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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 105

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Is the mystery "T. Brigade" another scare-mongering tactic in Sri Lanka?

From our Correspondents

A mysterious group calling itself Theraputhabahaya Balakaya is claiming responsibility for the killing of D. Sivaram, the editor of the LTTE TamilNet. The letter is signed by one Mayadunne, Theraputhabahaya Balakaya Western province Division Colombo, May 02, 2005.

Musharraf rules out change of govt, early elections

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

President General Pervez Musharraf Thursday ruled out any change of government, stating that general elections would he held in 2007.

'French Embassy refused to recognize official papers'

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lankan Scientist Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara told the "Asian Tribune" that Sri Lanka unfortunately had no mechanism by which his university or a relevant Ministry could apply for entry visas to any foreign countries on his behalf - even though he was on a official assignment to visit Spain to participate in a conference.

A civilian in Rangoon tortured to death by military

On the 1st of May at about 8 p.m. Ko Aung Hlaing Win, aged 30, was handcuffed and taken away by 4 men in mufti while he was at the Lucky food stall at Aung Myae Thar Zan quarter in Hlaing township in Rangoon. The owner of the food stall went and informed the family about this.

Intelligence Brief

Drafted By: Erich Marquardt

Both North Korea and Iran are following a course of action that is putting them directly at odds with U.S. interests. North Korea declared that it possesses nuclear weapons and that it will continue to build up its nuclear arsenal unless it receives certain concessions from the United States, and Iran has firmly expressed its desire to control the nuclear fuel cycle, raising concerns that it plans on developing covertly its own nuclear weapons.

Britain: military families take legal action against Blair government

Following its re-election on May 5, the Labour government of Prime Minister Tony Blair is facing a series of legal challenges launched by the families of British soldiers killed in the Iraq war. On May 5, lawyers acting on behalf of 10 families and antiwar organisations presented evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Britain had committed war crimes in its participation in the Iraq war.

Norwegian ambassador holds talks with the LTTE and Japanese special envoy to follow

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar has held discussions with the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Kilinochchi today. The LTTE delegation led by political-wing leader S.Paramu Tamilselvan included several personnel from the LTTE peace secretariat. Although the subjects of discussions were not revealed, they were expected to cover the tsunami relief distribution and the proposed mechanism and recent developments in the east.

Tamil leader welcomes Indian position on democracy for north east of Sri Lanka

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The leader of the oldest Tamil political party urged the international community to follow the Indian example and support the demand for democratic political rights of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. V.Ananadasangharee, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) welcomed the stand taken by New Delhi that “India will never accept a LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) dictatorship”.

Sri Lanka Bar Association under fire from lawyers

From our Colombo Correspondent

President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Desmond Fernando, has come under fire for issuing a partisan message of condolence on the killing of D. Sivaram without expressing similar sympathies to other journalists killed by the LTTE. Some lawyers see Desmond Fernando as a pro-UNP lawyer playing politics. Asian Tribune is currently investigating the role of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka in Sri Lankan politics. A report will be published when investigations are completed.

Profile of NGOlogists haunting the landscape of Afro-Asia

BY H. L.D. Mahindapala

The Cold War era was inundated with the politics of human rights propounded mainly by NGOs funded by the Western agencies. Initially, it was used as a tool by the West to undermine and attack the Communist countries.

Akashi and Solheim in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera , reporting from Colombo

Yasushi Akashi, a former UN undersecretary general and Japanese special envoy to Sri Lanka's peace process already arrived to island and met local leading government officials and parties connected to the peace process after the tsunami, the government sources said.