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

Letter from America: Armenian Genocide – fact or fiction? – Part 2
The history of the Armenian-Turkish conflict is a complicated and contentious one. Professor Justin McCarthy of Louisville University, an American historian who is an expert on late Ottoman era history, believes that orthodox Western histories of the declining Ottoman Empire are biased, since they a...
Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 03:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Armenian Genocide – fact or fiction? – Part 1
Last month, the French Senate approved a controversial bill with a 127-86 vote that makes it a criminal offence to deny that genocide was committed by Ottoman Turks against Armenians during World War I. The measure has been sent to President Sarkozy for final approval. France already labels the so-c...
Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 14:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Living between the two worlds – 2
My port city of Chittagong, situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, in Bangladesh is no longer the town that I grew up with or the city that I left some 34 years ago when I came to North America to pursue higher studies. Chittagong was a sleepy little beautiful town on the edges of vast hilly te...
Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:47 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Living between the two worlds - 1
Like many citizens of our world these days, I live between the two worlds. The last month I was away from my adopted country visiting my native home in south Asia. I still have my parents and siblings living there, and many school-day friends. The journey from North America takes almost two days to...
Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 13:30 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Is the change in Myanmar for real?
In its latest gesture of amnesties, the military-backed regime of Thein Sein in Myanmar has released many political prisoners. Those freed included veterans of the 1988 student protest movement, monks involved in the 2007 demonstrations and ethnic-minority activists like U Kyaw Min (a member of the...
Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 12:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Bachmann is out, Who’s next?
The USA is in the early stage of its primary elections to narrow down the number of Republican presidential hopefuls to just one. Michelle Bachmann, the congresswoman from the state of Minnesota, suffered a hard blow with a last-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Wisely, she has ended her campaign,...
Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 04:34 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: All those Republican Candidates
The American public likes to be entertained and this is the time of the year, thanks to the presidential hopefuls, when they get more than their share of entertainment. Just watch the Republican debates on the TV, or listen to their silly talks on the radio, or read their comments or views on a plet...
Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 04:46 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the Assad Regime Must Go
As usual the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad has made a travesty of its promises. It was only a week ago before Eid-ul-Adha that the tyrannical regime had promised to abide by an Arab League proposal to halt all violence, release all detainees, withdraw all armed elements from populated areas a...
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 14:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Eid-ul-Ad’ha
This Sunday is the 10th day of Dhu’l Hijjah in the Muslim calendar. It is the day of Hajj - Eid al-Ad'ha or Yawm al-Nahr -- when the pilgrims in Makkah sacrifice halal animals following one of the oldest traditions of mankind, dating back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) Alayhis Salam (meani...
Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 12:15 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Col. Gaddafi’s Death
Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi died on October 20 on the way to a hospital in Misrata. An autopsy determined that he had bullet wounds to his chest and head. Apparently, he was killed by a Libyan captor with the rebel forces that had toppled his regime. It was not the kind of death he imagined to embrace durin...
Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 12:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 5: The Demography Controversy According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the population in Arakan grew to 173,000 in 1831, 248,000 in 1839, 461,136 in 1871 and 762,102 in 1901. For the total population in Arakan to grow to those numbers it would have required yearly annual growth rates of 11.59...
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 12:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 4: Rakhine Attempt to Whitewash Burman King’s Crime Khin Maung Saw provides a highly distorted rendition of the 1784 invasion of Arakan and tries to justify the brutal occupation by the racist and bigot Burman King Bodaw Paya by saying that it was all about reformation of the Buddhist Monk's o...
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 13:34 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 3: The Muslim Factor in Arakan Just as it happened throughout the coastal territories from the Arabian Peninsula to the Barbary Coast and the shores of Gibraltar and Iberian Peninsula (and beyond) via Alexandria, Tripoli and Tunis to the west, and to the shores of Mozambique (originally Musa-bi...
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 12:13 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
2. Analysis: The Land and the Indigenous People of Arakan To incite violence and bigotry against Rohingya Muslims of Arakan, Khin Maung Saw does not waste any time. He starts with a picture of a Muslim congregational prayer on the front page, followed by a photo of some soldiers (or possibly guerill...
Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 13:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 1: The Rohingya Identity and Hatemongering by Rakhine Racists Khin Maung Saw’s article “Islamization of Burma through Chittagonian Bengalis as Rohingya Refugees” is a revisionist attempt by a deranged chauvinist Magh to rewrite the history of the Muslims of Arakan. Racism and bigotry are writte...
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 06:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The 10th Anniversary of 9/11
This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which, by any account, was a momentous event in American history. In the post-World War II period, never before has the USA suffered such a massive loss in human lives and properties. The total cost to the USA has been estimated by the New York Times at a...
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 12:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israel - the ‘Untouchable’ Rogue State
After months of waiting, the UN’s panel of inquiry has come up with a report reviewing Israel’s May 31, 2010 raid on a Turkish-based flotilla that was trying to bring humanitarian aid to the Palestinians of Gaza. The report assailed Israel for the way in which the nine passengers were killed and sco...
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 12:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The blessed Night of Power
The blessed month of Ramadan is coming to an end. The first one-third of the month was for seeking mercy, the middle one-third for forgiveness and the last one-third for salvation from the Fire of Hell. In the last part of this month lies hidden the Night of Power or Decree (Laylatul Qadr) about whi...
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 01:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Essence of Ramadan
Muslims throughout the world are now observing Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting in accordance with the dictates of the Qur’an – the Muslim Holy Scripture, in which they are commanded by Allah: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (l...
Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 12:42 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bangladesh’s Political Insanity?
In recent days, the Economist of the U.K. seems to have taken more than a casual interest about the sad state of politics inside Bangladesh, which has been a nasty partisan one with an illiberal democracy for the last two decades. While such an interest may be a boon to stir a healthy debate about t...
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 05:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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