Friday, April 29, 2011

Dr. Johan Sarawanamuttu on MENA upheavals

In recent months', I have been concentrating my own observation and reflection on the massive changes in the Middle East and North Africa by following pretty closely news and views on Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN as well as Google. At the same time, I also spoke to, among other more learned friends, Dr. Johan Sarawanamuttu who has kindly allowed our Malaysia-centered discussions to be published online' in malaysiakini. Also, I myself spoke at an university seminar in Petaling Jaya not too long ago and I am now polishing' my remarks at the forum for a book. My personal interest in Middle Eastern affairs was initially developed when I was on an eight-day reporting tour to Oman in late July, 2000.