Friday, August 29, 2014

Arabic re-Renaissance

Very few Arabs and Muslims; who had been gifted the capacity to scrutinize righteous from wrongdoing..  Despite how delicate to address the mostly emotional and passionate topics related to religion and mythical beliefs; these knowledge-warriors are symbols of the divine verdict to enable the nation to survive.. This survival is not meant to hurt, disgrace or defeat any other school of thought or belief, but was necessary to balance the evil powers from stimulating desires and soft spots within the humane fabric..

Prior to September 2011, there were no security domination worldwide, apart from routine criminals and outlaws.. Rare events of terrorism were easy to control and defuse; without depriving the principle rights, interests and concern of the public.. Since September 11, billion were invested in security operations and precautions that already provoke most rights.. Certainly, blames of this spiral phenomenon are pointed to Muslims..

Sexual Objectification..

During the last four years, particularly since the awful sexual harassment of female protests and journalist at Tahrir Square, the talks are endless about this phenomenon and the various social, psychological and religious implications..

The below video is a simple nice attempt to hi-light the cause-roots of the universal problem, as defined: Men are Sexual subjects, while women are sexual objectives.. Maybe the video comes for equality and feminism perspectives, yet it is good point of view should the media tycoons respect..
Certainly no...!!

America in Decay

"Politics is a domain of final ends, subject to democratic contestation, but Administration is a realm of implementation, which could be studied empirically and subjected to scientific analysis.."
Max Weber
The issue of Civic Service is one of the infinitive legacies of Mankind.. This is not resulted from the continuous debates and arguments on efficiency and best practices, but due to the unspoken contradiction between the mighty tendencies: Anarchy & Order..

America in Decay: The Source of Political Dysfunction
By Francis Fukuyama
September/October 2014 Issue

The creation of the U.S. Forest Service at the turn of the twentieth century was the premier example of American state building during the Progressive Era. Prior to the passage of the Pendleton Act in 1883, public offices in the United States had been allocated by political parties on the basis of patronage. The Forest Service, in contrast, was the prototype of a new model of merit-based bureaucracy. It was staffed with university-educated agronomists and foresters chosen on the basis of competence and technical expertise, and its defining struggle was the successful effort by its initial leader, Gifford Pinchot, to secure bureaucratic autonomy and escape routine interference by Congress. At the time, the idea that forestry professionals, rather than politicians, should manage public lands and handle the department’s staffing was revolutionary, but it was vindicated by the service’s impressive performance. Several major academic studies have treated its early decades as a classic case of successful public administration.

Monday, August 25, 2014

What is the state of freedom of religion in Malaysia?

