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Sha'ban, 14191998-12-16

Crescent International Vol. 27, No. 20

Book Review

US congress: have money, will sell soul, to the highest bidder

Iqbal Siddiqui

The west, we are so often told, owes its pre-eminence to the universality of its liberal values and democracy of its political institutions. It is these, we are further told, which entitles it to lead the world, claiming the moral high ground on every issue, and imposing its will (for the greater public good, of course) on all others.

Occupied Arab World

Clinton kills more Iraqi civilians in bid to escape impeachment vote

Zafar Bangash

In a desperate bid to save his own skin and displaying total contempt for Muslim lives, US president Bill Clinton, a self-confessed liar and philanderer, unleashed cruise missiles against Iraq on December 16.

Occupied Arab World

Israeli rulers mull over their Lebanon quagmire

Abul Fadl

A fresh debate on whether Israel should unilaterally extricate itself from its costly occupation of parts of southern Lebanon has bubbled up again in the Zionist State over the past few weeks.

Occupied Arab World

Saudis, too, take up the begging bowl

Khalil Marwan

The 19th annual meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), held in Abu Dhabi from December 7-9, was a far cry from the heady days of high oil prices when Arab monarchies were awash with petro-dollars.

Occupied Arab World

Arafat’s surrender at Wye presented as great victory for the Palestinians

Iqbal Siddiqui

Hamas leader Shaikh Ahmad Yassin, whom Yasser Arafat was obliged by public pressure to greet as a hero when he returned to Ghazzah last year after eight years in an Israeli jail, was placed under house arrest by Palestinian police on October 29.

South-East Asia

Anti-Mahathir campaign reaches Malay heartland

Zafar Bangash

Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed must be getting a sinking feeling that events are fast slipping out of his control. This is not to suggest that the Malaysian judiciary, press or the police have turned against him.

Special Reports

Tourism in Turkey caters to western phantasms of ‘the Orient’

Yusuf Progler

Istanbul, once a magnificent city of Islamic civilization, known to Muslims of another age as Jannatu dunya (paradise on earth), is today laid open for inspection by the prying eyes of western tourists.


Vajpayee insults Muslims on Babri mosque anniversary

Waseem Shehzad

Rubbing salt into the raw wounds of Muslims, police arrested thousands of Muslims across India on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the demolition of the historic Babri Mosque in Ayodhya.


Dhaka convictions open old wounds

Shafiqul Islam

Far from closing the book on acrimonious debate to move forward, the ruling Awami League party in Bangladesh insists on opening old wounds.


US admits its forces help the Serbs’ genocidal campaign in Kosova

Iqbal Siddiqui

The US admitted on December 3 that its troops in Kosova are helping the Serbs to maintain control of the region and to prevent local people from returning to their homes. That is the upshot of the US confirmation that they are providing armoured escorts to Serb police patrols in the Malisheva region, and a telling reflection of their true role in Kosova.


Prominent Pakistani alim’s murderer still at large

Abdul Wudood

The assassin of Maulana Muhammad Abdullah, a leading alim of Islamabad, remains at large two months after the heinous crime was perpetrated on October 7.


Muslim girl suspended from school for responding to anti-Palestinian article

Our Correspondent in Pretoria

A 14-year-old Muslim girl has been suspended from an exclusive school for responding to an anti-Palestinian article at the behest of her history teacher. Layla Cassim, a grade 10 student at Crawford College, in Johannesburg...


Strange alliances reflect the political bankruptcy of Kemalists in Turkey

Iqbal Siddiqui

Even before Turkish president Suleyman Demirel invited former prime minister Bulent Ecevit to form a government early this month, following the collapse of Mesud Yilmaz’s coalition on November 25, the Turkish military had made its position on the matter perfectly clear...

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