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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1691

Letter From America: The Rohingya genocide - no longer a myth
A genocide is taking place against the Rohingyas of Myanmar. It has been an on-going ethnic cleansing national program in this Buddhist-majority country to erase Muslim presence soon after Burma emerged as an independent state. After General Ne Win took power in 1962 in a military coup, the status o...
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 13:23 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America -Fidel Castro, el Comandante, is dead
Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader who led anti-imperialist revolution casting off U.S. hegemony and taking the liberated country to the path of communism, died on Friday at the age of 90. While Havana and the rest of Cuba mourns for the death of their beloved revolutionary leader, the Cuban exiles in M...
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 10:55 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Dark Forces Winning the Game!
With the latest presidential election results in the USA, 2016 is proving to be a bonanza year for the right-wing extremists everywhere, or so it seems these days. The next year, 2017, may even look better for them. Amid a migrant crisis, sluggish economic growth and growing disillusionment with the...
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 11:29 By Habib Siddiqui
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Donald Trump’s Win – an analysis
Against all the predictions of the pundits, pollsters and polling groups, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Well except one, that is from my alma mater - University of Southern California, Los Angeles. For much of the year, the 2016 USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Pres...
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 12:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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Myanmar Government’s Fascist Tactics
Last week the Myanmar Police Force announced a plan to recruit and arm ethnic Rakhine and other non-Muslim civilians in restive Maungdaw Township, a predominantly Muslim township in Buddhist-majority Rakhine State. The township has recently witnessed widespread abuse of human rights against the mino...
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 14:21 By Habib Siddiqui
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Rohingya Lives Matter: Stop their ethnic cleansing
Myanmar’s government said that the October 9 raids were conducted by the Aqamul Mujahidin organization, which it described as being affiliated with an extremist group. On the other hand, a previously unknown group - Faith Movement - has released a press statement on October 15 in which it claimed it...
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 08:27 By Habib Siddiqui
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Bias and Prejudice Die Hard
I was shocked to read Kanbawza Win’s latest posting in the Asian Tribune. Once again, he reveals his appalling bias and prejudice against the Rohingyas of Myanmar, who remain the most persecuted people in our time. As a hardcore racist that he is, his latest rant doesn’t surprise me at all, and shou...
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:28 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Latest Crisis in Arakan
The situation inside the Rohingya villages in north-western Arakan state of Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh, is dire. Another genocidal campaign has been launched by the government. As we have seen before with the previous military regimes, the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi has its version of jus...
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 14:51 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America -The GOP Must Dump Trump
Can a video tape deal a death blow to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign? Could the unthinkable really happen? The Republican presidential candidate is in a deep shit – excuse my English here – after the release of a 2005 video tape this Friday in which he bragged about groping and trying to have...
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 09:50 By Habib Siddiqui
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Book Review: The prima materia of Myanmar Buddhist Culture by Shwe Lu Maung
Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a resource rich country in south-east Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. The country of nearly 52 million people is going through a mammoth change these days. The old men of the military that ran the country for more than half a century have been...
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 09:13 By Habib Siddiqui
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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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