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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

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China keen to get SAARC observer status

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

China is likely shift its attention on the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation's economic and trade activities.

Simultaneous Bomb Blasts in Egypt Kill Dozens: U.S. Condemns the Attack

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

Several bombs exploded, almost simultaneously, in the Red Sea tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt killing dozens and injuring at least 200 early Saturday.

LTTE blames Sri Lankan government, war, media and tsunami for their “child soldiers”

The LTTE has put out a statement in its latest attempt to justify the abduction and forcible recruitment of Tamil children to fill its depleted cadres. Titled “Child Soldiers” – A distortion of ground reality to vilify the Tamil liberation struggle,” the LTTE has blamed the Sri Lankan government, the media, the war and the tsunami for the children seeking “refuge in the LTTE”.

MMA demands resignation of General Musharraf

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

On the appeal of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, country wide protest day was observed on Friday to condemn police crackdown on Religious Madaris(seminaries) and arrests of Ulema (religious scholars) and students.

JCBO scoffs at opposition to Religious Freedom Bill

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo

The Joint Committee of Buddhist Organizations has warned that Catholic Bishops Conference of persistent objections to anti-conversion legislation without good cause will only result in aggrieved persons resorting to extra legal tactics against proselytizers. The JCBC calls the CBC’s contention that the Freedom of Religion Bill would lead to religious disharmony, mere “speculation.

LTTE going berserk in the east: Norway turns a blind eye

Political observers believe that the LTTE has increased its violence since the latest statement issued by the four Co-chairs of the Sri Lankan peace process.

Has Erik Solheim visited the LTTE torture chambers? – V. Anandasangaree, Tamil leader.

V. Anandasangaree, now touring Europe, told a large crowd of Sinhala Association members in London on July 19, 2005: “There are hundreds of Tamils languishing in these torture chambers. I have a duty to liberate my people.”

Unknown gunmen kill five tribal elders in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Asian Tribune

Unknown gunmen shot dead five tribal elders, who had helped Pakistan's army hunt for al-Qaida-linked militants in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said on Friday.

Has Erik Solheim visited the LTTE torture chambers?

Is this what we have to pay for: -
1) Having Norway as a crummy monitor our country’s so called peace?
2) Does our people have to pay with our lives to gain peace?
3) What is the world doing about torture chambers?
I will question the story if it is told by a Sinhalaese person
I will not believe if it is said by one person
Torture chambers were first mentioned in High Courts in UK by Jayadev

Sri Lankan government’s secret deals erode sovereignty of the people

From our Colombo Correspondent

Tamils and Muslims are listed to participate in the conference organized by World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) and Sansadaya to prevent Sri Lankan government from entering into secret deals against the will of the people. The conference will be held at the BMICH Committee Room A on Saturday July, 30th 2005.