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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2188


Tissanayagam, Daya Master and the Return of the Hangman

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate co-operation with the Government into coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the large herd sense. the machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties, the minorities are either intimidated into silence or brought slowly around by a subtle process of persuasion….” Randolph Bourne (War is the Health of the State – from The Seven Arts 1918)

US Policy, HR violations and war crimes - 'Pot calling kettle black'

Mohammed Noordin, Indonesia's militant leader and ally of Al-Qaida who masterminded a string of terrorist attacks across the Indonesian region for 7 years was killed with 3 of his aides on 18th September. He had been responsible for the Mariott Hotel bombing in 2003 which killed a number of foreign tourists and for the Australian Embassy attack.

Libya's Mercurial Leader Keeps U.N. Guessing

Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, who will be making his maiden appearance before the United Nations next week, has been described as a gadfly with a penchant for stirring up controversies.

US dangerous designs against Pakistan

After 9/11, stated US objectives were to eliminate Taliban militia, capture Osama dead or alive, destroy Al-Qaeda network and affect a regime change of its choice. Bush and others roared belligerently that ‘we will smoke them out and push them into Stone Age’. Behind the rhetoric the actual objective was to gain control over energy resources of Central Asia. Pakistan fitted into its calculus because it provided shortest route to ship oil and gas through Balochistan.

U.N. Seeks Political Boost for Climate Change Summit

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, one of the strongest proponents of next week's summit on climate change, is confident that world leaders will provide a high political profile for an impending environmental crisis threatening to cause devastation worldwide in the next few decades.

The Drug Trade & Funding Terrorism

It is estimated that US$4 billion is funneled into worldwide terrorist networks each year. Who pays for training camps, recruitment, conventional and unconventional weapons, travel, safe houses, international propaganda and all that is needed to carry out international terrorism activity?

Fate of USA will be similar to vanquished empires

USA comprise of fifty states. It has 9.16 million sq km land, 19924 km coast line 307 million population production worth $14 trillion. It is the biggest economic power and strongest military power in human history. Its new world order formulated in early 1990s envisages ruling the world for next 100 years by maintaining economic domination and preserving military hegemony.

America’s Channel 4 drama?: John Perkin’s “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” (EHM)

The Channel 4’s doctored video allegedly on Sri Lanka, but which could have been shot in any part of the world, where lighter-skinned men are available to pose as victims, and that of John Perkins’s well documented book despite its fiction-style but presentation in many parts, but other-wise a matter-of-fact presentation (reminds one of Graham Green’s “Ugly American”), may present two different situations. But the embarrassment they cause to the respective governments cannot be dissimilar.

Bangladesh Hindus Want Rights And Justice Not Puja Dole

Eminent Indian writer and journalist M J Akbar speaking as keynote speaker at a seminar titled 'Meaning of Minority Politics' organised by Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in the city in December 2007, said he was saddened that Bangladesh's birth principle of 'language-centred nationhood' "was incapable of finding a polity." and said stay true to the country's founding principles.

Institutional Islamophobia and the Politics of a Minor's Choice

Not since France’s banning of wearing the hijab or Islamic headwear in schools has institutional Islamophobia unveiled its ugly head under the spotlight of world attention. In Florida , political pressure has caused the scale of justice to tilt.

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