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Rabi' al-Awwal, 14242003-05-16

Crescent International Vol. 32, No. 6

Occupied Arab World

Iraqis welcome Ayatullah Hakim as US bids for UN legitimacy

Iqbal Siddiqui

Tens of thousands of celebrating Iraqis welcomed Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq’s main Islamic movement, as he journeyed through the south of the country to Najaf after his return from exile in Islamic Iran on May 10.

Occupied Arab World

Riyadh explosions draw US attention to Saudi Arabia

Crescent International

The Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, was rocked by four massive explosions late on May 12, as Crescent was going to press. They were apparently aimed at Western targets in the city, including residential compounds where Western expatriates live, and the headquarters of an American-owned company, the Saudi Maintenance Company.

Occupied Arab World

Mixed feelings in Saudi regime on US transfer of forces to Qatar

Zafar Bangash

The announcement on April 29 by US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld that American troops and aircraft would be moved out of Saudi Arabia by the end of the summer does not mean the end of trouble for the ruling al-Saud family.

Occupied Arab World

Yemen rewarded for "war on terrorism" but not censured for ‘rigged election’

M.S. Ahmed

Only days after the parliamentary elections in Yemen on April 27, the US agency for international aid (USAID) announced the return of its mission to the country after seven years, saying that its activities would be restricted to the areas of public health, primary education and the provision of security, and the sources of income and food in certain rural areas.

South-East Asia

Aceh peace deal crumbles as Jakarta launches its ‘operation freedom’

Abdar Rahman Koya

Barely four months after the second ceasefire was signed between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), the deal has crumbled yet again, though no one is surprised.


Frenzied activity disguises stagnation about Line of Control and Kashmir

Qazi Umar

The telephone conversation between Pakistani prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Indian prime minister, on April 28, is believed to have renewed hopes for restored diplomatic relations between the two nuclear neighbours.


US position on WMDs and reconstruction contracts runs into local opposition

M.A. Shaikh

As evidence emerges of manipulation of intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass-destruction (WMDs) by the governments of the US and Britain, demands for proof that Baghdad did indeed possess such weapons are being replaced by calls for the abandonment of an unsustainable stand.

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