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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2096

Letter from America: Gitmo – America’s legal black hole
Friday, January 11 was the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba in which hundreds of Muslims, mostly unrelated to any terrorist activities, continue to be holed up without any rights. The prison symbolizes what is wrong with America’s so-called war on terror and its t...
Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 13:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Rohingya Question – Part 7
So, what is ethnicity? Can the minority Rohingya qualify as an ethnic group? Ethnicity has been a debated topic and there is no single definition or theory of how ethnic groups are formed. Questions on Ethnicity According to John Hutchinson and Anthony Smith, the term “ethnicity” is relatively new -...
Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 01:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Rohingya Question – Part 6
As we have noted elsewhere there are other records, including British, which mention the name Rohingya. Consider, for instance, the account of the English surgeon to Embassy of Ava, Dr. Francis Buchanan (1762-1829 CE), who visited Burma decades before the British occupied the territory. He published...
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 02:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Rohingya Question – Part 5
No discussion on anti-Indian riots is, however, complete without a mention of the Japanese invasion of Burma. Japanese Occupation of Burma In January 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Burma from Thailand with the help of the Burma Independence Army (BIA), a military force made-up of 4,000 Bur...
Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 01:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Rohingya Question – Part 4
The Baxter report on Indian population in British occupied Burma notes, “The tracing of the growth of the Indian population through the series of census reports is a matter of some complexity. It was not until the sixth census, that of 1921, that a racial classification of the population was attempt...
Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 00:10 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Rohingya Question – Part 3
The Burmese history is replete with accusations against the British government of following a policy of divide and rule; deliberately separating the hilly people from the Burmans/Burmese. According to historian Maung Aung, this policy had the full support of the Christian missions, who wanted to con...
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 01:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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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