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

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Yogurajah Balasingham

Britain: Antiwar MP George Galloway suspended from parliament

The ejection and suspension of George Galloway MP from the House of Commons on July 23 is the result of a witch-hunt aimed at intimidating and silencing all opponents of the Iraq war. Galloway’s sole crime was to defend himself against allegations assembled by the Parliamentary Committee on Standards and Privileges, first launched in 2003, which rehash previous failed attempts to prove that the antiwar MP was in the pay of Saddam Hussein.

Beyond the Lal Masjid showdown

By Prof Ishtiaq Ahmed - Syndicate Features

The ultimate showdown at Islamabad's Lal Masjid took place on July 11 when the government ordered a concerted assault on the militants barricading inside. For several months now the Ghazi brothers had made headline news as the pivot of a growing Islamist insurgency against President Musharraf and his government.

The Legacy of the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh - Part-X

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

At the time of Partition in 1947, the Hindu population, in what is now Bangladesh, was about 31%. By 1961, Hindus comprised 19% of the population. By 1974, the Hindu population had further reduced to 14%. And in 2002, it was estimated that the Hindu population was only about 9% of the total. By comparison, the Muslim population in India has grown from 10% of the total in 1947, to 13.2% in 2001.. For a moment consider these facts and numbers. !. ever since the partition of the Bengal and formation of East Pakistan, reign of terror perpetuated by the Martial Law regime in Pakistani period, Bangladeshi Hindus have left for India with or without valid documents. Meeting between two governments were held and policy decisions were taken, but influx continues due to government’s involvement in riots.

Forgotten pages of History contributions of Ulama in the freedom of India

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

August 2007, the 60th anniversary of India's freedom, we undivided Indians will celebrate it with proud and all possible glitters. That's alright! But remember, what our history is telling about freedom struggle is not all— there are pages deliberately forgotten, dusted with prejudiced and narrowness or completely removed from our history books. A part of this argument was carried by Eastern Crescent (May issue), '150 years: The first war of India's independence' which discussed some pages of untold history from 1757 to 1857. And concluded with establishment of Darul Uloom Deoband in 1866 after defeat, heavy lose of lives of freedom fighters in the 1857's united war of independence to continue with the freedom struggle. The discussion below is continuation of the same argument in chronology.

Tamil Tiger Balasingham – removed from Norwegian Labor party ballot.

Yogurajah Balasingham Yogurajah Balasingham, a sitting member Oslo Municipality, has been ditched by the Labor Party of Norway. His name is nowhere to be seen on the Labor party’s candidates list for the Norwegian 2007 municipality election. He is currently serving the last year of his term as a member of the Oslo Municipality. He was nominated for another term, but the Labor Party election committee has removed his name from the official ballot for the Labor Party.(Official ballot ) Khamshajiny Gunaratnam is the only candidate from the LTTE on the Labor party ballot for 2007. She has been nominated as candidate number 44, out of a list of 53 candidates of the Labor Party. It remains to be seen if the LTTE will organize another election fraud in order to get her elected into the Oslo Municipality.

A Reminder to the United States: LTTE not confined to Sri Lanka alone but linked to International Terrorism - NAT

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

A Norway-based non-governmental organization, Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT), in a comprehensive report forwarded to the United States vice president Dick Chaney says that Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger terrorism is not confined to that country alone but linked to other terrorist movements that are part of the Global Terrorism Network the United States is pledged to combat. The report brings to the attention of the international community, especially the co-chairs who are monitoring the progress of peace building in this war-torn South Asian nation, that the LTTE is not a lone actor in the game of terrorism but works in conjunction with other terrorist movements which have been targeted in the ‘Global War on Terrorism.’