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Crescent International Vol. 26, No. 21

Book Review

Even childhood not immune from corporate manipulation for economic exploitation

J A Progler

Conventional wisdom views childhood as a set stage of life through which all human beings pass on their way to adulthood. In the west, psychology since the 19th century has attempted to discern and delimit the various stages of child development.

Features

President Khatami calls for Islamic civil society and understanding of western civilisation

Crescent International

I wonder whether to commence my words with a statement of woes and misfortunes that are, or with the joys and delights that should be. Is not a fundamental objective of the Islamic Conference to formulate common remedies for the woes and attainment by the Muslim countries of a stature and position befitting them?

Occupied Arab World

Honorary doctorate for Ben Ali for services to human rights

Our Own Correspondent

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.

South-East Asia

MILF chief reiterates demand for independent Islamic State

Hamid Papang

The struggle to establish an independent Islamic State in Mindanao, southern Philippines, is far from over even if peace talks are underway with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Special Reports

Landmine ban treaty gets massive support

Abul Fadl

A landmark international treaty to ban anti-personnel landmines became reality early last month when 121 countries signed the accord at the end of a three-day conference (December 2-4) in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.

Special Reports

Demolition of Palestinian homes part of Israeli policy of expansion

Khalil Marwan

Since its creation in 1948, Israel has pursued an aggressively expansionist policy creating new facts on the ground. The aim is to tighten grip on the land it has illegally occupied from the Palestinians.

World

Afghanistan: wasted sacrifices

Crescent International

When the first Russian troops landed in Afghanistan 18 years ago, few would have imagined that the rag-tag bands of Afghan mujahideen would last too long.

World

Producer Spielberg to make millions more from “Amistad”

Crescent International

Africa was depopulated by the European slave traders. The suffering of African slaves in America has no comparison in human history. It was systematic, well-thought out, and laid the basis of America’s wealth and Afiica’s poverty.

World

Amid failed expectations, Mbeki succeeds Mandela as ANC president

Our Correspondent in Mafikeng

In a five-hour marathon speech to the African National Congress (ANC) annual meeting in Mafikeng on December 16, president Nelson Mandela of South Africa lashed out at the white minority for its continued stranglehold of the economy.

World

Turkey’s real crisis not with EU or rival Greece but its own Islamic roots

Mahmoud Ahmed Shaikh

Reacting to a calculated snub by the European Union (EU), prime minister Mesut Yilmaz has threatened to withdraw Turkey’s application for full membership if it is not formally accepted as a candidate before June...

World

Moscow to co-opt Russian Muslims to fight ‘radical Islam’

M.A. Shaikh

Anti-Islam animus is not confined to the US or Europe even if it is most pronounced in these lands. The virus appears to be permanently lodged in the genes of most non-Muslim westerners.

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