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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2039

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US Senate passes Democratic-backed version of anti-immigrant legislation

The Senate voted by 62 to 36 Thursday to approve anti-immigrant legislation based largely on the policies of Senate Democrats, who joined forces with a minority of the Republican caucus to win approval for the legislation. The bill provides billions for a 370-mile-long fence along the US-Mexico border, for hiring new Border Patrol agents, and for new technology that would be used to prevent undocumented workers from obtaining jobs in the US, except as part of an officially sanctioned guest-worker program.

Will there be a Palestinian civil war?

There is a major struggle going on that could be described as the biggest internal Palestinian conflict in memory, perhaps in history. The question is whether this conflict will develop into a full-blown civil war. The battle is between Hamas and Fatah, between Islamism and nationalism. It is also a struggle between two groups each wanting the fruits of leadership: power, prestige and money.

Tabloidisation of Indian Media

By Spectator - Syndicate Features

While quite a lot of youth were too scared to become subscribers of tabloids not too long ago for fear of incurring family disapproval, it is the adults now who look the other way when they see the ‘page three’ supplements in newspapers, says the author and wonders what happened to the news sense of the print and electronic media

Sexual offender Shukri now in Nepal

By Sohail Choudhury

Maher Al-Shukri, who is named as a Defendant/Accused by Shehnaz Sani, a Muslim Indian woman from Mumbai, who has lodged a Petition with the Shariah Council in Jeddah, alleging sexual harassment, larceny, oppression and other offences committed against her, is now Country Manager of Saudi Arabian Airlines for Nepal.

Fiji’s election results in unstable coalition government

The ruling Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewe ni Vanua (SDL) Party won a majority in Fiji’s closely-fought election last week, enabling incumbent prime minister Laisenia Qarase to claim victory on May 17. But the racially polarized outcome has only set the stage for further political turmoil. Out of the 71 parliamentary seats, SDL won 36 while the Labor Party has 31. Two independents joined the SDL coalition and two United People’s Party (UPP) members remain in opposition. During his previous term, Qarase ruled in coalition with the Conservative Alliance (CA), open supporters of the attempted coup in 2000, but the two parties merged just before the elections.

Intolerable caricature of Awami League Leader

By: Sunita Paul

If nothing else, Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil is entertaining in providing comic relief to the country's otherwise dismal political culture, a situation to whose evolution, incidentally, his party has contributed the lion's share. AL's politics is firmly rooted in the past, to the 1950s and 1960s, and its tradition for agitation essentially for the sake of agitation, uncompromising and belligerent attitude towards its opponents, intolerant and high-handed posture, chicanery to achieve its political (and other) objectives, and taking recourse to blatant falsehoods is not only passé in the twenty first century, but actually invites a preponderance of force on its street-level confrontation from the government.

Sri Lankan government drafts new Patriotic Act in preparation for war

One of the clearest indications that the Sri Lankan government is preparing to launch a renewed civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is its plans for wide ranging legislation to impose compulsory military conscription, tough media censorship and other anti-democratic measures. Despite the efforts of President Mahinda Rajapakse and his chauvinist allies to stir up a climate of communal fear and anxiety, there is no significant support for a conflict that has claimed more than 65,000 lives since 1983. The new legislation is aimed against working people: forcing young people into the ranks of the military, stifling any media criticism and suppressing opposition to a deeply unpopular war.

The Domestic dynamics of India’s foreign policy

By P R Kumaraswamy

The intensifying violence in Sri Lanka and the result influx of refugees are bound generate intense debate in India, especially in the southern state of Tamil Nadu over India’s policy. Indeed, over the years, various ethno-religious groups in India had wielded considerable influence upon some of the critical aspects of India’s foreign policy. Rarely debated in public, these groups have brought about some of the significant shifts in India’s policy towards a number of countries and regions. Prevailing political correctness however, precluded any meaningful discussion on the role played by various domestic groups in trying to influence, if possible dictate, India’s foreign policy formulation.

Has the Burma's Junta Able to Hoodwink the United Nation

By Professor Dr. Kanbawza Win

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Burmese Nobel laureate and pro democracy leader, was allowed to meet the United Nations Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari hit the world's headline news. For the man on the street, the Burmese thugs letting the Nigerian diplomat and number three man of the UN to meet the Lady, may paints the picture that the cruel Junta has come around to its senses and has soften a bit on its war against democracy and the truth. But delving deep into the affairs one can vividly see the ulterior motive of these sordid Burmese Generals.

Elephants condemned to life imprisonment in Sri Lanka

By Daya Dissanayake

Among humans who claim they are the most civilized, most intelligent and most advanced animal form on earth, another human is sentenced to life imprisonment only when found guilty of a serious crime, by a court of law. Among Lankans who boast of 2500 years of the purest form of Buddhism, which is the greatest non-violent philosophy in the world, even an animal should not be hurt in any way.

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