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Crescent International Vol. 26, No. 6

Book Review

Spate of studies on water projects reflects Israel's appetite for every drop

Abul Fadl

The quest for water to satisfy the burgeoning needs of an ever-increasing number of Jewish settlers in arid Palestine is as old as zionism itself. Theodore Herzl, the founding father of political zionism, recognized the vital importance of water for the success of his colonialist project.


Critical issues in the Islamic Movement

Zafar Bangash

History does not move in leaps and bounds. Most Muslims involved in Islamic activity, especially of the political party variety, want immediate results.

South-East Asia

Rivers of the dammed

Dennis Schultz

In the east Malaysian state of Sarawak, the confluence of the Rajang and Balui Rivers is marked by the Bakun Rapids. Here, churning whirlpools and crashing white water have undone many an experienced boatman.

South-East Asia

The dam’s in a mess

Crescent International

Malaysia’s controversial mega dam project in the Eastern state of Sarawak is showing signs of stress. Reports of construction mishaps and financial problems faced by Ekran, the main contractor of the Bakun Hydroelectric Dam Project are being blacked out from the tighly-controlled Malaysian press.

South-East Asia

Burmese junta instigates attacks against Muslims

Our Own Correspondent

The brutal manner in which Muslims are being treated in Myanmar (Burma) is no bar to the junta’s ambition to join ASEAN, the grouping of South East Asian Nations.

Special Reports

Turkish army dictates policy over role of Islam in society

Abul Fadl

A tug of war between the Refah-led government of prime minister Necmettin Erbakan and the military establishment over the role of Islam in public life has dominated Turkish political scene since the end of February.


EU gets slap on face in diplomatic row with Tehran over Berlin court verdict

Waseem Shehzad

Just as the European Union (EU) announced that its members were sending their envoys back to Tehran after a 20-day hiatus, the Rahbar (Leader) of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatullah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, delivered a powerful slap on their collective face.


Abu Marzook’s illegal detention in the US ends with long flight to Jordan

Khalil Marwan

The two-year ordeal of Dr Mousa Abu Marzook finally ended when he landed in Amman, Jordan on May 6. Throughout his incarceration in the US on trumped-up charges levelled by Israel, the political head of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic group, maintained his innocence and said that he was a political prisoner.


Thaw in frosty China-Russia relations sends chill down spines in Washington

Zafar Bangash

Following the April 23 treaty between Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Moscow, perhaps Harvard professor Samuel Huntington should go back to the drawing board and revise his ‘clash of civilizations’ theory.


FBI manufactured evidence in world trade centre case, admits US justice department

Waseem Shehzad

Shaikh Omar Abdul Rahman, the 60-year-old blind teacher, sits in his stinking cell, in Springfield, Missouri, isolated but not broken. Suffering from diabetes and heart disease, he has been denied numerous fundamental rights.

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