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European Hijab ban: Reasons and potential reaction

Our Own Correspondent

Rajab 04, 14382017-04-01

Intolerance and hatred of the ‘other’ is part of the DNA of Europe but such racism and xenophobia could lead to the disintegration of Europe itself.

News & Analysis

The Saudi narrative has lost its appeal in own constituency

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Jumada' al-Ula' 04, 14382017-02-01

For decades the Saudis have peddled their narrow-minded nonsense as ideology by disbursing petrodollars. Given its disastrous consequences for the Ummah, this no longer works even with its own agents.

News & Analysis

Aliyev pushes Azerbaijan toward civil war

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Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14372016-01-01

The illegitimate Aliyev regime is determined to cling to power at any cost, including starting a civil war in the country that would cost it dearly.

Special Reports

Why the Chechen liberation movement failed

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Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14372016-01-01

The Chechen liberation war has started with great hopes in 1994 but the intrusion of Wahhabism into this predominantly spiritually inclined society destroyed all hopes. Today, Chechen independence is a pipedream.

News & Analysis

Russia, Syria, NATO and unintended consequences

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Safar 19, 14372015-12-01

The strategic shift caused in Syria through Russian involvement is self-evident. NATO’s project against Islamic Iran in Syria has collapsed but what are the ramifications beyond Syria?

Special Reports

Clear understanding of events essential for Muslims

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 19, 14372015-11-01

The politics of takfir (excommunication) in the contemporary Muslim world is at its peak because of the subtle sophisticated promotion of the phenomenon by external forces. This does not mean that takfir has not been known in Islamic history; it existed and still does in all major religions.

News & Analysis

What Corbyn’s victory means for British politics

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Dhu al-Hijjah 17, 14362015-10-01

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of the British Labour Party should not be exaggerated or minimized. He is certainly not your average politician hence the long daggers drawn out against him...

News & Analysis

Refugees, EU meddling in the Muslim world

Our Own Correspondent

Ramadan 14, 14362015-07-01

The much-hyped refugee problem with boatloads of people streaming out of North Africa and the Middle East is the direct result of EU-Western meddling in Muslim affairs.

Islamic Movement

Crescent International at 44: Who are we?

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Sha'ban 14, 14362015-06-01

One of our correspondents shares his experiences of working with the Crescent International and what it has contributed to creating awareness about regional as well as global issues. After writing for ICIT’s publication, Crescent International, since 2009, one of our journalists decided to share his understanding and experience of working with the oldest surviving Islamic publication on current affairs.

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Special Reports

Unsubstantiated allegations against Islamic Iran

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Rajab 12, 14362015-05-01

Unable to match Islamic Iran’s sincere efforts at helping struggling Muslims worldwide, the Arabian regimes use crude propaganda accusing the only Islamic state of pursuing its “national interests.”

Special Reports

Projecting the ISIS takfiris as "Islamic"

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Jumada' al-Akhirah 12, 14362015-04-01

Graeme Wood’s attempt to paint the takfiris as “Islamic” is meant to discredit Islam and turn Muslims away from its principles to establish an Islamic State.

Special Reports

Three years after: impressions of Islamic Iran

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Jumada' al-Ula' 10, 14362015-03-01

Returning to Iran after three years of absence, our Correspondent finds a vibrant society that is building itself through its own effort from the ground up. Far from stymieing its growth, US sanctions have helped spur development.

Islamic Movement

Understanding and confronting takfirism

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Safar 08, 14362014-12-01

The Islamic World Congress on Extremism and Takfirism was held in Qom, Iran on November 23-24. It was attended by hundreds of ulama, academics and activists from all Schools of Thought in Islam. Our correspondent was there and filed this report.

Special Reports

Turkey during and after the presidential election

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Dhu al-Qa'dah 06, 14352014-09-01

Turkey has a new president in Recep Tayip Erdogan, hitherto Turkey’s prime minister. Our correspondent reports what he saw before, during and after the election in Turkey. After spending half a month during and after the latest presidential election in Turkey, a Crescent International correspondent shares his observations and analysis.

