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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Lalu Prasad Yadav

FBI Court Document Reveals in Detail: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger Arms Procurement Plot

By Asian Tribune US Bureau

As the 2002 cease-fire document between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who have launched an armed insurrection since mid-eighties to gain a separate independent state in Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern provinces for ethnic minority Tamils, brokered by the Norwegian facilitators, has fallen apart with fresh hostilities, the United States FBI says in its 34-page complaint unsealed on August 21 in US District Court in Brooklyn, New York that its investigations have discovered that the Tamil Tigers wanted radio towers, missile-launchers, AK-47s, night-vision goggles – even software to design submarines and warships. And they are asking their sympathizers in western nations to help them get it.

U.S. gets U.N. Security Council to review situation in Burma

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

After pressing for almost a year to have the issue of Burma (now called Myanmar) officially placed on the United Nations Security Council agenda, the United States succeeded on Friday, September 15 to obtain the endorsement of the Security Council to have a formal review of the situation in Burma.

Pros and Cons of International Migration

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As the number of international migrants from poor to rich nations continues to rise -- reaching a record 191 million in 2005 -- most Western countries have either imposed or are planning to impose restrictions to reduce the flow of humans into their territories. "Migrants should be able to migrate out of choice rather than out of necessity," says the 25-member European Union (EU), in a position paper released Friday at the conclusion of a two-day high-level meeting on international migration and development.

Decline of the American empire

By John Chuckman

The rise now of China, Japan, Europe, and others – India, Korea, and to some extent Russia and Brazil – means the United States must be relatively diminished on the world stage, much as an only child whose mother just gave birth to quintuplets. The United States is loosing its capacity as supplier of many useful things to the world. This role is being seized by China and others. The American working class, which briefly achieved the status of world's working-class aristocracy after World War II - industrial workers who enjoyed homes, cars, long vacations, and even boats - has seen real wages declining for many years. It works against rising competitors who can now deliver the benefits of their much lower costs to the world owing to the phenomenon of globalization. American manufacturing jobs are moving to the lower-cost places, replaced at home if at all by relatively low-wage service jobs.

Norway pulled up for bungling peace talk procedures

From our Political Correspondent

After a period of appeasement under President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Ranil Wickremesinghe the present Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) led by President Mahinda Rajapakse is now putting its foot down to prevent LTTE get away with violations of peace agreements. First, the GoSL is insisting that Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the LTTE, should give written assurance to end the violence before the talks could begin.

Commentary: Political Comedian as Visiting Professor in Management Institution in India.

Prof. Dr. PL Joshi - Bahrain

Lalu Prasad YadavIt is amazing news that Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav, quintessentially rustic politician and Minister for Indian Railways, will be a visiting Professor in Management Institution in India (IIMs). He is scheduled to give his lectures to management students at IIMA on September 18, 2006. Now, the management students will learn the crafty and manipulative skills of management from a political comedian who downgraded the economic and education system of Bihar for decades in his "Jungle Raj" for one and half decades. My first reaction to the above invitation by IIMs would be that how many times did they invite Dr. Man Mohan Singh, a role model for young Indians, and the main architect of Indian reforms and modern India, to deliver lectures to their students, when he was not the Prime Minister. Why did not they do that?

JD (U) against BJP’s "anti-conversion bill": Nukhu

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Janata Dal (United), a constituent of the NDA, has taken a strong exception on the BJP’s "Anti-Conversion Bill" and further cautioned that it would be compelled to withdraw even from the NDA if the BJP continued with the bill. Opposing the Bill as it was against the spirit of democracy, the JD (U) explained that the choice of religion was a matter of individual faith and a basic freedom as enshrined in the Constitution. "India has a tradition of allowing everyone to propagate his or her faith for ages," said Deo Nukhu, JD (U) MLA and leader of its Legislature Party in Nagaland, said in a statement here.

Print and Packaging Industry climbs high

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The printing and packaging industry is contributing immensely to the country’s economic development and its estimated share in the GDP has been 5 percent said Lal De Alwis, President, Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging at the Lanka Star 2006 Awards for Excellence in Packaging organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging held at Hotel Ceylon Continental.Universal Packaging (Pvt) Ltd won three gold and three awards; Midaya Packaging Industries (Pvt) Ltd won two golds.and two Bronze and Euro Scan Exports (Pvt) Ltd.

Sri Lankan government rejects unconditional peace talks with the LTTE

The Colombo government’s response to the announcement on Tuesday of peace talks by the Co-Chairs of the Sri Lankan donors group makes clear that it is not interested in negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), but is intent on waging war. In a formal statement, the Co-Chairs—the US, European Union, Japan and Norway—which in effect oversee the so-called Sri Lankan peace process, welcomed the willingness of both sides to take part in unconditional talks, called for an immediate end to all violence and called for urgent talks in Oslo at the beginning of October. The statement expressed deep alarm over the "deliberate violations" of the 2002 ceasefire and highlighted a number of atrocities, including the air force bombing of a school in August, which resulted in the deaths of scores of children.

Burmese Generals Mindset Vs. International Response

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

"Lying the very concept of Truth" seems to be the mindset of the current Burmese generals ruling the country with an iron hand. The Burmese Junta in their lust for power never seems to give up. Having defied the international community all these years and abducted an entire country, the Generals have come up with a new excuse to perpetuate the status quo. They are now talking of resuming the talks to draft the country’s new constitution on October 10 amid growing international pressure on the regime for democratic reforms. But the people of Burma including the Generals know fully well that it is not a new constitution that country, ardently, urgently and desperately needs. What the country needs is real and genuine political change and freedom for its people to determine their own destiny and choose their own leaders by consensus and not by the point of the gun.

Prof. Dr. PL Joshi

Rajapaksa Highlights Tamil Tiger Terrorism in Sri Lanka At Havana’s Non-aligned Summit

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

In his address to the Non-Aligned Movement in Cuba Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse focused on the difference between national liberation struggles, which he described as "creative and humane force", and his country's home grown terrorism led by Tamil Tigers which he labeled as "a destructive force, - a de-humanizing force - that cannot in any way be justified". He urged the international community to help his South Asian nation to end to "the most de-humanizing and politically destabilizing phenomenon of our time."