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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Australian government takeover of Aboriginal communities: the real content of the “Children are Sacred” report

Prime Minister John Howard has claimed that the trigger for his announcement last week of a federal military takeover of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory was the Northern Territory Board of Inquiry’s report into sexual abuse of Aboriginal children, entitled “Little Children are Sacred”. Anyone who has read the 320-page report, and its 97 recommendations, however, will quickly conclude that it bears no relationship with Howard’s martial law “crackdown”.

Obama Throws Dirt At India

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

Given the drop in his poll ratings in the run up to the Democratic nominations for the US President, the Indian-American community could not have been amused by the vile tone in one of his campaign documents, a three-age ‘research note’ detailing his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton’s, connections with Indian-American individuals and Indian companies.

Policy Paper from the Burmese Perspective : Not A Cuddly Panda, But A Fiery Dragon

Prof. Kanbawza Win

A Burmese saying goes the snake sees the legs of another snake, meaning we Asian can see the motive of another Asian. For decades people from the Dragon throne have laboured to portray that China is benign, well mannered, and friendly and have no ulterior motive whatsoever and is to be counted as the front man in the community of civilized nations. Now to the world, seems that their labour has paid off for the Chinese Dragon appeared to be not so scary and once the visceral fear felt in many of the business quarters had quieten and President, Hu Jintao’s “Peaceful Rising” has swayed some of the hearts and minds.

Canada introduces new laws to curtail funding and money laundering of LTTE and its likes

By Walter Jayawardhana

Canada, which has increasingly become a fertile ground for supplying funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has just announced new laws to combat money laundering and financing terrorist activities. “Canada’s government will be relentless in its efforts to prevent money laundering and terrorist” funding, said Jim Flaherty, the country’s Finance Minister announcing new regulations to fight terrorism.

Seevaratnam to protest Charity Commission decision to dismiss review application on the suspension as board chairman

Nagendra Seevaratnam, a Tamil accountant, was suspended by the British Charity Commissioner on March 28, 2007 from acting as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sivayogam Trust run mainly on the funds collected from the Sivayogam Temple in Tooting. The Charity Commissioner also placed restrictions on the bank accounts. According to the Charity Commissioner this charity was suspended because it was linked to the LTTE, listed as a terrorist organization under Terrorism Act of 2000. Seevaratnam appealed for a review on April 30, 2007, almost a month after the suspension. The Charity Commissioner did not respond to his review appeal up to June 25. Seevaratnam told Asian Tribune, “As aggrieved parties could appeal for the review of the decision I asked for a review of the appeal sent on 30 April, but there was no response until 25th of June.”

“Coup syndrome in Bangladeshi politics and designs therein”

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. It has a population density of over 800 people per square kilometre. Most of the people of Bangladesh are probably descendants of peoples who migrated to the area thousands of years ago from what are now Burma, Tibet, and northern India. The term Bangladeshis refers to all the people of Bangladesh. More than 95 per cent of Bangladesh's population is Bengalis. The Bengalis are a short, dark-skinned people. They speak a language also called Bengali. In the post liberated Bangladesh faced staggering problems as an independent country. Millions of its people were homeless. Trade, transportation routes, and communication lines had to be restored. Hospitals, factories, and schools had to be rebuilt.

The Chain of Errors

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Crises do not spring forth, out of the blue, fully formed; nor do they happen without any forewarning. The Lankan financial crisis was in the making for many months, and the pre-warnings were there in plain sight. In fact the first intimation of a fatally flawed approach to matters economic and financial came early in the tenure of President Rajapakse. His extra large cabinet may have been a political imperative but the Presidential proclivity to overspend, on himself and his pet projects, was not. Mr. Rajapakse took an unprecedented fifty man entourage on his first trip to India and followed this extravaganza with a trip to Pakistan in the company of an equally large delegation. A couple of months later came the announcement of a massive pay hike for the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, with the President getting the largest raise. A financial monster was born.

Mangala (wedding) or Awa-Mangala (funeral) ?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

It is a pity that Mangala Samaraweera quit the ranks of the government he worked so hard to establish. As long as he was with his leader, Mahinda Rajapakse, he was steering a steady course. But after he quit he seems to have lost his way. First, he rushes to Horagolla and pledges his loyalty to the founder of the SLFP, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and his principles. His next stop after Horagolla is Cambridge Terrace, the residence of Ranil Wickremesinghe – the den of all the political vices rejected by Bandaranaike.

UNP agents feeding Tigers holed up in Yala jungles

Latest reports in the Eastern Front reveal that there are about 100 Tamil Tiger cadres holed up in the jungles of Yala with limited supplies of food other and other items. Eastern sources have confirmed that their needs are supplied by an underground group Sinhala political activists in the region linked to the opposition political party; UNP. Military analysts say that it is in the interest of the UNP to keep the Tiger forces going in the east to discredit the Government’s claims of victories.


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