Munawar A. Anees, a scholar who founded and edited the prestigious Kuala-Lumpu based journal, Periodica Islamica, was released last spring from a Malaysian jail. He had been serving a six-month sentence after being tried for having sexual relations with former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, a charge Anees denied, saying it was a part of a set-up to imprison Anwar and remove him from his political life. Anwar has been sentence to six years in prison.
Washington - A large inscription on the rotunda
of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington - "I have sworn upon the
altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny upon the
mind of man" - had impressed me deeply on my first visit to the United
States as a student nearly a quarter of a century ago. With the tears
of experience welling in my eyes, I revisited that site recently. My arbitrary
arrest and torture in Malaysia had engraved Jefferson's inscription on