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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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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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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