What could be the single-most profound fallout of the September 2001 attacks, or 9/11, ten years on? It is the surreal state of permanent war, intermittent peace. In a way, the events wiped out the last remaining vestiges of universal innocence. Read more

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Al-Qaeda’s number two Ayman Al-Zawahiri had been violently plotting to overthrow Egypt’s regime for three decades but peaceful young men and women managed to pull it off in just 18 days in the end. Read more

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Britain’s National Archives last week released restricted materials from its underground vaults from the Cold War era, declassified after 30 years. Read more

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Can we understand and react to global terror without ‘essentialising’ Islam itself i.e. without treating as absolute notions, such as ‘Islam cannot be practised without harming those who don’t’? Read more

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In medicine, the goal is either to cure a disease completely or prevent it altogether. A third option is to keep incurable ailments, such as chronic arthritis, within manageable limits with a ‘maintenance dose’. Read more

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