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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Israel steps up military offensive in Gaza

The Israeli government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is exploiting the open support of the Bush administration for its murderous campaign in Lebanon to further Israel’s expansionist ambitions in the Occupied Territories. Far from resulting in any letup in the month-long attack on Gaza, Israel’s war in Lebanon has been accompanied by a continuing and unrestrained offensive against the Palestinian people. An Israeli ground and air operation in Gaza on Wednesday resulted in the deaths of 23 Palestinians, including at least seven civilians. The attack, codenamed “Pillars of Samson”, resulted in one of the bloodiest days in the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza. Another five Palestinians, including a 75-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy, were killed yesterday.

Musharraf’s sham cooperation offer

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a narcissist. He cannot live without hearing his voice and seeing his frame on TV screens on a daily basis. Any opportunity is good enough for him to appear on the idiot box; that is when he is not globetrotting to blow his own trumpet before his hosts. He chooses subjects that he thinks will get him favourable publicity as he did the other day when he referred to the ghastly tragedy of terrorist attacks on Mumbai suburban trains on July 11. In a TV address that was naturally mandatory for all channels in Pakistan to carry, Musharraf commiserated with the families of the Mumbai victims and offered to ‘cooperate’ with India in nabbing the beastly murderers of that tragedy—much to the adulation of the western world.

LTTE Claymore attack killed three Home Guards

Claymore bomb attack by the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam killed three Home Guards who were traveling from Kalapuliyankulama - Paluhalmillawa road. The explosion took place on Friday 28 July, at 6.30p.m, whilst the three home guards were returning after duty along the Kalapuliyankulama - Paluhalmillawa road near Kebittigollawa.

Dialog Telecom records Rs. 4.93 billion net profit

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Corespondent

Dialog Telekom Ltd. (DTL) and its subsidiary Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt.) Ltd. have recorded Rs. 4.93 billion net profit during the first six months of this year.During the period in focus, the DTL has contributed recording increase of 42 per cent in net profits to Rs. 4.89 from Rs. 3.45 billion during the corresponding period last year.

Will ASEAN change its Myanmar tune?

By - Zin Linn

As yet another ASEAN Summit is getting under way, uppermost in the minds of Burmese democrats is the same old question: How long will the Southeast Asian grouping will be 'patronizing' the rough military junta in Rangoon even after they country they are ruling has become a lingering embarrassment and indeed a shame for ASEAN. As the activists of INGO put it, the persistence with the "Constructive Engagement Policy" towards Burma could damage the very credibility of Asean
Consider this. Burma joined ASEAN in 1997 with a promise of political reform, but has gone back on its promise. Suppression of democratic aspirations of people, arrests and detentions remain the order of the day even today. Burma's human rights record first surfaced as a problem area for Asean on 30 May 2003.

Bring LTTE Leaders to International Criminal Court for War Crimes against Children

Rallying under the banner of the local expatriate activist group, ‘Sri Lankan Patriots,’ saffron-robed Buddhist monks, saree-clad women, and men carrying children’s coffins will be among the hundreds of demonstrators expected to rally on August 5, from 10 am to 12 noon outside the Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., in Westwood, CA to demand that UNICEF take action to bring the leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges for war crimes against children. The rally organizers in a press release revealed that, according to the US State Department, there is credible evidence that the LTTE is holding about 5000 children in combat camps. In 2004 alone the LTTE recruited 1000 children.

Delusional Expectations

By John Chuckman

At this writing, Israel has killed six hundred civilians in Lebanon, including more than one hundred children, and killed another one hundred and fifty in Gaza. It has created hundreds of thousands of refugees and destroyed enough bridges and power stations and apartments to create misery for years to come.
Nothing is more dishonest than attempting to justify this barbarism with "Islamist fundamentalists declare their goal openly to destroy the state of Israel and kill Jews." There is no possibility that Israel can be destroyed by Islamic fundamentalists: the notion is simply a fantasy. This is so not just because of Israel's ready willingness to bomb and kill, but because of great-power guarantees. It is so also because no Arab state believes any longer that Israel’s destruction is a sensible or possible goal, despite their leaders’ public rhetoric. And it is true because the enemies Israel claims are so threatening, organizations such as Hezbollah or Hamas, are militarily weak by any rational standard of calculation.

Air Force planes bombed Karadiyanaru - on the appeal by the Tamil civilians – Heavy causalities reported

Unconfirmed reports reveal of heavy Tamil rebel cadre causalities at Karadiyanaru, when Sri Lanka jets bombed today in the forenoon, with pinprick precision, “Thenakam” – former headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the Batticaloa – Amparai districts. It was revealed that airplane bombing took while a self defence training camp was on, conducted by the LTTE with the presence of Colonel Jeyam, the newly appointed special Commander of the region and the departing Commander Colonel ‘Bravo’ Bahnu. Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry claimed that the bombing at Karadiyanaru was carried out on the request of the Tamil civilians who appealed to the Sri Lanka Security forces to save them and their underage children from abduction, conscription and forceful weapon training at Karadiyanaru, which was held today.