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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2424

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Uninspiring songwriters

Sir Elton John in an interview with the Radio Times has criticized that modern songwriters are uninspiring and has recommended Lilly Allen, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga to write their own songs, so they are not at the mercy of anyone.

Burma’s Election: From Autocracy to Competitive Authoritarian Regime or Civil Revolution?

Lately, two schools of thought have emerged in relation to the Burmese junta’s planned election to be held on the 7 November of this year.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing on advisory panel

The Sri Lanka Government - perhaps unwittingly – has found itself in similar circumstances. It has appointed three dubious characters key advisory persons to the Cultural and National Heritage Ministry.

Surgical operation to cure cancer

The US is being asked to carryout a clean surgical operation in Pakistan to eradicate the cancer without killing the patient. There are some hitches in this otherwise well-sounding advice.

Make Tamils feel comfortable in their land of birth: Houston Tamil Attorney tells Sri Lanka President

Someone from Australia drew the attention of this correspondent to a welcome address delivered by a Sri Lanka-born Tamil attorney living in Houston, Texas, when Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa visited this Deep South American city on September 26 during his engagement with the United Nations General Assembly sessions.

Zero Democratic Norm ahead of Arbitrary Election in Burma

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar (Burma), cast new doubt Wednesday (21 Oct.) on Burma's looming election and highlighted more cases of prison torture, indiscriminate killings and forced labor in the military-ruled nation.

Pele`- King of Soccer turns 70

It has been only a few months since the 19th FIFA World Cup concluded with the Spanish grabbing the championship in style. Even before the excitement of soccer fades away, Pele` the King of Soccer celebrates his 70th Birthday on the 23rd of October 2010.

Human rights and selective ‘justice’

Does international justice as we know it today has any meaning? The selective approach of sanctimonious humbugs to alleged human rights violations worldwide automatically raises this question. The latest example of it is the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Amnesty International (AI), turning down an invitation by Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to testify before it.

Resolution of Kashmir dispute will not fragment India

Kashmir is the oldest unresolved issue of the world. People of Kashmir have been seeking their right of self determination for the last 63 years but India which is in illegal occupation of two-third of Kashmir territory since October 1947 refuses to listen to their pleadings.

The Militarization of Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksaization of the Military

The war is over. But defence expenditure keeps on increasing. According to media reports, the defence allocation for 2011 will be Rs.214 billion as compared to Rs.201 billion for 2010, an increase of Rs.13 billion. Logically, such a massive hike in the defence budget should not and need not be.

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