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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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Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala

Tigers and Black Tigers

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

If the devastating Black Tiger attack on the Saliyapura Air Force camp serves to wake us from our hubris-induced slumber of complacency, the LTTE would have done us a favour. The shocking security lapses which enabled the spectacular success of that attack stemmed from our unclear and unreal thinking. We thought the war was as good as won; we thought the Tiger’s back and his resolve were broken. Disinformation is a staple fare in wars; its target is usually the enemy. In Sri Lanka the regime ends up by believing its own disinformation. The result is a false sense of safety and wellbeing. With an enemy as resourceful as the LTTE this is a dangerous state to be in.

Bishop de Chickera goes off God’s rails

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The contradictory voices of the Anglican Church on the Sri Lankan crisis are rather difficult to reconcile. Tragically, these discordant voices, which include the voices of other denominations, seldom conform to the proclaimed Christian principles of peace, justice and reconciliation. Instead, it could be argued that their voices and agendas have contributed substantially to the perpetuation of the bleeding and the misery of the Sri Lankan nation.

Awaiting a Train: A story of a child conscript

By Leel Pathirana

War torn northern Jaffna Peninsula is famous as much as Sri Lanka itself, a place where three decade of the endless separatist war had began. The place of the LTTE leader Prabakaran’s Utopia “Eelam” was born, which did not come to a reality. This story about a Short film “Awaiting a Train” (Dumriya Enathuru- Sinhala & English subtitled) written,shot, edited and Directed by a young armature film maker of Sri Lanka, Mr.Upali Gamlath. The story based on child conscriptions by the LTTE for their separatist war and how they have deprived the Childhood of the children who are living in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

SriLankan Holidays successfully completes one year

By Quintus Perera

Celebrating a very successful first year since its relaunch, SriLankan Holidays is now well poised to drive the leisure travel market across the region - a project of Sri Lankan Airlines. Sri Lankan Holidays promotes in-bound and out-bound travel and arrange holiday packages from Sri Lanka and into Sri Lanka with the slogan “SriLankan Holidays Books Your Next Holiday”. In celebrating the one year anniversary of Sri Lankan Holidays and to mark its success, Sri Lankan Holidays released two new fully illustrated brochures for both in-bound and out-bound holidays.

Jayantha Dhanapala unanimously elected as President of Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs

Jayantha DhanapalaThe Pugwash Council has unanimously elected Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala as its new President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He is the eleventh president who comes down the line eminent scientists and thinkers starting from its founder, philosopher Bertrand Russell. A former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Dhanapala has had a distinguished career as a national and international diplomat, peace-builder and disarmament expert. Among his many diplomatic successes, Dhanapala was widely acclaimed for his Presidency of the 1995 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference, a landmark event in disarmament history. He was Sri Lanka’s candidate in the last election for the UN post of Secretary-General.

Gauging competitiveness of Sri Lankan business

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan producers and service providers are competing in a global market. whether exporting or supplying to the domestic market, one has to compete with international players and the competitiveness products and services depend on a number of factors; some within the control of the companies and some outside. In addition, competitiveness of companies and the business environment also determine the success of Sri Lanka in competing with other countries to attract foreign investments.

World nations told not to relax pressure on the Burmese generals

International community and the various governments which exerted global pressure individually and collectively should not relax since it was the pressure which has brought the Burmese generals for talks with Aung San Suu Kyi. Prime Minister Dr Sein Win The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) said, "This is not the first time the generals have had talks with Aung San Suu Kyi. None of the previous talks succeeded because the generals never really intended to discuss substantive issues with her and also because the international community nonchalantly stood by instead of actively assuming the role of facilitators. This needs to be changed."

Dr.T.C.Rajaratnam

Awaiting for Train 4

Awaiting for Train 3

Awaiting for train 2

Awaiting for Train 1

Patriotism vs. Terrorism : Conflict of Interests and the deterioration of a Nation

By Dr.T.C.Rajaratnam

Civil allegiance is the duty of loyalty and obedience which a person owes to the State of which he is a citizen. The word ‘allegiance’ is a derivative of "liege," free and historically it signifies the service which a free man owed to his liege lord. "Every citizen owes the duty of loyalty to the state where he is a Citizen." The term "allegiance" is often used by English legal commentators in a broader sense, divided them into natural and local, the latter applying to the deference which even a foreigner must pay to the institutions of the country in which he lives.


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