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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73


US slams LTTE, mentions Tamil Homeland, Self-rule within Lanka

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The United States has, for the first time, clearly spelled out its stand on Sri Lanka’s ethnic question, and used the term ‘homeland’. The top US government official dealing with Sri Lanka, US Asst Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher outlined US policy in two presentations in Colombo last week; one a press conference and the other a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Mr Boucher drew a sharp distinction between the Tigers and the Tamils; between not talking to the Tigers and addressing the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Tamil and Muslim people.

India’s Supreme Court intervenes in caste-reservation controversy

By Keith Jones – World Socialist Web Site

India’s Supreme Court has intervened in the controversy over the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s plans to expand caste-based reservations (mandatory affirmative action programs) at the country’s premier universities and professional institutes, saying the issue “requires judicial review.”In a ruling issued Tuesday arising from two “public interest litigation” cases that challenge the legality of the government’s plans, a two-judge panel of India’ highest court ordered an end to strikes at public hospitals by doctors and residents. The almost three week-old medico strike had seriously disrupted hospital services in many major urban centers and become the focal point of the anti-reservation agitation.

Election 2007 in Bangladesh: Doubts and speculations

By Sunita Paul

Just recently, Oscar DeSoto, a senior US State Department official said, "I trust that the people of Bangladesh will reject that option and work hard to protect its long tradition of democracy.’ This quite evidently proves that the people of Bangladesh will reject any military takeover or extra-constitutional rule in the country. There is a well circulated question in the minds of the people as to whether the United States has any role to play in protecting democracy in Bangladesh from any extra-constitutional move in the wake of series failures of political leadership to resolve several national issues.

Why the EU did ban the LTTE?

By R.Gunaratna

After careful consideration, the EU countries have finally banned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam [LTTE]. This is undoubtedly a major victory for the Government of Sri Lanka as it had been making continuous efforts to get the LTTE banned in the EU countries. In the past, appeals of the Sri Lankan Government to ban the LTTE were disregarded. This ban is also a severe blow to the LTTE, since they never expected such a harsh treatment from the international community. Under the circumstances, it is useful to examine the key underpinnings reasons behind this unprecedented move of the EU.

Worries about nuclear waste

By A Science Commentator - Syndicate Features

Even chances of the so-called civilian nuclear cooperation ‘deal’ between as India and the US becoming a reality remain uncertain it may be a good thing to start paying attention to the problem of nuclear waste management. Though India has said it will not want any change in the original ‘deal’ with the US, one alternation that it might not mind is insertion of a specific clause that requires the US to assist India in safer disposal of nuclear waste. In the event of the ‘deal’ clearing all the hurdles it is certain that the use of nuclear energy in India will increase many fold and with it will increase the problem of safely disposing the used nuclear fuel. While nuclear energy is considered to be the ‘cleanest’, countries that have built nuclear reactors have to worry about ways of disposing of the ‘waste’ as it does not become inert after use and the danger of radiation remains for thousands of years.

U.N. Urged to Host World Summit on Nukes

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

An international commission on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons has urged the 191-member U.N. General Assembly to convene a world summit on disarmament, non-proliferation and terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The proposed summit of world leaders should also discuss and decide on reforms to improve the efficiency of the U.N. disarmament machinery and make it more effective, says a report by the 14-member commission headed by Hans Blix of Sweden, a onetime head of the U.N.'s arms inspection team in Iraq.

Has the UNSC become a Paper Tiger?

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

The Burmese military thugs have shown their true color, by not showing even the semblance of leading the country to democracy by not releasing, the Burmese democracy icon Daw Suu, not to mention stopping the ethnic cleansing of the Karen and releasing other prominent political prisoners as aging U Win Tin or Ma Suu Suu Nway. They seem to think that they can lie all the people all the time but their actions speaks louder than words. The day after US Senate unanimously adopted # 484 a resolution on Burma at UN Security Council to take action, General than Shwe stage a diplomatic coup by unraveling the long-heated demand by the world body and international rights group to meet with Suu Kyi within 24 hours. It was a perfect timing and very beneficial to the Junta.

Submarine cable is a landmark in ICT sector in Bangladesh

The historic event that took place near the shore of the Bay of Bengal on 22 May will have a far-reaching effect on the progress and prosperity of Bangladesh. On that day Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia inaugurated the long awaited fibre optic submarine cable system at the landing station at Cox's Bazar and thus connected Bangladesh to the global information super highway.

Under Scanner Naval Seamanship

By Defence Analyst - Syndicate Features

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has done well to express the Government’s grave concern during the Naval Commanders Conference over naval accidents of the kind that led to the sinking of the missile-boat “Prahar” after it collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Goa. Mr Mukherjee’s advice that a sense of responsibility be inculcated in all ranks of the Navy (coming as it does soon after the leak of sensitive information from the War Room in Delhi) is an indicator that the Navy needs to brush up its seamanship and standard operating procedures.

The EU ban hits the Tigers hard

By Mallika Wanigasundara

The LTTE put its signature down in blood as a ruthless terrorist organization by sandwiching the listing of the LTTE by the European Union, between two civilian massacres in its apoplectic rage as the world prepared to isolate it. The smile on the face of the Tiger is the grin of destruction and death. At the Co-Chairs meeting in Tokyo a crooked smile came on the soured face of Eric Solheim , former Chief Norwegian negotiator, protector, pusher, coach, of the LTTE, as the representatives of the Co-Chairs US, Norway, EU and Japan held hands rather oddly in could lange syne fashion. Would this adventure in Sri Lanka be really forgot……… [should old acquaintance be forgot..]

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