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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

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Mano Ganesan

Maniac Messiahs – a poem on bloodshed and terrorists by Stephen Gill

Stephen Gill, a poet laureate presented his poetry against bloodshed and terrorists at Gloucester Spoken Art, as feature poet, on February 18th. He selected two poems from each of his collection and three from his forthcoming long poem, The Flame, divided into several cantos. Gloucester Spoken Art has been encouraging poets and story writers with the help of Gloucester City, Ontario, for the last twelve years. Readings are coordinated by Asoka Weerasinghe, a poet of repute, who has authored several collections of poems. He was born in Sri Lanka.

'Invoking History' - an intellectual Bad Habit: A Response to Professor Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England

I read Professor Fernando's response (18.02.2007) to my article published in the Asian Tribune (15.02.2007) with a great deal of interest thinking that he was beginning a critical dialogue based on 'correct interpretation' of what I wrote. However, as I proceeded to read his response, it became clear that he has not yet recovered from the intellectual bowel syndrome (IBS) that many other federalists on the Sri Lankan conflict also suffer. Federalists get annoyed easily when they hear the word 'unitary state' irrespective of the context. By the same token those who argue for a unitary position get irritated at the sight of the word 'federal'.

Sri Lanka Born Professor in USA setup Scholarships to help Sri Lankan youth

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lankan-born professor, who served as an American diplomat Dr. Patrick Mendis under Secretaries Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, has decided to help Sri Lanka youth through some creative fundraising to establish scholarships. He established two "Leader-2-Leader" scholarships and a "Peace Prize." The Tsunami Leaders Caring "TLC" Foundation, which he set up at the Maryland-based Calvert Foundation, provides the financial assistance to a number of tsunami projects in Sri Lanka. Professor Mendis lives in the Washington DC area, USA.

Dr Lotha asks State Congress to clean their eyes first

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr TM Lotha has ridiculed the NPCC's demand to remove him from office for violation of the Election Model Code of Conduct and further asked them to "clean their eyes first before attempting to clear others." It may be mentioned that the NPCC has in an Open Letter to the Election Commission India demanded for removal of Dr TM Lotha, Minister for Health and family Welfare, from his office for violation of Election Model Code of Conduct. The Congress party charged that the Minister, while attending as a chief guest in one of the Medical department functions at Dimapur on February 16 had violated Election Model Code of Conduct by promising to "create post in a short time."

Sri Lanka: UNP and TNA to appoint representatives to Colombo based Civil Monitoring Committee

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Mano GanesanThe United National Party leader Ranil Wickramasigha agreed to nominate his party’s representative to the Civil Monitoring Committee, which was formed by the human rights defenders and legislators. Parliamentarian and leader of the Western People’s Front Mano Ganesan told the media that R. Sambandan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance, a proxy political party of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has also shown his interest to appoint his representative for this committee. Facing an interview, Mano Ganesan said the committee hopes to forward human rights violation report together with a petition to the UN Human Rights Commission based in Geneva.

What are the Nepali Maoists up to now…?

By Shikha Baraily - Syndicate Features

In the beginning of the year 1996, a new People's War was launched in Nepal, led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), aimed at abolishing imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism. Within a decade, the movement spread out to almost three quarters of the country and accomplished a lot. Last year, the Maoists surprised their critics by forging an agreement with the political parties and by helping to ‘dethrone’ the Monarch of his absolute power. Now they occupy 83 seats in the recently formed 330-member interim parliament. They are all set to join the interim government which is expected in the next few weeks.

Italian judge indicts CIA agents for illegal kidnapping

The US policy of “extraordinary renditions”—the illegal kidnap and transportation of supposed terror suspects to secret detention sites where they are then tortured—was the subject of both an Italian legal investigation and a critical report by the European Parliament last week. An Italian judge has indicted 26 Americans and 5 Italians for involvement in the kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Abu Omar on the streets of Milan in 2003. Abu Omar (real name, Hassan Mustafa Mosama Nasr) was abducted in Milan, taken to Aviano Air Base and then flown via Ramstein in Germany to Egypt, where he says he was tortured. The indictment is the first time the practice of extraordinary rendition could face scrutiny in open court, with the trial set to begin in June.

Champika Ranawake

Stephen Gill

Democratisation, demilitarisation and consensus vital for a Sri Lakan solution - Minister Champika Ranawake,

Champika RanawakeIn an interview with the Asian Tribune, Champika Ranawake, Minister Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, said that external solutions to the internal problems of Sri Lanka have not worked. Any solution must have the consensual support of all communities. Democratization, demilitarization and a broad consensus are essential to solve the crisis facing the nation, he said. "Many countries have tried to thrust solutions on Sri Lanka. India tried to thrust its north-east merger and USA has come up with the federal proposal but all these solutions failed to take into consideration the position of the majority Sinhalese and also the minority Muslim communities. But these solutions have failed because they are narrow approaches to a wide problem," he said.