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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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Rupert Murdoch takes over Wall Street Journal

The takeover of Dow Jones & Company by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation was finalized late Tuesday evening. The $5 billion deal will add the Wall Street Journal and other assets to Murdoch’s worldwide media empire and lead to a further concentration of the media in the hands of a few super-rich individuals and vast conglomerates.

Tokyo Conference Calls for Actions Against the Myanmar Regime

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

The prolonged military rule in Burma has worsened human rights situation leading to the exodus of hundreds of thousands of minorities, especially the Rohingya Muslims, who have been declared 'stateless' with the 1982 Citizenship Act. Many of these refugees now live in various parts of the world, including Japan. The First International Conference on Problems of Democratic Development in Burma and the Rohingya people was held on July 16 and 17, 2007 in Tokyo and Tatebayashi City, Japan, respectively. The conference was hosted jointly by the Arakan-Burma Research Institute (USA), Arakan Rohingya Organization-Japan (JARO) and National Democratic Party for Human Rights (in-exile) USA (HQ). Sixteen papers were presented by academics, scholars and human rights activists.

Is the Ceylon Workers Congress in or out?

There is confusion right now as to whether the coalition partner, Ceylon Workers Congress, is with the Mahinda Rajapakse government or not. Initial reports said that it had quit the Coalition after Muththu Sivalingam had a slanging match with Basil Rajapakse, brother of the President. It was reported that both flew in a rage and at the height of emotional explosion Basil Rajapakse had asked the CWC to quit, if that is what they want. Later 'Asian Tribune' was told that this was all a misunderstanding.

Key US Congressmen Observe Need to Protect Hindus in Bangladesh

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

An exhibition of photos and panels vividly describing the atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh caught the attention of influential Congressmen and key policymakers from the Bush administration this week. The two day-exhibition titled "Asru" was held at the Rayburn House Office Building at the US Capitol on July 30 and July 31. The exhibit of 28 panels was put together by the Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM) and Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT).

R2P – latest acronym for neo-colonial interventions

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Delivering the Eighth Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo, on July 29th 2007 Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group (ICG), has in his characteristic eloquent style clinically analyzed and described the new instrument of international intervention needed to prevent future “Holocausts and Cambodia’s and Rwandas and Bosnias of the past, and the Darfurs of the present, and maybe the Iraqs of the near future…” happening again. He names the new instrument as “R2P”. It is Gareth Evans’ shorthand for “responsibility to protect”. He also spells out his reasons to justify why R2P is applicable to the Sri Lankan situation.

Israel – Lanka to strengthen the relations

Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry met his Israeli counterpart, Aaron Abramovich, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, to strengthen the relations between the two countries. Both sides condemned terrorism in all forms. Both sides agreed that they have suffered from this menace and agreed to oppose terrorism as a political tool. The Israeli side expressed the hope that the internal conflict in Sri Lanka will be solved soon through negotiations and peaceful means. Dr. Kohona conveyed his country's wish for a successful outcome of the Peace Process between Israel and the Palestinian People.

Peace or War in deed!

By Oscar E V Fernando

War is upon us-what with the flying tigers taking the theater of war on a new paradigm shift; the small plane can do as much damage as the small dengue mosquito: the war clouds that gathered are trickling down, before that impending storm-a war in the face of extreme poverty and a bankrupt kitty! A minister of this cabinet voiced that any power devolution to the north between a unitary state and a package falling short of ISGA proposals must be considered; another cabinet minister has pointed out that the treasury has funds only to meet bear essentials; international aid to this country is fast being arrested, leave alone any single country giving us financial assistance for war-ironically not the situation for the LTTE.

Indian Muslims are 'a big disappointment' to Al Qaeda: US experts

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

American intelligence experts have now given a certificate to Indian Muslims. They (Indian Muslims) are a 'big disappointment' to Al Qaeda, these experts said in a signed terrorism intelligence report. Reason? India has strong Sufi traditions. Therefore, Muslims in India are 'far more moderate' and 'far more integrated in India than elsewhere, say Fred Burton and Scott Stewart, who have authored the report. These comments must come as a big relief to the Indian Muslim community who are facing 'the heat' in the wake of arrest of two Bangalore born Muslim doctors in the UK in connection with a terrorist plot in Glasgow.

French Organizations thanked for granting help to Sri Lankan Youth

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Tima Lazarus, of the Investor Services Asia , a Company which helps promote Sri Lanka & South India in France and other French speaking Countries, presented mementoes to the Chairperson & CEO of BioForce, Mrs.Lardy & Mr.Benoit Silve and Mr.Hubert Colaris, the outgoing French Trade Commissioner , who did a yeoman service to Sri Lanka after the tsunami at a function held at the Galadari last Saturday.

UN Skips Gender Perspective in Climate Change

By Thalif Deen - UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

When the United Nations concluded a two-day debate Wednesday on the potential devastation from climate change, it covered a lot of territory: deforestation, desertification, greenhouse gases, renewable energy sources, biofuels and sustainable development. But one thing the debate lacked, June Zeitlin executive director of the New York-based Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) told IPS, was a gender perspective. "Women and children are 14 times more likely to die than men are during a disaster," she said.

Sri Lanka - Electricity supply to Jaffna peninsula - Cabinet decisions

The Cabinet has granted its approval to a Memorandum submitted by Power and Energy Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne on the electricity supply to Jaffna peninsula. The supply of electricity to residents in Jaffna has been an important issue. Therefore, to bring the power supply situation in Jaffna peninsula to a satisfactory level, the Cabinet at its meetings took various decisions during the past two years to resolve this issue. Therefore, the Cabinet which met on Wednesday has granted its approval to appoint a Special Committee to study and recommend a contingency plan to meet the power situation in 2007 to 2010 and to bring in legislation to set up an Energy Supply Committee to be valid for a specific period of time.

Young Researchers-The Need of Our Times

Review By Ramani D.Wickramaratne

Gone are the days when erudite Buddhist scholars (both from Buddhist clergy and the laity) spent long hours doing research into ‘The Buddha Dhamma’ and imparting their scholarship for others with lesser experience, to study and understand the deep philosophy of ‘The Buddha Word.’ It is with the objective of training and fostering such scholarship, that the National Conference on Buddhist Studies has been organized during the last 3 years. The year 2007 saw the 3rd such Conference which was held at The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress from 12th-13th July 2007 from 9.00 am – 5.30p.m.

Ranil invites foreign intervention to protect sovereignty of Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Addressing a human rights body called Civil Monitoring Commission United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said to protect the sovereignty of the missing people in Sri Lanka it is nothing but correct to invite foreign intervention into the country. Civil Monitoring Commission is a partisan body whose conveyor is the Western Province People’s Front leader and parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan who is sympathetic to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who has now joined the coalition of the UNP’s Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLFP’s Mangala Samaraweera wings.