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#September 11

# september-11 - Saturday 10 September, 2011

Column: ‘The worst thing was the smell’ – an Irish man’s 9/11 experience

Bob Ó Mhurcú was asleep in New York when the first plane hit. Here he describes what happened next.

# september-11 - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

9/11: New video emerges of aftermath Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania 9/11 This post contains videos

9/11: New video emerges of aftermath Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania

The video shows the aftermath of the plane crashing in Pennsylvania.

9/11 on the web - the virtual memorials 9/11 This post contains videos

9/11 on the web - the virtual memorials

Celebrity pledges to do good, portraits of 9/11 rescuers and rescue dogs, flag tributes and a ‘living museum’ app – some of the ways the September tragedy is remembered online.

# september-11 - Monday 5 September, 2011

FBI warns of small aircraft threat ahead of 9/11 anniversary

There is no specific information about a potential plot, but the FBI says small aircraft pose a terrorism and security threat.

# september-11 - Sunday 4 September, 2011

9/11 memorials: Who won’t be there and what they can’t say 9/11 This post contains videos

9/11 memorials: Who won’t be there and what they can’t say

Remembering the dead ten years on – Ground Zero’s restricted guest list, and the talking points they’ve been requested to stick to.

# september-11 - Monday 22 August, 2011

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Gallery: Powerful new photos show aftermath of 9/11 attacks

Photographer Nicola McClean was in New York as the twin towers fell – and these previously unseen images show the devastation.

# september-11 - Friday 12 August, 2011

From The42 US Open organisers plan September 11th commemoration Tributes

US Open organisers plan September 11th commemoration

Plans are afoot to remember the victims of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks at this year’s US Open.

# september-11 - Thursday 11 August, 2011

'Unsafe' Statue of Liberty to close for 12-month renovation

The National Park Service says it needs time to implement new safety measures that have been three years in the making.

# september-11 - Tuesday 9 August, 2011

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FOX News Facebook page hit with threats after atheist interview

American Atheists are opposing a cross-shaped structure at the Ground Zero memorial in New York.

# september-11 - Thursday 21 July, 2011

Texas man executed despite shooting victim campaigning for his clemency

Mark Stroman was on death row following two murders in the aftermath of 9/11. One of those who survived his attacks campaigned for his release.

# september-11 - Wednesday 20 July, 2011

Survivors of 9/11 banned from memorial service to victims

A ceremony marking ten years since the attacks will be reserved for victims’ relatives only, survivors have been told.

# september-11 - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

US senator demands investigation into possible 9/11 phone-hacking

Highly-regarded senator Jay Rockefeller says the fallout from the News of the World raises ‘serious questions’.

# september-11 - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

US re-files charges against man accused of masterminding 9/11 attack

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is one of five people the US is bringing terrorism and murder charges against under revamped trial processes at Guantanamo Bay.

# september-11 - Wednesday 18 May, 2011

United Airlines apologises for reusing 9/11 flight numbers

The airline blames a technical error for flight numbers 93 and 175 going back into use, ten years after the 2001 attacks.

# september-11 - Monday 2 May, 2011

In numbers: Bin Laden, September 11, and the War on Terror

3,520 days between the September 11 attacks and bin Laden’s death – with up to a million civilian deaths in between.

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Osama bin Laden killed by US operation, Obama says

US president Barack Obama tells his country that the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks has been killed in Pakistan.

# september-11 - Tuesday 8 March, 2011

September 11 suspects likely to be tried at Guantanamo

Obama has caved in to opposition to trying September 11 suspects in the US, and will allow trials to resume at Guantanamo – which he had pledged to close within a year of taking office.

# september-11 - Monday 7 March, 2011

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Unseen aerial footage emerges of 9/11 attacks

Video posted online shows aerial footage taken by the NYPD after planes struck the World Trade Centre in the infamous 11 September 2001 attacks.

# september-11 - Saturday 22 January, 2011

From The Daily Edge THAT Jim Corr appearance on the Late Late Show The Late Late Show

THAT Jim Corr appearance on the Late Late Show

You might have missed it, but people are talking – so here’s the full 14 minutes of Jim Corr’s spot on the Late Late Show.

# september-11 - Monday 8 November, 2010

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Bush: My mother showed me a foetus in a jar

The former US president reveals that his mother showed him her miscarriage when she he was a teenager.

# september-11 - Thursday 23 September, 2010

Happy Birthday, Google News

As Google News turns eight amidst a news industry in flux, Tom Krazit reflects on how the search engine became a news provider – and what it means for traditional media.

# september-11 - Sunday 12 September, 2010

Anger amid the sadness as America marks 9/11

Rival protests stay peaceful (just about) but sour the air as New Yorkers observe the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

# september-11 - Saturday 11 September, 2010

A MAN HAS set fire to a copy of the Quran in a protest at the proposed so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York. Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports that the man set fire to some pages of the Islamic holy book around the corner from the proposed development, before being led away by policemen on the scene.

In pictures: the final day of Ramadan Ramadan This post contains images

In pictures: the final day of Ramadan

Muslims worry that the festivities to mark the end of the Holy Month may be mistaken for celebrations of September 11.

THE PASTOR behind the controversial plan to burn 200 copies of the Quran today, on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, has said the plan has now been formally cancelled. CNN reports that Terry Jones said the mass burning would take place “not today, not ever”.

Obama appeals for calm on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

The president seeks to ease tensions between Christians and Muslims as New York marks the ninth anniversary of the attacks.

# september-11 - Thursday 19 August, 2010

THERE ARE TWO GENERAL schools of thought regarding the plans to open a mosque in a building two blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Centre.

