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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2833

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Dominick Chilcott

U.S. Envoy's Abrasiveness Failed Him at U.N.

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As one critic mockingly remarked, the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton would have done better as an architect or an urban planner than an international diplomat. The reason: his now widely quoted remark that if the 39-storeyed U.N. Secretariat lost 10 floors, it wouldn't make much of a difference to the world body.

Contrasting performances in India

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Most Sri Lankans would be greatly relieved that war veteran, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse escaped the Tigers’ suicide terrorism. The lesson is clear: unless we pre-empt them, they will come for us and decapitate our nation. Of course preventive self defence does not mean doing so in the ill-thought out manner of Jayasikuru/Agnikheela/Muhamalai. Any patriotic Sri Lankan would also be pleased with the performance in India, of President Rajapakse and his team, including, prominently, Minister Douglas Devananda, who turned 50 just a few weeks before. (This despite Mahinda’s alleged marginalisation and misuse of Tamil democratic allies).

SLT connect LakSathosa retail chain to a single IP network

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has designed and implemented an integrated communication solution to LakSathosa, where all branches are connected to LakSathosa branch network. SLT's communication solution enables both data and voice services to all branches. The solution encompasses a PABX which is used centrally to channel all the voice calls while data connectivity will ensure that all stock movements and employee interactions to be monitored and administered centrally.

Maldives : Building a national consensus for democracy

Dominick ChilcottIn an address recently to the National Council of the Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives, Dominick Chilcott, emphasized that democracy is a safety valve. He pointed out that a democratic Maldives will be a country more at ease with itself. "This may be difficult for many people to accept right now; but I assure them it is true," he said. Dominick Chilcott in his address said, "I don’t think I need advocate the merits of democracy to a party whose middle name is the word ‘democratic’. But perhaps I should say something about the journey to get there." He noted, "Firstly, you need to be patient. In Maldives, you are introducing reforms that took hundreds of years in my country. Some of you will be better historians of Britain than me but there was roughly 600 years between Magna Carta in 1215 and the Reform Act in 1832."

Role of the State in Globalization?

By Professor Laksiri Fernando, University of Sydney (Visiting)

This article is about a book written by Graeme Gill, Professor of Government and Public Administration, and Australian Professorial Fellow, University of Sydney, titled The Nature and Development of the Modern State (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). Although it might be little late to write a formal review of the book, what attracted my attention is the positive portrayal of the role of the state in the context of globalization. Many of the theorizations on the state under globalization by Western writers have so far been discouraging for many state leaders and functionaries in the Third World countries. In contrast Gill’s discourse is both encouraging and instructive.

Sri Lanka's nightmare – a rejoinder to Washington Times

Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz, Department of Political Science, Temple University’ Philadelphia, USA, in a rejoinder to "Washington Times's editorial "Terrifying 'heroes'" of November 29, 2006, clarified that successive Sri Lankan governments controlled by the Sinhalese, since 1956, have failed to engage the Tamil moderates such as the Federal Party, which sought a comprehensive solution without jeopardizing the unity of Sri Lanka. However, Dr. Imtiyaz pointed out that Sinhalese collective, competitive chauvinism turned a blind eye to the Tamil moderates. He added, "Sadly, the choice of the Sinhala political class to use violence effectively damaged the Tamil trust in the political system and encouraged some Tamils to adopt violence."

Learning That Awful Foreign Language : A Brooklyn Linguist Looks at How We Acquire Languages

By Antonio Graceffo

This may sound like a quote from Pol Pot, who, upon seizing power in Cambodia, executed 100% of that country’s intellectuals. But, in actuality, this quote was an epitaph that I carved in my mahogany desk, with a rather large Bowie knife, after listening to the network guy at my company drone on for two hours about internet spiders and search-network-megabytes, giga, hard drive, external, USP. My Internet wasn’t working. I just wanted it fixed, but instead, this person, who knew how to do things, babbled on, in a techno language I don’t speak. At the end, we were both frustrated, and my internet still didn’t work.

India, China can rewrite global economic history

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Nothing of much significance was predicted on the eve of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India. Business was transacted between Hu and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the dotted lines. Neither India showed its grit and determination to settle the vexed boundary issue, which has bedevilled relationship between the two Asian giants since 1960, nor was it slated for discussion. If any Indian had illusion about the settlement of the issue, that was blasted by China’s Ambassador Sun Yuxi, who fired the first salvo just before Hu’s visit, saying China still claims the whole of Arunachal Pradesh, raising protest and murmur in New Delhi’s political corridors.

Sri Lankan government brings down a war budget

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, who also functions as finance and defence minister, presented his government’s 2007 budget on November 16. It was a war budget, allocating huge additional funds to the military and the intensifying war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), at the expense of the pressing social needs of working people. Rajapakse was elected in November 2005 on a program entitled Mahinda Chintana (Mahinda Vision), which contained a long list of promises to help the poor. All have been abandoned as the president has sought money for the military while trying to keep a lid on the expanding budget deficit. The limited increases in pay and subsidies of his first budget last December have been wiped out by inflation.


Four defendants including a Sri Lankan indicted for cocaine smuggling in semi-submersible vessel

Office of the United States Attorney for Middle District of Florida Attorney Paul I. Perez announced that four defendants including a Sri Lankan were indicted yesterday under two counts. Attorney Paul I. Perez Tampa, Florida announced that in conjunction with 'Operation Panama Express', the unsealing of a two-count indictment.