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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2427

Tamil rebels reject U.S. call to renounce violence

Yahoo News: Oslo (Reuters) Nov. 26 - Tamil rebels rejected a face-to-face U.S. appeal at an Oslo conference on Monday to renounce violence and said it was "totally unacceptable" for Washington to label them terrorists for fighting a 19-year separatist war in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka seeking associate membership in ASEAN

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's foreign minister said Monday that the island nation wants to become an associate member of the Association of South East Asian Nations to tighten economic links with the 10-member regional body.

Canada Pledges Money to Help Sri Lanka Peace

Yahoo News: Ottawa (Reuters), Nov. 26 - Canada, which has a sizable Sri Lankan community, on Monday pledged $1.3 million in immediate financial aid to help the Sri Lankan peace process and said it was ready to consider giving more money next year.

Popular Support for Peace must be sustained – The Declaration in Support of the Peace Process

Oslo, Norway, Nov. 25: The declaration in support of the Peace process in Sri Lanka released after the conclusion of the Donor Conference held in its support urged the Sri lanka Government and the Liberation Tigers of tamil Eelam to resolve the hardcore political issues soon in order to achieve lasting political settlement.

Cairo police arrests 166 illegal Lankan emigrants

by Norman Palihawadana - The Island

The Island: Cairo police had arrested illegal emigrants from Sri Lanka bound for Italy on Sunday. One hundred and fifty nine illegal Sri Lankan emigrants were arrested in the Suez Canal a few days back and within 48 hours last Monday (25) Egypt police had arrested 166 illegal Sri Lankan emigrants bound for Italy travelling in two trawlers.

Don’t telecast Prabhakaran’s address –SJS

The Island: The Sinhala Jathika Sangamaya in a letter to Rupavahini Corporation states:

Discuss at Oslo LTTE’s intolerance of political opposition - President

Colombo, Nov. 26: As the clashes between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Eelam People's Democratic Party(EPDP) in the Delft Island continue, President Chandrika Kumaratunga has urged the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe that the matter be taken up for discussion in Oslo.

Sri Lankan PM, Rebel Leader Meet

Yahoo News: Oslo, Norway (AP), Nov. 25. _ Sri Lanka's prime minister and a top Tamil Tiger leader met in Norway's capital Sunday, the highest-level meeting yet in a Norwegian-led drive to end one of Asia's longest civil wars.

The history of Tamils has been one of deterioration.

Bangkok, Nov. 25: The history of the Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1948 has been one of deterioration. This was said by V.Ananadasangaree, a veteran Tamil politician in Sri Lanka and the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) a four Tamil Party umbrella grouping that works with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Thailand's stance against warning of terrorism wins support

Bangkok, Nov 25 (TNA) – Thailand’s stance against any warning of terrorism without reliable evidence has won full support from participants in the 2nd International Conference on Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) being held here.

SLMM wants Delft issue sorted out at Oslo peace talks

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island: As the EPDP and LTTE continue to battle for administrative control of the Delft Islands the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), said yesterday that the freedom to exercise ones political rights should be sorted out at the next round of peace talks between the Government and LTTE in Oslo.

India should host a Chandrika-Ranil Summit - Rauff Hakeem

S Venkat Narayan - The Island.

The Island: New Delhi, November 22: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee should consider hosting a summit between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to help reduce the palpable tension between the two leaders.

Iraqi opposition members in an unprecedented to visit to Baghdad.

Baghdada, Nov. 25: Iraqi opposition members who are in an unprecedented visit to Baghdad said yesterday that, Iraq is preparing to adopt a new constitution that permits pluralism in the country and guarantees the freedom of the press.

This Laptop Too Hot to Handle

Julia Scheeres – Wired News

Laptop manufacturers were tight-lipped Friday about a Swiss man who allegedly burned his penis while using his portable computer.

Bangkok Declaration failed to Address the Deprivation of Political Rights of the Ordinary Arab man

By K.T.Rajasingham

There was no word about the Arab countries that are part of the Asian continent. Almost all the Arab countries that come within the Asian Continental Geographical borders are under traditional monarchies and in those countries either organizing or running political parties is not allowed by the monarchs who wield autocratic power. Not only it is a taboo it is against the law and even punishable by the law in many of those Gulf Arab Countries for the civilians to organize political parties for the welfare and well being of the ordinary Arab man in the street.

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