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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1197

Letter from America: The Confederate Flag is Down
Friday, July 10, 2015 was a historic moment in the history of the United States of America. On Friday morning just after 10 a.m., the Confederate flag on South Carolina’s (SC) State House grounds was removed. It was an event that was surely overdue for decades. But thanks to the SC politicians, many...
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 07:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Maung Maung Ohn lies about the Rohingya people
The Outlook India magazine has recently conducted an interview of General Maung Maung Ohn, the chief minister of the Rakhine state of Myanmar. In that he shared his opinions about the Rohingya people who are recognized as the most persecuted people in our planet. During his tenure in office we have...
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 07:02 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Media Treatment of White Terrorism in the USA
On Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was having Bible Study. Hours later, 9 Black church members were shot to death by Dylann Roof, a 21 year old White male. Did Dylann Roof choose the date to send a message to the black c...
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 07:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: China Violates Religious Rights of Uyghurs
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun last week. Because of its religious significance, hundreds of millions of Muslims throughout the world are expected to fast from dawn to dusk. In total disregard to the religious rights of its Muslim minorities, the Chinese government has, once again, banne...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 12:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Is Modi failing to deliver on his promises?
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to be a devout Hindu who likes to visit Hindu temples wherever he visits. In spite of his short visit to Bangladesh, thus, he did not miss visiting the Dhakeshwari Mandir and Ramkrishna Math in Dhaka. I have no problem about anyone’s religion and devotion t...
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 07:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Saffronizing Ambedkar to serve Hindutva Ideology
If Hitler were alive, would you be amused if he had laid a floral wreath at the Auschwitz? Well, facts are sometimes stranger than fiction. And that is why don’t be surprised to learn that on April 14 of this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heads the BJP party – a Hindutvadi fascist p...
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 07:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Assad’s latest war crimes
There are not too many governments in our time that massacres its own people just to stay in power. Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is one such criminal government – outside those of Myanmar and China – that has not learned to alter its hideous means that have served it quite well to hang on to po...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 08:42 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Two Unfair Verdicts – My Two Cents!
An Egyptian court - read ‘kangaroo’ court - has recently pronounced death sentences on ousted president Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 other people over a mass prison break in 2011. Such harsh sentences in Sisi's Egypt are not unsurprising. Sisi wants to be the latest Pharaoh of Egypt, and is seri...
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 07:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on the upcoming Oslo Conference
In recent weeks, Rohingyas stranded in rickety boats in the Andaman Sea has caused international alarm. There are several thousand of these migrants in boats off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia with dwindling supplies of food and water. In spite of their sad plight, they are unwanted...
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 12:09 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Are the Rohingya people facing genocide?
Genocide is a serious matter and not a term to be bandied around willy-nilly. Recently the museum staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide investigated the threats facing the Rohingya people. They visited internment camps in the Ra...
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 08:19 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: USCIRF Report on Burma
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recently issued its report on Burma. The U.S. government has designated Burma as a "country of particular concern" (CPC) since 1999, most recently in July 2014. The longstanding Presidential action for this designation keeps the exis...
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 11:16 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Ayaan Hirsi is delusional and not a reformer
Can anyone take a known liar seriously? A couple of weeks ago Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an anti-Muslim zealot, appeared in Fareed Zakariya's GPS promoting her latest book. As I have noted many years ago, Ayaan is an immoral, greedy person whose trait is lying and deception. And she has been able to make...
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 06:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Playing politics with the White Cards?
In early February this year, the Myanmar parliament approved a proposal by President Thein Sein to allow people with temporary identification “white cards,” most of whom were Rohingya, to vote on a referendum on constitutional amendments to the country’s junta-backed constitution, which could come a...
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 07:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Hiding under the cloak of 'collateral' damage is unacceptable
War is ravaging Yemen and civilians, including infants, are getting killed. The situation is catastrophic. As we have seen before with the US-led invasion of Iraq, no matter how much the missile-shooter, bomb-droppers and drone-attackers would have you believe about perfection of their war machines,...
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 02:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Can Bangladesh’s politicians learn to walk their talk?
On March 26 the Bangladeshi community in Philadelphia celebrated the Independence Day to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan in the late hours of 25 March 1971 by the "Father of the Nation" Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman before he was arrested by Pakistani forces....
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 06:54 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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A Second Look at the Pareto Principle
Vilfredo Pareto (1848 – 1923) was an Italian civil engineer who became more famous as an economist, political scientist and philosopher. He gave the world what we call the 'Pareto Principle'. At the University of Lausanne, Switzerland he published his first paper "Cours d'économie politique" in 1896...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: ‘Hidden Hands’ Behind Communal Violence in Myanmar - I told you so
In a country that has been infested with the blight of unfathomable racism and bigotry for decades, rumors are enough to trigger communal riots. And if the press, priests, public servants and people’s representatives are all working in cahoots as a party to a very sinister program – which I have bee...
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Are you surprised with Netanyahu’s statement?
The apartheid state of Israel had her Knesset election Tuesday where the Likud Party of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu captured 30 seats, more than any other party. It is very likely that Netanyahu will be invited by Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel, to form the new coalition g...
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 07:02 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Be on guard if you are visiting Belgium
Last Monday, March 9, I was on a flight from Philadelphia to Brussels. The reason for my business trip: I was to host a business workshop in Antwerp on Wednesday and present a talk there, too. My British Airways flight left on time in the evening of Monday to arrive the next morning in London’s Heat...
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 07:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: American Terrorist Snipers in Action
Since the release of the movie American Sniper, many trigger-happy Americans have gone gung ho in their targeted murder of and terrorist acts against Muslims living in the USA. The hatred is also fueled by hatemongers working for the Fox News. One of her female anchors was heard openly calling for t...
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 14:25 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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