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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2521

Speaking Truth to Power
The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and requires moral courage and deep conviction. Thus, it is not difficult to see the rarity o...
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 12:22 By Habib Siddiqui
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What a week for Trump, Netanyahu and Modi!
This past week has been a very exciting week globally. At home, in the USA, there was the much-anticipated House hearing of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s one-time personal lawyer, the ‘fixer’. He appeared fully prepared, genuine, believable and remorseful for his previous support and lying on beh...
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 04:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Myth of ‘Bengali Migration’ to Arakan
Genocidal crimes don’t occur by chance and require years of preparation. The rationale for justifying such horrendous crimes is often provided by the evil geniuses or the ideologues within the dominant group. This ominous task is sometimes shared by other powerful groups within the perpetrating comm...
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 08:50 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Racism in our time: can it be defeated?
How pervasive is the race problem in the USA? To find an answer we don’t need to look beyond the latest revelations from Virginia where Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has been accused of posting about a racist image that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. He admitted to darkeni...
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:45 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Uyghurs – Detained in their own land
Imagine that you are living in a country where most of your family members are now detained in mass detention camps where they face inhuman torture including waterboarding! You ask – why? Well, according to the government, as an ethnic and religious minority your family members are perceived as pote...
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 08:16 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Letter From America: The Relevance of Yunus Emre in Our Time
No place seems immune these days from instability, violence and insecurity. The worst victims are Muslims – attacked both from within and without the community. The extremists on both sides are hijacking the narratives about Islam, thus, bringing in much suffering to the people and creating a world...
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 04:19 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: What’s Next for Bangladesh?
Bangladesh had her parliamentary election on December 30, 2018 in which prime minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling alliance won a third straight term winning more than 90 percent of the 300 seats contested. Five candidates of the BNP and two candidates from its ally Gono Forum were elected, while the rul...
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 09:51 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Being Mindful – an Islamic Perspective
Today we live in a hyper-connected world where we are continuously distracted by our thoughts and technological comforts. It is rare for one to have their mind in the present 100% of the time – in fact, on average we spend 41% of our time with our mind lost in our thoughts – thinking about the futur...
Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 08:34 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: 'Isa (AS) in the Qur'an
Jesus or ‘Isa in Arabic (alayhis salam, meaning: peace be upon him) is of great significance in both Islam and Christianity. However, there are differences in terms of beliefs about the nature and life occurrences of ‘Isa (AS). Every year millions of Christians celebrate December 25 as the Christmas...
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 08:35 By Habib Siddiqui
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Can we stop xenophobia that led to genocide of the Rohingya?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Xenophobia as – fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. Thus, one need not necessarily be a foreigner or newcomer to a territory to be a target or an object of this crime. Even an indigenous people who are a minorit...
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:06 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: George H.W. Bush – the man and his legacy
Former U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush died late Friday on Nov. 30, 2018 in his home in Houston. He was 94. He was suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease. His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018. [They were the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. hist...
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 08:08 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: A Reminder on the Essence of Genuine Leadership
Elections are held in many parts of our globe for a plethora of reasons – from electing the head of an organization (including but not limited to social, cultural, financial, business) to the head of a state. Not all elections are fare though and not all elected leaders are good for their constituen...
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 07:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America : Uneasy Future Ahead
As expected the Democratic Party won the majority in the US congressional elections, while the Republicans held on to their majority position within the Senate. As a result, President Donald Trump is on a weaker position today than ever before in his nearly two-years in office, which has been highly...
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 08:46 By Habib Siddiqui
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The 2018 American Elections
American voters go to the polling booths this coming Tuesday to cast their ballots in what is described here in the USA as the mid-term elections. Usually, the mid-term elections are boring events in which only a small fraction of the eligible voters, mostly comprising of the die-hard party supporte...
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 13:00 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America - World Disorder: Reform at the UN needed
The United Nations Organization, like the League of Nations before, was conceived for the noble purpose of ending wars between nations. Yet, we have witnessed, almost non-stop, one war after another. Since the end of the Second World War in 1945 there have been some 250 major wars in which over 50 m...
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 16:14 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America - The World Disorder : Who would have imagined this?
Who would’ve imagined that Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who had been living in the U.S, would be killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul? But now we know better. Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince MBS, such has become a reality. According to the CNN, the...
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 14:26 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The World Disorder – Part 3
Thanks to the Saudi-led coalition, Yemen continues to bleed for the last three years. The country is wrecked by a bloody war between the Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemen's unpopular government. The Houthis, who are Zaydi Shi’as, and the Yemeni government have battled on and off since 2004; the...
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 13:34 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The World Disorder – Part 2
At least 200 Palestinians have been killed since the Gaza protests began on March 30 of this year to demand the right of return to lands that Palestinian families fled or were driven from on Israel’s founding in 1948. The Zionist leaders have mastered the art of lying and deception. As they expand t...
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 08:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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The World Disorder – Part 1
The preamble of the United Nations states: “We The Peoples Of the United Nations Determined • to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and • to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the...
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:04 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: My Road Trips in Bangladesh
I have returned to the USA from Bangladesh after staying there nearly three months. During my visit there I lost three close relatives; the most devastating of which was the loss of my brother-in-law Bahar who was married to my sister. He will always be missed in our family. He was a social worker w...
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 07:17 By Habib Siddiqui
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