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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1132

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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Letter From America: Reflections on Some Unfortunate Deaths
On Thursday, February 12 - just two days after the targeted killings of 3 Muslim students (Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha) in Chapel Hill, NC - a Muslim man and his family were attacked inside a Kroger grocery store, located 15255 Michigan Avenue in of the Dearborn,...
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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A Bad Week – home and abroad
Three Muslim students were murdered on February 10 in Chappell Hill, N.C. in what can only be described as a hate crime. As usual, the popular media in the USA initially did not mention that it was a targeted murder committed by a gun-trotting White racist whose all victims were Muslims. Only after...
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:15 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Anecdotes of Molla Nasreddin Hodja
Nasreddin Hodja (Hoca in Turkish; the letter ‘c’ is pronounced as ‘dj’) was a Muslim humorist from Turkey (in the 13th century C.E.). As many as 350 anecdotes have been attributed to the Hodja, as he most often is called. Hodja is a title - meaning teacher or scholar (“Hodja” or “Hojjat” literally m...
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Reflections on the Death of My Mother
Last month on December 22 I received a call around 10:30 p.m. from my niece Tanita that my mom had been hospitalized. It was dreaded news for which none within our family was prepared. I remember talking with her a few hours before she went to sleep that night. She sounded cheerful in the presence o...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 07:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Paris March – A Sign of Bold Freedom or Pharaonic Arrogance?
Paris has recently witnessed the targeted assassination of eight Parisian journalists. Many see their execution as terrorism. Some see it as a justifiable act of avenge or retaliation for insulting Islam and its revered Prophet (S). And then there are many others who are not sure how to categorize t...
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 2
No one would dispute that what we call today Christianity – in all its manifold and often irreconcilable forms – is the result of a prolonged, gradual, often haphazard process involving much trial and error, much uncertainty, much schism, much compromise, much improvisation, much a posteriori accret...
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 05:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 1
For many Christians around the globe, Christmas is linked with the birthday of their lord Jesus Christ. They believe that he was born on or around December 25 of 1 C.E. (Common Era). It is inconsequential to them that the story in the Gospels is often utterly divorced from all historical contexts. T...
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 16:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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