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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Sri Lankan judge appointed to United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda

Asoka de Silva of Sri Lanka has become a permanent judge of the United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda, replacing his compatriot, Judge Asoka Gunawardena, who resigned in June.

US troops kill 300 in Najaf raid

American forces said yesterday they had killed at least 300 militia fighters during a ferocious two-day battle in the holy city of Najaf, where US and Iraqi troops continued to fight gunmen loyal to the militant Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Wartime comrade questions Kerry's Vietnam record

One of presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam war comrades, who had appeared to back off his criticism of Kerry's war record, recanted on Friday and said, yes, in fact he did question whether the U.S. senator deserved his medals.

Extremism of Dr. Jehan Perera’s National Peace Council

H. L. D. Mahindapala, one of the speakers in the forthcoming World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) to be held in Oslo, Norway wrote in his “letter to the Editor,” asking Dr. Jehan Perea about extremists.

Noisy Protest at Burmese Embassy in memory of 1988 Democracy uprising

About 70 Burmese people and human rights activists marched yesterday from Berkeley Square, London W1 to the Burmese Embassy in Charles Street this Friday, to commemorate the demonstration in Rangoon on August 8, 1988 which resulted in a massacre of thousands of protestors.

Indonesia: Courts Sanction Impunity for East Timor Abuses

Now that the Indonesian courts have
acquitted or overturned the convictions of all Indonesians indicted for
crimes against humanity in East Timor, the United Nations needs to take steps to create a judicial process that will bring to justice those responsible for these crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.

Public sector employees promised salary hike in the next budget

Sri Lankla's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse pledged to provide a salary increase to government servants through the next budget.

Burma Documentary filmmaker arrested

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent arrest of Burmese documentary filmmaker Lazing La Htoi, who was detained on 27 July in Myitkyina, the capital of the northern Kachin State, for filming and distributing footage of extreme flooding that hit the region in late July.

United People’s Freedom Alliance Parties adopt unified policies on negotiation with LTTE

Deputy Minister of Defence Ratnasiri Wickremanayake says time has come for all parties involved in the peace process to act with responsibility.

Sanctions are working in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Sanctions are working in Burma and we need more sanctions to expedite the restoration of freedom and democracy in Burma.

US Pacific Marine Corps Commander Visited Sri Lanka

Lieutenant General Wallace
C. Gregson, Commander United States Marine Forces
Pacific; Commanding General, Fleet Marine
Force Pacific; and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Bases,
Pacific, visited Sri Lanka last week.

Indian Workers in Malaysia Suffer Harassment

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

In yet another case of harassment of Indians in Malaysia, 18 workers from Punjab were assaulted and their passports and money confiscated by their employer, reports reaching the Indian capital said.

PTT invests in Myanmar to secure long-term petroleum supply in Thailand

Thailand’s giant oil company, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited, or PTTEP, has announced that the company's president, Mr. Maroot Mrigadat, will today sign the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with Rangoon to invest in offshore petroleum exploration Blocks M-3 and M-4 in Myanmar as the operator with 100% interest.