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Is there a method to Trump’s madness?

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 02, 14382017-03-01

Is Trump truly ignorant, is he deliberately acting mad or is he mentally unhinged? We look at the options.

News & Analysis

Al-Jazeera’s latest sensationalism again exposes its sinister agenda

Waseem Shehzad

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

Al Jazeera tries to project itself as the voice of the Arab street but in reality it is an echo chamber for Western propaganda.

News & Analysis

First-ever UN refugee summit a dismal failure

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

The first-ever refugee summit at the UN was long on rhetoric and short on action. Further, it was far too Eurocentric and ignored countries that really have taken in the largest number of refugees.

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News & Analysis

Saudi hostility to Islamic Iran intensifies

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 27, 14372016-08-01

The Najdi Bedouins have gone berserk in their hostility to the Islamic Republic of Iran. They are now openly courting terrorists.

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Opinion

UN report on Saudi crimes in Yemen

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 26, 14372016-07-01

The Bani Saud are guilty of egregious crimes in Yemen, particularly against children. When the UN confirmed this in a report, the Najdi Bedouins kicked up a storm threatening to cut off funding to various UN agencies including those supporting the Palestinians. The UN caved in to Saudi blackmail.

News & Analysis

Rush hour in Tehran!

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 25, 14372016-06-01

Tehran, capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran, also suffers from the problem of modernity: traffic congestion and pollution. Officials need to pay serious attention to address both problems.

Islamic Movement

The 20th anniversary of Dr. Kalim Siddiqui

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 24, 14372016-05-01

Colleagues, friends and admirers of the late Dr Kalim Siddiqui gathered in Toronto to pay tribute to this great son of Islam and a leading intellectual of the last century.

News & Analysis

Philosophy of electoral system in Islamic Iran

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Ula' 21, 14372016-03-01

No political system is entirely free. In the West, elections are bought as we witness in the US. Yet Islamic Iran’s electoral system is ridiculed because it wants to protect the achievements of the Islamic revolution.

News & Analysis

Elections generate great excitement in Iran

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 22, 14372016-02-01

Two crucial elections are scheduled for this month in the Islamic Republic: for the Majlis and the Assembly of Experts. There is immense excitement about both.

Islamic Movement

Saudi anti-terror alliance that isn’t

Waseem Shehzad

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

The clowns in Saudi Arabia never cease to produce rabbits out of a hat. Their latest venture (or adventure) is the 34-nation anti-terror alliance that was announced without even consulting some of its supposed members.

Main Stories

Paris attacks: the French 9/11?

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 19, 14372015-12-01

While absolutely abhorrent, the Paris attacks, as others elsewhere, must be viewed beyond the self-serving statements of Western policymakers. Intensifying the same failed policies will not yield different results.

Special Reports

US exerts nuclear pressure on Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 19, 14372015-11-01

Some commentators have described Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington (October 21–23) as a huge mistake. It is not difficult to see why. Smoke signals from the capital of the great Satan clearly indicated trouble ahead and it came aplenty so the question is, why did the “Lion of Punjab” (Mian Sahib to his buddies and admirers) still undertake the trip?

News & Analysis

India sabotages peace talks with Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 17, 14362015-09-01

Relations between India and Pakistan have never been cordial, in fact often tense, but they have hit new lows in recent weeks. This was again illustrated by the abrupt cancellation of talks between the National Security Advisors of the two countries scheduled for August 23 in Delhi. The latest cancellation occurred against the back-drop of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s virtual ultimatum to Paki-stan to decide by midnight August 22 whether it wanted to meet Indian officials or invite Kashmiri political leaders struggling for freedom from Indian occupation for a meeting in Delhi.

News & Analysis

Rising tension between India and Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 15, 14362015-08-01

The heat wave sweeping the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent has led to soaring tempera-tures in more areas than one. It has killed a lot of people because of lack of water causing heat stroke.

Islamic Movement

Importance of Quds Day rallies

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 14, 14362015-07-01

Even while there are many problems afflicting the Muslim world, the issue of al-Quds and Palestine cannot be forgotten. That is what makes the annual Quds Day rallies so important.

Main Stories

GCC dictators return empty-handed from US

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 14, 14362015-06-01

Hoping for a security agreement, the GCC dictators returned empty-handed from Washington except for promises of more killing toys that they can use against fellow Muslims but not Zionist Israel.

Main Stories

No Pakistani troops for Yemen, yet!

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 12, 14362015-05-01

Pakistan has so far resisted Banu Saud and allies’ pressure to send its troops to find their illegal wars of aggression, but for how long? Will Nawaz Sharif succumb to Bani Saud pressure?

News & Analysis

Muslims’ religious rights denied for 32 years in Washington, DC

Waseem Shehzad

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

America lectures others about ensuring religious freedoms for minorities yet in its own capital city Washington DC, committed Muslims have been denied this right for 32 years. Imam Muhammad al Asi and a dedicated group of Muslims are forced to pray outside in the snow because the Islamic Center of DC has been occupied by thugs.

News & Analysis

‘Liberated’ Libya a veritable hellhole for people

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 04, 14352014-08-01

Western regimes that trumpeted the ‘liberation’ of Libya with so much fanfare are now silent as rival militias, former military officers and others battle it out for control. The country is so dangerous that most western diplomats have fled.

