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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2007

Letter from America: Sharon’s Eventual Death
The former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, known as the Butcher, died last Saturday. He was in a vegetative state at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv since suffering a stroke in January 2006. It’s rather unusual, not incredible though, for someone to have been in coma this long! The 85-ye...
Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 15:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 7
Sunday, January 5 is the day when the 10th parliamentary election is set to be held in 59 districts across Bangladesh. One hundred and fifty three seats have already been elected unopposed because of boycott by the main opposition BNP and its allies. As such, no voting will take place in 5 distri...
Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 06:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Nelson Mandela – the world leader and his legacy
Nelson Mandela, who is respected as the father of the nation in South Africa, died on December 5, 2013. He was the most popular world leader of our time who was revered by many heads of states. Like many human rights activists, I have been a great admirer of him. I remember that I participated in p...
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 04:21 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: International Rohingya Conference in the USA
The first international conference in the USA on the plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar – “Stop Genocide and Restore Rohingya’s Citizenship Rights in Myanmar” - was held in the campus of University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on December 14, 2013. It was jointly hosted by the Burmese Rohingya Amer...
Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 08:22 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bengal under the English Rule (1757-1905) – Part 2
As noted earlier, an analysis of the post-Nawabi period in Bengal shows the very dismal state of Muslims. They had not only lost the political leadership at the top but had also fallen behind in all other counts. As William Hunter’s report showed, Muslim upper and educated class before the EIC rule...
Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 07:29 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bengal under the English Rule (1757-1905) – Part 1
When Bengal was colonized by the East India Company in the second half of the 18th century, it was the richest jewel on the British crown. Bengal by then had been ruled under Muslim rule for nearly six centuries. During this long period from 1203 to 1757, as the rulers of the territory of Bangalah (...
Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 07:16 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Time for Soft Talk with Myanmar is Over
An OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) delegation, which included foreign ministers and senior officials from its member states Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Djibouti, and Bangladesh recently visited Myanmar. It was led by the OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. The O...
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 07:24 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 6
Last week, I was in the port city of Khulna, located in the south-west corner of Bangladesh. It is a major city and is not too far from the Sundarbans. It was an unsafe time to visit the port city of Khulna, or for that matter any place within Bangladesh, given the political unrest that has been wre...
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 11:24 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 5
It is said that if you want to find out about a city look at its manholes. Why – manholes? Well, those manholes probably tell us quite a bit about the overall health of a city. If those are missing, we can assume that (1) the city municipality may be financially insolvent, i.e., it does not have e...
Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 09:48 By 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, 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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