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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1977

Obama’s Speech at the U.N. General Assembly - Long on Sound Bytes
With all the foreign dignitaries attending the 67th Regular Session of the U.N. General Assembly, for the last few days, New York is busier than ever. This year, with all those rumors spread by the pro-Israeli politicians, lobby groups and media outlets as to how close Iran’s nuclear program is to m...
Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 13:18 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands?
On September 14, the Japan Times in its editorial wrote: "The government on Tuesday moved forward to nationalize three of the five islets that compose the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. It signed a ¥2.05 billion contract with the owner of the three islets — Uotsuri, Kita Kojima and Minami Ko...
Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 11:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: They Don’t Get It!
The Muslim world from Senegal to Indonesia is angry over the release of an anti-Muslim film in the YouTube ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad (S). There were protests in at least 23 nations. In the volatile Middle East the angry demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassies in the region. Demonstrators in...
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 13:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Rohingya Problem: How to Solve?
Is there any solution to this problem facing the Rohingya and other ‘nameless’ minorities in Myanmar who are threatened to extinction? I believe there is. I call it the carrot and stick policy. I shall come to this later. Rohingya Elimination is a Myanmar National Project Millions of ethnic minoriti...
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 02:06 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Rohingya Problem: Why?
As a conscientious global citizen of our planet, I have been writing for the past 32 years since my days as a university student on a plethora of issues, which include history, culture and civilization of the peoples of the South Asia and the Middle East. I have also studied and written on internati...
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 02:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Myanmar Government is lying
In an article in the state-run New Light of Myanmar on Wednesday, August 22, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Myanmar, stated, “It is obvious that the violence in the Rakhine State are neither the conflict between two religious groups of different faith nor humanitarian issue.” “The in...
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 23:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Comments about trying the Myanmar Government at the International Criminal Court
Myanmar government wants to hide its despicable record of racism and bigotry against non-Buddhist minorities inside the country by saying that there was no religious discrimination. As we say here, when a duck flies like a duck, swims like a duck and sounds like a duck it is a duck; it is not chicke...
Friday, August 24, 2012 - 10:39 By Habib Siddiqui
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Statement from the Bangkok Conference on the Rohingyas of Myanmar
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is going through a deep crisis in dealing with ethnic conflicts, especially in its western Rakhine (formerly Arakan) state. To find probable solutions to the existing problems, Arakan Rohingya Organization - Japan (JARO) and Rohingya National Organization in Thailand (RNOT)...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 07:15 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Human Migration (Part 2)
As we have already noted the ‘pull’ factor of migration is often related to economic considerations to seek out a better quality of life. Better economic prospective has always pulled many people throughout history to move to newer territories. But there could be other reasons for the ‘pull.’ Here,...
Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 04:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Human Migration (Part 1)
Human beings have been on the move since the beginning of time. That is why what was once a single family has now become a family of nations, comprising some seven billion people, spread out on all the continents of the planet. People have historically moved from rural to industrialized urban areas...
Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 01:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Neo-Nazi Racism in Myanmar
In his book - Worse Than War - Daniel Jonah Goldhagen says that during mass murders, the murderers themselves, their supporters and those who wish to stand idly by practice linguistic camouflage. And this has been the case with the apartheid regime in Myanmar when it comes to its national project to...
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 02:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Targeted Massacre of Minorities in Assam
South Asia is really going to the dogs or so it appears these days. When we thought that we had seen enough of a pogrom directed by the Rakhine extremists and Burmese authorities against the Rohingyas of Arakan state of Burma (Myanmar), we are forced to witness yet another massacre of unarmed civili...
Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 18:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: What’s wrong with Mr. Win’s Win-Win formula?
Last week, I came across Kanbawza Win's long article – “Killing two birds with a stone or a Win, Win Situation” – discussing his thesis for solving the Rohingya crisis in Burma. As a global citizen who has worked for decades to make our world a more inclusive world away from racism and bigotry, I co...
Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 14:05 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Blessed Month of Ramadan Has Arrived
The lunar month of Ramadan has come. It is the blessed month in which the Qur’an – the Muslim Holy Scripture -- was revealed: “The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] th...
Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 14:06 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Rohingya Refugees
June 30 came and went. It was the dateline set by the Thein Sein government of Myanmar for an inquiry report on current violence in the Arakan state, triggered by the lynching of ten tablighi Muslims (visiting from Rangoon) on June 3. That violence soon turned into a well-orchestrated pogrom against...
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 14:11 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Doggy Mess – part 3
Are the violent extremists winning everywhere? A closer look offers ample of evidences to suggest that indeed they are winning, esp. in war-torn countries and in countries that are engaged in war. This trend is somewhat understandable given the fact that war seems to bring the worst in human beings....
Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 15:19 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Doggy Mess – Part 2 USA: America’s Moral Failings under Obama
Obama ran, promised, won and betrayed. Like so many others that came before him, he has been one of the greatest disappointments of our time. Under his watch, the USA continues to abandon its role as the global champion of human rights. As former president Jimmy Carter has noted recently in a scathi...
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 02:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Tough Days Ahead for Dr. Morsi and his People
Well, after a week of doubt, delays and fears of a military coup, last Sunday to the cheers and jubilation of a massive crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Dr. Mohammed Morsi was declared winner in the presidential election. According to the Election Commission, nearly 52% of the votes were cast in his...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 02:46 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America – The Doggy Mess – Part 1
Seemingly our world is going to the dogs. That is how I have been feeling lately. Hardly anything good is happening anywhere. Here below are some samples from this past week. Norway: Remember the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik? He killed 77 people and injured 242 on July 22 of last year. He bo...
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 04:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: An Open Letter to Daw Suu Kyi of Burma
Dear Daw Suu Kyi, For more than a decade, as a concerned human rights activist, I have worked towards release of political prisoners like you and democratization of Burma (Myanmar). It was good to see that the new regime had the far-sightedness to release you with so many others that were put behind...
Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 15:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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