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

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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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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