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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2344

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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Book Review: Islam & Muslims in the 21st Century by Abdus Sattar Ghazali (2017)
In 1978 Professor Edward Said’s book –‘Orientalism’ – was published. It was a groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East by the (late) Columbia University professor. Nearly four decades after its first publication, the book remains a modern clas...
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:57 By Habib Siddiqui
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The missing T-word
Last week, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people at a country music festival and then shot himself dead in Las Vegas, the gambling-capital in the USA. Since he was a 64-old white American retiree who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, many Americans are highly perturbed by the mere fact...
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:41 By Habib Siddiqui
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What's next to stop Myanmar?
According to aid workers inside Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, as of last Friday, more than half a million Rohingyas have poured into the country from Myanmar. More than 60% of these refugees are women and children under the age of twelve. It is feared that young Rohingya men are either butchered by the M...
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:31 By Habib Siddiqui
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The question of self-identity of the Rohingyas of Myanmar
One of the most egregious crimes is to deny a people its inalienable right to self-identify itself. The neo-fascists of Myanmarism have been committing this crime for nearly half a century. To them, the Rohingyas – racially Indian (or South Asian) and religiously either Muslim or Hindu – simply don’...
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:36 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Laukathara and its influence on Myanmarism
Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a resource rich country in south-east Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. The old men of the military that ran the country for more than half a century have been displaced by a popular, elected, civilian government of National League for Democracy...
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 09:32 By Habib Siddiqui
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An Open Letter to the US Ambassador to the UN - Nikki Haley
Dear Ambassador, We are witnessing the genocide of Rohingyas of the Rakhine state of Burma and yet doing nothing to stop this crime unfolding in front of us. It is a painful reminder that some 70 years after the UN had issued the universal declaration of human rights, still such lofty goals seem so...
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 09:54 By Habib Siddiqui
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Eid-ul-Adha: the story behind the sacrifice
Muslims are celebrating the Eid-ul-Adha in many parts of the world. It is the festival of sacrifice. The tradition goes back to the prophets - Ibrahim and his first son Isma’il alayhis salam (AS: peace be upon them). Ibrahim (Abraham) (AS), considered the patriarch of monotheistic religions like Jud...
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 11:00 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: An Open Letter to Mr. Kofi Annan
Dear Mr. Annan, I am very disappointed with your statement, dated August 25, 2017, concerning the latest violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. You stated, “I am saddened to hear of the loss of life of members of the security forces. The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying...
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 08:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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Flirting with neo-Nazi fascism is dangerous!
America is imploding, or so it seems. In the last couple of weeks we saw a wave of top-level hirings, firings, resignations and feuds. And then, we also witnessed neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. First came the not-too-well publicized rally by white supremacists on the University of V...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 22:11 By Habib Siddiqui
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