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

Letter from America: The Coming Water Crisis
Nearly three-quarters of our earth is water of which only 2.5% is fresh water, and the remainder 97.5% is salt water. Of this fresh water nearly 70% (or 1.75% of total water) is frozen in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland. The remainder 0.75% of the total water is perhaps the world’s most imp...
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 12:54 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Palestinian Question
Thomas Friedman is an op/ed columnist who regularly writes for the New York Times. Since publication of his book ‘The World is Flat’ I have developed a habit of browsing his articles in the NYT. Tom has been an unabashed supporter and promoter of the Israeli cause, and thus, his past writings had of...
Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 13:26 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Unholy Emergence of Blackwater in the Emirates
Remember Blackwater USA, the private military group, which worked as contractors for the U.S. State Department? Since June 2004, it has been paid more than $320 million out of a $1 billion, five-year State Department budget for the Worldwide Personal Protective Service, which protects U.S. officials...
Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 11:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Can America Learn From Others?
In the March 3 issue of the Time magazine Fareed Zakaria analyzed America’s status in the world. To his own rhetorical question – ‘is America?’ he answered: “Yes, the U.S. remains the world's largest economy, and we have the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly...
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 04:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: OBL’s Death
Osama bin Laden (OBL) is dead. America celebrated the killing of her most wanted man last Sunday. The U.S. government has been on his trail for almost 13 years since his alleged involvement in the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. After 9/11 with a $25million bounty put on his head – dead...
Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 11:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the Ghosts of Al-Hajjaj
Al-Hajjaj bin Yusuf al-Thaqafi (40-95 A.H.) was a tough military general who later became governor in the service of Umayyad rulers. In 73 A.H. he was sent by Abd-al Malik ibn Marwan to Makkah to bring the territory under Umayyad control. His seize of Hejaz resulted in the deaths of thousands of inn...
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 11:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Goldhagen’s insincere attempt to explain eliminationist policy
Harry Truman, the thirty-third president of the United States was a mass murderer. He twice ordered nuclear bombs dropped on Japanese cities… In effect, Truman chose to snuff out the lives of approximately 300,000 men, women, and children. Upon leaning of the first bomb’s annihilation of Hiroshima,...
Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 09:18 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bigotry-ridden New Law in France
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was an English philosopher who formulated some of the fundamentals of European liberal thought: the right of the individual; the natural equality of all men; the artificial character of the political order; the view that all legitimate political power must be “representativ...
Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 10:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Private Manning’s Treatment
Working late hours on Friday, the congressional and White House negotiators finally agreed on a plan to pay for U.S. government operations through the end of September while trimming $38.5 billion in spending. Lawmakers then approved a measure to keep the government running for a few more days while...
Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 12:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Terry Jones – the hateful provocateur
Remember Christian pastor Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida? He caused an international uproar last year by threatening to burn 200 copies of the Qur’an, the Muslim Holy Scripture, on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Among others, the overall c...
Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 14:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: the dying days of a modern-day dinosaur
It takes long time for a carcass of an elephant to decay compared to small animals like a rat. The signs are all too visible these days that the United States of America is dying or decaying. It is not as strong economically as it used to be some two decades ago. However, contrary to conservative ri...
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 05:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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