WBEZ | 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/tags/911 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sept. 11 through the eyes of an NYU undergrad http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/sept-11-through-eyes-nyu-undergrad-110791 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/StoryCorps-140912-Asha-Joseph_bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&ldquo;You know sometimes when you&rsquo;re in your house and a big truck will drive by and kinda shake the house? That&rsquo;s what it felt like,&rdquo; Asha Veal Brisebois says to her husband, Joseph, in this week&rsquo;s StoryCorps.</p><p>On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Asha was in her bedroom at New York University&rsquo;s South Street Seaport dormitory, a five minute walk from the Twin Towers, when she felt her whole room rattle. &ldquo;And then I felt it again, and our suitemate opened the door and she was like: &lsquo;Something&rsquo;s going on.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Brisebois and her roommates gathered in the living room, turned on the TV and saw what was happening: Two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. &ldquo;It was weird. The only reference point that we had was those Denzel Washington movies, or those big Hollywood movies, where it&rsquo;s like, &lsquo;The terrorists have attacked.&rsquo; And no one quite knew what was going on.&rdquo;</p><p>One of Asha&rsquo;s childhood friends called to see if she was okay. Asha said she was, and asked her friend to call her parents. As soon as she hung up, Asha&rsquo;s cell phone went dead.</p><p>Asha and her roommates started to panic. They lived on the fourteenth floor and someone suggested moving to a lower floor for safety. One of them had friends on the third floor, so they went downstairs. Their friends didn&rsquo;t answer and so the girls knocked on the door to the apartment next door. Three strangers let them in, and together they watched news reports on TV.</p><p>&ldquo;It was fine&hellip;Then it got weird when the Towers started to fall,&rdquo; Asha said. &ldquo;We felt it before we saw it on TV &ndash; I don&rsquo;t know if there was a delay - and then the windows would go dark. So it was just kind of: You feel it, you see it on TV, and then the windows go dark... And it happened twice.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;At one point the RA came and knocked on the door and was like: You have to leave. Everyone&rsquo;s afraid that all of downtown is going to fall&hellip;.Everything&rsquo;s unstable.&rdquo;</p><p>The air outside was dirty and Asha began to worry about her asthma. She asked to borrow a shirt from one of the men whose apartment they were in, so she could breathe into it. She was delayed and lost her friends in the chaos of the evacuation.</p><p>She walked for a while and eventually found herself in the school&rsquo;s gym, where she was reunited with her friends by chance. One of her roommates had Asha&rsquo;s asthma inhaler in her purse and had insisted on waiting for her outside of their dorm. Asha didn&rsquo;t see her, but the gesture was still meaningful.</p><p>&ldquo;You have your best friends from college&hellip;Those are my friends forever &ndash; people that took care of you like family on the worst of worst days&hellip;That&rsquo;s your family. Those are your friends. You stay with each other. You look out for each other.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/sept-11-through-eyes-nyu-undergrad-110791 For one Pakistani man, love and sadness in post 9/11 America http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/one-pakistani-man-love-and-sadness-post-911-america-108618 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS7379_usman and malena-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In the year 2000, When Usman Ally left Pakistan to attend college in Portland, Oregon, it was still relatively easy for people coming from there to get a visa.&nbsp;</p><p>But then his life, like so many others, was forever changed by Sept. 11, 2001.&nbsp;</p><p>Ally joined his wife, Malena, at the Chicago StoryCorps booth to talk about identity and love in post-9/11 America.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong>: Talk a little bit about your experiences in Portland, what you were studying.</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: Portland was fine. It was just very, very homogenous, and that was very difficult for me. Especially once 9/11 happened. I hate to say it, but sometimes I feel like my identity in this country is sort of defined by that event.&nbsp;</p><p>After 9/11, Arab and Muslim men from certain countries were required to go into the immigration office and sign up for &ldquo;Special Registration.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: They would take all of your information, and then they would just ask these questions about who you are and where you&rsquo;re from and what your parents do. I had nothing to hide, but I just remember being terrified each time.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong>: And then we met in Chicago &hellip; What do you remember about me when we first met?