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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2897

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The UN must not admit defeat under the military dictators of Burma

By Zin Linn

" The Article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)" says:"Everyone has the right to liberty: any detention must be lawful and should be used only as a last resort". But the article seems strange to people of Burma. In this country under the military rule, even possessing of a UDHR booklet may send a citizen into jail for several years. To people’s disappointment, it still lacks of human rights education and practices in Burma although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the member countries 60 years ago on December 10, 1948.

Rhapsody 2008 - a symphony of different cultures for medical professionals

By Shobha Shukla

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, and yet we have 'no time to watch at beauty’s glance, and see how well her feet can dance.' Well, this is the price we seem to be paying for our economic development. Today’s world of cut throat competition and cutting edge technology has lacerated our soul. Any activity of a non competitive nature with no financial gains is looked down upon. In our quest for professional knowledge, we have given up the pursuit of happiness, feels the legendary teacher and Surgeon Professor (Dr) Rama Kant.

Looking Beyond 2010 Election in Burma

By Nehginpao Kipgen

It is saddening to see a government’s sentencing of prison terms ranging from 6 months to 65 years on its own citizens. The alleged convicts are none other than some of the most admired artists, revered monks and peaceful activists who dearly love their country. The international community’s political rhetoric, without any substantive action, has emboldened the military generals to advance their seven-step roadmap toward a "disciplined and flourishing democracy," slowly but steadily.

IOM Hosts Counter Trafficking Workshop for State Prosecutors

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has organized a two-day residential workshop on combating human trafficking for a group of 35 state prosecutors from across Sri Lanka. The US-funded workshop was designed to enhance the prosecutors' knowledge of counter trafficking legislation and prosecution, and to support national efforts in prosecuting traffickers and protecting victims of trafficking. "Training prosecutors to deal with (human) trafficking is of the utmost importance, as we consider it an offense as serious as money laundering or drug trafficking," said Acting Attorney General Priyashath Dep, who addressed the workshop.

In Tamil Nadu "Jokers" are not Tamils

In Tamil Nadu none of its leaders are 'Tamilians’. Other day participating in a wedding ceremony, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi publicly revealed that AIDMK leader and the Leader of the opposition Jayalalithaa Jeyaram is not a Tamil, but a Kannadian. Subsequently Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy remarked that Chief Minister Karunanidhi made the "ridiculous comments on AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa to hide the fact that he himself is not a Tamil at all and, in fact, had migrated from Andhra Pradesh." The former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, matinee idol M.G.Ramachandran was not a Tamil, but a Malayalee.

American Ambassador Blake admits Sri Lanka’s 'East' was 'Liberated': But highlights LTTE agenda items

Daya Gamage – Political Analyses from US Bureau Asian Tribune

The American Ambassador in Sri Lanka Robert Blake who used the American Chamber of Commerce in Colombo as a platform on December 11 to give a ‘lecture’ to the Government of Sri Lanka was with full of contradictions. He reiterates the importance of a political solution and upholding human rights as a prerequisite for marginalizing the Tamil Tigers but in the same breath he acknowledges that the East was liberated from the Tigers enabling the U.S. to get involved in the province’s economic development. Mr. Blake forgets for a moment that the ‘military solution’ preceded the 'liberation' of the east.

Save Zimbabwe From Mugabe

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Zimbabwe is one country that faces threat to its survival, not from the usual suspects--an outside force, insurgency, terrorism or global warming---but its own octogenarian president, Robert Mugabe, who has turned into a megalomaniac. But Mugabe may well be on his last legs. Neighbouring countries which were previously unable to take a tough line against his regime are revising their views. Botswana and Kenya firmly believe that Mugabe must go. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa has even demanded that if Mugabe does not quit he should be tried for his ‘crimes’.

U.N. Seeks Collective Action Against Somali Piracy

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The rise in modern-day piracy, mostly off the coasts of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, is triggering a strong collective response from the United Nations. The 15-member Security Council is scheduled to meet next week to discuss a resolution, which if adopted, would give member states the legitimate right to pursue pirates into Somali territory. Still, the main thrust of the new resolution, says an Asian diplomat, appears to be an attempt to address the issue of lack of capacity, domestic legislation and clarity on how to dispose of pirates after their capture.