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Visiting scholar Tariq Ramadan made heads turn with his elucidation of Islamic principles, and his call for justice, non-discrimination and ethics in public life. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm4c5k_yPZw?rel=0&w=470&h=264]
We are told Bigger is Better. Big Airports, Big Bridges, Big Corporations, Big Shopping Malls, Big Dams, Bigger Banks, Bigger Plantation Firms, Bigger Highways (oh, what a nuisance, the oil is running out though) and even Big Agriculture. And...
The new look Pas has given many Malaysians reason to hope that a more inclusive brand of politics is possible. This is a piece I wrote for Asia Times: Once viewed as a promoter of fundamentalist Islam in politics,...
Nazri's criticism of Umno-owned Utusan over its support for Perkasa  reflects growing unease - even within Umno circles - of the paper's leanings and a growing realisation that the right-wing group is going to cost BN plenty of votes....
For all those suffering, in pain or despair, a little song of hope before you rest for the night. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foUrBztgzZA?rel=0&w=470&h=269]
Over the years, as industrialisation and the 'knowledge economy' intensifies, we have lost the ability to live in harmony with the environment. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEVIJAZ3jxo?rel=0&w=470&h=348] We have grown alienated from ourselves, from our fellow human beings and from Nature. As we...
The folks at Aliran are revamping their website and today, they have launched a regular column "Thinking Allowed online," featuring almost daily commentaries on current issues. The idea is to look at the story behind the news and analyse the...
Yesterday began with some trepidation but in the end bridge-builders trumped would-be 'Bible-burners' with a series of unexpected initiatives to seize the day. Here is the story in pictures. Uniformed and plainclothes police, MPSP enforcement personnel and journalists...
Tariq Ramadan said that Islam and democracy are not incompatible, but we should be careful about economic and cultural colonisation. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIdxynPW1e8?rel=0&w=470&h=264] Democracy without socio-economic justice and cultural independence was no democracy, he said. He warned that while people may elect...
Good Friday service at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Penang Christians believe Good Friday is the day Jesus was crucified and died for our sins. But that doesn't answer the question - if he was a good...

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