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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2681

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Letter from America: China Violates Religious Rights of Uyghurs

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun last week. Because of its religious significance, hundreds of millions of Muslims throughout the world are expected to fast from dawn to dusk.

Letter from America: China Violates Religious Rights of Uyghurs
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Letter from America: Is Modi failing to deliver on his promises?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to be a devout Hindu who likes to visit Hindu temples wherever he visits. In spite of his short visit to Bangladesh, thus, he did not miss visiting the Dhakeshwari Mandir and Ramkrishna Math in Dhaka.

Letter from America: Is Modi failing to deliver on his promises?
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Letter from America: Assad’s latest war crimes

There are not too many governments in our time that massacres its own people just to stay in power. Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is one such criminal government – outside those of Myanmar and China – that has not learned to alter its hideous means that have served it quite well to hang on to power by hook or crook. To add to its already long list of crimes against the Sunni majority, Bashar al-Assad’s murderous sectarian (Nusayri) regime has dropped barrel bombs on Saturday in the northern city of al-Bab in the province of Aleppo, killing some 72 civilians.

Letter from America: Assad’s latest war crimes
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Letter from America: Two Unfair Verdicts – My Two Cents!

An Egyptian court - read ‘kangaroo’ court - has recently pronounced death sentences on ousted president Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 other people over a mass prison break in 2011. Such harsh sentences in Sisi's Egypt are not unsurprising. Sisi wants to be the latest Pharaoh of Egypt, and is serious about weeding out any potential resistance to his illegal power grab that has ousted a popularly elected president and his party.

Letter from America: Two Unfair Verdicts – My Two Cents!
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Letter from America: Thoughts on the upcoming Oslo Conference

In recent weeks, Rohingyas stranded in rickety boats in the Andaman Sea has caused international alarm. There are several thousand of these migrants in boats off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia with dwindling supplies of food and water.

Letter from America: Thoughts on the upcoming Oslo Conference
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Letter from America: Are the Rohingya people facing genocide?

Genocide is a serious matter and not a term to be bandied around willy-nilly. Recently the museum staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide investigated the threats facing the Rohingya people.

Letter from America: Are the Rohingya people facing genocide?
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Letter from America: USCIRF Report on Burma

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recently issued its report on Burma. The U.S. government has designated Burma as a "country of particular concern" (CPC) since 1999, most recently in July 2014. The longstanding Presidential action for this designation keeps the existing arms embargo in place.

Letter from America: USCIRF Report on Burma
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Letter from America: Partnership with Myanmar – dream or delusion?

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon convened a meeting in the UN headquarters on Myanmar on Friday, April 24, 2015. In his speech to the participants of the Partnership Group for Peace, Development and Democracy in Myanmar, Mr. Ban warned Myanmar that stability in its most sensitive region can’t be achieved unless it addresses the issue of citizenship for minority Rohingya Muslims. He told a Myanmar delegation that the U.N. has seen “already troubling signs of ethnic and religious differences being exploited” as elections approach later this year.

Letter from America: Partnership with Myanmar – dream or delusion?
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Letter from America: Playing politics with the White Cards?

In early February this year, the Myanmar parliament approved a proposal by President Thein Sein to allow people with temporary identification “white cards,” most of whom were Rohingya, to vote on a referendum on constitutional amendments to the country’s junta-backed constitution, which could come as early as May. Obviously, as most keen observers would tell you the government measure was a face-saving one under international pressure and never meant in intent and purpose.

Letter from America: Playing politics with the White Cards?
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Letter from America: Can Bangladesh’s politicians learn to walk their talk?

On March 26 the Bangladeshi community in Philadelphia celebrated the Independence Day to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan in the late hours of 25 March 1971 by the "Father of the Nation" Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman before he was arrested by Pakistani forces.

 Letter from America:  Can Bangladesh’s politicians learn to walk their talk?
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