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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1860

Letter from America: Howard Zinn – American People’s Historian
Dr. Howard Zinn, historian, teacher and political activist, died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 87. He was an early opponent of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. To him, “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable.” He als...
Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 00:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the Massachusetts Vote
In politics things are never as good as they seem and they are never as bad as they seem. Who would have thought that just a year after President Obama’s swearing in the National Mall, Washington D.C., a Republican who is an anti-thesis of almost everything that the late Senator Ted Kennedy stood fo...
Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 01:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Corporate America Still Doesn’t Get It
Let’s admit it. We saw it coming. I am talking about the recent financial crisis that hit us, which can only be described as an economic Tsunami. It is the worst economic debacle since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The U.S. economy is still wrestling with its effects. One tenth of the work forc...
Friday, January 22, 2010 - 03:22 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Does Race Still Matter?
It is said that before Prophet Moses (Musa alayhis salam – peace be upon him) could settle his people to the Promised Land, the children of Israel lived in the deserts of Arabia for decades. It was like a transition period for the former slaves of Egypt. There they learned how to live as a free nati...
Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 01:24 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Blackwater’s trigger-happy criminals
Blackwater, which now goes by the name Xe, is again all over the news. Two of its guys were among those killed on December 30 in the suicide attack at the CIA station at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan. According to Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwat...
Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 14:22 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Prime Minister’s Upcoming Visit to India – A Mock Memo
Prime Minister Sk. Hasina Wazed is scheduled to leave for New Delhi within the next few days. If I were in her shoes, here below is what I would have told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India during our official face-to-face meeting. Dear Mr. Singh, thanks for the opportunity you have provided to...
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 15:01 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Goodbye 2009 and Welcome 2010
What a year was 2009! It was a remarkable year that many people will always remember for either good or bad. It was the year when Barack H. Obama, the son of an African father and a white American mother, was sworn in to the highest office in the USA – the most powerful nation on earth. This event i...
Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 11:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Christmas, Jesus and Islam
This year the Christmas fell on Friday, which is also a day of Jumu’ah or the weekly gathering for Muslims when they pray together in mosques. To the Muslims, the Ashura, the tenth day of the blessed month of Muharram, falls on Sunday. Christmas is a holiday for most Americans who love to celebrate...
Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 06:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Climate, Tiger and Health
For the last few days, I have been pondering what to write about for this weekly column. It is not always easy to find a topic to write about. Well, the climate summit in Copenhagen where both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton participated is definitely an important one for all, and sur...
Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 07:38 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Obama’s Nobel Speech
This year when the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to confer its much cherished Peace Prize on President Barack Husain Obama, many people were caught by surprise, including the president himself. After all, Obama has just become the president of the USA -- a country that has been at war since the...
Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 11:43 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Tom Friedman’s Narratives
In his more recent article "America vs. the Narrative", the New York Times columnist Tom Friedman writes, "Major Hasan was just another angry jihadist..." I beg to differ with such an assertion, which sounds so moronic and unbelievable. One could have accepted such a pronouncement from a simpleton,...
Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 03:42 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day is the most observed holiday in the USA, which is observed by people of all races, colors, ethnicities and even religions. It is a day in which family members gather to eat turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. According to some estimates, nearly 40 million turkeys are eaten over...
Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 10:50 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Essence of Hajj
Already millions of Muslims from all over the world have poured into the holy city of Makkah (Mecca) to observe the hajj. There is no other annual event on the face of the earth, religious or non-religious, that compares to hajj in terms of the sheer number of participants, duration of the event an...
Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 02:46 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Oprah Winfrey
One of the hot topics from the USA this past week has been: Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell like announcement that she is calling it quits to her most successful TV program after 25 years in 2011. When she started the program back in September of 1986, no one imagined this black and fat lady to last more...
Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 01:01 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Bangladesh Supreme Court Verdict: Bangabandhu Murder Case- Justice delayed but not denied
It was so wonderful to learn about the long awaited judgment on the Bangabandhu murder case. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh unanimously upheld an earlier judgment that found all those 12 rogue officers of the armed forces guilty of the worst crime in the history of Bangladesh. Unless some miracles...
Friday, November 20, 2009 - 14:16 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Free Market Capitalism
Is free market capitalism failing? Do we need a new economic system? Twenty years ago when the Berlin Wall collapsed and the Cold War ended, the mere suggestion that something was wrong with capitalism might have sounded preposterous, absurd, and almost insane. Back then we saw the collapse of the m...
Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 14:49 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Economy, Election and Endless Wars
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, a 26-year-old Fort Carson, Colorado, soldier set to return to Afghanistan intentionally shot himself in the shoulder to avoid deployment. On Nov. 5, a 39-year-old army psychiatrist, who had faced repeated harassment for his ethnicity and faith from his fellow soldiers, shot de...
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 03:58 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: American Traveler
Last Friday I returned from a three-week long overseas trip. This has been the third of such trips for me in a year. These days, air travels are no fun for any passenger. The traveler is forced to pay for all security checks, arrive at the airport at least two to three hours ahead of the departure t...
Monday, November 2, 2009 - 01:16 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the UN General Assembly Session
With the opening of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly last Wednesday, September 23, the UN building and the entire New York City seemed to be abuzz with activities. Leaders came from all around the world – from Iran’s Ahmadinejad, Brazil’s Lula, Bolivia’s Morales and Venezuela’s Hugo Chave...
Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 12:03 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Dick Cheney – the Torture Architect
There is little doubt that the former US vice president Dick Cheney is a sick man – physically and mentally. He has long histories of cardiovascular disease and periodic need for emergency health care. Last Thursday, he had back surgery at George Washington University Hospital. The surgery was to de...
Monday, September 21, 2009 - 04:13 By Habib Siddiqui
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