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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1553

News Analysis

WikiLeaks disclosure of US Secret Afghan war documents reveals US War Crimes

The most significant and salient message that emanates from the 75,000 Secret Classified U.S. documents on the Afghanistan war theater disclosed on Monday, 26 July by the online whistleblower WikiLeaks is the evidence of U.S. war crimes.

A closure for July 1983: A national day of mourning?

Another year has passed since the shame of July 1983. Tamils, and Sinhalese and Muslims still consider that period the saddest period in contemporary history of Sri Lanka. For many thousands of Tamils who lost their lives, their families and friends still mourn them and that fateful period.

President Kumaratunga's speech on the 21st Anniversary of 'Black July'

A speech by former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the 21st Anniversary of ‘Black July’, at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo, July 23, 2004, spoke on the tragedy that was perpetrated upon the Tamil people of this country.

Histrionics, hysteria and history

Sri Lanka was once again in the world news in the 2 pre Murali weeks. A government minister who never misses an opportunity to take center stage on nationalistic issues took up cudgels with the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), Mr. BK Moon, no relation to Full or New.

Peace-building amidst the Roots of Black July

Black July did not happen in a vacuum. 27 years later, many of the ingredients of the witches’ brew of racism and inhumanity, moral indifference and common indecency which enabled Black July are flourishing in the South again.

Bangladesh adopting Statute change: A New Appeasement to bluff minorities

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called the move to amend the country’s Constitution “a historic responsibility” meant to prevent future seizure of power by the military.

India’s Engagement and Burma’s Junta

India, in attempts to expand engagements with its neighbors, has hosted Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed and some Nepalese leaders.

Maldives' President hints at early polls, referendum

Barely two years since the Maldives’ new constitution was adopted, opening doors for a new era of democracy, the country is now stuck in a bitter power struggle, its governance deadlocked, midst signs of early polls and a referendum.

Murali's magical 800 !

Muttiah Muralitharan has reached the magical 800 wicket mark just in 133 matches, a record unlikely to be broken in our life time. What a champ he is! Congratulations.

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