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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

Letter from America: Col. Gaddafi’s Death
Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi died on October 20 on the way to a hospital in Misrata. An autopsy determined that he had bullet wounds to his chest and head. Apparently, he was killed by a Libyan captor with the rebel forces that had toppled his regime. It was not the kind of death he imagined to embrace durin...
Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 12:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 5: The Demography Controversy According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the population in Arakan grew to 173,000 in 1831, 248,000 in 1839, 461,136 in 1871 and 762,102 in 1901. For the total population in Arakan to grow to those numbers it would have required yearly annual growth rates of 11.59...
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 12:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 4: Rakhine Attempt to Whitewash Burman King’s Crime Khin Maung Saw provides a highly distorted rendition of the 1784 invasion of Arakan and tries to justify the brutal occupation by the racist and bigot Burman King Bodaw Paya by saying that it was all about reformation of the Buddhist Monk's o...
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 13:34 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 3: The Muslim Factor in Arakan Just as it happened throughout the coastal territories from the Arabian Peninsula to the Barbary Coast and the shores of Gibraltar and Iberian Peninsula (and beyond) via Alexandria, Tripoli and Tunis to the west, and to the shores of Mozambique (originally Musa-bi...
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 12:13 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
2. Analysis: The Land and the Indigenous People of Arakan To incite violence and bigotry against Rohingya Muslims of Arakan, Khin Maung Saw does not waste any time. He starts with a picture of a Muslim congregational prayer on the front page, followed by a photo of some soldiers (or possibly guerill...
Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 13:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Muslim Identity and Demography in Arakan
Part 1: The Rohingya Identity and Hatemongering by Rakhine Racists Khin Maung Saw’s article “Islamization of Burma through Chittagonian Bengalis as Rohingya Refugees” is a revisionist attempt by a deranged chauvinist Magh to rewrite the history of the Muslims of Arakan. Racism and bigotry are writte...
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 06:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The 10th Anniversary of 9/11
This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which, by any account, was a momentous event in American history. In the post-World War II period, never before has the USA suffered such a massive loss in human lives and properties. The total cost to the USA has been estimated by the New York Times at a...
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 12:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Israel - the ‘Untouchable’ Rogue State
After months of waiting, the UN’s panel of inquiry has come up with a report reviewing Israel’s May 31, 2010 raid on a Turkish-based flotilla that was trying to bring humanitarian aid to the Palestinians of Gaza. The report assailed Israel for the way in which the nine passengers were killed and sco...
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 12:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The blessed Night of Power
The blessed month of Ramadan is coming to an end. The first one-third of the month was for seeking mercy, the middle one-third for forgiveness and the last one-third for salvation from the Fire of Hell. In the last part of this month lies hidden the Night of Power or Decree (Laylatul Qadr) about whi...
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 01:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Essence of Ramadan
Muslims throughout the world are now observing Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting in accordance with the dictates of the Qur’an – the Muslim Holy Scripture, in which they are commanded by Allah: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (l...
Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 12:42 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bangladesh’s Political Insanity?
In recent days, the Economist of the U.K. seems to have taken more than a casual interest about the sad state of politics inside Bangladesh, which has been a nasty partisan one with an illiberal democracy for the last two decades. While such an interest may be a boon to stir a healthy debate about t...
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 05:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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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