Modernisation of Islam is the only way to the victory for Muslims

Modernisation of Islam

is the only way to the victory for Muslims

Mustafa Akyol in Malaysiakini

MUSTAFA AKYOL, contributing author to, is a Turkish columnist based in Istanbul.

Not long ago I ran into a quote from Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Muslim scholar and Al-Jazeera televangelist, in Turkey’s controversial Islamist daily . The 80-year-old cleric was saying, “Victory is only possible by returning to Islam.”

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U Win Tin says he was ‘evicted, not released’

Sep 24, 2008 (DVB)Long-term political prisoner U Win Tin has said he argued with prison authorities against his release, in an interview conducted shortly after he was freed yesterday.

U Win Tin, a veteran journalist and National League for Democracy member, was among 9002 people released yesterday as part of a government amnesty.

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Al-Alaq(The Clot)

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Surah Al-Kafiroon ( The Disbelievers )


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U Win Tin and Friends (VOA Burmese)

REUTERS:Myanmar’s Win Tin vows to continue democracy fight

Tue Sep 23, 2008

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner, journalist Win Tin, vowed Tuesday to continue his struggle against 46 years of military rule only moments after his release from a 19-year sentence.


“I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country,” he told reporters outside a friend’s house. He was still wearing his light-blue prison clothes.


(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

Bloomberg:Laura Bush Tells China, India to Press Myanmar Over Democracy

By Michael Heath

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — U.S. First Lady Laura Bush called on Myanmar’s key allies China and India to press the military regime to make genuine democratic changes almost a year after it crushed anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks.

The first lady spoke yesterday in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York flanked by U Kovita, a monk and dissident who fled Myanmar, previously known as Burma, after the protests.

“I want to urge all the neighbors of Burma — China and India and other neighbors — to continue trying to talk to the Burmese General Than Shwe,” she said. The regime leader needs to “`bring everyone to the table so that the country can start to rebuild and be the country that the people of Burma want.”

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Irrawaddy:Regime Frees Longest-serving Political Prisoner, Win Tin


Tuesday,September 23,2008

Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner, 79-year-old journalist Win Tin, was freed on Tuesday after 19 years behind bars.

Win Tin was among 9,002 prisoners released, only a handful of whom were political detainees.

The freed political prisoners included another well-known writer, Aung Soe Myint, and four members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)—Khin Maung Swe, May Win Myint, Win Htein and Than Nyein.

A close friend of Win Tin, Maung Maung Khin, told The Irrawaddy the long-serving political prisoner had been released unconditionally and in good health.

“He didn’t need to sign any conditional agreement with the Burmese authorities,” Maung Maung Khin said.

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