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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2036

Letter from America: The Rohingya Question – Part 2
When the British occupied Arakan, the country was a scarcely populated area. Consequently, formerly high-yield paddy fields of the fertile Kaladan and Lemro river valleys germinated nothing but wild plants for many years. It is worth noting here that those valleys in the pre-Burman colonization peri...
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 02:10 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Rohingya Question – Part 1
To many Burmese and Rakhine Buddhists of today’s Myanmar the existence of the non-Buddhist Rohingya people is mostly seen as a direct result of Indian, or more particularly, Bengali immigration during the post-1826 era of British occupation of the territories. To them, the Rohingya history starts wi...
Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 04:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: An Open Letter to President Obama
Dear Mr. President - I am somewhat puzzled by your decision to visit Myanmar, which has the worst records of human rights in our planet. As an overture to your trip, your administration has recently lifted import restrictions on Myanmar, broadly authorizing Myanmar-origin goods to enter the United S...
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 11:43 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar – Part 2 All Over Arakan It’s Bosnia Again!
In a meeting (in which I was invited to speak on the Rohingya problem) held in Luton (located 30 miles north of London), UK, on October 13, a British MP mentioned close parallel between what is happening today against the Rohingya Muslims in Arakan and what happened in Bosnia in the early 1990s agai...
Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 01:19 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar – Part 1
Myanmar’s western state of Arakan (Rakhine) is again burning. In Mrauk-U, the former capital of the independent kingdom of Arakan, hundreds of young Rakhine Buddhist men were on the march: packed on the backs of pickups, on motorcycles, on trishaws, tuk-tuks and bicycles, but mostly on foot. They ca...
Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 05:15 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Hajj – The Muslim Pilgrimage
Millions of Muslims from outside Saudi Arabia have already arrived in the holy city of Makkah (Mecca) in Arabia for performing their hajj or pilgrimage -- the world's largest annual gathering event. And many more will come within the next few days to follow the footsteps of billions of others that h...
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 02:46 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Buddhist Terrorism – no longer a myth
Last week the Myanmar Post on its front page reported about a meeting of Karen Religious Protection Organization that was held on October 14 in Mae Baung Monastery, Pha-an. The meeting was attended by more than 100 Buddhists including the Chief Administrators from all the nine quarters except the tw...
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 12:19 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Price of Hatred
In our time there is no denying of the enormous influence of the social media employing web- and mobile-based technologies to support interactive dialogue and communication between organizations, communities and individuals. Thus, mass communication which was once a very expensive avenue to propagat...
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 23:42 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Netanyahu’s ‘Bibibomb’ in the 67th Regular Session of the U.N. General Assembly
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (a.k.a. Bibi) Netanyahu is known for exploiting visual aids to maximize the impact of his message. Last Thursday during his speech to the UN General Assembly he asked, “How much enriched uranium do you need for a bomb? And how close is Iran to getting it? Well, let me...
Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 21:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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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