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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

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Right-wing furor demanding pardon for convicted Cheney aide

By Patrick Martin – World Socialist Web Site

Former Bush administration officials, congressional Republicans, and the whole panoply of the American ultra-right are raising the demand for an immediate Bush pardon of I. Lewis Libby, the former Cheney chief-of-staff who was convicted last Tuesday of four felony counts involving lies to a federal grand jury. Some of these same individuals and institutions—pundit William Kristol, Fox News anchor Brit Hume, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal—raised a hue and cry for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying about a private sexual relationship. But now they are declaring, in tones of outrage, that to try Libby for the same charges (perjury and obstruction of justice), for which Clinton was impeached, amounts to “criminalizing political differences.”

LTTE Ripples in Tamil Nadu

By Col R Hariharan (Retd.)

The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) party took out a huge procession in Chennai by on March 12, 2007 in protest against the Sri Lanka Navy's repeated firing on Tamil Nadu fishermen in the Palk Strait. Later a delegation comprising some of the leading lights of the party like N Veerasamy, M K Stalin, and Duraimurugan presented a memorandum protesting against the killing of Indian fishermen to the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai. The speeches made at the conclave though highly critical of Sri Lanka on its attitude to Indian fishermen, were muted in voicing any support to the LTTE.

Death toll among Tamil Tigers rise to 13 as Air Force Migs and Kfirs bomb Na’rakamulla barracks at Thoppigala

By Walter Jayawardhana

Intercepted radio messages of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) revealed that the death toll among them due to the air raids by the Sri Lanka Air Force among their cadres has now risen to 13 including four senior cadres. “Two senior LTTE intelligence leaders Vendran and Illakkian who were seriously injured in the air strikes on identified Tiger terrorist targets in Na‘rakamulla, Thoppigala yesterday (12) had succumbed to their injuries, intelligence sources confirmed today (13)” the Defense Ministry sources said.

Establish two separate units to serve the Tamils in the north and east -- TMVP Commander, Pillaiyan

PillaiyanPledging that the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) is for a united and undivided Sri Lanka the TMVP Supreme Commander Pillaiyan told the "AsianTribune" that the Sri Lankan government should give the lead by establishing two separate interim administrative units in the North and East provinces. This would enable the people of these two provinces to conduct their day-to-day affairs according to the wishes of the local people. Neither province should try to dictate terms to the other and their regional autonomy must be guaranteed, said Pillaiiyan.

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Sri Lanka: An Open Letter to the Donor Country Leaders

Ranjith Soysa – Spokesperson SPUR

Why Sri Lanka should not be forced to accept tamil aspirations and re-structure the country against the wishes of the majority in order to qualify for international aid. The prescription of donor countries including India requires Sri Lanka to adhere strictly to the following formula to arrive at a settlement of the issues bedeviling the country while scarcely recognizing the sovereignty of the Sri Lankan Nation and her people

Niche market, value addition and branding - the way forward for export expansion

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Speaking on the theme ‘Maintaing Sri Lanka’s International Competitiveness – Policy of the Government’ Prof G L Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International Trade said Sri Lanka should not embark on competing with such large countries like China and India, but as we are progressing now should seek to promote niche market expressed the great importance and the governments reliance on the private sector in finding out markets for the products manufactured by the rural Sri Lanka as the government is launching export promotion villages all over the country and they would discuss with such large buyers like Cargills, John Keells Holdings and CTC in marketing these products turned out in the villages.

Emma Nicholson report facts and fiction

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

'We are not concerned about rights and wrongs of Emma Nicholson's report, our key concern is that we don't lose any votes because of this. Local elections are only a few weeks away and we want to win them', said Liberal Democrat Councilor who at one time was a Kashmiri nationalist. We were in a social gathering where people asked me to comment on this report, and explain in what way it was against the Kashmiri people.

Showing Chief Justice the Door: Time for a National Government in Pakistan

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan* - Syndicate Features

Many Pakistanis have reasons not to feel envious of the role of most of the higher judges and the apex judiciary. Both have faulted time and again and let the nation down in hours of crisis. Whenever referred to by a usurper, they have bailed him out. And instead of correct interpretation of the constitutional provisions in letter and spirit, they have gone out of the way to uphold its most outrageous violations by the military rulers. Though designated as the upholder and protector of the Constitution, they have been the most willing collaborators in its rape and the best weapon in their hands has been the cursed ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ that has been repeatedly abused to justify military coups. And quite often, they have stewed in its own juices.

Bogollagama requests United Nations to join in Sri Lanka government plan to uplift the condition of secured eastern people

By Walter Jayawardhana

Calling the re-development plan introduced by the Government of Sri Lanka to the nation’s Eastern Province a model for post conflict peace building the island nation’s foreign Minister called on the United Nations to join in complementing the effort to up lift the people who were secured from the LTTE , when he met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the UN Headquarters in New York today (13 March 2007), called on the international community including the UN to join in complementing the Sri Lanka Government’s efforts in uplifting the economic standards of the people of the Eastern Province, where considerable areas had recently been secured from the LTTE.


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