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Rabi' al-Thani, 14252004-06-01

Crescent International Vol. 33, No. 4

Guest Editorial

The Islamic state damaged by career diplomats and quietist ulama

Abu Dharr

During the heyday of the Islamic Revolution, under the capable and visionary leadership of Imam Khomeini, Muslims were faced with two accusations in response to the challenge posed by the Islamic leadership, the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic state to the powers that be...


Transfer of power in Iraq is no more than a cynical exercise in public relations


More than a century and a half later, George W. Bush is engaged in a desperate struggle to fool enough of the people enough of the time to control Iraq for long enough to secure the US's interests, while also getting re-elected as president in November, against a backdrop of increasing criticism from all quarters...


Real reasons for the Israeli assault on Ghazzah


In two weeks during May, Israeli forces killed at least 45 people and destroyed about 300 homes in the Rafah and Tel al-Sultan refugee camps, devastating the lives of communities who had little enough to begin with...


The problem of American propaganda in the Muslim world

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

Even as it acts more and more aggressively against Muslims around the world, the US has launched a massive propaganda campaign in the Muslim world...

Islamic Movement

Imam Khamenei on the importance of maintaining the unity of the Ummah

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

The unity of the Ummah of Islam was a key theme of the Islamic Revolution under Imam Khomeini (r.a.) He instituted the Hafta-e Wahdat (Unity Week) each year in Rabi al-Awwal, marked by annual Unity Conferences in Tehran...

Occupied Arab World

US hand running of Falluja to yet another Arab military dictator

Crescent International

For a year after the US invasion of Iraq, it was the epicentre of military resistance to the occupation, becoming a virtual no-go area for Westerners until the US decided less than two months ago that it had to be pacified by overwhelming force...

Occupied Arab World

Near stalemate as Muqtada al-Sadr uprising fails to take off but refuses to collapse

Crescent International

The Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, one of the holiest shrines in Iraq, was reportedly damaged by shell-fire on May 25, as US troops maintained their pressure on the al-Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr...

Occupied Arab World

US determined to protect key interests despite turning to UN to solve its problems in Iraq

Iqbal Siddiqui

With the US presidential elections due to be held in November, and painfully aware of the fact that the terrorist attack on Madrid in March was timed for maximum political impact in Spain's elections, the Bush regime is desperate for something they can present as progress in Iraq as soon as possible...

Occupied Arab World

Dozens of Palestinians killed in Ghazzah as Israelis debate withdrawal plan

Crescent International

While Palestinians across the world commemorated the 56th anniversary of the Nakba on May 15, Palestinians in Ghazzah were on the verge of another nakba as Israeli troops engaged in an orgy of violence in Ghazzah that left at least 45 dead and about 300 homes destroyed, rendering an estimated 3,000 people homeless...

Occupied Arab World

Anti-Syria sanctions typical of US’s approach to Middle East

M.A. Shaikh

The US has imposed economic sanctions on Syria, on the pretext that Damascus supports terrorism and is keen to possess weapons of mass destruction (WMD)...


Implications for Muslims of the US's humiliating defeat in Iraq

Zafar Bangash

America has undoubtedly suffered a humiliating defeat in Iraq, even if no US soldier has yet actually left the country. It is enough that America has become the most hated country in the world today...

South-East Asia

Thai prime minister’s rice-and-rhetoric campaign unlikely to assuage Muslim anger at massacre

Correspondent in Bangkok

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand has suddenly found himself playing the role of a public-relations officer, distributing packets of rice to Muslim villagers while brandishing the rhetoric of fighting terrorism...

Special Reports

Abu Ghraib: details of torture emerging despite massive campaign of damage limitation

Zafar Bangash

Images of American troops committing appalling atrocities against Iraqi captives at the Abu Ghraib have causes outrage around the world and sparked a massive damage limitation campaign in Washington. ZAFAR BANGASH discusses the implications of the revelations...


Kadyrov’s assassination hampers Putin’s strategy in Chechnya

Crescent International

The assassination of Ahmed Kadyrov, Chechnya's pro-Kremlin president, on May 9 has thrown into chaos president Vladimir Putin's plans for ending the Chechen resistance to Russian imperialism...

Special Reports

EU confirms determination to keep Muslim Turkey out

Correspondent in Istanbul

Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country and, as such, has no place in the European Union, as president Jacques Chirac of France recently said candidly, without any direct reference to Islam...


BJP’s surprise defeat in Indian elections does not change fundamental problems in Indian society

Qazi Umar

On May 22 Dr Manmohan Singh was sworn in as the "first Sikh prime minister of India". He is the head of a 68-member Congress-led United Progressive Alliance coalition government. Although the Congress and its pre-poll allies failed to secure a majority in parliament, Congress is guaranteed the support of the 62 MPs of the Left Front...


Slaughter of Muslims in Nigeria attracts little attention

Crescent International

When thousands of Muslims fled the town of Yelwa in early May, after an attack by Christian tribesmen that killed more than 800, left many more injured and destroyed hundreds of homes and farms, there was hardly any reaction in Europe and America. Apart from the odd Reuters report, there was no comment or condemnation...

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