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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

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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.

Pele`- King of Soccer turns 70

It has been only a few months since the 19th FIFA World Cup concluded with the Spanish grabbing the championship in style. Even before the excitement of soccer fades away, Pele` the King of Soccer celebrates his 70th Birthday on the 23rd of October 2010.

Human rights and selective ‘justice’

Does international justice as we know it today has any meaning? The selective approach of sanctimonious humbugs to alleged human rights violations worldwide automatically raises this question. The latest example of it is the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Amnesty International (AI), turning down an invitation by Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to testify before it.

Resolution of Kashmir dispute will not fragment India

Kashmir is the oldest unresolved issue of the world. People of Kashmir have been seeking their right of self determination for the last 63 years but India which is in illegal occupation of two-third of Kashmir territory since October 1947 refuses to listen to their pleadings.

The Militarization of Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksaization of the Military

The war is over. But defence expenditure keeps on increasing. According to media reports, the defence allocation for 2011 will be Rs.214 billion as compared to Rs.201 billion for 2010, an increase of Rs.13 billion. Logically, such a massive hike in the defence budget should not and need not be.

ASEAN Chief’s Burma Perspective seems to be a Daydream

The secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has called on Burma's government to ensure the coming elections help lead to national reconciliation. Surin Pitsuwan hopes Burma's conflicts with the international community over its human rights record may also be resolved after the vote, according to VOA’s Ron Corben from Bangkok.

U.S. expertise in drilling and a NASA-aided design Saved trapped Chilean miners

It was a triumphant ending in Chile by early Thursday morning with the saving of 33 Chilean miners trapped almost half mile below, and the entire world was amazed the manner in which they were saved, an impossible task, proved impossible even in a highly advanced technologically superior nation.

Face Book, Sri Lanka and Time Management

Facebook(FB) can be considered as one of the social networking system in the world. It is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. This website currently has more than 400 million active users worldwide.

Comic book explains TB vaccine clinical trial

Tallinn, Estonia: Finding participants for clinical trials is one of the challenges in the development of new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB). The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) recently launched a new means to reach out to communities where trials take place: a comic book.

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