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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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Secretary-General Voices Frustration at Lack of Progress in Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his growing frustration that the United Nations’ long-standing efforts to promote national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar have yet to achieve the desired results, He urged the Government to release all political prisoners immediately and initiate "genuine dialogue" with the opposition. Speaking to journalists after convening a meeting in New York of the Group of Friends on Myanmar, a gathering of countries supporting greater dialogue in the Asian country, Ban said there had been little progress since the last meeting, held in late September. "I sense not only a higher expectation, but also a growing frustration that our efforts have yet to yield the results we all hope for," he said. "I share this sense of expectation and frustration."

German Chancellor's intervention sought to safeguard Tamil children in Germany

Tamil children abusedTo intervene in the abuse of Tamil children in Germany by the LTTE and pro-LTTE organizations has been sought. In an urgent appeal to Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, the Society For Peace, Unity and Human Tights in Sri Lanka has requested her to interfere and immediately to put a halt to the abuse of Tamil Children and also from being exploited by the Tamil Tigers in Germany. Ranjith Soysa, spokespersom of SPUR, in an appeal has pointed out that either overtly or covertly the German Authorities have approved World Tamil Movement, TRO and other Tamil Tiger front organizations to influence educational institutions in Germany to spread terrorist separatist propaganda and fund raising.

Will Sri Lanka probe the plight of her workers in Iraq under US Military Contractor KBR facing prosecution in US Court providing

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A U.S. citizen has filed a lawsuit against contractor KBR and its former parent company, Halliburton, saying the companies exposed everyone at Joint Base Balad in Iraq to unsafe water, food and hazardous fumes from the burn pit there. Joshua Eller, who worked as a civilian computer-aided drafting technician with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, said military personnel, contractors and third-country nationals may have been sickened by contamination at the largest U.S. installation in Iraq, home to more than 30,000 service members, Defense Department civilians and contractors.

Robbin(g) (Liveli)hood - by the Snack of the Credit Crunch!

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London….

The Credit Crunch, the bitterest economical equivalent of a snack ever, has become a global brand since its launch last year – thanks to a combination of both accident and misfortune, though. It defied advertising norms by conquering both time and space, while not seeking the attractive anatomical parts of a celebrity as a launching pad. The inhabitants of the Western powers have been forced, at first to smell, then taste and ultimately swallow it - against their will, of course. An inevitable effect of the product has taken a global dimension, in a relatively short time – even the fiercest optimist looks down into the abyss of uncertainty. There are clear signs that no corner of the world is going to escape from the calamity; it is just a matter of time, before everyone will start feeling the pinch.

Ending Five-year Iraqi War: Complicated and Unstable Affair

Sunday Discourse By Philip Fernando Asian Tribune

As President-elect Barack Obama plans the withdrawal of US troops -- an act that likely will be a signal broadcasting event in Iraq, a sweeping security agreement sets the course for ending the Iraqi war started by George Bush in 2003. However, the mess that consumed Iraq would take a long time in clearing. Bush’s dismal failure in Iraq would linger long after he disappears from politics. The pact, which still must be voted on by a referendum, will eventually lead to withdrawal of all US troops only by December 31, 2011. Combats troops must be withdrawn by June 2009. Many believe that the operation of withdrawal, presence of US bases and determination of the power sharing by the different groups would be long drawn out, complicated and unstable.

Revisiting 'The War on Terror', Post-Mumbai

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

So on which side of the 'War on Terror' does Pakistan stand Pakistan has been a consistent ally of Sri Lanka in her struggle against Tiger terrorism. The same Pakistan is supposed to have sheltered the men who masterminded and carried out the Mumbai attack. "Lashkar-e-Taiba" (The Army of the Pure) was a creation of Pakistan’s powerful Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), to be a proxy in the Kashmir conflict. It was held responsible for the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament. Though under a nominal ban after 9/11, "Lashkar-e-Taiba" still functions in Pakistan and the Mumbai attackers are believed to be Pakistani nationals belonging to it.

Stern Warning by Karunanidi

By L. Jayasooriya

We understand that Karunanidi has ordered Mr. Singh, the Prime Minister of India to order his foreign minister Mr. Pranab Mukkerjee to go to Sri Lanka and deliver a stern warning from him to our government to stop attacking the LTTE. MTV has shown us the hate that Karunanidi has injected into Tamil Nadu citizens. Mr.Singh has succumbed to the blackmail of Karunanidi and agreed to send Mr, Mukkerjee to Sri Lanka. That has put Sri Lanka into a quandary because refusing entry to Mukkerjee would cause a very serious diplomatic rift between the two countries. So the government has decided to "welcome" Mukkerjee.