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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2249

Letter From America: Mukherjee’s Speech at the RSS Event
Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the closing ceremony of the 'Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg', an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event on June 7 in Nagpur, India to mark the conclusion of a three-year training camp for swayamsevaks there. Mr. Mukherjee's decision to address t...
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 12:53 By Habib Siddiqui
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Presidential Pardons
Remember Lewis "Scooter" Libby who served as an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney? From 2001 to 2005, Libby held the offices of Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States and Assistant to the President during the ad...
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 23:28 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Attaining Piety during Ramadan
The Islamic month of Ramadan has come and Muslims are fasting in accordance with the dictates of the Qur'an - the Muslim Holy Scripture: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa.” (2:183) The above Qur’anic verse confirms...
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 07:51 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The psychopathology of a settler state called Israel
This year, the Government of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday in what may well be described as brutal, blatant, murderous, thuggish and shameful. Through its acts of colossal arrogance and orgy of wanton killings, once again, the settler racist state revealed that it is above scrutiny, beyond rep...
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 10:45 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Cologne Conference demands accountability of the Myanmar Government
The Rohingyas are victims of a ‘slow-burning genocide’ that is perpetrated as a national project in Buddhist Myanmar (formerly Burma). Some 700,000 Rohingyas have been forced out of their ancestral homes in western Rakhine (formerly Arakan) state since September 2017 to seek refuge inside Cox’s Baza...
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 09:21 By Habib Siddiqui
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Latter From America - Do the Rohingyas qualify as victims of genocide?
The Genocide Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 and entered into force in 1951. It declares that genocide is a crime under international law. The Genocide Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 and entered into force in...
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 09:27 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Are the neo-fascists on the rise in Europe?
Victor Orban, Hungary’s twice-elected prime minister since 2010, is expected to get reelected in Sunday’s Hungarian elections. Fidesz, the ruling party, is projected to win at least two thirds of the 199 seats in Hungary’s National Assembly. Orban is a known neo-fascist and is opposed to migration o...
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 09:39 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: When is enough truly enough?
Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off. I think it was a wise decision given the fact that almost a dozen advertisers have dropped her show after the chauvinist talk show host mocked David Hogg, 17, a teenage survivor of the Florida schoo...
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 19:07 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: March for our lives
Summoned to action by surviving student of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, millions of teenagers and their supporters rallied in protests in more than 800 cities across the USA on Saturday, March 24, demanding change – gun reform. They are simply...
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:25 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Trump’s Revolving Door
What a messy week that just passed by! Peter Baker’s heading in the New York Times sums up the mess: As White House’s Revolving Door Whirls, Chaos Is the Only Constant. “In the never-ending reality-show drama of the Trump administration, characters come and go and sometimes come back again based as...
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 13:38 By Habib Siddiqui
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What a Friday!
I travel a lot by air. Last week I was in one such trip when I left my home in a suburb of Philadelphia very early in the morning to be at the airport by 6 a.m. There was no direct fight to my ultimate destination in Chattanooga, TN. My American Airlines (AA) flight took me first to Charlotte, NC, o...
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 17:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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Death of a crusading preacher
Billy Graham, widely touted here in the USA as ‘America’s pastor’, died on February 21 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99 years old. In 1963, he famously said, “We are selling the greatest product on earth. Why shouldn’t we promote it as effectively as we promote a bar of soap?” [Sat...
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 15:14 By Habib Siddiqui
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Mueller Indictment of the Russians
On Friday (Feb. 16, 2018) 'a federal grand jury' in Washington DC indicted 13 Russian nationals and a Kremlin-linked internet firm (Internet Research Agency) on charges that they meddled in the US presidential election of 2016. The US government said Russian entities began a concerted years-long ef...
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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What’s behind the U.S. stock market bust?
In the last couple of weeks, the Dow-Jones index bounced like a wild horse that’s out of control. It closed at 23,190 before closing on last Friday, Feb. 9. The seesaw day on the market came after the Asian and European markets both closed in negative territory. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 508 points,...
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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Davos 2018 – the talking shop for oligarchs, bankers and global elites (?)
Last week, Davos - the mountain resort, which sits high up in the eastern Alps of Switzerland in Graubunden – welcomed more than 2,500 movers and shakers - business, political and academic leaders from around the globe. They came to attend the yearly World Economic Forum (WEF), scheduled for January...
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 15:16 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Jerusalem Question: Part 4
Next, we come to the question of religious myth, as Menachem Begin once said, "The country [Israel] was promised to us, and we have a right to it." [Davar, Dec. 12, 1978] Golda Meir similarly said, “This country exists as a result of a promise made by God Himself.” [45] Moshe Dayan said, "If you hav...
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 08:46 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Jerusalem Question: Part 3
With the defeat of the Turkish Army during the World War I (1914-18), British General Edmund Allenby took control over Jerusalem. Upon entering the city on 11 December 1917, he declared, "Now the Crusades come to an end." The British Mandate Period: As a matter of fact, it was the beginning of the...
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 09:25 By Habib Siddiqui
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2017 – The End of a Bad Year
2017 has proven to be a very disappointing year for most people around the globe. Starting with Donald Trump as the president of the most powerful country in the globe so many things simply went from bad to worse and beyond. We, as global citizens, have miserably failed to stop the Rohingya genocide...
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 09:30 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Jerusalem Question – Part 2
In 636 CE, at the battle of Yarmouk, the Byzantines were decisively defeated by the Muslim Army, led by Amr ibn al-‘As (R). Within months in 637 CE, the Muslim army under the leadership of Abu Ubayda ibn Jarrah (R) lay a bloodless siege on Jerusalem, which lasted for four months. Patriarch Sophoroni...
Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 08:07 By Habib Siddiqui
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Trump’s reckless decision on Jerusalem – Part 1
U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was dealt a blow when the bulk of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA) member states backed its motion to brand his unilateral move as “null and void”. The resounding condemnation against th...
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 08:17 By Habib Siddiqui
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