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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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Oslo Conference helped to expose the Norwegian duplicity.

The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS), which consists of Sri Lankans in the diaspora, organized and financed the first ever conference on Norwegian soil challenging the role so far played by Norway appointed to function as a facilitator by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE in the negotiation process aimed at reaching a peaceful settlement of the ongoing conflict.

Mourners plan funerals in Russia school siege town

Mourners prepared on Sunday for the first funerals of 330 people killed in the bloody battle that ended the siege of a southern Russian school on Friday -- but others did not know if loved ones had survived.

India Denies Charge it is not Helping Peace Process in Sri Lanka

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India has firmly discounted any theory that as the regional leader it is not playing its role in helping in the peace process in neighboring Sri Lanka.

Where is Prabakaran residing?

Where is Prabakaran residing? Is he living in the house of Ranil Wickremasinghe, the former Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party? The appeal court has ordered the court to serve a summon to appear in the courts at the residence of Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Tiger Magic

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The LTTE defies political gravity. In a period in world history when the sole superpower is engaged in a war against terrorism it openly trains suicide bombers and boasts of their prowess (including their role as path breakers in suicide attacks worldwide – as the Sea Tiger Special Commander Soosai did in his interview with BBC’s Frances Harrison).

Thailand’s obsolete criminal defamation law must be scrapped

On Monday, September 6, Supinya Klangnarong will go to court on a charge of criminal defamation arising from an interview printed in the Thai Post newspaper last year; three of its editors are also subject to legal action.

Revolt in Congress over Kerala Cabinet expansion

From Mukundan C. Menon - Reporting from Kerala, India.

The announcement of ten new Congress Ministers by Chief Minister Ummen Chandy on Saturday morning evoked strong criticism from senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, who heads his own 'I' group within the party. Soon after Chandy submitted list of new Ministers to Governor R. L. Bhatia after his return from Delhi earlier the day, Karunakaran also met the Governor and informed his displeasure on the list.

Proposed New UN Envoy for Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is held hostage by their investments in Burma. Their failed policy of constructive engagement is best illustrated by their demand to release Aung San Suu Kyi. One year later, ASEAN has conveniently forgotten their demand to release Aung San Suu Kyi to appease the generals and protect their investments in Burma.

Letter to the Editor: SOS by Mr. Feng Wang of China

One Mr. Feng Wang of China has written a “Letter to the Editor” explaining how he is being continuously harassed, threatened and intimidated in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as in his birth place - Shang Hai, China. He is making an appeal to the readers and human right organizations to arrange for a legal action to stop the harassment inflicted by the state authorities in Thailand and China against him.

Umpire <i>Hora! </i>

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Houston, we have a problem. Well actually we have more than one problem. We have a facilitator who has been behaving very weirdly indeed. But we can’t get rid of him (it?) because that would be too costly. The other problem is that we always seem to be having problems with facilitators. So while there is something weird about this facilitator there is also something weird about us.

Protest against AFSPA continues before Patil’s visit

Ahead of the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil’s visit to trouble-torn state, large scale protest against Armed Forces Special Powers Act continues. Mr. Patil is visiting Imphal today to review the situation in the state agitated over the demand of withdrawal of AFSPA.

Is EU backtracking?

By Sai Wansai, General Secretary, Shan Democratic Union

It now looks like that EU could also be blackmailed or bullied. EU's backtracking is due to the business interest crowds "engagement at all cost". The so-called hardliner group has to take the back seat for now.

No Headway to the Dhaka Blasts

From Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Interpol staffs, who came to Dhaka to probe the blasts, have so far been able to detect what they called the suspicious movement of two men immediately before the carnage. Watching the Video footage they detected two men whom they believe might have perpetrated the attack, a source in the Police says.