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Nepal peace at risk as Maoists plan hiring fighters

Article Date: 
3 Mar 2009

A former Maoist rebel commander said on Tuesday the group plans to recruit thousands of fighters, a move seen as a blow to peace that underlined serious tensions between Nepal's army and the Maoists.

Nanda Kishore Pun, chief of the Maoist fighters, told Reuters it was the ex-rebel group's turn to fill vacancies in their ranks after Nepal's national army recruited 2,800 personnel last year.

The move could endanger a 2006 peace pact that ended a decades-long civil war and saw the Maoists joining the political process, winning an election last year, analysts said.

Article Author: 
Gopal Sharma
Article Source: 
Reuters

Tamil editor arrested in Colombo

Article Date: 
27 Feb 2009

Several journalists and social activists in Chennai got an alarming SMS from Colombo on Thursday morning: well-known Tamil newspaper editor Nadesapillai Vithyatharan had been whisked away by armed men in a white van in the midst of his relative's funeral.

Article Source: 
Times of India

India Can Help End Civilian Killings

Article Date: 
27 Feb 2009

As Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their last stronghold, the island country’s influential neighbour, India, is weighing diplomatic options to goad President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to save civilians trapped in the war zone.

Article Author: 
Praful Bidwai
Article Source: 
Inter-Press Service

SCENARIOS: What's next for Sri Lanka's 25-year war?

Article Date: 
24 Feb 2009

Sri Lanka dismissed calls for a truce with the Tamil Tigers on Tuesday, with its soldiers battling for control of the last town held by the separatists just a few kilometers away from the site of an expected final showdown.

Here are some scenarios about what could happen next in one of Asia's longest-running wars:

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull
Article Source: 
Reuters

US admits Afghan civilian deaths

Article Date: 
22 Feb 2009

An investigation into a missile strike carried out by US-led forces in Afghanistan earlier this week has found that 13 civilians were among 16 people killed, the US military has said.

The military made the admission on Saturday, after originally saying that 15 opposition fighters had been killed in the strike in the Gozara district of Herat province.

Afghan officials insisted all along that six women and two children were among those killed.

Following Afghan outrage over the attack, US generals undertook an investigation, travelling to Gozara and talking to locals there.

Article Source: 
Agencies

67 or more Sri Lankan civilians killed in GoSL battle with LTTE

Article Date: 
23 Jan 2009

At least 67 civilians have been killed as Sri Lankan government troops push further into rebel Tamil Tiger territory, according to local health workers.

Article Source: 
Al Jazeera

U.S. Envoy To Visit Pakistan, Afghanistan Soon

Article Date: 
25 Jan 2009

This is encouraging - doesn't make up for the airstrikes killings though.

Article Source: 
Daily Times

Sri Lanka's Government closing in on military victory

...if it hasn't already.  This is frightening because it looks like an end to the military operations - but what does that mean for Tamil people of various sorts and other people who don't toe the Sinhalese nationalist line in Sri Lanka?  Some of the possibilites - like massive ethnic cleansing - are horrifying.  And it, like most war situationns, has relevance for the broader social context as well.

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