freedom of religion hand (Custom)
Freedom of religion in Malaysia is a delicate matter – that is no secret. And with the marriage of religion and politics, along with “human rights-ism”, this freedom is slowly eroding.
By Danny Lim
In June, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) refused to obey the Selangor state government’s order to return the Malay language Bibles that had earlier been seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM). The Mais chairman even decided that there was a legal case against BSM, contradicting the Attorney-General’s statement that there was none as the seized Bibles did not involve issues of national security.
So you have religious authorities vehemently disobeying and contradicting the state executive and the top federal legal advisor. This was only the latest of many instances over the years where legal, political and religious authorities have clashed over religious issues.
As always, there are political agendas behind such clashes. But the legal boundaries governing such matters are unclear to many. What does the Federal Constitution say about such matters? Law professor Dr Azmi Sharom provides some answers at the forum on “Colloquium on Freedom of Religion” in KL, which was jointly organised in May by the Penang Institute and the Islamic Renaissance Front.
On the marriage of religion and politics in Malaysia…
Azmi: The relationship between religion and politics has been around for the longest time, but it wasn’t until the 1980s when this whole idea that religiosity had to play a much bigger role in politics emerged. That was the period when there was resurgence in a greater expression of one’s faith in public, spurred by the 1979 Iranian Revolution. PAS became the primary threat to Umno.
Thus began the political game of “Anything Islamic you can do, I can do better.” This led to a greater amount of power being given to religious authorities like Jais, Jawi and Jakim.
This was not unusual in our context. In the early 20th century, there was a schism in Islamic thought in the country between the more conservative Kaum Tua and the progressive Kaum Muda. The Kaum Tua ultimately won partly because literacy wasn’t high in those days, and partly because they associated themselves with the traditional feudal power – the sultans – in a mutually beneficial relationship.
This kind of relationship between the political masters and the religious authorities became stronger from the 1980s onwards. Religious authorities advocated certain ideas which any ruling power would enjoy – for example, obedience. This extended to the suppression of intellectualism in the name of protecting the faith.
Religious conservatism has grown in this country because we have never had a critical mass of Islamic intellectualism in our education system. In Indonesia, even the pesantren (religious schools) encourage students to question and debate points of view that are contrary to their own personal beliefs to ensure that they are strong enough to withstand trial. We do not have that here, and when you do not have that ability and space to question, it becomes very easy for any political power to retain control.
As the political masters find that it is good to have the religious authorities on their side, the latter’s influence has increased over the years. Laws are becoming more awful. For example, the Islamic Family Law in the past was a lot better than it is today. Before, you had to prove necessity and justness to be allowed to marry a second wife. Now, you only have to prove either one. Women’s rights take a backseat.
Conservatism is becoming ever more powerful in our makeup. With it, religious liberty is suppressed.