Special Reports

Waziristan refugees suffer from official neglect

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 04, 14352014-08-01

Nearly a million people have been made homeless in the Pakistan military assault on North Waziristan. The campaign is launched at the behest of the US to serve imperial interests. It will cost Pakistan dearly.

News & Analysis

Palestine and Kashmir: different locales, same problem

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 02, 14352014-05-01

The problems of Palestine and Kashmir date back to the same time period but the world knows one—Palestine—far better than the other—Kashmir; why?

Main Stories

New era in Saudi-Pakistan relations?

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 29, 14352014-03-01

Recent visits by senior officials of the two countries have given rise to speculation that something major is in the offing. Will the two sides’ expectations be met or one side will use the other?

News & Analysis

Geneva-II: not about peace, only theatrics

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14352014-02-01

The Geneva-II Conference was not intended to usher peace in war-torn Syria. The participants talked past each other and only traded accusations. Nothing was achieved; none was expected.

News & Analysis

Guarded optimism about US-Iran talks

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 25, 14342013-10-01

The speed with which developments vis-à-vis US-Iran relations occurred in the last week of September has given rise to guarded optimism. There is, however, a long way to go.

News & Analysis

Caging the generals: Musharraf in the dock

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 24, 14342013-09-01

It is unusual for military men to be tried for their crimes. General Pervez Musharraf is unlucky in this respect when he decided to return to Pakistan last March. Who advised him to do so? While on trial for the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and possible charges of treason, his chances of being imprisoned much less hanged are considered very low.

News & Analysis

Is Pakistan truly an independent state?

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 23, 14342013-08-01

True independence means to be able to formulate one’s own policies without having to appease foreign masters. Unfortunately, Pakistan like most other Muslim countries does not pass muster.

Main Stories

Issues and parties in Pakistan’s elections

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 20, 14342013-05-01

There are hundreds of political parties and tens of thousands of candidates chasing a few hundred seats in the May 11 general elections in Pakistan. We examine the parties, the issues and some of the same tired old faces that have dominated Pakistani politics for decades.

Main Stories

Pakistan’s dream remains unfulfilled

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 19, 14342013-03-01

The great hopes arouse by the Pakistan resolution when it was first passed in Lahore in March 1940—seven years before Pakistan came into existence—remain a pipe dream. Instead, for most Pakistanis it has become a nightmare.

News & Analysis

Documenting Indian state crimes in Kashmir

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

Indian occupation forces have been involved in horrible crimes against defenceless civilians in Kashmir for decades. While India refuses to allow international human rights organizations or the media to visit the state, an Indian human rights organization has painstakingly documented specific crimes and identified the names of perpetrators that the Indian government refuses to punish.

Special Reports

Parasites strangling Pakistan to death

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 19, 14342013-01-01

Pakistan faces an existential threat not from external enemies but from its own parasitical elites that thrive on its body sucking its blood and strangling the state slowly to death.

News & Analysis

America’s illegal drone warfare on innocents

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14332012-11-01

America’s drone warfare is not only killing innocent people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the UN is finally taking steps to examine whether these constitute war crimes.

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News & Analysis

How not to fall for the fake “free” media

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 14, 14332012-10-01

Muslims need to develop greater sophistication in determining the validity of alternate media, especially outlets like Al Jazeera.

News & Analysis

The toxic nexus between the US and al-Qaeda

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 14, 14332012-09-01

Al-Qaeda is often trotted out as a bogey to justify US aggression against others. Al-Qaeda is an American creation and a handy tool. The nexus alliance has become fully exposed in Syria.

News & Analysis

Saudi regime’s gross human rights violations

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 12, 14332012-08-01

In the midst of an existential struggle for survival, Russian criticism of Saudi Arabia’s deplorable human rights record touched the kingdom’s raw nerve.

Special Reports

Obama and masters have torture and war on their minds

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 11, 14332012-06-01

During his 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama repeatedly said the war in Iraq was ill-advised and should be ended.

News & Analysis

Corrupt rulers root cause of Pakistan’s problems

Waseem Shehzad

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

For a state to function reasonably well, it must fulfill certain basic needs of the people: provide security of life, limb and property as well as food, water, education and health services.

Special Reports

The masses suffer as political theatre grips Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 09, 14332012-02-01

Pakistan’s story is like an unending tragedy in which there are no heroes, only villains. Each tries to outdo the other in how much evil he can perpetrate. It would be worthwhile to identify the villains, both institutional and individual. At the institutional level there are the feudal lords that control vast land holdings that were granted to their ancestors by the British colonialists.

News & Analysis

“Friendly” US escalates attacks on Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 07, 14332012-01-01

Pakistan’s relations with the US have never been easy but recent developments have brought them to such a point that even the polite and usually soft-spoken Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani was forced to concede: “we do not trust the Americans.”

News & Analysis

Qaddafi’s execution and the future of Libya

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14322011-11-01

The West has gotten rid of another pesky dictator with the execution-style killing of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi on 10-20-2011 in Sirte. There was much jubilation in Western capitals as news of Qaddafi’s killing spread.