</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: ... I had a sort of nervous energy and an excitement to see you, and I was trying to figure you out a little bit. Trying to see if we were compatible at all, you know? Because we were from such different worlds.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong> &hellip; Obviously I made a good impression though, because you asked me to marry you.&nbsp;</p><p>After an arduous visa application process, Malena and Usman were married. But their wedding wasn&rsquo;t a completely happy occasion. Click on the audio above to find out why.</p><p><em>Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described Pakistan as an Arab nation, and has been corrected. </em></p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival</em>.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/one-pakistani-man-love-and-sadness-post-911-america-108618 Today is not 9/11; today is the day after http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/today-not-911-today-day-after-102360 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/9%3A12%20new%20york%20times.png" style="float: right; height: 299px; width: 300px; " title="The front page of the New York Times on September 12, 2001, above the fold." />There is no peg to this story except that yesterday was an anniversary. Today is just a regular day. Today is the day after a day that 11 years ago meant something. But today, we don&rsquo;t know what that something means anymore.<br /><br />&ldquo;Where were you on 9/11?&rdquo; <a href="http://mashable.com/2012/09/11/twitter-september-11/">countless news organizations tweeted yesterday</a>. &ldquo;Share your story!&rdquo; Remember with us, they asked.<br /><br />Other media groups got criticized for not remembering it enough <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/188081/nbc-msnbc-911-anniversary-broadcasts-stir-emotions-and-controversy/">or in the right way</a>, to the benefit of blogs like <em>New York</em> magazine&rsquo;s Daily Intel. They took advantage of NBC&rsquo;s choice not to observe a moment of silence yesterday morning when other news networks were doing so and instead air an interview with Kris Kardashian discussing her choice to get her breast implants replaced; Daily Intel&rsquo;s well-edited split-screen with audio of the different channels playing at the same time is, I would say, <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/09/today-show-kardashian-interview-instead-of-september-11-moment-of-silence.html">surprisingly and masterfully comical</a>.<br /><br />I don&rsquo;t necessarily blame NBC for their now-obvious gaff; it&rsquo;s hard not to notice the difference in 9/11 coverage between this year and years past. Things are drastically less September 11th-ed out. Powered by my admittedly faulty memory, I like to visualize the intensity of the coverage of 9/11 in the years since that date slowly falling like an inverted bell curve, and then peaking suddenly back up with the 10th anniversary, to fall quickly back down this year.<br /><br />&ldquo;Some anniversaries offer a natural reflection point,&rdquo; Carolyn Ryan, the metropolitan editor of the <em>New York Times</em> t<a href="http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/how-to-cover-the-11th-anniversary-of-911/">old the paper&rsquo;s new public editor</a> Margaret Sullivan Tuesday (I will remind you, in case you have forgotten, the original 9/11 was a Tuesday).<br /><br />She was referencing 2011&rsquo;s 10th anniversary. That natural reflection point that is natural only to us as humans, with our desire for nice round, even numbers that give us something to mark the meaningful passage of &nbsp;years. Given that, and the inevitable passage of time, it seems unlikely that we&rsquo;ll &ldquo;remember&rdquo; with the ferocity we have those first 10 years. I&rsquo;d posit a guess that the 10th anniversary was the most we&rsquo;ll ever hear of 9/11 again. Pearl Harbor, the death of JFK -- these things that define generations live only in the memories of those that experienced them, to be retold to others who simply cannot, and honestly don&rsquo;t want to understand the emotional intensity involved.<br /><br /><a href="https://twitter.com/Oreo/status/245537183207919616"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/9%3A11%20oreo.png" style="height: 334px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Twitter: @Oreo" /></a>Though even those who live through an event at the same time can&rsquo;t often share about it properly or correctly. There are those that are told they remember the wrong way. (<a href="http://gawker.com/5942279/the-best-911-column-ever-written-by-a-man-who-briefly-lived-in-montgomery-county-pennsylvania">There are those that tell themselves</a> that they remembered or felt the wrong way.) The companies that exploit events <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/copyranter/the-five-worst-911-exploitation-ads">for profit or goodwill</a>. The celebrities that make anniversaries less-than-serious, almost <a href="https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/245597172496736256">meaningless</a>. Videogum editor Gabe Delahyde hilariously (to those of us who appreciate the humor of a publication like <em>The Onion</em>, <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/remembering-onion-9-11-issue-everyone-thought-last-162024809.html">who famously</a> &ldquo;Onion-ized&rdquo; 9/11 coverage) spent much of today retweeting every horribly meaningless platitude that celebrities and companies <a href="https://twitter.com/Oreo/status/245537183207919616">like Oreo</a> shared <a href="https://twitter.com/gabedelahaye">about the anniversary today</a>.