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Crescent International Vol. 41, No. 4

Main Stories

Al-Mursi wins top spot in Egypt’s poll

Ayman Ahmed

In a crowded field of 13 candidates, Dr. Muhammad al-Mursi of the Ikhwan-backed Hizb al-Hurriyah wa-al-‘Adalah (the Freedom and Justice Party), won the first spot in presidential elections on May 23 and 24.


Palestinian hunger strikers unmask Zionist crimes

Zafar Bangash

The unprecedented hunger strike by nearly 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails not only galvanized the entire Palestinian population but also exposed yet again Zionism’s true nature as an ideology of indescribable cruelty, illegal arrests, and indefinite detention and torture.


“Non-violent” Buddhist monks attack Sri Lanka masjid

Zafar Bangash

Buddhists are supposed to be non-violent and peaceful people. Many no doubt are. Their monks dress in simple clothes and lead a frugal existence spending most of their time in chants and meditation.


Merchants of death

Zafar Bangash

On a visit to a Muslim country in 1990, a young journalist called me in my hotel room. Excited about the end of the Cold War and the peace dividend that was about to break out, he wanted my opinion on the subject.


You are either with the Shaytan(i Buzurg) or against him

Abu Dharr

This month 23 years ago, the oppressed Muslims as well as the toiling masses worldwide lost one of their own: Imam Khomeini.


Bosnia war crimes tribunal and growth of international legal institutions

Iqbal Siddiqui

In last month’s column, I reflected on the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnia War, which began in March 1992.

News & Analysis

West’s duplicity sabotaged Iran nuclear talks

Zafar Bangash

Hopes aroused for a mutually acceptable approach to breaking the deadlock in Iran-P5+1 talks in Baghdad on May 23 and 24 were dashed because of Western duplicity.

News & Analysis

Order to demolish the Dambulla Masjid in Sri Lanka

Latheef Farook

Sri Lankan Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish the 65-year-old masjid in Dambulla and build one elsewhere strikes at the very root of religious freedom.

News & Analysis

Obama’s double-faced game in Afghanistan

Zia Sarhadi

Before US President Barack Obama landed in Chicago to attend the NATO conference on Afghanistan (May 20–21), albeit to noisy protests from the anti-war and Occupy Wall Street movements, he already had two agreements tucked under his arm...

News & Analysis

Grim legacy of the war on Bosnia

Khadijah Ali

The long-suffering people of Bosnia-Herzegovina received two items of bad news last month amid grim reminders of the 20th anniversary of the Serbian-led war that had caused 200,000 Bosnian deaths.

News & Analysis

Bahraini masses reject forced union with the Saudis

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

They came from all walks of life and represented all ages: men, women and children stretching more than five kilometers outside Bahrain’s capital city, Manama, on 5-18-2012 to categorically reject any union between their country and Saudi Arabia, which was discussed, though not approved, in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

Special Reports

Obama and masters have torture and war on their minds

Waseem Shehzad

During his 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama repeatedly said the war in Iraq was ill-advised and should be ended.

Special Reports

Impediments to development in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Muslims occupy a vast swathe of the earth’s surface. From Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the southeast, Muslims reside in a part of the globe that acts as a bridge between Europe and the vast archipelago of Southeast Asia.

Editor's Desk

Pakistan’s self-inflicted unending agony


If Pakistan only faced external enemies, it would be easy to understand its problems. The real tragedy is that its rulers are the greatest enemies the state and the people have to face.

Letters To The Editor

US sex crimes

David Kemp

Sister Zainab Cheema’s shocking statistics about sexual violence in the US military as well as prisons (Crescent, 5-2012), is merely a reflection of the reality of life in much of the Western world.

Letters To The Editor

Focus on Bosnia

Shahzad Malik

Your articles on the 20th anniversary of the war on Bosnia brought home the bestiality of people puffed up by their own alleged superiority and consumed by an abiding hatred of others.

Letters To The Editor

Imran Khan: the last great hope?

Tariq A. Butt

Thank you for giving us a very balanced picture about Imran Khan, the cricket star-turned politician, and perhaps the next leader of the country.

Letters To The Editor

Crescent gives us the whole truth

Abdul Rahim (aka J.V. Apollo)

I am writing to say that every article in the Crescent is the whole truth and it is the best newsmagazine of the Islamic movement that I have read.

Letters To The Editor

No free speech for Muslims in US

Shahid Saleem

When US President Barack Obama (an Uncle Tom if there ever was one!) or even petty officials talk about America the “land of the free,” it makes me sick.

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