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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, November 10, 2013 - 10:43 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 4
Last week, I had the misfortune of witnessing the effect of a country-wide protest (Hartal) in Bangladesh that was called by the opposition 18-party alliance, led by Madam Khaleda Zia’s BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party). The protest was for 60 hours and it was extremely violent. The opposition wan...
Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 06:23 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 3
A Bengali writer once famously wrote – 'Raate mosha, deene maachi, ei niye Kolkatay aachi '(meaning: With mosquitoes at night and flies at daytimes, I reside in Kolkata). Kolkata, of course, these days in the post-partition of India period, is no longer part of Bangladesh, but is the capital city o...
Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 05:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 2
It is impossible for Bangladesh to move up in the economic ladder without meeting its energy needs. In recent decades, with stronger economy demand for higher standard of living has become a norm, which is dependent on energy. A personal example may shed some light here. Nearly 30 years ago, when...
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 06:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: U.S. Congressional Hearing on Burma -2
The House Foreign Affairs/Asia Sub-committee of the U.S. Congress recently held a hearing to examine the current political environment inside Burma (Myanmar), the growing human right abuses among its ethnic groups, and assess U.S. policy towards the country. The sub-committee was also interested to...
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 19:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: U.S. Congressional Hearing on Burma - 1
The House Foreign Affairs/Asia Sub-committee of the U.S. Congress recently held a hearing to examine the current political environment inside Burma (Myanmar), the growing human right abuses among its ethnic groups, and assess U.S. policy towards the country. Amongst other dignitaries Professor Waka...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 15:38 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 bu...
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 18:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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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