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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1192

News Analysis

Peace Held Hostage to Rotating US, Israeli Elections

The statement by former U.S. President George W. Bush in his 497 – page memoir of “Decision Points” that a secret peace deal was worked out between the then-prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, and Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, which “we devised a process to turn .. into a public agreement” had not Olmert been ousted by a scandal to be replaced in the following elections by Binyamin Netanyahu, who reneged on his predecessor’s commitments, is a piece of history which highlights the fact that peace making in the Arab – Israeli conflict and the peace process have been hostages to the rotating U.S. and Israeli elections since the Madrid peace conference of 1991.

Sri Lanka: The Challenge of Returning to Normalcy

After the end of the conflict, resettling the displaced who had streamed into the prepared camps was the immediate challenge.

Barack Obama’s sojourn to India

During the period of Cold War, except for few hiccups, Pak-US relations by and large remained cordial. Eisenhower era in particular is remembered with fondness in Pakistan. Visits of Presidents/PMs of Pakistan to Washington and that of US Presidents to Islamabad were always big events. Situation took a downturn after the end of Cold War when USA emerged as the sole super power.

S’Pore NGO wants caning and death penalty abolished, new rights for migrant workers

Think Centre, a Human Rights NGO now active in Singapore, has called for abolition of caning and death penalty. It also wants the City State to ratify international Human Rights conventions and migrant workers to be entitled to workplace rights and other fundamental rights ‘without discrimination.’

Remaking Old Mistakes, Post-War?

Without a successful resettlement process, Sri Lanka cannot enjoy a lasting peace. And yet, the Rajapaksas seem to be according a rather low priority to the task of resettlement. In the 2011 budget, the Ministry of Resettlement has been allocated a paltry Rs. 2.4 billion, placing it near the bottom of the Rajapaksa budgetary totem pole.

Lalin’s Column: Legality of Courts Martial

A few lawyers have been questioning the legality of Courts Martial (CMs) for some time. The latest is a writ application. It was pleaded that military courts are not courts as defined in, law and their (CMs) verdicts should not be considered binding (in certain circumstances?) on the presumption that they are only tribunals.

Abolition of Capital Punishment: it’s high time politicians led the public opinions, not meekly followed

If someone was robbed of his or her possessions in an inner-city street, it would be highly unlikely, that the victim’s first impulsive thought burdening him or her to show the acts of mercy to the perpetrator. The victim may even silently contemplate on the need of death penalty, if it had been abolished in the country in question, decades ago.

Badaun shows way for scrapping inhuman manual scavenging practice

Urging media to help focus the attention of society on the inhuman practice of manual scavenging, UNICEF Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) specialist Mr Amit Mehrotra, said that, proper and sustained sanitation drives will surely help in eradication of many killer diseases, including diarrhea, typhoid, jaundice and most importantly polio.

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