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

Monthly archive

Germany: Huge security operation exposed in wake of G8 summit

The G8 summit in Heiligendamm in northern Germany, held June 6-8, has come and gone. It is only now that the meeting of world leaders at the Baltic Sea coast is over that a full picture is emerging more clearly of the massive security operation that accompanied it. The large-scale police raids against summit protesters in May, the 12-kilometre security fence surrounding the location, and the largest mobilisation of German police (17,000) since the end of the Second World War made the headlines. However, there were other critical aspects of the security operation that received scant attention by the media. This includes the deployment of the army and air force against demonstrators, the detention for several hours of demonstrators in metal cages reminiscent of the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, and numerous attacks on the right to protest.

North-east insurgents in Britain

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The perceptible increase in the bloody manifestations of the several insurgencies in the north-east, more particularly that conducted by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has more to do with geopolitics than any expectation of success in their mission. ULFA’s mindless attacks on Hindi-speaking migrant labour and petty businessmen have already boomeranged at some places when terrorists caught in the act of extortion were lynched. That sentiment has yet to acquire the momentum of a groundswell but it should give the ULFA something to pause and ponder.

Conflicting Interests Impede Burma’s Democratization

By Nehginpao Kipgen

Interests often dictate an individual or a nation in shaping diplomatic relations with others. Neither the world’s lone superpower nor a dictatorial regime like Burma is an exception. Interests can be manifold: economic interest, political interest and strategic interest, among others. These interests are coupled by o¬ne’s national security. At a meeting o¬n June 5, 2007, the chairman of National Convention Convening Commission announced that the convention final phase would resume o¬n July 18, 2007, following its adjournment since December 29, 2006.

Alert to protect global tobacco treaty before COP-II begins in Thailand

Bobby Ramakant in Thailand

The 2nd Conference of Parties (COP-II) meeting for Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – the first global public health and corporate accountability treaty (147 countries have ratified and 168 countries have signed the FCTC so far ) shall begin at the end of this month in Thailand . Corporate Accountability International (CAI, formerly Infact) has played a key-role as civil society watch organization along with Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) from the very initial discussions of World Health Organization's FCTC.

Sri Lanka: Ecotourism for self employment through Regulatory Authorities.

Ecotourism also called ecological tourism appeals to the ecological and socially conscious; it focuses on local culture, wilderness adventure and learning new ways to live in this planet—or even a search for peace that comes with that simmering desire to discover a past way of living amongst the biodiversity of this planet? Whist conventional tourism is at times seen as destroying environment by pollution and carelessness, ecotourism is directed to promote recycling of products, water conservation, electricity generation, local crafts, opportunity for folklore etc, thus creating self employment for the community in and around ecotourism sites enhancing their cultural integrity, and sustainable development; it is certainly promoting a less stressed out way of life, increasingly sought by those caught in the rat race of the urban city by enabling an escape into an oasis of peace away from the world of turmoil!

A response to Prof. Nalin De Silva and Mr. Udaya Gamanpila by Dr. S. Thavarajah on behalf of EPDP at the APRC

Dr. S. ThavarajahThe fear arouse among the Tamil people that a electoral system, as recommended by Donoughmore Commissioners, will give an edge over the numerical minorities to the majorities, thus, the political power of the Tamils would be reduced from the status of equal partners to the status of a minority. The consequences of this is well illustrated by L.J.M.Cooray in his book "Constitutional Government in Sri Lanka", I quote. "The constitution effected three fundamental changes – two of which had far reaching consequences on the future development of Sri Lanka (i) Communal representation was abolished (ii) The franchise was extended (iii) The executive and legislative councils were replaced by a state council." I unquote.

Jayalalithaa front makes a trivial bid to rope in Kalam for presidential election

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

The Third Front's 'Field Kalam' campaign is ending as an exercise in politic al futility. President APJ Abdul Kalam has not given the Front any room for elation with his polite but blunt 'no'. He stuck to his line that he would consider a second term 'if there is a consensus between UPA and NDA', Chandrababu Naidu, TDP chief, told reporters after leading a delegation to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. Political observers are of the view that the Third Front itself is not serious of its exercise and is putting up a political posture with an eye set on the general elections in 2009.

Death Penalty - Iran: U.N. Slams Scheduled Public Stoning

By Thalif Deen- Inter Press Service

The United Nations Wednesday lashed out at the scheduled public stoning of a man and woman charged with adultery in Iran. The stoning, which was to have taken place Thursday in a public square in a town in the north central province of Ghazvin, has been postponed, perhaps due to a storm of protests worldwide, including a global campaign online. "International law clearly prohibits stoning as a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told IPS.