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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

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Burma must be vigilant to avoid the disastrous dam on Irrawaddy River

It was as early as October 2009, the Thailand-based Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG) published a report – “Resisting the Flood” – highlighting the implementation of the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy River. The report demanded a halt to the project that is sponsored by the China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), its main investor and contractor.

India wishes to strike Pakistan before US exits from Afghanistan

Whereas Pakistan is the next door neighbor of landlocked Afghanistan, which is dependent upon Pakistan land routes and Karachi port for its imports and exports, Pakistan has never tried to exploit its vulnerability or to blackmail it. India, which doesn’t share border with Afghanistan, is aspiring to become the most influential in that country.

Sri Lanka calls upon the International Community to eschew narrow domestic political compulsions and other parochial imperatives

Head of the Sri Lankan delegation to the current sessions of the U.N.Human Rights Council Minister Mahinda Samarasinge has said the Sri Lankan experience in annihilating terrorism by defeating the world’s ruthless terrorist organization LTTE will enable other countries to deal more effectively with terrorism, separatism and extremism which sadly bedevils many regions of the modern world.

Cyril Hearth. - An Appreciation

It was with deep sorrow that I heard of the sad demise of my former Sri Lankan Police colleague, Cyril Herath, on the 7th September 2011, following a long illness bravely borne.

Israel before and after 9/11

The 9/11 terror attack in the US occurred one year after the start of second Intifada, by the Palestinians, in Israel. Then Israel had a new prime minister, Ariel Sharon and likewise the United States had a new president, George W. Bush. Bush’s father George H. W. Bush had been very tough on Yitzhak Shamir’s Likud government, withholding $ 10 billion in vital economic guarantees.

The Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1979 should be reviewed because it failed to prevent terrorism in the country

In a welcome move, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that Emergency Regulations currently in place will lapse at the end of August 2011. Many can now breadth a whiff of fresh and free air after six years of such regulations being in force in the country.

Why only Rajapaksa?

Some print media as well as news sites have criticized president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, for visiting Libya, which he did on the invitation of Muammar Qaddafi. They also did not fail to publish a photograph in which President Rajapaksa stands shoulder to shoulder with the Libyan president Qaddafi, inspecting a guard of honor to the Sri Lankan president.

A Glimmer of Sense

Last week the Rajapaksa administration did something far more beneficial to Sri Lanka than slick TV documentaries and verbose reports aimed at bolstering the myth of a humanitarian operation: it removed the Emergency.

Lalin’s Column: Correcting a response

I must thank Gen Gerry de Silva (Gerry) who I contacted before writing my piece (13 Aug 11) for his response to my ‘corrections’ to his book and for saying that ‘corrections’ will be made in future copies.

Pinochet’s updated victim figures, a staggering 40,018

The Chilean commission inquiring into people who suffered human rights violations under Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year evil rule between 1973 and 1990 has added another additional 9800 more victims to the list and thus the new total number of victims stands at a staggering 40,018.

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