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Jumada' al-Ula', 14181997-09-16

Crescent International Vol. 26, No. 14

Book Review

Invisibility lies in the eyes of the beholder

Yusuf Progler

'I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you sometimes see in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass.


Diana: for a tabloid people, a tabloid idol

Michael A. Hoffman II

The cult of St. Diana incorporates many myths but none so corrosive as the idea that there is a good Establishment media (“the press”) and its wicked alter ego, (the “tabloid press”).


In conversation with Dr Masoomeh Ebtekar: Iran's first woman vice president

Zafar Bangash

The appointment last month of Dr Masoomeh Ebtekar as vice president in the cabinet of president Mohammad Khatami caused surprise among those unfamiliar with Iran.


A tale of two funerals

MGG Pillai

There died in the first half of this month two ladies, one known for her exemplary charitable works, the other famous because she is well-known.

Occupied Arab World

Algerian junta caught in web of contradictions

Sid Ahmed

The Beni Mousses killings, however, pale into insignificance in comparison with the August 29 slaughter near Rais, 40 kms south of Algiers, when an estimated 300 people were hacked to death.

Occupied Arab World

Saudi scion calls for radical changes in the kingdom

M.S. Ahmed

The Saudi rulers are about to undergo, for the first time, the humiliating experience of a public drubbing by a fully paid-up member of the desert kingdom’s inner elite.

Special Reports

Creaky India may not last another 50 years

Zafar Bangash

Mention India and it conjures up images of the Taj Mahal, sitar music and dope-smoking hippies tranced by gurus pontificating on the virtues of transcendental meditation.


By wooing Tel Aviv and Washington, Aliyev plays into Armenia’s hands

Mahmoud Ahmed Shaikh

The Azerbaijani president, Haydar Aliyev, has called for closer ties between his country and both Israel and the US. The move, which follows the conclusion of a ‘historic’ defence and friendship treaty between Russia and Armenia...


Unity moves in the Caucasus

Zia Sarhadi

Aware that their survival depends on unity, the Mountain Peoples of the Caucasus have frequently attempted to achieve this goal in the face of persistent threats from Russia as well as other regimes in the region.


US opens a new front against Islam, Muslims

Our Washington Correspondent

The US State department’s recent report on the treatment of Christians in 78 countries is more about demonising Islam and Muslims than about seeking protection for Christians.

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