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Rajab, 14222001-10-16

Crescent International Vol. 30, No. 16

Book Review

Developing alternatives to the western pattern of “modern” education

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz



Afghanistan: the empire strikes back


Three days after the bombing of Afghanistan began, US officials admitted that they were running out of targets. The bombing is likely to continue, however, to satisfy public opinion. Hawks in Washington also want to attack other countries.


The Prophet’s use of statecraft to defeat and win over the Quraish

Zafar Bangash

If life in Makkah was characterized by passive resistance, in Madinah it entered a more active phase with the Prophet himself initiating many of the moves.

Islamic Movement

The West, Usama bin Ladin and the global Islamic movement

Iqbal Siddiqui

Muslims are justifiably angry about the lynch-mob mentality that has been generated and encouraged by the American authorities since the attacks. It has caused hundreds of Muslims in America, Britain and other countries to be attacked in the streets, harrassed by the authorities, prevented from flying by airlines, and otherwise treated as though all Muslims are guilty of the crimes of September 11.

Occupied Arab World

Arabs fall in with US plans with hardly a murmur of protest

Abul Fadl

Despite Washington’s recent diplomatic scramble to get support for its “war on terrorism,” getting key Arab countries on board remains an unfinished task. This became clear during US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s tour earlier this month of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Uzbekistan and Turkey. Rumsfeld’s efforts were received tepidly by Washington’s Arab allies.

Occupied Arab World

Dozens more killed as Palestinians mark a year of the intifada

Crescent International

Palestinians across the occupied territories marked the first anniversary of the intifada against Israel on September 28, setting off another round of fierce Israeli blood-letting that cost more than 40 lives in the next two weeks.

South-East Asia

Hundreds in south-east Asia sign up for jihad against American global hegemony

Abdar Rahman Koya

George W. Bush insists that nations who do not support the “war against terrorism” are themselves terrorists: Muslim leaders in Southeast Asia have their own reasons to take the ‘ultimatum’ seriously.

Special Reports

Futures of Afghanistan and Pakistan at the whim of a self-serving and unreliable ‘friend’

Zafar Bangash

As the US war on Afghanistan intensifies, a motley collection of warlords and bureaucrats is being assembled to take over from the Taliban.


Hundreds dying as US missiles and bombs hit Afghan cities and villages

Zafar Bangash

he beginning of US assaults on Afghanistan on October 7, killing scores of people, may have little to do directly with the attacks on September 11 in New York and Washington, despite claims to the contrary.


Slavs’ stalling on peace deal brings prospect of civil war back to Macedonia

Helena Bestakova

For anyone who wants to know how Balkan powder-kegs form, the latest developments in the Macedonian peace process are enlightening. After collecting and destroying almost 4,000 weapons from the fighters of the National Liberation Army (NLA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has wrapped up its mission to Macedonia.


Anti-American demonstrations disturb Bashir’s plans

M.A. Shaikh

The Sudanese government’s determination to mend relations with Washington and its decision to jump on the “war on terrorism” bandwagon have brought noisy demonstrators onto the streets of Khartoum, the capital of the Sudan.


Turkey amends constitution to ease entry to European Union

M.S. Ahmed

The Turkish parliament on October 3 passed 34 amendments to the constitution. Designed to ease Turkey’s entry into the EU, they are impressive only on paper.

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