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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 911

Letter from America: Death of a public intellectual - Ali Mazrui
Professor Ali Al-Amin Mazrui died last week on 13 October 2014, at Binghamton, New York, in the United States after being ill for several months. He was 81. I first learned about this great scholar when I was preparing a talk on Africa in the early 1980s in California. My search on the topic took me...
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 07:54 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Modi’s US Visit
The Indian Prime Minister was in NY last month to attend the UN General Assembly session. According to published reports he received a raucous reception from some 18,000 American- and Canadian- Indians who had gathered in Madison Square Garden, the famed New York sports arena. It is not difficult to...
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 17:41 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Rohingya People Need Our Help
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) who mostly live in the western part - the Rakhine (formerly Arakan) state, bordering Bangladesh, are undoubtedly the most persecuted people on earth. Denied citizenship in the Buddhist majority country, the Rohingyas have simply become the most un...
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: China’s Draconian sentence against her Mandela
China has one of the worst records on human rights. Its inhuman and savage treatment of Uyghur (also spelled as Uighur) Muslim minorities living in the far western Xinjiang region (East Turkistan) is one of the worst our world is witnessing outside how the Rohingyas are treated inside Myanmar. Beij...
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 06:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Western Invaders were no liberators – 2
Nearly 200,000 civilians have died in the Syrian conflict. The world community has watched the tragedy unfold in front of its eyes and let the massacre of unarmed civilians happen unbridled. Even when it was obvious that Syria’s ruthless murderer President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons a...
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 07:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Western Conquerors were never Liberators
On August 5 of this year, Major General Harold J. Greene was killed in Afghanistan by a lone gunman. Greene was the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in a war zone in four decades. Before him, according to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial database, Maj. Gen. John Albert B. Dillard Jr....
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 13:01 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: What a week!
This past week, Hollywood actor Robin Williams, one of the funniest guys in the planet, took his own life by committing suicide. He was suffering from depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. It is so difficult to believe that Robin who amused so many through his acting and s...
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 20:11 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Negotiations for the sake of appearance
Will the Palestinian people be ever free? Will they ever get justice for the crimes inflicted on them by the powerful against them? I am beginning to doubt. I am very skeptical these days. True to the words of Bertrand Russell, Israel as a colonial enterprise has been able to abuse the process...
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israel needs to be punished for her crimes against humanity
As I stated last week, I have almost stopped watching TV news these days. It is too depressing to watch the cries of Palestinians who have lost their loved ones in a genocidal campaign launched by the rogue state of Israel. Probably by now more than 1800 Palestinians in Gaza have died – almost all c...
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 12:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Israel’s latest crime – Another UN Compound hit
As it has happened repeatedly in this latest genocidal campaign in Gaza, the rogue state of Israel has attacked a UN school. The head of the main UN relief agency in Gaza has denounced the Israeli strike on one of its schools, which killed 19 people. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 07:40 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israeli Jews, Hate Crime and Hate Speech
In the last two days I have almost stopped watching TV news. It has been too painful to watch the gory scenes of the massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. How could any democratic government, which touts itself as the protector of its civilians, living the Jewish moral codes, commit such horrend...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israel’s Nazi-like criminal campaign in Gaza
Back in the early 1980s when I was a graduate student at University of California, the student community organized a seminar on the Palestine-Israel conflict. It was before the 1982 invasion of Lebanon (oddly codenamed Operation Peace for Galilee), but Israel had already annexed a strip of souther...
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Who’s worse: Russia’s Putin or America’s Obama?
As noted by the Electronic Intifada, the US State Department absolved Israel of responsibility for the murder of four Palestinian children in Gaza on Wednesday, placing the blame squarely on Hamas. The four children were killed and three others badly wounded by Israeli fire as they played on a bea...
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: NSA’s Spying of American Muslims
The Intercept, an investigative outlet co-founded by Greenwald, has lately reported that the National Security Agency spied on five American citizens - all Muslims - despite a lack of any finding that they posed a threat to national security. They were targeted for surveillance between 2002 an...
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 08:01 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: 935 Lies – Book Review
Recently in an interview to Chinese news agency, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said he had termed the decision of former President George W. Bush going for war on Iraq a grave mistake. As I have pointed out in some of my writings, the invasion of Iraq was not just a mistake it was a crime of th...
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 06:56 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Cheney’s Obscene Chutzpah
John F. Kennedy's famously said, "Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan." Iraq epitomizes failure of American policy and its failure has multiple credible claims to its paternity. As the crisis in Iraq deepens so is the finger-pointing on the rise with the Republicans in the USA blaming...
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 07:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Brotherhood of Mankind – Is it possible?
Nearly 1300 years ago, Hassan al-Basri (R: may Allah have mercy on him), one of the great saints, scholars and preachers of Islam, was asked: "What is Islam, and who are the Muslims?" He answered: "Islam is in the books, and Muslims are in the tomb." Hassan (R) was a Tabi’un (successor) who had the...
Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 02:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Shaikh’s Murder – Is this the start of a sinister plan in Modi’s India?
A 28-year-old Muslim man was beaten to death in Pune, India on Monday night (June 2) by Hindutvadi zealots with suspected links to a Hindu fundamentalist outfit over a Facebook message they found offensive, according to police. The victim - Mohsin Mohammed Sadique Shaikh - had been living in Pune...
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:21 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Shaykh Sa’di
Shaykh Sa’di was one of the greatest sages of the Muslim world. Growing up as a child in Bangladesh, I first came across a story about this great scholar in my text book. It was an intriguing piece which never escaped from my mind. Shaykh Sa’di was once invited to a wealthy man’s mansion. He goes...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 11:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Our Crazy World!
In the early 1980s, I lived in Isla Vista, California, for two years and a half. Located nearly a hundred miles north of Los Angeles city and edging the shore of the Pacific Ocean, with a round-the-year spring like climate, it is a small university town catering mostly to the needs of the stude...
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 08:56 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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