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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

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Burma’s announcement on the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, “a craven manipulation”

United States has expressed grave doubts over the statement of Burmese Foreign Minister that Democracy Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could be released only after the elections.

Up to 1-in-5 tuberculosis (TB) deaths attributed to tobacco use: 2010 is Year of the Lungs

With the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health hardly two weeks ahead of us, the issues which emerged at the 39th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris, France, where CNS was present, are worth re-visiting. With 50% of all deaths from lung disease linked to tobacco use, control of the tobacco related substances was high on the agenda of the 39th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris, France (2007). This year 2010, is also declared as Year of the Lung.

Israel rejoices!

It is reported that the voice of joy, the voice of rejoicing is heard in Israel: ‘The Americans and British have also committed war crimes, not only us’.

Uninspiring songwriters

Sir Elton John in an interview with the Radio Times has criticized that modern songwriters are uninspiring and has recommended Lilly Allen, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga to write their own songs, so they are not at the mercy of anyone.

Burma’s Election: From Autocracy to Competitive Authoritarian Regime or Civil Revolution?

Lately, two schools of thought have emerged in relation to the Burmese junta’s planned election to be held on the 7 November of this year.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing on advisory panel

The Sri Lanka Government - perhaps unwittingly – has found itself in similar circumstances. It has appointed three dubious characters key advisory persons to the Cultural and National Heritage Ministry.

Surgical operation to cure cancer

The US is being asked to carryout a clean surgical operation in Pakistan to eradicate the cancer without killing the patient. There are some hitches in this otherwise well-sounding advice.

Make Tamils feel comfortable in their land of birth: Houston Tamil Attorney tells Sri Lanka President

Someone from Australia drew the attention of this correspondent to a welcome address delivered by a Sri Lanka-born Tamil attorney living in Houston, Texas, when Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa visited this Deep South American city on September 26 during his engagement with the United Nations General Assembly sessions.

Zero Democratic Norm ahead of Arbitrary Election in Burma

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar (Burma), cast new doubt Wednesday (21 Oct.) on Burma's looming election and highlighted more cases of prison torture, indiscriminate killings and forced labor in the military-ruled nation.

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