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Jumada' al-Akhirah, 14252004-08-01

Crescent International Vol. 33, No. 6

Guest Editorial

Parallels between the subversion of the khilafah and the opposition to Islamic Iran

Abu Dharr

Revolutions have many enemies. The enemies of an Islamic Revolution are one of two types: those that confront it from the outside and those that creep up on it from within...

Book Review

Samuel Huntington’s right-wing interpretation of the problems facing American society

Zawahir Siddique

Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations (1996) tried to persuade the American public to accept that war between the West and Islam is inevitable...


The opportunism and hypocrisy of the West’s response to tragedy in Darfur


At a time when the Western media and establishment are presenting the tragedy in Darfur as the fault of ‘Arab’ militias attacking indigenous African communities, and the US government is seeking to exploit the crisis to score brownie points at home and internationally...


Saddam and the Israeli wall: the limits of justice


The Iraqi Special Tribunal was set up by the occupation authorities last year and lacks even a semblence of independence. Completely funded by Washington, it is advised on every level by a team of at least 50 officials...


Pakistan’s problems and the state of the Ummah


It is hard to believe now that when Pakistan was created as a state for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, it was seen as a triumph and a cause for celebration for Muslims all over the world...

Islamic Movement

The centrality of Islam to Pakistan’s creation, existence and future

Muzaffar Iqbal

As the fifty-seventh anniversary of the creation of Pakistan approaches, MUZAFFAR IQBAL discusses the role Islam played in its creation, and the role it can play in Pakistan’s future...

Occupied Arab World

Nothing expected to change in Egypt as Mubarak appoints new government

M.A. Shaikh

Can a man who was born in 1952, when the army took over power, and the new cabinet he leads as prime minister, curb the powers and corruption of the military dictatorship that has persisted since then, as claimed by the hype surrounding the recent dismissal of the old government?

Occupied Arab World

No change in Iraq after handover of power

Ahmad Musa

The formal transfer of power from the US-dominated Coalition Provisional Authority to a puppet Iraqi regime led by Iyad Allawi at the end of June was widely recognised as a hollow and meaningless public relations exercise...

Occupied Arab World

Arafat survives another challenge in Palestine

Crescent International

Yasser Arafat survived the latest, and perhaps greatest, challenge to his authority in Ghazzah last month, when Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qurei withdrew his resignation on July 27...

Occupied Arab World

Few Syrians celebrate Bashar al-Asad’s fourth anniversary

M.S. Ahmed

It comes as no surprise that Syrians, whether at home or in exile, have found no cause to celebrate the fourth anniversary of president Bashar al-Asad's succeeding his late father, Lt-Gen Hafez Asad, to power in July 2000. Since then his regime has brought about no significant changes in Syrian life...


The success of the Islamic movement depends on realizing unity of Ummah

Zafar Bangash

It is tempting to blame the kuffar for the disintegration of the Ummah, but the fact is that the Muslims' own weaknesses enabled others to subjugate them, and then to impose alien systems on them...

Special Reports

Lessons from Japan for the US occupation of Iraq

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

The US’s claim to be bringing freedom and progress to Iraq is often justified by comparisons with its administration of Japan at the end of the second world war...

Special Reports

Yemeni government runs into trouble as it cracks down on Zaydi Islamic movement

Nasr Salem

In the years since the Bush administration intensified its war on Islamic movements opposing its hegemony, it has focused considerable attention on salafi groups in Yemen...


Afghan elections postponed as Karzai and US face increasing problems

Zia Sarhadi

Hamid Karzai, the US-appointed president of Afghanistan, is used to saying one thing and doing the opposite because he has little authority to make decisions; such is the plight of all puppets...


Post-Jirga politicking in Afghanistan confirms problems facing the US

Zia Sarhadi

If getting agreement on Afghanistan’s new constitution at the Loya Jirga was a tortuous process, what lies ahead may well be worse. Implementing its articles, especially those on disarmament and demobilisation of the armed militias (whose survival depends not on what is written on a piece of paper but on guns), will be the most difficult task...


Congress divided on Gujarat issue

Qazi Umar

On July 14 Laloo Prasad Yadav, India's new Minister of Railways, who is also a staunch anti-Sangh Parivar advocate, ordered a fresh investigation into the alleged attack on a train in Godhra that is supposed to have set off the anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat in 2002...


Canadian government uses Kazemi case to attack Iran

Zafar Bangash

Canadian officials, egged on by virulently anti-Muslim media and secular Muslims, are in a lather about the case of one Zahra Kazemi, who died in a hospital in Tehran last year...


US debates different ways of applying political pressure on Islamic Iran

Iqbal Siddiqui

In the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq last year, the Bush administration spun a careful web of propaganda and deceipt designed to prepare US public opinion for the war that neo-conservative leaders had decided to wage even before coming to power...


West increases pressure on Sudan over Darfur

Our Own Correspondent

Human-rights groups Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have published reports accusing the Sudanese government of complicity in the mass rapes and ethnic cleansing attributed to Janjaweed, despite previous denials by Khartoum...


Massive problems facing Muslims in Uzbekistan

Our Own Correspondent

Uzbekistan, which became independent when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, is yet another Muslim country under a tyrannical and exploitative dictator, and mired in civil strife and economic deprivation as a result of the corrupt and ruthless exercise of power...

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