Daily News Analysis

Another Saudi “prince” sacked from pos

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Ramadan 01, 14352014-06-29

Sacking of princes shortly after their appointment and the failure of Saudi policies both at home and abroad point to growing uncertainty in the ruling family. The latest prince to get the boot was Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz who had been at his post for merely two months. Clearly, the rotten "royal" family is on its way to oblivion.

Daily News Analysis

Taliban intensify attacks as US withdrawal date approaches

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Rabi' al-Thani 25, 14352014-02-25

The Americans are faced with fighting on two fronts in Afghanistan now: against the Taliban and Hamid Karzai's government. They have intensified their campaign of destabilization in Pakistan.

Daily News Analysis

Iranian navy drill exposes limits of US imperialism

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Safar 17, 14342012-12-30

Current regional socio-political environment and the economic decline of Western powers indicates that their Cold War approach towards Iran is constrained by ground realities.

Islamic Movement

Muslims in Ethiopia suffer discrimination and alienation

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Jumada' al-Akhirah 09, 14332012-05-01

Crescent International recently interviewed an Addis Ababa-based Muslim journalist and Islamic activist on the current situation in Ethiopia.

News & Analysis

Turkey between neo-Ottomanism and secularism

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Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

As Turkey’s hopes of becoming the leading power to restore Muslim public identity and its own Islamic socio-political distinctiveness gradually fade away from Muslim memory, it is important not to exaggerate the deviations of contemporary Turkey.

Special Reports

The indigenous peoples of the Americas oppose the narrative of perpetual war

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Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

On March 12, 2012, a delegation of First Nations Chiefs including Chief Frank Brown, Chief Smoke, Former Chief Ken Whitecloud and Chief Terrance Nelson met Kambiz Sheikh Hassani, Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Ottawa.

News & Analysis

Islamic Press Union established amid high hopes

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Muharram 06, 14332011-12-01

On October 29, Muslim researchers, journalists and editors gathered in Tehran to inaugurate the establishment of the Press Union of the Islamic World. The first general assembly session of the press union attracted Muslim media professionals from 38 countries representing different media outlets including Crescent International.

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Opinion

Examining official US thinking behind 9/11 and how it is exploited for nefarious ends

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Shawwal 03, 14322011-09-01

There are thousands of ways to look at 9/11. Much has already been said about 9/11 and much more will be said in the years to come. Here is what we think about this milestone in the politics of the 21st imperialist century.

News & Analysis

Hijab ban reinvigorates Azeri Islamic movement

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Rabi' al-Thani 27, 14322011-04-01

In October 2010, the ruling regime in Azerbaijan banned hijab in public schools and revived an unprecedented socio-political activism of the Islamic movement. The mobilization is not only domestic, but also international. For the first time an international conference on an Islamic issue in Azerbaijan was organized.

Opinion

Pakistan’s slide into total chaos

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Jumada' al-Ula' 16, 14312010-05-01

Add to this grim picture the lawlessness that has gripped Pakistan from Karachi to the Khyber Pass, thanks to America’s war on terror that will escalate further following the failed Time Square bomb plot in New York...

News & Analysis

Bashir arrests opposition leaders in Sudan

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Ula' 16, 14312010-05-01

According to family members of Dr. No formal charges were filed nor did they have a warrant for his arrest...

Opinion

The US cannot do a damn thing

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14302009-12-01

Let us get something straight after knocking out all the middlemen: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is US president Barack Obama’s boss. A person incapable of seeing this basic point will never be able to understand the off-again, on-again...

News & Analysis

Press TV’s terminology needs improving

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14302009-12-01

When Iran’s Press TV first joined the global media networks some two years ago, it generated much excitement among committed Muslims as well as those seeking honest reporting of global events.

Main Stories

Western racists walk out of anti-racism conference

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Jumada' al-Ula' 06, 14302009-05-01

By staging a walk out while President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran was addressing the UN anti-racism conference in Geneva on April 20, the European countries have exposed their own racism without affecting the ultimate outcome of the meeting. Representatives from a tiny minority of European countries that have a chequered history regarding human rights are all former colonialists who have perpetrated horrible crimes during the colonial era.