<br /><br />Anniversaries give us a time. They give us a space. They tell us &ldquo;it&rsquo;s okay to do this today.&rdquo; They give news organizations a structure, a peg, a reason people will read, listen, look or watch their story, no matter how <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/11/eleven-years-after-9-11-flying-is-safe-routine-and-annoying.html">potentially mundane the topic</a>. They prove how much time has passed and how little or much we have changed.<br /><br />They also prove our value to others. Relationship anniversaries, the anniversary of someone&rsquo;s death -- these things back (and sometimes subvert) our claim to feeling a certain way. The best way I can ever tell that I&rsquo;m experiencing time normally, the way humans are intended to, is when something feels both forever ago and yesterday.<br /><br />Not so many people were asking whether we&rsquo;re remembering 9/11 too much last year, the way we have this year, until we won&rsquo;t have to ask it anymore because we just won&rsquo;t be doing it. Some were tired of the stories, sure; tired of the difficulty in coming up with original and actually meaningful content.<br /><br />But that&rsquo;s because there&rsquo;s no good way to anniversary anything, except maybe by yourself. And it&rsquo;s peculiar, because perhaps today is the day we should really count as an anniversary. Today is the day I woke up in an apartment that wasn&rsquo;t mine and wandered around downtown Manhattan with my mother, looking for coffee and a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/9-11imagemap.html">copy of a historic paper</a> that would be impossible to find because everyone wanted it.<br /><br />It was beautiful out, just like September can be. No one was on the streets. It was unnatural, it was eery, it was remarkably terrible.<br /><br />A week later, I was uptown and it was like nothing had happened. Nothing had happened or was remembered except by me.<br /><br />Oh, but that&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/young-new-yorkers-living-chicago-reflect-bin-ladens-death-86100">my story</a>. It doesn&rsquo;t much matter, expect as a peg. On a year that counts just right.</p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/today-not-911-today-day-after-102360 Worldview 10.17.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-101711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-17/drone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. counterterrorism has undergone multiple transformations since 9/11. Al Qaeda has lost its footing as an existential threat to American society. Targeted assassinations of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki demonstrate significant changes in the security establishment since the initial “war on terror.” <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/s/thom_shanker/index.html" target="_blank">Thom Shanker</a>, Pentagon correspondent for the <em>New York Times </em>and a former foreign editor for the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, has lived in this world for the past decade. He talks about his new book with Eric Schmitt, <a href="http://us.macmillan.com/counterstrike/EricSchmitt" target="_blank"><em>Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda</em></a>. Later, we sit down with Aaron Freeman, local humorist and former host of WBEZ’s <em>Metropolis</em>, who's posting YouTube <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6FfoZLWe90" target="_top">videos</a> from "Occupy Chicago." He gives us the latest on what’s happening downtown.</p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-101711 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 9/10/11: The Passage of Time http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/paper-machete-radio-magazine-91011-passage-time-91994 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/interviewshow.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-14/tavi interview.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 227px; height: 250px; " title="Tavi, as discussed by Megan Steilstra">Christopher and Ali talk way too much about cats, so skip the beginning of this week's issue if you're not so inclined. First up, Benno Nelson discusses how art hasn't changed as much as you'd think it might have since 9/11. Megan Stielstra celebrates the launch of&nbsp;Tavi Gevinson's <em>Rookie Magazine </em>by diving back to the 90's, to its predecessor <em>Sassy</em>. Sad Brad Smith brings our sad&nbsp;weather report. And there's a word from our sponser O'Reilly's artisan wafers, courtesy of Doug Hurley. Music from Chris Damiano on your way out. And as usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE (and recorded this week by&nbsp;Nick Freed).