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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Winning the peace

by Jihan El-Alaily

Despite the killing of Saddam Hussein's sons last week in Mosul, US attempts to pacify and rebuild Iraq are floundering. Despite the killing of Saddam Hussein's sons last week in Mosul, US attempts to pacify and rebuild Iraq are floundering. Jihan El-Alaily reports from Baghdad reports from Baghdad

President Blocks New Law for Sri Lanka's Landless Poor

By Champika Liyanaarachchi : OneWorld South Asia

Protesting against a provision that erodes her Constitutional authority, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has stalled the government's seven-month-old proposal for a new Bill giving land ownership to 900,000 poor families.

Tamil Nadu government caught in strike numbers

The Tamil Nadu government has tied itself into knots over how many employees it dismissed during the 10-day workers' and teachers' strike in July, how many it reinstated and how many police complaints it filed.

No change in govt's stand on Ayodhya issue: Vajpayee

In dramatic bid to defuse a raging controversy over his remarks on Ayodhya, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said in the Lok Sabha that he would rather "quit" his position than come under any "compulsion" and asserted that there was no change in the government's stand on the issue.

POTA court rejects Gopal's bail plea

A designated POTA court denied bail to R R Gopal, editor of Tamil bi-weekly "Nakheeran", who was booked under the anti-terrorist law on April 16 last.

Ad Hoc Commission into Burma massacre adds to pressure on Security Council

Ad Hoc Commission into Burma massacre adds to pressure on Security Council Burma Lawyers' Council and National Council of the Union of Burma have jointly established the Ad Hoc Commission on the Depayin Massacre, to collect evidence and establish whether or not the incident amounts to a crime against humanity.

Navy fires at people-smuggling boat

By Sunil Jayasiri and Kurulu Kariyakarawana

The growing crisis of illicit immigration from Sri Lanka to Europe took a dangerous turn, when a people-smuggling boat allegedly defied the Navy, forcing naval troops to open fire injuring at least one person.

Ex-intelligence man shot dead in Trinco

By Kurulu Kariyakarawana

An ex-Police Sergeant attached to the Trincomalee Police Intelligence Unit was shot dead allegedly by an LTTE pistol gang at Jinnanagar in Muttur.

Letter to General Than Shwe: This time I complaint profoundly.

This is a letter written by Bo Sein, one of the contemporaries of General Than Shwe in the 1970’s. Bo Sein was ex-Lt. Col. Sein Mtint, who was forced to retire in the late 1970s, while he was the garrison commander of the War Office in Rangoon, accusing of involvement with Captain Ohn Kyaw Myint's plot to assassinate the then strong man General Ne Win.

Human Rights Workshop for Arakanese Youths in Bangladesh

The Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) based in Thailand, conducted a day-long human rights workshop for two youth groups of Rakhine and Rohingya recently in Bangladesh.

PLA takes over Sino-Burma border security

Since mid July, security along the Sino-Burma border that used to be the main occupation of the Wujin (paramilitary police) forces had been taken over by the People's Liberation Army.

Magistrates' Courts, Police Dept among top 12 in corruption

by Saman Indrajith

The Magistrates’ Courts and the Police Department are among the 12 most corrupt state institutions and departments identified by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.

Thailand asked to assist interrogation

Japan will invite Thai and South Korean officials to participate in the interrogation of the 10 North Koreans who sneaked into the Japanese Embassy on Thursday.

Bury Amin in Saudi Arabia, says Mubajje

By Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda

Reports from Saudi Arabia indicate that Amin is in “near-death” at a hospital in Jeddah. “He is alive but remains in a near-death condition in a coma,” a hospital source told, adding that Amin was on a ventilator.

Gadhafi: US policy strengthens al-Qaeda

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said the U.S.-led war on terror has strengthened al-Qaeda, because Muslims around the world have perceived the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as aggression against Islam and attempts to spread American influence.

UN nods for Thailand's roadmap for Myanmar

The United Nations has accepted in principle Thailand's proposed roadmap for reconciliation in Myanmar.