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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1387

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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Hypocrisy a la American style!
By now you probably heard about the entire hullabaloo about a cartoon in which the Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz appeared with his two daughters. The cartoon appeared in the Washington Post and then was pulled out shortly thereafter. Ann Telnaes, a Post cartoonist, drew an animation of t...
Monday, December 28, 2015 - 16:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Hate crimes – 2015
Hate crimes are on the rise all across Europe, Canada and the USA. Last week, two mosques in Hawthorne, near Los Angeles, California were vandalized. Two days earlier, a mosque in Coachella Valley, California, was set on fire by a white American Christian. On Dec. 7 someone left a severed pig’s head...
Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 14:00 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Nihilistic Assaults on Paris
Paris on Friday (Nov. 13) night suffered a series of simultaneous assaults, which left at least 129 people dead and around 350 wounded. They included a mass shooting at a concert hall, several shootings at bars and restaurants, and several bomb detonations, including more than one near France’s nati...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Modi’s UK visit was a success
Narendra Modi has done it again. He was able to rally thousands of supporters in his latest trip outside India. This time it was in the UK. Modi is the third in a string of controversial state leaders hosted by Britain in the past two months, following Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit last month...
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Myanmar goes to the polls today
Today Myanmar (previously Burma) is holding its first contested vote since 1990. Since achieving independence from Britain in 1948, the country had a very difficult start. Military has ruled the country for more than half a century since 1962. Although an election was held in 1990 in which the Natio...
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 15:32 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine state?
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. It imposes affirmative legal obligations on states to prevent genocide from occurring and to punish perpetrators of...
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 18:06 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: When paranoia rules, everything seems so kosher!
Last Wednesday night Israeli (IDF) soldiers shot and killed a man they thought to be a terrorist in Jerusalem, after the man attacked them and tried to grab one of the weapons they were carrying. According to police, the incident began when two soldiers boarding a bus near the entrance to the capita...
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 13:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: D’Souza: A case of cultural alienation?
Dinesh D'Souza is widely believed to be a racist and a soft bigot. I wish I did not have to say this, but the fact of the matter is there is no other way to portray him. Last year, he claimed that African-Americans are better off because their ancestors were 'hauled from Africa to America'. "Did Ame...
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 07:30 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam - the people's president
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, ex-president of India, died on July 27 of this year. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him personally but always admired him greatly. He was an extraordinary human being. He was a scientist, aeronautical engineer and writer who became the eleventh President of India,...
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 07:40 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Anti-Mosque protests in the West
Racism and bigotry is on the rise across the globe. Many of the western governments won't allow building of a mosque on Muslim owned properties. Even if the central government sometimes may have no bars for such mosque constructions, the local Christian community, much given to racism and bigotry, m...
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 07:18 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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