&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483721-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-10-papermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div>This Saturday, we FINALLY have <a href="http://vocalo.org/amp">Brian Babylon</a>, and also Dan Sinker, who's book reminiscing about his time as the <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MayorEmanuel">Twitter sensation @MayorEmanuel</a>. They'll be joined by <a href="http://ianbelknap.com/">Ian Belknap</a>&nbsp;of the Writer Club; Mel Evans of <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=491&amp;Itemid=166">ComedySportz</a>; &nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/6">Nancy Friedrich</a> and <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/237">Colleen Doyle</a> team up; <a href="http://www.english.northwestern.edu/people/savage.html">Dr. Bill Savage</a>, Northwestern professor and <em>Chicago Tribune</em> contributor; and <a href="http://www.hobojunctionproductions.com/page1/page1.html">Josh Zagore</a>n will be back with his good puppet friend Chad the Bird. They'll be talking about the pregnant Beyonce, Mayor Daley's newly reduced bodyguard posse, and James Franco's all-over-the-place-ness. And music from <a href="http://www.blanefonda.com/">Blane Fonda</a>.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/paper-machete-radio-magazine-91011-passage-time-91994 Coping with grief in the wake of tragedy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/coping-grief-wake-tragedy-91841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-12/249679658_27dc14443c_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sunday was the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. But Monday, the weeks of remembrance and memorials commemorating the day largely came to an end. For many Americans, the events of 9/11 fade until the next year – or longer. But what about those people who lost someone that day? Or for that matter - any person who suffered the unexpected loss of a loved one? When others move on, how do people deal with grief? To discuss <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by <a href="http://www.thecouncil-online.org/AU_DrCarlBell.htm" target="_blank">Dr. Carl Bell</a>, a psychiatrist at the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p><p><em>Music Button: Fall On Your Sword, "Naked On the Ice," from the soundtrack to Another Earth (Milan Records)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/coping-grief-wake-tragedy-91841 Coming home from war http://www.wbez.org/content/coming-home-war <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/RS2642_Afghanistan troops_AP_Bebeto Matthews.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In the ongoing national conversation about the legacy and impact of 9/11, there are inevitably conversations about the two wars that have followed the shocking events of that day, and of the impact these wars have had on the lives of the men and women who continue to serve. &nbsp;</p><p>The nearly 1.7 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, their 1.2 million spouses and 900,000 children, often describe how re-entry into civil society can sometimes be more challenging than the experience of war itself. This has been especially true for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries, which some describe as the “signature injury” of these wars.</p><p>In March, the University of Chicago convened a panel of writers and veterans to talk about their experiences with re-entry. Panelists included Jack Fuller, the former editor and publisher of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, and Michael Sullivan, the Illinois State Director of Student Veterans of America. &nbsp;Fuller is a veteran of the Vietnam war and Sullivan is a Marine Corps veteran who has served in Kosovo, Haiti and Iraq.</p><p>During the panel, Fuller and Sullivan compared notes on how they were received by their friends and society at large when they returned. They agreed that although much has changed, things haven’t necessarily gotten any easier. You can hear their conversation in the audio above.</p><p><em><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from </em><em>Chicago Amplified’s</em><em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Jack Fuller and Michael Sullivan spoke at an event presented by <a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml">The University of Chicago</a> in March. Click <a href="../../story/war-follows-everyone-home-86427">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety. </em></p></p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/coming-home-war My personal jihad: Defending Islam after 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-09-10/my-personal-jihad-defending-islam-after-911-91798 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/IMAG0745.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="299" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-09/American Flags.jpg" title="(Photo by Maham Khan)" width="500"></p><p><em>Editor’s Note: Maham Khan was a freshman at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine on September 11, 2001. As president of the Muslim Student Association on campus, she became part of an integral movement to educate Harper students and faculty about Islam.