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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2957

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The Buddha – The True Peacemaker

By Ven. Horowpothane Sathindriya Thera

At the present time, globally people talk about peace as a burning issue in our human society. Though most people very much prefer to live in a peaceful atmosphere and an untroubled environment, some unwise and uncivilized citizens, leaders, politicians and their henchmen create terrible fear and danger within our global society. Even though innumerable peace talks, forums, conferences, meetings and negotiations endlessly take place, there are no signs or gestures to console or comfort ourselves by achieving this so called peace.

LTTE Leader Prabhakaran orders TNA parliamentarians to return and vote against the budget 2008

By Ruwan Weerakoon for Asian Tribune

Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians are ordered to be back in Sri Lanka and be present on 19 November in the parliament to vote against Mahinda Rajapakse’s budget 2008. Sources in Vanni said that urgent messages have been sent to almost 5 TNA members of parliament who are at present away from the country, to return back immediately and vote in the budget to bring down the Mahinda Rajapakse’s government by all means.

What Motivated Sri Lanka to Establish Diplomatic Relations with Undemocratic/Rights Violating Eritrea

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune – A Commentary

In a July (2007) report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia, Eritrean government was blamed as a major weapons supplier to the ousted Islamic Courts Union in Somalia against Somalia’s nascent government well supported by Ethiopia and the United States. Eritrea has been fingered as a source of arms for these insurgents in Somalia. The U.N. report says the Islamist insurgents in Somalia have enough surface-to-air missiles, suicide vests and explosives to sustain their war against the internationally backed Somali government, largely due to secret shipments from Eritrea.

The Rajapakse Rule

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The capacity and willingness to face the Tiger challenge unflinchingly is almost the only point in favour of the Rajapakse regime. On every other front it is failing, and failing badly. The economy is floundering; the living standards of not just the poor but even the middle classes are being threatened as never before; the rule of law is being observed increasingly in the breach; and Sri Lanka’s international relations are at its lowest ebb. Will the regime be able to sustain its military successes despite its abysmal failure on every other front or will its manifest failures undermine its only achievement?

JVP to response to Government invitation for talks on the Budget 2008

“Our aim is to take the country forward. We are not going for any personal benefits” said Somawansa Amerasinghe. Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna leader when talking to Asian Tribune said that the country is facing so many challenges and the Budget 2008, has to be a document that could redeem the country from the economic downturn. Somawansa Amerasinghe said that JVP had already received a letter from the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga on November 16th, fixing November 17th evening and November 19th morning as two possible dates and time for meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government delegation.

Corruption in Sri Lankan Media: Sonali puts her undies out to dry

By Media Watchman

Ms. Sonali Samarasinghe is the nearest thing available to a local Lady Macbeth. She is overloaded with ambitions of going places. She has no qualms about pushing other competitors out of the scene and clawing her way into their seats. One of her ambitions was to be a diplomat. In her scheme of things she had planned to leave the cozy place she occupied in the Leader newspapers and take a running jump, with a hefty push from her Editor, Mr. Lasantha Wickrematunga, into the seat of the Counsellor (Information) in the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra.