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Crescent International Vol. 28, No. 6

Book Review

Israeli writer uses Hebrew sources to expose the Zionists’ duplicitious and militaristic nature

Zafar Bangash

One of the most enduring myths of the contemporary era is the image of the Zionist State of Israel as a beleaguered entity. The presence of ‘Arab hordes’ surrounding ‘tiny Israel’ is constantly peddled and easily accepted by guilt-ridden governments in the west


The West’s ‘weapon of mass destruction’ in Iraq


The western media tends to focus on one major story at a time. While Kosova dominates the news, other international stories have been largely ignored. For Muslims, however, this is not good enough.


Orientalists plot against the Qur’an under the guise of academic study and archive preservation

Aisha Geissinger

In 1972, a ‘paper grave’ was found by labourers doing restoration work in the Great Mosque in Sana’a, Yemen. Between the mosque’s inner and outer roofs was a collection of old parchment and paper documents, damaged books and individual pages.

Occupied Arab World

Why Djibouti’s ‘new’ president is not celebrating

Crescent International

Ismail Omar Guelleh was sworn in as Djibouti’s new president on May 8, becoming its second leader since independence in 1977. But, having frequently stood in unofficially for his ailing and elderly uncle

Occupied Arab World

Release of al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya prisoners marks a turning point for Egypt’s Islamic struggle

B Nafi

The Egyptian government’s decision to release 1,200 al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya prisoners is a significant development in the long struggle between the militant Islamic groups and the state. Most of the freed Islamists had been jailed without trial or had already served their sentences, and thousands more remain in jail.

Occupied Arab World

Kuwaiti parliament dissolved for protecting the Qur’an

Khalil Marwan

Shaikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the amir of Kuwait, dissolved the country’s Parliament on May 4, shortly before the 50-member body was to vote on a no-confidence motion against Ahmad al-Kulaib, the Minister of Justice, Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

Occupied Arab World

US forced to admit that El Shifa plant was not a weapons factory

Crescent International

The US suffered what should have been a major international humiliation on May 3, when it was obliged to unfreeze the assets of Salah Idris, the Sudanese owner of the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum which the US bombed in August

South-East Asia

Massacre of Muslims in Aceh-Sumatra revives calls for independence

Hamid Papang

The people of Indonesia will go to the polls on June 7, with the world’s eyes on east Timor which has been promised autonomy or even total independence.

Special Reports

Iraqi Muslims keep their faith as their country collapses under pressure of western sanctions

Ramzy Baroud

The streets of Baghdad are filled with vendors, taxicabs and a tenacious spirit. As a result of stagnant salaries and enormous inflation, most of Iraq’s work force has taken to the streets to find other ways of earning a living.


India’s ‘khichri’ politics promises to rearrange the country’s geopolitical furniture

Waseem Shehzad

India is an artificial State. This may surprise many in the Indian-doting west brought up to regard India as being the ‘largest democracy’ in the world, but this is gradually becoming apparent


Kosovar anger ignored as west negotiates sell-out

Iqbal Siddiqui

After a meeting in Bonn on May 6, the foreign ministers of the G8 group of countries (the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia) announced a set of ‘general principles’ which they had agreed as the basis for a political solution to the Kosova crisis.


Pressure lifts from Sudan as Eritrea signs peace deal

M.A. Shaikh

The peace deal signed in Doha, Qatar, by Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir and his Eritrean counterpart Issaias Afwerki on May 2 has left Sudanese opposition groups in disarray, with some, like former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, simultaneously holding secret and separate talks with other Sudanese officials.


Turkey’s secular fundamentalists target woman over hijab

Zafar Bangash

Merve Kavakci, elected to Turkish parliament from Istanbul as a Fazilat (Virtue) Party candidate in the April 18 election, appears at first sight quite unassuming, even a little shy. But beneath that gentle exterior is a young Muslimah of steely nerves.


Executions escalate Uighurs’ persecution by Chinese

Our Own Correspondent

Chinese authorities executed two Uighur mujahideen early this month for their part in the Muslim uprising in Chinese-occupied East Turkestan (which the Chinese call Xinjiang Province) in Ramadhan 1417 (February 1997).

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