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Crescent International Vol. 26, No. 23


McDonaldization of culture: America's pervasive influence globally

Zafar Bangash

Globalization means not merely uniformity but also conformity to the dominant, primarily American culture. This applies as much to food as it does to music and clothes.

Occupied Arab World

Muslim rulers mantra: enemy within is more dangerous

M.A. Shaikh

The Muslim rulers’ pre-occupation with the ‘enemy within’ - in most cases a euphemism for Islamic resistance - has made them a natural ally of the ‘enemy without’ and consequently, a strategic threat to the security of the Muslim world.

South-East Asia

IMF ‘help’ spells trouble for South East Asia

Zafar Bangash

Barely a month ago, pundits from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were proclaiming from every soapbox how Southeast Asian leaders had ignored their warnings about an economic meltdown before the house collapsed on them.

Special Reports

Cultural challenges for Muslims in North America

Farzana Bukhari

Muslims living in non-Muslim societies cannot remain complacent about their value system. If the society around them faces serious social problems, so do the Muslims. The divorce rate among Muslims, though as not as high as the North American average (nearly 50 percent), is rising alarmingly.

Special Reports

Landmines ban treaty: what next after signing?

Abul Fadl

The signing ceremony of the anti-personnel landmine treaty in Ottawa last December was attended by a group of landmine victims - many of them amputees in wheelchairs or on crutches.


Turkey’s secular fanatics fight the tide of history by banning Refah

Iqbal Siddiqui

Turkey’s secular fundamentalist establishment struck the country’s Islamic movement another blow on January 16, when the Supreme Court voted by 9-2 to ban the Refah Party for being Islamic and to banish the Party’s leader...


Moscow makes hurried retreat in Chechenya

Waseem Shehzad

Aware that verbal bluster, for which the Russians are notorious, could easily degenerate into a full-scale war with the Chechens, political leaders in Moscow quickly distanced themselves from remarks by interior minister Anatoly Kulikov.

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