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Most Vulnerable Left to Sink or Swim

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The world's minorities and indigenous groups are the "silent victims" of the potentially disastrous effects of climate change, says a new study by Minority Rights Group (MRG) International. Although both groups are often disproportionately affected by climate-related disasters, the international community continues to ignore their plight, the London-based human rights organization charges. The report points out that even though climate change has finally made it to the top of the international agenda, recognition of the acute difficulties that minorities face is often missing.

United States Impeaches Sri Lanka on Human Rights and Governance In its 2007 Annual Human Rights Report

Daya Gamage US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

In its 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released here Tuesday March 11 in the State Department, graced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the United States in its report on Sri Lanka totally condemned, criticized and, in fact, impeached its human rights record and the style of governance highlighting that “the overwhelming majority of victims of human rights violations, such as killings and disappearances, were young male Tamils”. The State Department report charges that the Government of Sri Lanka was responsible in the deterioration of human rights and conveys that the ethnic Tamil minority are the worst affected.

Obama Wins Mississippi Big, Clinton Campaigning in Pennsylvania

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Barak ObamaBarrack Obama won Mississippi primary 60 to 40 percent over Hillary Clinton bringing the delegate totals to 1,608 to 1,478 respectively. Meanwhile. Clinton immediately started campaigning in Pennsylvania which polls on April 25th. Judging by what most exit polls in Mississippi showed, it is safe to predict that Hillary Clinton's chances of getting the Democratic nomination would hinge on her winning the Pennsylvania primary on April 25th and that also by over 15 percent of the votes cast. If not, the contests will go on until the last primary in Puerto Rica in June. Bill Clinton is already predicting a very optimistic picture about Hillary's chances.

A philosophical backdrop to theory of life in the universe

By Walter Jayawardhana

Prof. Chandra WickramasingheThe world’s chief exponent of the theory that tells life began in deep space and reached earth riding on comets said the philosophical backdrop for his theory was provided by Buddhism. “In the 1970’s it was generally believed that the Earth must be the centre of life in the whole universe, an antithesis of Buddhist cosmology of course,” said the Cardiff University Mathematician and Astronomer Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe in an interview with this writer. “It became amply clear to me that Buddhist cosmology was incredibly modern in its outlook, even perhaps post-modern. According to Buddhist texts, life is prevalent across the universe and life is not confined to Earth. Buddhism talks about a multitude of planetary systems and an infinity of “inhabited worlds”. In common with Hindu and Vedic ideas, Buddhism holds that life is a truly cosmic phenomenon,” the reputed astronomer added.

Prabakaran, Pottu Amman and other key LTTE leaders indicted in the murder of Lakshman Kadirgamar

Velupillai Prabakaran and his key lieutenants are charged in the murder of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. In Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Attorney General filed the case against Velupillai Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman alias Shiva Shankar, Charles alias Charlis Master, Komadee Manimekala alias Madee, Muttaiyah Sahadevan and Isithor Arokyanathan alias Babu for conspiring with another LTTE member Vinothan to assassinate Minister Kadirgamar and committing the murder as a result of the conspiracy. The former Minister was assassinated in a sniper attack at his residence in Longden Place, Colombo as he was entering his premises after a swim on August 12, 2005.

Burma: Thousands of Karen civilians displaced in fresh attacks

The Burma Army has launched fresh attacks on civilians in northern Karen State this month, causing the displacement of over 2,100 villagers. According to the Free Burma Rangers, a relief organisation working in the conflict areas of eastern Burma, the attacks are “the largest against civilians in northern Karen State since the Burma Army completed the re-supply of its camps and construction of roads at the end of 2007.” Over 30,000 people are displaced in northern Karen State, and it is estimated that there are over one million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Burma altogether.

'Fitna' movie can only harm peace within society

As the film entitled "Fitna" produced by Geert Wilders (a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands) is set to be released, the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has said that such films can only have a negative effect on the peace of society at large. Abdul Aziz, the Press Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Community, Sri Lanka said: "For the past few years Mr Geert Wilders has conducted a vicious and cruel campaign against Islam during which he has caused great pain to millions of Muslims worldwide through his attacks on the blessed character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Holy Qur'an.

Way out from Jamiat Crises is in Maulana Marghoobur Rahman's Suggestion

Mohammad Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi, Executive member of the Jamait Ulama-e Hind and Darul Uloom Deoband has appealed to everyone, especially, IHazrat Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, Qari Mohammad Usman and brother Syed Mahmood Madani to take practical note of our elder Hazrat Maulana Marghoobur Rahman Saheb's advice and make the constitution of Jamait Ulama the only means to solve the present deadlock within India's prestigious Muslim organization, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind (JUH).

Africa Caught Between Peacekeeping and Development

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The beleaguered U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sudan, handicapped by lack of troops and helicopters, has come under fire for its unusually high costs. Alpha Oumar Konare, chairman of the African Union Commission, says it is "scandalous" to spend 2.0 billion dollars annually on the upkeep of a proposed 26,000-strong joint African Union-U.N. Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), when Africa's urgent needs are elsewhere.

Politics of the Budget And Congress Sandesh

By Kshama Sunil - Syndicate Features

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has suddenly become silent. The man who chided Sonia Gandhi of taking the Gujarat defeat so much to heart that she needed hospitalization, is now silently feeling that Congress is getting its act together ahead of the next elections BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani also feels that it was a mistake on the part of the saffron to speak of “India Shining” before the 2004 elections indicating thereby that it cooked the NDA goose.

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