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Jumada' al-Akhirah, 14342013-05-01

Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 3

Main Stories

Pakistan under siege from within and abroad

Zafar Bangash

As Pakistanis go to the polls, there are far more serious issues facing the country, not least a grand foreign conspiracy to break it up.

Main Stories

Issues and parties in Pakistan’s elections

Waseem Shehzad

There are hundreds of political parties and tens of thousands of candidates chasing a few hundred seats in the May 11 general elections in Pakistan. We examine the parties, the issues and some of the same tired old faces that have dominated Pakistani politics for decades.

Main Stories

Sectarian violence in Pakistan

Ayesha Alam

The Pakistani state and its institutions have failed to protect the Shia minority from sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives this year. We examine the players behind such mayhem.


The real reason for US drone attacks


Drone attacks kill innocents and create enemies. This is precisely what the American war industry wants: endless supply of enemies for endless war.


Time to liberate the Arabian Peninsula

Zafar Bangash

Control of the Arabian Peninsula and within it the two holy cities of Makkah and al-Madinah by the House of Saud have cause havoc in the Ummah. It is time to liberate the Arabian Peninsula.


Dr. Kalim Siddiqui’s thought

Zafar Bangash

Dr Kalim Siddiqui has left a huge legacy of intellectual output on Muslim political thought. We consider only a few aspects from his great contribution.


“Please, don’t let it be a Muslim”

Afeef Khan

In the wake of the Boston bombing, this tweet from a Libyan blogger captured the overall Muslim sentiment. The so-called leaders of the Muslim community in North America were quick to condemn the bombings. These same leaders, however, have never condemned America’s crimes against innocents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen…

News & Analysis

India’s own Hindu terrorists exposed

Tahir Mahmoud

While the Indian establishment has traditionally blamed Muslims for every terrorist attack, investigations show that Hindu fascists have been the ones responsible for such crimes. The rot has even seeped into the Indian armed forces.

News & Analysis

Egyptian NGOs: fronts for Western manipulation

Ayman Ahmed

Western NGOs or those financed by the west have taken over from Western missionaries during the colonial era. We examine the forces behind them.

News & Analysis

Insight on sectarianism in post-2005 Lebanon

A Contributor from Toronto

Sectarianism is inbuilt into the confessional nature of the political system in Lebanon but recent developments have given it a new twist.

News & Analysis

Anatomy of Turkish-Israeli rapprochement: when apology replaces justice

Ahmet Aslan

Turkey’s embrace of Zionist Israel has a lot more to do with regional politics that the cryptic apology offered by Benjamin Netanyahu, with ass-like stubbornness.

News & Analysis

Turkey’s US-NATO mission in Central Asia

Akhmet Makhmoudov

People in Central Asia are beginning to see through Turkey’s plans to promote Pan-Turkism in the region because Ankara is viewed as advancing Washington’s agenda.

News & Analysis

BRICS signals end of unipolar world

Tahir Mustafa

The unipolar world so loudly proclaimed by the US after the demise of the Soviet Union is dead. A multipolar world has emerged, as witnessed at BRICS fifth summit in Durban, South Africa.

Special Reports

The Ummah: its role and responsibilities, Part 1

Zafar Bangash

What or who constitutes the Ummah and how should we define progress? Zafar Bangash examines these concepts and sheds light from the Islamic perspective challenging some long-held but erroneous beliefs.

Special Reports

Beware of the rock star imams!

Salina Khan

Muslims are now going to b confronted by US-promoted Imams through the Internet. Welcome to a new form of cyber warfare on Muslims!

Editor's Desk

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s desperate acts


Hamid Karzai is a desperate man. He knows his time is running out and he is running around from pillar to post in an attempt to save his skind—and head. He may be wasting his time.

Letters To The Editor

US pivot?

Khalid Saeed

The article by the former Chief of Pakistan Army has provided useful insights into US thinking in the Asia-pacific region and what it portends for South and Central Asia.

Letters To The Editor

Central Asia

Prof. Majid Ali Khan

Much Islamic history is tied up with Central Asia. This area needs to be covered more, suggests a reader who is a retired professor.

Letters To The Editor

Gentle suggestion to the king!

Mohammed H. Siddiq

A citizen of Saudi Arabia advises the king to leave while there is still time. He can leave now in honour or face the inevitable humiliation that will be his lot and that of his family.

Letters To The Editor

Confronting sectarianism

Mohamed Mahmoud Ally

Sectarianism is being promoted deliberately to serve the interests of imperialism and Zionism. Muslims must wisen up.

Letters To The Editor

Saudis, Qataris and Syrian girls

Abdul Samad Khan

It is truly shocking that the Saudis and Qataris would stoop so low as to target vulnerable Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan and Turkey. Muslim should take note against these corrupters and take steps to get rid of them.

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