On Sunday June 3rd, 2007 – Pakistani Americans and their friends will hold a rally for the democracy and justice in Pakistan. The rally is planned outside the White House. The people of Pakistan have been denied their legitimate right for democracy for many years. Military rulers along with their interloper partners have longed ruled the country with iron hand and sham democracy in the name of international security.

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I am not usually a great defender of United States policies, but I have to admit that in the field of right to information, the US is far ahead of the Indian babus who obstinately block access to Indian archives under the lame pretext that this could ‘endanger national security’. A few months ago, the Office of the Historian at the US State Department released Volume XI of the Foreign Relations of the United States devoted to the ‘South Asia Crisis, 1971’: in other words, the Bangladesh War.

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Disappearances and extra judicial killings have become routine in Sri Lanka. Over the last twelve months more than 1000 civilians, mostly Tamils, have disappeared. Most of these enforced disappearances are extortion related abductions and now it has become a part of Sri Lanka’s war industry. Activists fear that the actual numbers of abductions are higher than reported since many have negotiated on their own and got themselves released after paying handsome ransoms.

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Arundhati Roy’s conversation with Shoma Chaudhury on the violence in India.

You once remarked that though you may not resort to violence yourself, you think it has become immoral to condemn it, given the circumstances in the country. Can you elaborate on this view?

“What I feel is this: non-violent movements have knocked at the door of every democratic institution in this country for decades, and have been spurned and humiliated. Look at the Bhopal gas victims, the Narmada Bachao Andolan. The nba had a lot going for it — high-profile leadership, media coverage, more resources than any other mass movement. What went wrong? People are bound to want to rethink strategy.”

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[ from the radio archives of the South Asian Community News Collective ]

Since the 1980s the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been engaged in a violent conflict where thousands of civilans have been killed. Despite a ceasfire being signed in 2002 between the two groups, in the summer of 2006 Sri Lanka has been witness to the worst violence since then, with many people in the north-east part of the island been killed and even more displaced. Today’s program is the first in a two part episode looking at the conflict in Sri Lanka.

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Despite recent welcome thaw in Indo-Pak relations, Kashmir is continuing to bleed. This article argues that the massive bloodshed continuing in Kashmir is not merely a result of cross-border terrorism as the Indian State would like us to believe, but that there is also a genuine freedom struggle going on against the repressive Indian State by the Kashmiris who are alienated equally with India, Pakistan and the militants and whose grievances have their historical roots in the events of 1947.

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Thousands of civilians have fled their homes in eastern Sri Lanka because of heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels. A BBC correspondent in Batticaloa says that 3,000 mostly Tamil civilians arrived in the town on Thursday. Most came from the Paduvankarai area east of Batticaloa town, and said they were escaping heavy artillery fire. The civilians said they believed troops were massing for a major offensive. The government denies the reports.

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