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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

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Protagonists of war shake hands for peace






Nimal Siripala de Silva


Australia’s new sedition laws and the case of Brian Cooper

Australia’s last sedition case, in 1960-61, sheds light on why the Howard government has inserted revamped sedition laws into its "anti-terrorism" legislation. The largely unknown case illustrates the wide scope for sedition prosecutions to be used to victimize, intimidate and jail political dissidents. On December 1, 1960, Brian Cooper, a 24-year-old former junior officer in the Australian colonial administration of Papua New Guinea, was dramatically arrested in Sydney and flown back to the colony to stand trial for sedition. "Extradited", screamed the Sydney Sun on its front page, in six-centimeter capitals.
Cooper was charged with "exciting disaffection against the government” for remarks he made during a series of informal lunchtime meetings in Madang—where he had been working in September 1960—encouraging local people to demand independence.

George - The lonely warrior

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

These must be truly bad days for George Fernandes. Yes, some sympathetic words have been heard and as could be expected from him he lost no time in blaming the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, for his problems relating to alleged kickbacks in defence deals when he was the defence minister in the BJP-led NDA government. The sums involved are said to be running into crores of rupees, an astronomical figure to be associated with someone who has been wearing self-washed crumpled kurtas and pyjamas, replacing his equally crumpled shirts and trousers of earlier days that he thought made a political statement about his honesty.

Rain Water Harvesting - a new alternative experimented in the East of Sri Lanka to combat drinking water scarcity

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

At present the villagers face huge drinking water crisis and in some areas it is difficult to sink wells as the ground is rocky and the water is saline, said an official of the Practical Action. Practical action visited this division in 2002 with an intention to introduce Rain Water Harvesting as an alternative option to get drinking water.

"Implement CFA in full, strengthen truce monitors; 181,643 now displaced" - Tamilselvan

TamilselvanLTTE Geneva team leader S.P.Tamilselvan in his opening address in the Talks said that the Ceasefire Agreement has to be fully implemented and the role of the truce monitors strengthened. "The international community has an important role in ensuring its implementation" he stressed. He added if appropriate measures are taken accordingly it would bring normalcy in the lives of the Tamils as 181,643 people are displaced in the Tamil homeland. "He accused that the closure of the A9 route and the resulting near starvation are cruel and deliberate actions. "The list of miseries of our people at the hands of the Sri Lankan military and its paramilitary is very long indeed" he added. "Due to ban on fuel, even hospitals stopped functioning" he added.