News & Analysis

Turbulent future for US-Pakistan relations

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 03, 14322011-10-01

Pakistan’s relations with the US have never been easy. The differences go beyond the question of divergent perceptions about each other although there was always something unnatural about the rulers of a country best described as a “basket case” rubbing shoulders with leaders of claimant to the title of “sole superpower”.

News & Analysis

Is the rupture in US-Pakistan relations real?

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 29, 14322011-07-01

It should be clear even to the most diehard optimists that relations between Pakistan and the United States have hit an all time low. A series of recent events has led to this development although from the very beginning the relationship was based on false premises and unrealistic expectations.

News & Analysis

Uncertain future for Pakistan and its masses

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Ula' 27, 14322011-05-01

Tens of thousands of people blocked the road between Peshawar and the Pakistan-Afghan border post of Torkham on April 23 and 24. The call to block the road was issued by Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) in protest over the indiscriminate US drone attacks that have killed hundreds of people in the last year alone.

News & Analysis

CIA killer Davis released without trial in Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

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

The release of Raymond Davis on March 16 has dismayed most Pakistanis who felt the American was guilty of murder and should have been dealt with according to the law of Pakistan. Instead, what this confirms yet again is the craven attitude of the government in its dealings with the US.

News & Analysis

Causes of polarization in Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 27, 14322011-02-01

Last month’s events have confirmed, yet again, with striking clarity how deeply polarized the Pakistani society is. The killing of Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab Province, by his own bodyguard on January 4 has scared the living daylights out of the already cowardly rulers.

News & Analysis

Corrupt, greedy elite pushing Pakistan into oblivion

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 26, 14322011-01-01

We hardly needed WikiLeaks disclosures to tell us that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is a crook. Or, that opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has no spine, not to mention grey matter under his now-restored hair, thanks to thousands of pounds spent on hair transplant surgery in London.

News & Analysis

Saudi king’s trip to US for medical treatment heightens kingdom succession gossip

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 24, 14312010-11-01

His majesty, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, aka Khadim al-Haramayn (Servant of the Two Holy Places but his sycophants insist on calling him “Custodian”) is not well. In fact, so unwell that he had to be taken in wheelchair to a fully equipped luxury-fitted 747 Jumbo Jet before being flown to the US on November 22.

News & Analysis

Pakistan burning at both ends

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

At the other end of the country, violence has periodically erupted between different ethnic and political groups in Karachi

News & Analysis

France targets activists calling for boycott of Israeli goods

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

True to their aggressive nature, the Zionists resumed illegal construction on Palestinian lands as soon as their own declared deadline of September 26 expired. Israeli Prime Minister Ben-jamin Netanyahu had the temerity to say that

Main Stories

Pakistan floods: where is the government?

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 22, 14312010-09-01

Zardari owns a huge property in France where his father Hakim Ali Zardari now lives

News & Analysis

Indian brutality, killings in Kashmir continue

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 18, 14312010-07-01

Each killing brings out more protesters onto the streets. The situation has now deteriorated to the point where the Indian army has been called out to enforce curfew that the people appear determined to defy

Special Reports

Zionist encroachments in Central Asia

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 15, 14312010-03-01

It must also be noted that dictatorial regimes in Central Asia and Azerbaijan are not typical examples of authoritarian regimes driven by some sort of “big evil idea...

News & Analysis

Pakistan supplants Iraq as lawless land

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 15, 14312010-01-01

All this is the gift of American friendship and the war on terror into which Pakistan has been sucked through US bullying...

Main Stories

9/11: mysterious collapse of third building

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

Eight years after the spectacular attacks of September 11, widespread skepticism continues to exit regarding the official version put out by the US government. And this is not confined to Muslims alone who never bought into the US allegation that Muslim hijackers, working for Osama bin Laden had carried out these attack. Western academics in the US, Canada and Europe, many of them leading scientists have expressed grave doubts about what the US has claimed about the perpetrators...

Special Reports

Restrictions on political freedom to oppose America and zionists begin to bite in Canada

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

Academic freedom, like most other freedoms in North America, has become a thing of the past. Not just the US but also Canada has been affected by a virulent strain of racism couched in the excuse that "things have changed" since September 11, 2001...

Special Reports

Falwell’s insult shows Islamophobia of American Christian groups

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

American ‘televangelists’ (missionaries or preachers who reach large audiences by television) are able to influence public opinion heavily; unfortunately they tend to be not the most honest people. Since September 11 last year, televangelists and zionists have launched yet another campaign against Islam and Muslims...

Special Reports

Florida terrorism scare demonstrates problems facing US Muslims

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

These are tough times to be a Muslim in North America, especially living in the US. Muslims travelling from Canada to the US at the beginning of September to attend the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention in Washington DC were told bluntly by US customs officials that Islam and America do not mix...

Special Reports

American Muslims: also victims of September 11 and the

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

Within hours of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11 last year, Muslims in America were being blamed and made the targets of retribution. WASEEM SHEHZAD examines the problems American Muslims have faced over the last year...

News & Analysis

Pakistan Independence Day: what is there to celebrate?

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 10, 14302009-08-01

Each year August 14 is celebrated as Pakistan’s Independence Day. Flag-hoisting ceremonies are held in most major cities. Whether such ceremonies will be held this year as well given the turmoil gripping the country and the military engaged in fighting its own people is an open question...

