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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1647


Global Order and Peace Making without the US

By Dr. Muqtedar Khan

We live in an era of global governance. Through a complex network of international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice and the World Trade Organization, we have succeeded in creating a pattern of governance without government at the global level. Much of this global order was created under the leadership, the financial assistance and the persuasive powers of the United States. It all began with the vision of President Woodrow Wilson to create a League of Nations. For six decades, since the end of World War II, the U.S. has been the primary mover behind the emerging global order and its main underwriter. But for a while now, experts of international relations have been wringing their hands wondering what would happen to this Wilsonian World once US' global prominence and leadership declined.

UN Body Tightens Leash on Human Rights Investigators

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva is seeking the right to implicitly retaliate against human rights investigators -- officially known as special rapporteurs -- who are critical of abuses by member states. The 38 special rapporteurs, who focus either on investigating specific countries or hold broader mandates such as torture, disappearances or arbitrary executions, usually serve two terms of three years each. But the HRC now wants all mandate-holders to be formally reappointed after they complete their first three-year term, giving the Council the option to refuse renewal.

Australian support for development projects in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The Australian High Commissioner, Kathy Klugman, presented funds worth approximately Rs 3 million to beneficiaries of the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP) in a ceremony held on Tuesday morning. Speaking at the occasion Ms Klugman said that the High Commission takes great pride in the Direct Aid Program as it allows us the opportunity to provide direct benefits to those most in need; which includes women, children, the disabled, conflict affected persons, the elderly and other disadvantaged groups.

LTTE demand for 30 % landmass for 6% of a population is utterly impracticable - Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke

By Walter Jayawardhana

Bernard GoonetillekeAmbassador Bernard Goonetilleke told a US TV interviewer that that the LTTE’S intransigent demand of asking thirty percent land mass of the country for a population of six percent is utterly impractical. Ambassador Goonetilleke said, “Sri Lankan Tamils,” earlier known as “Ceylon Tamils,” today comprises less than 12% of the population……. more than 50% of this less than 12% Tamil population lives outside the North and the East. Then, you are talking about less than 6% of the population demanding 30% of the landmass, while ½ of that population would be elsewhere in the country….” During a history of more than 2000 year in Sri Lanka in which all communities lived harmoniously what is a 30 year long conflict asked Sri Lankan Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke referring to the current problem existing in the country.

Tamil Tiger terrorists arrested in Italy, on charges of extortion and drug related offences

It has been officially confirmed that 30 members of the LTTE who are involved in collecting money for the terror outfit by extortion have been arrested in the early. morning by the Anti terrorism Unit in seven different regions in Italy This operation has been conducted by the Anti terrorism units of Naples and Palermo, and involved over 200 police agents in various cities in the various regions. Sri Lanka Embassy in Italy in a statement reveals that at Palermo, the Authorities have arrested 8 Tamil suspects accused of membership to a terrorist organization.

Waterboarding, slapping, sensory deprivation – all on US torture list: US Senate Scrutiny begins

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

American military officials tasked with training US troops to resist enemy interrogations provided Pentagon lawyers with a list of abusive tactics that could be used in prisons such as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq, the U.S.Senate armed services committee heard Tuesday, June 17. It also emerged at the hearing that US officials "hid" Guantanamo prisoners who had been harshly interrogated from the international committee of the Red Cross, the body empowered to monitor compliance with Geneva Convention rules on treatment of military prisoners.

Sri Lanka High Commission Accountant Mugged in London: 4000 British Pounds Snatched Away

The Sri Lanka High Commission paid a high price and the life of the accountant was barely saved when he was mugged in front of 13 Hyde Park Gardens, the Chancellery of the High Commission in London. Police sources said, 4000 British Pounds was mugged from Ranjith Perera, Accountant of the High Commission, when he was returning from the HSBC Bank in Paddington in London to his office on foot on June 17, about 2.30 p.m. Though large amount of cashe being carried to the High Commission and back to the bank almost daily, the police investigations have found the High Commission authorities never provide him with any transport or security although the mission employs a large fleet of vehicles.

The best service to human values is making collective efforts at social welfare – Posan Message by President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapakse"The best service to human society is making collective efforts at social welfare that eschews all divisions. Moved by this belief my government has initiated several projects to prevent social degradation and build a society imbued with religious fervor, offering comfort to all," states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message to the nation on Poson Full Moon.

DMK snaps ties with PMK, No threat to Karunanidhi Government

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

True to expectations, DMK Tuesday evening announced an end to its alliance with the PMK at the end of a long meeting of party seniors chaired by patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi. The charge: the party father- son has violated the coalition dharma, a charge the doctor duo had leveled against the Karunanidhi government itself. PMK, a party of mainly Vanniyars, is a key constituent of DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) of Chief Minister Karunanidhi in Chennai and the Congress led United Progressive Alliance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi. It has 18 MLAs but is not a member of the Karunanidhi cabinet. It has however two Ministers in Delhi, one of them Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The party has 6 MPs.

LTTE adamantly rejected to surrender or decommission arms as precondition for talks

By Walter Jayawardhana

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) refused to surrender or decommission arms as precondition for any peace talks with Sri Lanka government. The Sri Lanka government said earlier that if they wanted to start peace negotiations once again the LTTE should surrender or de-commission their arms. The LTTE’s rejection of the government proposal means that the military conflict between the government and the separatist terrorists would continue.

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