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Senator Patrick Leahy

Tamil Tigers Control a Portion of Montréal’s One Billion Dollar Drug Trade - Jane’s Intelligence Review

By Walter Jayawardhana

Citing Royal Canadian Mounted Police sources the Jane’s Intelligence Review said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controls portion of US Dollar one billion drug market in the Canadian city of Montreal. The "Jane’s Intelligence Review" said that one of the main ways of earning money out of its USD 200-300 million annual income of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is narcotics smuggling using its merchant ships, which also transports illicit arms and explosives which they procure all over the world for a separatist insurgency in the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka.

Jihad armed men on the rampage in the East

Jihad armed group has suddenly gone berserk killing recently two Tamils in the East. On the last 20 August, according to reports, Jihad armed men have killed, Jeyaraj, (29 years old), a three-wheeler driver, at Jinna Nagar, a suburb located at the Third Mile Post, three km north of Trincomalee Town. Also on the same day, Jihad gunmen killed Thiyagachandran (54 Years) at Valaichchenai, who is the brother of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa parliamentarian S. Jeyananthamoorthy. In a statement, Eelam Revolutionary Organization (EROS) revealed that they have lost one of its members known within EROS as "Gerald" otherwise known as Jeyaraj, who EROS claims was shot and killed on the evening of 20 August at Jinna Nagar in Trincomalee by a man identified as "Nizam" who is affiliated to a group calling themselves the “Jihad – a armed group mainly of the Muslims in the Eastern Province.

Sri Lanka’s failed public diplomacy results in reduction of U.S. Economic Assistance and suspension of Military Aid for 2008

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

Senator Patrick LeahySri Lanka does not seem to be having a coherent diplomatic strategy that involves a comprehensive understanding of her own internal and external interests and that of the ‘mindset’ of U.S. Foreign Service Officers based in Colombo and their superiors in the South Asian and Central Affairs Bureau of the State Department in Washington. Nor this South Asian nation doesn’t seem to have access to the principal players in the U.S. Congress to whom Sri Lanka could present cogent analyses of the country’s situation vis-à-vis the threat to her sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Legislators urge ASEAN governments to engage China and India on

ASEAN legislators urged their governments to form a “triangle of influence” with China and India in order to secure urgently-needed reforms in Myanmar. Singaporean MP Charles Chong said: “ASEAN now needs to demonstrate that it is willing and capable to tackle conflict resolution in the region, and accept its role as ‘bridge builder’ between China and India. ASEAN should create a triangle of influence that will proactively persuade and pressure Myanmar to deliver genuine reforms. “All of us – ASEAN, China and India, will benefit from genuine reforms in Myanmar, just as all of us will suffer if Myanmar’s situation continues to deteriorate,” stressed Mr Chong, who chairs the Singapore chapter of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC). Mr Chong was speaking at a seminar, “ASEAN and Myanmar’s Democracy” held on Monday (20 August) on the sidelines of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Kuala Lumpur.

Sanitation the World's Silent Humanitarian Crisis

By Thalif Deen - UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The topic of toilets often makes people uncomfortable, says the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, and the subject of human wastes is rarely aired in public. "A reluctance to talk about sanitation is part of the reason why an estimated 2.6 billion people worldwide, including 980 million children, remain without proper facilities," declares the New York-based children's agency. Jose Antonio Ocampo, former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, concurs with UNICEF because "sanitation is a problem that people are often too shy to discuss, and it is swept under the carpet."

Tsunami Detection Station Established by U.S. close to Sri Lanka: U.S. contributions to early warning system for tsunamis

A US Bureau Asian Tribune Presentation

As part of the U.S. effort, in December 2006, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts and Thai government officials put a deep-ocean assessment and reporting of tsunamis (DART) station in the Indian Ocean, halfway between Thailand and Sri Lanka, as a U.S. contribution to a global early warning system for tsunamis and other hazards, reports State Department Web Portal USINFO.

Pakistan's garrison state legacy

By *Prof Ishtiaq Ahmed - Syndicate Features

In his seminal work, The Garrison State: The Military, Government and Society in Colonial Punjab, 1849-1947 (New Delhi and London: Sage Publications, 2005) Tan Tai Yong, a prominent historian of the colonial Punjab era, at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore advances the thesis that Pakistan, not India, is the heir to the garrison state legacy of British colonial rule. A garrison state is one which relies heavily on its fortification and military prowess to ward off internal and external threats.

Fiji: Union leaders end strike against military regime’s austerity measures

The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions (FICTU) has called off a six-day nationwide strike involving 10,000 public sector workers. It is a betrayal that will inevitably rebound on other sections of workers. The Public Employees Union (PEU), Viti National Union of Taukei Workers (NUTW) and Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) had joined members of the Fiji Nursing Association (FNA) in demanding the country’s military-led regime reverse a 5 percent pay cut and other austerity measures. The FICTU directed the return to work of the PEU and NUTW on August 7, despite the refusal of the interim government of coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama to grant any of the unions’ demands. The FTA had already “suspended” its strike after the government brought school holidays forward.

Another section of the pro-democracy protesters

A woman activist addressing

Women activists marching

Naw Ohn Hla

Burma: Sporadic Protests Continues, Despite Arrests and Intimidation by the Junta

Naw Ohn HlaDespite of threats, intimidation and arrests of pro-democracy activists by Burma’s military regime, hundreds of protesters gathered anyway on Wednesday to denounce the rising cost of living and the sudden increase of the fuel price. About 300 protesters walked from the outskirts of the Burma’s former capital Rangon, encouraging onlookers to join them, while plainclothes police officers watched from a distance, witnesses said on condition of anonymity, citing fears of reprisals. The demonstrators cut their march short and scattered, as
unidentified men from a mob of junta supporters attacked them with heavy sticks and took at least six protesters away in cars, the witnesses said.