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Ramadan, 14342013-08-01

Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 6

Main Stories

What went wrong in Egypt?

Ayman Ahmed

The July 3 coup in Egypt has set the people of Egypt back by many decades. The brutal crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and mass killings prove the military’s evil intentions.


Hamas in a bind after Mursi’s ouster

Zafar Bangash

The Palestinians have often been let down by their own leadership. Even Hamas, the Islamic movement, finds itself in difficulties once again because of the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi from power in Egypt.


Unforgivable Saudi crimes

Zafar Bangash

The House of Saud continues to cause immense damage to the Ummah. Their wrath is especially reserved for women and expatriate workers. They do not want women to be seen, only used by lecherous Saudi men.


Egypt and Iran: why different outcomes?

Zafar Bangash

In Egypt the Ikhwan failed within one year while in Iran, the Islamic movement has established a government that is still in place and going strong. Why? The Ikhwan made the mistake of working within the system while Imam Khomeini understood that the existing system had to be demolished.


Trayvon: sacrifice to the gods of imperialism

Afeef Khan

Racism is so deeply embedded in the American psyche that even with an African-American as president, killing blacks is routine, as Trayvon Martin’s murder verdict showed.

News & Analysis

Turkish dilemma after Mursi’s fall

Ahmet Aslan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan faces an acute dilemma now that President Mursi has been overthrown in a military coup. Erdogan had set up an alliance together with Qatar to act as policemen in the region. The alliance is now in tatters.

News & Analysis

Qur’anic basis for Hizbullah’s position in Syria

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Hizbullah has adopted a principled, Qur’anic position vis-à-vis Syria, notwithstanding the insulting allegations hurled against it by Saudi and Zionist agents.

News & Analysis

Qatar’s power transfer mere window dressing

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

The transfer of power from Sheikh Hamad to his son, Sheikh Tamim, is mere window dressing. It will have little impact on the tiny sheikhdom’s policies.

News & Analysis

Is Pakistan truly an independent state?

Waseem Shehzad

True independence means to be able to formulate one’s own policies without having to appease foreign masters. Unfortunately, Pakistan like most other Muslim countries does not pass muster.

News & Analysis

Obama’s hypocritical stand on Gitmo

Tahir Mahmoud

Despite promising soon after becoming president in January 2009 that he would shut down Guantanamo Bay within a year because it was a “blot” on America’s reputation, Barack Obama has not done so. This exposes his hypocrisy.

News & Analysis

Ray of hope for Aafia Siddiqui?

Khadijah Ali

Recent reports indicate that the Pakistani government is in talks with US officials over the transfer of Dr Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan to serve the remainder of her 86-year jail sentence there. Will this materialize or is it another of those false hope balloons?

Special Reports

The Muslim world’s meddlesome militaries

Zafar Bangash

Far from fulfilling their responsibility to defend the state’s borders against external enemies, Muslim militaries have perfected the art of conquering their own people. This is what has just happened in Egypt, as in numerous other countries before.

Special Reports

America’s demonization project targets Muslims

Tahir Mustafa

Muslims are targeted for demonization because it fits into the US policy of having someone as an “enemy”. By keeping the American public fearful, corporate America can get away with its crimes.

Special Reports

Sayyid Qutb on the jahili system

Zafar Bangash

Sayyid Qutb’s martyrdom anniversary falls on August 29 but how many Muslims—even committed ones—are aware of this? Should this great scholar of Islam not be remembered for his immense contributions?

Editor's Desk

EU labelling of Hizbullah politically motivated


The European Union’s designation of the military wing of Hizbullah as a “terrorist” organization is a political move that has no relation to ground realities in Lebanon.

Letters To The Editor

Women’s plight

Sameera Mahboob

It is truly shocking how women are mistreated all over the world. This is especially true in the west where under the guise of freedom, women are grossly exploited.

Letters To The Editor

Dr. Rohani

Robert Maddox

The election of Dr Hassan Rohani as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran has aroused great hopes, not least in the West. Dr Rohani will be well advised to deal with the devil with caution.

Letters To The Editor

Problem with court ulama

Abdus Samad

If the ulama adhere to the Qur’an and the Sunnah, they are a blessing but unfortunately many of them have succumbed to the temptations of the dunya, as Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s recent behaviour has shown.

Letters To The Editor

From Turkish delight to dilemma

Askia Wajd

Gripped by incessant protests at Taksim Square, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finds himself in an even greater bind now that President Mursi has been overthrown in Egypt.

Letters To The Editor

Condemn the coup in Egypt

Mohamed E. Hawash

The military coup in Egypt is a gross violation of people’s rights and it must be condemned by every human being that cares for justice and freedom.

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