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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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Iraq Excuse for US Talks with Iran

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

So finally, the US has to use the fig leaf of Iraq to shift from its hitherto obdurately held policy of ‘no talks’ with Iran. This is both tragic and comic because for the first time the US now publicly acknowledges two ground realities – first its inability to deal with post-Saddam Iraq on its own; second its need for help of an ‘axis of evil’ country like Iran, and a ‘rogue’ state like Syria. It is a grudging acceptance of an advice nearly the whole world has been tendering for some time now—that the US must start talking directly to Iran if it does not want to add to its, and the world’s, problems.

Scepticism increasing on Musharraf's ability to crack the whip on Jihadists

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Scepticism is increasing by the day on Pakistan President Gen Musharraf's ability to crack the whip on the Islamists and Jihadists and his willingness to restore democracy in the country. His source of power is the military and it has no exit strategy says, a noted Pak scholar Prof Hasan Askari Rizvi, who is currently teaching at the Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies. In his view Pak military considers itself as critical to internal stability and its external security. This assessment assumes significance with political leaders like Pir Pagaro, who proudly proclaim their close association with the military establishment, predicting that the much talked about elections would be postponed and a state of emergency would be imposed to prolong the life of present parliament and thus facilitate 'smooth' re-election of Musharraf for another term.

India should send army to Sri Lanka to bring about peace - Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front

All political parties in Tamil Nadu should urge and exert pressure on the Indian Government to send Army to Sri Lanka to bring about peace in the war torn island nation. Appeal seeking Indian military intervention was made by the International representatives of the Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) at a media conference held yesterday at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The ENDLF international representatives met the media personnel yesterday and revealed that they intend to meet the leaders of all the political parties in India and brief them of the explosive situation prevailing in Sri Lanka and also appeal to them of the urgent need for India’s military intervention in Sri Lanka.

Indonesian Pleads Guilty of Providing ‘Material Support’ To Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers in US Court

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Haji Subandi, 69, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, pleaded guilty March 8 to conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka, two counts of money laundering and attempted exportation of arms and munitions, announced U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland. "We are committed to using all available legal tools to prevent terrorism, including undercover operations targeting people who attempt to obtain military weapons in violation of American law," stated U.S. Attorney Rosenstein.

LTTE must free the two surviving TMVP cadres abducted in Ja-ela and held incommunicado at Karadiyanaru

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by Colonel Karuna demanded yesterday for the immediate release of the two of their surviving supporters who were abducted at Ja-ela and held incommunicado at the Karadiyanaru Intelligence camp of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Azad Mowlana, spokesman for the TMVP told “Asian Tribune” that Pradeep (24 Yrs) from Kannankudah and Rajkumar (26 Yrs) from Unnichchai in the Batticaloa district were the two of the total of seven TMVP supporters who came to Colombo and stayed at a lodge in Ja-ela, the outskirt of Colombo.

War Against Terror: ICJ Ruling on State's Role in Genocide

By Col R Hariharan (Retd.)

Does the State have a responsibility for genocide? If so, to what extent it is responsible for such crimes? The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a judgment delivered on February 26, 2007 has tried to answer these questions and delineate the extent of state's culpability in a case relating to genocide in Bosnia in 1995. During the period from 1992 to 1995, ethnic Serbian forces in Bosnia led by Ratko Mladic carried out ethnic cleansing of non-Serb population (mainly Croats and Bosnian Muslims) from large areas of Bosnia. The Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic had backed this ethnic cleansing process and supported the Bosnian Serb forces logistically and financially.

Taliban begins to look and act like Al Qaeda

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

The Taliban has metamorphosed into a truly Al Qaeda clone. Analyzing a series of recent events in the ‘badlands’ of Pakistan, security specialists opine that the Taliban is ‘beginning to look and act’ more like al Qaeda. Firstly, the Taliban, which is based in the tribal belt of Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), is executing ‘collaborators’. Warning notes are pinned to the victims saying “American spies will face the same fate”.

Terrorist investigation unit discloses that ‘Sinhala Tigers’ received 1.1 million from the LTTE

The four alleged Sinhalese recruits of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who were railway trade union activists were remanded till April 5 and ordered to be kept at the Boosa detention jail for suspected terrorists by Colombo magistrate Sarojini Kusala Abeywardena. Replying to the magistrate suspects said they were treated all right by the state authorities who were imprisoning them. The magistrate said the relatives could visit them once a month at the detention center.

ICJ appointed jurist panel criticizes Pakistan’s counter terrorism laws, policies

Members of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights concluded their visit to Pakistan today. The Panel, an independent group of eight jurists appointed by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), is conducting a global inquiry on the impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism measures on the rule of law, human rights and humanitarian law. Justice Arthur Chaskalson and Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn represented the Panel at two days of public hearings on Pakistan’s experience of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

CCI launches “Excon 2007”

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

“Excon 2007” will be launched under the distinguished patronage of the Minister of Construction and Engineering Services Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, on 13th March 2007 at the Grand Ballroom of the Galle Face Hotel. The Chamber of Construction Industry, Sri Lanka will host “Excon 2007” during the period 11th to 13th May 2007 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Sirimavo Bandaranike Memorial Exhibition Hall.

Part of World Tourism Day in Negombo

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

While Sri Lanka has been selected to host the World Tourism Day on the 27th September and among the three cities that are selected, Negombo is one of them. The other two cities are Colombo and Yapahuwa. In these cities there would be special tourism related events to make this day a colorful one.

British Army used under-18-year-old soldiers in Iraq occupation

A recent written answer to a parliamentary question from the Liberal Democrats revealed that the British Army sent 15 soldiers under the age of 18 to fight in Iraq, contravening a United Nation’s protocol on children’s rights. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 38, (1989) insists: “State parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons who have not attained the age of 15 years do not take a direct part in hostilities.” The optional protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict to the Convention that came into force in 2002 stipulates that its state parties “shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons below the age of 18 do not take a direct part in hostilities and that they are not compulsorily recruited into their armed forces.”

Judging the Judge: China Releases Report on United States

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

China on Thursday, March 8 released the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2006 closely following the release of the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2006 on Tuesday.Released by the State Council Information Office, the Chinese report lists numerous incidents showing the US human rights situation in a bad light and its violation of human rights in other countries.