News & Analysis

Refugees suffer while military fights own people to please the US

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 08, 14302009-07-01

After more than two months of military operations in Swat Valley, the Pakistan army spokesman, major general Athar Abbas claimed that 95 percent of the Valley had been cleared of militants.

Main Stories

Pakistan army creates killing fields in Swat Valley

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 08, 14302009-06-01

By Waseem Shehzad Amid all the confusion surrounding the Pakistan army’s month-long campaign against the Taliban or whoever they are fighting in Swat and Malakand, the only certainty is that it has created nearly 2.5 million refugees, dubbed

World

Of torture and torture memos in the US

Waseem Shehzad

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

Like the chicken and egg question, what came first: the torturers or torture memos? Despite the mounting evidence, for years, officials in the Bush administration brazenly maintained: “TheUnited States does not do torture.” This was not stated merely by low level officials. Starting from former US President George Bush down, everyone had memorized this mantra about torture.

World

Pakistan gets temporary respite from political turmoil

Waseem Shehzad

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

Pakistan may have averted a major political crisis when Asif Ali Zardari, besieged in the presidential palace in Islamabad, agreed to the demand of lawyers and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif to reinstate the deposed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, but it would be premature to state that its troubles are over.

Main Stories

Swat deal: US wants fighting, not peace in Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 04, 14302009-03-01

Will the deal announced on February 16 in Swat bring peace to the troubled region that has been engulfed in violence for nearly two years now? More importantly, will it hold considering that it was criticized even before all the details were known? Both the US and its agents in Pakistan have launched a vicious campaign, raising the specter of a Taliban takeover of the rest of the country as well.

Main Stories

Israel undeterred by charges of war crimes and international law violations

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 05, 14302009-02-01

Calls to try Israeli leaders for war crimes for their conduct in the war against the civilian population in Ghazzah are getting louder. The first serious criticisms came from two officials at the United Nations: Migual D’Escoto, President of the General Assembly, and Professor Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Rapporteur for Occupied Palestinian Territories.

World

US war creates lawlessness in Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14292008-12-01

Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has become a virtual war zone, thanks to the US-led war in Afghanistan that has now engulfed Pakistan’s tribal areas as well. On November 18, two American missiles struck the village of Janikhel near Bannu, a settled area, killing several people.

World

Civil war and bankruptcy stare Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14292008-11-01

Pakistan is faced with the most serious threat to its existence comparable to what it faced in 1971 when it resulted in the breakup of the country. It is on the verge of bankruptcy; the skyrocketing food and fuel prices have led to extreme uncertainty among the masses who are unsure where their next meal would come from. This is compounded by intense US pressure to attack militants in the tribal area.

World

Democracy’s revenge: Zardari confirmed as president of Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 01, 14292008-10-01

A powerful truck bomb tore through the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad a few hours after Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s newly-elected President, addressed a joint session of Parliament on September 20. According to police sources, 53 persons were killed and more than 250 injured.

Main Stories

Zardari tightens his hold on Pakistan after resignation of Musharraf

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 01, 14292008-09-01

The long-overdue resignation of former general Pervez Musharraf from the presidency of Pakistan may have lifted his dark shadow from the political scene, but the problems of the people of Pakistan are far from over. They are now confronted by the frightening prospect of Asif Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), becoming the country’s president.

World

Increasing US belligerence raises fears of a major military escalation in Pakistan

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 29, 14292008-08-01

Suspicions that Pakistan is being set up for a major US military operation, probably in the tribal areas in the north-west of the country, have intensified in recent weeks, given added credibility by the endorsement of two retired Pakistani generals known for their keen observation of events in the region.

World

Zardari’s back-peddling from agreements spells doom for Pakistan’s ruling coalition

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Ula' 27, 14292008-06-01

The manner in which Asif Zardari is wriggling out of his promise to reinstate the judges who were illegally dismissed by general Musharraf on November 3 last year has increased people’s cynicism about Pakistani politicians. At long last the people thought that they had found in the judiciary, especially former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, someone who would deliver them badly needed justice, but now they feel betrayed.

World

US intensifies its control over Pakistan’s new civilian government

Waseem Shehzad

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

Getting on the wrong side of the US involves great risks, but being its friend is no less dangerous. No country proves this better than Pakistan. Since its creation, successive Pakistani regimes have attempted to cultivate close links with Washington. The result has been an unmitigated disaster: today Pakistan is on the verge of disintegration, thanks to the stifling embrace of the US, especially since 9/11, and to Washington’s deliberate attempts to undermine the country.

World

New government confirmed in Pakistan, as US interests remain dominant

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14292008-04-01

Pakistan has a brand new prime minister—Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, scion of a feudal family from Multan, who was sworn in on March 25. He has served as minister and parliamentary speaker in earlier governments and under General Pervez Musharraf’s military rule and spent five years in jail on charges of nepotism for awarding jobs to undeserving people when he was speaker of the National Assembly.

Main Stories

Pakistan’s discredited election transfers power to discredited and corrupt politicians

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 23, 14292008-03-01

If there is any truth in the saying that people vote against, rather than for, someone or something, then the results of the general elections in Pakistan on February 18 are a stinging rebuke to General Pervez Musharraf and the party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e Azam faction, PML-Q), that he created as a civilian façade for his brutal rule.

