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Crescent International Vol. 41, No. 9

Main Stories

Was Malala Yousafzai used for a larger US plan?

Zafar Bangash

The attack on Malala Yousafzai last month has evoked worldwide condemnation. From US President Barack Obama to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, all condemned the attack. The question is: why is Malala given so much prominence when other attacks on girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan go virtually unnoticed?


Controlled US presidential elections

Zafar Bangash

Presidential elections in the US are a hugely expensive farce. It matters not who occupies the White House since every candidate is a slave of corporate elites and the Zionists, the true masters of America.


Iraq war’s poisoned legacy

Zafar Bangash

The wars unleashed by the US and its allies on Iraq have caused immense damage. By using depleted uranium shells and other munitions, Iraqi soil, air, and water and have been poisoned leading to very high incidents of cancer, the birth of grotesquely deformed babies and other ailments.


Qatari Emir in Gaza

Zafar Bangash

The visit of the Emir of Qatar to besieged Gaza Strip has led to much discussion. Was it merely to express solidarity with the Palestinians or there was a broader political objective?


Post-khilafah ruling class: much ado about no substance

Abu Dharr

Once King Muawiyah had usurped the Khilafah, the issue of power and authority was gradually removed from Muslim consciousness and Islam reduced to mere rituals. The sorry state of Muslim rulers today is the direct result.


The success of Muslim defence against cultural attacks on Islam

Iqbal Siddiqui

The fact that Muslims have not abandoned their values in the face of repeated assaults on their revered personalities is itself a great achievement. They should continue to protest and denounce such attempts at denigration.

News & Analysis

Pride, not prejudice

Salina Khan

Salina Khan reflects on the challenges facing Muslim parents in raising children in America. She illuminates the narrative with personal experiences of her own children.

News & Analysis

America’s illegal drone warfare on innocents

Waseem Shehzad

America’s drone warfare is not only killing innocent people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the UN is finally taking steps to examine whether these constitute war crimes.

News & Analysis

Some British citizens more equal than others

Fahad Ansari

The extradition of Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Khalid al-Fawwaz, Adel Abdul Bary and Abu Hamza to the US to face terrorism charges while refusing to extradite white British citizen Gary McKinnon exposes British hypocrisy and injustice.

News & Analysis

Mursi’s report card as president of Egypt

Ayman Ahmed

In addition to facing opposition from remnants of the Mubarak era, President Mohamad Mursi of Egypt will face his greatest foreign policy challenges from the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Ayman Ahmed explains why.

News & Analysis

Turkey’s Syria expedition brings “zero problems” to sordid end

Zainab Cheema

Turkey’s “zero problem” policy with neighbours, as articulated by its “scholarly” foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, has come crashing down to earth against the hard reality of events in Syria.

News & Analysis

Turkey in the Russian-American-Arabian triangle

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Turkey has become trapped in the Syrian quagmire as a result of misguided policies pushed by the US and the Arabian rulers. But Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cannot escape responsibility and he must take steps to rectify this by making amends with Russia and Iran, rather than spoiling them.

Islamic Movement

End the silence on Ashura

Salina Khan

The sacred month of Muharram follows the sacred month of Dhul Hijjah. Salina Khan argues that the true significance of Ashura and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain must be addressed honestly to create awareness among Muslims about issues of legitimacy, justice, dignity and freedom in Islam.

Islamic Movement

Self-reform and the reform of the Ummah are duties of the Hajj

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Every year the Rahbar, as leader of the Islamic Revolution, delivers his message to the hujjaj in Makkah. This year, his message has particular resonance because of the Islamic awakenings sweeping the Muslim East and attempts by Islam’s enemies to subvert these noble efforts by entangling them in petty squabbles. He describes Hajj as a process of self-reform and an opportunity to reform the Ummah.

Special Reports

The Safavid dilemma of the Aliyevs

Maksud Djavadov

Aliyevs, the illegitimate rulers of Azerbaijan are going nuts over coverage given to the Safavid rulers whose projection they see as threatening their rule. The real reason is that the Aliyevs fear the rise of the Islamic movement in the former Soviet republic.

Special Reports

Argo: Hollywood as extension of CIA propaganda

Maksud Djavadov, Zainab Cheema

How Hollywood has played a dirty role in the smuggling of American spies from Iran during the early years of the Islamic revolution. The latest movie shows the tight relationship between the CIA and Hollywood.

Editor's Desk

America’s favorite terrorist outfit: the MKO


The Mujahideen-e Khalq Organization (MKO) is one of America’s favourite terrorist outfits. It was de-listed from the State Department list last month after sustained lobbying efforts and bribing many congressmen/women, former spy chiefs as well as generals in the US. The tale is quite sordid.

Letters To The Editor

Brave Afghans

Khanzada Abdul Ghani Khan

The Afghans have defeated another self-proclaimed superpower. The US and its NATO allies are looking for a face-saving exist while the Afghans deliver one more lesson in resistance and dignified existence.

Letters To The Editor

Syria’s unending agony

Abdel Maguid Shawa

The plight of Syrian people has moved this reader to call for an end to violence and the start of a genuine dialogue between all parties in the country.

Letters To The Editor

New Egypt?

Humeira Khan

Is President Mohamad Mursi serious in his pronouncements or is he simply playing to the public gallery?

Letters To The Editor

Saudis and Pakistani madrasahs

Talat Shamim

The Saudis use quite sophisticated methods to finance the creation of a mindset that leads to suicide bombers, says a reader.

Letters To The Editor

Does free speech mean insulting others?

Imtiaz Ali Syed

Muslims have effectively and repeatedly challenged the west’s ludicrous assertion that freedom of speech is absolute. A reader agrees and exposes the west’s hypocrisy.

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