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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2587

Latter From America - Trying to make sense of the Sri Lankan Tragedy
Thanks to the state and non-state actors, our world is increasingly becoming insecure and unsafe for ordinary civilians. No place is safe and secure for them! A shooter rushed inside a classroom Tuesday (April 30, 2019) and opened fire killing two students when 30 other students were attending a li...
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 07:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Significance of ‘Isra and Miraj in Islam
‘Isra and Miraj were the most miraculous and dignified journeys of the Prophet (Sal-lal-lahu alayhi wa sal-lam), which took place in the Shab-e-Miraj (or the Night of Miraj) in the month of Rajab before his migration to Madinah. This miraculous journey was Allah’s wonderful response to the Prophet’s...
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 14:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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Whither Pluralism in the USA?
Pluralism still remains a far cry in the USA where Christian evangelism and conservatism got rejuvenated by the presidency of Donald Trump. More than a quarter of Americans identify themselves as evangelists who see themselves as Jesus Christ’s soldiers for making the USA a Christian nation. Eighty...
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 01:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Speaking Truth to Power – the case of Ilhan Omar
Truth and justice have always been an anathema to the despots around the world who resort to torture and oppression to silence their adversaries. They are not oblivious of the truth but are averse to it being afraid of its impact that may weaken their control over the people. They like to conceal th...
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 07:37 By Habib Siddiqui
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Speaking Truth to Power By Habib Siddiqui The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and re
The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and requires moral courage and deep conviction. Thus, it is not difficult to see the rarity o...
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 03:57 By Habib Siddiqui
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Speaking Truth to Power
The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and requires moral courage and deep conviction. Thus, it is not difficult to see the rarity o...
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 12:22 By Habib Siddiqui
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What a week for Trump, Netanyahu and Modi!
This past week has been a very exciting week globally. At home, in the USA, there was the much-anticipated House hearing of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s one-time personal lawyer, the ‘fixer’. He appeared fully prepared, genuine, believable and remorseful for his previous support and lying on beh...
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 04:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Myth of ‘Bengali Migration’ to Arakan
Genocidal crimes don’t occur by chance and require years of preparation. The rationale for justifying such horrendous crimes is often provided by the evil geniuses or the ideologues within the dominant group. This ominous task is sometimes shared by other powerful groups within the perpetrating comm...
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 08:50 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Racism in our time: can it be defeated?
How pervasive is the race problem in the USA? To find an answer we don’t need to look beyond the latest revelations from Virginia where Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has been accused of posting about a racist image that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. He admitted to darkeni...
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:45 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Uyghurs – Detained in their own land
Imagine that you are living in a country where most of your family members are now detained in mass detention camps where they face inhuman torture including waterboarding! You ask – why? Well, according to the government, as an ethnic and religious minority your family members are perceived as pote...
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 08:16 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Letter From America: The Relevance of Yunus Emre in Our Time
No place seems immune these days from instability, violence and insecurity. The worst victims are Muslims – attacked both from within and without the community. The extremists on both sides are hijacking the narratives about Islam, thus, bringing in much suffering to the people and creating a world...
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 04:19 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: What’s Next for Bangladesh?
Bangladesh had her parliamentary election on December 30, 2018 in which prime minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling alliance won a third straight term winning more than 90 percent of the 300 seats contested. Five candidates of the BNP and two candidates from its ally Gono Forum were elected, while the rul...
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 09:51 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Being Mindful – an Islamic Perspective
Today we live in a hyper-connected world where we are continuously distracted by our thoughts and technological comforts. It is rare for one to have their mind in the present 100% of the time – in fact, on average we spend 41% of our time with our mind lost in our thoughts – thinking about the futur...
Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 08:34 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: 'Isa (AS) in the Qur'an
Jesus or ‘Isa in Arabic (alayhis salam, meaning: peace be upon him) is of great significance in both Islam and Christianity. However, there are differences in terms of beliefs about the nature and life occurrences of ‘Isa (AS). Every year millions of Christians celebrate December 25 as the Christmas...
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 08:35 By Habib Siddiqui
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Can we stop xenophobia that led to genocide of the Rohingya?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Xenophobia as – fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. Thus, one need not necessarily be a foreigner or newcomer to a territory to be a target or an object of this crime. Even an indigenous people who are a minorit...
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:06 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: George H.W. Bush – the man and his legacy
Former U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush died late Friday on Nov. 30, 2018 in his home in Houston. He was 94. He was suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease. His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018. [They were the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. hist...
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 08:08 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: A Reminder on the Essence of Genuine Leadership
Elections are held in many parts of our globe for a plethora of reasons – from electing the head of an organization (including but not limited to social, cultural, financial, business) to the head of a state. Not all elections are fare though and not all elected leaders are good for their constituen...
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 07:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America : Uneasy Future Ahead
As expected the Democratic Party won the majority in the US congressional elections, while the Republicans held on to their majority position within the Senate. As a result, President Donald Trump is on a weaker position today than ever before in his nearly two-years in office, which has been highly...
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 08:46 By Habib Siddiqui
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The 2018 American Elections
American voters go to the polling booths this coming Tuesday to cast their ballots in what is described here in the USA as the mid-term elections. Usually, the mid-term elections are boring events in which only a small fraction of the eligible voters, mostly comprising of the die-hard party supporte...
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 13:00 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America - World Disorder: Reform at the UN needed
The United Nations Organization, like the League of Nations before, was conceived for the noble purpose of ending wars between nations. Yet, we have witnessed, almost non-stop, one war after another. Since the end of the Second World War in 1945 there have been some 250 major wars in which over 50 m...
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 16:14 By Habib Siddiqui
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