&nbsp; This year, to commemorate 9/11’s tenth anniversary, Harper College hosted a memorial program and invited back Maham Khan to speak about - and reflect on - the Muslim-American experience since.&nbsp; Here are her remarks:</em><br> <br> <br> Good Afternoon, Asalamo –Walaikum: Peace be unto you.<br> <br> When Harper asked me to speak a few months ago, my first thought was: do we really still need to talk about Islam on 9/11's anniversary? I thought, Americans get it; they know they can’t blame an entire religion for the actions of a few mad men. And yet, the answer to my question became clear when I chose a title for my speech. I had wanted to call it <em>10 Years and Counting: My Jihad against Ignorance</em>. But this title was met with concern by a few involved parties. They felt it was “insensitive,” so they changed it.&nbsp; I understood where they were coming from, but that's also when I realized we still have a lot to talk about – and a lot&nbsp; to understand about Islam and about jihad.<br> <br> Merriam-webster.com defines jihad:</p><p>1.&nbsp; A holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also: a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline.&nbsp; 2.&nbsp; A crusade for a principle or belief<br> <br> Perhaps I should have used the word crusade instead.&nbsp; Might have been less, well, insensitive.<br> <br> But for the record, I wasn't trying to be insensitive or controversial - especially not today. I merely wanted to point out the full context of the word jihad. You see, for the last 10 years, I and millions of other Muslims have been fighting the actual jihad that Islam prescribes for the modern day we live in. It's the jihad of self-improvement through the actions I take to better my community.&nbsp; It’s a jihad against misconceptions and hatred and injustice. It's jihad against the adulteration of my beautiful faith. Every time I stand up here to reiterate that Islam does not condone murder, destruction or suicide--I am a jihadist. And I'm fighting with my heart, words and actions standing before you today. Just like Merriam-Webster says, it is my religious duty as a Muslim to defend my faith.&nbsp; And it’s my duty to defend it, most importantly, against the perpetrators who attacked my faith – indeed, every faith - and my country on 9/11/2001.</p><p>It’s a day none of us will ever forget.<br> <br> Strangely, I remember almost everything leading up to the towers crashing. The day was absolutely beautiful, sunny with clear skies. I wore a red shirt and black pants. I had a bagel and cream cheese while driving because I was running late for my 9:20 public speaking class, right here at Harper. I ran up the stairs of Building L thinking of an excuse, because I knew my teacher would ask why I was late before marking me down a letter grade. But when I reached my classroom, everyone was crammed into the corner around the TV, fixated on the images we all wish we could forget.&nbsp; Then the hallways filled with confusion and fear. Campus security officers worked their way through the hallways informing us that there was a bomb threat.&nbsp; Then in an eerie, silent chaos we all rushed to go home to our families.<br> <br> In the weeks following 9/11, once it became clear that the villains in this story had an identity defined solely by the same religion as mine, I knew my life was going to change-and not necessarily for the better.&nbsp; I had a feeling that now people, including myself, would want to know everything about Islam. I was right.<br> <br> My friends and I brought the Muslim Student Association on campus back to life (which had been in hibernation for some time). Every Thursday we held an hour-long meeting and open discussion.&nbsp; Almost every week, dozens of non-Muslims showed up. They wanted to know what was the meaning of all this? What role did Islam play?&nbsp;</p><p>As we clarified Islam’s stance, I realized how lucky we were to be in an environment that was conducive to learning and discussion.&nbsp; My time at Harper College was truly enlightening because I learned a lot about the nature of people in the wake of tragedy. I saw the power of compassion and cooperation rise above the destruction that happened on 9/11.</p><p>Even so, the last decade has been filled with incidents of “Islamaphobia,” city-wide Quran burnings, and misleading debates over the so-called&nbsp; Ground Zero Mosque. And when I hear and see these things, I think: they're winning. The bad guys are winning. Because this is exactly what they want to happen. They want Americans to be divided, fighting against each other and against their Muslim countrymen and women, so that they can undermine our ideals of freedom and equality for all.</p><p>I am also hurt and disappointed with the conditions of the world around us. It's disappointing that while Facebook and Twitter have reminded us that the world is really very small, a great disconnect between the East and the West still remains.&nbsp; It hurts to see legally proven innocent Muslims—fathers and sons-come out of Guantanamo Bay after being tortured for years. And it hurts even more when people continue to die in the name of Islam or jihad.&nbsp; Ten years after 9/11, it's safe to say it's not easy being Muslim anywhere in the world today.