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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1796

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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Letter from America: Boston Bombing – the insane madness
I like athletics, although I don’t run or jog these days. My younger son is a good short distance runner and has won several regional awards in hurdles and relay races. Although he is a freshman in a university now, his school records in 110m hurdles and other such sprints still remain unbroken and...
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:59 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bangladesh – A Nation Divided? – Part 3
After the promulgation of East Pakistan Razakar Ordinance of June 1, 1971, some Bengalis either volunteered or were recruited to work as a paramilitary force or collaborators for the Pakistan’s military regime. They were called the Razakars. Some of the political parties that did not like the divis...
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 01:50 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bangladesh – A Nation Divided? – Part 2
According to Lt. General A. A. K. Niazi, who was in charge of Pakistan's Eastern Command when it surrendered to the joint Bangladesh-India forces on December 16, 1971 in Dhaka, “The 1971 imbroglio was the outcome of an unabated struggle for power between Yahya, Mujib and Bhutto. Yahya wanted to ret...
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bangladesh – A Nation Divided? – Part 1
March 26 is a very important day in the history of Bangladesh. It is celebrated as the Independence Day of Bangladesh although the true liberation of the country came some nine months later in 16 December, 1971. I was a high school student studying in a cadet college. Our school was closed sine die...
Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 23:27 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Never-ending Pogroms in Myanmar
It was not too long ago that we witnessed the grisly massacre of minority Rohingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) state of Myanmar (Burma). Many of the western observers who grew up seeing the smiling face of Dalai Lama were simply shocked to see armed Buddhist monks participating in that ethnic cl...
Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 12:21 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The 10th anniversary of Iraq Invasion
During the first Gulf War I was surprised by the wild and obscene enthusiasm for the war displayed by a colleague of mine whom I considered to be one of the most liberal Americans. He was a brilliant engineer who after completing his Ph.D. had briefly worked at the MIT. In the late 1980s when I move...
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 12:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Legacy of Hugo Chavez
The charismatic leader of Venezuela - Hugo Chavez died last Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was only 58 years old. The former army paratrooper first came to prominence as a leader of a failed coup in February 1992, to overthrow the government of President Carlos Andres Perez amid growing...
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 13:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Sequester is back
When the Democrats and Republicans could not agree on budget cuts by mid-night on last Friday, the US President Barack Obama signed into effect a wave of steep spending cuts - known as the sequester – which will take $85bn from the US federal budget this year. The “sequester” was drawn up in mid-201...
Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 13:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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