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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1977

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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Letter from America: Western Mendacity with Iran’s Nuclear Program
The relationship between the governments of Iran and the USA has been tense and nasty since the fall of the Shah. During the long Iran-Iraq War, the USA and her allies even supported the Iraqi regime when it invaded Iran. On July 3, 1988 the U.S. Navy’s guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes shot down...
Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 04:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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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