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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Australia continues push for control in East Timor

Having secured the resignation of East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri last week, the Howard government is continuing its thinly veiled efforts, both internally and internationally, to install a compliant administration and establish Australian domination over a planned UN military and police force. In the latest remarkable development, Australia’s favoured successor, former foreign affairs minister Jose Ramos-Horta, has assumed the previously unheard post of “cabinet coordinator” of an interim government. President Xanana Gusmao has not formally announced Ramos-Horta’s appointment and the position has no basis in the country’s constitution.

Bush war on American media

By Spectator - Syndicate Features

President George W. Bush and his administration are currently embroiled in a war—other than the ones they are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is within the confines of their own country. If the American public sees this as an unjust assault by the powerful administration it has not come out to express its disapproval in the manner it has against the war in Iraq. Those who expected the American establishment to spring to the defence of the victim of the ‘aggression’ were a bit disappointed but perhaps not surprised. Not only that, this is one war where a lot of lawmakers appear to be fully behind Bush and his administration. Yes, this is about Bush versus the press, particularly the New York Times.

Sri Lanka - Japan talks on peace process

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Sri Lanka’s peace process is to be closely analyzed under bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka. Japan’s Deputy minister of foreign affairs Dr. Kiohitho Toyama conducted extensive talks with Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera in this regard.

Sri Lankan Minister says LIOC can't sell petrol a penny higher than CEYPETCO

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka's Petroleum Minister A.H.M. Fowzie claims that he would not permit Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) to sell fuel products at a price higher than what is sold at all state owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) fuel marts. A litre pf petrol at presently is sold at Rs. 93/-. The assurance comes just weeks after the Government reached a compromise deal with the LIOC thereby allowing them to determine their selling prices of fuel products including petrol and diesel.

A school bomb hoax suspect dies in prison torture.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A bomb hoax suspect who threw the Sri Lankan schools into panic, has died allegedly while being tortured by the prison guards, Colombo National hospital sources said. The latest allegations come in the wake of reports by the Amnesty International and the US based Human Rights Watch of increasing number of custodial deaths in Sri Lankan prisons and police lock ups.

Provincialism, Devolution and Governance in an era of Globalisation: Road ahead for Sri Lanka

By Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

Now that the Sri Lankan government is exploring models of devolution, their successes and failures in other countries in order to evolve its own devolution model, some reflection on provincialism and devolution in an era of globalization is in order. To begin with, devolution of power and resource management should not be visualized only as an administrative concept. To do so is to be blind to many advantages of recognizing and supporting provincial identities and communities based on specific regions. There are merits in adopting a devolved governance structure for administration as well because centrally administered country can have many weaknesses in addressing the needs of those based in provinces unless organized along highly democratized and citizen-centred rules and principles of governance.

Sri Lanka's Muslims continue to suffer silently

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

One hundred and sixty five (165) Muslim families who returned to Pesalai and Musali after their expulsion by the LTTE in 1990 were forced to return back to their refugee camps in Puttalam recently
following the escalation of violence in these areas, the Peace Secretariat for Muslims said. Out of these 165 families, 15 families are from Kattaspathri, Karisal and Puthukkuddiruppu in Pesalai and 150 families from Musali divisional secretariat area. Musali situated in Mannar is the only densely populated Muslim DS divisional area in the North with vast agricultural land fishing area.

Afghanistan is no one’s war

By John Chuckman

A summary of events leading to the invasion of Afghanistan is helpful. Following 9/11, the Taleban government said it would extradite Osama bin Laden if the U.S. could produce evidence against him. This is the approach taken by the courts of every Western country when extradition is requested. The U.S. either could not or would not produce any evidence, yet it insisted the Taleban was behaving in bad faith and harboring criminals.

Merger or De-merger? Breaking the Deadlock

By B.Sirisena Cooray

CoorayIn two weeks time the government will make public its devolution proposals. To merge or not to merge the North and the East – this is one of the most divisive issues confronting the country. The issue of the merger is an emotive one because the East is multi-ethnic and multi-religious. Sinhalese, Tamil of Muslim we all feel that the East is ours. This emotional factor further complicates the issue - most of us are not rational or sensible when it comes to the East. The spirit of compromise, so essential, is absent; we cling to our own positions with stubbornness, refusing to see the validity of the fears and aspirations of others.