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Crescent International Vol. 29, No. 21

Book Review

Readable and stimulating survey of western theories and images in International Relations

Iqbal Siddiqui

Contending Images of World Politics edited by Greg Fry and Jacinta O’Hagan. Pub: Macmillan Press, Basingstoke, UK, and St Martin’s Press, New York, USA, 2000. Pp: 314. Pbk: UK£19.95.


Islamic movement fighting on so many fronts


Even as the Palestinians faced some of the worst days of the intifada, however, representatives of Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian Authority began meetings with Israeli and American representatives in Washington to bring the Palestinian ‘peace process’ — also known as the Palestinian sell out — back on track.


Lessons from the Afghan imbroglio, 21 years after Russia’s invasion

Zafar Bangash

Muslims throughout the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on December 27, coinciding with a less pleasant event that has been virtually forgotten by most of us by now. On this date in 1979, tens of thousands of Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan, setting off alarm bells in world capitals, not least Washington, then a leading champion of the ‘cold war’ mentality.

Islamic Movement

The agenda for the Islamic movement in Palestine

Zafar Bangash

As the Al-Aqsa intifada in Palestine enters its fourth month, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses the nature of the Israeli problem and the challenges facing the Islamic movement in Palestine in seeking to resolve it.

Occupied Arab World

Algerian killings highlight regime’s continuing war on its own people

Iqbal Siddiqui

All over the Muslim world, Ramadan is a time of peace, reflection and piety. In Algeria, however, it has become known as an annual peak in the brutal and apparently mindless killings of innocent people that the government blames on Islamic activists, but most ordinary people attribute to forces linked to Algeria’s security agencies.

Occupied Arab World

Hizbullah standing firm on its demands for prisoner exchange with Israel

Crescent International

Hizbullah secretary-general Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah gave renewed hope to the families of prisoners in Israeli jails last month, when he declared that a German mediation over an exchange of prisoners with Israel should cover all Arab detainees in Israel, not just Lebanese prisoners.

Occupied Arab World

Morocco’s moderate Islamic movement puts pressure on monarchy over Palestine

Our Own Correspondent

The trial of some 300 members of the outlawed Moroccan Islamic Justice and Charity Group (Jama’at al-’Adl wal-Ihsan) started on December 11. They are among some 800 people arrested for taking part in rallies marking the United Nations Human Rights Day held on December 10 by human rights and Islamic groups.

Occupied Arab World

Even more martyrs in Palestine as politicians talk in Washington

Naeem-ul Haq

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators opened separate talks with US officials in Washington on November 19, the first stage of a new effort to restart the ‘peace process’ that was stalled by the launching of the Al-Aqsa intifada at the end of September.

South-East Asia

Mahathir a wounded tiger following by-election defeat

Abdar Rahman Koya

Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has been abandoned by his erstwhile Malay Muslim supporters since the dismissal and arrest of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, suffered yet another blow on November 29.

Special Reports

Repression of pro-Palestinian activities in Jordan reflects fear of Arab regimes

Abbas Fadl Murtada

As the al-Aqsa intifada continues in Palestine, Muslims all over the world are taking to the streets to express their support.


Ethio-Eritrean deal serves US strategic interests, not peace

Crescent International

Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace-deal in Algeria on December 12 and formally ended a two-year border-war that has cost tens of thousands of lives, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and wrought havoc on the economies of two of Africa’s poorest countries


Nawaz Sharif fiasco exemplifies trends in Pakistani politics

Zia Sarhadi

The military regime in Pakistan has enough egg on its face over the Nawaz Sharif episode to feed a battalion. But those who expected it to behave differently should have known better.

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