Sunday, September 11, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
This Sunday, a special edition of the program: the forces of change since the terror of 9/11.
Tariq Ramadan - Tariq Ramadan is arguably the most articulate and the most controversial of Muslim scholarsof our age. Born, raised and educated in Switzerland, Professor Ramadan is the grandson of the founder of the Mulsim Brotherhood. Tariq Ramadan has taught at numerous universities in Europe and is currently the Chair in Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University.
In his books, essays and lectures, Tariq Ramadan sees himself as bridge between two distinct societies. He has been declared persona non grate in Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Syria. Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the top 100 intellectuals of our time.
Tariq Ramadan was in our studios in London.
James Zogby - For Muslims everywhere, life changed forever ten years ago today.
James Zogby is actually not a Muslim. He is an Arab American. Like most Arabs in both Canada and the United States, Mr. Zogby is a Christian. This, of course, has not protected him from the suspicion and sometimes even the hatred of his fellow citizens.
James Zogby is President of the Arab American Institute. He writes a weekly column carried by more than twenty Arab newspapers. He is the host of a weekly call in program on Abu Dhabi Television. And he is very active in American politics, as a member of the Democratic National Council. He is perhaps best known for his role as a senior advisor to his family business - the polling company, Zogby International.
The Security State - One indisputable consequence of the attacks of September 11th was the rise of what we have come to call the Security State. Every country in the world used the attacks to put more money into intelligence, curb civil liberties, spy on citizens and raise suspicions about foreigners. And for a long time most of us went along.
But on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, it is appropriate to ask if the new security systems were perhaps an overreaction. Have we traded away too much of our civil liberties?
And are we any more secure?
Stella Rimington was the first female director general of MI-5 and the first director general of MI-5 to be publicly identified as such. Upon her retirement from the service in 1996 she turned her hand to crafting spy thrillers. Rip Tide is the sixth novel in a series featuring female MI-5 Agent, Liz Carlye was published this year. She was in London.
In Ottawa was Wesley Wark, professor at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, where he has taught since 1988, and a visiting research professor at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His latest book is Secret Intelligence: A Reader.
David Ignatius, an editor and columnist with the Washington Post. David Ignatius frequentlywrites about matters of National Security and in his spare time, writes espionage fiction.
The movie Body of Lies was based on one of his novels. His latest fictional offering is Bloodmoney. He was in Washington.
Jonathan Kay - This week, Toronto hosted a conference of 9/11 skeptics. Most, but not all, of them believe that the CIA was secretly responsible for the attacks. They are part of an incredible movement of people who just don't buy the official version of what happened 10 years ago.
These are people Jonathan Kay knows very well. He's the managing editor for Comment at the National Post and the author of Among the Truthers: A Journey into the Growing Conspiracist Underground of 9/11 Truthers, Birthers, Armageddonites, Vaccine Hysterics, Hollywood Know-Nothings and Internet Addicts.
Jonathan Kay was in our Toronto studio.
The New Normal - At the end of the day, the big question about the attacks of 9-11 remains.
What if anything did the attacks mean, then or now? Was the world, were we all, changed by the actions of a small group of fanatics or was it just a horrific act that altered little in terms of how we behave or how we think?
Answering that question goes to the core of being human...making sense out of chaos if you will.
Ellah Allfrey is Deputy Editor of Granta Magazine which has just brought out issue 116: Ten Years Later. Before taking up her duties at Granta Ellah Allfrey was senior editor at Random House. She was in London.
Margaret MacMillan was in Toronto. Professor MacMIllan is usually in Oxford where she is the Warden of St. Antony's College. A renwoned historian, She is the author of the award winning Paris 1919 and most recently Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History.
Graham Fuller was in Squamish British Columbia. He is the former CIA Station Chief in Kabul Afghanistan, a former vice-chair of the National Intelligence Council. He is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and the author of numerous works, the most recent being A World Without Islam.