Occupied Arab World

Israeli soldiers admit to Gaza crimes

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Rabi' al-Thani 05, 14302009-04-01

Israeli soldiers. That the Palestinians, the direct victims of Israel’s crimes, and much of the rest of the world knew this because this was so clearly evident from television footage provided by Al-Jazeera and Press TV, Israel and its apologists, especially in the West, continued to insist that Israel not only had the “right” to defend itself against Hamas rockets (regardless of how ineffectual they were) but that Zionist Israel carried its operations with utmost regard to civilian life.

World

Library to be named after Bush?

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Rabi' al-Thani 05, 14302009-04-01

World

Jewish activism against Israel’s apartheid policies challenges a once unbreakable bond

Our Own Correspondent

Safar 05, 14302009-02-01

One of the consequences of Israel’s barbaric assault on Ghazzah has been to bring to surface the split in Jewish communities in North America and Europe. The split was always there but pro-Israeli groups consistently managed to monopolize media discourse and successfully blackmailed politicians and journalists to toe the line given to them.

World

Despite official disclaimers, European racism still burning with hate for Muslims

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 04, 14302009-01-01

The war in Bosnia that resulted in the deaths of some 300,000 people, most of them Bosnian Muslims, may be over but old hatreds still run deep, and not too far beneath the surface. Theoreti-cally, the Republic of Bosnia-Hercegovina is made up of three peoples: the Bosnians, Croats and Serbs.

World

From prison to the presidency: one man’s journey to power in the Maldives

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Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14292008-12-01

Mohamed “Anni” Nasheed was sworn in as president of Maldives on November 11, exactly 30 years to the day his autocratic predecessor, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had ascended to the top post. It was sweet revenge for the 41-year-old Nasheed who had spent six years in prison trying to organize his supporters and to create space for political involvement.

Occupied Arab World

Egypt launches another crackdown on the Ikhwan

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Rabi' al-Thani 25, 14292008-05-01

A fifth of Egypt's 80 million people live under the official poverty-line of US$2 a day, and a large proportion only just above it; the economic hardship they are suffering has worsened as a result of the sharp rise in inflation and food -prices. Most Egyptians are too young to remember the bread riots of 1977, which resulted in successive governments subsidising food-prices.

South-East Asia

US’s response to Burmese protests reveals its fears of losing everything in “Golden Triangle”

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Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14282007-12-01

Suddenly in September this year, Burma found itself centre-stage in the western media, despite the fact that reports from the country are vague and not in accordance with generally-used definitions of news authenticity. Three months after reports about a “bloodbath” and “massive protests” in the capital, it now seems that the status quo in Burma is going to survive. The demonstrations reported around the world, most of which are being coordinated by western NGOs and human-rights activists, appear to have changed nothing at all.

World

US government humiliated as jury refuses to convict Muslims accused of financing terrorism

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Shawwal 20, 14282007-11-01

The US government suffered a stunning defeat on October 21 when a court in Dallas, Texas, refused to convict officials of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) charity despite a long government campaign against them. The HLF was shut down in December 2001 amid allegations that it was supporting terrorism and had links with Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement in Palestine.

World

Canadian prosecutors change tack as terror trial threatens to collapse

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Ramadan 19, 14282007-10-01

The preliminary hearings into the terrorism-related charges against 14 Muslim youths that should have determined whether they should be tried took a bizarre turn on September 24 when the prosecution abruptly halted proceedings. Crown attorneys wanted instead to go directly to trial. Defence lawyers were appalled at such “abuse of process” and described prosecution tactics as a “disgrace”.

Occupied Arab World

The plight of migrant workers in Dubai and the UAE

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Sha'ban 19, 14282007-09-01

The oil-rich countries in the Gulf region as a whole are well-known for employing and abusing huge numbers of foreign workers, who contribute to and sustain the boom in their economic, industrial and building development. Yet the international community (including the UN), press and broadcast media have ignored the plight of these workers even though in many cases they outnumber the indigenous populations.

