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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1109

News Analysis

G8 Muskoka Summit; Rich country donors still well off-track on their aid commitments

Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, the host of the 36th G8 summit, made the following remarks on the closing of the Summit:

Russia questions the legitimacy of the UN Panel on Sri Lanka appointed by the Secretary General

As we understand, the mission of the UN Panel on Sri Lanka is to advice the UN Secretary General whether or not there is a prima facie case that war crimes were committed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and the LTTE during the last stages of the recent war in Sri Lanka.

U.S. Un-manned drone attacks killing civilians are extra-judicial killings –UN report

“Targeted killings pose a rapidly growing challenge to the international rule of law. They are increasingly used in circumstances which violate the relevant rules of international law. The international community needs to be more forceful in demanding accountability,” said Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.

The Way We Are

A Lankan expatriate worker dies or is killed everyday. - The crucial contribution made by expatriate workers, especially in West Asia, to the Lankan economy is well documented. In a sense these men and women, many of whom engage in backbreaking labour, keep not just their families but also our economy afloat. Yet around 40 of them die each month, nearly half of them in questionable circumstances. And almost 60% of these victims are women.

Sri Lanka's delayed enforcement Commissions coming in August, highly active Elections Commission reconstituted

Sri Lanka has decided to resurrect two defunct law enforcement commissions come August. They will arrive after the new constitutional amendments are effected in July, a national newspaper in Colombo reported today.

Pak national with suspected 26/11 link held in Zimbabwe

A Pakistani national suspected to be linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was nabbed in Zimbabwe while attempting to enter South Africa, raising fears that terror groups could be trying to target the FIFA World Cup underway now.

Women to the fore in Australia; Julia Gillard joins an illustrious group

Julia Eileen Gillard has been sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. She is the first female Prime Minister in Australia's history. She joins an illustrious line up of important female personalities in the current political life in Australia.

Sacking Gen McChrystal will not end misfortunes of USA in Afghanistan

With so many wise heads cobbled together in Kabul devising strategy how to finish the endgame in Afghanistan on a winning note, none has been able to come out with a workable and viable plan. George Bush led team intoxicated with power relied entirely on force and itched to crush any opposition coming their way.

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