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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1262

News Analysis

The Weerawansa fast; At best, an amateur local performance, and at worst, no dent made in UNSG resolve

Minister Wimal Weerawansa’a protest against the UN Secretary General and his aborted fast on to death, was ill planned, amateurish and strategically an embarrassment to Sri Lanka. While no one wishes the Minister to have carried out his fast on to death threat to fruition, he should have never started it in the first place if he felt it would not achieve his stated objective.

United States violates ILO Convention 182 allowing child labor – Investigative report says

“The United States is not fulfilling its commitment under International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 182 "to take Immediate and effective measures to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor as a matter of urgency." Current US law allows children to work long hours in hazardous jobs” reveals a well investigated report released by International Labor Rights Forum (IRLF) last month.

Defending National Sovereignty, Selectively

The 2010 budget was presented to the Sri Lankan parliament on June 29th. The IMF announced its approval of the budget on June 28th – i.e. one day before the budget was presented to the parliament. Given this timeline only one conclusion is possible – that the budget was presented for IMF approved before it was presented for parliamentary approval. So much for national sovereignty!

US double standards: British Petroleum disaster in the US and Bhopal calamity in India

When President Barak Obama went after BP and demanded a $20 billion dollar fund be set up for victims of the Gulf oil spill, the people of India were furious. They saw a US double standard. The US demonstrated it values human life within the US more than the lives of the people of India.

Outrage against delay in pictorial warnings on tobacco products in India

In a detractive decision of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GOI), the implementation of new pictorial health warnings has been deferred to December 1, 2010 from the earlier commitment of introducing them from June 1, 2010.

The lies & double standards of International Humanitarian Laws

We have countries like the US and alliances commit war crimes as a matter of institutional necessity to maintain their imperial role and ensure favorable climates of investments and advance capitalism.

Royal College 175th Anniversary: A forgotten incident

As Sri Lanka’s Royal College celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding this year on a grand scale of pomp and pageantry that perhaps no other school in the country can match, it is a moot question to ask whether there are alternate voices from within or outside Royal College, that have different views on how the grand old school should celebrate its anniversaries and success with the virtually unlimited resources it commands.

Landmark civil nuclear deal between Canada and India

Canada signed a landmark civil nuclear deal with India with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assuring that imported uranium and atomic technology will not be used for "any unintended purpose."

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