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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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Letter from America: Wirathu – the face of Buddhist Terror

In its July 1 issue, the Time magazine has covered the recent genocidal activities against the Muslims of Myanmar. In this, reporter Hannah Beech has done an excellent job analyzing the role played by Wirathu, a Buddhist monk, who has become the face of Buddhist terrorism. Her report has stirred up a hornet’s nest among the Buddhists. They are very upset.

Letter from America: Wirathu – the face of Buddhist Terror
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 4

Last week, I had the misfortune of witnessing the effect of a country-wide protest (Hartal) in Bangladesh that was called by the opposition 18-party alliance, led by Madam Khaleda Zia’s BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party). The protest was for 60 hours and it was extremely violent.

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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 3

A Bengali writer once famously wrote – 'Raate mosha, deene maachi, ei niye Kolkatay aachi '(meaning: With mosquitoes at night and flies at daytimes, I reside in Kolkata). Kolkata, of course, these days in the post-partition of India period, is no longer part of Bangladesh, but is the capital city of nearby West Bengal state of India, where Bengali is the lingua franca.

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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 1

For the last few weeks I am in Bangladesh. This week Muslims are going to celebrate the Eid-ul-Adha commemorating the sacrifice that Prophet Abraham [Ibrahim (AS)] vowed to God the Almighty. The Hindu community is also celebrating their Durga Puja in Bangladesh – the largest festival for the Bengali Hindus.

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Letter from America: U.S. Congressional Hearing on Burma - 1

The House Foreign Affairs/Asia Sub-committee of the U.S. Congress recently held a hearing to examine the current political environment inside Burma (Myanmar), the growing human right abuses among its ethnic groups, and assess U.S. policy towards the country. Amongst other dignitaries Professor Wakar Uddin of the Arakan Rohingya Union, Tom Andrews and Jennifer Quigley were invited to answer a series of questions on the above subject. Hearings of this kind do show that the U.S. Congress is mindful of Myanmar and is interested to better the situation for all inside the country. I welcome such an initiative.

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Letter from America: Some inspiring stories of inter-faith cooperation

In an Internet search I came across a posting which cites a few examples of Muslim-Jewish cooperation during hard times saving lives of each other. Here below, I share four examples of Muslims saving Jewish lives during the World War II.

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Letter from America: Nazi-type protests are never peaceful

Most news reports coming from Myanmar are bad, often atrocious and painful to read or watch in video. But once in a while some good news reports are also showing up in the media these days.

Letter from America: Nazi-type protests are never peaceful
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Letter from America: Some inspiring stories of inter-faith cooperation

In an Internet search I came across a posting which cites a few examples of Muslim-Jewish cooperation during hard times saving lives of each other.

Letter from America: Some inspiring stories of inter-faith cooperation
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Letter from America: The March to Washington

Last week America celebrated the 50th anniversary of March to Washington D.C. It was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage, where nearly a quarter million marchers demanded civil and economic rights for Black Americans. On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, ‘I have a dream’ in front of the Lincoln Memorial with many in the crowd holding banners that read “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

Letter from America: The March to Washington
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Letter from America: Can Myanmar be Civilized?

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, was in Myanmar last week on a 10-day fact finding trip. It was his eighth official visit to the country that took him to Rakhine State, Chin State, Kachin State and Shan State, and Meikhtila in Mandalay Region.

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