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28.9.01

Years to Build and Moments to Destroy: How the Twin Towers Fell Understanding the natural forces that contributed to the disaster can help explain the destruction of the twin towers, why they came crashing down the way they did and why enormous clouds of dust erupted from the site, experts say.

25.9.01

Salon.com Technology | The media's Islamic blind spot The media's Islamic blind spot - News reports are obsessing on how the terrorist attacks happened, but not why.

El teatro del Bien y del Mal di Eduardo Galeano. En la lucha del Bien contra el Mal, siempre es el pueblo quien pone los muertos. Los terroristas han matado a trabajadores de cincuenta países, en Nueva York y en Washington, en nombre del Bien contra el Mal. Y en nombre del Bien contra el Mal, el presidente Bush jura venganza: "Vamos a eliminar el Mal de este mundo", anuncia.

24.9.01

Guardian Unlimited Books | Critics | Words of comfort In the wake of the terrorist attacks on America, Robert McCrum considers the consolations of literature.

21.9.01

The New York Review of Books: The Crack-Up Our times have been called, among other things, the Age of Depression: incidence seems constantly to rise, laboratories to bring out more and more new medicines.

Economist.com Osama bin Laden's network
TO MILLIONS of people in the western world, he has come to be viewed as the personification of evil. On the streets of Cairo, in the mountains of northern Pakistan, and even in the air-conditioned luxury of his native Saudi Arabia, he has many admirers, both open and secret.

20.9.01

Il lettore a(r)mato - vademecum di autodifesa di Luca Ferrieri
Il lettore ignoto. Quasi un manifesto
Uno spettro si aggira tra bancarelle e scaffali: il lettore.
A differenza di altri spettri più famosi, questo è tale non per il terrore che incute ma per la sua natura evanescente e vagabonda. E la strategia scelta contro di lui non è, almeno in apparenza, quella della guerra santa, ma quella delle blandizie e degli ammiccamenti...

19.9.01

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | A history of suicide killers The men who carried out last Tuesday's attacks in America were the latest in a long line of terrorists prepared to die for their cause. James Buchan on a centuries-old tradition.

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Religion's misguided missiles Promise a young man that death is not the end and he will willingly cause disaster

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Fear and loathing The attack on the United States last Tuesday has brought home to the west two uncomfortable realities - the ferocious hatred felt for America; and that none of us will ever feel safe again. So, asks Martin Amis, where do we go from here?

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Comment: Samson the terrorist wrong role model for the oppressed The biblical hero who avenged himself in a suicide mission is the wrong role model for the oppressed

The New York Review of Books: The Lure of Syracuse Dionysius is our contemporary. Over the last century he has assumed many names: Lenin and Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini, Mao and Ho, Castro and Trujillo, Amin and Bokassa, Saddam and Khomeini, Ceau¸sescu and Milosevic—one's pen runs dry. In the nineteenth century optimistic souls could believe that tyranny was a thing of the past. After all, Europe had entered the modern age and everyone knew that complex modern societies, attached to secular, democratic values, simply could not be ruled by old-style despotic means. Modern societies might still be authoritarian, their bureaucracies cold and their workplaces cruel, but they could not be tyrannies in the sense that Syracuse was. Modernization would render the classical concept of tyranny obsolete, and as nations outside Europe modernized they, too, would enter the post-tyrannical future. We now know how wrong this was. The harems and food-tasters of ancient times are indeed gone but their places have been taken by propaganda ministers and revolutionary guards, drug barons and Swiss bankers. The tyrant has survived.