Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1943

It’s high time for stopping the slow-burning genocide in Myanmar
Every day I receive dozens of emails. Most of these emails (at least 30) are about Myanmar’s inhuman treatment of the minorities. It is simply depressing to read the sad stories of their extermination, aptly termed the slow-burning genocide by Dr. Maung Zarni, a fellow human rights activist. Who wou...
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 14:18 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: This Past Week in Washington D.C.
What a dramatic week this past one has been in the U.S. capital! After writing about the POTUS last week I had no intention of getting back to Trump politics this week, but given all the hullaballoo, excitement and even the nervousness with all the major news events unfolding, I simply could not ign...
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 06:08 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Trump’s messy half year tenure
On Friday, Sean Spicer, President Trump’s spin master, a.k.a. the White House press secretary, resigned after telling President Trump that he vehemently disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director. After offering Scaramucci the job o...
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 13:49 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
The neo-Pharaohs and neo-fascists of our time
I don’t know where to begin. In many parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the regimes in power are acting like the Pharaohs of the time of Moses (Musa alayhis salam). They feel no accountability and have no remorse for their criminal activities. National wealth is abused and consumed as personal...
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 18:02 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
An analysis of the G20 Summit – 2017
The two-day annual meeting of the G20—the leaders of the world’s 19 wealthiest nations plus the European Union — has wrapped up in Hamburg, Germany with a closing speech from its host. The G-20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan,...
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 03:14 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: Thoughts on this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr
This Sunday Muslims in the North America are going to celebrate their Eid-ul-Fitr after a month of fasting. Many parts of the world will celebrate the Eid later based on local citing of the crescent moon. This Ramadan, like some other previous ones in recent years, has not been trouble-free for many...
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 08:09 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: President Trump’s 9-day Trip
President Donald Trump had an eventful week visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and some European cities including the Vatican City where he met with the Pope. He was bestowed with the highest civilian/national award in the Kingdom. There, as brilliantly noted by the veteran journalist Robert Fisk, Trump...
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 09:45 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Attaining Taqwa during Ramadan
Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is approaching fast. Through fasting from dawn to dusk a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat or drink every day. It teaches him/her to be charitable. Through increased charity, Muslims develop feel...
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:23 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Trump’s 100th day in office
Last weekend, April 29, was Donald Trump’s 100th day in office as the POTUS. Protest rallies were held in many parts of the USA. Tens of thousands of demonstrators also assembled in the U.S. capital for the latest installment of the regular protests that punctuate the Trump era. Alarmed by what they...
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 14:00 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Billionaires are growing
Recently, the Forbes has published the list of world’s billionaires. In it for the fourth year in a row, Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world. The number of billionaires increased 13% to 2,043 from 1,810 in 2016; this is the biggest change in over 30 years of tracking billionaires globa...
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 18:24 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Uneasy time requires smart thinking
There is no doubt that the rise of Daesh, which claims to be the new vanguard of the global jihadist movement, and the establishment of its caliphate in Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014 represents a turning point in the evolution of global terrorism. No time in recent history before has there be...
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:13 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Suu Kyi’s Apartheid Myanmar
How long our world must witness the ethnic cleansing of vulnerable minorities? In Myanmar, it is a routine thing, against the minority Rohingyas who mostly live in the northern Arakan state, close to Bangladesh. They are the most persecuted people in our planet. They were persecuted for nearly half...
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 12:10 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: Is Abu Ivanka for real change in Syria?
After years of indifference the USA attacked a Syrian airfield firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at about 04:40 a.m. Syrian time (01:40 GMT) of Friday. They targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, storage areas, ammunition supply bunkers and air defense systems at the Syrian government-controlled fac...
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 09:00 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Time to rethink our nuclear arsenal policy
Last year, after Donald Trump was elected he tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.” Many peace activists were genuinely alarmed to learn about Trump's intention, especially given the fact that the military budget of the USA is unmatched by any country...
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 12:47 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: Travel Paranoia
How paranoid can one become? Consider the latest laptop ban. Last Tuesday, the U.S. and U.K. banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism. While the ban n...
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 09:33 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: Dutch Election and the Presumed Muslim Problem
The Dutch had their election last Wednesday in which the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim extremist party – the Freedom Party (PVV) - came out a distant second winning 20 seats in the 150-seat parliament. Its leader Geert Wilders ran on a "de-Islamification" platform, calling for Islamic schools to be cl...
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 08:03 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Mr. Trump – stop tweeting and behave like a president
Last week, President Donald Trump appeared before a joint session of the Congress – the Senate and the House of Representatives, and delivered his first speech. It was an exceptional speech delivered by a man who is known more for his nasty and vitriolic remarks or comments than anything good or dec...
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 08:44 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
The emerging face of fascism in the USA
How does fascism emerge? An analysis of the events leading up to the emergence of fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s point to some important findings. These are – 1. High unemployment (1921 in Italy and 1932 in Germany.) 2. Destabilized government in the wake of WW I. Both countries were at...
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 19:07 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: Is there a glimmer of hope in a dysfunctional world?
The USA is in a disarray or so it seems these days with the POTUS attacking the media. On Thursday Trump said that the media "is out of control." Some media "is fantastic," the president allowed. But on the whole, journalism is plagued by "false, horrible, fake reporting." Trump tweeted last Friday...
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 15:34 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter From America: Trump Administration lies again
It seems that U.S. President Donald Trump has been misspeaking - to put it mildly - more often than not - since at least the presidential election times. Many political analysts assumed that once elected he would modify his positions and behave more responsibly as a president. But old habits die har...
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 13:26 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...


.