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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Sri Lanka: Mystery shrouds over the killing of civilians in Mannar

Who killed the civilians in the fishing village of Padahuthurai near Iluppaikkdavai in the North of Mannar district. There are claims and counterclaims over the killings. Mystery deepens while images of injured civilians and children were splashed across, as usual in the pro-Tiger online news portals. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam claimed that it was the Sri Lanka Air-Force that dropped bombs and killed the civilians.

The Hajj: concluding remarks

Dr. A.R.M, Imtiyaz

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims circled the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, for a final time today in Mecca, bringing to a close what may have been the largest hajj ever. Several thousand faithful remained behind in Mina, some 5 kilometers east of Mecca, to stone pillars representing Satan for a fourth and final day. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, passed this year without the deadly incidents that have marred it in the past. Many pilgrims admired new safety measures taken by Saudi authorities since a stampede in 2006 killed more than 360 pilgrims during the stoning ritual.

Somalia: New Hotbed of Anti-Americanism

By Nicola Nasser

The U.S. foreign policy blundering has created a new violent hotbed of anti-Americanism in the turbulent Horn of Africa by orchestrating the Ethiopian invasion of another Muslim capital of the Arab League, in a clear American message that no Arab or Muslim metropolitan has impunity unless it falls into step with the U.S. vital regional interests. The U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Dec. 28 is closely interlinked in motivation, methods, goals and results to the U.S. bogged down regional blunders in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Sudan as well as in Iran and Afghanistan, but mainly in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

A Political Solution to the Conflict in Sri Lanka: Are We Missing The Woods For The Trees?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Sri Lanka is not unique in the world in having unresolved business relating to civil disorder, military engagements with terrorists and some ethnic disharmony amongst its people. Like in many of the countries where such problems persist, Sri Lanka has also had its fair share of external interference that has added fuel to fire and in fact made matters worse for the country. The internationalization of these conflicts has made it very difficult to find home grown solutions for them. As much as economies of countries are internationalized through globalised market enterprise, conflicts also appear to succumb to market pressures created by supply and demand factors in a twisted sort of way.

Almuslimaath – An organization of the women for the women by the women

By Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai

"Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting others to all that is good, enjoining good and forbidding evil. And it is they who are the successful" Verse 110 or Sura 3, chapter Ala Imran of the Quran is the motto of this organization, which was set up solely for the purpose of educating the women – especially the Muslim women of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka government to lodge complain against 'Nordic Monitors' for closing offices located in conflict areas

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s Defense spokesman and cabinet Minister Keheliyam Rambukwella said that the government will lodge complain against the Norway dominated Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to the co-chairs for closing down seven of its offices in conflict areas in the country, thus creating an “advantageous” and “conducive” atmosphere for the recruitment of children for war by the Tamil Tigers. Rambukwella charged that according to intelligence reports, mass scale child recruitment had begun since the truce monitors closed down their offices in the conflict areas and came down to Colombo.

Annan Leaves a Mixed Legacy

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When Kofi Annan completed his 10-year tenure as U.N. secretary-general on Dec. 31, he left behind a mixed political legacy: his acknowledged successes in promoting peace, development, gender empowerment and human rights, and his self-admitted failures in reining in a sprawling U.N. bureaucracy facing charges of mismanagement. At his farewell press conference in mid-December, Annan specifically zeroed in on the multi-billion-dollar, now infamous oil-for-food programme in Iraq, which he said was "exploited to undermine the organization."

Musharraf’s yet another desperate move

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

After his first positive response last week to the 4-point proposal mooted by Pakistan president General Musharraf’s to resolve the Kashmir issue, Manmohan Singh has again welcomed any new idea from any quarter to sort out the pending issues between the two countries. General Musharraf has enough reason to be happy ove r the Indian Prime Ministers response, which is aimed at building an atmosphere of mutual trust. At his latest Amritsar speech, Dr. Manmohan Singh made a passionate appeal to Pakistan for putting the past behind us since the destiny of the two nations is inter-linked. This alone can lead to an enduring peace and prosperity in the region and create a situation in which India and Pakistan can sign a Treaty of Peace, Security and Friendship. Until that happens there is very little chance for the two countries working jointly in real terms to let their people live a better life.

U.N. Humanitarian Official Concerned by Civilian Deaths in Sri Lanka

Margareta Wahlström, the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, today expressed concern over the Sri Lankan Air Force’s aerial bombardment of a coastal village in northwestern Sri Lanka, in which civilians were killed. Wahlstrom added that it was imperative that both sides to the conflict did more to fulfill their obligations to protect civilians.