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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2036

Letter from America: Helen Thomas will be missed
This past week was a sad week in American journalism. Against mounting pressure and criticism, Helen Thomas, the dean of the White House press corps, decided to resign. She was one of the bravest, no-nonsense, journalists of our time. For the past fifty years dating from the Kennedy era she has been...
Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 13:29 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israel’s Flotilla Attack
There is something absolutely rotten and hideous about the Government of Israel (GOI) and its supporters. On May 30 Israeli forces boarded an unarmed ship with an unarmed crew, carrying no munitions or weapons, 65 miles in the sea at 2 a.m. The Turkish ship Mavi Marmara was in the international wate...
Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 13:09 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Energy Sector’s Unnatural Disasters
It has been more than a month since the April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people. At the time of this write-up, British Petroleum made little headway with its much touted ‘top kill’ method to ‘kill’ or plug the leaking well from gushing oil. The...
Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 05:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania
Last Tuesday, the Democrats in the Pennsylvania buried Senator Arlen Specter's hopes to compete as a Democratic Senator for his reelection bid in November, 2010. By many counts the 80 year-old Senator was a Houdini of Pennsylvania politics. He was twice a survivor of cancer and twice a survivor of s...
Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 01:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Book Review – Inside the Revolution
Book Review: Inside the revolution: how the followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus are battling to dominate the Middle East and transform the world by Joel C. Rosenberg, Tyndale (2009). People interviewed to writing the book include: Peter Goss, director, CIA (1997-2004)), Lt. Gen. (retd.) Willia...
Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 12:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Conservative South and the US Politics
For the past two weeks I have been on the road and air. The first week, I took a plane from Philadelphia to Greenville, South Carolina and stayed near Seneca, close to the campus of the Clemson University. I returned on Friday only to take another plane last Monday to fly to Cleveland, Ohio. I staye...
Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 11:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The European Veil Debate
Belgium is all set to become the first European nation to ban the Burqa (the face-covering veil that is worn by some Muslim women). The move will affect an estimated 650,000 Muslims in Belgium – 6 per cent of the population. Belgium’s lower house of parliament banned burqa-type Islamic dress in publ...
Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 12:46 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Iraq and Democracy
Iraq is a test case for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dictum that “the central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.” Ironically, though, i...
Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 11:57 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Obama needs to dump Netanyahu
At the end of President Obama’s news conference on April 13, President Obama said something that we hardly heard before. He declared that resolving the long-running Middle East dispute was a “vital national security interest of the United States.” This shift in White House’s apparent urgency to help...
Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 02:10 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: American Crimes at home and abroad
The past week has been anything but ordinary with news of nuclear arms reduction, coal mine disaster in West Virginia and a newly released video showing US forces indiscriminately firing on Iraqi civilians. On Monday, the website WikiLeaks.org posted footage taken from a US military helicopter in Ju...
Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 10:19 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
When a widely circulated newspaper like the New York Times picks up the matter of ill-treatment of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, it is no small matter. It is a matter of grievous concern and shame to tens of thousands of Bangladeshi-Americans who live in and around the Big Apple state. In it...
Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 00:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Sex, Scandal, Modernity and Morality
The values that I grew up with and learned as a child born in South Asia nearly half a century ago are quite different than the ones preached and practiced today in the West. In our zeal to be called civilized we have automatically assumed it to equate with modernity. Thus, in our political jargon w...
Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 09:38 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: USA & Her Rogue Family Member
By now everyone must have heard about how the US Vice President Joe Biden was diplomatically smacked by the Israeli government. Many have blamed the hard-line conservative Israeli interior ministry for ill-timing the announcement about Israeli government’s decision to build 1600 housing complexes in...
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 01:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Apartheid Week
The coming Tuesday, 16 March, would be the 7th year since Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist, was killed by an Israeli Army bulldozer while trying to stop the demolition of a Palestinian building in the Rafah refugee camp. A court case brought by her family has begun in Israel. The civil acti...
Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 02:32 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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US Congressional Panel's Decision Against Turkey Shows Blatant Hypocrisy
Last Thursday a U.S. congressional panel approved a resolution declaring, what it called, the Ottoman-era killing of Armenians genocide. The U.S. foreign affairs committee endorsed the resolution with a 23-22 vote even though the Obama administration had urged Congress not to approve it. The resolut...
Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:27 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the Robbers in Disasters
Natural disasters are always difficult times for the victims to go through. For most people, they are traumatic experiences. In an earthquake of the large seismic magnitude that recently hit Haiti (January 12) and Chile (February 27) there is very little people could prepare against. Chile and Haiti...
Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 03:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The BDR Mutiny and Massacre – the Unanswered Questions
A year has passed since the sad tragedy of February 25 at Peel Khana happened. People are still without satisfactory answers to fully understand who were behind the cold-blooded killings of 57 Army officers that were on deputation to the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and why. The government preliminary in...
Monday, March 1, 2010 - 01:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Hasina Plot – the LTTE Connection?
Last week my attention was drawn to an article -- The plan to assassinate Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina Wajed: How LTTE deal was blocked, suicide bombers failed to explode – published in a Sri Lankan virtual library The plan to assassinate Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina Wajed). It...
Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 01:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Political Assassination
Political assassination of rulers is neither justifiable nor desirable. Islam is against assassination of any individual, even an autocratic ruler. And yet, the Muslim history was not spared of this curse. The Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab (R) was assassinated while leading the Morning Prayer (Fajr) in...
Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 02:47 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Israeli Factor
Last week, seemingly frustrated with the stalemate around Iran’s proposal for a simultaneous swap of its stockpile for imported enriched fuel rods, President Ahmadinejad announced that his government would produce its own higher-enriched uranium (20 percent), required for its medical use. Part 1: A...
Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 03:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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