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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2529

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Saudis Break New Ground Eyeing Russian Weapons

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service (IPS)

Saudi Arabia, a traditionally authoritarian regime that recently held the first Western-style local elections in its 73-year history, is trying to break new ground by turning to Russia for arms purchases.

“Monarchy has no relevance in modern times” – Nepalese minister Dilendra Prasad Badu.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The heart of Dilendra Prasad Badu, a former minister of state for Education in Nepal, aches for the Himalayan kingdom yet he is in no mood to go back to his country till King Gyanendra calls the shots there.

Speaker likely to let Balapatabendi get away without facing High Post Committee

From our Colombo Correspondent

Political circles believe that the Speaker, W. J. M. Lokubandara, is likely to ignore the appeal of the UNP members to re-summon Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, former Secretary to the President, to be questioned by the High Post Committee before it decides on his appointment as the next High Commissioner to Australia.

Two terrorists killed, 11 nabbed in Pakistan

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Two suspected terrorists were killed and eleven others arrested in
an operation by the security forces in south
Waziristan area Miranshah, some 250 km from the
capital Islamabad.

Appeasing Extremism

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Tiger Eelam project can be conclusively defeated only if the Tamil people are given the hope of a Sri Lankan future, a future of equality, dignity and democracy. A series of mutually negating compromises aimed at appeasing the extremists in the North and the extremists in the South cannot save Sri Lanka either from the next war or eventual bifurcation.

Musharraf embarks on four-day foreign tour

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

President Pervez Musharraf has said that his visit to
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan will boost bilateral
cooperation in trade and energy sectors and campaign
against terrorism.

Post 12/26: Losing The Moment

By Dayan Jayatillake

Just as we lost the post 9/11 moment, we are losing the post 12/26 moment. We are rapidly losing our post-tsunami chance of leveraging the new global factors, including goodwill, to escape our decades-long downward spiral. That chance was real.

Pro-LTTE Bishop Jebanesan thrown out by young Church delegates in Jaffna

An underhand move to extend by two years the tenure of the pro-Tiger Bishop Rt. Rev. Subramaniam Jebanesan of the Church of South India (CSI) has backfired, with the young pastors rejecting him as their next bishop. The move to extend his term was backed by the LTTE but their presence raised a storm of protest.

Bangladeshi and Indian Border Guards Trade Fire

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India traded gunfire on Kasibari border over an Indian bid to erect fences 150 yards off the zero point at Ramgarh of Khagrachhari district.

Indonesian Islamic Cleric’s Conviction and Jamaah Islamiyah

Daya Gamage – A Research Report to Asian Tribune

An Indonesian court sentenced Abu Bakar Bashir, alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (Islamic Organization) and so called leader of a South-east Asian terrorist network with alleged links to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda, to serve 30 months in jail for conspiracy related to the 2002 bombing of a Bali nightclub that killed 202 people.

LTTE’s latest “shopping spree” for arms in S.E. Asia a threat to Sri Lankan peace

Political analysts agree that the latest report (March 1, 2005) in the Jane’s Intelligence Review (JIR) on the renewed “shopping spree” for arms by the LTTE in South East Asia is a serious threat to the peace process in Sri Lanka.

Drive against militants: Strain within coalition over government crackdown

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The sudden but necessary move by the government to clamp down on the Islamist militants has created tension within the ruling four-party coalition.

Overseas Tiger offices and officials.

The international dimensions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan rebel movement fighting for a separate Tamil state in north and east of Sri Lanka, was explored in an in-depth cover story published in the Asiaweek of July 26, 1996.