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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Newly released files show: Postwar German government and CIA shielded Adolf Eichmann

The recent publication of some 27,000 pages of secret CIA documents has brought to light new details regarding the close ties between the political elite in post-war Germany and leading Nazis who survived the collapse of the Third Reich. The publication is a result of a 1999 US law, which had been opposed by the CIA, that regulates the release of US government documents concerning German and Japanese war crimes. The documents on Japan are to be made accessible to researchers this summer. The historian Timothy Naftali from the University of Virginia, who has seen the documents, discovered that the West German government under Konrad Adenauer had known the secret whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann since at least 1958 and had covered this up. The CIA had also shielded the Nazi mass murderer from prosecution.

Tamil people fleeing from LTTE controlled areas for fear of LTTE cadres

Scores of families living in the areas under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the East are hurriedly vacating their homes and are fleeing for safety in the Government controlled areas. Reports revealed that they are leaving their homes for fear of being forcefully commandeered for military training and also to safeguard their underage children from being conscripted into the LTTE armed forces.

U Win Tin – Burmese prominent dissident today enters his 17th year of captivity

U win TinU Win Tin(born March 12, 1929) is continuously held as prisoner in Burma sincen 04 July 1989. So far he has spent 16 years in the Burmese notorious prisons and this months he will be stepping into his 17th year of captivity. In 2001, U Win Tin was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for his efforts to defend and promote and right to freedom of expression. That year, he was also awarded the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom prize.

Central Bank to take holistic approach in developing the economy

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Central Bank of Sri Lanka is (CBSL) expected to perform its duties much better and effectively in the future. Ajith Nivad Cabraal disclosing his plans for the banking regulator and its operations in national development told this yesterday assuming duty as the 12th Governor of the Central Bank. The Governor is also the Chairman of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. "Maintaining the economic and price stability followed by the maintaining of financial system stability, are the two main functions of the Central Bank. Among many other important capacities, Central Bank plays the role of the Economic Advisor to the Government. My intention is to continue these services much better and effectively," he said.

India’s China policy: Wishful thinking overtakes harsh realities

P R Kumaraswamy - Exclusive to Asian Tribune

Asia has enough space for both! This was supposed to be the message of Indian Defense Minister Pranab Kumar Mukerjee conveyed to his Chinese interlocutors during his recent visit to Beijing. This colorful expression was supposed to ward off any Chinese apprehensions over the bourgeoning Indo-American relations especially following their agreement on civil nuclear cooperation. It was also meant to convey a conciliatory message over India’s newly found great power aspirations.

High drama in Colombo suburb following bomb scare

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

High drama prevailed yesterday morning at Dehiwela, the town which connect the City of Colombo and Mount Lavinia, the tourist destination, when a suspicious looking parcel was spotted at around 6.30 a.m. on Monday morning at the entrance of a very popular one stop superstore called 'Arpico'. The parcel contained two walkie-- talkies following inspection by the Army bomb disposal squad, who rushed to the scene. The parcel was initially spotted by a civilian who had then alerted the respective police station in the area.

SAARC Working Group on Tourism promotion

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The second meeting of the SAARC Working Group on Tourism was inaugurated in Colombo on Monday. The Ministry of Tourism together with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the 2nd Working Group on Tourism of the SAARC Region from July 3 to 4 in Colombo. Earlier from August 16 to 17 in 2004 Sri Lanka hosted the 1st Meeting of the Working Group in Colombo. The main objective of the meeting was to review the progress of the projects agreed upon at the last meeting held in Colombo on 2004. Another aim was to reformulate a plan of action to be implemented next year.

Sri Lanka Army must win over the hearts and minds of the Tamil people.

The Sri Lanka Army, when in action is not distinguishing between Civilians and combatants. This type action of the armed forces amounts viewing all the Tamils as potential enemies. The army therefore is better if its concentrate only on attacking LTTE military targets than engaging in close combat in predominately Tamil areas. This should be left to the forces who can speak Tamil writes Mr. R. Ranasinghe of United Kingdom in a “Letter to the Editor.”

Sri Lanka explosion kills six injures 14 including two children

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Six persons were killed and fourteen others including two children were injured when an explosive laden tri-shaw (three wheeler) exploded at around 11.45 a.m. on Monday at Anuradhapura, hours following a bomb scare at Dehiwela, just outside the city of Colombo. The Media Centre for National Security said that the explosion occurred when police personnel attempted to the check the three wheeler which was parked near a market.

General Saheb! Will you mind the contradictions?

By Sarala Handoo - Syndicate Features

Pakistan has washed its hands off the controversy that has arisen on account of rejection of the nomination papers of over 100 candidates in Occupied Kashmir elections due to be held on 11th of next month. It says it has nothing to do with the rejection because the rejections were made under a provision in the POK Constitution. The Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam is emphatic that the constitution of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir was drafted by the leaders there and as such Islamabad has nothing to do with the exercise.

New US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake - a conduit between New Delhi and Colombo to solve 'National Question'

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Robert BlakeWith a distinguish track record for a career foreign service officer of the United States government and considered a brilliant diplomat who played a significant role in cementing the Indo-US strategic relationship which led to the July 18, 2005 agreement, the Bush administration’s decision to move its deputy chief of mission Robert O. Blake from New Delhi to Colombo can be construed as a shrewd move at a time the international community is making a failing efforts to maintain peace in Sri Lanka while New Delhi is taking a lukewarm attitude toward Sri Lanka’s deteriorating situation.