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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1618

Letter from America: American Public Problem
Too many things are going wrong inside the USA in this election year. People are harassed and discriminated based on their ethnicity, religion and color. Many minorities are losing jobs simply because of looking different. On Friday night, a Hispanic gunman killed four women and a man in a shooting...
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 11:20 By Habib Siddiqui
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Open Letter to Harvard University President
Dear Professor Faust, I am shocked to learn that Harvard University has honored Aung San Suu Kyi, the de-facto civilian leader of Burma (Myanmar), with Harvard Foundation’s “2016 Harvard Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award” on September 17. The award reminds me of President Obama's winning the Nobel P...
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:53 By Habib Siddiqui
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Thoughts on American Presidential Election – 2016
American politics, as expected, has heated up since the Labor Day. In less than two months the American voters will choose between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and casino- and real estate mogul Donald Trump for the highest political post in the land. After five years of questioning Pres...
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:15 By Habib Siddiqui
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9/11 – Fifteen Years Later
This Sunday the USA observes the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The attacks on the soil of the USA was committed not by a hostile state but reportedly by non-state Muslim zealots that were affiliated with OBL's al-Qaeda. Nearly 3000 individuals of all faiths died in the attacks. Since the militant group...
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 07:35 By Habib Siddiqui
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Malaysia’s Shameful Scandal
What's happening in Malaysia? Are we witnessing some conspiracy to break the head of this emerging economic power, or something else? As readers may recall, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed after being hit by a Russian-made Buk missile when it was t...
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 03:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Annan Commission needs to be successful
On Friday, 19 August 2016, the first World Rohingya Day demonstrations took place around the world. Rallies and demonstrations took place in London, UK; Washington DC, Toronto, Canada, New York, Chicago; Stockholm, Sweden; Boston; Los Angeles; and many other places. The speakers demanded end to the...
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11:14 By Habib Siddiqui
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What went wrong in Bangladesh?
I returned from my overseas trip a few days ago. It was a long vacation for me when I spent nearly ten weeks in Bangladesh. On my way to Chittagong, my laptop computer became dysfunctional after it had fallen from my hand in Dubai airport. With very little to do without my computer, I spent most of...
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 07:39 By Habib Siddiqui
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U.S. should have its own Chilcot Report
I have argued many times that the Iraq invasion was a crime of the highest proportion. Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and probably a million Iraqi li...
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 23:45 By Habib Siddiqui
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Eli - the weasel - is dead
Eli Wiesel has died. I was never a fan of him in spite of his many successes in life, mostly selling the Holocaust industry. I found him fake and considered him a disingenuous person: a hypocrite of our time. He was in the habit of making things up, in a way that his many subsequent detractors could...
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 19:21 By Habib Siddiqui
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Ganguly’s pseudo-analysis of Bangladesh
After reading Sumit Ganguly’s article - Bangladesh’s Accommodation of Extremism Spells Danger for Region (YaleGlobal Online) - I could not believe that I was reading an analysis from someone who holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomingt...
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 07:42 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Israel: where is she heading to?
General Ya’ir Golan, the deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, delivered a speech on Holocaust Memorial Day. He said, "If there is something that frightens me about the memories of the Holocaust, it is the knowledge of the awful processes which happened in Europe in general, and in Germany in p...
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 09:58 By Habib Siddiqui
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Myanmar's 'Rohingya' problem
Human rights groups say the Rohingya people are one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in the world. My own research work on endangered people has also shown that they are the most persecuted people in our time. More than a million people in Myanmar from the Muslim minority are currently stateless...
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 07:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Bombing of Hospitals in War-torn Places
Death is almost never welcome. And it is simply unacceptable to find out that someone had died in a hospital not because of his or her illness but because of bombing sustained by the facility. It is a major crime to attack a hospital. Unfortunately, that is what has been happening in war ravaged ter...
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 09:31 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America - Southwest: the official airline for racists and bigots!
As a frequent flyer, I have traveled with the Southwest Airlines a few times. In my operational excellence classes, I have often used it as an example of standardization. But I have stopped flying the airline for quite some time. Its “You Are Now Free To Move About The Country” has become a wildly o...
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 06:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Suu Kyi must erase the apartheid stain
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, wrote, "When fear becomes collective, when anger becomes collective, it’s extremely dangerous. It is overwhelming... The mass media and the military-industrial complex create a prison for us, so we continue to think, see, and act in the same way... We need the cour...
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 07:03 By Habib Siddiqui
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‘They Hate Us’ – Really? – Part 2
We are living in an age of fitnah and fasad (trials and tribulations) when terrorism has become a reality in many parts of our world. Ordinary people are either being terrorized or getting lynched from all sides – the enemies from within and without. So miserable is the Muslim experience tha...
Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 06:32 By Habib Siddiqui
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‘They Hate Us’ – Really? - Part 1:
Donald Trump said on March 9, 2016 that he thinks "Islam hates us," drawing little distinction between the religion and radical terrorism by some misguided and angry Muslims. "I think Islam hates us," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper, deploring the "tremendous hatred" that he said partly defined the...
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 06:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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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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