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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1828

Letter from America: Anti-Mosque protests in the West
Racism and bigotry is on the rise across the globe. Many of the western governments won't allow building of a mosque on Muslim owned properties. Even if the central government sometimes may have no bars for such mosque constructions, the local Christian community, much given to racism and bigotry, m...
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 07:18 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Oregon Shooting
The world is bleeding with blood, or so it seems. The sad fact is: the victims of this orgy of violence around the globe, often times, have no clue as to why they are getting killed or maimed. Friday morning was supposed to be an ordinary day for the students at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, U...
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 09:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America:Is Ben Carson a bigot?
Ben Carson is running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. During an appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday, Sept. 20, NBC's Chuck Todd asked him, "Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?" "No, I do not," Carson responded. "I would not advocate that...
Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 16:29 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Essence of Hajj
This week millions of Muslims have merged into Makkah (in today’s Saudi Arabia) for performing ‘hajj’(pilgrimage). No annual event on the face of the globe, religious or non-religious, compares to hajj in terms of the sheer number of participants, duration of the event and the breadth of agenda. In...
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 08:15 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Combating bigotry in Europe
I have noted in the past how religious extremism is on the rise around the globe, which is making the lives of most minorities difficult. It needs to be defeated. So, does fascism. It is worth recalling that fascism happens when a culture fracturing along social lines is encouraged to unite against...
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 08:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Are we witnessing resurrection of fascism in Hungary?
Nearly 70 years ago, Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) wrote a poem about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. He wrote in 1946: "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—...
Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: War and its profiteers
Who benefits from war? In the last three decades, I have tried to find the answer to this perennial question. All my research have pointed to the merchants of war, or those who are affiliated with the merchandising weapons that kill. War was at one time a matter of necessity much like life and death...
Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 08:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Our Messy, messy world!
Religion is important to most people around the globe. As such, it has been always easy to exploit religion for ulterior motives. But probably never before in the history have we seen so much of abuse of religion or its misrepresentation of values by zealots or extremists. Religious extremism is on...
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 12:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's shameful hypocrisy
I had no clue of who Tulsi Gabbard was before reading the news clip that she had introduced a resolution to protect religious minorities in Bangladesh on July 29. Her first name sounded so familiar: Indian and Hindu! With a Google search, I soon found out that she is an elected Democratic Representa...
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 08:01 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Confederate Flag is Down
Friday, July 10, 2015 was a historic moment in the history of the United States of America. On Friday morning just after 10 a.m., the Confederate flag on South Carolina’s (SC) State House grounds was removed. It was an event that was surely overdue for decades. But thanks to the SC politicians, many...
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 07:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Maung Maung Ohn lies about the Rohingya people
The Outlook India magazine has recently conducted an interview of General Maung Maung Ohn, the chief minister of the Rakhine state of Myanmar. In that he shared his opinions about the Rohingya people who are recognized as the most persecuted people in our planet. During his tenure in office we have...
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 07:02 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Media Treatment of White Terrorism in the USA
On Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was having Bible Study. Hours later, 9 Black church members were shot to death by Dylann Roof, a 21 year old White male. Did Dylann Roof choose the date to send a message to the black c...
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 07:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: China Violates Religious Rights of Uyghurs
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun last week. Because of its religious significance, hundreds of millions of Muslims throughout the world are expected to fast from dawn to dusk. In total disregard to the religious rights of its Muslim minorities, the Chinese government has, once again, banne...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 12:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Is Modi failing to deliver on his promises?
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to be a devout Hindu who likes to visit Hindu temples wherever he visits. In spite of his short visit to Bangladesh, thus, he did not miss visiting the Dhakeshwari Mandir and Ramkrishna Math in Dhaka. I have no problem about anyone’s religion and devotion t...
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 07:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Saffronizing Ambedkar to serve Hindutva Ideology
If Hitler were alive, would you be amused if he had laid a floral wreath at the Auschwitz? Well, facts are sometimes stranger than fiction. And that is why don’t be surprised to learn that on April 14 of this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heads the BJP party – a Hindutvadi fascist p...
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 07:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Assad’s latest war crimes
There are not too many governments in our time that massacres its own people just to stay in power. Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is one such criminal government – outside those of Myanmar and China – that has not learned to alter its hideous means that have served it quite well to hang on to po...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 08:42 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Two Unfair Verdicts – My Two Cents!
An Egyptian court - read ‘kangaroo’ court - has recently pronounced death sentences on ousted president Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 other people over a mass prison break in 2011. Such harsh sentences in Sisi's Egypt are not unsurprising. Sisi wants to be the latest Pharaoh of Egypt, and is seri...
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 07:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on the upcoming Oslo Conference
In recent weeks, Rohingyas stranded in rickety boats in the Andaman Sea has caused international alarm. There are several thousand of these migrants in boats off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia with dwindling supplies of food and water. In spite of their sad plight, they are unwanted...
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 12:09 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Are the Rohingya people facing genocide?
Genocide is a serious matter and not a term to be bandied around willy-nilly. Recently the museum staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide investigated the threats facing the Rohingya people. They visited internment camps in the Ra...
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 08:19 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: USCIRF Report on Burma
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recently issued its report on Burma. The U.S. government has designated Burma as a "country of particular concern" (CPC) since 1999, most recently in July 2014. The longstanding Presidential action for this designation keeps the exis...
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 11:16 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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