World

Intensifying pressure on Khartoum to allow intervention in Darfur

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Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

The pressure on the Sudanese government to allow a UN peace force into western Darfur to set the basis for a political settlement – similar to southern Sudan’s right to secede after a referendum – is intensifying. The latest push comes from the UN and from a joint effort by Britain and France.

World

Australia’s neo-conservatives target books on Islam

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Jumada' al-Ula' 15, 14282007-06-01

The adage that “when you point one finger at another, four other fingers point back to you” aptly describes the Australian prime minister’s statement after his country’s withdrawal from a cricket tour in Zimbabwe last month. “The Mugabe regime is behaving like the Gestapo towards its political opponents,” said John Howard(pic). The statement is not surprising coming from Howard, known for his strong support for any policies adapted by European and American leaders. The Howard government recently outdid its Western masters in the war on terror, announcing that it would begin banning and restricting materials that it deemed to be promoting ‘terrorism’.

World

Serbian intransigence and Western power politics delay independence of Kosova

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Jumada' al-Ula' 15, 14282007-06-01

​Albanians constitute at least 90 percent of Kosova’s population, populating virtually the entire country, while the tiny Serb minority is mostly in an enclave in the north and in much smaller ones in the predominantly Albanian-populated areas. The Albanians laid the basis for their country’s independence and for the exercise of their right to self-determination under international law as a result of the 1998–99 Kosova war that successfully ended Serbia’s control.

World

Still no self-determination for Muslims of Kosova

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Safar 11, 14282007-03-01

It was as long ago as 1999 that NATO launched air attacks on Serbia, ostensibly to end the ‘ethnic cleansing' of Kosovan Albanians, and the UN Security Council turned Kosova into a protectorate of the UN, with six countries – America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia – acting as the ‘contact group'. Yet the UN is still administering the province, and NATO troops (about 17,000 of them) remain in place to preserve a grudging peace between the Albanian Kosovars and the remaining Serb minority.

South-East Asia

GAM’s success in Aceh elections confirms its popularity

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Dhu al-Hijjah 11, 14272007-01-01

The election on December 11 of Dr Irwandi Yusuf as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has finally laid to rest one myth deliberately peddled by successive governments in Jakarta: that the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) is a fringe group.

South-East Asia

Protests against Bush highlight Indonesian Muslims’ commitment to Islam

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 10, 14272006-12-01

That US President George W. Bush is disliked, both at home and abroad, is no secret; what is less well known is the depth of the antipathy to him. Indonesia, for instance, is presented as a moderate (read pro-US) Muslim state where people do not indulge in serious political activity and Bush is disliked less than he is in the Middle East. Yet Indonesians on most parts of the political spectrum were angered by Bush visiting their country after his participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Hanoi last month.

World

Vladimir Putin targets Islam to confirm his superpower credentials

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Sha'ban 08, 14272006-09-01

President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB boss during the Soviet era, has turned his country into an undisguisedly racist and anti-Islamic fortress since taking power in 2004: there has always been an element of discrimination (albeit disguised) against Muslims in the Soviet Union, but it is getting worse.

World

Anger over cartoons provokes more communal trouble in Nigeria

Our Own Correspondent

Safar 01, 14272006-03-01

Religious conflict between Nigerian Muslims and Christians is traditional, and the clashes between members of the two faiths which took place in late February are not a new phenomenon. What is new is that the clashes were set off by the cartoons recently published by Danish and other European newspapers that depicted the Prophet Muhammad (saw) in an extremely offensive manner.

World

Azeris take to the streets after rigged parliamentary elections

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 28, 14262005-12-01

Are parliamentary elections – or, for that matter, presidential polls – inevitably rigged in a Muslim country that happens to be strategically placed, oil-rich and allied to Western countries, particularly the US? The answer seems to be "yes".

World

Sudan forced to accept ‘federal solution’ to Darfur conflict

Our Own Correspondent

Ramadan 18, 14252004-11-01

What do Sudan and Syria have in common apart from being two Muslim countries that are also members of the Arab League? Each is the victim of mounting and relentless pressure from the West and their Arab allies, the UN and the international media, over their internal and regional policies, which they are required to abandon in the interests of those targeting them...

