Archive for January, 2009

How Many Deaths Does it Take?

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Commenting on the loss of credibility and legitimacy of the Burmese state security forces in the eyes of the Burmese people and the international community, the Burmese activist leader Aung San Su Kyi once said: “All they have left are their guns”.
Indeed, if the possession of a badge is the only thing that differentiates a [...]

Do the Batik Walk, Mr. Obama

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

With the hopes of the world apparently pinned upon his shoulders, Barack Obama will have a lot of things on his mind in the months and years to come for certain. The news that the interrogations at Guantanamo Bay might be suspended for a period of 120 days already sends out the right signals that [...]

Gaza and the Liberal Conscience V: The Lessons for Malaysia

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

With the crisis in Gaza spiralling out of control and there being more talk about the need for boycotts of American goods, a wellspring of collective anxiety has broken out among Malaysians from all walks of life and as expected, a flood of liberal froth has flooded the internet as well.
Understandably a large section of [...]

Gaza and the Liberal Conscience IV: The Power of Boycotts

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

One of the best ways not to do anything and vegetate at home while watching DVDs and eating junk food is to say to yourself “well, what difference can I make? I’m just one person and one person’s actions will not save the world”. It is through passive indifference that authoritarian regimes thrive around us. [...]

Gaza and the Liberal Conscience III: The Realities of Colonialism

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Consider the following scenario: A band of thieves break into your home while you are out, and help themselves to your property. When you return you find them comfortably installed in your home and enjoying themselves. Just as you are about to do the logical thing by doing whatever is necessary to kick them out, [...]

Gaza and the Liberal Conscience II: The Question of Parity

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

As the death toll in Gaza mounts by the hour, there are still faint Liberal voices around us that bemoan the violence and deaths on both sides. We hear and read in the internet again and again about the violence of Hamas and the fact that there have been Israeli casualties in the fighting as [...]

Gaza and the Liberal Conscience I: Why We Cannot be Confused by History

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

The liberal conscience is a rather peculiar thing. Right now, as Gaza is being bombed to oblivion yet again, liberals the world over are wrestling with their own consciences instead. Faced with the reality of a colonial state that is bent on grabbing more land for itself and which has systematically aided and abetted the [...]

Gaza: Terrorising the Victims through the ‘War on Terror’

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

That the discourse of the ‘War on Terror’ is a terribly useful one for governments that wish to exteriorise, dehumanise and brutalise an enemy is a foregone conclusion for many of us by now. Since the day when the term was first coined by the administration of President Bush Junior, it has made its rounds [...]

Not Just Another War: Myth and Reality in Occupied Palestine

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

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The death of hundreds of people in Gaza brought into limelight once again the happenings in the Occupied Territories . But the final solution to the conflict evades analysts and political observers particularly those working within the Western media whose portrayal of the issue [...]