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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

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Dr. Swamy

Army Commander visiting a wounded soldiers

Richard Boucher

Ban Ki-Moon

President with Government delegation

Spain: Government seeks European clampdown on Canary Islands boat people

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government is answering the plight of the impoverished boat people sailing from Africa to the Canary Islands with more repressive measures. Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s government is demanding the European Union (EU) help increase surveillance and naval patrols to intercept the boat people and pressuring African leaders to agree to their repatriation. The Canary Islands have been the destination this year for around 24,000 undocumented workers, including nearly 1,000 children. These come mainly from West African and sub-Saharan countries such as Senegal and Mali, but some come from as far away as India, Pakistan and the Far East. It is a measure of people’s desperation and the difficulty of entering "Fortress Europe" that such perilous journeys are undertaken.

In line of lies

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

A more apt name for the book ghost written for the Pakistani dictator, Gen Pervez Musharraf, would have been ‘A Pack of Lies’ or ‘In Line of Lies’. In Line of Propaganda could also have be an appropriate title since many are of the view that the timing of the release of the memoirs, ‘In The of Fire’ and the kind of publicity it expectedly generated was chosen to win over critics back home so that the General sails through to another five-year term as the de jure and ‘elected’ head of the country. Many in India think that the book’s chief ‘merit’ lies in being the first Pakistani collection of jokes penned by a dictator. One of the reasons for this assessment could be that Musharraf maintains that the Indian nuclear programme is a copy of his country’s nuclear programme which is globally (in) famous for its proliferation.

United Nations General Assembly endorses South Korea’s Ban Ki-Moon Secretary-General of World Body

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Ban Ki-MoonThe United Nations General Assembly on Friday endorsed South Korea’s foreign minister Ban Ki-Moon the next Secretary General of the World Body, the second from Asia to ascent to this prestigious position. He will succeed incumbent Kofi Annan on January 1 next year for a term of five years. After his endorsement, Mr. Ban was escorted to the podium through the Assembly aisle to the laud applause of the delegates.