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Crescent International Vol. 31, No. 5

Book Review

Excellent tool for explaining the realities of the world to non-Muslims

S. R. Esmail

​The War on Islam by Enver Masud. Pub: Madrasah Books, an imprint of The Wisdom Fund, P O Box 2723, Arlington VA 22202, USA, second edition 2001. Pp: 225. Pbk: $17.50.


Israel itself the obstacle to Middle East peace


Deir Yassin (1948)... Sabra and Shatilla (1982)... Qana (1996)... Jenin (2002) is only the latest in a long list of Israeli crimes against humanity during the zionist state’s short but bloody history. Whether or not a UN fact-finding mission is sent to the camp is irrelevant; everyone who watched events there unfolding, and has seen the devastation...

Islamic Movement

The South African Muslim community’s contribution to the global Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, discusses the example South African Muslims set the rest of the Ummah

Occupied Arab World

Israeli invasion of Al-Khalil shows they have no intention of changing their ways

Abbas Fadl Murtada

Dozens of Israeli tanks, backed by helicopter-gunships and hundreds of armoured vehicles, launched a pre-dawn incursion into the Palestinian city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on April 29...

Occupied Arab World

Sana bombings show Yemeni anger at Saleh’s support for US

M.A. Shaikh

A series of explosions at locations in government buildings and buildings adjacent to the US embassy in Sana, the capital of Yemen, and noisy demonstrations against the regime have shown how angry the Yemeni people are becoming at president Ali Saleh’s undiminished cooperation with the American ‘war against terrorism’.

South-East Asia

Mahathir moving Malaysia closer to being a US protectorate

Abdar Rahman Koya

The Malaysian regime has engaged in a fresh round of arrests: another 14 people were abducted on April 18 under the Internal Security Act, accusing them of links with ‘Islamic militants’...

Special Reports

US engineers the removal of the head of the international chemical weapons body

Abul Fadl

The US has used its financial muscle to subvert yet another international agency, this time the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. KHALIL OSMAN reports.


Dutch resignations do not settle the issue of responsibility for the massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica

Crescent International

The long-awaited report on the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Serb forces in the UN ‘safe haven’ of Srebrenica in 1995 blames the Dutch government, its army and the UN for the genocide. Prepared by the Netherlands Institute for War Documents (NIOD) and published on April 10, the 7,000-page document strongly criticises the government for sending ill-prepared troops on a vaguely defined mission to the UN safe haven...


Caspian summit fails to resolve key issues about dividing oil and other mineral resources

Abul Fadl

The presidents of the five Caspian Sea littoral countries ended a two-day summit in Ashgabat, the Turkmen capital, on April 24 without reaching any agreement on how to share the Caspian and its rich hydrocarbon reserves.

Occupied Arab World

Chechens confirm martyrdom of commander Omar ibn Khattab

Crescent International

It was officially confirmed by different Chechen sources late in April that mujahideen commander Omar ibn Khattab has been martyred.


Pakistan’s referendum designed to legitimise Musharraf’s pro-Western rule

Crescent International

Pakistan goes to the polls on April 30 (after Crescent press time) in a Zia-ul-Haq style referendum designed to legitimate general Perwez Musharraf’s continuing as ‘president’ for another five years.


Sudan still suffering from US interference

M.S. Ahmed

Sudan’s attempts to normalise relations with its neighbours are being scuppered by the US, which aims to isolate the ‘Islamic rogue state’ and build up support for the Christian separatists led by colonel John Garang.

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