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Crescent International Vol. 29, No. 22

Book Review

Exposing the hypocrisy, greed and brutality of the western world powers

Abdullahi Abubakr

Rogue States: the Rule of Force in World Affairs by Noam Chomsky. Pub: Pluto Press, London, 2000. Pp: 252. Pbk: UK£10.99.


The west’s instruments of global hegemony


US president Bill Clinton earned plaudits around the world on new year’s eve when he announced that he had signed the International Treaty agreed in Rome in 1998 which set out the parameters for the establishment of a standing International War Crimes Tribunal.

Islamic Movement

Continuing the intifada: the only way forward for the Palestinians

Zafarul Islam Khan

ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses the US’s latest proposals in the Middle East ‘peace process’, and the best way forward for the Palestinians.

Occupied Arab World

Algerian military to blame for a year of exceptional violence

Crescent International

In Algeria the year 2000 was one of undiminished violence and bloodshed, very different from the harmony that president Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika claims to have ushered in by his offer of amnesty to the country’s armed groups.

Occupied Arab World

Cosmetic reforms unlikely to change realities of despotic rule in Bahrain

Abbas Fadl Murtada

The Emir of Bahrain, Shaykh Hamad bin ‘Issa al-Khalifah, announced in a speech marking the country’s National Day on December 16 that he will be taking the country another step towards democracy. But, like everything about politics in the Gulf Arab states, the Emir’s notion of political reform is of a controlled process in which freedom and participation are not rights of the citizenry but rather favours granted by the ruler.

Occupied Arab World

GCC defence pact tailor-made for US regional policy

Crescent International

The six member-states of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) signed a defence pact on December 31, pledging themselves to come to each other’s aid in the event of attack.

Occupied Arab World

Dr Mazen al-Najjar: a prisoner of conscience speaks out after his release from jail

Abul Fadl

Dr Mazen al-Najjar, a former adjunct professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, was released from prison on December 15, 2000, after more than 3 and a half years in jail as a victim of the US’s notorious “secret evidence” system.

Occupied Arab World

Sudan’s general Bashir joins dishonourable ranks of Arab dictators claiming democratic legitimacy

Our Own Correspondent

Like other Arab dictators, General ‘Umar Hassan al-Bashir thinks that nothing can offset the precipitous decline in public support for his regime like prattling about democracy and holding elections boycotted by all major opposition groups. In a press conference in Khartoum on December 29, the head of Sudan’s General Election Authority...

Special Reports

Newly-opened Pakistani archives cast further light on the real reasons for the loss of East Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

The long-awaited Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report into the East Pakistan debacle of 1971 was finally released on December 30, 2000, although “sensitive” segments still remain out of the public eye. Even the 700 pages that have been released...


Politics to the fore in Kashmir as Indians claim an extension of unilateral ceasefire

Our Own Correspondent

Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s announcement last month extending the ceasefire in Kashmir has generally been welcomed, although it has not prevented the Indian occupation army from continuing its murderous campaign against civilians.


West stepping up campaign against Kosovar Muslims in south Serbia

Helena Bestakova

In a new twist in the west’s escalating campaign against the independence-seeking ethnic Albanians in southeastern Serbia, the NATO-led ‘peacekeeping force’ in Kosova (KFOR) on January 8 launched a propaganda campaign to discourage the rebels from continuing their armed struggle.


Uzbekistan intensifies its repression of Islamic movement and other dissidents

Our Central Asia Correspondent

President Islam Karimov, a dictator well-schooled in the old methods of Soviet repression, is intensifying his regime’s crackdown on all forms of dissent, whether Islamic or secular.

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