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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

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Agitated Disciples of a Digital Messiah – Hactivists

Julian Assange, the Australian-born, classified-information leaker, currently on remand in a segregated unit in Wandsworth prison in south London, England, is someone who is exploring every feasible avenue to block him being extradited to Sweden to face rape charges. The stubborn refusal of Mr Assange to say – or leak for that matter - any details surrounding his own private life, has in fact turned what had been shrouded in mystery, into a jigsaw covered by layers of concrete.

Cancun climate deal sealed midst Bolivian protest - A Commentary

The UN conference on climate change ended Saturday early morning midst a plan to create a $100 billion fund to help developing nations to fight global warming – but a replacement for the legally binding Kyoto protocol remained elusive.

Wikileaks, Assange and Sri Lanka’s Granny Trial

Emperors are almost always naked. We think they are garbed in regal attires because of the collective psychological blinkers imposed on us, the ruled, by dominant ideologies. Those who take upon themselves the necessary task of exposing the structural nudity of Emperors risk imperial wrath and vengeance. So it was then. So it is now. So it is everywhere, even in the liberal heartland.

Late Lakhshman Jayakody - An Appreciation

On August 30th I received the shocking news of the passing away of that great saintly man that I loved very much. Hundred days passed but his memory lingers on.

Whither Minority Rights in Bangladesh?

The exodus of Hindus from East Bengal to India continued throughout the existence of Pakistan. Many Hindu Bengalis left for Calcutta after partition. Up to 1971 before the war of liberation begun over 5.3 million Hindus had sought refuge in India, mostly in West Bengal and Bangladesh surrounding states between the periods of August 1947 and 24 March 1971.

A gesture of solidarity with people of Palestine

An Asia to Gaza caravan is being planned from New Delhi to Gaza during the month of December, 2010, as part of the international effort to break the three year old blockade of Gaza by Israeli forces.

America considers Pakistan as a nightmare

Till Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May 1998, Pakistan was the sworn enemy of India. After the tests, USA and Israel ganged up with India and became the avowed enemies of Pakistan. Nuclear weapons with a Muslim state having missile power, conventional military strength and reasonable technological and industrial base and above all strong Islamic streaks and Jihadi fervor was unacceptable to the trio.

Save gas, how to get the attention of authorities

My main aim is to show the general public how to save money spent on gas. Every single month the price of gas goes up and up and the suppliers give plenty of excuses for the price increase and even the governments cannot do anything about the hike of prices. Even in UK the gas prices are going up since recently.

The Oxford Fiasco and Beyond

Call it a result of hubris, blinding, stupefying hubris. The Oxford fiasco need not have happened, if President Rajapaksa did not have an insatiable appetite for such inane encomiums as, ‘The Leader who Conquered the World’; or if his ministers, officials and other hangers-on were a little less inclined to lie, cheat and exaggerate in order to please their Lord and Master.

New peace initiative

Late Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin’s son Yuval Rabin and a well known businessman, Koby Huberman have proposed a response to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative: A Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with Jerusalem ‘the home of two capitals’.

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