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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

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Indian President Kalanm led in a procession

LTTE reviving bases in India

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Delhi

Tamil Tigers are front page news once again in India in the wake of last week’s seizure of an LTTE boat laden with explosives off Tamil Nadu coast. Five persons arrested from the boats which were subsequently exploded in mid-seas, have revealed during sustained interrogation that their target was Kankesanthurai harbor in Jaffna peninsula. The boats were blasted as they contained a substantial quantity of explosives, and the authorities did not want to take any chances. A TV channel in its prime time bulletin on Friday night reported quoting sources that Indian intelligence agencies are worried that the banned LTTE has ‘revived’ its base especially in Tamil Nadu and adjoining Andhra Pradesh where the Maoist Naxalites, who are known to have been aligned with the Tigers are strong.

US Congressman Visits Persecuted Journalist

By Dr. Ricahrd Benkin

Republican Congressman Steve Chabot of Ohio held a thirty minute meeting with dissident journalist, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury at the US Embassy in Bangladesh. Chabot, whose district includes the city of Cincinnati, became taken with Choudhury’s plight after a resolution supporting him was brought before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on which Chabot serves. Choudhury has faced continued persecution since 2003 for exposing the rise of Islamist radicals, calling for relations with Israel, and advocating religious equality. He has been beaten, tortured and imprisoned for his efforts, and mobs have been allowed to attack him and bomb his newspaper with impunity.

Political Prisoner beaten in Insein Prison

Jailor U Tin Maung Oo kicked, beat and slashed Ko Aung Tin Win who is a political prisoner in Insein Prison on February 21, 2007 reports Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma). According to AAPP, there was a dispute between Ko Aung Tin Win and a senior prisoner who worked as an agent for the prison authority. Such problems are very common in prison. However, the prison authority only took action against Ko Aung Tin Win. Jailor U Tin Maung Oo ordered Ko Aung Tin Oo to sit in the "Poan-Zan" position. When Ko Aung Tin Win refused to sit in the "Poan-Zan" position, he was beaten.

Kalam says Lanka was told at 'high political levels' to work for a negotiated settlement of the ethnic issue

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam has told lawmakers as they assembled here for a three month long gruelling budget session here on Friday that Delhi stands committed to the line that Sri Lanka should find a negotiated political settlement for the ethnic issue in the island nation. The settlement should be acceptable to all sections of the country, he said. While making a broad review of India's foreign policy and relations with various countries, President touched upon the ethnic Tamil imbroglio which has become front page news in India in the context of recent seizure of Tigers' boats off Tamil Nadu coast.

Sri Lanka Faces Grave Threat of Resumption of Tamil Tiger Fund Raising on US soil, a Result of US Court Decision

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

Addressing the diplomats late last year in Capital city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa faulted the overseas diplomatic corps that it has done very little or nothing to convince Sri Lanka’s concerns to policy makers and those who influence policy makers in their respective host countries. The president emphasized the importance of strengthening contacts with existing ones, and most importantly, the vitality of opening new contacts with host country top officials for the benefit of Sri Lanka when the Tamil Tigers are having a field day using their professionals in Western countries to tarnish the image of the country to further their goal.

What Makes a Muslim Radical?

By Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz

The new poll was done in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate, Muslim majority societies, conducted by Zogby International and the Gallup center for Muslim Studies, show anti-American feelings at all time high in Muslim countries. Respondents indicate a deep suspicion of US motives, and religion has little to do with radicalization of Muslim views.

EU obtains Chairmanship of the KPCS from 1st of January 2007

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The European Union obtained Chairmanship of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme [KPCS] ) from beginning of this year which was initiated by Southern African diamond producing states in year 2000 to stop flow of conflict diamonds. The EU obtained the chairmanship and succeeded South Africa, Canada, Russian Federation and Botswana. The KPCS’s main aim is to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds that are used by radical movements to finance against legitimate governments and violate Human Rights. It is a joint initiative of Diamond producing countries, international diamond industry, Civil Society and other interested parties, the EU sources said.

Italian prime minister resigns after losing foreign policy vote

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi tendered his resignation Wednesday night after losing a Senate vote on his center-left coalition government’s foreign policy. The collapse of the nine-month-old Unione government came amidst growing popular opposition to its right-wing policies, both domestic and foreign. Just four days before the Senate vote and Prodi’s subsequent resignation, more than 100,000 demonstrated in the northern Italian city of Vincenza to protest Prodi’s support for the expansion of a US military base there and plans to increase the deployment of Italian troops as part of the NATO-led occupation of Afghanistan. Demonstrators also denounced the war in Iraq and demanded that the government end its collaboration with the Bush administration’s militarist policies.

Chaat and Samosas off the ‘world class’ menu

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Even the gastronomically least aware would know that ‘Chaat’ and many other spicy Indian savouries, ranging from Samosas and ‘Chole-Kulche’ to Kababs, constitute Delhi’s food USP. Later day additions to the menu of cosmopolitan Delhi are the local versions of the South Indian ‘Masala Dosa’ and ‘Idli’. Look more broadly, and it will be found that street food is the sole means of eating breakfast or lunch for a vast number of people in the capital, and many other big cities of long distances. Almost all the street food is cooked and sold on the roadside often amidst dirt and dust.

United States Continues to Crack Arms Purchases by Tamil Tigers On American Soil: An Indonesian Convicted

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Erick Wotulo, age 59, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, and a retired Indonesian Marine Corps General, pleaded guilty February 23 to conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka, and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, "Terrorists must not be permitted to use the United States as a source of funding or equipment. We will continue to utilize all possible means to prevent terrorism, including undercover operations targeting people who attempt to obtain munitions in violation of our laws."