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Muharram, 14242003-03-16

Crescent International Vol. 32, No. 2

Islamic Movement

In search of breathing-space when all ground was occupied by ‘Islamic professionals’

Kalim Siddiqui

Here we conclude a series of reprinted articles reflecting on the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its impact on world history, written by the late DR KALIM SIDDIQUI and first published in 1989.

Occupied Arab World

"Halt the invasion, not the Intifada": Hamas political leader Khalid Mesha’al

Our Cairo Correspondent

Here we reprint an interview with KHALID MESHA’AL, leader of the Hamas politburo, given during talks between different Palestinian groups in Cairo last month.

Occupied Arab World

OIC fiasco exposes Arab rulers’ divisions and impotence yet again

Waseem Shehzad

The tragedy of the Iraqi people is turning into a farce in the Arab rulers’ hands. As if the insults traded between colonel Mu’ammar Qaddafi of Libya and crown prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Arab League summit on March 1 were not enough, the OIC also got in on the act on March 5 in Doha.

Occupied Arab World

Dozens are martyred as Israel moves against Hamas in Ghazzah

Crescent International

Eleven Palestinians, almost all non-combatants, were killed in the northern Ghazzah town of Jabalya on March 6, during the Israeli military’s third major incursion into Ghazzah in less than a week.

South-East Asia

Vacuum at the heart of the Non-Aligned Movement

Abdar Rahman Koya

What’s in a NAM? This was answered even before the so-called non-aligned countries, which constitute the Non-Aligned Movement, began their summit in Kuala Lumpur on February 24. For many heads of state who attended, it was a short holiday in the tropics.

South-East Asia

US troops to help Manila in battle against Mindanao mujahideen

Our Manila Correspondent

While the Philippine armed forces were bombarding Muslim villages and towns in the south of the country, a large and powerful bomb exploded on March 4 at Davao airport in southern Philippines, killing dozens of foreigners.


Mujahideen increasing pressure on the US and its puppets in Afghanistan

Zia Sarhadi

Despite eighteen months of relentless bombing, the US has failed to turn Afghanistan into a democratic paradise with groceries in every shopping plaza and a McDonald’s at every street corner. This is frustrating for US president Bush...


Questions surround arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as Pakistan claims credit for helping the US

Zafar Bangash

Pakistan has been afflicted by two curses since the beginning of its existence: one a quirk of geography and the other of choice. At its birth Pakistan was saddled with an enemy, India, many times its size; and its ruling elites’ desire to pursue "friendship" with America is the second, warping its policies in the process.


Turkey’s defiant vote unlikely to prevent Ankara from helping US

Iqbal Siddiqui

At a time when the world is debating the legality and morality of America’s determination to invade and occupy Iraq, the Turkish parliament’s rejection on March 1 of a motion allowing US troops to deploy in Turkey on their way to northern Iraq was widely seen both as a major act of anti-American defiance from a state which has recently seen a (vaguely) Islamist government win power...

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