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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

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US retains Jemaah Islamiyah on the banned list and makes donations to it illegal

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from India

As a part of its ongoing efforts against terrorism, the United States has decided to continue the ban on southeast Asia based Jemaah Islamiyah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Its stated goal is to create a pan Islamic state comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the southern Philippines, and southern Thailand.

Tiger Wounded

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Vellupillai Pirapaharan is making history; he will therefore shape that history. Mr. Pirapaharan’s ‘New Man’ is the ultimate killing machine, a human bomb, a creature without a mind or a will of his own, without normal human emotions, one who lives because he obeys, and kills. To the civilised world the Black Tiger would seem an abomination; but then a ‘psychopathic God’ (Auden) can only have, can only tolerate such human killing machines who exist only in and for slavery, who will obey any order and whose life belongs not to them but to the God-Leader.

Political Situation in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Khin Nyunt is Burma's Osama Bin Laden. He killed more Burmese in 1988 than Osama Bin Laden on 9/11. He is responsible for the continued detention of U Win Tin and Min Ko Naing since 1988. He is responsible for the continued detention of 1,300 political prisoners in Burma. He is also responsible for destroying at least a generation of Burmese by closing all colleges and universities for almost a decade.

The President’s Passage to India

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Let’s hope the UPFA government isn’t adventurist enough to do any one of four things: have a snap election (the speculation settles on April ’05), sell out to the Tigers, attempt to extend the president’s term of office through a ‘constituent assembly’ and constitutional coup, and lose the inspiring combat leadership of Gen. Sarath Fonseka to bureaucratic procedure.

SAARC Summit will Focus on Economic Issues

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) summit in Dhaka will focus on serious economic issues as the South Asian leaders are expected to sign four agreements to promote trade and business among the seven nations in the regional bloc.

Prospects bright for Congress on government formation in Maharashtra.

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Ahmadnagar in Western India

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party is entering into crucial talks with allies in Maharashtra, the West Indian state on Saturday on government formation in the province, which has seen a split verdict in the Oct 13 elections.

Chandrika laments: Soaring oil price poses big challenge for her Government

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Government led by President Chandriak Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is set to present a more relief oriented budget in the mid of next month amidst country's economy facing severe crisis due to increasing oil prices in the world market.

Conference To Consider India’s Role In Sri Lankan Peace Process

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

An international conference later this week will consider and deliberate on the need for India’s resumption of role in the Sri Lankan Peace Process to find an amicable solution to the ethnic Tamil problem.