Monthly archive March, 2014

The Average Reasonable Man’s Guide To The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

by Sofia Abdul Aziz   What is the difference between Ukraine and Crimea? Are they one and the same? Yes and no. Ukraine is a former Soviet Union state within Europe bordering not only Russia in the east, but also the Black Sea in the south. It gained independence in 1991, and has since been...

Destruction: A Poem

by Eznur Aisyafiqa Zakaria It does not flinch – this destruction, Yet, it was he and she who have chosen to breathe the air of caution, Again, it was he and she who put the fire off in unpretentious humanity, So they could shield themselves from the fumes of the ruthless and mighty, Yet, they...

Help! My Purse is Thinning!

by Amalina Isyqie   You see, the condition of my purse is terrifying. I am mortified, petrified, and horrified. No, of course it’s not hideous or tattered if that’s what you’re thinking. In fact, it is still the prettiest purse in the world to me. What sends shivers down my spine is not the purse...

Viktor at the Expense of Nationality

by Nur Ameera Syafiqah Shaharudin   It was a hot day when I settled for the final male short track speed-skating airing of the Sochi Olympics. Like any other humans who lose their senses on a hot day, I figured a bit of ice and winter sports would help bring the heat down; if not physically,...

Wetting Your Own Pants and Telling The World About It

by Arina Izuddin   This article was written on 24th March 2014 and the writer is inspired by Matluthfi’s ‘Buat Kepala’. I was among the fifty IIUM students who had a short course at a camp site in Bentong, Pahang, and therefore had no contact with the ‘outside world’ at all until we boarded the...

The South China Sea Dispute: Why It Matters

by Ryan Habibullah   By displaying its naval dominance in the area, China is bullying Southeast Asian nations into submission in the territorial dispute over the South China Sea. Why all the fuss about this particular body of water? It just so happens that one third of the world’s shipping is transited through these waters. If...

AIKOL YB CUP 2014

by Yazid Zakaria   The AIKOL YB Cup 2014 was a football tournament held in IIUM during the month of February. This tournament served as a means to find new talents to be recruited into the AIKOL FC team for the forthcoming Khairy Jamaluddin Cup, which will be held in April. The tournament was organized...

Into The Mind of Kassim Ahmad

by Farhan Sapian Sauri   The question on hadith as the primary source of Islamic Law was brought to the attention of Malaysians once again this year. Kassim Ahmad took the spotlight due to a recent seminar conducted to discuss his ideas before this. He has shocked the nation with his two books on the...

Herd Mentality: Are We as Original as We Claim to Be?

by Farhana Zain   “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” When you’re in a crowd, would you act autonomously or would you follow the masses? If your answer is the former, then think again. Studies have shown that people are not as unique as they think they are, even with the incessant...
12 Years A Slave: A Brutal Look

12 Years A Slave: A Brutal Look

by Aina Farzana Ismail     The movie starts with a man trying to use the juice of blackberries he saved up from a pathetic meal to write a letter and when he failed, the rest of the movie was heavy with (your) unshed tears. The setting of the movie is at the United States...