Azmi Sharom. Photograph: Danny Lim
Azmi Sharom.
Photograph: Danny Lim
On Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s “Human Rights-ism” threat…
Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the preamble declares that we deserve to live in a world where there is freedom of expression and belief, freedom from want and freedom from fear. What is so deviationist about those aspirations?
Religion is being used as a distraction from real political issues, and today’s situation in which religious liberty, political development and democracy are curtailed results from the close relationship between politicians and religious authorities. It is too late now for the government to do anything about it; they have associated themselves too closely with the religious authorities. To back down now would mean to be un-Islamic.
On the tools of persecution in the country…
The Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) allows great control over what is published – particularly books – and on what grounds books can be banned. Any publication found to be prejudicial to public order – morality, security or whatever is likely to alarm public opinion – can be banned. It is extremely broad and can be used very freely and easily.
Recent amendments to the PPPA are hilarious. In the past, a newspaper had to renew its printing license annually. Now, they do not have to renew it every year because the government can revoke it at any time.
There is the Sedition Act. What is seditious is anything that promotes “feelings of ill-will between races and classes of Malaysian society”. The act doesn’t actually mention religion, but under the Constitution, a Malay is defined as a Muslim. So if you promote feelings of ill-will against Islam, then it could be viewed as promoting ill-will between races because Malays are Muslims.
Regarding the case against the late Karpal Singh, the Sedition Act actually says if you raise (feelings of ill-will) against the government or the rulers (the sultans) and if you’re doing it for the purpose of pointing out that they’re doing something incorrect, that is not sedition.
Karpal was of the opinion that the Sultan of Perak had done something wrong constitutionally. This fell under the exception in the Sedition Act, yet Karpal was found to be seditious.
Finally, there are the Syariah Criminal Offences Laws which differ from state to state, although you can find general themes across the board. For example, if you are spreading false doctrine or false worship, it can land you in jail, but it is the individual state Islamic departments that determine what is considered false doctrine. If they feel that your practice of Islam is somehow not to their liking, they can declare it as deviant.
On how these laws fit under the Federal Constitution…
Article 10 says that we all have freedom of expression except for when national security is concerned – it can be curtailed then. But how far can you curtail it, and on what grounds?
Article 11 says that everyone has freedom of religion. So if a Muslim chooses a particular route that he or she wants to take, then the freedom is there, guaranteed under Article 11. You should not be able to stop that.
Article 3 says that Islam is the religion of the federation, but all other religions can be peacefully practiced in the country. If the Christians want to use “Allah” in their prayers, Article 3 actually allows it, as long as they peacefully practice their faith. Then again, the judge in the Court of Appeal said that the word “Allah” is not actually part of a Christian’s faith; therefore the authorities can stop one from using it. But who is to say what an integral part of one’s faith is?
Likewise, under Article 11, you have no right to stop Shias or Ahmadiyyas from practicing their faith, but the authorities get powers to do so from the Syariah Criminal Offences Laws.
My argument is that Article 3 does not mean that Malaysia is an Islamic state; it is quite clear in the preparatory work for the Constitution that the Alliance leaders did not want Article 3 to mean that Malaysia is an Islamic state.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, who warns that Islam is being tested by an ideology which can be termed as "human rights-ism".
Prime Minister Najib Razak, who warns that Islam is being tested by an ideology which can be termed as “human rights-ism”.
Photograph: Ishak J./
On the problem with the Federal Constitution…
The problematic line in the Constitution is in Schedule 9, which lays down the powers of law-making – where Parliament can make laws on such-andsuch topics, and state governments can make laws on a detailed list of Islamic matters such as marriage, divorce, property, inheritance, etc.
Then there’s one little line, which says they can also enforce Syariah Criminal Offences Laws for matters that “go against the precepts of Islam”. But what does “precepts of Islam” mean? What if it is deemed against the precepts of Islam to disobey your leaders, and they make a law against people criticising Umno?
What then is the point of having a democracy?
On moving forward…
The answer is institutional change, the most important being the judiciary because it determines whether something is constitutional or not. It controls the limits with which an authority can act.
However, we increasingly see situations where it is obvious that something contravenes the Constitution, but judges refuse to uphold the ruling, such as in cases regarding freedom of religion. In the Lina Joy case, the Federal Court washed their hands of it, saying that it was a matter of procedure and not for them to decide. They did not deal with the fundamental question: is it her right to leave the religion? They passed it back to the Federal Syariah Court despite the fact that Federal Syariah Criminal Offences Laws do not have any provision for leaving of the religion.
Compare and contrast to 1988, when the Supreme Court made a landmark decision on the case of Jalaluddin Osman, who was born to a Muslim family but converted to Christianity and was subsequently detained under the ISA because he was supposedly a threat to national security. The court actually held that the government acted unconstitutionally because his right to choose his religion fell under Article 11 of the Constitution.
There is no easy answer. It is a matter of striving continuously, and what is important is we need to put forward the view that constitutional rights and human rights are actually in the interests of everybody. If they can suppress me now, they can suppress you tomorrow.
Danny Lim is a journalist and photographer devoted to sociopolitical issues, as well as a fixer for international media.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Racial or Social Tension..?

State vs. People.. An American Spring..!!

It is not racial riot at Ferguson of Missouri
It is a social breakdown that Obama had escalated 
Social Estate is not only Moneys in hands, but also Inspirations in hearts, and Integrations in minds..
Statistics tell that the loud failure of Obamacare had attracted attentions away from deep poverty and inequality among disadvantaged Americans..
Also, while Immigration debate uncontrollably triggered philosophical talks, it hides sever misery among the unfortunate earlier migrants..
Despite how citizen of US and most of industrialized world, have little or no interest in world order and politics, yet the noise associated with failed attempts to contain ISIL, ASAAD, PUTIN, KIM-IL, BASHEIR, LIBYA, and EBOLA
Obama PR disasters had gone to far to contain..
The Public needs a continuous feed of victories and excitements.. The minute you stop; the second they recall your ill-deliveries..!!

