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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Monthly archive

No tears for Brig. Tamilselvan or bouquets for Ranil

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The reaction of the world to the death of Brigadier S. P. Tamilselvan, the barber who rose from the bottom to become the bodyguard of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tiger Supremo, and then his “peace dove with a beautiful smile” signifies the plight of the Tamil Tigers. The Tigers were expecting sympathy from the whole world. Instead they got the works. It was like the experience of the man who had fallen from the tree being gored by a raging bull. Their feeling of disappointment and despondency was expressed by the new Political Head, S. Nadesan, the former cop at Kirulapone Police Station. He told Lars Johan Solvberg, the head of the Peace Monitors that "the official silence of the peace facilitator Norway regarding the killing of Tamilselvan, is viewed with serious concern and is regretted by the Tamil population and the Tigers."

NATO Expands South, Hindered by US-created Chaos

By Nicola Nasser

Discreetly but progressively and confidently the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is expanding south and southeast almost uncontested -- after the collapse of the former USSR-led Warsaw Pact -- outside the mandate designated by its statute into the Arab Middle East as well as into the Caspian Sea regions. However, the U.S. obsession with the Iranian threat and with finding an exit strategy from the Iraqi quagmire made Washington less attentive to Turkey’s legitimate vital national interests, thus insensitively antagonizing the alliance’s southern strong arm and alerting it into the defensive, not against enemies, but against its own allies. Turkey now stands in the eye of a storm created by this same ally, a storm threatening a geopolitical fall out between the two NATO allies since 1952.

Dhaka Diary: War criminals of 1971: time to take action

By Rabindranath Trivedi - contributing for Asian Tribune

There is Islam in Bangladesh despite the lame propaganda in pre-independence era. There are war criminals in Bangladesh, who abetted in the genocide and cowardly killing of our mothers brothers sisters and intellectuals and others in 1971. During a war, any action of murder, rape, torture against the civilian population is a crime
There will be no punishment for the never-ever-pardoned war criminals, who have the audacity today to question history that is ripe in the memory of millions of living people worldwide and documented well in archives around the world for posterity, unless we understand that five years of shamelessly laying wreaths at the Jatiyo Smriti Soudha cannot convert a wolf into a sheep.

SriLankan Airlines a milestone in Lanka’s aviation

By Quintus Perera

SriLankan Airlines through trials, travails, bouquets and brickbats reached the 10th anniversary milestone to emerged an award winning airline, rubbing its shoulders with the finest carriers anywhere in the world. Sri Lankan Airlines over the past decade has won more than 50 global and local awards competing with the finest globally reputed airlines.

Will Sergio Paulo Pinheiro be another Ibrahim Gambari?

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

Sergio Paulo Pinheiro has repeatedly requested several times to gain access to the country, but has been refused entry since 2003 and now the sly Junta had agree to his visit, when Foreign Minister Nay Win wrote to that he should arrive in mid-November - before a meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations just to forestall criticism of the Junta handling of the protests from ASEAN leaders. If this is a positive desire of the Burmese Army then the Junta should release the real figures of arrest and detention and stop arresting more monks and laymen and at once stop the ethnic cleansing in Karen and Karenni states? What kind of logic is it? “Actions speak louder than words.”

Poppy Day: How relevant it is to Sri Lanka?

By Janaka Perera

On Sunday November 11 another Poppy Day (Remembrance Day) will be held with the usual ceremony at the War Memorial, Colombo. How relevant is this commemoration to Sri Lanka today? As in the decades following the First World War this question has been raised again by many people including retired military officers. The controversy seems to stem from the fact that during both World Wars Sri Lanka – like most parts of South and South-East Asia – was a European colony. This country participated in the two World Wars not as an independent nation but as part of the British Empire.In WW I a small contingent of Sri Lankans, among them Richard Aluvihare (later independent Sri Lanka 's first Inspector General of Police), participated and a few died in action.

Former ADGP C Kikon joins BJP

Former Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Nagaland C Kikon (IPS) has formally joined the BJP with thousands of his supporters. It is now officially confirmed that he would be contesting as BJP candidate from the 40 Bhandari A/C for the forthcoming state general elections. In a statement issued here on Saturday, Wokha BJP Unit President Oren Humtsoe while expressing his happiness on former ADGP’s joining the BJP party said the development would surely boost the morale of the rank and file of the party in the district (Wokha) in particular and Nagaland in general.

50th Birthday of Douglas Devananda - Leader of the EPDP

Devananda was born in Jaffna on 10th November 1957, as the second of the four sons and one daughter of Subramaniam Kathiravelu. His mother Maheswary died when he was only six years old. Kathiravelu was a member of the Sri Lanka Communist Party, a leading member of the Government Clerical Service Union (GCSU), and the editor of the GCSU publication ‘Redtape’. Kathiravelu served in the Department of Inland Revenue and later joined the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, where he rose up as one of its Regional Managers.

Is it this Pakistan we should join?

Dr Shabir Choudhry

Future of strategically important state of Jammu and Kashmir has been a source of major tension in the Indian Sub Continent; and has resulted in enormous problems for the people of the State, not to mention problems to people of India and Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan aggressively expressed their desire to control the State and its people even before they became independent themselves. Their struggle to control and manage affairs of the State has been a corner stone of their internal and external affairs; and which has created problems not only for the Kashmiri people but also for India and Pakistan.

Ground work on for IMEXPRO 2008

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A much awaited event on the trade calendar, ‘IMEXPRO 2008’ is organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministries of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services and the Export Development and International Trade, The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, The Export Development Board and the Srilankan Airlines.

Musharraf Must Go To Save Pakistan

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

Global "war on terror" has taken new dimensions, with the proclamation of emergency in nuclear-armed Pakistan. President Pervez Musharraf, who must be flogging himself for engineering proxy war in Kashmir, has delivered the last arrow from his quiver, to eliminate Al Qaeda-Taliban combine, well-entrenched in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and federally-administered tribal areas. Despite what flamboyant Musharraf has done to India, especially till India-Pakistan peace process took shape, many Indians have developed a sympathetic heart for him for the proclamation of emergency, which is being considered his last resort to save the troubled Islamic nation from the brink of disaster.

Somawansa Amarasinghe

Hostesses with enchanting smiles

SriLankan Airbus

Budget has failed because there is no local growth – Somawansa Amarasinghe

Somawansa Amarasinghe“I think there is nothing to discuss about the Budget 2008. There are no policies. There is a big challenge before country economically. We have been pursuing the so called free market policy for the last 30 years without taking into consideration about the national economy. Successive governments have neglected agriculture, local production, and local industry. As a result we are now depending on foreign goods, services and capital also. Now for example, we have failed to produce even those that can be produced by us. We are importing flour, rice, milk. We are also importing fruits including mangoes, guava etc., etc.