Three Cups of Tea and Important Lessons

Three Cups of Tea chronicles the life and work of mountaineer-turned-humanitarian Greg Mortenson. After failing to reach the summit of K2 and stumbling upon a Baltistan village named Korphe, Mortenson observes the dire conditions the people live in and promises the people that he will return to build a school for them…
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PenPal Conversation One

During my introduction of Idyli to the blog, I mentioned that her father is a war correspondent for Greece’s largest national newspaper. One of the terrorist organizations that Idyli’s father covers is called 17 Noembri. According to Idyli,

“17 Noembri is one of the most terrible organizations in Greece. They have killed many people and mostly those in power. Read more

Jasper on Dutch Media After 9/11

Jasper was 16 on September 11th, 2001 and like many of the authors of this blog, he was in school when he first heard of the attacks.

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A Grecian’s View

Since February, a Greek student named Ilias Kiritsis and I have corresponded, talking on various topics related to terrorism. Ilias has provided some surprising accounts of common views in Greece.

Here is our conversation concerning the event known as Bloody Sunday(note: the conversation does diverge back to the USA topic because this is only an excerpt from a more broad conversation): Read more

Introducing Jasper Bergink

Jasper is a Dutch masters student. He got his Bachelor’s in Political Science and is currently working on a Master’s in Law and Politics of International Security. Read more

Vietnamese media and terrorism–Conversation with Pen Pal

During one of my recent conversation with my pen pal from Vietnam, we were talking about the media and how it portraits terrorism in Vietnam.

Here in the U.S., we have CNN, ABC, etc. all day long talking about what is going on inside the country, as well as outside of the continent. Some people don’t have cables; there is newspaper everywhere with different covers on the hottest news, including terrorism news. Generally speaking, Americans have unlimited access to news whenever and wherever. Read more

A Tunisian’s Viewpoint on Terrorism and Intelligence

During my two months teaching English in Tunisia, I developed a strong friendship with a fellow university student named Aladin. Unlike most of us in class, I had the lucky opportunity to sit in the cafe at least once a week with my friend and others to discuss a wide range of topics,including politics, terrorism, US foreign policy, Israel, Palestine, etc. Now, with Aladin as my pen pal, I once again am lucky enough to to continue those discussions… Read more

My Penpal and Conversations: George Tsopanakis

Let me introduce my penpal to the rest of the class.  George Tsopanakis is a communications student, Junior, at the American College of Greece.  He was also kind enough to send a few photos around the university a few other

Soccer Stadium outside the University


he took an interest in.  We got off to a somewhat slow start since like many students at Arizona State, but things have picked up after several weeks.  We have talked about a number of subjects including the including the terror events on September 11, 2001, how culture may affect what terrorism shows up, and local issues of both Greece and the United States. Read more

Discussion about 9/11 with Greek penpal, Markela

I was curious about how people in foreign countries perceived 9/11 and Markela and I had an interesting discussion about 9/11, during which I found out a lot about viewpoints other than those of Americans. Read more

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

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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.