</p><p>But despite this I am optimistic about the future, because&nbsp; I have so much faith in the American people. I love this country - because this country gives me the freedom to be who I am: a proud Muslim American. This country fights for my freedoms. This country is fighting a constant jihad to better the lives of its people.<br> <br> Ten years from today, I hope and pray that on 9/11’s 20th anniversary, we will look back and be relieved, celebrating a world without fear of terror. We will look back and be proud of how far we have come—how truly united we stand.&nbsp;</p><p>I believe that is the best way to honor all the lives that were lost on September 11th.</p><p>Thank you.</p><p><em>Maham Khan is a Production Assistant for WBEZ's Front and Center.</em></p></p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-09-10/my-personal-jihad-defending-islam-after-911-91798 After 9/11, Chicago FBI tries to improve its image within Muslim community http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/after-911-chicago-fbi-tries-improve-its-image-within-muslim-community-91 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/AP061208019796.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, we’re looking at how 9/11 transformed Muslim-Americans around the country and in Chicago.</p><p>In a previous segment, we talked to a lawyer who defended the Global Relief Foundation, a local Islamic charity shuttered by the federal government shortly after the attacks. The group was never convicted of any wrongdoing. Incidents like this did nothing to endear the government to American Muslims. To build relationships and trust, the<a href="http://www.fbi.gov/chicago"> FBI office in Chicago</a> has made a concerted effort to reach out to the local Muslim community.</p><p>For a progress report, WBEZ’s criminal justice reporter, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/robert-wildeboer">Robert Wildeboer</a>, sat down with Robert Grant, who heads the FBI’s Chicago field office. They began with the controversy surrounding the government’s decision to close two Islamic charities in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/after-911-chicago-fbi-tries-improve-its-image-within-muslim-community-91 Sorting through the 9/11 tributes http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-09/sorting-through-911-tributes-91764 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/0_0_139806_00_292x438.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this week I was emailed a press release from someone who I believe was an amateur musician letting me know about his September 11 tribute rock song. That, and this <a href="http://www.regretsy.com/2011/09/07/never-forgetsy-2/">Regretsy post</a> signify the amount of media dreck out there about honoring September 11. (There’s even a special this week about how pop culture “saved” America. Yes, pop culture, stronger than a New York City firefighter.)<br> <br> If you’re like me and are trying to avoid any 9/11 coverage that seems excessively pointless (yes, we all remember where we were), maudlin or off-base, there are a few 9/11 tributes I’d like to recommend that I think got it right.<br> <br> First is the <a href="http://nymag.com/news/articles/wtc/"><em>New York Magazine</em> September 11 double-issue</a>. The magazine presents, encyclopedia-style, a breakdown of what was important leading up to, on, and after that day and includes never-solved mysteries, architectural details and sober tributes. I couldn’t stop reading it even though it occasionally made me feel nauseous (due to the subject matter, not the writing.) It’s nonfiction at its best and provides a clear-eyed look back (I thought the story on Morning Edition called <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/09/09/140321495/the-banality-of-evil-following-the-steps-to-sept-11">“The Banality of Evil”</a> also did a great job of solid reporting and storytelling.)<br> <br> <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-09/0_0_139806_00_292x438.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 233px; height: 350px;" title="">Secondly, tomorrow Showtime is presenting <em><a href="http://www.sho.com/site/movies/movie.do?seriesid=0&amp;seasonid=0&amp;episodeid=139806">The Love We Make</a></em>, Albert Maysles documentary about Paul McCartney putting together The Concert for New York City. I got a sneak peek at the movie (my review of it is going up on <a href="http://www.avclub.com/">The AV Club</a> tomorrow) and enjoyed it. It’s a different kind of tribute--it was shot in 2001, with no looking back from today, and instead of us the horror and trauma of September 2001, we see the rebuilding that takes place in October 2001. It’s a rock documentary more than anything else, which might seem like a flippant way of looking back, but it’s a lighter way of remembering that time--and it’s important to remember the rebuilding as much as the destruction. I think it’s a good tribute for people who can’t handle revisiting the details of September 11.<br> <br> If you’ve observed any other 9/11 anniversary reports or tributes that you thought were especially tasteful and well-done that you want to recommend, feel free to leave them below in the comments.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-09/sorting-through-911-tributes-91764