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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2221

Letter from America: Knowledge Test on Religion
Nicholas Kristof wrote an eye-opening article "Test Your Savvy on Religion", New York Times, October 9, 2010, on religion for many westerners. He asked 13 questions to test knowledge of his readers. The questions are: 1. Which holy book stipulates that a girl who does not bleed on her wedding night...
Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 01:59 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The German Experience
Like many people these days, I have become a frequent traveler. This past week I have been in Germany visiting Mannheim, close to Ludwigshafen, near the Rhine River. The week before, I was in Savannah of Georgia and Tallahassee of Florida in the USA. The next week I plan to be in New Jersey on Monda...
Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 14:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: War Crimes in Kandahar
Speaking in 1995, twenty years after the Vietnam War ended, Robert McNamara, the late U.S. Defense Secretary, considered one of the architects of the war, famously said, “We were fighting, and we didn’t realize it, a civil war. … And one of the things we should learn is, you can’t fight and win a ci...
Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 13:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America – the 65th Annual UN General Assembly Session
This time of the year, with many world leaders arriving to attend the United Nations General Assembly session, New York City becomes busier than ever. It is difficult to find empty cabs in Manhattan close to the UN building. Security is extra vigilant and airports are under Orange alert. Occasionall...
Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 12:22 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Tea Party– Ominous Signs for America?
Many states across America are having primary elections these days to allow the registered members to choose their party candidates for the coming mid-term election in November. [With very few exceptions, most states don’t allow independents or non-registered members to participate in such primary e...
Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 12:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: 9/11 - Nine Years Later
By any measure, 9/11 was a seminal event in American history. No time before since 1812, especially in the post-World War II period, has an attack of this magnitude, killing so many, been brought to the doorsteps of the USA. Even the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor some six decades earlier pail in...
Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 02:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Sarah Palin – a Modern-day Medusa?
At the very outset I must admit that I did not vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin in the last U.S. presidential election. Forget her kowtowing to the neo-conservative, Likudnik, Christian Zionist cause, and harmful divisive views on everything that mattered from internal politics to international...
Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 09:09 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Ramadhan – the month of self-restraint
The blessed month of Ramadhan is upon us. To a Muslim no other month is as meritorious as this particular month is when the reward of every good deed done is multiplied several times. As the Prophet Muhammad (S) said, fasting is like a curtain against the Hellfire. It is also the month when the Qur’...
Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 13:02 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Islamophobia is on the rise
There is no doubt that Islamophobia is on the rise. It is no longer an isolated issue that is thriving in some bigotry-ridden corner in Europe. Thanks to its evil promoters, the beast has become a global phenomenon today. One such promoter is the group called Stop the Islamization of Europe (SIOE),...
Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 13:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Ramadhan in North America
When I first came to Vancouver, Canada nearly 32 years ago, Ramadhan – the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk – was in its last week. Because of the strike by the employees of the Air Canada, I had to settle for the Greyhound Bus to complete the last leg o...
Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 13:33 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Gingrich and Palin – Two of the same kind
Last Tuesday, August 3, 2010, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9 to 0 approving the construction of the mosque and Islamic center. As the New York Times editorial rightly concluded “It was not just the right thing to do, it was the only thing to do.” With this vote, the commis...
Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 03:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: American Jewry
Voicing any fair criticism of Israel these days is hazardous. You are sure to be dumped as an anti-Semite. And this labeling is often so loosely used that it is unfair to all Arabs, and surely to some (so-called self-hating) Jews, who trace their bloodline to Abraham and Jacob, respectively. But who...
Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 14:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The New York Mosque Controversy
New York City is home to millions of people of all races and religions. It is probably the most ethnically diverse metropolis on earth. It is, therefore, not surprising that one will find one’s place of worship, whether it be a church, synagogue, mosque, temple or whatever in this most populous city...
Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 13:17 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: France’s Intolerance of Muslims
There was a time in my life when France loomed big in my radar screen of the countries that I needed to visit. In my teenage years, I occasionally met French tourists, mostly college going students. Most of them spoke very little English. And yet that language barrier did not hinder these young Fren...
Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 10:54 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America – Obama welcomes Netanyahu
Last week the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Washington D.C. He was invited to stay at the Blair House and have a working lunch at the White House with President Obama. In front of the cameras, the two leaders appeared smiling and shaking hands. Apparently they discussed the Palestine-Israe...
Monday, July 12, 2010 - 01:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: President Carter’s Book on Palestine
No American president has probably touched the lives of so many outside in a positive way than Jimmy Carter – the 39th president. For the past three decades, since leaving the White House, he has been a resolute voice for human rights and democracy. It was for such activism in the world arena that t...
Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 12:21 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Friedman’s insincere letters from Istanbul
Thomas Friedman is an Op/Ed columnist for the New York Times. He writes on a variety of subjects, including the Muslim world. In a recent article “Letter From Istanbul,” he wrote about the much visited city in Turkey. In his June 15 column, he wrote, “I like the people, the culture, the food and, mo...
Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 14:29 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Humors of Molla Nasreddin Hodja
Civilization is often measured in terms of arts and literature and never in terms of might or strength of a nation to subdue other nations. That is why, we never hear about Hun, Scythian and Mongol civilization, despite the fact that savages of the past like Attila the Hun (the barbarian), Genghis K...
Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 05:41 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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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