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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

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Celebrations held in Kattankudy

US-Russian tensions in Caucasus erupt into war

By Bill Van Auken – World Socialist Web Site

Long-escalating tensions between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia erupted into full-scale war Friday, leaving hundreds if not thousands of civilians dead and turning thousands more into refugees, forced to flee for their lives. The immediate focus of the fighting is the attempt by Georgia to militarily seize control of the enclave of South Ossetia, which has existed as a de facto independent entity for the past 16 years, and Russia’s armed intervention to counter this assault.

Chinese President Hu Jintao declares open Beijing Olympic Games

President Hu JintaoChinese President Hu Jintao declared open the 29th summer Olympic Games of Beijing in the National Stadium in north Beijing on Friday night. Thundering cheers rocked the full-packed stadium, while splendid fireworks lit up the city skyline. The exciting announcement came after a nearly-one-hour art performance highlighting China's 5,000-year civilization and modern achievements, and a 2.5-hour march-in of more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries and regions.

Sri Lanka President held bilateral talks with Chinese leaders

Mahinda with Hu JintaoSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall, in Bejing. President Rajapaksa who is in China to attend the 2008 Olympic Games, congratulated the Government of China for hosting the Beijing Olympic Games when he met the Chinese President on Thursday. He said that hosting this year's Olympics in China has brought honor to all of Asia.

Binding Treaty Eludes Small Arms Trade

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The international community, which successfully negotiated treaties outlawing anti-personnel landmines and cluster bombs, has made little headway in drafting a U.N. convention to control the proliferation of illicit small arms. "Unfortunately, the world community is still far away from this goal," says Natalie J. Goldring, a senior fellow with the Centre for Peace and Security Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Bruce Fein: Terrorist Lawyer Represents New LTTE Front Group

By Stephen Long

The infamous mercenary, former US Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Fein, has finally resurfaced. His journey through the labyrinth of LTTE front organizations has seen him representing three clients in as many months: Tamils for Justice, Justice for Thamils, and now Tamils against Genocide, according to this last organization’s official press release. It is very interesting to note, however, that his new client (quoting its press release) only has ONE objective, and not three, like the previous Tamil organizations Mr. Fein represented.

Sufi Saint Abdullah’s birthday celebrated in Kattankudy amidst tight security provided by armed forces

All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen, a Sufi Order, celebrated the 84th birth of Sufi Saint Sheihul Mufleen M.S.M Abdullah (RA) recently at Kattankudy, in the Batticaloa district, with the deployment of a large contingent of Police, Army and STF personnel in Kattankudy. Sheihul Mufliheen M.S.M Abdullah (Ra) passed away on 6th December, 2006, at a private hospital in Colombo. In keeping with his wish the body of the spiritual leader was taken to the Head Office by his followers and intermitted according to Islamic rights.

Politics of The Anti-National Forces Against Sri Lanka

By Darmitha-Kotte

It is now nearing three years since the incumbent GOSL began its forward march towards eliminating terrorism (which is well known to be the most brutal terrorist group in the world) from Sri Lanka. To their credit, the Combined Armed Forces have been operating a very well coordinated strategy through which they have been able to systematically erode the myth that the LTTE cannot be eliminated or defeated which has been promoted by vested interested parties who have been reaping the rich harvests through the misery wreaked on innocent civilians in the North, East and other parts of the country for nearly thirty years.

Internal security - external aggression

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

Why have the Pakistanis suddenly raised the level of violence along the Line of Control and the international border from massed rifle fire to the use of large-calibre artillery? If it needs to be spelled out, here it is: The Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Intelligence, which has the notorious ability of being one jump ahead of the rest of the world, perceives in the discord inside India an opportunity to secure both tactical and `strategic advantages.

The Real Reason Behind the Military Buildup of Ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia and Its Invasion of Russian South Ossetia’ ...

The Real Reason Behind the Military Buildup of Ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia and Its Invasion of Russian South Ossetia ... the Ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia and its invasion over the last two days of the Russian population of South Ossetia - the second half of North Ossetia inside the Russian Federation looks to be linked to Georgia's breathtaking increases in its defense spending over the last few years, and it looks set to beat all records this year ... in 2008 alone so far they are over 1 Billion USD of GDP - the fourth largest in Eurasia.