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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675


Controversial Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Muslim turned atheist, to resign from Dutch Parliament

BY Sohail Choudhury

Just in less than two weeks of receiving prestigious ‘Moral Courage Award’ from American Jewish Committee, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has decided to resign from Dutch Parliament when the Dutch government had abruptly threatened to revoke the citizenship of the most prominent Somali-born member of Parliament, who arrived as a refugee 14 years ago. The minister of immigration, Rita Verdonk, said that Hirsi Ali had provided inaccurate information when applying for political asylum in 1992 and seeking Dutch citizenship in 1997. As a result, the minister said, both applications were invalid. Hirsi Ali has been given six weeks to respond.

More anti-LTTE dissident factions emerging, says Sri Lanka to US

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The U.S. Department of State was told that Sri Lanka government has credible information that there are more dissident groups, like the Karuna group, are emerging within the ranks of the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) and the Tamil diaspora, and every time such dissident groups emerge the separatist Tamil Tigers cannot expect the government to neutralize them on its behalf.

Tele bugging challenged in Bangladesh

The High Court Division of the Supreme Court yesterday issued rule upon the government and others to show cause why the provisions of tele-tapping under the Telecommunication (Amendment ) Act 2006 should not be declared ultra vires of the constitution. Justice Awlad Ali and Justice Jinat Are of the Court issued the rule on a writ petition filed jointly by Nurul Kabir, editor of the daily New Age and Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, treasurer of Odhikar, a human rights organization.

EU backs President Rajapakse and moves to freeze LTTE assets

The European Parliament yesterday whacked the LTTE out of the boundary lines when it recommended a total freeze of Tiger assets before EU considers listing Tigers as a terrorist organisation. The EU parliament passed a resolution which, on the one hand, assured President Mahinda Rajapakse of EU’s full cooperation in facing the challenges ahead and, on the other, condemning the LTTE violence.

And they now gear up narcotic jihad

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

It is current news in Bangladesh. Owner of pro-radical vernacular daily Naya Diganta (New Sky), which was established with dubious fund from Saudi source a few years back, is now under massive interrogation in remand for his involvement in trafficking huge quantity of heroin (narcotic) to European and American destinations. Bangladeshi intelligence agencies arrested Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen, owner of BD Foods, a company exporting ‘spices’ to Western destinations, for trafficking huge amount of heroin which were packed inside the sachets of spices. On interrogation, Badruddoza confessed to the interrogators that he has smuggled out narcotics worth few hundred million dollars to United States and Europe since 2003.

US want fast enactment of law against terror finance

A visiting US high official yesterday urged the government to frame and enact an effective anti-money laundering law and take steps to curb financial crimes as part of the Bush administration's global drive against militancy. Patrick M O'Brien, assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the US Treasury Department, recommended the actions at a number of meetings with the central bank governor and high officials of home and foreign ministries during his two-day official visit here from Wednesday.

South Seeks Authority to Decide on Next U.N. Chief

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia -- have traditionally exercised, or threatened to exercise, their veto powers to assert their authority in ultimately deciding who should be the secretary-general of the United Nations, come election time. The 15-member Security Council, which also includes 10 rotating non-permanent members playing a marginal role, recommends one candidate, and the 191-member General Assembly meekly rubber stamps the decision.

Some myths & realities of Sri Lanka’s conflict

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Sri Lanka has not had as extensive media coverage and so thick a stream of important visitors as it has in recent months and weeks. One hopes all parties concerned noted Mr. Donald Camp's remarks. The word from Washington was twofold. Mr Camp was unambiguously condemnatory of the LTTE, making a major conceptual distinction between Colombo and Kilinochchi, and emphasising that there was no comparison between an elected democratic Govt and the Tigers, which he defined ( in his TV interview in Colombo) as “a terrorist organisation of the first order”. He was also critical of recent killings of Tamil civilians; he also said that a democratic state must be accountable, with no impunity, no immunity. The perpetrators of the killings of Tamil civilians must be prosecuted.

LTTE light aircraft seen in the air- Military intelligence.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A light aircraft of the LTTE was in the air in Iranamadu last evening, military intelligence has been informed. "There are sources confirming that a light aircraft had been seen over Wanni for 30 minutes," an intelligence source told the Asian Tribune. However the radars of the Air Force had not intercepted the aircraft, according to military sources, Security Forces have been put on high alert to react to any illegal flights since the incident.

EU likely to ban LTTE by Friday

Strong American pressure has finally pushed the European Union - one of the four Co-chairs - to ban the Tigers sooner than later, according to diplomats in Brussels. The anouncement is likely to be made by Friday (Today). Diplomatic moves were intensified after the naval attack by the LTTE on the Sri Lankan navy off the coast of Jaffna, The LTTE suicide-bombers threat to attack the Pearl Cruiser ferrying 700 unarmed soldiers, with a Truce Monitor on board, has shocked and disappointed even the Nordic mission monitoring the Ceasefire Agreement.

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