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Washington Commentary: Middle East – Did Netanyahu Try to Flip the "Peace Process Tortoise" Over On Its Back?

The American Government’s "no-drama Obama" reaction to recent developments in the Middle East has been diplomatically appropriate and strategically wise. On the Israel-Palestine side, the Obama Administration salvaged whatever appeared to be positive in Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policy statement of June 14, seeking to make his own position the basis for resuming negotiations with
deliberate speed. As for Iran’s recent political convulsions, Obama has commented in measured terms, carefully avoiding any suggestion of American intrusion into Teheran’s internal situation.

Israel donates a consignment of medical equipment for IDPs

The Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry of Israel Ms. Ruth Kahanoff, who was on a working visit to Sri Lanka from 18-19 June, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and had bilateral talks with Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona at the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Australia needs some tough talking

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features - Self-flagellation is apparently the favourite tool of many Indian ‘liberals’ who win their spurs by turning a blind eye to the fault of others, especially if they are denizens of the ‘civilised’ world. Look at the way some Indians are debating the controversy over attacks on Indians in Australia.

The first 100 days of UPA: A deceptive democracy – 3

The result of the April-May 2009 General Elections to the 15th Lok Sabha has proved that Indian psephologists and media pundits on Indian politics, particularly from the electronic media, are worse than astrologers. But like astrologers even after they err they righteously peddle their wrongs as rights, and d keep the viewers in their shibboleth. As this is an integral part of their disingenuous commercial and survival strategy, the less said, the better.

From the North to the South

By Tisaranee Gunasekara -

The act was unexpected; the message was clear. Within a month of the defeat of the LTTE, the Rajapakse regime allowed its own Presidential Commission of Inquiry into 16 cases of human rights violations to lapse into non-existence. A retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Nissanka Udalagama headed the Commission and, amidst many obstacles, had managed to investigate half of the cases. There was more work to be done and, as Justice Udalagama told the media, previously extensions were granted as a matter of course. Not this time. The government made the Commission non-existent through the simple expedient of failing extending its life.

Kashmir in turmoil over suspected rape and murder

From S Murari - The Kashmir Valley has been in ferment for over three weeks since two young women were found dead in Shopian town, 60 km from Srinagar,and local people took to the streets, suspecting it was yet another case of rape and murder by security forces detailed to fight separatists.

The Long-waited Arrival of Comic Messiah – Bruno

A comic character, who made his name on the British TV as Ali-G, is currently on a unique European tour in promoting his latest film – Bruno. Ali-G is not a stranger to both controversy and those who watched his previous movie, Borat, which damaged the national pride of the former Soviet Republic Kazakhstan beyond repair.

Nepal, India takes up border issues during Indian foreign secretary’s visit

Kosh R Koirala – Reporting from Nepal

In the wake of alleged encroachment of Nepali territory from Indian side, the neighboring countries have initiated bilateral discussion at both the secretarial and top political level to settle the disputes surfaced in recently.

Washington Commentary: Middle East – Did Netanyahu Try to Flip the "Peace Process Tortoise" Over On Its Back?

The American Government’s "no-drama Obama" reaction to recent developments in the Middle East has been diplomatically appropriate and strategically wise. On the Israel-Palestine side, the Obama Administration salvaged whatever appeared to be positive in Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policy statement of June 14, seeking to make his own position the basis for resuming negotiations with
deliberate speed. As for Iran’s recent political convulsions, Obama has commented in measured terms, carefully avoiding any suggestion of American intrusion into Teheran’s internal situation.

Sunday Celebrity: IPS officer standing tall with his prison reforms

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai -

Here’s one standing tall with his recent prison reforms in Tamil Nadu. As DIG Prisons, R. Nataraj eclipses almost the Raman Magsaysay award winner for prison reforms in Tihar jail in the 90s, Kiran Bedi, I.P.S.

Nepal, India takes up border issues during Indian foreign secretary’s visit

Kosh R Koirala – Reporting from Nepal

In the wake of alleged encroachment of Nepali territory from Indian side, the neighboring countries have initiated bilateral discussion at both the secretarial and top political level to settle the disputes surfaced in recently.

U.S.-India Counter-Terrorism Working Group meets in Washington

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune - Delegates from the United States and India held the 11th U.S.-India Counterterrorism Joint Working Group on June 17 to discuss efforts to coordinate global counterterrorism initiatives.


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