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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1554

U.S. should have its own Chilcot Report
I have argued many times that the Iraq invasion was a crime of the highest proportion. Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and probably a million Iraqi li...
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 23:45 By Habib Siddiqui
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Eli - the weasel - is dead
Eli Wiesel has died. I was never a fan of him in spite of his many successes in life, mostly selling the Holocaust industry. I found him fake and considered him a disingenuous person: a hypocrite of our time. He was in the habit of making things up, in a way that his many subsequent detractors could...
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 19:21 By Habib Siddiqui
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Ganguly’s pseudo-analysis of Bangladesh
After reading Sumit Ganguly’s article - Bangladesh’s Accommodation of Extremism Spells Danger for Region (YaleGlobal Online) - I could not believe that I was reading an analysis from someone who holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomingt...
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 07:42 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Israel: where is she heading to?
General Ya’ir Golan, the deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, delivered a speech on Holocaust Memorial Day. He said, "If there is something that frightens me about the memories of the Holocaust, it is the knowledge of the awful processes which happened in Europe in general, and in Germany in p...
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 09:58 By Habib Siddiqui
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Myanmar's 'Rohingya' problem
Human rights groups say the Rohingya people are one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in the world. My own research work on endangered people has also shown that they are the most persecuted people in our time. More than a million people in Myanmar from the Muslim minority are currently stateless...
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 07:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Bombing of Hospitals in War-torn Places
Death is almost never welcome. And it is simply unacceptable to find out that someone had died in a hospital not because of his or her illness but because of bombing sustained by the facility. It is a major crime to attack a hospital. Unfortunately, that is what has been happening in war ravaged ter...
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 09:31 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America - Southwest: the official airline for racists and bigots!
As a frequent flyer, I have traveled with the Southwest Airlines a few times. In my operational excellence classes, I have often used it as an example of standardization. But I have stopped flying the airline for quite some time. Its “You Are Now Free To Move About The Country” has become a wildly o...
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 06:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Suu Kyi must erase the apartheid stain
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, wrote, "When fear becomes collective, when anger becomes collective, it’s extremely dangerous. It is overwhelming... The mass media and the military-industrial complex create a prison for us, so we continue to think, see, and act in the same way... We need the cour...
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 07:03 By Habib Siddiqui
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‘They Hate Us’ – Really? – Part 2
We are living in an age of fitnah and fasad (trials and tribulations) when terrorism has become a reality in many parts of our world. Ordinary people are either being terrorized or getting lynched from all sides – the enemies from within and without. So miserable is the Muslim experience tha...
Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 06:32 By Habib Siddiqui
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‘They Hate Us’ – Really? - Part 1:
Donald Trump said on March 9, 2016 that he thinks "Islam hates us," drawing little distinction between the religion and radical terrorism by some misguided and angry Muslims. "I think Islam hates us," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper, deploring the "tremendous hatred" that he said partly defined the...
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 06:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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Correcting the false narrative of the Ma Ba Tha
Wirathu and his band of criminal Buddhist monks have hijacked Buddhism and poisoned the political discourse inside Myanmar. Ma Ba Tha uses the news of the rape and murder of a Rakhine woman allegedly by Rohingya Muslims in Arakan in 2012 to paint a very damning picture of the divide between "us" and...
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 07:21 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Any hope for peace in the Palestine-Israel Conflict?
For many Israelis, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 marked a grim turning point for their country. In the words of the commission set up to investigate the murder, "Israeli society [would] never be the same again. As a democracy, political assassination was not part of our c...
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 13:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Rape of a woman in India
Rape is becoming more like an epidemic in India. According to India's National Crime Record Bureau, crimes against women have increased by 7.1 percent since 2010. The number of rapes reported has also risen. Nearly one in three rape victims in India is under the age of 18. One in 10 is under 14. E...
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 13:00 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: A cursory look at this year’s WEF
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva. As a state recognized international institution for public-private cooperation, its mission is cited as "committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leader...
Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 13:30 By Habib Siddiqui
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Charlie Hebdo does it again!
Charlie Hebdo is never out of ideas to stoke up the flames of racism, bigotry, intolerance and hatred. Remember Aylan Kurdi, the two-year-old, whose picture lying face down on a beach in Turkey caused an international outcry over the human cost of the migrant crisis? The magazine’s latest cartoon i...
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 06:08 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Jewish Settler Movement
The Jewish settler movement has been growing like a cancer for decades. It is partly organic and partly inorganic, made up of Jews born inside and outside Israel, respectively. It has become a real threat to peaceful solution of the Palestinian problem. As I have noted a few times before many of the...
Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 07:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: My letter to Senator Pat Toomey
Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is an unabashed supporter of Israel. In his latest email to me, he wrote, "I have warned of the dangers that America and her allies face when it comes to the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is not a topic that is new to me. I have long supported the strongest possib...
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 05:38 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: 2016 – Will it be any different than 2015?
The year 2015 is over. It was a very messy year in the global politics. Will 2016 be plagued by the same types of violence? In a fast paced world that we live today, it is difficult to predict the future. In what follows I shall attempt to review a few cases. No region was probably more affected by...
Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 13:02 By Habib Siddiqui
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China’s expulsion of French journalist underpins her repressive Uyghur policy
As I have noted a few times before China is in the denial process, very much like Myanmar. Just as in Myanmar (former Burma) the Buddhist people - from top to bottom - are in the denial of their Rohingya population (an indigenous people who has lived in the northwestern part of the country bordering...
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 07:05 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Assassination of Alloush
Russia has done it again. This time it is in Syria. Last Friday Putin's missiles have killed the leader of the opposition fighting the regime of the mass murderer, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a network with wide contacts inside Syria, said aircra...
Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 11:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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