World

Russia exploits Beslan tragedy to justify another crackdown on Chechens

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Sha'ban 16, 14252004-10-01

Russian president Vladimir Putin, in a vain attempt to exploit the Beslan school siege in North Ossetia on September 3, in which more than 340 people died, has sharply increased the scale and intensity of executions, tortures and kidnaps in Chechnya that are already a part of the Chechens’ lives...

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World

West increases pressure on Sudan over Darfur

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Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

Human-rights groups Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have published reports accusing the Sudanese government of complicity in the mass rapes and ethnic cleansing attributed to Janjaweed, despite previous denials by Khartoum...

World

Massive problems facing Muslims in Uzbekistan

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

Uzbekistan, which became independent when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, is yet another Muslim country under a tyrannical and exploitative dictator, and mired in civil strife and economic deprivation as a result of the corrupt and ruthless exercise of power...

World

Barely disguised cynicism as G8 adopts US plans for democratizing the Middle East

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

One sometimes wonders how George W. Bush and other US officials can so seriously utter claims and statements that they and those around him must know are recognised around the world as absolute nonsense...

World

UN Human Rights Commission refuses to condemn Russian and Chinese anti-Muslim policies

Our Own Correspondent

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14252004-05-01

Muslims in the Russian Federation and in China – who are pursuing their ‘universal right’ to self-determination in the face of horrendous opposition – were probably not surprised by the abrupt way in which moves in the UN to condemn violations of human rights in China and by Russia were blocked...

World

Western interests sink attempt to regulate international business

Our Own Correspondent

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14252004-05-01

The UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva debated a new code, the Human Rights Norms for Business, on April 8, in the face of strong opposition from companies and governments in the West and developing countries...

South-East Asia

Manila returns to negotiations with MILF as Philippine elections approach

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 10, 14252004-03-01

After nearly a year’s delay, Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will finally begin peace talks this April. This agreement, mediated by Malaysia, was reached on February 19 in Kuala Lumpur...

World

Russia maintaining murderous repression of Chechens

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 10, 14252004-03-01

President Vladimir Putin is engaged in a systematic and murderous campaign of suppression of Chechnya’s struggle for independence. In this campaign anyone sympathetic to Chechnya’s desire and aspiration to leave the Russian Federation is classified as terrorist...

Occupied Arab World

Algerians wait to see results of FIS leaders’ release from jail

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Ula' 16, 14242003-07-16

Abbas Madani, the leader of Algeria’s banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) and his deputy, Ali Belhadj, were released from house arrest and jail respectively on July 2...

Occupied Arab World

US/UK strategy under pressure as unexpected Iraqi resistance forces troops into heavy fighting

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 29, 14242003-04-01

A week after the US and Britain launched their invasion of Iraq on March 20, it is increasingly clear that all is not going smoothly in the campaign.

Occupied Arab World

Arab League demonstrates its utter impotence over Iraq crisis

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14232003-03-01

The impotence of Arab regimes was again on display on February 17, when foreign ministers from the 22-member Arab League gathered in Cairo for an "extraordinary" meeting, not to formulate a common response to the invasion of Iraq, but merely to agree on a date for an "emergency" summit.

Occupied Arab World

Arafat focused on political survival as Palestinians die around him

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14232003-03-01

Some news items remain fairly constant: while the world’s attention is turned to international politicking before the US’s almost-inevitable attack on Iraq

Occupied Arab World

Kuwait lurching deeper into political crisis as parliament questions minister on financial allegations

Our Own Correspondent

Rabi' al-Thani 20, 14232002-07-01

Kuwait lurched deeper into political crisis on June 24, when the country’s parliament began to question Dr Youssef al-Ibrahim, finance minister and minister of planning and managerial development, about allegations that he mismanaged the state’s finances.

World

Jama’at-i Islami struggling to provide lead in Pakistan

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 18, 14222002-02-01

With Qazi Husain Ahmed, its amir (leader), in detention since October, the Jama’at-e Islami, an Islamic political party in Pakistan, is feeling somewhat adrift, although acting amir Syed Munawwar Hasan is trying gamely to lead.

