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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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British Navy chief visits Trinco harbor, says his first experience in guerilla warfare.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Visiting British Royal Navy Admiral and fleet Commander-in-Chief Jonathan Band who traveled to Trincomalee confessed to Sri Lankan naval officers present there that this was his first experience in guerilla warfare. Admiral Band witnessed yesterday a demonstration by the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) commandoes, Sri Lanka's equivalent to British Seals. He also traveled in inner and outer harbor to witness the security build up in the Trinco harbor, which is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

Getting the message

By Dayan Jayatilleka

History shows that peace is not always better than war, and a low intensity war is not always preferable to a decisive, all out one. However in our specific conditions, it is better to prevent a full-scale war. And it is imperative that we face such a war (if it is imposed upon us) later rather than sooner and with the world on our side rather than against us or adopting a neutral posture. The Government of Sri Lanka is right to send a delegation to Oslo, under its exceedingly able head of the Peace Secretariat Dr Palitha Kohona ( who is doing a much better job than his distinguished predecessor was permitted to by the then president, with her Tiger-related advisors) for the June 8-9 talks on strengthening the monitoring dimension.

Pak court issues arrest warrants of Bhutto, Zardari

By Iqbal Hussain Khan – Reporting from Islamabad

A Pakistani court Saturday issued arrest warrants of the former prime minister and People’s Party chairperson Benazir Bhutto and her spouse Asif Ali Zardari and directed the Ministry of Interior to present them in the court on July 3 after their arrest through the Interpol. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed two separate applications in District and Sessions Court Islamabad against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari under the charges of submitting false statements in the election commission.

A Political Solution – Impossible and Unavoidable

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Tigers have their uses. So long as they hog the agenda and the limelight, there is really no need for the rest of us to confront the labyrinthine issue of a political solution. For years, whether making war or talking peace, the LTTE managed to make the world revolve round itself. Consequently one’s stand on the LTTE became the determinant factor in deciding where one is at politically. More pertinently the concerns of the Tamils got subsumed in the maelstrom of this Tiger dance. The recent international developments, particularly the new stand of the EU, indicate that this Tiger centrism is about to end. The LTTE will remain a key factor, but no longer the whole picture.

Sri Lanka Government, LTTE delegations leave for Oslo Today.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE delegations will leave for Oslo today for talks on the security and operational arrangements of the Scandinavian truce monitors. The government peace delegation headed by the Peace Secretariat Chief Dr Palitha Kohona will consist of Chanaka Jayasekara, Vas Gunawardene and Gomin Jayasiri. The LTTE delegation led by Tiger Political Chief S.P.Tamilselvan will include LTTE police chief P. Nadeshan and Tiger peace secretariat chief S.Puleethevan.

Islamists Set Sights on Bangladesh

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

News coming out of Bangladesh should not hearten those people looking to frustrate Islamist designs in South Asia. In the wake of last month’s violence, Bangladeshi remain tied to their paroxysms of denial, ignoring significant moves by Islamists who are pursuing their goals with a monomaniacal dedication. During two days of rioting, beginning with textile workers, caused well over 100 casualties and perhaps a dozen fatalities. Several factories were destroyed; many more temporarily put out of action. When police were unable to quell the disturbances, the government called out the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles who did the trick. Foreigners relying on the Dhaka media for good information, however, found wildly varying reports, each written from the particular paper’s bias.

Prabhakaran’s daughter’s 20th birthday bash in London "quite unusual and bizarre" – Australian MP, Don Randall

Don Randall, a senior member of the Federal Parliament of Australia and Chairman of the Australia-Sri Lankan Friendship Group MP told Parliament last week said that Prabhakaran’s daughter’s lavish 20th birthday bash in Britain is rather “unusual and bizarre” because “the British listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation was supposed to stop travel and flow of money to terrorist organizations.” He said: “I am concerned about the fact that, while the British may have listed the LTTE, their sanctions do not seem to be as strong as they could be, because I understand that this weekend in Britain the Tamil terrorist leader Prabhakaran will be in London celebrating his daughter’s 20th birthday.

Those shameless corrupts in Bangladesh:

By Sunita Paul

One of my Bengali friends in San Diego called this evening to tell me that, Dhaka’s two major vernacular dailies have published news items on my commentary titled ‘Election 2007 in Bangladesh: Doubts and Speculations’ in Asian Tribune on 3rd June. One of them published certain chosen excerpts of the commentary and then spoke to Prime Minister’s son Tareq Rahman’s friend Giasuddin Al-Mamun, who is already a hated name in the country. When the newspaper reporter drew Mamun’s attention to the facts that in my commentary I mentioned about his massive corruption and becoming a billionaire from a pauper in true sense, he (Mamun) termed it as “an international conspiracy”.

Investors awaken to news on positive peace talks

According to Share Market Review compiled for preceding week by HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd investors have awakened to the news that there are positive signs that peace talks between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE would resume. Yet most part of the week investors opted to stay on the sidelines, taking a wait and see approach. However the indices picked up on Friday amid favorable developments in the peace front, with both the All Share Price Index (ASPI) and the Milanka Price Index (MPI) showed noteworthy increases. Friday’s gains managed to propel the indices above last week’s closing levels. Comparing Week on Week (WoW)the ASPI was up by 36.2 points or 1.64 percent points above last week’s levels to close the week at 2247.8 points.