Archive for November, 2008

The Banning of The Book Written by The Bad Boy Farish?

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

I’m not going to say anything. Just go to the Nutgraph and read it yourself.
The first article of the book can also be read here on this site, actually. Just go here: From Majapahit to Putrajaya.
UPDATE 04/12/2008: There is a follow-up report today in the Nut Graph. In essence, it was not banned, but it [...]

A Fatwa Against Yoga? And How Would This Reflect on Muslims?

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Since I became an activist at the age of nineteen, I have spent more than two decades of my life defending Muslims and the image of Islam. During my twenty-two years of living in Europe, I must have attended hundreds of conferences, seminars, public debates and lectures where I tried my best to dissuade people [...]

From the Pakistan Daily Times — Editorial: Death of intellect in Pakistan

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

(Original source: The Pakistan Daily Times)
In a recent article, a scholar has advised the intellectual in the Pashtun region of Pakistan to take the lead in the country’s search for solutions to Talibanisation. Earlier, Pakistan’s martyred leader Benazir Bhutto in her book Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West wrote, “And the living reformers like Muhammad [...]

Not even Obama should have that much power

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Now that the level of euphoria over the victory of Barack Obama has settled somewhat, it would pay to consider some of the ramifications of his recent victory as the latest occupant of the White House and by extension the most powerful man in the world.
In the lead-up to Obama’s victory, much was said and [...]

Change and Consciousness

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Fyodor Dostoevsky
I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I know nothing at all about my disease, and do not know for certain what ails me. I don’t consult a doctor for it, and never have, though I have a respect [...]

Change Doesn’t Have to Take 400 Years to Happen

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The electoral victory of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States of America is long overdue, and many of us are thankful for it. No, its not because the rest of us are racists who hate white men; and no, its not because we are captive to the essentialised idea that black [...]

In Defence of History

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Written by Eric Hobsbawm
History needs to be defended against those who deny its capacity to help us understand the world, and because new developments in the sciences have transformed the historiographical agenda.
Methodologically, the major negative development has been the construction of a set of barriers between what happened in history and our capacity to observe [...]

The Politics of Grace

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Written by Rachel Leow
When I think of the American election and the way in which it was won, I am endlessly struck by the fact that such a very great war was won with such very small battles. In the most literal, immediate sense, one can see this on any election map of America, with [...]

A Note To Our Readers: is NOT a Space for Ranting

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have visited the site and who have supported us in our effort to make this one of the first academic research sites in Malaysian cyberspace. As you know, The Other Malaysia is not a blog and not a forum, but a site [...]

A New America? Lets Shut Guantanamo First, Please

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Needless to say, the news that Barack Obama has become the new President of the United States of America has spread worldwide and already the world rejoices over the timely demise of the Neo-Con empire of Bush and company. In Asia in particular the news of Obama’s victory has been greeted with a collective sigh [...]