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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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H. L. de Silva

LTTE arms dealers fall into FBI trap

By Asian Tribune US Bureau

The failed attempts of the LTTE on all fronts reflect the lack of direction and desperation is reflected in the FBI documents presented to the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. The bungled arms deal in USA is an example of the LTTE’s desperation. The courts’ documents revealed the incompetence of the LTTE. Its arms procuring agents were caught in USA. These losses have cost the LTTE heavily in terms of money, prestige and power. The FBI documents filed in the courts in the case of MM- 06 – 889, was a complaint filed under 18 U.S.C. §§ 2339B and 3551 et seq at the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York reveals how the noose is tightening.

Sri Lanka about to open a new chapter in Sri Lankan history?

From our Political Correspondent

After the first positive meeting of the leading stalwarts of the UNP and SLFP on Friday (September 15, 2006) the growing public expectation is that both parties will form a common front to face the national crisis. If both parties join hands it would lead to the formation of the biggest national force the nation has ever seen since independence. This combination would inject a boost to the flagging spirit of the nation and the economy.

V Anandasangaree: Resisting the Moral Debacle of Our Times

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

V Anandasangaree was an unarmed rebel twice over. His first rebellion was against the Sri Lankan state; his second against the LTTE. The first rebellion would have come naturally; it was a road taken by most Tamils, especially after the Black July. The second rebellion was the more difficult one, because that entailed going against the dominant and dominating mindset of one’s own community. When your rebellion is seen by your own brethren as treachery, its price is a psychological burden difficult to bear (quite apart from the dangers involved, given the Tiger policy of exterminating dissenters). The fact that he has continued to speak out on behalf of the Tamil people, that he has endeavoured to find a viable formula of devolution within a united Sri Lanka counts for little in the minds of those who had ceded to the LTTE the right not only to speak but also to think, judge and murder on their behalf.

Suicide Terrorism Less Popular among Sri Lanka’s Minority Tamils:American Academic Analyzes Suicide Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US Bureau of Asian Tribune

Dr. Mia Bloom Mia Bloom, An America academic who had access to the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka - a banned terrorist group-- told the Center for Global Security and Democracy at her Rutgers University that the average Tamil individual does not support the use of violence against civilians. This comment was based on her research in Sri Lanka which explored how the civilians and the Tamil Tigers felt about suicide bombing

South Korea leads in the UN race

Ban Ki MoonSouth Korea's Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon led the second straw poll in the UN Security Council to continue his lead for the upcoming election of the Secretary-General. In the closed door informal voting, he received 14 of the 15 votes, with only one negative vote. A second straw poll is scheduled to take place on September 28. The formal elections are scheduled for October.

To merge or not to merge north and eastern provinces? – Supreme Court reserves judgment

H. L. de SilvaThe question of the constitutionality of the amalgamation of the Northern and Eastern Provinces as one administrative unit for devolving powers was argued on Friday before a Bench of five Judges. One of the issues argued before the court by H. L. de Silva is that there was no merger in the eyes of the law and that order of September 8, 1988 of President J. R. Jayewardene is a nullity.

Few Graduate From U.N. Programme for the Poorest

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the United Nations decided in 1971 to create the concept of "least developed countries" (LDCs) -- a new category of member states needing special social and economic assistance from the international community -- they were described as the "poorest of the world's poor". But since then, the number of LDCs has virtually doubled to 50 -- the last two countries being Senegal (in 2001) and East Timor (in 2003) -- signifying the deterioriating economic conditions, specifically in the developing world.

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Share Market pushes up on Peace hopes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Positive news from the political and peace front put the market towards an upward trend this week reports the HNB Stockbrokers. A significant improvement in the indices came through on Wednesday amid reports of probable peace talks between the government and the LTTE, somewhere in October. On Wednesday the All Share Price Index (ASPI) rose by 61 points, while the MPI Milanka Price Index (MPI) rose by 81.9 points. The indices rose substantially on Wednesday as an initial reaction to the positive news on the peace front. The same growth momentum could not be maintained with both Thursday and Friday showing only modest improvements in the indices.