Aliran is troubled by ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s recent prediction in warning Prime Minister Najib Razak that Israel and the United States were “conspiring to cause a regime change in Malaysia through ‘a puppet government’ to be led by Anwar (Ibrahim)”.
More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson declared that every nation must act with a “decent respect to the opinions of mankind”. Israeli leaders have never accepted the wisdom of this maxim, says Israeli rights activist Uri Avnery.
Aliran condemns in the strongest terms the recent Israeli atrocities against unarmed civilians on board an aid flotilla heading towards Gaza which resulted in at least 10 peace activists being killed.
The quest for an independent Palestinian state must not be derailed by Israel and the US. History must record that the world has responded to the Palestinians in their life-time struggle to establish their own state, says R N Bhupalan.
We cannot sit on the fence when people in Gaza are being murdered before our very eyes, asserts Farish Noor; we have to do something.
Think about this for a moment. Israel is called Israel in BBC reports. But Palestine is rarely called Palestine. Israel fights Hamas. Israel has a name, the name of a place, a country. Palestine has none. Instead, Hamas – or, the more usual, Hamas militants – are fighting Israel. Never do we hear of the Palestinians or the Palestinian people, observes John Hilley.
Today we are witnessing an aggressive onslaught on the Palestinians that is being justified and rationalised on the basis of a war on terror and terrorists, observes Farish A Noor. The Palestinian people – who have been robbed of their land, rights and self-respect – are being portrayed as irrational, fanatical terrorists instead.
A fresh-faced Obama speaking the language of human rights may be refreshing indeed after eight years of Bush and his neo-Fascist discourse, but the wind of change won’t be blowing until we see the tanks and warplanes of America retreating back to the shores of the USA, says Aliran member Farish A Noor.
The Malaysian government didn't seem to mind the recent local protests against Israel’s invasion of Lebanon but demonatrations against oil fuel price hikes remain a big ‘no-no’, noted PSM.
Aliran strongly protests United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Malaysia in conjunction with the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference this week. We take this position in view of the United States’ implicit complicity in its ally Israel’s naked military aggression against neighbouring Palestine and Lebanon.