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Rabi' al-Awwal, 14342013-02-01

Crescent International Vol. 41, No. 12

Main Stories

Violence in Mali and the spread of AFRICOM

Zainab Cheema

French military invasion of Mali backed by the US, Britain and other western countries, has everything to do with the re-colonization of Africa and little or nothing with helping the Malians to fight off militants.


The Afghan endgame

Zafar Bangash

Americans have lost the war in Afghanistan but Washington warriors are still looking for ways to maintain troops there after the 2014 deadline.


Saudi Arabia’s last gasp: sectarianism

Abu Dharr

The Saudi regime is good at only one thing: creating fitna of the sectarian kind. The war in Syria has provided it an opportunity to play dirty once again.


India’s gang rape case illuminates the violence of neoliberalism

Zainab Cheema

India’s gang rape case has brought out the best and worst in people. Concern for the victim and refusal to allow the police or courts to sweep it under the rug has at the same time exposed the caste prejudice that pervades India despite its claims to modernism.


Obama’s second chance to get real

Zafar Bangash

Obama has always been long on rhetoric and short on substance. But he has another opportunity to prove he can deliver the change he has so often touted. His real test will be whether he is willing to deal on the basis of mutual respect with Islamic Iran.


Will there be Zionist Israel in 2020?

Zafar Bangash

Afflicted by widespread racism and inner contradictions, the Zionist state may not last until 2020.

News & Analysis

New political alignments in the Muslim East

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

The Muslim East has undergone radical change over the last two years. There are new political alignments that spell trouble for the US.

News & Analysis

Documenting Indian state crimes in Kashmir

Waseem Shehzad

Indian occupation forces have been involved in horrible crimes against defenceless civilians in Kashmir for decades. While India refuses to allow international human rights organizations or the media to visit the state, an Indian human rights organization has painstakingly documented specific crimes and identified the names of perpetrators that the Indian government refuses to punish.

News & Analysis

The modern day “moderate Muslims”

Salina Khan

There is no shortage of people willing to serve foreign masters. Salina Khan looks at the theatrics of a self-styled Shaikhul Islam.

News & Analysis

Erdogan’s former deputy reveals AKP duplicity

Ahmet Aslan

After two years of bloody conflict it seems Turkey’s position on the Syrian conflict has not changed. While addressing a gathering in the city of Gaziantep last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired another rhetorical volley at the Syrian government.

News & Analysis

Regime change rumours in Azerbaijan

Akhmet Makhmoudov

While Ilham Aliyev appears to have been rattled by rumours of Russia’s plan to replace him, most observers believe it is just that: rumours.

News & Analysis

End of the sole superpower’s unipolar world

Zafar Bangash

America’s role as the sole superpower is not only over but it is becoming the pauper power with thousands of factory closings, jobs shipped overseas, its debt reaching the sky and its military having been thoroughly defeated. America’s dream has become a nightmare for most people.

Special Reports

Islamic Iran and the oppressive global order

Zafar Bangash

Despite decades of sanctions, internal sabotage and external invasion, the Islamic Republic continues to take major strides in most fields because of the sincerity of its leadership and support of its masses.

Special Reports

The war on terror and criminalisation of charity

Fahad Ansari

The US and its western allies, especially Britain, France and Germany have not only targeted Muslims accusing them of all kinds of wrongdoing without much evidence, even charities that are involved in helping the victims’ families are being targeted. The witch-hunt is on in earnest.

Special Reports

Toward an Islamic economic model

Maksud Djavadov

With the collapse of the western financial system, Muslim economists have an excellent opportunity to present the model of Islamic Iqtisad to provide social and economic justice to all. They will also find a ready audience among non-Muslims.

Islamic Movement

Power dimensions in the Sirah of the noble Messenger (saws)

Zafar Bangash

How the Prophet (saws) acquired and exercise power is an aspect of the Sirah that has not been properly studied by Muslims. There is need to look at both the soft and hard power dimensions of the Sirah. Muslims celebrate the birthday of the noble Messenger of Allah (pbuh) in the month of Rabi‘ al-Awwal. These often include na‘at and nasheed recitals. Lectures, if included, narrate the miracles he performed. There is, however, seldom any discussion of the power dimensions in the Sirah as part of his life-struggle. Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, discusses some of these issues.

Editor's Desk

Saudi torture chambers overflowing with prisoners

Zafar Bangash

Since Saudi Arabia acts as America’s and indeed of the west’s cash cow, its crimes are habitually glossed over. The recent case of two university professors, imprisoned for merely asking that people’s human rights be respected, illustrates the point.

Letters To The Editor

Foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria

Kamaluddin Ali

The people of Syria are gradually waking up to the reality of foreign-sponsored terrorist groups bent on wrecking their country. Their foreign sponsors also stand exposed.

Letters To The Editor

Egypt’s transition to new order

Abdel Maguid Ahmed

While Egypt takes tentative steps towards a new order based on justice and fairness, the old guard continues to frustrate these efforts.

Letters To The Editor

First Nations and Palestinians

Samantha Noure

There are striking similarities between the First Nations peoples and the Palestinians. Both were expelled from their lands by European colonialists; both were subjected to genocide. In the case of First Nations, the project largely succeeded. The Palestinians have refused to disappear.

Letters To The Editor

Crescent refreshing!

Mansoor Chaudhry

Crescent’s perspective on world events is unique and increasingly people are turning to it to get a better understanding of what is happening around the world.

Letters To The Editor


Salima Khawaja

Canada’s Supreme Court led by its energetic Chief Justice Beverley MacLachlin has shown it will not bow to racists and bigots but stand up for the rights of all people.

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