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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Letter from America – the 65th Annual UN General Assembly Session
This time of the year, with many world leaders arriving to attend the United Nations General Assembly session, New York City becomes busier than ever. It is difficult to find empty cabs in Manhattan close to the UN building. Security is extra vigilant and airports are under Orange alert. Occasionall...
Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 12:22 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Tea Party– Ominous Signs for America?
Many states across America are having primary elections these days to allow the registered members to choose their party candidates for the coming mid-term election in November. [With very few exceptions, most states don’t allow independents or non-registered members to participate in such primary e...
Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 12:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: 9/11 - Nine Years Later
By any measure, 9/11 was a seminal event in American history. No time before since 1812, especially in the post-World War II period, has an attack of this magnitude, killing so many, been brought to the doorsteps of the USA. Even the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor some six decades earlier pail in...
Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 02:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Sarah Palin – a Modern-day Medusa?
At the very outset I must admit that I did not vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin in the last U.S. presidential election. Forget her kowtowing to the neo-conservative, Likudnik, Christian Zionist cause, and harmful divisive views on everything that mattered from internal politics to international...
Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 09:09 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Ramadhan – the month of self-restraint
The blessed month of Ramadhan is upon us. To a Muslim no other month is as meritorious as this particular month is when the reward of every good deed done is multiplied several times. As the Prophet Muhammad (S) said, fasting is like a curtain against the Hellfire. It is also the month when the Qur’...
Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 13:02 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Islamophobia is on the rise
There is no doubt that Islamophobia is on the rise. It is no longer an isolated issue that is thriving in some bigotry-ridden corner in Europe. Thanks to its evil promoters, the beast has become a global phenomenon today. One such promoter is the group called Stop the Islamization of Europe (SIOE),...
Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 13:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Ramadhan in North America
When I first came to Vancouver, Canada nearly 32 years ago, Ramadhan – the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk – was in its last week. Because of the strike by the employees of the Air Canada, I had to settle for the Greyhound Bus to complete the last leg o...
Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 13:33 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Gingrich and Palin – Two of the same kind
Last Tuesday, August 3, 2010, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9 to 0 approving the construction of the mosque and Islamic center. As the New York Times editorial rightly concluded “It was not just the right thing to do, it was the only thing to do.” With this vote, the commis...
Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 03:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: American Jewry
Voicing any fair criticism of Israel these days is hazardous. You are sure to be dumped as an anti-Semite. And this labeling is often so loosely used that it is unfair to all Arabs, and surely to some (so-called self-hating) Jews, who trace their bloodline to Abraham and Jacob, respectively. But who...
Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 14:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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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