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Crescent International Vol. 41, No. 8

Main Stories

Feigning innocence: the politics of demonization

Fahad Ansari

The blasphemous US-produced movie, while denounced by US officials, is still defended on the basis of free speech. History, however, shows that publishing racist, anti-religious tracts has been punished. Julius Streicher, publisher of a racist, anti-Jewish tabloid, Sturmer, was hanged after a military trial at Nuremberg accused of aiding and abetting the slaughter of Jews. He was not a member of the Nazi party nor was he in Hitler’s military.

Main Stories

Channel 4 documentary exposes British media’s anti-Islam hatred

Ahmet Aslan

Fake historian distorts history to attack Islam in the most scandalous way and Britain’s channel 4 provides him air time. Islamophobia is now official policy in much of the western world.


Is freedom of speech absolute?

Zafar Bangash

While the west claims free speech is absolute, there is prohibition on anti-Semitism. There is also systemic targeting of Muslims in the US on mere “suspicion” that they might be “thinking” to harm Americans. Why the double standard?


Annual ritual at the UN II

Zafar Bangash

The UN has become virtually irrelevant to the affairs of the world since it is in the grip of western powers that refuse to allow justice or fairness to prevail.


The Purpose of Hajj

Zafar Bangash

The House of Saud is determined to empty Hajj of its Qur’anic and Prophetic content. Will the Ummah remain a silent spectator in this gross deviation from the message of the Qur’an and Hajj?


Rethink history: undo sectarianism

Abu Dharr

Sectarianism exists on both sides of the divide. It is imperative to understand the root problems to overcome it, urges Abu Dharr.


The lies of politics, the politics of lies and the myth of the American dream

Iqbal Siddiqui

American politics is a game of blatant lies and distortions. It makes little difference to the life of Americans whether a Democrat or Republican is in the White House.

News & Analysis

How not to fall for the fake “free” media

Waseem Shehzad

Muslims need to develop greater sophistication in determining the validity of alternate media, especially outlets like Al Jazeera.

News & Analysis

Af-Pak War enters twilight territory

Zainab Cheema

After incurring trillions of dollars in war costs, the Americans are no closer to securing Afghanistan. The Afghan have proved once again that invading Afghanistan is a fool and a graveyard for invaders.

News & Analysis

US-NATO troops on the run in Afghanistan

Zia Sarhadi

Will American troops last until 2014 when attacks by Afghan soldiers and policemen on American trainers have escalated alarmingly?

News & Analysis

House of Saud heads into the dustbin of history?

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Opposition to the House of Saud is growing among all segments of the population. How long can it last in power?

News & Analysis

Mursi attempts independent foreign policy for Egypt

Ayman Ahmed

President Mohamed Mursi’s attempt to follow an independent foreign policy for Egypt does not sit well with the Americans who want only subservient rulers in the Muslim world.

News & Analysis

UN envoy warns Syrian crisis “dangerous”

Tahir Mustafa

Lakhdar Brahimi says the Syrian crisis threatens world peace while an Independent UN Commission has confirmed there is “alarming increase” in foreign terrorists in Syria.

Special Reports

Role of Special Forces in US imperial designs

Tahir Mahmoud

The US is resorting to increasing use of Special Operations Forces worldwide with terrible consequences for targeted societies.

Special Reports

On Hajj: eat, pray but love not?

Salina Khan

Sister Salina Khan challenges the conventional, ritualistic approach to performing Hajj and explains her experiences during the last Hajj.

Special Reports

Drone warfare’s mounting civilian death toll

Zainab Cheema

Drone attacks have killed thousands of innocent people in such places as Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Zainab Cheema reviews a book on Drone warfare by Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt.

Editor's Desk

Drone attacks killing civilians, say US legal experts


A study by American legal experts from Yale Law School and New York University Law School is a stinging rebuke of US Drone warfare. The study focuses on Pakistan and show that while only 2% of those targeted can be considered “militants” the rest are civilians. This, the report concludes, has led to alarming increasing in anti-Americans in Pakistan.

Letters To The Editor

UN irrelevant to global peace

Aamir Malik

The UN is no longer relevant to bringing about peace in the world. It never has been.

Letters To The Editor

Saudis not financing madrasahs

Dr. Maqbool Ahmed Shahid

Reader takes issue with charge that Saudis behind financing madrasahs that produce suicide bombers.

Letters To The Editor

US elections a farce

Muhammad Abdullah

The forthcoming US presidential elections will bring no change in the life of ordinary Americans. Elections in the US are a big fraud, and farce.

Letters To The Editor

NAM summit

Sahibzada Iqbal Khan

There may still be some hope from NAM, argues reader.

Letters To The Editor

Egypt’s future

Salamat Ali

Egypt may yet take its rightful place in the Muslim world after the election of Mohamed Mursi as president.

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