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My Malaysia ordeal shows how religion can fuse with populist nationalism to silence dissent

March 2, 2024

Ahmet T. Kuru || March 1, 2024 I hadn’t expected my book tour in Malaysia to end with a confrontation with men who identified themselves as police in a Kuala Lumpur airport. I arrived in the Muslim-majority country in early […]

Apex court decision on shariah provisions seen as liberals undermining Islam, says IRF

February 29, 2024

PETALING JAYA: The recent decision by the Federal Court to strike down 16 provisions in Kelantan’s shariah enactment has been misconstrued by detractors as liberals undermining Islam’s status in the country, an Islamic think tank said. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) […]

Legal challenge issue blown out of proportion

February 29, 2024

LETTERS: We read the news about the death threat against Nik Elin Zurina Nik Abdul Rashid and her daughter Tengku Yasmin Nastasha Tengku Abdul Rahman with much consternation. They have also received threats on social media, including calls for their […]

 ICJ on Gaza: Acting Against Israel

February 2, 2024

Chandra Muzaffar || 2 February 2024   Five days after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced various interim measures aimed at preventing the State of Israel from committing acts in Gaza which come within the scope of the Genocide […]

Gaza: South Africa Seeks Justice

January 10, 2024

Chandra Muzaffar || 10 January 2024 The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) commends the Government of South Africa for requesting the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an urgent order declaring that Israel is in breach of […]

Niger: A Coup Against French Control And Dominance

August 10, 2023

Chandra Muzaffar | 10 August 2023 The situation in Niger is still in flux. On 26 July 2023 a military coup took place in that West African state that led to the ouster of its elected President, Mohamed Bazoum, by […]

AUKUS: Part of A Multi-Pronged Strategy to Preserve US Regional Dominance

June 25, 2023

Dr Joseph  Camilleri | 25 June 2023 The AUKUS agreement reached in September 2021 has left Australia more deeply entangled with US strategic priorities and war preparations than ever before. AUKUS reflects the prevalent view within the US security establishment […]

Is the US Supporting Myanmar’s Democratic Resistance or Failing to Walk the Talk?

April 8, 2023

In its Summit for Democracy 2023 speech, US President Joe Biden praised ‘the bravery of Ukrainians’, but failed to even mention about Myanmar’s democratic resistance. It shows the US pursues its core interests, not values.   London: On March 30, […]

Implications of the Madani Islam, Ketuanan Islam and Institutional Islam in Malaysia

January 31, 2023

Prof Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi || 31th January 2023 In this article, I will explain what I know, understand and fear from the the three approaches to Islam in Malaysia that competes against each other for the Malay Muslim […]

Penang Malays: Icons of Reform and Tolerance

May 11, 2022

Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid | 11 May 2022   The lives of iconic Penang Malays make hugely interesting stories. Vocal, outspoken, occasionally incendiary but always significant, we need to reintroduce them to present and future generations of Malaysians. Much of […]

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