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

Letter from America: Stopping Terrorism in the West
Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen with Norwegian parents slaughtered some 77 of his countrymen (which included teenagers) whom he considered in his twisted logic as traitors for supporting multiculturalism (and therefore Islamisation). Its government must now answer: why it didn’t pay more...
Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 04:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Terrorism in Norway
If Australia is the ‘land down under,’ then surely Norway is the ‘land up above’ with the sun never completely descending beneath the horizon in areas north of the Arctic Circle during the summer months of May-July (and hence the more common name ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’). Norway has a history of...
Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 12:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Israeli ‘Democracy’
As I have noted many times Israel gives a bad name to democracy. In spite of all its pretensions, it has always been an apartheid state with rules and laws that discriminate people based on religion and ethnicity. Israel's 'equality under law' simply doesn't apply to Palestinians, even to juveniles....
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 04:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: How about Kashmir and Palestine?
Last week, the UN welcomed South Sudan as its latest member. For nearly half a century the Christian missionaries have championed the cause of the south Sudanese, mostly animist and Christian, to break into pieces the largest African republic. Their efforts paid off when President George W. Bush ele...
Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 21:13 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: My Response to Geert Wilders – Concluding Part
Mr. Wilders, you claim that you are an agnostic, and yet, you like an anthropomorphic God. As I hinted earlier, I won’t waste my time trying to dissuade you about your personal beliefs and preferences. But since you are quite ignorant about Islam and your knowledge of the faith of nearly one quarter...
Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 13:02 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: My Response to Geert Wilders
In his website, Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician, posted an article – My message to Muslims, which deserve some response. Here below is my response to him. Mr. Wilders, In your message to Muslims you mentioned about your unpleasant experience visiting Egypt in 1982 as an 18-year old almost penni...
Monday, July 4, 2011 - 00:01 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Widers acquittal in the show trial
Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who heads the fascist-leaning Party for Freedom (PVV), has gained much notoriety -- and deservingly so -- in the western world for his hate speeches inciting violence, discrimination, racism, bigotry and xenophobia against immigrants, in general, and the Muslim co...
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 23:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Shariah in America
Are Muslim Americans trying to impose a Taliban-style Shariah law in the USA? Seemingly, the answer is ‘yes’, if you are a Republican politician. The idea that America is this close to having her constitution replaced by the Muslim Scripture – the Qur’an - used to be a fringe notion in the post-9/11...
Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 13:17 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bashar al-Assad Must Be Brought Down
Islamic history is replete with stories of benevolent Caliphs who respected learned scholars and were cognizant of their accountability before people and God in the two worlds. Take for instance the well-known story of Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (R), the Umayyad ruler. When he was appointed caliph, he summ...
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 12:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Coming Water Crisis
Nearly three-quarters of our earth is water of which only 2.5% is fresh water, and the remainder 97.5% is salt water. Of this fresh water nearly 70% (or 1.75% of total water) is frozen in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland. The remainder 0.75% of the total water is perhaps the world’s most imp...
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 12:54 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Palestinian Question
Thomas Friedman is an op/ed columnist who regularly writes for the New York Times. Since publication of his book ‘The World is Flat’ I have developed a habit of browsing his articles in the NYT. Tom has been an unabashed supporter and promoter of the Israeli cause, and thus, his past writings had of...
Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 13:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Unholy Emergence of Blackwater in the Emirates
Remember Blackwater USA, the private military group, which worked as contractors for the U.S. State Department? Since June 2004, it has been paid more than $320 million out of a $1 billion, five-year State Department budget for the Worldwide Personal Protective Service, which protects U.S. officials...
Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 11:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Can America Learn From Others?
In the March 3 issue of the Time magazine Fareed Zakaria analyzed America’s status in the world. To his own rhetorical question – ‘is America?’ he answered: “Yes, the U.S. remains the world's largest economy, and we have the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly...
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 04:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: OBL’s Death
Osama bin Laden (OBL) is dead. America celebrated the killing of her most wanted man last Sunday. The U.S. government has been on his trail for almost 13 years since his alleged involvement in the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. After 9/11 with a $25million bounty put on his head – dead...
Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 11:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the Ghosts of Al-Hajjaj
Al-Hajjaj bin Yusuf al-Thaqafi (40-95 A.H.) was a tough military general who later became governor in the service of Umayyad rulers. In 73 A.H. he was sent by Abd-al Malik ibn Marwan to Makkah to bring the territory under Umayyad control. His seize of Hejaz resulted in the deaths of thousands of inn...
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 11:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Goldhagen’s insincere attempt to explain eliminationist policy
Harry Truman, the thirty-third president of the United States was a mass murderer. He twice ordered nuclear bombs dropped on Japanese cities… In effect, Truman chose to snuff out the lives of approximately 300,000 men, women, and children. Upon leaning of the first bomb’s annihilation of Hiroshima,...
Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 09:18 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bigotry-ridden New Law in France
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was an English philosopher who formulated some of the fundamentals of European liberal thought: the right of the individual; the natural equality of all men; the artificial character of the political order; the view that all legitimate political power must be “representativ...
Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 10:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Private Manning’s Treatment
Working late hours on Friday, the congressional and White House negotiators finally agreed on a plan to pay for U.S. government operations through the end of September while trimming $38.5 billion in spending. Lawmakers then approved a measure to keep the government running for a few more days while...
Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 12:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Terry Jones – the hateful provocateur
Remember Christian pastor Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida? He caused an international uproar last year by threatening to burn 200 copies of the Qur’an, the Muslim Holy Scripture, on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Among others, the overall c...
Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 14:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the dying days of a modern-day dinosaur
It takes long time for a carcass of an elephant to decay compared to small animals like a rat. The signs are all too visible these days that the United States of America is dying or decaying. It is not as strong economically as it used to be some two decades ago. However, contrary to conservative ri...
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 05:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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