As we approach the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, terrorism aimed at Americans is still at the forefront of international news.
In recent months, the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, referred to as ISIL or ISIS, has released videos showing the beheadings of American journalists. The incidents follow threats of violence from ISIS if the United States didn’t cease air strikes and other military intervention in Iraq.
There are probably certain images that come to mind when you remember the September 11th terrorist attacks: the approaching plane, the two towers of the World Trade Center in flames, clouds of smoke, and people walking en masse across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Photographer Philip Heying is now based in Lawrence, Kan., and works as an adjunct instructor in the photography department at Johnson Community College.
The U.S. military announced today that it was ready to proceed with the war crimes tribunal of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo prisoners suspected of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attack on the United States.
NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports this is important because it means that Mohammed must be arraigned within 30 days. This step is basically a military grand jury agreeing that there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
Artist June Ahrens sits with Chief Curator Barbara O'Brien to discuss her works relating to September 11, in the exhibition Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens.
By Drew Bolton
Kansas City, Mo. – Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens September 9-December 24, 2011 Kemper Museum
From the Kemper's website: "Artist June Ahrens's work addresses issues of loss, pain, fragility, danger, and survival. Her work is obsessive in spirit and uses reclaimed or repurposed everyday objects."
CNN.com commissioned artists from around the world "to create or choose work to illustrate the ripple effect of 9/11." Here, Kansas City's Peregrine Honig describes her work called "Twins," and recalls where she was on September 11, 2001.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. –
Peregrine Honig's artist statement for CNN.com's 9/11 Ripple project:
Along with journalists and historians, playwrights can serve an important role in helping people make sense of national tragedies. And the results can weave narratives other sources might miss.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, Mo. – This week, two Kansas City theater companies are staging plays coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, yet they utilize that historic day in very different ways.