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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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Dalai Lama’s America visit

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

It is like the theatre of the absurd now in play for years. Beijing unleashes a ritualistic fury whenever a Western leader decides to greet the Dalai Lama in person. Everyone knows full well that the Chinese protests are only loud barks, not meant to bite. The self-appointed custodian of ‘Western values’ of democracy and freedom make a public exhibition of their ‘concern’ for the lost cause, Tibet’s freedom, and its spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, knowing full well that they cannot move the Chinese to hear Tibet’s cries for freedom. The rusty script was followed strictly recently when the Dalai Lama arrived in the US. The Chinese were livid at seeing the Dalai Lama being honoured with the highest American civilian award, the Congressional Gold medal, which was instituted way back in 1776.

Tongue Tied in Surin

By Antonio Graceffo

The powerfully built monk grabbed me by the back of the neck, yelling “Jab Koh.” He pulled me toward him, and his knee crashed into my solar plexus. “Taeng kaoh!” he shouted. I would have collapsed, but he tightened his grip on the back of my neck till I thought my vertebrae would shatter. “Jab Koh!” he said. Then he hit me with the knee again. “Taeng kaoh!” The lesson was over. Pra Kru Bah, the last warrior monk in Thailand, was teaching me the Thai martial art of Muay Thai. But in the process, I was learning Thai language. This experience left me with no doubt that “Jab Koh,” meant, “grab the neck. “Kaoh” was knee. And an incredibly painful experience the previous day had already taught me that “Taeng” meant thrust or stab.

Broken Aid Promises Dim Hopes for Millennium Development Goals

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

At a major international conference on financing for development in Monterrey, Mexico in March 2002, more than 100 world leaders pledged to help eradicate poverty, achieve sustained economic growth and promote sustainable development. But most of the promises, predicated largely on significant increases in development aid to the world's poorest nations, have remained unfulfilled. Five years after the pledges -- dubbed the "Monterrey Consensus" -- the results have been mixed.

'You can't lump all terrorists together' – Hilary Clinton

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Hilary Clinton went on to say that she believed that - “Terrorism is a tool that has been utilized throughout history to achieve certain objectives. Some have been ideological, others territorial. There are personality-driven terroristic objectives. The bottom line is, you can't lump all terrorists together. And I think we've got to do a much better job of clarifying what are the motivations, the raisons d'être of terrorists. I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning. And I think one of our mistakes has been painting with such a broad brush, which has not been particularly helpful in understanding what it is we were up against when it comes to those who pursue terrorism for whichever ends they're seeking”

ASEAN Urged: Stop Passing the Buck on Burma

ASEAN-based activists have urged ASEAN to stop "passing the buck" on to China for the Burmese regime's failure to reform. Dismissing ASEAN's claims that it lacks leverage to influence the Burmese junta members as a lie, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma) claims that ASEAN countries have enough collective power to paralyze the SPDC Army within days. "Burma relies on ASEAN countries - Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore - as its main sources of much-needed foreign exchange, fuel and financial services. "If ASEAN were to exercise its considerable leverage to insist that the Burmese junta delivers genuine economic and political reforms, allies like China, India, and Russia will have to fall in line with their lead," insisted Altsean-Burma Coordinator Debbie Stothard. Ms Stothard was speaking in Manila, at the ASEAN People's Assembly.

Sri Lanka Consulate in Los Angeles Launches Fund Raiser to help Destitute families in Southern California

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The office of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles in the State of California has launched a fund raiser to help destitute families in Southern California who were displaced and faced material losses due to the devastating fire that engulfed many parts of Southern California. The fund raiser will be held at the Consulate General office at 3250 Wilshire Blvd, Suit 1405, Los Angeles California 90010 on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The event was initiated by Sri Lanka Consul General Jaliya Wickremasuriya.

Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s views on terrorism

By Neville Ladduwahetty

Mrs. Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner Democratic candidate in the 2008 US Presidential Election has stated at an interview that all terrorists cannot be lumped together even though they are connected by the thread of terror tactics, because the goals they are fighting for are different (The Guardian Unlimited, October 23, 2007). Since there is a strong possibility that Mrs. Clinton may become the next President of the US, whose primary concern is to keep America safe, she would also be expected to have a clear vision regarding global security, with the US being the world’s sole super power. It is critical therefore that that she iterates clearly her understanding as to whether the response of the free world towards those who engage in terrorism, for whatever reason, warrants a common global approach or not.

The licenses of the ABC Radio Network withdrawn this morning.

By Ruwan Weerakoon

The licenses of the ABC Radio Network has been withdrawn this morning. Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa withdrew the licenses of ABC Radio Network (Hiru FM, Sha FM, Sooriyan FM and Gold FM) today early morning after conducting a preliminary inquiry, as well as recording statements from editors. He said the news was misleading and the public had panicked with regard to news carried on 24th between 7.45pm to 8.00pm which stated that LTTE had infiltrated close to Thissamarama Ranimithanna.


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