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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

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On Piracy and Pigeonholed Security

A few years back, the image of the Somali pirates—locally as well as internationally—was one painted by some with a heroic narrative; an image of underdog villagers fighting for their survival and for the protection of their internationally recognized territorial waters.

Sri Lanka emphasizes the need to introduce definitions for ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Terrorists’ in the U.N.Charter

Sri Lanka’s Skills Development and Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has said that in October 24, 1945 the UN was established to protect humanity from war, but after the collapse of the USSR, UN lost its main objective and undertook the task of ‘Conflict Management/Conflict Resolution’ brought into the world by certain Western and European elements to go into democratic countries and intervene in their internal affairs in the name of protecting human rights.

Is the TNA serious about a political solution?

The TNA has reportedly held six rounds of talks with the government on various issues affecting the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, including the possible contours of a political solution. They have however reportedly rejected a government suggestion to discuss the introduction of a second chamber as part of a political solution.

Pakistan stabbed in the back

The US media is on record having killed Osama bin Laden (OBL) so many times since 1990 onwards. His death was first announced in 1996; an abortive attempt was made on him in Khost in August 1998 using cruise missiles and it was believed that he was hit.

DMK’s last gasp

The May 13, 2011 results of the elections held on April 13, 2011 to the Tamil Nadu Assembly are historic in more than one sense: The J Jayalalithaa led AIADMK front decimated the DMK and its allies with such a landslide majority that it may be well neigh impossible for these parties to remain relevant in Tamil Nadu politics or rear their heads in the near future:

Tamil Nadu Elections and Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Problem

As a one-time leading lady of Tamil cinema, theatrics would come naturally to Jayalalitha Jeyaram. An avowed opponent of the LTTE for many years, she did a volte face and adopted a soft stance on the Tigers and a tough one on Colombo during her long stay in opposition. Not doing enough for Lankan Tamils was a good stick to beat her arch rival, Chief Minister Muttuvel Karunanidhi, with and she did it with customary gusto.

Lalin’s Column: Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) -Hard Options

The statistics for RTAs have been quoted like a ‘mantra’ regularly for years by the authorities. Plans and remedies to reduce and bring the RTAs under control are often trotted out.

US-Pakistan anti-terror cooperation: Pakistan takes a fresh look

Pakistan is taking a fresh look at its anti-terror relations with the United States as this nuclear-powered South Asian nation strongly considered the American Navy SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad as a blatant violation of its sovereignty.

Burma's 100 days of parliament: More 'Nays' than 'Yeas'

Australia's Foreign Minister, MPs, senior government officials, and foreign diplomats were today warned that Burma's political, economic, and humanitarian crises persisted despite the convening of the Parliament.

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