World

Court ban triggers split among Turkey’s Islamist politicians

Our Own Correspondent

Rabi' al-Thani 18, 14382001-08-16

The recent ban on Turkey’s Islamist Fazilat (‘Virtue’) Party (Fazilet Partisi or FP) caused division in the ranks of the country’s largest Islamist party along the lines of a longstanding rift between its so-called “traditionalist”/ “loyalist” and “modernist” / “reformist” factions.

Occupied Arab World

Turabi jailed as famous political instincts lead him down a false path

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Hijjah 20, 14212001-03-16

Always smooth, Dr Hassan al-Turabi, leader of Sudan’s opposition Popular National Congress (PNC), has been honing his skills lately. But the latest rabbit he pulled out of his turban, the alliance the PNC forged with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), has landed him and scores of his supporters in prison.

Occupied Arab World

Sudan’s general Bashir joins dishonourable ranks of Arab dictators claiming democratic legitimacy

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 21, 14212001-01-16

Like other Arab dictators, General ‘Umar Hassan al-Bashir thinks that nothing can offset the precipitous decline in public support for his regime like prattling about democracy and holding elections boycotted by all major opposition groups. In a press conference in Khartoum on December 29, the head of Sudan’s General Election Authority...

World

Politics to the fore in Kashmir as Indians claim an extension of unilateral ceasefire

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 21, 14212001-01-16

Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s announcement last month extending the ceasefire in Kashmir has generally been welcomed, although it has not prevented the Indian occupation army from continuing its murderous campaign against civilians.

Occupied Arab World

Morocco’s moderate Islamic movement puts pressure on monarchy over Palestine

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 06, 14212001-01-01

The trial of some 300 members of the outlawed Moroccan Islamic Justice and Charity Group (Jama’at al-’Adl wal-Ihsan) started on December 11. They are among some 800 people arrested for taking part in rallies marking the United Nations Human Rights Day held on December 10 by human rights and Islamic groups.

World

Nigeria’s openness excludes Muslim activists

Our Own Correspondent

Rajab 26, 14191998-11-16

When general Abdulsalam Abubakar took over as Nigerian head of State in June, following the sudden death of his predecessor general Sani Abacha, he promised to reform the country’s political system, re-introduce democracy, and ‘withdraw all charges against political offenders.’

Occupied Arab World

The Tiger on the Nile: Egypt as leader of emerging Mid-East economies?

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14191998-10-16

It would be funny if it were not so tragic. With most of its population trapped in poverty and pervasive unemployment, and its national assets being plundered by a corrupt ruling elite and foreign business interests under the guise of an IMF structural adjustment programme...

World

No Asians or Aboriginal rights but we Ossies are no racists

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Ula' 25, 14191998-09-16

Australian politicians and pundits are lining up to express their dismay at the return of racism to public life, urging the electorate not to vote for Ms Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party in the snap October 3 election called partly to contain its growing threat to the main political parties.

World

Skeletons out of his Rwandan cupboard stalk the UN chief

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 19, 14191998-05-16

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan - fresh from the triumph of brokering the Iraqi deal, and cruising through his African tour with the air of a savior come to rescue his beloved continent from the folly of its ruler - suddenly faces the cruel prospect of being cut down to size.

World

Kosovar aspirations, Serb nationalism clash in the Balkans

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 04, 14191998-05-01

The Serb assault on the Muslims of Kosova was renewed late last month, with operations in the Decani and Djakovica regions southwest of the capital Prishtina, close to the border with Albania.

World

US religious mission to China, a rebuff to Muslims

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 19, 14181998-02-16

A high-level delegation of American religious leaders, hand-picked by the white house and approved by Beijing, which is touring China does not include American Muslims and will not visit Muslim regions or meet Chinese Muslim representatives, although its official mission is to assess the state of religious freedom in the communist country.

Occupied Arab World

Honorary doctorate for Ben Ali for services to human rights

Our Own Correspondent

Ramadan 02, 14181998-01-01

By all accounts Tunisia’s president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali managed to keep a straight face when officials of an Italian University conferred on him an honorary doctorate at a Rome ceremony on December 4.

