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Jumada' al-Akhirah, 14222001-09-16

Crescent International Vol. 30, No. 14

Book Review

Primer on the complexity of biological processes and the role of science in society

Yahya Asmar

THE TRIPLE HELIX: GENE, ORGANISM, AND ENVIRONMENT by Richard Lewontin. Harvard University Press, 2000. Pp. 136. Hbk. US$23.


Whoever attacked the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Muslims now face the consequences


Tens of thousands of people may have died in the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on September 11.


West’s claims to leadership exposed in Durban


The US’s position as the dominant power in the world is now widely recognised, as is its freedom to do as it pleases, virtually anywhere in the world, with scant regard even for its Western allies, let alone anyone else. Equally clear is its ability to manipulate international institutions such as the UN to legitimise its actions...

Islamic Movement

Understanding the Seerah as embodying first principles for the Islamic movement

Iqbal Siddiqui

The ICIT’s next Seerah conference takes place in Erasmia, South Africa, later this month (September 21-23, 2001). It follows similar conferences previously organized by the ICIT at the same venue and also in Pakistan, Canada and Sri Lanka.

Occupied Arab World

Violence rising again in Algeria, but ruling elites have other priorities

Crescent International

Violence in Algeria has increased considerably in recent weeks and has now spread from outlying districts to Algiers, the capital, and holiday resorts in its vicinity. The attacks apparently occur at random, and responsibility for them is seldom claimed by anybody, with the result that Algerians throughout the country feel unprotected and bewildered.

Occupied Arab World

Amid intensifying western air-attacks, Baghdad expels UN officials

Abul Fadl

The UN and Iraq look set for yet another confrontation: there is mounting concern in Washington about the growing perils facing American pilots flying over Iraq as Baghdad continues to improve its air defences. Baghdad has expelled eight UN staffers in recent weeks, accusing them of “violating their standard operating procedures” and passing security-related information to “enemy states.”

Occupied Arab World

Israel feeling the pressure as world shows its support for the intifada

Zafar Bangash

While protests against Israel and zionism were dominating the UN’s World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, little was changing for Palestinians under Israeli rule, with the zionist army continuing its brutal crackdown.

South-East Asia

Mahathir forms alliance with Jakarta and Manila to fight ‘Islamic militancy’

Abdar Rahman Koya

‘President’ Yasser Arafat found his host cooler towards him when he flew to Kuala Lumpur late in August. In a change from the past, he was given a less-than-friendly welcome by the Malaysian regime, which was caught in the middle of a virtual war against Islamic militants, and had to downplay its reception to the Palestinian delegation.

Special Reports

The UN conference: a participant’s perspective

Fuad Nahdi

Most of the participants at the third UN World Conference Against Racism arrived in Durban filled with cautious optimism, coming to raise critical issues of racial justice. Some were seeking reparations for the trans-Atlantic slave-trade, others for exposing the racist core of Zionism.


No hiding place for Moscow’s Chechen traitors

Crescent International

Ahmad Kadyrov, the Moscow-appointed head of Chechnya’s puppet administration, members of his cabinet and local government chiefs gathered on September 3 for an official meeting at the government’s headquarters in Johar-Gala (Grozny), where they were protected by Russian troops and Chechen policemen...


Little useful outcome from UN racism conference dominated by western evasion of key issues

Fuad Nahdi

It took seven days and 48 hours, but finally the third United Nations World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance came to some sort of consensus.


Anti-Israel rabbis help Muslim human rights lobbyists win the media war in Durban

Faisal Bodi

If you thought the US veto was only effective in the UN security council, think again. It is just as useful at international conferences, as the Palestinians found in Durban.


US moves to support south directly in Sudan’s mediation politics

Crescent International

The Sudanese mediation game is beginning to look more like the Middle East ‘peace process’, now that president George W. Bush has appointed a ‘peace envoy’ to bring “sanity and compassion” to a land ravaged by decades of civil war; there is even talk of the US being the only country that can bring ‘peace’ to southern Sudan.

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