Defining Moderate Islam: Muslims and Evangelicals Forge an Alliance

Defining Moderate Islam: Muslims and Evangelicals Forge an Alliance

A major Muslim and Evangelical organization joined forces this week to significantly advance hitherto state-backed ceremonial inter-faith dialogues that seldom go beyond platitudes and lofty statements. This week’s launch at a Washington DC mosque of an inter-faith alliance and a book published by the Institute for Humanitarian Islam and the Germany-based World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)…

Indonesia Potentially Set to Take on China and Claim Leadership of ‘Moderate’ Islam

Indonesia Potentially Set to Take on China and Claim Leadership of ‘Moderate’ Islam

President Joko Widodo’s recent cabinetreshuffle suggests that Indonesia may adopt a more critical attitudetowards China and reinforce government support for efforts by Nahdlatul Ulama(NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, to reform Islam and position theSoutheast Asian state as a key player in a battlewith Middle Eastern rivals for the soul of Islam. Mr. Widodo signaled…

The Battle for the Soul of Islam

The Battle for the Soul of Islam

Jordanian ruler Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein gloated in 1924 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the visionary who carved modern Turkey out of the ruins of the Ottoman empire, abolished the Caliphate. “The Turks have committed suicide. They had in the Caliphate one of the greatest political forces, and have thrown it away… I feel like sending…

On the Problems with Japan’s Course of Movement “Toward the Southwest”

On the Problems with Japan’s Course of Movement “Toward the Southwest”

In the strategic game that is playing out in the area around the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the presence of Japan is growing more prominent. The nature of this presence is reflected in both the aspect of Japan re-establishing itself as a leading world power and the swift transformation of the political puzzle taking shape…

Remembering the Crimes of Global Capitalism: “The Jakarta Method”

Remembering the Crimes of Global Capitalism: “The Jakarta Method”

Review of The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World by Vincent Bevins (Public Affairs, 2020). Any self-identifying socialist will be met with the question at some point in their lives: How many people have been killed in the name of socialism? They might have pointed out in…

Washington Attempts to Intimidate Indonesia Not to Buy Russian Weapons

Washington Attempts to Intimidate Indonesia Not to Buy Russian Weapons

Correspondents from Bloomberg reported that under pressure from Washington, Indonesia will likely refuse to buy Russian and Chinese weapons. A U.S. State Department spokesman informed Bloomberg that the United States had asked all its allies and partners to abandon new contracts to buy Russian military equipment to avoid sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act…