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

Monthly archive

U.N. Move to Downgrade Disarmament Triggers Protests

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A proposal by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to downgrade the U.N.'s Department of Disarmament Affairs (DDA) -- and possibly bring it under the umbrella of the Department of Political Affairs -- has sparked a critical reaction from member states, peace activists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). "This is the wrong move for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make and would be an inauspicious start to his term," warns John Burroughs, executive director of the New York-based Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy.

Diriya 2007- A conference on "Mainstreaming Disability into Development"

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Disability causes, exacerbates and is also a result of poverty. People with disabilities are a marginalized group in society. Their needs are often neglected and consequently they remain among the poorest of the poor and are frequently excluded from social activities, education, employment and the benefits of many development programmes. Disability oriented approaches have tried to tackle the effects of marginalization and now there is wide acceptance that disability sensitivity should be mainstreamed into the development process.

ZOA Refugee Care of Netherlands has no links with the LTTE – Sri Lanka Defence Ministry

By Vandana Jayasinghe - Reporting from Colombo

The Defence Ministry said yesterday that the ZOA Refugee Care, a Netherlands based humanitarian aid organization, which was accused last week for supporting the LTTE in Ampara district, has no suspected linkage with the LTTE and the accusation was based on a misunderstanding. This was announced at a meeting held with the Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse, who expressed fullest confidence in ZOA and encouraged to continue its work in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Nationals still denied entry to West Bank by Israel

By Mohammed Mar'*

Although Lana K. is an American national, and a mother of 2 children, she was denied entry on January 3rd and again on January 9th by the Israeli Occupation Forces ([IOF). Lana is married to a Palestinian and has been living with her family in Nablus for 10 years and used to renew her visa periodically. When Lana was first forced to return to Jordan, her children, carrying their Israeli-issued Palestinian residency ID's, were refused re-entry into Jordan. The children were permitted transit the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge and their father arrived from Nablus to take them back to Nablus. Despite the new Israeli entry procedures announced nearly 2 weeks, Lana attempted to join her family in the West Bank failed.

Sri Lanka commence large scale manufacture of virgin coconut oil

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lankan Coconut Oil manufacturers just started their Virgin Coconut Oil manufacturing process to grab local and international markets. At present Sri Lanka have two mass scale virgin oil manufacturers who manufacture aiming the export market. Virgin coconut oil is fresh natural premium grade oil pure & free of contaminants. Extremely stable & functional (Not to be confused with generic coconut oil (Copra based) nor with other natural oils.) The manufacturers say at present they have good demand from USA and UK, but they also promote virgin coconut oil in the local market.

Paradoxes Doom Bush’s ‘New Strategy’ in Iraq

By Nicola Nasser*

President George W. Bush’s paradoxical "new strategy" in Iraq is doomed by its own contradictions as much as by Iraqi and regional paradoxes and would in no time prove that the U.S. president’s go-it-alone approach will only extend the failure of the 2003 military invasion in developing into a permanent occupation, amid wide spread world and American calls for withdrawal and political solution. "The new strategy I outline tonight will change America's course in Iraq," Bush said in a speech on January 10; on scrutiny however the "change" he promised boils down essentially to upholding the same course but trying to change the tactics; on deeper scrutiny even the "new" tactics are unmasked as the same old ones.

Police Inspector arrested on suspicion of being a spy to the LTTE

By Vandana Jayasinghe - Reporting from Colombo

A high ranking police officer Indika Perera alleged to have ‘worked’ as a spy to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has been arrested by the police on 15 January in Matara. He was arrested with a suspect allegedly belonging to the LTTE, and also in possession of 4.5 million rupees and garments similar to army uniforms inside a hotel in Matara in the southern province and both has been taken into police custody.

Battle of the Begums in Bangladesh

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Confrontational politics is a peculiar characteristic of politics in the sub-continent where dialogue with reason is never the first option between rivals. Even by the eccentric standards of sub-continental political parties, the recent happenings in Bangladesh look too dangerous for comfort. It is surely heading towards a more intense and longer spell of violence and uncertainty that may lure the generals to stage another coup, just a decade after they had retired to the barracks.

Fiji’s army commander unveils new military regime

Fiji’s coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced his cabinet last week and, in doing so, made clear the sharp divisions in the country’s ruling elite that underlay his seizure of power on December 5. The military leader assumed the post of prime minister while the remainder of the cabinet is drawn from opposition parties—the Labour Party and National Alliance Party (NAP)—as well as a number of technocrats. Bainimarama ousted the previous government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase after a protracted standoff over two proposed laws: an amnesty bill for the perpetrators of the 2000 coup attempt and legislation to give rights to traditional Fijian chiefs over foreshore areas. Supporters of the 2000 coup formed a significant component of the Qarase government, which increasingly based itself on openly communal politics favoring sections of the ethnic Fijian elite at the expense of Indo-Fijians.

Sri Lanka: Meeting between Mahinda and Ranil end inconclusively: Accepting UNP dissidents would end the MOU

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka told Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that he cannot accept the opposition leaders request not to welcome parliamentarians from the opposition benches into his government.Pro Ranil Wickremesinghe elements in the now badly divided United National Party said the President’s refusal to accept the opposition leader’s request resulted in the collapse of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the ruling Sri lanka Freedom Party and Wickremesinghe headed United National Party for cooperation in and out of the parliament.