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Its Geo-Political, Not Sectarian

June 17, 2013

Over the weekend US President Obama’s decision to provide lethal aid to Syrian rebel forces has gained bipartisan support among American lawmakers. But will this move result in an escalation of the conflict or could be a way of bringing […]

Legacy of the Arab Spring: The Question of Liberty and Democracy

June 5, 2013

Let me start by quoting a line from the song Sout al-Hurriyah – Song of Freedom, a song from a video produced at the same time of the Arab Uprising in Tahrir Square, Cairo. In the video, the lines of […]

Left of Centre

March 8, 2013 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

Ahmad Farouk Musa || 21 October 2013   “There should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil” [Plato, The Republic] Any move for a more robust democracy and the […]

“Shi’a Blood is Halal!”

November 19, 2012 by Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira

As darkness hastily falls on the heart of Madura Island, uniquely shaped traditional wooden houses and hamlets begin to throw long shadows in an eastward direction. Traffic, which during the day is extremely light by Indonesian standards, is now ceasing […]

The inexorable pursuit of an Islamic State

November 18, 2012 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

If there is anything unmistakably clear from the recent muktamar or general assembly of the Islamic Party of Malaysia – PAS – is that despite the acceptance of the concept of tahalluf siyasi or political consensus among the three major components of the opposition front – Pakatan […]

Islam and the end of oppression: The example of An-Nahl: 71

November 5, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

In the age of Islamic finance and Islamic fashion it is often easy to forget that Islam is a faith that spoke for the liberation of the oppressed: slaves, the poor, women and refugees – indeed, those who sought freedom […]

Revisiting the Secular State Debate

November 4, 2012 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

One of the most contentious issues in our country is the debate on Islamic State vis-à-vis Secular State. It should be highlighted at this initial point that the Islamic State concept was borne out only early in the twentieth century […]

On the free market-type critique

October 8, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

The October 1st– 7th edition of the Edge provides Lim Ewe Ghee’s third and seemingly final defence of income inequality. This time he addresses what he calls “the Marxist-type critique”. In it he reiterates the same assertions from his previous […]

On the secular state controversy

September 26, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Some weeks have passed since the release of our rather controversial call for a secular state. Naturally, we encountered many comments along the way. Many were constructive, while one particularly from HAKIMwas nothing short of vitriolic. In the interest of furthering democratic […]

Malaysia Has Foreign Funding Issues, but Don’t Look at SUARAM

September 11, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Malaysia Has Foreign Funding Issues, but Don’t Look at SUARAM The current witch-hunt against SUARAM for receiving foreign funds should not make us forget a key fact: that Malaysia’s overall approach to development is in fact dependent on foreign funding. […]