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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

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US Deputy Secretary of State Nicholas Burns Leads today’s Sri Lanka Co-Chair Session in Washington

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

After preliminary meeting of Tokyo Donor Conference on Sri Lanka was convened on Monday (20) afternoon in Washington, the ‘conference proper’ will commence this morning, Tuesday November 21 in which the United States representatives will be led by State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns. Burns will be joined by his assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher along with other Co-Chairs from Norway, European Union and Japan.

Thousands of demonstrators chant Allan Rock ‘a liar’ with past connections with the Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

DemonstrationThousands of protesters demonstrated in front of Sri Lanka’s United Nation’s office calling UN Representative Allan Rock, the Special Advisor to the UN Representative for Children and Armed Conflict a “liar” who lacked any qualifications to be an impartial UN Ambassador due to his past connections with a terrorist group notorious for recruiting child soldiers. The demonstrators charged that the Ambassador has had political connections with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group to obtain votes in the past as a Canadian Liberal party politician that depended heavily on the terrorist group’s affiliated organizations.

Pathetic politics of perverted morality

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

ChandrikaIf there is one single index which point to the dismal disorder of our times it can be found in the hired intellectuals, academics and other assorted NGO pundits who wallow in a perverted morality which rejects right as wrong and accepts wrong as right. Take, for instance, the supply of food and essential items to the people of Jaffna. The Mahinda Rajapakse government which has been supplying these vital items through whatever route it chooses is wrong. And the Tamil Tigers who are obstructing the supply of food items and creating the humanitarian crisis are right. According to the morality of the NGO-Church-pro-Tiger lobbies, the duty of the government is not only to supply the food items but also to truck it through A9 road - a route exploited by the Tigers to add further burdens in the form of illegal taxes that send the prices shooting through the roof.

Better the Second Time Around, Jazz Returns to Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Three jazz musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road program, Reinaldo De Jesus Corchado, Luques Curtis and Zaccai Curtis; are returning to Sri Lanka. The mission of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad is to share American music as a vehicle of communication with other countries. The artists on The Rhythm Road travel and perform in countries that are not often visited by American musicians to foster cross-cultural exchanges.

Guarantee any peace achieved in Sri Lanka

Any peace reached in Sri Lanka has to be guaranteed by Norway with the help of the European Union and the United States writes a former Indian diplomat. The former Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka insists that a peaceful solution to problem in Sri Lanka is an imperative. In one of his article written to Ottawa Citizen S.J.S. Chhatwal a former High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and of India to Canada pointed out: "Unfortunately, whenever a Sinhalese political party in power in Sri Lanka has proposed legislation to give a certain degree of autonomy to the Tamils, the opposition Sinhalese party has opposed it." In his article "Tamils need real autonomy" Chatwal wrote, "This shows that for peace, the essential first step will be that the Sinhalese majority arrive at a consensus on what level of autonomy they are willing to give the Tamils."

‘Liberals’ Vs Judiciary

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

All it takes to establish one’s ‘liberal’ credentials is denouncing the death sentence passed on a ‘high profile’ defendant (‘criminal’ for many). At leas that is the impression one gathers after listening to the rising crescendo of criticism against the death penalty for Afzal Guru who masterminded the attack on Parliament in December 2001, and advocate Santosh Yadav, who was found guilty of first stalking and eventually killing a young woman, Priyadarshini Mattoo. Even events outside India are good enough for a testimonial of liberalism: decry with all the ‘liberal’ rhetoric and slogans the death sentence on Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi dictator who was ousted by American forces. That, presumably, is the natural corollary to the denunciation of US invasion of Iraq.

UN envoy accuses Sri Lankan military of helping recruit child soldiers

UN special representative Allen Rock has provoked a furore in Sri Lankan ruling circles by alleging that the military has assisted a paramilitary ally known as the Karuna group in recruiting children to fight in the civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The claims undermine one of the key elements of the government’s international propaganda campaign against the LTTE. For years, successive Colombo governments have accused the LTTE of using child soldiers. Now the armed forces are being charged with doing the same.

Effigy of Alan Rock



Sri Lankan with three others are caught transporting 3 tons of Cocaine in a strange submarine off the coast of Costa Rica

By Walter Jayawardhana

Reports from Costa Rica in Central America said that a strange locally fabricated submarine transporting three tons of Cocaine was caught by authorities with a Sri Lankan national, two Colombians and a Guatemalan. The unique 50 foot long underwater transporting vessel is made of wood and fiber glass and the men traveling inside were breathing through pipes jutting out of water, the authorities said.