World

Padilla case highlights political abuses of the American judicial system

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 23, 14292008-03-01

Jose Padilla, a 37-year-old American citizen, was sentenced to 17 years in prison on January 22, after being found guilty of terrorist offences. The prosecution alleged that he had enrolled in a military training camp in Afghanistan as part of a conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism against Americans.

World

Bush administration embarrassed by NIE report contradicting claims on Iran’s nuclear program

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 22, 14282008-01-01

Intense debate has erupted in Washington about why sixteen US intelligence agencies unanimously endorsed the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report on December 3 relating to Iran’s nuclear programme, which has openly contradicted (and therefore embarrassed) US president George Bush. For years Bush has accused Iran of working on building a “nuclear bomb”, despite vigorous denials from Tehran. The NIE report has confirmed what Iran had been saying all along: that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes and that its enrichment activities comply fully with its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) rights and obligations.

World

Even US’s allies reject its attempts to brand Revolutionary Guards as terrorists

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 19, 14282007-09-01

Like a spoiled child that throws a tantrum when it cannot get what it wants, the US government is threatening to place the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran on the list of “terrorist” organizations unless the UN Security Council agrees to tougher sanctions against Tehran. The idea is so preposterous that even Washington’s friends have baulked. How can an important arm of government be described as a “terrorist” organization, they ask incredulously.

World

Turkish voters give Islamist AKP a massive victory over military and secular elite

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

On the eve of Turkey’s parliamentary elections, Hurriyet, a daily paper in Ankara, predicted that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would not get more than 30 percent of the popular vote. In the election on July 22, the AKP increased its vote by 12 percentage points to 46.5 percent from a crowded field of 14 political parties and 700 independent candidates. Despite increasing its share of the electorate’s votes, the AKP’s seats declined slightly to 341 from the 354 it had had in the outgoing parliament of 550.

World

Subversion of Al-Jazeera leaves Muslims in the dark again

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 16, 14282007-07-01

When it hit the airwaves in 1996, Al-Jazeera took the Arab world by storm. Compared to the sterile reporting of government-controlled channels in the Arab world, Al-Jazeera came as a breath of fresh air, although the better informed knew this was a mirage. Al-Jazeera was slick and took on some subjects (though not all) that the rest of the Arab media dared not broach.

World

Turkish elite veto proposal that people be allowed to elect president directly

Waseem Shehzad

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

On May 25, Turkish president Ahmet Necdet Sezer vetoed a proposed constitutional amendment that had been passed by the Turkish parliament, by which the president of the country would in future be elected by a direct vote of the people, rather than by the present arrangement in which he is elected by parliament. The amendment had also proposed to reduce the president’s term from seven to five years but allow him to stand for a second five-year term.

Main Stories

Turkey’s secular elites show their anger as an “Islamist” runs for president

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

Three times in the last 50 years – in 1960, 1971 and 1980 – the Turkish military has seized power from civilian governments whose policies they deemed unacceptable. In 1997, Turkey suffered a “soft coup”, when the military forced prime minister Necmeddin Erbakan out of power for being too Islamic.

Occupied Arab World

Arab summit in Riyadh aims to recognise Israel and “contain” Islamic Iran

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 13, 14282007-04-01

Although they are usually secretive in their dealings, the Saudis are showing far too much political activism these days to go unnoticed. The Arab League is holding its summit in Riyadh on March 28-29 (after Crescent press time), and the top item on the agenda is the Arab regimes’ desire to recognise Israel.

World

Little hope for stability or progress as Pakistan slides into lawlessness

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 11, 14282007-03-01

Pakistan turns 60 this year, yet there are few signs of the kind of maturity one would expect of a polity of such age. Its political elites continue to behave like juvenile delinquents and the military, in power for more than seven years in its latest turn at the helm of affairs, has clearly failed in the one area that should have been its strongest point: law and order.

Special Reports

Gulf Arab rulers unite in support of US’s anti-Iran agenda

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 11, 14272007-01-01

Throughout history, Arab rulers have repeatedly betrayed the interests of the Ummah by aligning themselves with the enemies of Islam. Since the division of the Middle East into nation-states by the West at the turn of the last century and the installation of tribal chiefs as rulers, these rulers have done everything to undermine the Ummah. From aligning themselves with Britain to destroy the Uthmaniyyah khilafah to facilitating the implantation of Israel in Palestine, and more recently supporting the Western-backed Iraqi invasion of Islamic Iran (1980) and then joining the West’s onslaught on Iraq in 1991, they have never failed to indulge in treachery

World

Afghans turn to Taliban for order and security

Waseem Shehzad

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

Attacks against foreign occupation forces in Afghanistan have escalated both in frequency and intensity to a point where large parts of the country are in a state of total insurrection and lawlessness. According to NATO, as of mid-November there were 97 suicide attacks this year that killed 217 people.

World

Clearing of Maher Arar raises questions about performance of anti-terror agencies

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 08, 14272006-10-01

On September 18, almost exactly four years after Canadian citizen Maher Arar was arrested at John F Kennedy airport (New York) on September 26, 2002, as he returned from a family vacation in Tunisia, Justice Dennis O'Connor released an 822-page report into his arrest and torture in Syria.

