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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2007

Book Review: Islam & Muslims in the 21st Century by Abdus Sattar Ghazali (2017)
In 1978 Professor Edward Said’s book –‘Orientalism’ – was published. It was a groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East by the (late) Columbia University professor. Nearly four decades after its first publication, the book remains a modern clas...
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:57 By Habib Siddiqui
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The missing T-word
Last week, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people at a country music festival and then shot himself dead in Las Vegas, the gambling-capital in the USA. Since he was a 64-old white American retiree who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, many Americans are highly perturbed by the mere fact...
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:41 By Habib Siddiqui
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What's next to stop Myanmar?
According to aid workers inside Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, as of last Friday, more than half a million Rohingyas have poured into the country from Myanmar. More than 60% of these refugees are women and children under the age of twelve. It is feared that young Rohingya men are either butchered by the M...
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:31 By Habib Siddiqui
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The question of self-identity of the Rohingyas of Myanmar
One of the most egregious crimes is to deny a people its inalienable right to self-identify itself. The neo-fascists of Myanmarism have been committing this crime for nearly half a century. To them, the Rohingyas – racially Indian (or South Asian) and religiously either Muslim or Hindu – simply don’...
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:36 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Laukathara and its influence on Myanmarism
Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a resource rich country in south-east Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. The old men of the military that ran the country for more than half a century have been displaced by a popular, elected, civilian government of National League for Democracy...
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 09:32 By Habib Siddiqui
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An Open Letter to the US Ambassador to the UN - Nikki Haley
Dear Ambassador, We are witnessing the genocide of Rohingyas of the Rakhine state of Burma and yet doing nothing to stop this crime unfolding in front of us. It is a painful reminder that some 70 years after the UN had issued the universal declaration of human rights, still such lofty goals seem so...
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 09:54 By Habib Siddiqui
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Eid-ul-Adha: the story behind the sacrifice
Muslims are celebrating the Eid-ul-Adha in many parts of the world. It is the festival of sacrifice. The tradition goes back to the prophets - Ibrahim and his first son Isma’il alayhis salam (AS: peace be upon them). Ibrahim (Abraham) (AS), considered the patriarch of monotheistic religions like Jud...
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 11:00 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: An Open Letter to Mr. Kofi Annan
Dear Mr. Annan, I am very disappointed with your statement, dated August 25, 2017, concerning the latest violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. You stated, “I am saddened to hear of the loss of life of members of the security forces. The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying...
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 08:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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Flirting with neo-Nazi fascism is dangerous!
America is imploding, or so it seems. In the last couple of weeks we saw a wave of top-level hirings, firings, resignations and feuds. And then, we also witnessed neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. First came the not-too-well publicized rally by white supremacists on the University of V...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 22:11 By Habib Siddiqui
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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