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Guides to Online Resources
Web Resources for Journalists
A very comprehensive site of links to online resources.
Afghanistan Online is a privately owned, independent web site that provides updated news and information on Afghanistan.
Amnesty International Links
Letter from Afghanistan
William Vollman, The New Yorker, May 15, 2000
Tamim Ansary, "An Afghan American Speaker"
Michael Creswell, "The
United States Must Learn From the Soviet War in Afghanistan" http://www.h-net.org/~hns/articles/recent/100601a.html
Calls for careful study of reasons the Soviets failed in Afghanistan.
"Blundering into Afghanistan"
David Greenberg, Slate, September 19, 2001
Stacy B. Haldi, "Why Afghanistan Will Not Be a Quagmire" http://www.h-net.org/~hns/articles/recent/100201a.html
Unique characteristics differentiating the present conflict from past Afghan wars.
John H. Barnhill: "Security
May Be Too Expensive"
Examines the Mobilization Against Terrorism Act and the potential loss of civil liberties.
Diane M.T. North, "How Does
a Nation Protect Itself in Wartime?"
The Office of Homeland Security and protection of constitutional liberties.
Allan M. Winkler, "War Can Threaten
Civil Liberties at Home"
Examples from the past of the violation of the civil liberties of perceived enemies at home.
Film and Media
Over the past six decades, the news media have had to respond to many shattering events, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the seizure of American diplomats in Iran, and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. Is the current coverage more or less restrained than coverage of previous events. Is it fairer or more biased? Is it stirring or restraining ethnic animosities?
Anti-Islam in the Media
A 1998 publication of the Canadian Islamic Congress.
The Portrayal of Muslim Women in Canadian Mainstream Media
By Gul Joya Jafri of the Afghan Women's Organization.
Middle Eastern Film
"Movies of the Middle East"
by Janelle Brown
Salon, October 9, 2001
"These films frequently personify an intense anger directed at the United States . Despite a seemingly relentless struggle with censorship, some Middle Eastern filmmakers have produced work that addresses -- often directly -- the issues of politics, war and religion."
Response to Terrorism
Official statements of U.S.government policy toward terrorism.
Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism:
Reports from the U.S. government office responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing American counterterrorism policy.
Patterns of Global Terrorism
Includes a chronology of terrorist incidents and background information on terrorist groups.
The academic website of Dr. Alan Godlas, professor of Religion at the University of Georgia, provides a scholarly overview of Islam and related subjects.
The Status of Muslim Civil Rights
in the United States
From the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The Real bin Laden
by Mary Anne Weaver, New Yorker, January 24, 2000
The Near East
Meeting with the Muj
A visit to a radical religious school in Lehore, Pakistan by Jessica Stern, a lecturer at Harvard UniversityÍs Kennedy School of Government, an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Ira Chernus: "Bush Should Consider
the Fate of Wartime Presidents"
Advises President Bush to heed the examples of Eisenhower in Korea and Johnson in Vietnam.
A website created by the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT designed to spark
discussions and reflections about the media's role in covering the events of 11
September 2001 and their aftermath.
Terrorist Attacks 2001 Archive
The Internet Archive, in coordination with the Library of Congress, webArchivist.org and Alexa Internet, have created an archive of information on the terrorist attacks.
Broadcasts and critical commentary on coverage from television stations worldwide.
Beverly Gage, "The First Wall
Historical precedent to New York terror bombings.
"The Changing Face of Terrorism"
Slate, September 13, 2001
Max Page, "The 'Unimaginable' Has, in Fact, Often Been Imagined"
Predictions, in popular culture, of disasters in New York.
Donald R. Shaffer: "The Osama bin Laden of 1916"
Earlier precedent in Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico.
Congressional Quarterly: Recent Terrorist Events
Special Briefing: The Terrorist Attack on America: Background -- Foreign Affairs
This special briefing from _Foreign
Affairs_ collects the full text of ten previously published articles and thirteen
book reviews that "contribute to an understanding of the tragic attacks
on New York and Washington." The articles range from David Fromkin's 1975
"The Strategy of Terrorism," which gives the history of terrorism
and some governmental strategies for
combatting it, to Richard K. Betts' prescient 1998 "The New Threat of Mass Destruction," discussing the dangers of terrorist attacks on the US. Other writers include Ahmed Rashid, Walter Laqueur, and Ashton Carter.
Keith Edgerton, "War Can Take
On a Life of Its Own"
The unforeseeable results of military reactions to terrorism.
K.R. Constantine Gutzman, "On
the Verge of War, Look Before You Leap" http://www.h-net.org/~hns/articles/recent/091401a.html
The often unexpected results of the quick use of military force
Robert Brent Toplin, "War and
"The Law of Unintended Consequences"
Calls for intensified analysis to foresee the unexpected results of our actions.
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