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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2008

Uneasy time requires smart thinking
There is no doubt that the rise of Daesh, which claims to be the new vanguard of the global jihadist movement, and the establishment of its caliphate in Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014 represents a turning point in the evolution of global terrorism. No time in recent history before has there be...
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:13 By Habib Siddiqui
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Suu Kyi’s Apartheid Myanmar
How long our world must witness the ethnic cleansing of vulnerable minorities? In Myanmar, it is a routine thing, against the minority Rohingyas who mostly live in the northern Arakan state, close to Bangladesh. They are the most persecuted people in our planet. They were persecuted for nearly half...
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 12:10 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Is Abu Ivanka for real change in Syria?
After years of indifference the USA attacked a Syrian airfield firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at about 04:40 a.m. Syrian time (01:40 GMT) of Friday. They targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, storage areas, ammunition supply bunkers and air defense systems at the Syrian government-controlled fac...
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 09:00 By Habib Siddiqui
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Time to rethink our nuclear arsenal policy
Last year, after Donald Trump was elected he tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.” Many peace activists were genuinely alarmed to learn about Trump's intention, especially given the fact that the military budget of the USA is unmatched by any country...
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 12:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Travel Paranoia
How paranoid can one become? Consider the latest laptop ban. Last Tuesday, the U.S. and U.K. banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism. While the ban n...
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 09:33 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Dutch Election and the Presumed Muslim Problem
The Dutch had their election last Wednesday in which the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim extremist party – the Freedom Party (PVV) - came out a distant second winning 20 seats in the 150-seat parliament. Its leader Geert Wilders ran on a "de-Islamification" platform, calling for Islamic schools to be cl...
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 08:03 By Habib Siddiqui
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Mr. Trump – stop tweeting and behave like a president
Last week, President Donald Trump appeared before a joint session of the Congress – the Senate and the House of Representatives, and delivered his first speech. It was an exceptional speech delivered by a man who is known more for his nasty and vitriolic remarks or comments than anything good or dec...
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 08:44 By Habib Siddiqui
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The emerging face of fascism in the USA
How does fascism emerge? An analysis of the events leading up to the emergence of fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s point to some important findings. These are – 1. High unemployment (1921 in Italy and 1932 in Germany.) 2. Destabilized government in the wake of WW I. Both countries were at...
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 19:07 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Is there a glimmer of hope in a dysfunctional world?
The USA is in a disarray or so it seems these days with the POTUS attacking the media. On Thursday Trump said that the media "is out of control." Some media "is fantastic," the president allowed. But on the whole, journalism is plagued by "false, horrible, fake reporting." Trump tweeted last Friday...
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 15:34 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Trump Administration lies again
It seems that U.S. President Donald Trump has been misspeaking - to put it mildly - more often than not - since at least the presidential election times. Many political analysts assumed that once elected he would modify his positions and behave more responsibly as a president. But old habits die har...
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 13:26 By Habib Siddiqui
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Trump’s Chaotic First Couple of Weeks
On Saturday in its front cover page the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel posted an illustration of the U.S. President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty. It depicts a cartoon figure of Trump with a bloodied knife in one hand and the statue's head, dripping with blood, in the other. It ca...
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 08:51 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Reflections on Bangladesh
I was in Bangladesh around the Christmas time. During this time of the year, many couples get married, which allowed me to attend a few of such events, almost every night I was in either Chittagong or Dhaka. Such events allowed me to connect and chat with some old friends and relatives. As usual, we...
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 06:20 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Trump sworn in as the 45th president
Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the USA on Friday. It was a rainy day and the country remains divided because of a very nasty election campaign. So, the attendees for this momentous event were rather small compared to previous ones in the last couple of decades. As expected, Fr...
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 09:04 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Rohingya – children of a ‘lesser’ God!
On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the Guardian ran a story on two Rohingya women, Noor Ayesha and Sayeda Khatun. “Noor Ayesha held her last surviving daughter tight as their boat crossed into Bangladeshi waters. She left behind a firebombed home, a dead husband, seven slain children and the soldiers w...
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 12:47 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Rohingya genocide - no longer a myth
A genocide is taking place against the Rohingyas of Myanmar. It has been an on-going ethnic cleansing national program in this Buddhist-majority country to erase Muslim presence soon after Burma emerged as an independent state. After General Ne Win took power in 1962 in a military coup, the status o...
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 13:23 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America -Fidel Castro, el Comandante, is dead
Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader who led anti-imperialist revolution casting off U.S. hegemony and taking the liberated country to the path of communism, died on Friday at the age of 90. While Havana and the rest of Cuba mourns for the death of their beloved revolutionary leader, the Cuban exiles in M...
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 10:55 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Dark Forces Winning the Game!
With the latest presidential election results in the USA, 2016 is proving to be a bonanza year for the right-wing extremists everywhere, or so it seems these days. The next year, 2017, may even look better for them. Amid a migrant crisis, sluggish economic growth and growing disillusionment with the...
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 11:29 By Habib Siddiqui
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Donald Trump’s Win – an analysis
Against all the predictions of the pundits, pollsters and polling groups, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Well except one, that is from my alma mater - University of Southern California, Los Angeles. For much of the year, the 2016 USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Pres...
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 12:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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Myanmar Government’s Fascist Tactics
Last week the Myanmar Police Force announced a plan to recruit and arm ethnic Rakhine and other non-Muslim civilians in restive Maungdaw Township, a predominantly Muslim township in Buddhist-majority Rakhine State. The township has recently witnessed widespread abuse of human rights against the mino...
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 14:21 By Habib Siddiqui
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Rohingya Lives Matter: Stop their ethnic cleansing
Myanmar’s government said that the October 9 raids were conducted by the Aqamul Mujahidin organization, which it described as being affiliated with an extremist group. On the other hand, a previously unknown group - Faith Movement - has released a press statement on October 15 in which it claimed it...
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 08:27 By Habib Siddiqui
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