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Ramadan, 14222001-11-16

Crescent International Vol. 30, No. 18

Book Review

Left’s new manifesto demonstrates hollowness of a dying movement

Laila Juma

​​​​​​​EMPIRE by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Pub: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, and London, UK, 2000. Pp: 478. Pbk: $18.95 / £12.95.


Muslims not fooled by US’s statements on Palestine


Addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 10, US president George W. Bush did something that no US president has ever done: he used the word “Palestine” to describe the emasculated Palestinian ‘state’ that the US and Israel would like to set up in the West Bank and Ghazzah as part of a ‘peace settlement.’


The Seerah, political Islam and political judaism (Part 2)

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

When Allah’s final Prophet (saw) gained the power to exercise authority and influence over the society of Madinah the Jews in that society realised that they were in no position to oppose him, at least during these times of fervent popular support for the Prophet among the Ansar of Madinah.

Islamic Movement

The failure of Pakistan's Islamic movements to challenge the country's secular establishment

Zafar Bangash

It is often alleged, both in Pakistan and in the west, that “Islamic fundamentalists” wield too much influence, grossly out of proportion to their actual support in Pakistan. It is further alleged that the ‘virus’ of fundamentalism has even infected the military in Pakistan.

South-East Asia

Southeast Asian Muslims the losers again at regional summit

Abdar Rahman Koya

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), long regarded as a powerful regional pact that served as an independent voice for the region, ceased to be so on November 5 when its leaders caved in to western pressure.

Special Reports

Central Asian oil and gas: the real reason for the US’s war on Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

While America has couched its ‘war’ on Afghanistan in the language of morality, more sinister motives are at work: desire to control the Caspian Sea’s oil and gas, as well as the destruction or removal (‘neutralisation’) of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

Special Reports

Anthrax in the US: many unanswered questions, but lessons nonetheless

Abul Fadl

The anthrax outbreak in the US has put many on edge about biological warfare and ‘bioterrorism’. Anthrax has killed four people and made 13 others ill since it appeared in the US in late September.

Special Reports

New law denying property rights to Palestinian refugees highlights their plight in Lebanon

Crescent International

The massacres of Palestinian women and children in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps nineteen years ago, during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, brought the camps into public consciousness.


US failing to achieve political goals as Taliban remain defiant

Iqbal Siddiqui

Northern Alliance troops were reported to be moving south through the Afghan countryside towards Kabul on November 11, two days after their capture of Mazaar-e Shareef from Taliban forces.


... while Canada follows the same path against its citizens

Tahir Mahmoud

As if not to be left out of the big league, the Canadian government has introduced a bill in parliament, called Bill C-36, that threatens to remove the freedoms individuals currently enjoy in the country.


US planning to attack 'terrorists' in Somalia with help of Christian Ethiopia

M.S. Ahmed

US plans for attacking ‘terrorist bases’ in Somalia as the next stage of the ‘war on terrorism’ are well advanced, according to media reports that quote US intelligence and military officials.


US extends sanctions against Sudan despite Bashir’s efforts to win its favour

Our Special Correspondent

Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s must have winced earlier this month when he heard that George W Bush, his American counterpart, has decided to extend by another year unilateral US sanctions against Sudan.


Turkey falls into US line with offer to supply troops against Taliban

Crescent International

Immediately after the September 11 attacks, Turkey offered its airspace and military bases for use by the US and its allies in their ‘war’ on Afghanistan, reaping ample praise for its “loyalty to the West”.

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