Globalisation is often described as the new imperialism.
In this techno world of instant global communications and free
flow of capital, no longer are invading armies and the show
of physical might necessary for subjugating the developing world.
The war is fought on several fronts - the economic, the political
and the cultural.
On the economic battlefield the new weapons in the imperialist
arsenal include the multinationals and its global institutions
such as the World Bank, the IMF and now the WTO. They continue
the systematic pillage of the developing worlds resources and
labour whilst flooding their markets in the name of "free
trade" and crippling any possible future with the burden
of unjust debts.
MTV in China - sponsered by the Nescafe
The new assault of cultural imperialism is spearheaded by Satellite
TV - MTV broadcasting to every home, in every language the same
non-culture; and the Internet - ensuring that any immorality
is just a click away.
Has this age of globalisation nothing
to offer Muslims?
It is the advances in technology that have brought about the
conditions for globalisation. But technology is in itself neutral
- its the application of it that has a negative or positive
effect on society. Muslims are beginning to demonstrate that
they too can use these new channels of communication - for the
advancement of the Ummah. The fact that we are communication
with YOU right now via this web page is an indication of the
potential at hand. The internet has enabled Muslims for the
first time to communicate of their oppression directly to other
Muslims on a global scale - we are no longer hostages of what
the western media chooses to report. Ayatullah Fadlallah holds
regular live QA sessions over the internet with Muslims participating
from every corner of the globe. The world is now a global village
- and perhaps the unity of a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, global
ummah is no longer an impossible dream - the first step to unity
As Muslims we cannot afford to ignore globalisation - the evils
it embodies and the positive opportunities that are its by-
products. In fact we must rise to the meet the challenge. Anti-globalisation
movements have sprung up in every county. The west has not seen
such grassroots participation in a protest movement since the
sixties. We as Muslims must be seen to take our place shoulder
to shoulder with the rest of humanity.
No to WTO (World Trade Organization)
Drop the Debt
Popular anti-globalisation protests around the
but were are the Muslims?
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