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Muharram, 14252004-03-01

Crescent International Vol. 33, No. 1

Book Review

Noam Chomsky’s latest book puts Bush’s neo-con policies in historical context

Laila Juma

Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky. Pub: Metropolitan Books, New York, 2003. Pp: 278. Hbk: $22.00


The politics of reform and progress in the Islamic state


All the West’s well-established theories about the political evolution of the Islamic state of Iran were thrown into disarray on February 20, when Iran’s parliamentary elections passed off peacefully...


The limits of democratization in Muslim countries


There are so many aspects of the West’s war on Islam that it is difficult to credit them all. One little-noticed one is the drive for ‘democracy’ in the Muslim world. The call for democracy has become a staple of self-justifying Western rhetoric. Why do Muslim hate America? Americans ask...


Islam, consumerism and the environmental crisis

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

Materialist consumerism has become one of the defining characteristics of western/modern societies. YUSUF AL-KHABBAZ discusses how the problem can be addressed by Islam’s ethical and moral framework.

Islamic Movement

The problem of ‘democracy’ in Muslim political discourse

Iqbal Siddiqui

The "essentially disputed" concept of democracy now dominates much of Muslim political discourse. IQBAL SIDDIQUI questions its utility, suggesting that it is virtually meaningless and creates more problems than it solves.

Occupied Arab World

The politics of presidential succession in Egypt

Mohamed Yehia

When Egyptian president Husni Mubarak told an interviewer on January 2 that there will be no bequeathing of power in Egypt he was stating the obvious...

Occupied Arab World

US plans for Iraq still in disarray, despite supportive intervention of the UN

Ahmad Musa

UN secretary general Kofi Annan helped the US off a hook of their own making on February 19, when he announced that a UN fact-finding mission headed by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN envoy to Iraq, had concluded that elections are not feasible in the country before the June 30 date set for the supposed handover of power to an Iraqi administration...

Occupied Arab World

Mubarak’s regional mediation causing havoc for Muslims

M.A. Shaikh

President Husni Mubarak of Egypt has stepped up his role as ‘mediator’ in disputes between Muslims and non-Muslims – such as the Palestine-Israeli war and the Bush administration’s confrontation with Syria and Libya – to take the side of the non-Muslim party in each case...


The Saudis’ long record of subservience to the enemies of the Ummah

Zafar Bangash

The Saudis' subservience to the US, and the fact that they exploit their position as rulers of the Holy Lands of Islam, is well established...

South-East Asia

Malaysia’s opposition in disarray as elections loom

Abdar Rahman Koya

A hundred days is generally accepted to be a reasonable time after which to gauge the progress or performance of a new government or political leader...

South-East Asia

Manila returns to negotiations with MILF as Philippine elections approach

Our Own Correspondent

After nearly a year’s delay, Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will finally begin peace talks this April. This agreement, mediated by Malaysia, was reached on February 19 in Kuala Lumpur...

Special Reports

Iran’s Islamic system and its parliamentary elections: an alternative perspective

Zafar Bangash

​Over the last few weeks, the Western media has watched keenly as Iran went to the polls to elect a new Majlis (parliament), highlighting every perceived shortcoming in the electoral procedure and hoping that the elections would prompt a crisis in Iran’s Islamic system of government...


Russia maintaining murderous repression of Chechens

Our Own Correspondent

President Vladimir Putin is engaged in a systematic and murderous campaign of suppression of Chechnya’s struggle for independence. In this campaign anyone sympathetic to Chechnya’s desire and aspiration to leave the Russian Federation is classified as terrorist...


As Pakistan, India talk on Kashmir, friends keep real issues alive

Waseem Shehzad

The dispute over the state of Jammu and Kashmir, a legacy bequeathed by the British before their departure from the subcontinent, has bedevilled relations between India and Pakistan since August 1947...


The problems of Kenyan-sponsored peace deals in Sudan and Somalia

M.S. Ahmed

Both Sudan and Somalia are in urgent need of a peaceful settlement of the civil wars that have been ravaging them for more than a decade. But the peace deals recently reached as a result of negotiations mediated by Kenya, and sponsored (in Sudan’s case) by the US, cannot lead to a just and lasting resolution of the conflicts that also guarantees their territorial integrity...


US hunting Bin Ladin in Pakistan as Bush hopes for political boost

Zia Sarhadi

Whatever one’s view of Osama bin Ladin, his understanding of issues and his methods, one thing is indisputable: he has carved a niche for himself in world politics, thanks to US president Bush’s obsession with him...


Humiliation of Abdul Qadeer Khan masks an even darker agenda

Zafar Bangash

The public humiliation of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, had a far deeper purpose than was apparent at first sight: it was meant not only to deflect attention from the military’s role in nuclear proliferation...

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