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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 727

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Euro crisis: it doesn’t sound Greek any more

A crisis of epic proportion looms over the entire European Union, perhaps in one of the most destructive forms since the Second World War: Greece, without the prospect of forming a government after the election this week, is heading towards a cliffhanger, as the Left-leaning parties are flexing the political muscles to confront its creditors, especially Germany while insisting on the need of tearing up the deals agreed upon by the previous government – and under immense pressure from the richer members of the Eurozone. They treat the much-hated austerity measures – strings attached to bail-out funds - as the forbidden word.

London Mayoral Election: Boris is back

He is ,unmistakably, the most-recognizable face in London: a portly frame with characteristically-unkempt blond thatch; the cyclist who promotes the virtues of the age-old mode of transport by example, not just by preaching – by cycling to work every day by ditching both chauffer and limousine; the man adored by the Londoners for who he is, not for what he represents; the man who speaks his mind regardless of inevitable consequences even if they have the potential to be instantly interpreted as gaffes ; the fighter who never shies away, if a critic confronts him in the street - or on his way to work on the bike - for what he believes in.

iPhone 5: watershed moment for Apple

Apple, the world’s most valued technological company that propelled itself to the zenith of industry domination in a relatively short time, is at an unique advantage to observe two significant things, thanks to its lofty position: on one hand, it can look down and feel a bit elated by the plight of the giants dwarfed by its success, particularly SONY and Nokia; on the other hand, Apple can sense what’s it like, in the event of a potentially disastrous fall from such a height due to unforeseen circumstances.

M Karunanidhi: the Flawed Prophet in Our Neighbourhood

Mr Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 87, affectionately known as ‘Kalaignar’ among his followers, is a man of many talents, ranging from writing movie scripts to acting without a script to whims and fancies of the gallery. He is, according to his own admission, a serial dreamer too.

Welcome Boost for Brand Brangelina: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are engaged

It was the news that the fans had been waiting for seven anxious years: the most glamorous couple of Hollywood are to get married at some point in time in future – finally.

A Daredevil Disrupted Annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race

As the President of the Oxford University Boat Club put it, “My team went through seven months of hell to reach the pinnacle of our careers,” to highlight the sacrifice made by the team to leave their mark on the sporting world. However, for a man who was determined to risk his life to launch a protest – and to be branded as an attention-seeker by the boat racing lovers - it just took a few minutes to ruin the very dream in the full glare of publicity on Saturday.

UK back in recession: the rest of Europe is not far behind

If we go by the most quoted definition of recession – two consecutive quarters of negative growth - the United Kingdom, technically speaking, is back in recession. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said this week that the economy shrank by 0.1% - and for the second successive quarter in a row – rattling the political establishment to its core while heralding a frightening era of uncertainty.

Geneva Scene 2012: Both Sri Lanka and UNHRC were on trial

The outcome of the resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC session on Thursday was disappointing as far the government of Sri Lanka is concerned, as it used its limited resources on many fronts to take on the combined might of the world’s only superpower and its closest economical ally, the EU, in the hope of achieving the polar opposite – perhaps being buoyed by the impressive victory that it snatched from the jaws of uncertainty in similar circumstances in 2009 at the same place, just after winning the war against the LTTE.

Anglican Community in Shock: Archbishop of Canterbury Resigns

The announcement by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, on Friday that he would resign by the end of the year in order to pursue an academic career at Cambridge University came as a bolt from the blue beneath the heaven, not only for the 80-million-strong Anglican community worldwide, but also for the nation as a whole.

New iPad: Progress seems to be just evolutionary rather than revolutionary

Apple has introduced its latest tablet on March 7 and most of the features in it had been predicted accurately by Apple watchers in the run up to the launch, apart from its name – New iPad.

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