World

It takes a Chechen to declare an Islamic Republic in Islamophobic Turkey

Our Own Correspondent

Sha'ban 01, 14181997-12-01

In fighting off a ruthless superpower bully, at a colossal cost, the Chechens have established that they have a tremendous sense of purpose. And now they prove that lurking behind that sense of purpose is great sense of humour and originality as well.

World

The Zaria Four go on trial in Nigeria

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Akhirah 30, 14181997-11-01

In a bizarre twist even by Nigerian military regime’s standards, four visitors of imprisoned Muslim leader, Mu’allim Ibrahim Zakzaky, were arrested and imprisoned after going on a routine visit to the alim and his three co-defendants known as the Zaria Four.

Occupied Arab World

Release of FIS leaders mere tinkering, not change of direction

Our Own Correspondent

Rabi' al-Thani 12, 14181997-08-16

The Algerian army, like the Turkish military, shows no sign of relinquishing its grip on power, and the speculation generated by the recent release of the two Islamic Salvation Front Leaders...

World

Agreement may herald peace in Afghanistan

Our Own Correspondent

Safar 25, 14181997-07-01

A deal between two leading factions in Afghanistan has aroused hopes that the long agony of the war-torn country may be nearing an end.

South-East Asia

Burmese junta instigates attacks against Muslims

Our Own Correspondent

Muharram 09, 14181997-05-16

The brutal manner in which Muslims are being treated in Myanmar (Burma) is no bar to the junta’s ambition to join ASEAN, the grouping of South East Asian Nations.

Special Reports

Reckless military set Turkey on road to needless turbulence

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 23, 14171997-04-01

With Greece, Armenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia, China and others engaged, to varying degrees, in attacking Turkish interests or blocking Turkish influence in Europe and Central Asia, Turkey is not short of enemies.

World

Vatican-Libya ties as Brother-Leader Qaddafi vows to fight Islam

Our Own Correspondent

Safar 10, 14181997-03-16

Only one day after colonel Mu’ammar Qaddafi had vowed publicly to fight ‘terrorism’ and destroy all traces of religion in his country’s politics, the Vatican announced the establishment of ambassadorial-level diplomatic relations with Libya.

Occupied Arab World

Likud-Labour consensus, Arafat's crackdown bode ill for Palestinians

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 21, 14171997-03-01

Only as recently as December 30 (1996), Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was adamant that Israel would never leave Hebron.

World

Albanians’ introduction to capitalism

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 08, 14171997-02-16

Renewed street protests against the Albanian government broke out in the capital Tirana and other major towns on February 5. These erupted after the Democratic Party (PD) government of president Salih Berisha failed to satisfy investors that it would repay the money they had invested in failed ‘pyramid’ investment schemes.

South-East Asia

Malaysia’s judiciary in crisis of confidence

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

In May 1988, Mohammad Salleh Abas, the then Lord President of Malaysia, the most senior judge in the country, was suspended following a statement he made allegedly containing ‘political innuendos’.

South-East Asia

Juvenile delinquency on the rise in Malaysia

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

Juvenile delinquency, a phrase hitherto associated with America and the rest of the West, is making its presence felt in Malaysia. “Throughout the nation, a total of 11 cases involving juvenile delinquents were recorded daily in 1993.

South-East Asia

Malaysia scores another first behind the smoke screen

Our Own Correspondent

Shawwal 11, 14161996-04-01

This school boy craze for scoring the first in everything seems to be the Malaysian idea of progress. Malaysia can now boast of having the largest number of everything tallest, longest and biggest - tallest flag-mast, tallest twin-tower, tallest telecommunication tower, longest bridge and in another decade the biggest dam in the world.

World

Russia repeats reign of terror in Chechenya despite truce

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

The Russians have proved, yet again, that they cannot be trusted. The peace agreement signed between Russian president Boris Yeltsin and Chechen leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in Moscow on May 27 and whose details were worked out in Nazran, the capital of Ingushetia, over several days...

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