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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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U.S. Push for Global Democracy Excludes U.N.

Thalif Deen – Inter Press Service

The United States, which preaches democracy to the Middle East and rest of the world, seems unwilling to share equitable political power in one of the world's most undemocratic and anachronistic institutions: the 15-member U.N. Security Council.

China and EU need more to do for China's full market status - EU chief

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

China and the EU need
to do more before the EU grants the full market status
to China, the visiting European Commission chief, José
Manuel Barroso, disclosed on Friday in Beijing.

Burmese Government exile expresses concern over the continuous arrests of political activists in Burma.

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), the Burmese Government in exile has expressed its serious concerns over the continuous arrests political activists by the Burmese junta regime.

Sri Lanka’s Export goods might face ‘standard crisis’ in the near future

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s business community expects that several countries including those in the European Union-EU are expected to place difficult conditions against the local exports from 1st of January next year, due to the non-adherence international and acceptable standard of products that are meant for exports.

Enhanced collaboration among SAARC members stressed

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has stressed the need to foster greater collaboration among the SAARC member countries to provide better health care of the people of South Asia region to remain on the track towards the accomplishment of Millennium Development Goals.

President Bill Clinton backs his "dear friend", President Chandrika Kumaratunga

President Bill Clinton, leading a discussion yesterday (July 15, 2005) at the UN’s Economic and Social Council, New York, told representatives from several UN agencies that his “dear friend” President Chandrika Kumaratunga, “need the support of all” for “extending the hand of non-violence.”

UK and Western countries provide bases for terrorists to attack Sri Lanka and other poor nations

From our London correspondent

The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) and Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights (SPUR), an Australian-based NGO, have urged the British Government and the British people to remember the poor civilians who continue to be killed by the LTTE -- a terrorist group who are given protection in London and operates from UK.

Sri Lanka’s TNA lawmakers advocates and supporters of terrorism under US laws and UN conventions

Daya Gamage – News Analysis to Asian Tribune

When the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians voted against the Bill, that gave effect to the United Nations Convention on Suppression of Terrorist Financing, in Sri Lanka’s parliament on 08 July, 2005, they not only ignored the U.S. State Department’s bilateral and multilateral diplomacy in support of its ‘War on Global Terrorism’ to line up the international community and governments in winning political commitment to combat terrorism, they clearly established themselves as individuals who supported terrorism and their flagship, TNA, as an entity associated with terrorism.

Is it War?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Are we living days if not hours away from the outbreak of Eelam War IV? Is the LTTE planning to do what it did on four previous occasions (thrice with Sri Lankan governments and once with India), make impossible and limitless demands and go to war because only 75% of them could be fulfilled? Or is it a ruse to win more concessions from a beleaguered president whose credibility and chances of a political future depends on the continuance of the peace process? Are the Tigers planning to launch a blitzkrieg in the North and the East, and a mini Tet offensive in the South? Do the Tigers believe that a war is essential to recreate Sri Lankan state/army vs. Tamil people polarisation, thereby negating the political factors which enable the Karuna rebels to survive and prosper?