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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1041

Letter From America: Reflections on Some Unfortunate Deaths
On Thursday, February 12 - just two days after the targeted killings of 3 Muslim students (Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha) in Chapel Hill, NC - a Muslim man and his family were attacked inside a Kroger grocery store, located 15255 Michigan Avenue in of the Dearborn,...
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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A Bad Week – home and abroad
Three Muslim students were murdered on February 10 in Chappell Hill, N.C. in what can only be described as a hate crime. As usual, the popular media in the USA initially did not mention that it was a targeted murder committed by a gun-trotting White racist whose all victims were Muslims. Only after...
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:15 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Anecdotes of Molla Nasreddin Hodja
Nasreddin Hodja (Hoca in Turkish; the letter ‘c’ is pronounced as ‘dj’) was a Muslim humorist from Turkey (in the 13th century C.E.). As many as 350 anecdotes have been attributed to the Hodja, as he most often is called. Hodja is a title - meaning teacher or scholar (“Hodja” or “Hojjat” literally m...
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Reflections on the Death of My Mother
Last month on December 22 I received a call around 10:30 p.m. from my niece Tanita that my mom had been hospitalized. It was dreaded news for which none within our family was prepared. I remember talking with her a few hours before she went to sleep that night. She sounded cheerful in the presence o...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 07:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Paris March – A Sign of Bold Freedom or Pharaonic Arrogance?
Paris has recently witnessed the targeted assassination of eight Parisian journalists. Many see their execution as terrorism. Some see it as a justifiable act of avenge or retaliation for insulting Islam and its revered Prophet (S). And then there are many others who are not sure how to categorize t...
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 2
No one would dispute that what we call today Christianity – in all its manifold and often irreconcilable forms – is the result of a prolonged, gradual, often haphazard process involving much trial and error, much uncertainty, much schism, much compromise, much improvisation, much a posteriori accret...
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 05:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 1
For many Christians around the globe, Christmas is linked with the birthday of their lord Jesus Christ. They believe that he was born on or around December 25 of 1 C.E. (Common Era). It is inconsequential to them that the story in the Gospels is often utterly divorced from all historical contexts. T...
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 16:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Rohingyas of Myanmar – When will their tragedy end?
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) are the most oppressed people in our planet. They face elimination in the Buddhist majority country, which is rightly called the ‘den of hatred and intolerance’ in our time. Not a single day goes by when their community members don’t face repeated pers...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 07:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Minority Report
Minority problem is a recurrent issue in almost all parts of the world, including the more inclusive USA. On Thursday (Dec. 4) evening a 15-year-old Muslim boy of Somali descent - Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein - was struck by a SUV intentionally as he was leaving the Somali Center of Kansas City after le...
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Reflections on my latest trip to Bangladesh
I was in Bangladesh recently visiting my relatives and friends. The air flight from Philadelphia was long via the Qatar Airways. Previously, like many airlines Qatar Airways did not have a direct flight out of Philadelphia. Now it does, which allowed me to avoid traveling to nearby JFK airport in NY...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 03:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Death of a public intellectual - Ali Mazrui
Professor Ali Al-Amin Mazrui died last week on 13 October 2014, at Binghamton, New York, in the United States after being ill for several months. He was 81. I first learned about this great scholar when I was preparing a talk on Africa in the early 1980s in California. My search on the topic took me...
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 07:54 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Modi’s US Visit
The Indian Prime Minister was in NY last month to attend the UN General Assembly session. According to published reports he received a raucous reception from some 18,000 American- and Canadian- Indians who had gathered in Madison Square Garden, the famed New York sports arena. It is not difficult to...
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 17:41 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Rohingya People Need Our Help
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) who mostly live in the western part - the Rakhine (formerly Arakan) state, bordering Bangladesh, are undoubtedly the most persecuted people on earth. Denied citizenship in the Buddhist majority country, the Rohingyas have simply become the most un...
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: China’s Draconian sentence against her Mandela
China has one of the worst records on human rights. Its inhuman and savage treatment of Uyghur (also spelled as Uighur) Muslim minorities living in the far western Xinjiang region (East Turkistan) is one of the worst our world is witnessing outside how the Rohingyas are treated inside Myanmar. Beij...
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 06:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Western Invaders were no liberators – 2
Nearly 200,000 civilians have died in the Syrian conflict. The world community has watched the tragedy unfold in front of its eyes and let the massacre of unarmed civilians happen unbridled. Even when it was obvious that Syria’s ruthless murderer President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons a...
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 07:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Western Conquerors were never Liberators
On August 5 of this year, Major General Harold J. Greene was killed in Afghanistan by a lone gunman. Greene was the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in a war zone in four decades. Before him, according to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial database, Maj. Gen. John Albert B. Dillard Jr....
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 13:01 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: What a week!
This past week, Hollywood actor Robin Williams, one of the funniest guys in the planet, took his own life by committing suicide. He was suffering from depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. It is so difficult to believe that Robin who amused so many through his acting and s...
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 20:11 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Negotiations for the sake of appearance
Will the Palestinian people be ever free? Will they ever get justice for the crimes inflicted on them by the powerful against them? I am beginning to doubt. I am very skeptical these days. True to the words of Bertrand Russell, Israel as a colonial enterprise has been able to abuse the process...
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israel needs to be punished for her crimes against humanity
As I stated last week, I have almost stopped watching TV news these days. It is too depressing to watch the cries of Palestinians who have lost their loved ones in a genocidal campaign launched by the rogue state of Israel. Probably by now more than 1800 Palestinians in Gaza have died – almost all c...
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 12:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Israel’s latest crime – Another UN Compound hit
As it has happened repeatedly in this latest genocidal campaign in Gaza, the rogue state of Israel has attacked a UN school. The head of the main UN relief agency in Gaza has denounced the Israeli strike on one of its schools, which killed 19 people. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 07:40 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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