There are those who still feel the traumas of the September 11 terrorist attacks. They say that the idea of opening a place of devotion to Islam – the same faith whose fundamentalist adherents were responsible for 2,976 civilian deaths – is an affront to those who lost their lives, or their loves, on 9/11.

Then there are those, including President Obama, who say that the United States itself is founded on pluralism: the idea that a single society can exist in spite of – and can indeed defend – a multitude of faiths and belief systems.

In between, however, there is a third group: the Muslim community of Manhattan that simply asks for a place to pray.

An unpopular population

“You know how many Muslims are in this area?,” asks Saad Madaha from Ghana, who prays in a mosque only four blocks from Ground Zero, in a basement beneath a nightclub.

“I would like to see a mosque that looks more like a mosque. I would like to go and pray and have full concentration in my prayers and not have music bashing me in my head.”

Madaha, in that case, is presumably not all that impressed with the plans for the proposed Corboda Centre, which will occupy a disused coat factory on Park Place. The glass-and-steel tower will not look much like a mosque at all: in fact, it won’t even have a crescent moon on its roof.

Some of his fellow Muslims, however, can understand why Governor David Paterson, among others, wants to move the new place of worship to a location with slightly less emotional baggage.

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“We need mosques, but anywhere but Ground Zero. It’s going to be a problem all the time,” said Sheikh Hossein, 42, from Bangladesh. ”We want to pray peacefully. I don’t want to pray and fight somebody else over the location.

“If this mosque is built here, every time there is terrorism, they are going to blame us.”

But while Hossein’s logic is also sound, Madaha say relocation would be an insult, saying an victory won by the mosque’s opponents would be “a slap on religion”.

A central focal point for a dispersed community

Another factor that muddies the waters is the fact that many New York Muslims simply don’t have the time or habit of worshipping in their own neighbourhoods, and are required to fit their prayer around their working schedules.

A downtown site in Manhattan suits their needs, therefore, because it’s well serviced by public transport and is in the heart of the financial district that employs so many Muslims.

Obama says he has “no regrets” about taking a controversial stance on the project, which has threatened to become a major issue in November’s mid-term elections which could see his Democratic party lose control of Congress to the Republicans.

Before that, however, there is a more pressing issue: the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and a protest arranged for that date, part-organised and to be attended by the families of people killed at the World Trade Centre.

The Muslim community – who will also hold an event of some sort, with the details yet to be discussed – is worried that the event may turn violent, particularly with the anniversary coming at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

But it seems that no matter what the outcome, there is no way to please everyone. If the mosque is opened, it will almost certainly become a target for sectarian hatred; Obama will face dissent in November’s polls and beyond, and even some of its worshippers will not appreciate the ‘un-Mosque-ish’ look of the building.

If it does not happen, then the Islamic community of New York and beyond will have reason to feel marginalised and victimised in revenge for attacks they condemn and had no part to play in.

Proof, perhaps, that the work of the terrorists has been successful in removing a little of the freedom from the Land of the Free.

# september-11 - Saturday 14 August, 2010

US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has said he supports allowing a mosque to be built near the Ground Zero site in downtown New York city. Obama was speaking at an annual White House dinner marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The president had not previously spoken on the issue, nor had the White House made any statement regarding its position on the mosque.

However, speaking last night, Obama said America’s commitment to freedom of religion was integral to the nation:

As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.

His comments were welcomed by NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, but criticised by other New Yorkers who say that the president “is wrong.”

Over 2,750 people were killed when two planes struck the ‘Twin Towers’ – the World Trade Centre – in lower Manhattan on 11 September, 2001. Plans to construct a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks have drawn intense criticism in the US.

Mark Williams, a prominent member of the conservative anti-Obama Tea Party movement in the US, said:

The monument would consist of a Mosque for the worship of the terrorists’ monkey-god (repeat: “the terrorists’ monkey-god.” if you feel that fits a description of Allah then that is your own deep-seated emotional baggage not mine, talk to the terrorists who use Allah as their excuse and the Muslims who apologize for and rationalize them) and a “cultural center” to propagandize for the extermination of all things not approved by their cult.

The Tea Party said the comment was expressed by Williams personally, and not by the movement. The Washington Post attempts to debunk some of the misconceptions surrounding the mosque here.

Meanwhile, Muslim groups in the US have expressed concerns for their safety as the end Ramadan coincides with the 9/11 anniversary.

# september-11 - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

NEW YORK’S Landmarks Preservation Commission has given the green light to plans to build a multi-storey mosque just around the corner from the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre.

Opponents of the building believed the $100m mosque – which will stand over 13 storeys – was an insensitive monument to the deaths of almost 3,000 people killed when two planes flew into the ‘twin towers’ of the centre.

But the mosque was approved after the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said that Muslim religious freedom had to be respected.

The mayor had been opposed by fellow Republicans Newt Gingrich, who labelled it an “act of triumphalism”, and Sarah Palin who called it “a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims” of September 11.

Opponents had appealed to the Commission to declare the site a landmark so as to protect it from non-municipal use, but it voted unanimously that the building – a disused former coat factory – was not considered important enough to merit the status.

Backers of the scheme, however, believe it would help to promote tolerance and that the Cordoba House mosque would ultimately become a symbol of good inter-faith relations within America.

The commission’s hearings had seen significant public protests, with protestors holding signs that claimed Islam “builds mosques at the sites of their conquests and victories” and “Don’t glorify murders of 3,000 – no 9/11 victory mosque”.

The developer behind the project welcomed the ruling and said the mosque would be similar to the famous 92nd Street Y, a mainly Jewish organisation open to all regardless of their religion.