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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 827

Letter from America: Israeli Jews, Hate Crime and Hate Speech
In the last two days I have almost stopped watching TV news. It has been too painful to watch the gory scenes of the massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. How could any democratic government, which touts itself as the protector of its civilians, living the Jewish moral codes, commit such horrend...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israel’s Nazi-like criminal campaign in Gaza
Back in the early 1980s when I was a graduate student at University of California, the student community organized a seminar on the Palestine-Israel conflict. It was before the 1982 invasion of Lebanon (oddly codenamed Operation Peace for Galilee), but Israel had already annexed a strip of souther...
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Who’s worse: Russia’s Putin or America’s Obama?
As noted by the Electronic Intifada, the US State Department absolved Israel of responsibility for the murder of four Palestinian children in Gaza on Wednesday, placing the blame squarely on Hamas. The four children were killed and three others badly wounded by Israeli fire as they played on a bea...
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: NSA’s Spying of American Muslims
The Intercept, an investigative outlet co-founded by Greenwald, has lately reported that the National Security Agency spied on five American citizens - all Muslims - despite a lack of any finding that they posed a threat to national security. They were targeted for surveillance between 2002 an...
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 08:01 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: 935 Lies – Book Review
Recently in an interview to Chinese news agency, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said he had termed the decision of former President George W. Bush going for war on Iraq a grave mistake. As I have pointed out in some of my writings, the invasion of Iraq was not just a mistake it was a crime of th...
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 06:56 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Cheney’s Obscene Chutzpah
John F. Kennedy's famously said, "Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan." Iraq epitomizes failure of American policy and its failure has multiple credible claims to its paternity. As the crisis in Iraq deepens so is the finger-pointing on the rise with the Republicans in the USA blaming...
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 07:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Brotherhood of Mankind – Is it possible?
Nearly 1300 years ago, Hassan al-Basri (R: may Allah have mercy on him), one of the great saints, scholars and preachers of Islam, was asked: "What is Islam, and who are the Muslims?" He answered: "Islam is in the books, and Muslims are in the tomb." Hassan (R) was a Tabi’un (successor) who had the...
Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 02:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Shaikh’s Murder – Is this the start of a sinister plan in Modi’s India?
A 28-year-old Muslim man was beaten to death in Pune, India on Monday night (June 2) by Hindutvadi zealots with suspected links to a Hindu fundamentalist outfit over a Facebook message they found offensive, according to police. The victim - Mohsin Mohammed Sadique Shaikh - had been living in Pune...
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:21 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Shaykh Sa’di
Shaykh Sa’di was one of the greatest sages of the Muslim world. Growing up as a child in Bangladesh, I first came across a story about this great scholar in my text book. It was an intriguing piece which never escaped from my mind. Shaykh Sa’di was once invited to a wealthy man’s mansion. He goes...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 11:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Our Crazy World!
In the early 1980s, I lived in Isla Vista, California, for two years and a half. Located nearly a hundred miles north of Los Angeles city and edging the shore of the Pacific Ocean, with a round-the-year spring like climate, it is a small university town catering mostly to the needs of the stude...
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 08:56 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Modi’s Win in India
The Indian people have spoken and have elected Narendra Modi resoundingly as their man to lead their impoverished but promising nation of some 1.25 billion people. Modi has been described by many as a ruthless murderer, a fascist, a racist and a bigot, espousing a chauvinist agenda that favor one co...
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Is India a budding hegemony or a regional leader?
Thirty years ago, Indian political scientist, writer and foreign affairs commentator (late) Dr. Bhabani Sen Gupta wrote in the India Today: “The Indian elephant cannot transform itself into a mouse. If South Asia is to get itself out of the crippling binds of conflicts and cleavages, the six will...
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 07:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Untangling Myth of Emperor Aurangzeb’s Reign
In a polarized world that we live in (which is, sadly, getting ever more polarized now by every minute and hour), we have often assumed that what is good for “our” people had to be bad for the “other” people. A glaring example is the personality of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who ruled India for 50 ye...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 07:46 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 12
Does history repeat itself? If we are to ask this question, the overwhelming response we’ll get is that it does. However, it may not be always true. Take for example the case of Bangladesh that had its national election four months ago in which the Awami League (AL) alliance, which has been runnin...
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 06:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Dr. Fuller's Ludicrous Theory about ethno-centric Buddhism
My attention has been drawn to Dr. Paul Fuller's article which has appeared in the DVB. Here below I share my observations. Throughout history there have always been people, even those who appear to be intellectuals, who justified the crimes of despots and ruthless murderers under certain pretexts....
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 08:30 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: When uttering the truth can be a sin!
Last Saturday (March 29, 2014) Republican hopefuls for the 2016 presidential election - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Ohio Governor John Kasich were in Las Vegas, courting donors. They were invited at the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) 2014 Spri...
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 07:00 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – part 4
In 1909, a Hindu communalist by the name of Colonel U.N. Mukherji wrote a pamphlet Hindus: A Dying Race. His projections, based on the study of census data between 1881 and 1901, suggested that Hindu demographic share was declining with every passing decade. Col. Mukherji met Swami Shraddhanand of...
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 06:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities - 3
Pro-Indian agents, who never accepted the partition of India, claim that some 5.3 million Hindus had left East Pakistan between 1947 and 1971. Not only do they fail to share any credible source for such claims but they are also delinquently silent about the exodus figures of Muslims from India in th...
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 20:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 2
The term illiberal democracy was first used by Dr. Fareed Zakaria (of CNN’s GPS program) in a 1997 article in the Foreign Affairs journal. By this he meant a governing system in which, although elections take place (a necessary requisite for democracy), citizens are cut off from knowledge about the...
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 01:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 1
Being a minority is never a pleasant experience for most people in our globe unless one is part of a dominant or domineering group. But even in the latter case when a minority is dominating a majority – as it has happened throughout history with colonial enterprises, to protect its privileged sta...
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 13:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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