Occupied Arab World

Ghazzah continues to suffer Israeli collective punishment

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 07, 14272006-08-01

Israel's assaults on Ghazzah (starting on June 28) and on Lebanon (since July 12) have nothing to do with the capture of three Israeli soldiers, one by the Palestinians and two by Hizbullah. The demand for their release was merely a pretext to launch a war that had been planned in conjunction with the US several months ago.

Special Reports

Global poll exposes the reality about Muslim women’s attitudes to Islam and the West

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 05, 14272006-07-01

The supposedly inferior position and treatment of women in Islam is often used by Westerners to attack Islam. A recent poll of Muslim women reveals very different attitudes towards their own lives, Islam and the West. WASEEM SHEHZAD reports.

World

US propaganda about Guantanamo Bay convinces no-one

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Ula' 05, 14272006-06-01

The US does not want to be known as the world's jailer, according to US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, yet she is apparently happy about her country being the world's number one torturer. US officials, however, are reluctant to admit that they torture people.

World

Pressure mounts on US and allies as Afghans intensify their resistance

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 01, 14272006-05-01

There is an old saying about Afghanistan that goes something like this: when God wishes to punish someone, He sends them to attack the Afghans. The US and its ally, Britain, have blundered into Afghanistan on the pretext of fighting terrorism, but in reality to advance Western interests.

World

Foreign aid for Pakistan earthquake relief comes with a sting in the take

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 28, 14262005-12-01

The donors' conference in Islamabad on November 19 might as well have been held on Mars, as far as the victims of Pakistan's devastating earthquake are concerned. Donors pledged US$5.8 billion ($0.6 billion more than what Pakistan had asked for), but the sting is in the detail.

World

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita shock Americans into demanding government attention

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 27, 14262005-10-01

As if Hurricane Katrina had not caused quite enough damage, Rita came roaring in and swept across Louisiana and Texas, putting out of action more than 25 percent of the US's oil-refining capacity.

World

US increasing Iraq-style pressure on Iran over its nuclear program

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 27, 14262005-09-01

Nothing illustrates the West’s hypocrisy better than its attitude to the issue of nuclear technology and its use for the generation of energy. There are several layers of hypocritical behaviour: countries that do not possess nuclear know-how must be denied its use because it is alleged that this would lead to their making nuclear weapons.

World

Musharraf attacks Islamic groups in Pakistan in response to bombs in Britain

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14262005-08-01

Shockwaves from the bomb blasts in London's underground system on July 7 were felt thousands of miles away in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, as well. No sooner was it discovered that three of the four bombers were of Pakistani origin, than all the accusing fingers were pointing at Pakistan.

World

Lies and double-standards characterise US response to anger over Qur’an desecration

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14262005-06-01

Ordinary Americans can be forgiven for failing to understand why people around the world hate their country and their government so much; successive governments in Washington and the media have kept them in the dark about the true nature of US policies that adversely affect the lives and welfare of billions of people everywhere.

World

Columbia University academics targeted for opposing official myths of Zionism

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14262005-05-01

With the US Congress and the White House almost completely controlled by them, the zionist brigade has launched a strong assault on what is left of academic freedom in the US: the purpose is to force intellectuals to teach zionist myths at American universities.

World

American civil rights lawyer convicted for “aiding terrorists”

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 20, 14262005-03-01

The conviction on February 10 of Lynne Stewart, a leading civil-rights lawyer, on five counts of conspiring to aid “terrorists” and lying to the government has shocked the American legal profession. Others, too, have expressed concern about civil liberties and see fascism on the march in the US under George W. Bush and his army of “neo-cons”.

World

Musharraf desperate to offer Bush an electoral boost by targeting al-Qa’ida

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 16, 14252004-10-01

In addition to the three official candidates– George Bush, John Kerry and Ralph Nader– two others are likely to influence the outcome of the US presidential elections on November 2: Osama bin Laden and Pakistani president general Pervez Musharraf...

World

CIA appointment suggests little is likely to change in Washington

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 16, 14252004-09-01

President George Bush's aggressive and militaristic policies have not only alienated millions of people abroad, but have also caused deep fissures at home. The American society has never been more divided, nor more vulnerable than under Bush and his extremist ideologues (better known as the neocons)...

World

Pakistani military operations in Waziristan turn into fiasco

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 11, 14252004-04-01

It was supposed to be a mopping-up operation, with a number of al-Qa’ida and Taliban suspects being arrested and presented as trophies to Colin Powell, the visiting US secretary of state...

World

As Pakistan, India talk on Kashmir, friends keep real issues alive

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 10, 14252004-03-01

The dispute over the state of Jammu and Kashmir, a legacy bequeathed by the British before their departure from the subcontinent, has bedevilled relations between India and Pakistan since August 1947...

World

Hague convictions still leave main Serb criminals at large

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 18, 14252004-01-01

Last month’s conviction of three Serbs as war criminals at the Hague Tribunal brought little joy to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hundreds of thousands still await the results of forensic tests to identify relatives after their bodies were exhumed from mass graves...