Watch out for Farrakhan guys..!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

ماذا تعرف عن الإيزيديين

Alalam News Channel's photo.
ماذا تعرف عن الإيزيديين
هي مجموعة دينية في الشرق الأوسط. ويعيش أغلبهم قرب الموصل ومنطقة جبال سنجار في العراق. وتعيش مجموعات أصغر في تركيا ,سوريا، إيران ،جورجي...ا وأرمينيا. عرقيا ينتمون إلى اصل كردى ذات جذور هندو أوروبية رغم أنهم متأثرون بمحيطهم الفسيفسائي المتكون من ثقافات عربية اشورية وسريانية فأزيائهم الرجالية قريبة من الزي العربي اما ازيائهم النسائية فسريانية. يتكلم الايزديون اللغة الكردية وهي لغة الأم ولكنهم يتحدثون العربية أيضا، خصوصا ايزيدية بعشيقة قرب الموصل، صلواتهم وادعيتهم والطقوس والكتب الدينية كلها باللغة الكردية، أو مرگه الشيخان حيث موطن امرائهم، والتي سميت في كتب التاريخ بـ(مرج الموصل) وقبلتهم هي لالش حيث الضريح المقدس لـ(الشيخ أدي) بشمال العراق ويعتبر الأمير تحسين بك من كبار الشخصيات الديانة الايزيدية في العراق والعالم.
كان الأيزيديين يسمون في فترات تأريخية سابقة بـالداسنية والتيراهية ثم بعد ظهور الشيخ عدي الهكاري اشتهروا بالصحبتية والعدوية والهكارية. ويبدو أن تسمية الأيزيدية اطلق عليهم ايام سيطرة العثمانيين على كردستان والعراق. ومن أشهر مواطنهم سابقا حسب (كتاب الشرفنامه‌) جزيرة ابن عمر (بوطان) والموصل ودهوك ودياربكر وحلب واورفا وخوي بأيران (امراء دنبلي). ولكن هذا الانتشار انكمش تحت ضغط حملات الإبادة وفرمانات الدولة العثمانية.
التسمية جاءت من (يزد) أو (يزدان) وذللك لاعتقادة هذه الفئة بـ(إله) بهذا الاسم. مدينة (يزاد) أو (يزدان) الفارسية ومعنى التسمية (الله).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

هذا الوثائقي يرصد خلفيات ومسار أردوغان والعلامات المثيرة في مسيرته السياسية .. لعلها أفضل ما تم نشره عن هذا السياسي ذو النفس الطويل .. فلعل أبناء الضاد يعلمون لأي فصيل هم يصفقون
رجب طيب أردوغان
يحلم رجب طيب أردوغان بأن يصبح رئيساً لتركيا، وأن يبقى في هذا المنصب إلى أن تحتفل تركيا الحديثة بمرور مئة عامة على إقامتها. إذا حصل هذا فلن يكون مجرد انتصار لسياسي صاحب طموح كبير، وإنما انتصار للمحافظين والإسلاميين الأتراك. أردوغان يجسد أيضاً جزءاً كبيراً من تطلعات هؤلاء إلى الفخر والتقدير والسلطة والثروة. الرجل الذي أتى من حي عمالي فقي في إسطنبول وصل إلى كرسي رئاسة الحكومة التركية. في عام 1994 أصبح أردوغان عمدة لمدينة إسطنبول. كانت صدمة للمؤسسة الجمهورية أن يكون إسلامي محافظ على رأس أكبر مدينة في تركيا. لكن رجب طيب أردوغان يريد الآن ما هو أعلى وأهم.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan instituted a number of political reforms during his first term as Turkish prime minister. The country experienced an economic upswing and eyed accession to the EU. Now Erdogan's political style has become increasingly authoritarian, fundamentalist and anti-western. He is now running for president in Sunday's election. Is democracy in danger in Turkey?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Illiberal Democracy

My respect to Fareed is undoubted and steady; yet; I can see how he is seized in advocating the "End of Time".. Liberal Democracy is widely proven inadequate for progressive realities, not because it offers no upgrading, but because it enab...les awful parasites to uncontrollably grow.. This is happening across the world, and requires no permission to grow.. Hungary took the lead of "Illiberal Democracy" in Europe, while India and Brazil will follow..!