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Safe spaces for dangerous conversations

REVEREND Sivin Kit isn’t just any ordinary pastor. The leader of the Bangsar Lutheran Church believes it’s important to have “safe spaces for dangerous conversations”. Even – or maybe especially – in present-day Malaysia. Kit, 38, is one of the most committed religious leaders when it comes to interfaith dialogue. He was one of the […]

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Getting emotional about Palestine

Getting emotional about Palestine

ON whichever side we may be on, it seems almost impossible not to be emotional about the Palestinian issue. The sources of these emotions may vary, from identification either with the Palestinian or Israeli side, or simply from the sheer frustration at the unjustness of the situation. What’s clear is that amidst the emotion, there is a lot of fuzziness about the real issues, and much inconsistency on principles.

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Representing Israelis and Palestinians

Representing Israelis and Palestinians

FEW believe that peace will break out in Gaza anytime soon, with Israel and Hamas adding demands to their hostage exchange negotiations. In the meantime, the dominant discourse on Israel in Malaysia is still that the Jews and the West are out to disempower and even destroy Islam and Muslims. But exactly what sorts of […]

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The pastor for Palestine

The pastor for Palestine

THE protests in Malaysia against Israel’s attacks on Gaza have taken on an overwhelmingly Islamic hue. From PAS‘s public demonstrations to the Muslim Consumers Association’s campaign to boycott all Jewish products, the crisis in Gaza has been painted as a proxy war between Muslims and Jews. Some prominent Malaysian Muslims have spoken up against this […]

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Liberating Palestine

Liberating Palestine

Book cover for Where the streets had a name (all pics courtesy of Pan MacMillan) THERE has been an outpouring of rage and sympathy from many Malaysians, from across the political divide, towards Israel’s recent bombardment of Gaza, Palestine. To gain a more nuanced perspective of the issue, The Nut Graph spoke exclusively with Australian […]

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US-M’sia FTA talks to resume

US-M’sia FTA talks to resume

US ambadassor to Malaysia, James R Keith, at the Obama Inauguration Day Party, 21 Jan 2009  (all pics by Cindy Tham) KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Jan 2009: The US will prioritise continuing free trade agreement (FTA) talks with Malaysia now that President Barack Obama has taken office, said its ambassador to Malaysia James R Keith. He […]

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