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Rabi' al-Thani, 14181997-08-16

Crescent International Vol. 26, No. 12

Book Review

Fascinating journey into the Balkan labyrinth

Abul Fadl

The recent ethnic wars and crises that have ravaged the Balkans over the last few years are a reminder of the complexity of a region where past enmities and unsettled grievances, as well as thwarted national aspirations and traumas, retain their powerful presence, often hidden behind the artificial carapace and boundaries of the modern nation-State.


How west helped Saddam gain power and decimate the Iraqi elite

Mahmoud Ahmed Shaikh

Iraqis have always suspected that the 1963 military coup that set Saddam Husain on the road to absolute power had been masterminded by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Occupied Arab World

Release of FIS leaders mere tinkering, not change of direction

Our Own Correspondent

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...

Occupied Arab World

Attack highlights contradictions on question of Palestine

P A Joseph

The identity of the two bombers who blew themselves up simultaneously in a busy outdoor market in West Jerusalem on July 30 remains a mystery.

South-East Asia

A parade of ignorance in the ‘model Muslim state’

Crescent International

There is in Malaysia a truly George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four scenario. There is an ‘Anti-Corruption Act’ to nab those who complain about corruption; an Institute of Islamic Understanding to promote an orientalist version of Islam; non-Muslims advising the Muslims how to reform Islam, else Islam will `die off’ due to its failure to change with the time...

Special Reports

Contradictions abound in the land of the self-proclaimed superpower

Zafar Bangash

At US$7 trillion, America has the largest economy in the world (the world’s economy is put at $25 trillion). Currently the US also enjoys a robust job growth rate with unemployment put officially at a mere 5 percent, lowest of all the industrialised countries.


Mombasa throbs with anti-blasphemy rally

Shabbir Versi

That Muslims take strong offence at any insult to the honour of the noble Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, is not in doubt.


How Greece gets away with its war on Muslims

Mahmoud Ahmed Shaikh

Greece not only persecutes its own Muslims but also plays a conspicuous role in the programme of obliteration directed at the presence of Islam in the Balkans.


Mandela hails Islam’s role in Africa’s construction, liberation

Our Oxford Correspondent

President Nelson Mandela has hailed the prominent role played by Islam in the liberation and construction of Africa describing the world’s most frequently demonised faith as the continent’s principal religion and as an agent of tolerance and goodwill.


Pakistan’s 50 years: celebrations amid escalating economic, social uncertainties

Zafar Bangash

Pakistan launched its golden jubilee celebrations by a radio and television address by prime minister Nawaz Sharif at one minute past midnight on August 14. Then there was flag-hoisting ceremony at the parliament building attended by the country’s top brass while the people rejoiced in the streets waving flags and releasing thousands of balloons.

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