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Fig.1 Source : Sudath Gunasekara , 1991

Tigers hide behind torn CFA to dodge Sri Lankan government's moves in Geneva

By H. L. D. Mahindapala - Editorial Consultant, Asian Tribune

MahindapalaMinister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Head of the delegation of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), walked into the Geneva talks yesterday carrying a hawk on one shoulder and a dove on the other. In his opening speech he bluntly reminded the Tamil Tiger delegation led by S. P. Tamilselvam "not to consider (GoSL's) commitment to the peace process as a sign of weakness". In the same breath he emphasized that the Government was strongly committed to finding a peaceful and indigenous solution to the conflict. He quoted the broad formula outlined by President Mahinda Rajapakse which states that "any solution needs to as a matter of urgency allow people to take charge of their own destiny."

The Southern Scene

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

If the latest publicity poster for the para-JVP broadsheet Lanka is anything to by, the JVP is very, very angry. The poster is of two cartoon figures representing Mahinda Rajapakse and Ranil Wickremesinghe in a close embrace, and above that the legend ‘The New Love’. It is an indication of the fury and bitterness felt by the JVP about Mr. Rajapakse’s latest political marriage. The JVP’s own prima donnish conduct was probably one of the factors which compelled Mr. Rajapakse to look for less demanding and less exacting allies. However it is not reasonable to expect the JVP to figure that out. Criticism has ever been the JVP’s forte; self-criticism never its way.

Memoirs of a Counter-Rebel Spy in London - PART VI: al-Qaeda flies high in London

By Glen Jenvey - Exclusive to "Asian Tribune"
Edited By - Joseph Thavaraja

Glen JenveyThough both outfits –the LTTE and the al-Qaeda – stay banned by the British Government, there is a difference between them – the British had spent millions of pounds on fighting the Al-Qaeda through MI5 while LTTE on the other hand makes millions of pounds under the very nose of the British security services. The LTTE's hatred of the Jewish state for supplying high speed naval boats and weapons to Sri Lanka shows there could be room for the LTTE to work with Islamic Terror Groups.

Is our evolving universe an intelligent design?

By Vasantha Raja

While the whole world is reeling with deeply depressing realities - global warming, civil wars, terrorism, nuclear threats and so on - a mind-boggling phenomenon, perhaps a far more intellectually challenging and incomparably relevant one for mankind, is raging among some eminent scientists today: Put simply, it is this: Is our evolving Universe - that has systematically produced life and intelligence in a seemingly directed manner since the Big Bang fifteen billion years ago - an Intelligent Design or not? That's the question.

The Central Hill Country: Geographical heartland (Hadabima) of Sri Lank (New gegraphical interpretation - Central Hill Country)

By Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS)

The central hill country of Sri Lanka, a roughly triangular mountainous area located at the south-central part of the Island is the most important geographical sub-region in the Island. It is defined as the land that lies above the 300 m contour and it covers roughly about 20% of the total area of the Island. Virtually it has determined and dictated the geographical landscape of this country through out its history. The physiography, climate, drainage pattern and the physical and cultural landscape of the Island had been decisively influenced by it. The influence it has exerted on the Islands geopolitical history too cannot be easily overlooked.

Three Women in Sinhala History

P.L.N. de Silva

For me the greatest woman in Sri Lankan history is Vihara Maha Devi, daughter of king Kalanitissa and the mother of king Dutugamunu and also king Saddatissa. It is strange that there is very little information in our historical records about Vihara Maha Devi. Though many of our present-day scholars have written books on Dona Katarina and Gagaman Nona, no one has written even a booklet on Vihara Maha Devi. Therefore it is difficult to give a full account of Devi.

Western media bias shows….

By SF media critic - Syndicate Feature

If there is anything that makes both the liberal and the orthodox among the Hindus squirm equally it is the bane of the caste system that continues to divide the community on arbitrary grounds. A total eclipse of the caste system is be decades away. The government policies are not being bold enough to end it quickly. Yet, it will be unfair to suggest that nothing has changed for the Dalits. Nonetheless, in the eyes of the Western media the caste system remains as rigid in today’s India as it was in the Vedic times, aeons ago. At any rate that is the impression one gets after reading a report on a London based global radio website about a ‘mass conversion rally’ held in Nagpur on September 14.

From anti-war to a party of war: Rifondazione Comunista mobilizes for Italy’s military intervention in Lebanon

Rifondazione Comunista, the Italian "Party of Communist Refoundation," is exerting all of its influence to facilitate an Italian military intervention in Lebanon. The national secretariat of the party, which has been part of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi since April 2006, has welcomed the Italian mission in Lebanon. On October 17, party deputies voted in the Senate in favor of the bill to dispatch Italian troops. Italy has agreed to send 2,500 soldiers to participate in the UNIFIL mission in south Lebanon. This is the largest contingent from any country for a force which, according to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, is due to be increased from the existing level of 5,000 to a total of 15,000.


Source : Sudath Gunasekara , 1991

Fig.2 - Source: Hydrological Survey Department

Bangaldesh crisis deepens, 12 killed, 2000 hurt in clashes

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Bangladesh is slipping into a vortex of violence with at least 12 deaths and 2000 hurt in the clashes between ruling and opposition cadres across the country as the constitutional crisis is defying a solution. The term of the Khaleda Zia government is over and the Prime Minister is ready to handover the reigns of power. But there is no caretaker set up in place to accept the charge. Justice K M Hasan, a former chief justice and the choice of Khaleda for the job has developed cold feet at the last moment.