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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2096

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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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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