Debate Over Islamic Law in Malaysia Opens Religious and Social Rifts

Debate Over Islamic Law in Malaysia Opens Religious and Social Rifts
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses delegates during his speech at the UNMO anniversary celebration, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 11, 2015 (AP photo by Joshua Paul).

In this week’s episode, WPR’s senior editor, Frederick Deknatel, and host Peter Dörrie discuss the moral case against celebrating world peace, ethnic protests in Ethiopia, and post-Cold War threats to democracy. For the report, David Hutt joins us to talk about the debate in Malaysia over a bill to introduce strict Islamic codes and the challenges of managing the country’s diversity.


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Relevant Articles on WPR:

The Moral Case Against Celebrating World Peace

Ethiopia’s Regime Prioritizes Power Over Reform as Ethnic Protests Continue
The West Faces a New Cold War With Democracy Under Threat Again
A Political Divide Over Islamic Law Could Undo Malaysia’s Social Fabric

Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional Audio Credits:

CCTV News: Malaysia attack: Police say assailant linked to terrorists in Syria
Al Jazeera English: Malaysia’s governing coalition wins majority

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