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A democratic Islam?

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 20 2011   /  03:14 pm

“What I think is important is the Philippines, but even more so Indonesia, have shown that they can do it right, and that, as they did, is to reform away from an authoritarian leader of many years… and that need not go to a fundamentalist group, an extremist group,” said Bob Broadfoot of Political & Economic Risk Consultancy, as quoted by this newspaper on Saturday.

Broadfoot commented on the falling dictators in Egypt and Tunisia. Undemocratic — internationally described as iron-fisted — leaders in Africa and the Middle East, in nations such as Libya, Bahrain and Yemen, are now facing open resistance from their own people, whom they have oppressed for decades. Knowing that their very existence as self-appointed supreme leaders is in very real danger, rulers in Bahrain and Yemen are using bullets to scare demonstrators away.

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