We are entering the final hours of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the evacuation of US, UK and coalition nationals, their Afghan helpers, and their families. News is still coming in about the Islamic State bomb attacks at Kabul Airport. Our thoughts are with those killed in the bombings, 90 people including at least 13 US military personnel, with the injured, and with the folks left behind to face a takeover of the country by the Taliban.
It's no coincidence that these events are happening on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, the world's biggest ever terrorist attack. In this newsletter you can read an article by Peter Rosengard about how the terrible attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon inspired a charity, SINCE 9/11, that's dedicated to creating a more peaceful world through education. And in the new issue of The American magazine, out next week, our political columnist Dr Alison Holmes contributes her own personal memories of being caught up in the repercussions of 9/11. (You can subscribe to the magazine or get a single copy, by clicking on the cover below.)
On a lighter note, it's a holiday weekend in the UK, followed by Labor Day weekend. If you're able to take advantage of the time off, the improving British weather and the loosened pandemic restrictions, The American magazine and the website are full of ideas for places to go and things to do and see.
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