Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — September 11, 2020

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Steven Malanga, City Journal: Tale of Two Crises

The 9/11 attacks brought New York together; Covid has helped fracture it.

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a debate in New York about whether the city can recover the vitality that it had before the virus. Optimists point to how Gotham bounced back stronger than ever after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001—19 years ago today—though the devastating attacks sparked predictions that it might be decades before New York could rebound. It’s provocative to compare these two existential crises, nearly 20 years apart.

I’m on the side of the optimists, but I’m not sure that 9/11 is a useful template for what’s happening today. Some crises unite us, and 9/11 was one of those. Some cataclysms divide us, exacerbating our differences and amplifying the challenges we face. For a host of reasons—differences in leadership chief among them—the pandemic is one of those.


Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — September 11, 2020

Remembering Flight 93 and heroes of 9/11 — David L. Bernhardt, Post Gazette

The Children of 9/11 Are About to Vote — Garrett M. Graff, Politico

Intra-Afghan talks: A long, complicated process with no guarantee of success — Shamil Shams & Masood Saifullah, DW

After 9/11: Has Germany failed in Afghanistan? — Sandra Petersmann & Nina Werkhäuser, DW

Afghanistan talks: bitter foes with incompatible goals — AFP

Doha talks could reshape Afghanistan, but peace not assured — AFP

As China’s economic recovery from the coronavirus gains momentum, what is the outlook? — Orange Wang, SCMP

‘Negative Peace’? China’s Approach to the Middle East — Guy Burton, War On The Rocks

From Engagement to Pressure: The EU Gets Tougher on North Korean Sanctions — Ramon Pacheco Pardo, 38 North

With UAE deal, Israel opens tentative new chapter with Gulf Arabs — Frank Gardner, BBC

Putin holds key to Belarus crisis as Lukashenko heads to Moscow — Shaun Walker, The Guardian

U.S. economy is improving, weeks before the election. Will Trump benefit? — Ann Saphir, Reuters

OPEC at 60 — an oil cartel on life support — Ashutosh Pandey, DW

Can Social Media Incite a War? — David C. Benson, Ociris

Coronavirus vaccination: What are we actually waiting for? — Julia Vergin, DW