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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2897

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Dr. Benkin

Who is a true Christian: Meher Baba

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

"How can I be a true Christian? Why Jesus did not marry? These are questions, rather doubts that come up front from time to time. These very questions were put to Meher Baba, the Silent Master, before he dropped His body in January 1969. His reply holds good then as now as the world is approaching its annual tryst with Christmas. Because people speak of Christianity but are not prepared to follow Christ's words truly and honestly. Forget about offering the other cheek when slapped it has become common to grab one another's throat at the slightest provocation'.

Will Bangladeshi Hindus be ignored Again?

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin for Asian Tribune from Chicago

Dr. BenkinLess than a week after the Mumbai terror attacks, United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was in South Asia trying to "reduce tensions" between India and Pakistan. (Funny, we did not see her flying around the United States with the same message after the Islamists' 9/11 attacks.) By the time she arrived in the area, Pakistani support for the Deccan Mujahadeen and their parent Lashkar-i-Taiba was a well-known and accepted fact. Rice’s goal was to convince Pakistan to take some obvious actions to defuse Indian anger over its involvement in the attacks. It worked, too. Pakistan did go after Lashkar-i-Taiba and made some arrests, but it would surprise no one if the arrests are short-lived and the terrorist group is not back in business soon.

People and the War

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

In wars those who tell the unvarnished truth usually end up being castigated by both sides. In the Lankan conflict that has been the fate of organisations such as the University Teachers for Human Rights, the Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch. All three has a record of exposing abuses against the civilian population in the conflict zone, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrators. They took the lead in appraising the world of human rights violations by the LTTE during the years of the ceasefire. For doing so they incurred the wrath of the LTTE and were branded ‘anti-peace’ by the peaceniks. Once the Fourth Eelam War commenced, human rights violations became generalised; both the Tigers and the Lankan state acted with an absolute belief in their own infallibility and in their inalienable right to total impunity. Organisations such as the UTHR, HRW and the AI thus became anathemas to both sides of the conflict.

Reviving Ailing Economies – the Clamant Need of a Fiscal Kama Sutra

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London……

The world is in recession and it is now official. Central Bankers, one after the other, admitted that it was the case, somewhat reluctantly though: the full-blown admission came into being through a process of embarrassingly awkward fiscal metamorphosis: the economy shrunk during this quarter and further shrunk in that quarter etc; the country may be in recession, next and then after a few weeks, the much dreaded admission – the country is in recession. The latest admission by the French national statistics agency that France will be in recession next year easily falls into this pattern.

Thai King Endorses the new Cabinet line up

Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej Saturday gave royal endorsement for Thailand's new cabinet line-up as proposed by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who earlier announced the new government would focus on building reconciliation and reviving the economy. Earlier the royal command was issued on Friday citing Article 171 of the Constitution, which empowers the King to appoint the prime minister and not more than 35 other ministers to constitute the Council of Ministers.

IPS Wins South-South Leadership Award

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

At a formal ceremony attended by diplomats, senior U.N. officials and journalists, the United Nations Friday presented its 2008 'South-South Leadership Award' to Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency for its role in promoting stronger ties among developing nations and media outlets. "We consider ourselves privileged to accept this award -- and we also view this as a recognition of the work we have been doing to highlight South-South cooperation in the field of communications during the last 45 years," said IPS Director-General Mario Lubetkin.

Taiwan’s goodwill gestures

By Tariq Al-Maeena

Ma Ying-jeou who took over as Taiwan’s president in March this year has been working hard to improve relations between his country and the mainland China. A former mayor of Taipei and a graduate of the Harvard School of Law, President Ma has had to delicately balance aspirations of his people with the demands of the mainland making the best use of his diplomatic skills. In his words, "After 80 years of struggle between the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) and the Communist Party of China, we are finally finding the wisdom to engage each other in peace." And brushing off reports that some in Taiwan see him too conciliatory toward mainland China, he stated, "As long as the leaders have the confidence and sincerity to improve relations I think we can really change the course of history."

Dr. Richard L. Benkin with refugees

Dr. Richard Benkin

Interpol chief in India for Mumbai attacks probe

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Interpol chief, Ronald Noble met the Indian Interior Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and the head of agencies investigating the Mumbai attacks here Saturday. He promised Interpol's assistance help in securing details of the 10 gunmen who had carried out the attack on November 26 that claimed the lives of nearly Indians and foreigners. Noble said Interpol is comparing DNA profiles and other identifications of the attackers such as photographs and fingerprints with its global database of fugitives.