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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Richard Boucher

The Many (Unpropitious) Returns

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

It has been a time of returns. If the LTTE remains willing, the Rajapakse administration will return to Geneva next month. And the country as a whole seems to be returning to some period before the 1987 Accord, the Supreme Court’s far from surprising decision on the merger and the mini-riots in Trincomalee and Galle being the starkest demonstrations of this retrogression. Securing the disarmament of Col. Karuna’s TMVP is probably the LTTE’s main motivation in deciding to participate in another peace masquerade. But for the regime the return to Geneva is made unavoidable by unrelenting international pressure.

Israel, Palestine and Canada

By John Chuckman

Canada's Thirty-Percent Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, just made a speech at a B'nai Brith banquet. Normally, there would be nothing notable in this, but his words this time reinforced controversial statements he made while Israel savagely bombed Lebanon. He also continued driving an ugly new Republican-style wedge into Canada's national politics after calling Liberal leadership candidates "anti-Israel." Harper said that his government supports a two-state solution in the Middle East. That is the policy of most Western governments, and there was nothing original in Harper's way of stating it. It was the kind of vague, tepid stuff we might hear from Olmert himself.

The pitfalls of Burma’s opposition politics and the need for a paradigm shift

By Saw Kapi

Burma's opposition movement, a coalition of otherwise disparate groups – some have been fighting for broader national autonomy for more than half a century but some started with a revolt in 1988 against bloody military coup – was known from the very beginning for not having strategic, collective vision for the future of the country. Over the past decade, the movement has become more and more misdirected in its strategy and approach to the issues facing the very people it claims to liberate. It found itself between two constituencies – on the one hand, the people of Burma and secondly the so-called international community composed of a handful of non-governmental organizations and governments in the west.

The Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Tradition

By P.L.N. de Silva - Former Chairman, Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation.

Ayurveda means Ayu (life) and Veda (knowledge). Hence it means the Science of life. The main objective of Ayurveda according to Pandit Shiva Sharma is, "to maintain and promote physical, mental and spiritual health of the individual and the community." The other objective is, "to prevent disease and to treat, and to cure it when it appears" Even though the primary purpose of Ayurveda is to serve mankind, there are Ayurvedic texts that deal with the treatment of elephants, horses, cows and other animals (Salihotra Samhita), and also Vruksha Ayurveda that deals with the art of preservation and healing of plants. Even today in our villages there are unregistered physicians who treat cattle and dogs using herbal medicines learnt from their fore-fathers. They serve in addition to western-trained veterinary surgeons who are posted by government to the major towns.

The Hidden Truth behind the Sri Lankan Peace Process

By Dominic Whiteman

A week after publishing VIGIL Network’s shock-inspiring intelligence report on the activities of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) in the United Kingdom, it seems a good time – after one successful infiltration - to release the details of another successful infiltration some time ago and the factors behind the initiation of the peace process between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government in the late nineties. To tell the world that it took an outsider – just one man with the goal of peace and a shrewd mind – to initiate the peace talks between a country and a terrorist organization in conflict with that country.

Netaji’s Long March.....

By G.V.G. Krishna Murthy - Syndicate Features

21st October is a red letter day in the history of India. It was on this day in 1943, Subhash Chandra Bose declared the Indian Independence at Singapore. In recent times, this historic day has not been attracting public attention, not even media attention. This article, originally written four years ago, is an ode to the Netaji by a former Election Commissioner of India, who is a witness to the forgotten era. As an youngster, he along with thirty others founded Azad Hind Fauz Bal-Sena, inspired by Netaji example, and faced the wrath of the British rulers.

Australian police raid office of Solomon Islands PM

Australian police yesterday raided the office of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The highly provocative action, which follows the arrest of the country’s immigration minister last Wednesday, underscores Canberra’s determination to remove the Sogavare government and re-establish its neo-colonial domination over the region. As the crisis in the Solomons has developed, the Howard government has made clear that it is prepared to use force against its political opponents. Five police vehicles surrounded Sogavare’s office while four Australian police officers conducted the raid. The police damaged a door as they forced their way into one room to seize a fax machine.

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns: LTTE brought misery to Tamils: Richard Boucher: LTTErs endeavor to win legitimate Tamil grievances

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Two senior officials of the United States Department of State have made two contradictory statements on Sri Lanka’s separatist LTTE’s role in the nation’s National Question; Deputy Secretary Nicholas Burns, who is the next highest officer to Secretary Condi Rice, in Washington on October 20 said that "They (LTTE) are a terrorist organization, they brought nothing but misery to the people of Sri Lanka as well as to the Tamil population of Sri Lanka."