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The Blender

Podcast: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories, Plus Afghanistan's First Rock Fest Since '75

Ten years later, conspiracy theories about 9/11 show no signs of abating.
Ten years later, conspiracy theories about 9/11 show no signs of abating.
Afghan insurgents launched an attack earlier this week on the American Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul, the sort of terrorist attack that has become depressingly common in that country.
Brian Viglione
But in Episode 36 of "The Blender," RFE/RL correspondent Ron Synovitz looks at the more optimistic side of Afghanistan in an interview with Brian Viglione, drummer for the popular U.S. punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls.

Viglione is serving as a "rock ambassador" for Sound Central: The Central Asian Modern Music Festival, Afghanistan's first rock festival since 1975.

A decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, conspiracy theories about that tragedy remain popular. We have an interview with Jonathan Kay, a managing editor, columnist, and blogger for Canada’s "National Post" newspaper, and the author of "Among The Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground."

And RFE/RL correspondent Robert Tait interviews Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish writer and religious thinker, who has published a new book called "Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty." Akyol seeks to reconcile the traditional tenets of the Islamic faith with liberal democracy.

James Kirchick
This week's host is RFE/RL writer at large James Kirchick.

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9/11 Conspiracies, Plus Afghanistan's Rock Festival (Episode 36)
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by: Nord Kaukasus
September 16, 2011 11:12
Minoru Yamasaki designed the WTC buildings to withstand 2 direct hits with 4 engine Boeing-707s. Both of the buildings failed after 2 engine Boeings were rammed into them. On the other hand on July 28, 1945, Lt. Colonel William Smith rammed his B-25 bomber into the north side of the Empire State Building which was build in 1931 with half a century old technology and not specifically for impact with bombers which didn't exist that time. That proves that American quality is better than Japanese. The only thing I don't understand when Japan is hit by earthquakes and other destructive forces of nature how come none of the skyscrapers collapse. Mystery. Conspiracy.

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by: Barb from: SoCal
September 16, 2011 22:10
@Nord = Earthquakes don't contain huge amounts of jet fuel, which fueled the fires that took down the Twin Towers. The two Boeing 767 planes that hit the WTC had approx 160 ft wingspans. The B-25, that hit the Empire State Building in 1945, had an approx 70 ft wingspan. They are all completely different planes and are crashes that can't really be compared. No conspiracy, just basic physics.
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by: Nord Kaukasus
September 17, 2011 12:54
They are completely different planes, WTC and ESB are completely different buildings. Technology of building 1931 is completely different from 1973. Four engine Boeing-707 is completely different that twin engine Boeing 767. Melting temperature of reinforced steel 2500°F is completely different from open air burning jet fuel 599°F.

Sometimes it pays off to read and think ... not in your case

by: Gregory Allen Leeds from: Lewes, Delaware, USA
September 17, 2011 19:22
ISI General senteced to eight year prison sentence on 31 July, 2001 , for heroin trafficking. When did they wire $100,000 to te two hijackers?The retired Indian Cabinent Minister who wrote about the cell of 30 Pakistani General Officers involved (guess were they live? Near Osama bin Laden),also wrote of the original funding for Pakistani's nuclear procurement program and the Taliban rejecting to $1.5 million dollar Unites States Government opium "buy-out" as "peanuts" when they "eradicated"opium production in 2000 and expected $12 billion dollars.

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