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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Arab nationalism at cross roads

By Prof J. P. Sharma - Syndicate Features

Arab nationalism refers to a common nationalist ideology in wider Arab-African world. It is a concept based primarily on emotional and sentimental attachment to a nationalist entity called ‘the Arab Nation’ which doesn’t exit though all Arabs are united by a shared history, culture, religion and language. Arabism, as Arab nationalism is also called often, is an attitude of mind which almost all Arabs share. It is unique. It is linked to memories of a glorious past. It is a pan-Arab aspiration.

Ceasefire Monitors in an emergency meeting with the Tiger leadership.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Scandinavian ceasefire monitors are holding an emergency meeting with Tiger guerillas to save the fragile ceasefire from immediate collapse after sea Tigers blew up a Sri Lankan Navy gunboat in the worst ever sea battle since the two parties signed the truce agreement. "The Head of the Mission is in Kilinochchi right now. He will meet the LTTE political chief before the launch time,” a spokesman for the truce monitors told the “Asian Tribune.”

Israel: Labour Party backs Kadima’s austerity budget

The Israeli Labor Party voted for the new coalition government’s austerity budget in parliament on Wednesday. Labor’s support for the bill sent a clear signal that it is prepared to do everything it can to prop up the coalition led by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima Party, including supporting measures that further erode the living standards of the workers, youth, students and pensioners who voted for it.

Major General Trond Furuhovde, former truce monitor, passes away

Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Major General Trond Furuhovde, passes away. Major General Trond Furuhovde, who played an important role in the Sri Lankan peace process, died on Wednesday, 10 May . Minister of International Development Erik Solheim. Said: “He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go to his family. Major General Furuhovde made an extremely important contribution to the Sri Lankan peace process as Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). But above all we will miss him as a man who has enriched us with his wisdom and vision.”

Why does Sri Lanka’s Propaganda Machine against Tamil Tigers Malfunction?

Daya Gamage – News Analysis for Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 12 May ( Sri Lanka’s ambassador in the United States Bernard Goonetilleke, according to “The Washington Times” report on May 11, expressed his displeasure over the manner in which the global media treated his government’s targeted attacks on Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tiger positions in the aftermath of the rebel group’s attempt to assassinate the army commander giving rebel version of the military response.

U.N. Staffers Subject to New Ethical Guidelines

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The U.N. Secretariat, which faces ongoing charges of mismanagement and corruption, will provide advice and guidance to staff members on ethics and public morality. The newly-created Ethics Office, which came into existence last January, has pledged to protect whistle-blowers against retaliation for reporting fraud and malfeasance in the U.N. system worldwide.

LTTE launches its "final war" despite angry protests by Truce Monitors

H. L. D. Mahindapala

After sending Yashuhi Akashi, the special envoy of the Japanese government, empty handed from Killinochchi, and after Velupillai Prabhakaran's refusal to meet him, the Tamil Tigers yesterday opened fire on Sri Lankan naval vessels carrying troops and Truce Monitors. A flotilla of Tamil Tiger suicide boats attacked Sri Lankan Dvoras and "Pearl Cruiser", a ship ferrying 600 troops off the coast of Jaffna.

Douglas Devananda Appeals to the International Community to Save the Tamils from the Tamil Tigers

We are on the brink of a major catastrophe which will affect the Tamil-speaking people on a scale never experienced before. The majority of the Tamil-speaking people are clear in their vision that their political rights could be won over only through the democratic process of negotiations, and not by any means of violence, as we in the EPDP have always advocated and pursued consistently.

Navy-Air Force thrashes out at LTTE boats, Seventeen navy personnel missing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

Seventeen Navy personnel continued to be missing hours after LTTE attacked several navy boats in Jaffna. One Dvora boat belonging to the Navy was destroyed while another Dvora boat was damaged due to the incident. Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe confirmed that only one vessel belonging to the Navy had sunk and not two as reported. "The other navy vessel was only damaged not destroyed or sunk as reported," he said.

Pak PM to visit Greece, Libya, Morocco and Egypt from May 14-21

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will visit Greece, Libya and Morocco, besides representing Pakistan at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East from May 14-21 in Egypt.Accompanied by members of the cabinet, senior officials and a delegation of businessmen the Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will discuss measures to further strengthen bilateral, economic and political ties with world leaders.

The Iceman Cometh: Canada's New Prime Minister, Stephan Harper, Starts Governing

By John Chuckman

Stephan Harper's first budget, while making little economic and social sense, makes a great deal of political sense. Tidbits of spending are distributed to enough disparate groups to aim at luring a majority-making coalition of diverse interests. At the same time, Harper toughly enforces quiet from party members known for blurting out embarrassing, socially-backward views.

Eastern women threatened with death if they do not stop working at NGOs

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

More handbills threatening women with death if they do not cease to work in NGOs were circulated in the Eastern Province beginning late last week. The leaflet titled 'demon ladies' and printed in the Tamil language has been drawn up by an unheard organization named 'People Front' was circulated among civilians and copies were also sent out to local and international NGOs.

Six killed in series of blasts at Pak police academy

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least six people were killed and 14 injured in a series of explosions at a Police Academy on Thursday. Southwestern Pakistan, police and hospital sources said. Five blasts occurred in quick succession in the firing range of a police training school in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

Daya Group will invest another 5000 million rupees in various new investment fields

By Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The Daya Group, Sri Lanka’s largest company and its subsidiary the Sevenagala Sugar Industries Ltd has planned to invest in new fields. The company says its total investment would be five thousand million in such fields as Green Power generation, manufacture of sugar, manufacture of apparels, Agro based Industry, travel and leisure industry and property development.

Sei Lanka Navy 'Pearl Cruiser' ferry safe with 600 sailors, reaches destination.

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

The Navy personnel carrier, Pearl Cruiser, which earlier came under sea Tiger attack, reached the destination yesterday in the Eastern coast. "The ship is safe and reached Trincomalee harbor,” government’s Defence Affairs spokesman Minister Keheliya Rabukwella said.

Sri Lankan Security Forces on a "limited Coordinate assault"—Govt Defence Affairs Spokesman - Air Force bombs LTTE airstrip

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan defence officials described security operations staged yesterday against the rebel outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as “limited and coordinated” and were aimed to deter further LTTE’s attacks on the Sri Lanka Security Forces.

Kalingar Karunanidhi set to form government in Tamil Nadu - Congress pledges unconditional support

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Muthavel Karunanidhi, who has trounced his arch rival Jaya Amma at the hustings, is all set to form the new government. It will be the fifth time he is going to rule from Fort George. The swearing in ceremony will take tomorrow at a public function. The DMK legislators formally elected him as the leader of the DMK Legislature party after Congress pledged 'unconditional' support to his government.