'10 Years After' 9/11 With Author Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali Speaks At The Fritz Thyssen Foundation's Building In Cologne

This past September 11th, the German Fulbright Alumni Association and the Amerika Haus NRW e.V. paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks 10 years ago.

The two organizations, responsible for strengthening ties between the US and Germany, invited British author Tariq Ali to speak about the aftermath of 9/11 and where the US stands a decade later. Ali talked about the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and why both have been so long and complicated.

The author also spoke about Germany's long-harbored guilt for its past crimes and the importance of discarding this guilt as Europe faces an uncertain economic future. Germany, Ali says, is currently the strongest country in Europe and needs to take more responsibility.

Current German Fulbright recipients were asked to submit artwork, writing, or photos that captured their thoughts and feelings about the day and its repercussions around the world. A selection of these artists were then invited to join in the discussion with the author.

The event took place at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation's building in Cologne.

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