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Shadow of Afghan War

The events of September 11 have not only led to the reconfiguration of some aspects of Indonesia's and Malaysia's domestic politics, but also enhanced Malaysia's role as a moderate Islamic state in the global war against international terrorism. But the most enduring impact is at the individual level - Muslims in these two countries are being constantly reminded through many different ways, some unpalatable, of their communal identity and are increasingly being identified as potential 'terrorists'.

Us and Them in the New World Order

The world did not radically change on September 11. The reasons for that act of terror lie in the shift in the geopolitical balance of power in the past quarter of a century. The contrasts that already existed are hardening into segments of inclusion and exclusion.

Neo-imperialism, the West and Islam

The idea that the Koran and its contemporary interpretation primarily explain the social and political dynamics of diverse Islamic societies is unsupported by any theory or historical evidence. The apparently uniform and narrow theological convictions prevalent in a number of countries is really a product of the neo-imperialist attempt to control the fate of Islamic societies by specific acts of patronage and financial sponsorship. Escape from neo-imperialism is thus the first step, before socio-economic changes create the basis of new possibilities.

Terrorist Strike in US and Its Aftermath

A sense of history should help policy-makers in India and Pakistan to put into perspective their respective expectations of the US - as in any relationship among unequals - as the latter pursues its longterm global battle against 'international terrorism'. Our past experience provides ample grounds for caution.

The America Bashing Game

Bashing America has gained a fervour after September 11 that threatens to match in unreasonableness the insane act of the terrorists.

War against Terrorism:Perspective on Protests

Significantly, the focus of the mass upsurge against the US war on 'terrorism' although visible across the whole Muslim world is in the countries which have large oil reserves or provide a passage for the transport of oil but which continue to be poorly developed. With almost no working class movement, the masses are rallying round the traditional 'ulema' who can understand the mass injustice only in terms of traditional religious symbolism.

Not Just America's War

The war against terrorism is not merely America's war but that of the world order against disorder.

September 11: Many Messages

The terrorist attacks of September 11 hold major messages for the US, the rulers of Muslim countries and for terrorists who speak in the name of Islam.

Terrorism: Hiroshima to New York

Integral to lasting democracy, liberty and freedom is banishment of poverty, ill-health, illiteracy, superstitious beliefs and backwardness on the one hand and facilitating the creation of institutions that defend these values on the other. Criminals and terrorists in today's world cannot prosper or become a major threat to democracy, liberty and freedom unless one or more states or influential sections within those states directly or indirectly sponsor them. Those who have sowed the poisonous seeds cannot disown responsibility for the bitter fruits. Why successive US administrations have always chosen to encourage and support the most retrograde forces in countries where they have chosen to intervene is something that needs to be examined more thoroughly.

Shades of Beirut on New York's Streets

At 8.48 am on September 11, 19 Arab men changed the nature of US life. These men, from Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, brought their various frustrations on to four planes, three of which struck the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, both symbols of US hegemony. The 19 men ended the American sense of remove from the world, the feeling that violence and terror take place elsewhere and not on the home front.

War as Failure of Imagination

The war against terrorism threatens to make reason its first casualty and demands for justice are in danger of being reduced to thirst for revenge.
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