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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2193

Letter From America: Are the neo-fascists on the rise in Europe?
Victor Orban, Hungary’s twice-elected prime minister since 2010, is expected to get reelected in Sunday’s Hungarian elections. Fidesz, the ruling party, is projected to win at least two thirds of the 199 seats in Hungary’s National Assembly. Orban is a known neo-fascist and is opposed to migration o...
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 09:39 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: When is enough truly enough?
Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off. I think it was a wise decision given the fact that almost a dozen advertisers have dropped her show after the chauvinist talk show host mocked David Hogg, 17, a teenage survivor of the Florida schoo...
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 19:07 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: March for our lives
Summoned to action by surviving student of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, millions of teenagers and their supporters rallied in protests in more than 800 cities across the USA on Saturday, March 24, demanding change – gun reform. They are simply...
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:25 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Trump’s Revolving Door
What a messy week that just passed by! Peter Baker’s heading in the New York Times sums up the mess: As White House’s Revolving Door Whirls, Chaos Is the Only Constant. “In the never-ending reality-show drama of the Trump administration, characters come and go and sometimes come back again based as...
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 13:38 By Habib Siddiqui
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What a Friday!
I travel a lot by air. Last week I was in one such trip when I left my home in a suburb of Philadelphia very early in the morning to be at the airport by 6 a.m. There was no direct fight to my ultimate destination in Chattanooga, TN. My American Airlines (AA) flight took me first to Charlotte, NC, o...
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 17:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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Death of a crusading preacher
Billy Graham, widely touted here in the USA as ‘America’s pastor’, died on February 21 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99 years old. In 1963, he famously said, “We are selling the greatest product on earth. Why shouldn’t we promote it as effectively as we promote a bar of soap?” [Sat...
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 15:14 By Habib Siddiqui
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Mueller Indictment of the Russians
On Friday (Feb. 16, 2018) 'a federal grand jury' in Washington DC indicted 13 Russian nationals and a Kremlin-linked internet firm (Internet Research Agency) on charges that they meddled in the US presidential election of 2016. The US government said Russian entities began a concerted years-long ef...
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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What’s behind the U.S. stock market bust?
In the last couple of weeks, the Dow-Jones index bounced like a wild horse that’s out of control. It closed at 23,190 before closing on last Friday, Feb. 9. The seesaw day on the market came after the Asian and European markets both closed in negative territory. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 508 points,...
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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Davos 2018 – the talking shop for oligarchs, bankers and global elites (?)
Last week, Davos - the mountain resort, which sits high up in the eastern Alps of Switzerland in Graubunden – welcomed more than 2,500 movers and shakers - business, political and academic leaders from around the globe. They came to attend the yearly World Economic Forum (WEF), scheduled for January...
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 15:16 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Jerusalem Question: Part 4
Next, we come to the question of religious myth, as Menachem Begin once said, "The country [Israel] was promised to us, and we have a right to it." [Davar, Dec. 12, 1978] Golda Meir similarly said, “This country exists as a result of a promise made by God Himself.” [45] Moshe Dayan said, "If you hav...
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 08:46 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Jerusalem Question: Part 3
With the defeat of the Turkish Army during the World War I (1914-18), British General Edmund Allenby took control over Jerusalem. Upon entering the city on 11 December 1917, he declared, "Now the Crusades come to an end." The British Mandate Period: As a matter of fact, it was the beginning of the...
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 09:25 By Habib Siddiqui
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2017 – The End of a Bad Year
2017 has proven to be a very disappointing year for most people around the globe. Starting with Donald Trump as the president of the most powerful country in the globe so many things simply went from bad to worse and beyond. We, as global citizens, have miserably failed to stop the Rohingya genocide...
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 09:30 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Jerusalem Question – Part 2
In 636 CE, at the battle of Yarmouk, the Byzantines were decisively defeated by the Muslim Army, led by Amr ibn al-‘As (R). Within months in 637 CE, the Muslim army under the leadership of Abu Ubayda ibn Jarrah (R) lay a bloodless siege on Jerusalem, which lasted for four months. Patriarch Sophoroni...
Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 08:07 By Habib Siddiqui
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Trump’s reckless decision on Jerusalem – Part 1
U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was dealt a blow when the bulk of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA) member states backed its motion to brand his unilateral move as “null and void”. The resounding condemnation against th...
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 08:17 By Habib Siddiqui
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What’s the UN doing to Stopping Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar?
One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Instead of carry...
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 08:32 By Habib Siddiqui
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Concerns, Causes and Countermeasures to the Rohingya Problem
In the last four months, since August 2017, more than 615,000 natives of Arakan – the Rohingya Muslims and Hindus – have been forced to leave their native land to settle in Bangladesh as a refugee. They have left behind everything that was important to them – home, business, madrasa, masjid, cattle,...
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 13:09 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Judge Moore and Joseph the Carpenter ain’t the same!
As President Trump is visiting Southeast Asia, another Republican is making the headlines in the US news media. He is Roy S. Moore, a 70-year old former Alabama state judge best known for being twice elected to and twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court. In 1992, he became a circuit court judg...
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 13:57 By Habib Siddiqui
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The problem with American democracy
The 2016 American presidential election and its result have been odd by any standard. No one expected Donald Trump, a man who never ran a single public office in his life, to be chosen by the GOP as its candidate and then win the election defeating Hillary Clinton. The latter, even on the very day o...
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 13:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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DPRK’s little known secrets ensure sustainability of the Stalinist regime
In recent months, North Korea has attracted much world attention due to its nuclear program threatening its neighbors to the east and south. The official name of the country is Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), although it is neither democratic nor a people’s republic. The state is run b...
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 08:27 By Habib Siddiqui
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Daft Twerp Trump
Thanks to the POTUS the politics in the USA is heating up once again. Twelve days after four Americans were killed on Oct. 4 in an ambush in Niger, Mr. Trump called the widow of Sergeant La David T. Johnson and said that her husband “knew what he signed up for,” referring to the soldier only as “you...
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 12:22 By Habib Siddiqui
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