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Rabi' al-Thani, 14191998-08-16

Crescent International Vol. 27, No. 12

Book Review

An outstanding contribution to Middle Eastern studies

Aisha Khan

The Palestinian question dominates the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli struggle, preoccupying the world since the early 1920s when the judaization of a predominantly Arab country began.

Occupied Arab World

Millions of Iraqi children continue to die like flies

Waseem Shehzad

Had they been animals, there would be loud protests in the streets of almost all western capitals to save them. Leaders of the ‘civilised’ west would be vexed over this tragedy and call it an affront to humane values.

Occupied Arab World

Palestinians poisoned by Israeli toxic waste

Khalil Marwan

Torture, beatings, deceit and theft are the stock in trade of the Zionist occupiers of Palestine. Now Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian Authority, a subcontractor for the Israelis, has also joined the cruelty bandwagon agains the Palestinian people.

Occupied Arab World

UN sends its laundrymen into Algeria to give junta a clean bill

Mahmoud Ahmed Shaikh

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has sent an information-gathering six-member panel to Algeria on the invitation, and conditions, of the Algerian government in the hope that it would generate ideas on how the world body might help end Algeria’s crisis.

Occupied Arab World

Tribalism, corruption and Saudi intrigues continue to rock Yemen

M.S. Ahmed

Tribal and regional divisions, official corruption and Saudi machinations continue to bedevil a country that is traditionally unruly and had a civil war only four years ago.

South-East Asia

Malaysia's Anwar sacked, reform call gains momentum

Abdar Rahman Koya

‘Reformasi’ or reform, has become the rallying cry of opponents of prime minister Mahathir Mohamed in Malaysia since his unceremonious sacking of deputy prime minister and finance minister Anwar Ibrahim on September 2.

Special Reports

US religious monitoring bill bites the dust

Abul Fadl

Simmering divisions among congressional Republicans came to the surface on July 3 when the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee decided to indefinitely postpone a religious monitoring act requiring American administrations to punish foreign countries deemed as permitting or endorsing ‘religious persecution.


FBI harassment of Muslims in the US

Crescent International

America is a land of contradictions. It calls itself ‘the land of the free and the brave’ but the reality is very different, as far as Muslims are concerned. They have been targeted as the ‘new enemy’ and harassed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)...


Moscow continues its intrigues in Ichkeria

Zafar Bangash

The Kremlin rulers continue to speak with forked tongue when dealing with the Chechens. Russian prime minister Sergei Kiriyenko met president Aslan Maskhadov of Ichkeria on August 1 in Nazran, the Ingush capital, and promised to pay for rebuilding the devastated Caucasus republic.


IMF comes to the rescue of Russia’s economy

Abul Fadl

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has once again come to the rescue of Russia as it teeters on the edge of a precipice of financial meltdown. On July 22, the 24-member IMF executive board approved a US$11.2 billion rescue package to help Russia...


American military exercises in Central Asia

Zia Sarhadi

Displaying characteristic arrogance and imperial over-reach, the US not only sent its troops for exercises into Uzbekistan but also got such arch-rivals as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey to join in what were billed as Nato’s "Partnership for Peace" programme.

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