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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2431

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Laksman Kadirgamar

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Urges Immediately Release of Peaceful Protesters

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, closely following the events in Myanmar, believes that the future of the political transition process in the country must be directed by the people and the Government of Myanmar, a United Nation release said. Myanmar was previously known Burma. The Special Rapporteur deplores the arrests by the authorities of Myanmar, since 21 August 2007, of over 100 peaceful protestors following a series of demonstrations in the country against the drastic increase in the prices of fuel.

Wahabism emerging as a threat to Sri Lanka’s security – Alavi Moulana, Governor of Western Province

Alavi MoulanaIn an interview with the Asian Tribune Alavi Moulana, the veteran Sri Lankan Muslim leader and the Governor the Western Province, was highly critical of Wahabism and the emergence of Wahabism in Sri Lanka which he says is opposed to the very sprit of Islam and the Holy Quaran. Alavi Moulana, whose great grandfather is from Yemen and the direct descendent of the Holy Prophet (Let Peace be with him) warned about the dangers of Wahabists and their anti-Islam, anti-religious ideologies. He said “The Wahabists don’t give respect even to the Holy Prophet. The concept of Wahabism is not been accepted internationally by the majority Muslims all over the world. It has gained acceptance only in a few Arab countries.

Maya

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Third Peace Process was premised on a delusional expectation – the willingness of the Tigers to change from a terrorist-fascist organisation to a democratic, law-biding entity. This Maya was a major factor behind the ceaseless willingness displayed by the Wickremesinghe administration and the Norwegians to indulge the Tigers. Given the unbridgeable chasm between this mirage and the reality, appeasement encouraged rather than discouraged the Tigers to kill, abduct, conscript, extort and torture. The LTTE too was labouring under a delusional expectation – that they could break all the rules in the book with impunity, indefinitely. This too was a Maya; the LTTE had to pay a heavy price for its crimes, in the form of decreased Tamil support and lost international legitimacy. That many a Western country which warmly welcomed the LTTE as the representative of a de facto state is now hounding its operatives as members of a proscribed terrorist outfit symbolises the Tiger’s fall from grace.

Sri Lanka Army wrested control of Arippu and made further inroads into the LTTE controlled area in Mannar

By Walter Jayawardhana

An unexpected humiliation awaited on the 01st of September for the Liberation Tigers of Tmil Eelam in the North, as the Sri Lanka Army has made inroads into the LTTE controlled area in Mannar. Army has already wrested control of Arippu from the LTTE and has reached Silavaththurai. “In a humanitraian mission” to liberate between 6000-7000 people who are living under the thumb rule of the LTTE, Sri Lanka Army announced that their troops have reached Silavatura , South of Mannar.

Media battles in Andhra Pradesh take new hues

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Nukarapu Surya Prakash RaoCongress leaders in Andhra Pradesh with some deep pockets are emulating the example of their colleagues in Kerala to spread the good word about their party. Unlike Ramesh Chennitala, the Kerala satrap for the Sonia Congress, who has floated a TV channel, to match the rival Marxists' direct and indirect clout in the electronic media of the state, in Andhra Pradesh, the focus is primarily limited to print media - to broaden and deepen the reach.Two broadsheets are hitting the stands soon in addition to a monthly that has begun its started. A group of Congress Young Turks led by Congress lawmaker Undavalli Arun Kumar, who are 'battling' with Eenadu group particularly its 'Magadarsi', are the prime movers for the monthly.

How national is the “National” Congress?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The declared political objectives of Thamilselvam, the political head of the Tamil Tigers, and that of Ranil Wickremesinghe, the head of the UNP, dovetail into a neat tight fit that it is too striking to be ignored. Thamilselvam says that the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) should go back to the failed Ceasefire Agreement (CFA). Ranil Wickremesinghe, the co-author of the CFA, says ditto. Thamilselvam downgrades the victory of the Security forces in the east. Ranil Wickremesinghe goes even further and runs down the Thoppigala victory as a futile capture of a piece of jungle.

A vision: ‘Five meters too far’ for our politics?

By H.M.G.S Palihakkara

Laksman KadirgamarAugust 12th, 2005, a friend woke me up to give the shattering news that Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was taken to hospital fatally wounded by an assassin’s bullet. As I drove to the Accident Ward that night, I could not help the thought that this was a tragedy waiting to happen and the late Minister more than anyone else, was acutely aware of it all the time .There was also this foreboding feeling in the air that the innovative cruelty of the LTTE assassin was going to reach its assigned target eventually. It was not long before the tragedy Minister Kadirgamar remarked to me at one of those ‘security related’ discussions at the Ministry, that ‘ the road ahead is long and risky but it must be traveled.’ ‘Since one has to die some day it would be an honor to die in harnesses, he said. Lakshman Kadirgamar --or LK, as he was generally known to the folks at the Republic Square -- had many strong points. But sentimental comment was not one of them. The remark remained etched in my mind for its emotive tinge.

Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka

Mannar

Alavi Moulana

Surya Prakash Rao

LTTE evicted from Silavathurai today in a limited operation by the Sri Lanka Forces

By Ruwan Weerakoon to Asian Tribune

Lt. Gen. Sarath FonsekaSri Lanka Army in a sudden limited operation has successfully evicted Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and liberated Arippu and Silavathurai located south of Mannar district in the Northern province. Sri Lanka forces also have successfully captured a LTTE Sea Tiger base including three boats and large quantities of anti- personnel mines and detonators in the Silavathurai area. Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka confirmed to “Asian Tribune” that the Army has gained full control of Mannar Silavathurai and Arippu areas which were dominated earlier by the LTTE Sea Tigers.


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