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Muharram, 14322011-01-01

Crescent International Vol. 39, No. 11

Main Stories

End of the US-led unipolar world

Zafar Bangash

The global political scene is not only changing, it has changed quite dramatically over the last decade or so. The pompous notion of a unipolar world in which the self-proclaimed “sole superpower” maintains perpetual full-spectrum dominance a la Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is no longer tenable.

Editorials

Turbulent times ahead for the Middle East

Zafar Bangash

Egypt is in even greater trouble. Hosni Mubarak, 82, is also suffering from cancer. The men around Mubarak have honed their murderous skills by terrorizing opposition groups like the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon and others that dared stand against Mubarak or his party henchmen in manipulated elections

Editorials

Will Holbrooke’s death usher peace in Afghanistan?

Zafar Bangash

As he was wheeled into the operation theatre at a Washington hospital, Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, must have prayed the Pakistani surgeon tending to him would successfully stitch his torn aorta to save his life so he could “save” Afghanistan.

Opinion

Ummah suffering from information overload and misinformation toxicity

Iqbal Siddiqui

The New Year is traditionally a time when people reflect on their situations in life, as well as contemplating the possibilities of the year to come. This New Year in the Gregorian calendar coincides (more or less) with a new year, 1432, in the Hijri calendar; Muharram 1 fell on December 7, 2010.

Opinion

What committed Muslims need to do for the liberation of al-Quds and Palestine

Abu Dharr

It is hard to predict the future; nay, our projections about the future are just speculations and opinions based upon incomplete evidence. Even our view of history is fragmented and disjointed. Remember, those who wrote the history we read were the conquerors and winners.

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Opinion

Looking at the future through the past

Zafar Bangash

Journalists, it is said, write the first draft of history. Given the manner in which the once honourable profession of journalism has been subverted into a propaganda tool of the Western corporate elite, it is a totally undeserved compliment.

News & Analysis

US, west facilitate break-up of Sudan

Mohamed Ousman

Barring some unforeseen problems, South Sudan will hold its referendum on January 9, 2011 and almost certainly secede from the North. The largest country in Africa would have been dealt a terrible blow whose consequences will reverberate for decades.

News & Analysis

Erdogan shows the way toward Muslim unity

Tahir Mustafa

Even as US-Zionist agents were attacking ‘Ashura ceremonies in Pakistan and Iran, in Turkey something remarkable was taking place. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appearance at an ‘Ashura commemoration ceremony of Imam Husayn’s martyrdom sent a powerful message of Muslim unity.

News & Analysis

US-Israel manipulate UN tribunal against Hizbullah

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

The Zionist State of Israel and its financial underwriter, the US, are getting desperate. They can no longer get away with their propaganda branding Hizbullah and Hamas as terrorist organizations. People worldwide are beginning to understand the true nature of Zionism.

News & Analysis

Corrupt, greedy elite pushing Pakistan into oblivion

Waseem Shehzad

We hardly needed WikiLeaks disclosures to tell us that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is a crook. Or, that opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has no spine, not to mention grey matter under his now-restored hair, thanks to thousands of pounds spent on hair transplant surgery in London.

News & Analysis

Wikileaks exposes US empire’s Iran preoccupation

Zainab Said Kabir

Wikileaks has proved to be the kingmaker of all news, defying the short lifespan of most news cycles to reign for a solid week-and-a-half over world headlines. Reactions over the release of secret US State Department cables ranged from shock, titillation, amusement, or apoplectic fury.

News & Analysis

Afghans consign another superpower to the dustbin of history

Zia Sarhadi

A non-descript country like Afghanistan has become the epicenter of global change sending not one but two superpowers into the dustbin of history.

Special Reports

Is Turkey’s experiment sustainable over the long term?

Ahmet Aslan

The most important reason for the failure of Turkish Islamic intellectuals may be their detachment from their past/traditions, especially valuable Islamic knowledge of the Ottoman seminaries.

Special Reports

EU’s superpower ambitions unlikely to materialize

Maksud Djavadov

Over the past decade the mainstream political, economic, and academic elites have been obsessed with discussing the emergence of the European Union (EU) as the next superpower. EU's essence of power, however, will not allow it to become the next superpower.

Special Reports

Saudi social fragility exposed in quest to “modernize”

Zainab Cheema

When Wikileaks arrested world headlines, the mainstream media coped by focusing on the gossip dished up by embassies on US allies, “frenemies” (friendly enemies), and outright foes

Special Reports

Ikhwan locked out of Egyptian politics as regime plans for the future

Iqbal Siddiqui

Considering the low expectations that Egyptians and other observers had of the country’s parliamentary elections (the two rounds took place on November 28 and December 5, 2010 respectively), it should perhaps be recognised as an achievement of sorts for the Mubarak regime.

Special Reports

Canada becoming safe haven for thieves of the Ben Ali clan?

Editor

Family members of the ousted Tunisian dictator, General Zine el-Abidin Ben Ali have arrived in Montreal, Canada even as France and the US have refused them entry.

Editor's Desk

His cover blown, CIA station chief flees Pakistan…

Editor

Jonathan Banks, the CIA station chief in Pakistan, left Islamabad in a hurry after his cover was blown. Banks had a “business” visa but operated from the US embassy from where he coordinated drone strikes on North and South Waziristan.

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