Occupied Arab World

House of Saud in crisis after Riyadh bombings and under American pressure

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 07, 14242003-12-01

Differences over internal policy have emerged into the open among the usually secretive members of the House of Saud, who have until now maintained a facade of unity in times of crisis.

World

Canadian Muslims feeling the heat of US’s Islamophobia

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 05, 14242003-10-01

Most Americans have now seen through the hoax perpetrated by president George Bush and his fellow right-wingers to justify the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. Bush himself was forced to concede in a speech on September 17 that there was no link between Saddam Husain’s regime and al-Qa’ida but he couched his admission in language that still left most people with the impression that he was. Not surprisingly, most Americans(between 57 and 70 percent, depending on which poll one consults) still believe that Saddam, no doubt a tyrant, was somehow linked to the September 2001 incidents.

Special Reports

Two years after 9/11, truth emerging about US’s opportunistic response to it

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 04, 14242003-09-01

Two years after the attacks on the WTC and Pentagon, it has now been acknowledged even by US congressmen that president George Bush and his advisors had foreknowledge of the impending attacks but did nothing to prevent them. Even when it became known that passenger planes had been hijacked...

World

Iran-Canada relations affected by reaction to death of journalist in Iran

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 03, 14242003-08-01

A storm of protest has erupted in Canada, instigated by elements opposed to Islamic Iran, as well as anti-Muslim groups, over the death of Zahra Kazemi, 54, an Iranian-born photo-journalist, in Tehran.

World

Both traditional strands of Pakistani foreign policy evident in Musharraf’s Washington visit

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 26, 14372003-07-01

There have been two inter-related constants in Pakistan’s foreign policy: appeasement of the US, and warding off predatory India. The latter has been the bane of Pakistani policy-makers since the country came into existence in 1947; the core issue that has soured relations with India is the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.

World

US government report highlights abuse of Muslims since September 11

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14242003-06-16

US attorney general John Ashcroft remains unrepentant despite a stinging rebuke by Glenn A. Fine, his department’s own inspector general, confirming enormous abuses of detainees since September 2001. In a report released on June 3, Fine highlights the mistreatment of 762 persons, some of them held by the government for as long as eight months without charge.

World

Bush facing growing concerns about US economy

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14242003-06-16

During his African tour this month, there were both questions about the invasion of Iraq and jokes about president Bush, especially relating to the growing US budget deficit. On Iraq he was asked about Iraq’s alleged purchase of uranium from Niger.

World

Hard realities behind India’s apparent volte face over Kashmir

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14242003-06-01

How serious is Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee about a dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the thorny issue of Jammu and Kashmir by peaceful means? In Pakistan there seems to be great euphoria about the volte face in India’s stance, first announced on April 18 by Vajpayee during a visit to Srinagar, capital of Indian-occupied Kashmir.

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World

US admits holding juveniles at Guantanamo Bay

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 29, 14242003-05-01

After defying international law by holding about 660 Muslims in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since January 2001, the US has been forced to admit that there are juveniles among the detainees. The admission on April 22 came after ABC television of Australia reported that children are being held at Camp X-ray.

Occupied Arab World

OIC fiasco exposes Arab rulers’ divisions and impotence yet again

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 13, 14242003-03-16

The tragedy of the Iraqi people is turning into a farce in the Arab rulers’ hands. As if the insults traded between colonel Mu’ammar Qaddafi of Libya and crown prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Arab League summit on March 1 were not enough, the OIC also got in on the act on March 5 in Doha.

World

US war on Islam: Al-Arian indicted and arrested on terrorism charges

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14232003-03-01

Dr Sami al-Arian, the Tampa-based Palestinian professor suspended from the University of South Florida (USF) after September 11, was arrested at his home in Tampa, Florida, on February 20 on charges of being a terrorist, specifically of being a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

World

World largely ignoring suffering of Muslims in Kashmir

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14232003-02-16

US president George Bush’s obsession with Saddam Husain of Iraq has eclipsed other trouble spots in the world, such as Kashmir, Chechnya and Palestine. True, Saddam is a brutal dictator who waged a vicious war against Iran for eight years, and who has tortured his own people, but is the Iraqi ruler the only tyrant in power to be guilty of such crimes?

World

American companies feeling the impact of Muslim boycotts

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 29, 14232003-02-01

Companies that were once proof of American entrepreneurial skill are having to retreat in the face of a boycott by Muslims of US products in protest against the US’s support for Israel. Although it is not sanctioned by Muslim governments, which are fearful of American reprisals, the boycott has hit such American giants...

World

Canadian government and media coming under pressure and influence of zionist lobby

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 27, 14232003-01-01

After effectively taking control of the executive and legislative branches of the American government and media, the zionist lobby has now turned its attention to Canada.

World

Canadian government refuses to protest about US regulations against Muslim Canadians

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 11, 14232002-11-16

A new US immigration policy that discriminates against some Canadian citizens born in the Middle East and South Asia has been widely condemned in Canada. The controversial policy came into effect on September 11.

Features

Principles for calculating dates for Ramadhan and Eid, and the importance of getting them right

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 25, 14232002-11-01

The correct dates for the beginning of Ramadhan and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr and issues which often cause confusion in the community. Here WASEEM SHEHZAD explains how the dates are determined, and what the dates for these blessed days are this year.

