9/11: Where Were You?

WW writers reflect on September 11, 2001.


Without question, memories of 9/11 really belong to the survivors and witnesses of the attack, who are a relatively small group of people. What the other 290 million Americans who were not residents of New York City or Washington D.C. have are, by and large, memories of news reports. The WW staff is fairly typical in that way. We gathered our individual recollections. Some of us are old enough to remember ...   More
Sunday, September 11, 2011 WW Editorial Stafff

9/11: 10 Years On and 2,500 Miles Away

An introduction.

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Portland was safely removed from the 9/11 attacks, but the national response to those now-historical events affected this place as much as any other. From eroded civil liberties to the stubborn persis   More
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

The Defender

A Guantanamo lawyer says conservatives have given the state powers they always feared.

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No Portlander is more involved with the aftermath of 9/11 on a national—or global—scale, than Steven Wax. As the federal public defender for Oregon since 1983, leading the office that provides    More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Irony Lives

The new normal turned out to be a lot like the old normal.

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A decade ago, pundits around the country heralded a new America. Optimists said we’d see Americans more interested and engaged in world affairs. We would all be more serious: Vanity Fair magazine e   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Light During Wartime

Oregon missed the 9/11-industrial train, but one local defense contractor has thrived.

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Since 2001, the U.S. government has spent $8 trillion on defense and homeland security, but that largesse has resulted in few local jobs. Oregon receives roughly one-fifth the national average in    More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 COREY PEIN

Never Remember

A decade of Truther movies, considered.

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The letter feels like tidings from 10 years ago: handwritten, packed in bubble wrap, delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. But it arrived at WW a month ago from Paul S. Szymanski of Southwest Portl   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 AARON MESH

Top Five Great Songs of Dissent Written Since 9/11

Top 5
The Thermals, “Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing” I wish Hutch Harris had been my American history teacher. “Our power doesn’t run on nothing,” he sings. “It runs on blood/ And blood is eas   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN


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