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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2676

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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Letter from America: Remembering FALLUJAH and NATO War Crimes
Eight years ago, Fallujah in Iraq became the theater of a major showdown between the Iraqi insurgents and the American occupying forces. By successfully repelling the first U.S. led siege in April 2004, just a year after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Fallujah essentially became a symbol of heroism and...
Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 15:17 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The 'Amen Corner' in the Capitol Hill
With the U.S. presidential election only five months away, the Capitol Hill is behaving more and more like a cheer-leading ‘Amen Corner’ for the rogue state of Israel these days than a body of wise law-makers that care about what is best for the USA and her people. Two weeks ago, the House of Repres...
Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 02:25 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Hillary’s Hypocritical Comments in South Asia
Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Bangladesh. It was a short visit. She flew into Dhaka from China after convincing Chinese leaders to free blind dissident Chen Guangcheng. The stop in Bangladesh was "personal" to renew old friendships with Bangladesh. Two of her “...
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:32 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America – Pre-emptive Strikes – the Kabilite Syndrome - 2
As I hinted earlier, pre-emptive strikes against the perceived enemy is part of the strategic planning of the Kabilite forces of our world, whether it is carried out at an individual or a state level. So the Kabilite crime committed in Norway by the Christian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has a j...
Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 07:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America – Pre-emptive Strikes – the Kabilite Syndrome - 1
The U.S. missile defense plans in Europe have been one of the thorniest topics in U.S.-Russian relations for years. Last week, Russia's top military officer threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if the USA goes ahead with her contr...
Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 05:27 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America – Imperial Arrogance and Hysteria
Last Friday the latest high-level talks on breaking a five-month diplomatic impasse between Pakistan and the USA collapsed over American refusal to Pakistani demands for an unconditional apology from the Obama administration for an airstrike, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghanistan bor...
Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 04:47 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bangladesh’s Railway-gate Corruption
Crime and corruption always go hand in hand. Bangladesh, like many of the developing countries, has her share of such vices that never seem to go away. But her people have always expected better and thus with uninhibited enthusiasm participated in all the elections since 1970, a year before the coun...
Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 15:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The War Party is Alive and Kicking – 2
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 these warmongers – many are Washington insiders either active in politics or linked with dozens of think tanks and military industrial complex - wanted to use the event as the ‘Pearl Harbor’ moment to capitalize on their long-desired plans, concocted in the 1990s,...
Monday, April 16, 2012 - 03:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The War Party is Alive and Kicking - 1
If you thought that with the defeat of the Republicans in the last U.S. presidential election you had seen the last of the War Party, you are wrong. They are alive and kicking, and have been so for quite some time. They have been behind all the hoopla about Iran’s so-called nuclear program so that t...
Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 14:16 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Pornography of Violence – 2
I am not surprised either to learn about the My Lai style murderous orgy executed by a U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bales (38) on March 11 in Afghanistan that killed 17 innocent Afghans. Nine of the dead were children; some others were women and elderly men. The bodies of some of the victims were set on fi...
Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 02:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiquid
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Letter from America: The Pornography of Violence - 1
No matter how one abhors it, the pornography of violence has become part of our life these days. There is rarely a day when we are spared of its horrific images invading our privacy, being shown on the TV screens and newspapers. There is something absolutely wrong and hideous with this American cult...
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 14:33 By - Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Predicament in the post-colonial era - 3
So, where shall Muslims start? What should be their strategy or game plan towards rejuvenation, let alone arresting their decadence in the 21st century? In what follows I propose three major areas that need to be prioritized for transforming the pathetic state of the Muslim world. 1. Education The m...
Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 03:25 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Predicament in the post-colonial era - 2
Muslims must look into their past to search for solutions to their current predicament. How did those desert Arabs of Muhammad’s (S) time, one of the most unlettered people on earth, technologically far inferior to their counterparts in Persia and Byzantine, once become the proud ancestors of Islami...
Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 18:17 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Predicament in the post-colonial era - 1
The seventh century which saw the rise of Islam also saw Christian Europe enters the Dark Ages. In the Western Europe the invading Goths had almost obliterated the culture and technology of the Romans. In the Eastern Roman Empire, centering in Constantinople, the Church had all but suppressed Greek...
Monday, March 5, 2012 - 01:40 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Qur’an Burning, What’s Next?
American soldiers have done it again! It was not too long ago that they were found urinating on the dead bodies of Afghans. This time they have burned the Qur’an, the Muslim Scripture. At least two dozen Afghans have died protesting the sacrilegious act. When will these invading forces learn not to...
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:14 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Living between the two worlds - 3
Winter is very dry in Bangladesh, and as such, can be quite dusty in the towns and cities with all the construction works going on round the clock. Although for an expatriate like me who has spent more time in North America than in Bangladesh, December weather in Chittagong should feel more like tha...
Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 15:09 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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