding our class topic from a different perspective. The word terrorism is not taboo or tip-toed around in Greece and in Greek media. She says that terrorism is not at all a new concept in Greece, since for many years a group called 17 Noemvri was active, but its members were arrested in 2002. I am learning a lot from Markela and I look forward to having more discussions with her!

Defining Terrorism

Following September 11th, 2001, the word terrorism was thrown around rather liberally by media, but more recently this term has been tip-toed around, because terrorism is an increasingly difficult concept to define. Especially confusing is terrorism’s conceptual similarity to political violence. Terrorism often has both a political component and a violent component, but this does not necessarily classify all political violence as terrorism. A form of political violence is insurgency, wherein citizens aim to overthrow a government; terrorism is considered a form of insurgency. Read more

My Penpal: Chinwei Wong

Chinwei Wong is a resident of Singapore. He is a Chemistry major at the University of Singapore. Two years before beginning school he served in Singapore’s military. He enjoys piano, guitar, violin, and film photography. Read more

Nhung Nguyen from Vietnam

My pen pal Nhung Nguyen is from Vietnam. She has always been interested in journalism, thus exchanging information with her has been great for me. Nhung can speak English fluently and she has contributed some brilliant insights of the media in Vietnam towards terrorism. Here is her self-introduction:

My name is Nhung Hong Nguyen. I’m a senior majoring in International Relations at Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. In Vietnam, people don’t pay much attention on terrorism, normal people and the media consider that topic as one of many events happening around the world. One of the reasons for that might be Vietnam is a peacefull country so Vietnamese people don’t understand why people make a big deal out of it. However, after the 9/11 and many other deadly attacks, they know terrorism is one of the hottest topics and get to know some names such as Al-qaeda, the Tamil Tigers and so on. Due to my study, I have to do many research on international news. Therefore, I have some basic knowledge on terrorism topic. I think this is a good topic to get to know one of the hottest news in the world and diffferent cultures as well.

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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.