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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Mahinda Rajapakse

The Rajapaksas and Ruhuna

By Sunimal Fernando

Mahinda RajapakseIn point form Sunimal Fernando, a sociologist, has outlined the “ying and the yang” of the SLFP – the democratic alternative to the pro-Western, de-nationalised right-wing UNP. It also traces the rise of the Rajapakses as a political force from the deep south. Here is the 11-point outline: Ruhuna, comprising by and large the present day districts of Hambantota, Galle, Matara and Moneragala, has been a mainspring of Sri Lankan civilization for over 2300 years. Throughout this period, Ruhuna has produced some of the greatest thinkers, artists, writers, religious leaders, social reformers, politicians and visionaries our country has known.

Hundred days of terror under British

By Janaka Perera

August 30 marks (today) exactly 92 years after the end of a 100-day rule by the monstrous Martial Law which the British Colonial Government enforced to quell the communal riots of 1915. It was like using a sledge hammer to kill an insect. The violent incidents were a glaring example of divide-and-rule colonial policy - the tragic consequences of which Sri Lankans are suffering to this day. British policy on the Sinhalas at the time was virtually akin to deliberately provoking a dog to bite everybody in the vicinity so that vilifying and mercilessly beating or killing the poor the animal is then fully justified. The colonialists had done it twice previously – in 1818 and 1848. The third time it was done under a classic divide-and-rule colonial ethnic strategy.

Dhaka University teachers and students beaten up and detained

By Bobby Ramakant

Many Dhaka University teachers and students were manhandled and detained for staging a peaceful protest in Bangladesh. They were questioning the presence of Army camp at the Central stadium of the Dhaka University for which they were brutally beaten up by army and police forces and several of them detained. Several civil rights' organizations in the world have strongly condemned the attack on the University faculty and students. Asha Parivar, an international network of individuals who are committed to establish a just and humane social order free of all discriminations based on religion, caste, gender, race, nationality, class, education, age, political power, muscle/military power, employer-employee relationship (and similar human created categories which become the basis for discrimination and domination), has condemned the attack by army and police on the University staff and students.

Internationalization (Privatization) of School Education in Comparison to the Free Public Education in Sri Lanka – Part II

By Dr. Siri Gamage, School of Education, University of New England, Australia

In Sri Lanka, the internationalization of education occurs in several ways. They are: International schools preparing local students for the advance level examinations in the UK, and other Western countries eg. Cambridge Senior, London Matriculation examinations. Fees are charged; Sri Lankan students going to other countries to follow secondary education eg. Either with parents who are emigrating or as fee paying students; Sri Lankan students who are unable to get entry to local universities proceeding to other countries to follow tertiary education courses. Eg. UK, USA, Australia, Russia, India, Malaysia, Thailand. Agents of overseas institutions assist these students, as are friends and family members who live in these countries and/or who have some knowledge about the countries and their education institutions.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls for fasting and prayer for Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) on Wednesday announced plans for a day of fasting on Tuesday 4 September and a day of prayer on Sunday 9 September in response to the current crisis in Burma. These actions are being organised in conjunction with Burma Campaign UK. Over the past ten days some of the biggest demonstrations in a decade have been taking place in Burma. Hundreds of people have marched peacefully almost every day since 19 August in protest at the military regime’s decision to raise fuel prices by 500 per cent.

Indo-US Defence Co-operation: Forging Ahead

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Defence cooperation has many dimensions today including the sale, purchase and joint development of military equipment, transfer of technology, intelligence sharing and coordination for counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation, cooperation in jointly providing relief and succour after natural calamities, coordination in transnational anti-drug trafficking activities and the joint patrolling of sea lanes of communication against piracy and terrorism. India shares good defence relations with several friendly countries. Indo-US defence cooperation has also gained prominence in recent years due to the shared interests that emerged after the end of the Cold War.

Public pressure mounts against the arrest of Binayak Sen

By Bobby Ramakant

People from not only Chattisgarh but across India and abroad have demonstrated support and signed on-line petition campaign demanding action against the unlawful imprisonment by the state since 14 May 2007 of Dr Binayak Sen. Dr Binayak Sen is the General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh PUCL (People's Union for Civil Liberties) and also the Vice-President of the National PUCL. Dr Sen has been a tireless crusader working towards an alternative health system responsive to the needs of the poor.

Bangladesh in turmoil again

By Tukoji R Pandit - Syndicate Features

It looks ominously familiar. First, a surge of enthusiastic welcomes then a deluge of angry protests leading to increasing violence, unrest and eventually ouster of the regime. That is how the Bangladesh scenario looks now. The emergence of military-sponsored caretaker government in Dhaka was almost universally welcomed after the end of five years of lawlessness, poor governance, rising radicalisation and bitterness that had prevailed under the rule of Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. In less than a year clear signs have emerged that the people have had enough of the surrogate military rule.

Bishop Swampillai

No fear of Tigers in the east but the people’s future and livelihood questionable – Bishop Swampillai

Bishop SwampillaiRt. Rev. Dr. Kingsley Swampillai, the Bishop of Batticaloa- Trincomalee Diocese, told the Asian Tribune, “I have already told the Sri Lanka Government when participating in the discussions with the Government Ministers whenever they came to Batticaloa, that the so called developments programs cannot be considered as priorities until unless hundred thousands of people who have been displaced in the process of the war are resettled. They should be given shelter, infrastructure required must be in place, houses are built, their livelihood restored, they resume their normal life, their children resume their normal lives and education for which the destroyed schools have to be repaired and reconstructed and roads, transports have to be restored and the water supply, hospitals and services all these have to be reactivated. This has to be the first priority and not the development. When I meet the President of Sri Lanka I will bring these facts to his notice.