Skip to Content

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

Letter from America: What’s next in the Arab World?
As the uprising in Libya turned into a full-scale civil war with the Libyan pro-regime forces regaining control of most of the towns lost earlier to the rebels, the UN has imposed a ‘no-fly zone’ over the Libyan airspace to protect civilians. To the anti-regime rebels and their supporters – home and...
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 12:58 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Despicable Hypocrisy of Congressman Peter King
In the post-9/11 era, bigotry and xenophobia against Islam and Muslims have become a rewarding profession for some people. Peter King, the New York Congressman who now chairs the powerful Homeland Security Committee, is a hawkish card-carrying member of that dastardly group of zealots, xenophobes, i...
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 14:22 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America - It’s high time for Qaddafi to quit
September 1, 1969 marks the coming to power of Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi – the man who was destined to rule Libya for the next four decades. Aided by Army officers and conspirators he upended a feeble but tolerant monarchy. He was not the only one that grabbed power in what we call today as an unconve...
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 13:49 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Allegations of Torture in Bangladesh
My attention was recently drawn onto a report in the Guardian - Bangladeshi MP 'tortured' by British-trained paramilitary unit. While torture in any form is unacceptable and should never be tried by any government it is a sad reality of our time that all governments - illiberal and liberal democrac...
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 03:48 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Western hypocrisy with pro-democracy movement
Qantara.de is an Internet site dedicated to promoting understanding between the western world and the Muslim world. In one of its most recent editorials, The West and the Protests in the Arab World-Leaving the Freedom Movement in the Lurch, Bettina Marx hit the bull's eye with her concluding remarks...
Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 11:18 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Mubarak is gone
Last Friday, a grim-looking Omar Suleiman announced, “In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic.” The Vice President continued, “He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the...
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 14:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: the Security Insanity
Last week I was in Pasadena, outside Houston on a business trip. On Tuesday morning the weather was furious with rain and wind blowing so strong that I could not reach my rental car from the lobby of the hotel without an umbrella. However, before I could reach my car the wind had tore apart the umbr...
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 13:32 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Will Mubarak’s Regime Survive?
Old order changeth yielding place to the new. Are there changes in the horizon across the Arab world? Two weeks ago, Tunisian strongman Zine el-Abidine ben Ali fled the country following weeks of street protests. For the last few days, demonstrators in Egypt, the most populous Arab country, have hel...
Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 13:00 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Hu’s Visit
China's human rights record is bad with abuses ranging from censorship to illegal detention of dissidents to executions without due process. Its treatment of ethnic minorities, especially the Uyghur Muslims, is simply horrendous and has no parallel inside China. In July 2009, China’s oil-rich and et...
Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 11:23 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: The Arizona Shooting
United States is a nation prone to political violence. Nine presidents have been the targets of assassination, along with one president-elect and three presidential candidates. In addition, some eight governors, seven U.S. Senators, 10 Representatives, 11 mayors and 17 state legislators have been vi...
Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 05:11 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: WikiLeaks Must Remain Free
No news dominated the headlines in the USA as the WikiLeaks story last week when the website released confidential U.S. State Department materials. The latest release is the third in recent months, following disclosures of two caches of U.S. government cables about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq....
Monday, December 6, 2010 - 03:10 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Thanksgiving – the real truth
Thanksgiving Day is the most observed holiday in the USA, which is celebrated by people of all races, colors, ethnicities and even religions. It is a day in which family members gather to eat turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving holiday falls on the last Thursday of November. Thanks...
Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 03:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Bush’s Book
Like most retired U.S. presidents of our time, George W. Bush has now come out with a presidential memoir. It has been named “Decision Points.” The 9/11 tragedy happened during his presidency, and it was a seminal moment in American history. One can thus understand his gut feeling for choosing such...
Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 12:54 By Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Conservative Radio Show Hosts
Last week I was in South Carolina, not far from the Bob Jones University (BJU), located in Greenville. The university is known for its Christian fundamentalist teachings. In the nearby state of North Carolina live televangelist Billy Graham and his bigot son Franklin. In his freshman year, Billy had...
Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 14:51 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Lessons of Rebound for the Democrats
The all-important midterm election in the USA is over with the Republican Party ‘shellacking’ the ruling Democratic Party. In American history, never before was so much money, an astounding $4 billion, spent for a midterm election. In all likelihood, Rep. John Boehner will become the new Speaker, re...
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 14:32 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Tuesday’s midterm election
With the midterm election coming on November 2, Tuesday, the phone lines in the USA are busier than ever before. I have been away from my home for the past two weeks. Today while checking my voice mail, I noticed that many of those messages waiting for me were all election related asking me to vote...
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 14:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
Letter from America: Bigotry Needs to be Defeated
During the presidential days of Jimmy Carter, many of the southern states of the USA were Democratic states. In the following 24 years, the Republicans were able to gain their foothold in those states. During the presidential days of Jimmy Carter, many of the southern states of the USA were Democrat...
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 06:22 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
  Read More...
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
  Read More...
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
  Read More...
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
  Read More...


.