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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2905

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UN Forum Promoting ‘Internet For All’ is Underway in India

A United Nations-backed international forum focusing on Internet governance issues, particularly the potential expansion of access to greater numbers of people, is currently under way in India. The third Internet Governance Forum brings together representatives from government, the private sector, civil society, the Internet community, international organizations and the media to discuss how to make the web accessible to the largest number of people possible while guaranteeing that cyberspace remains safe, secure and reflective of the diversity of the world’s people.

U.S. Military contractor in Iraq holds foreign workers from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh in warehouses half staved

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

About 1,000 Asian men from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh who were hired by a Kuwaiti subcontractor to the U.S. military have been confined for as long as three months in windowless warehouses near the Baghdad airport without money or a place to work, reports McClatchy news service. Here in the United States the CNN on Thursday December 4 telecast a special report from Iraqi capital Baghdad of the plight of the Asian workers who were promised work but are partially starved with no money receiving handouts from Iraqi well wishers.

Why does India continue to interfere in Sri Lanka?

By Shenali Waduge

"Every country has a right to protect itself", so said Pranab Mukherjee India’s External Affairs Minister shortly after 4 days of carnage in Mumbai. The Indian Government’s immediate response was to blame Pakistan’s intelligence. The Indian people however took an opposing stand and continues to blame the Indian Government and its policies for creating the situation where foreign and homegrown forces now collude to making India vulnerable and insecure for its people – Enough is Enough the people of India now say.

Comrades in Tamil Nadu tie-up with Jayalalithaa for Lok Sabah poll

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The two mainline communist parties, the CPI and CPI (M) are aligning with the AIAIDMK in Tamil Nadu for the Lok Sabha elections slated for early next year. This is bad news to Chief Minister Karunanidhi since the PMK, the party of Vanniyars has also distanced from the DMK. The AIADMK- CPI (M) tie-up was announced Friday after an hour-long meeting between Jayalalithaa Jayaram, AIADMK general secretary and Prakash Karat, CPI (M) general secretary at the fortress like residence of cinema actor turned politician at Poes Gardens in Chennai.

Nepal to Discharge Nearly 3,000 Minors From Maoist Army

The Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal has agreed to move forward on the discharge of nearly 3,000 Maoist army elements disqualified as minors remaining in Maoist army cantonments, in cooperation with the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) and the UN Country Team in Nepal. This was announced by UN Under-Secretary-General Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, during her press conference in Kathmandu, at the conclusion of her six-day visit to the country.

Giving up the fight against LTTE would nullify the sacrifices of our brave soldiers - Dr. Mervin Silva

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Government should never give up the war against the LTTE terrorists. Giving up the fight to end terrorism in Sri Lanka would amount to nullifying the great sacrifices and the heroic efforts of the brave Sri Lankan soldiers. Speaking to "Asian Tribune," Minister Dr. Mervin Silva expressed his hope that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa would never give in to the Indian pressure and enter into a ceasefire agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, at this very crucial moment when the victory against the terrorist is imminent.

Online journalists now most jailed, Committee to Protect Journalists says

Daya Gamage – Online Correspondent for Asian Tribune in U.S.

Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released December 04, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ's prison census.

The Emerging Significance of the Environment: - In International Relations

Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona - Secretary/Foreign Affairs

It gives me great joy and pride to be here to felicitate the Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, again, on his election as the Chair of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention on the Ozone Layer. He richly deserves it, not only because of his extensive familiarity with the subject, but also because of his zeal, determination and commitment to work for the betterment of the environment. He has established his credentials within the country. Now he is being recognized globally. The fact that he is our environment minister is also a particular reason for my feelings of joy.

UN Treaty Banning Cluster Bombs Signed by 104 Countries

An international treaty banning cluster munitions was signed by 104 countries at a formal ceremony in Oslo. Representatives of more than 100 countries gathered in Norway, to sign the historic United Nations-sponsored treaty formally renouncing the use of cluster bombs, a weapon that frequently kills innocent civilians and cripples communities for decades after hostilities have ceased. First used in World War II, cluster munitions contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of several football fields, but often fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields.

Somalia Ought To Be Obama's Litmus Test

By Sadia Ali Aden

Indeed the historic victory of President-elect Obama has created profound prospect of hope and change that swept through America. However, for millions across the world who have witnessed devastation, insecurity and chaos resulting from an imprudent US foreign policy; reality is a nightmare they cannot easily ignore. Here, Somalia comes to mind. Though this mainly flies under the radar of public scrutiny, Washington has secretly been involved with the third war in addition to Iraq and Afghanistan. This one is fought by proxy on its behalf by Ethiopia which invaded Somalia on Christmas Eve of 2006.

SLBC journalists harassed: UNP prevent them covering annual conference

The United National Party which claims to champion media freedom has begun to shows its original ugly face of harassing journalists. The recent episode was the barring of journalists from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation from covering the 53rd annual convention of the UNP, presently underway at Dehiwela Urban Council grounds, chaired by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. "Asian Tribune" learnt that the United National Party on several occasions has complained that the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation does not give any coverage and give prominence to their news items. However, the SLBC says this was not the first occasion that its journalists experienced such harassment, deprived from entering UNP press meets and conferences and such barrage from the UNP. SLBC further added that they have experienced similar instances of humiliation in the past too.