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Crescent International Vol. 28, No. 15

Book Review

Analysing the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait

Abdullah Abubakr

The name ‘Gulf War’, used to define the conflict which began with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and the subsequent American destruction of Iraq, is deeply unsatisfactory.

Editorials

‘Intervention’ - the west’s new imperial strategy

Editor

As Australian and other troops representing the UN prepare to secure East Timor, ostensibly for the Timorese, and a de facto international protectorate establishes new institutions of government in Kosova...

Features

The Internet: a major potential resource for the new Muslim communities in the west

Muzaffar Iqbal

A car pulls over to the rest area on the interstate highway, a bearded man comes out and places his compass on the lush green grass. In a few seconds, he has determined the direction of qibla; it is 25 degrees east of the true north. He spreads his prayer rug and performs two raka salatul qasr.

Features

Imam Khomeini’s contribution to the ‘corrective process’ in Islamic history and political thought

Crescent International

Imam Khomeini (r.a.) was born on Jumadi Al-Akhir 20, 1320AH. Events to mark the centenary of his birth are taking place around the world. Here Crescent International presents an abridged extract from Dr Kalim Siddiqui’s paper Error, deviation, correction and convergence in Muslim political thought (1989), in which he presents his understanding of the Imam’s political contribution...

Occupied Arab World

Algerians know referendum does not address their real problems

M.A. Shaikh

Algerian president Abdul Aziz Bouteflika claimed a major victory in the September 16 referendum on his ‘progress towards peace’. The results, announced by the ministry of the interior the next day, showed that 98.63 percent of voters had answered ‘yes’ to the single question...

Occupied Arab World

Arab governments refuse to help Iraq rehabilitate itself

Crescent International

Arab governments and their media claimed last month to have helped Iraq on the road to international rehabilitation by allowing it to chair the Arab League foreign ministers’ conference held in Cairo on September 11 - 12.

Occupied Arab World

Israel poisoning West Bank with nuclear and toxic waste, say Palestinians

Our Own Correspondent

Dr Yusuf Abu-Safiat, the Palestinian Authority’s ‘minister for the environment’, has accused Israel of turning the Palestinian Authority-ruled area of the West Bank into a vast dumping-ground for its domestic industrial, chemical and nuclear waste, thereby creating a potentially catastrophic environmental nightmare.

Occupied Arab World

Qaddafi still dangerous after 30 years in charge

Crescent International

After 30 years as a false revolutionary, Colonel Mu’ammar Qaddafi is now marketing himself as an African hero and a hater of ‘everything Arab’, opening a racial can of worms with the potential of dividing the Muslims of the continent and setting ‘Arab’ against ‘African’ on a larger stage.

Special Reports

Loraine Mirza’s fight for Islamic radio programming

Our Own Correspondent

In the age of the Internet and cyberspace, radio programming may appear small potatoes. But it is not, especially in North America ,as the protests since last March against Pacifica Network policy, which owns KPFK Radio Stations, show.

Special Reports

Muslims and the west’s sporting industry

Ghada Ramahi

Prince Faisal bin Fahad, the son of king Fahad of Saudi Arabia, who has died at the age of 54, had been general manager for the Ministry of Youth and Sports since the late 1970s. The cause of his death was surrounded with vagueness and conflicting accounts.

World

Russia gambles with raising the stakes in Dagestan

Zia Sarhadi

Moscow has been desperately trying to involve the west in its futile war in the Caucasus by invoking the name of Osama bin Laden, the US’s current villain of the month, but with little success so far.

World

Kosovars fearful as KLA accepts disbandment under western pressure

Crescent International

The Kosova Liberation Army (KLA), the military force which grew from nothing to become the main representative and protector of the Kosovars against the Serbs during the years of persecution and oppression before NATO intervention in the region earlier this year, was formally disbanded on September 20, when talks with NATO and KFOR commanders were finally concluded nearly 24 hours behind schedule.

World

Pakistan’s political elites look to overseas Pakistanis to bankroll the country - and their retirements

Zafar Bangash

Political instability is so much a part of life in Pakistan that it hardly evokes any concern. It is when the escalation of political instability begins to threaten economic life that the powers-that-be get restless and send their current ‘leader’ packing. That point may be approaching fast for prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

World

South African human rights group rules that Muslim girl’s rights were violated

Our Correspondent in Pretoria

The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) ruled last month that a Muslim schoolgirl, Layla Cassim, who was suspended for writing an essay about Palestine had had her rights violated by her school, Crawford College.

World

Sierra Leone’s quest for peace continues, even though government and rebels come to terms

Ramzy Baroud

Nigerian troops cancelled their planned withdrawal from Sierra Leone last month, after the rebel Revolutionary United Front failed to disarm as agreed in the July peace deal. Fears remain of a resumption of the brutal fighting that has killed thousands and left many more deliberately maimed.

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