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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1857

Letter from America: Nazi-type protests are never peaceful
Most news reports coming from Myanmar are bad, often atrocious and painful to read or watch in video. But once in a while some good news reports are also showing up in the media these days. Thanks to the world-wide condemnation of one-sided, anti-Muslim justice in this Buddhist country that has se...
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 05:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Some inspiring stories of inter-faith cooperation
In an Internet search I came across a posting which cites a few examples of Muslim-Jewish cooperation during hard times saving lives of each other. Here below, I share four examples of Muslims saving Jewish lives during the World War II. These facts are important not only for the sake of history...
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 05:14 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The March to Washington
Last week America celebrated the 50th anniversary of March to Washington D.C. It was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage, where nearly a quarter million marchers demanded civil and economic rights for Black Americans...
Monday, September 2, 2013 - 00:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Can Myanmar be Civilized?
Tomas Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, was in Myanmar last week on a 10-day fact finding trip. It was his eighth official visit to the country that took him to Rakhine State, Chin State, Kachin State and Shan State, and Meikhtila in Manda...
Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 05:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 6
As the first millennium of the Common Era (C.E.) gave way to the second, the contours of political geography shifted substantially in South Asia. The Indian Ocean became an integrated commercial system, and South Asia became a land of wealth and trade, connecting the Silk Road and the Indian Ocean....
Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 13:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 5
According to the area historians of South Asia in ancient times the region was very thinly populated. Vast expanses of open scrubland separated countless, tiny, scattered communities of nomads, shifting cultivators, hunters, gatherers, and settled farmers, who multiplied over the centuries. By Gup...
Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 06:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 4
When Chinese Buddhist pilgrims toured India in the 5th and 7th century, they found that Buddhism had virtually disappeared in its Gangetic homeland, under the imperial force of Brahmanism, though it still thrived in Afghanistan and Central Asia. The Chinese pilgrim Faxian noted major weaknesses in...
Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 21:18 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 3
Popular myths circulated and believed amongst many Buddhists about the decline of Buddhism in South Asia or the Indian subcontinent are so bizarre that they are more often than not diametrically opposed to the historical facts. Those myths, unfortunately, define and justify the current genocidal cam...
Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 06:13 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 2
When history is twisted, humanity loses. No country epitomizes this notion to the hilt better than Buddhist-majority Myanmar where history is twisted not only to deny human rights but also to justify genocidal campaigns against religious minorities. There is no historical record of Buddha ever visi...
Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 16:47 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 1
Recently, after the publication of the Time Magazine’s cover page article on Wirathu, the Buddhist terrorist monk of Myanmar, I came across an article in which the writer tried to justify the on-going genocidal activities against the Muslims in Buddhist countries by stating that “There is a common t...
Monday, July 8, 2013 - 20:57 Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Wirathu – the face of Buddhist Terror
In its July 1 issue, the Time magazine has covered the recent genocidal activities against the Muslims of Myanmar. In this, reporter Hannah Beech has done an excellent job analyzing the role played by Wirathu, a Buddhist monk, who has become the face of Buddhist terrorism. Her report has stirred up...
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 13:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Death of a Jew in Israel
For years I have been complaining about the gung-ho, trigger-happy mentality of the Israeli security forces in the occupied territories of Palestine. The latest episode on Friday involving the murder of an unarmed visitor, who happens to be Jewish, once again highlights the problem. Doron Shlus, a...
Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 07:05 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Iran election and the USA
Iran had a presidential election last week. The voter turnout was nearly 73%. That is, more than 36 million of nearly 50 million of eligible voters had cast their votes. The results are out. More than half the voters opted for the 64-year-old Hasan Rowhani – the only cleric to run in this presidenti...
Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 12:34 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Serial Killers
I was in Erie, Pennsylvania last week. The city is named after the famous lake and the Native American tribe that lived along its southern shore. In the middle of a meeting on Friday I got a recorded voice message from the US Airways stating that my return flight to Philadelphia had been cancelled b...
Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 13:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Will Myanmar’s Extermination Campaign Ever End?
Long time ago I learned never to say ‘never again’ when it comes to Myanmar’s savagery. The latest mayhem against the Muslims in the Shan state, far away from the western Rakhine state – bordering Bangladesh, once again shows that for this religious minority Myanmar is proving to be hell on earth....
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 09:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Bangladesh – A Nation Divided? – Part 8
In recent months, hundreds have died in Bangladesh as a result of political violence. As more International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) sentences are announced, the violence is likely to continue between the security forces and angry supporters of the political parties whose members are tried and sentence...
Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 14:23 By Habib Siddiqui
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Bangladesh – A Nation Divided? – Part 7
In 2010 the Government of Bangladesh (GOB), led by the Awami League (AL), set up an International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) court to prosecute the people who allegedly committed war crimes during the liberation war. It was part of her 2008 election promise and touted as an effort to "provide justice for...
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 08:53 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Bangladesh – A Nation Divided? – Part 6
On 24 January 1972 the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) promulgated the Collaborators Tribunal Order (1972) to try the collaborators of the Pakistan government - the so-called enemies within. In the Ordinance, a collaborator was defined as a person who was found - (i) to have helped, cooperated with...
Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 07:46 By Habib Siddiqui
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Bangladesh – A Nation Divided? – Part 5
Crime should never be condoned and criminals need to be punished for their crimes. So, in the context of Bangladesh/East Pakistan of 1971 who should be punished for all those crimes that took the lives of so many – probably anywhere from 50,000 to 3 million, depending on whose version one accepts?...
Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 12:30 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Bangladesh: A Nation Divided? – Part 4
How many people died in the civil war of 1971 in East Pakistan that culminated in the emergence of Bangladesh? Is the casualty figure even important? No official record exists. Instead, what we have are conflicting claims on the two sides – the perpetrators and the victims - that are off by a facto...
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 14:29 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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