Special Reports

American Muslims: also victims of September 11 and the “war against terrorism”

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 09, 14232002-09-16

Within hours of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11 last year, Muslims in America were being blamed and made the targets of retribution. WASEEM SHEHZAD examines the problems American Muslims have faced over the last year...

World

US political prisoner released to uncertain future in Lebanon

Waseem Shehzad

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14232002-09-01

Dr Mazen al-Najjar’s history encapsulates the plight of the Palestinians: they are accused of everything, but nobody is prepared to listen to their story. Dr Najjar, 43 years old and a former instructor at the University of Southern Florida, was finally released on August 24.

Occupied Arab World

Bush’s demand that Arafat go exposes Israel’s hand behind him

Waseem Shehzad

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

In a speech that appeared to have been written in Tel Aviv rather than in Washington, US president George Bush demanded that the Palestinian people find a leader to replace Yasser Arafat if they hope to have a state of their own in some distant future.

Occupied Arab World

Unofficial Muslim boycott begins to hurt Western businessmen and zionists

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 03, 14232002-05-16

The boycott of American and Israeli goods and products is gaining momentum, especially in the Middle East, although most Arab regimes have not officially endorsed it. The movement is spreading rapidly, with individuals and groups taking the campaign to new areas, largely through the internet...

Special Reports

America’s plans for a propaganda war: more of the same by another name

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14222002-03-01

Flushed with their success in controlling news at home about the ‘war’ in Afghanistan, some Pentagon planners want to extend such manipulation to other parts of the world. The name of the game is deception: planting lies in newspapers, and on radio and television channels around the world...

World

US’s treatment of Afghan prisoners causing concern even among allies

Waseem Shehzad

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

America’s treatment of prisoners from Afghanistan has embarrassed even its closest allies. France and Germany have officially urged Washington to ensure that the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are treated lawfully, and the European Union has called for their rights to be protected.

Special Reports

Usama bin Ladin winning the video war against America

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14222002-01-16

Two kinds of air wars have been waged in Afghanistan. One, with planes and bombs, has been conducted exclusively by the Americans, against which the Afghans and supporters of Usama bin Ladin have had no protection...

Special Reports

US’s crude propaganda failing to convince the world

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 15, 14222001-11-01

Propaganda is an important tool of war but, like everything else the Americans do, it is one which they wield crudely. On October 22 the Taliban reported that a hospital in Herat had been bombed, killing more than 100 people, including many children.

Special Reports

Politicking over the definition of racism dominates preparation for UN conference in South Africa...

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14222001-07-16

As delegates from around the world prepare to head for South Africa at the end of August to attend the UN Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (August 31-September 7), it is already clear that much intolerance exists even among the delegates who are working to hammer out a draft communiqué for the conference.

Occupied Arab World

Is justice finally catching up with the Butcher of Beirut?

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 09, 14222001-07-01

Is the past finally catching up with Ariel Sharon, better known as the “Butcher of Beirut”? A case was lodged in a Brussels court on June 18 by survivors of the massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee-camps (1982), accusing the Israeli prime minister of genocide and crimes against humanity.

World

US anger as it is voted off UN human rights body

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 22, 14222001-05-16

Americans are furious after the US was expelled from the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) earlier this month.

World

Canadian state targets Muslims with ‘anti-terrorist’ legislation

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 22, 14222001-04-16

Following the examples of the US and Britain, the Canadian government has launched its own so-called anti-terrorism bill which, according to Muslims, will target them more than anyone else.

World

Indian Muslims dying for Islam, yet again

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 07, 14222001-04-01

While the west and its Muslim admirers have been gripped by a frenzy of grief over the destruction of Buddha statues in Bamiyan (Afghanistan), Hindu fascists in India have busied themselves with burning copies of the Qur’an and killing Muslims.

Occupied Arab World

Millions of Iraqi children continue to die like flies

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 19, 14181998-08-16

Had they been animals, there would be loud protests in the streets of almost all western capitals to save them. Leaders of the ‘civilised’ west would be vexed over this tragedy and call it an affront to humane values.

Occupied Arab World

Oil price collapse hurts Arab regimes

Waseem Shehzad

Dhu al-Hijjah 04, 14181998-04-01

Barely two decades ago, oil prices were closely tied to international political events. Every major crisis sent the price of a barrel of crude shooting upward, much to western consternation.

Occupied Arab World

Million Iraqi children perish at the altar of American imperialist ego

Waseem Shehzad

Sha'ban 16, 14181997-12-16

The government and media in the United States have led a shrill campaign against Saddam Husain for seven years obfuscating truth about the suffering inflicted on the Iraqi people as a result of sanctions.

Book Review

'Handbook' for workers and activists in the Islamic Movement

Waseem Shehzad

Muharram 25, 14181997-06-01

Readers of Muslimedia and its sister-paper, Crescent International are familiar with the writings of the late Dr Kalim Siddiqui (right). His articles regularly appeared in these newsmagazines over many years. He first introduced the concept of the 'Global Islamic Movement' which today has become a household word among Islamic activists worldwide. No discussion about the Islamic Movement is complete without reference to Dr Kalim Siddiqui or his thought.

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