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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...

TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

A US revaluation of its Af-Pak policy appears likely under Trump... It is, however, unlikely that US AfPak policy under Trump will be ‘more of the same’. Crucially, Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan . . .

NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

ARM & TRAIN

Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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TNA calls for the release of political prisoners in the country: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on November 29 said in the Parliament that steps should be taken to immediately release the political prisoners in the country. The TNA said that there are 810 political prisoners in the country.

Meanwhile, Prisons and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera in a response said there are only 318 hardcore Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) members remaining in the jails while around 1,600 have been sent for rehabilitation. ColomboPage, November 30, 2012.

UN chief admits agency's failures in Sri Lanka to protect civilians: The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon on November 15 said that an Internal Review Panel (IRP) appointed to review the agency's actions during the final stages of Sri Lanka's war that ended in May 2009 has concluded that the UN system failed to meet its responsibilities. Ban admitted that the UN system failed to meet its responsibilities - highlighting, in particular, the roles played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programmes of the UN Country Team, and the members of the Security Council and Human Rights Council. He said he is determined to draw appropriate lessons from the report of the IRP chaired by Charles Petrie and conducted an 8-month investigation. Colombo Page, November 16, 2012. [Source: SATP]

UN Internal Review Reinforces the Need for an International Commission of Investigation on Sri Lanka: “Ban Ki Moon Urged to Act Under Article 99, as recommended by his own legal team”.  Read More

Sri Lanka: Tamil Politics and the Quest for a Political Solution: The Sri Lankan government’s refusal to negotiate seriously with Tamil leaders or otherwise address legitimate Tamil and Muslim grievances is increasing ethnic tensions and damaging prospects for lasting peace. Read More

Time to push back over Sri Lankan impunity: International attention on Sri Lanka has focused recently on a devastating report from the United Nations reviewing its own failure to protect civilians during the humanitarian catastrophe of the final months of the island nation’s civil war in 2009. Read More

The UN’s ‘grave failure’ in Sri Lanka demands an answer: It’s been called Ban Ki-moon’s Rwanda moment: a little-reported war three years ago on a tiny Indian Ocean island where tens of thousands of civilians were slaughtered, waiting for the United Nations to come and rescue them. Read More

US Court Grants Motion to Appeal Against Sri Lankan President: The court acknowledged “the emergence of an international criminal regime that provides no shelter even to sitting heads of state is certainly a remarkable development”. Read More

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s 4th Parliamentary Sitting Begins in London: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) fourth Parliamentary sitting begins in London on November 28th and will continue until December 1st. Read More

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