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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

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What to do with Prabhakaran?

By L. Jayasooriya

I am not sure of the wisdom of taking Prabhakaran to the International Court in the Hague as suggested by the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) because it was this same Court, which in the 1960's, left a bad odor in many quarters for rejecting important human rights claims on jurisdictional grounds. Even after a change of personnel, the Court was equally divided, giving the President, Sir Percy Spender of Australia, a deciding or "casting" vote, according to the Northwestern University School of Law, Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights (Volume 1Fall 2003).

More involvement of India would drive the final nails into the coffin of Tamil Tigers says Times

By Walter Jayawardhana

If New Delhi decides to strengthen the hand of President Rajapakse of Sri Lanka and gets more involved in the Sri Lanka problem it would drive the final nail to the coffin of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In its main editorial, the "Hindustan Times" said, “In recent times, the head of its political wing and its military intelligence chiefs have been taken out by the Lankan army and rumors are rife that Prabhakaran himself may be grievously wounded.” Calling the present conflict with the Sri Lanka armed forces an end game for the terrorist group the influential Indian newspaper said President Rajapakse’s hardline policy has the got the Tamil Tigers to be on the run.

Karuna moves from the East to prison in London

The former commander of Prabhakaran's LTTE, Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, and better known as Colonel Karuna, was sentenced for nine month imprisonment in London by Mr. Justice McDowell. He was found guilty of holding false identity documents. Karuna sat behind a protective screen inside the courtroom and listened without expression as the judge handed down the sentence. Karuna broke away from Prabhkaran accusing him of discriminating against the Tamils of the East. He said that Prabhkaran gave all the plum jobs in the LTTE to Jaffna Tamils of the north. After breaking away in 2004, he led his own outfit.

Migrant Earnings to Be Counted as Foreign Aid?

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As the flow of migrant earnings to developing nations continue to rise -- with an estimated high of over 300 billion dollars this year -- should these remittances be counted as part of development aid from the rich to the poor? No way, says Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, until recently chairman of the 130-member Group of 77 developing nations. "We have to be very careful not to allow these remittances to be portrayed by the North as contributions on their part to development. They are trying to do this," he told IPS.

Sri Lankan Rhadeena de Alwis, one of the teenagers, who voiced generation concerns at World Economic Forum

By Walter Jayawardhana

Six young teenage activists including Sri Lanka’s Rhadeena De Alwis represented the voice of a generation when they sent a powerful message to world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos , January 24 organizers of the event said. They discussed their concerns and hopes of today’s youth with acclaimed British actress Emma Thompson and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata. The news comes in the light of a recent global survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the British Council to research the international outlook of young people aged between 11-16 years old.

Another TV Network on air for Sri Lankan and Sri Lankan expatriates in other countries

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The newest television network that goes in the air is Lak Vision – International Satellite Television Broadcaster and its lunch took place at Hotel Colombo Hilton with its Chairman, Nawaz Rajabdeen and host of popular artistes and other guests. This newest television network aims at the Sri Lankan expatriates spread all over the world, with special attention to those who are in the Middle-East and in the EU countries. While the Network is also accessible by the local clientele the programmes that would be telecast for overseas Sri Lankan viewers would also be in Sinhala.

Sri Lanka Navy continues with Tiger search in Peraru jungles

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Personnel of the Special Boat Squadron and naval Patrolmen continue their search operations in the Peraru jungles North of Trincomalee and recovered 6000 live T-56 ammunitions, 53 Rocket Propeller Grenade bombs and 02 T-56 weapons during dark hours last night - on 25 January. Since Security Forces liberated East from the tiger grip last year, activities in the Peraru jungle area has been detected both by the Army and the Navy. Some of the incidents which took place in Peraru jungles and closer to the shore area indicated that those who fled from areas like Toppigala are waiting till the sea tigers reach closer to the shores in order to transfer them back to Mullaitivu.

President Rajapakse discusses Agri-Business in the North and East with FCCISL

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Eleven member strong Business for Peace initiative (BPI) delegation from the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) lead by its President Nawaz Rajabdeen, and Secretary General Samantha Abeywickrama, met President Mahinda Rajapakse last Monday at Temple Trees to discussed issues pertaining to agricultural development, with special reference to North, East and border areas. They also discussed several other vital issues.

Amnesty International Condemns Increasing Number of Arrests in Burma

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Amnesty International condemns the Burmese (Myanmar) government's continued imprisonment of political activists, which new research reveals now stands at 96 arrests since November 1, 2007. "Four months on from the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, rather than stop its unlawful arrests the Burmese government has actually accelerated them. U.N. Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari was told in early November by Prime Minister Thein Sein that arrests had stopped and that no more would take place. Amnesty International's research contradicts that assurance completely," said Catherine Baber, director of Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific program.

Was Kashmir last destination of Christ?

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Did Jesus Christ die on the cross? Or did he migrate to Kashmir after his crucifixion, and lived there till his ripe age of 125? This belief, prevalent in Kashmir for ages, led to the influx of over 1600 Israeli tourists to the terrorist-infested valley last summer. Their main attraction: graves of Christ and Moses. The inquisitive tourists--- ignoring the caveat, issued in Jerusalem recently on Jammu and Kashmir--- flocked to the valley to see the tomb of Christ at Rozabal , Srinagar, and of Moses near Bandipore town in north Kashmir.

Dr. Stanley Samarasinghe

Ambassador Ashley Wills,

Bernard Goonetilleke

Rhadeena De Alwis

Assault Rifles

Rocket Launchers


“Central Idea of Secession is the Essence of Anarchy” echoes former American Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Bernard Goonetilleke“It was not the abrogation of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) that would lead to increased violence, but it was the ever increasing violence and grave provocations that led the government to abrogate the CFA.” At a time the West, foreign-funded NGOs operating in Sri Lanka, the conservative opposition United National Party and the pro-LTTE lobby both in Sri Lanka and in Western nations fault the Government of Sri Lanka for unilaterally abrogating the CFA the above core argument was brought up at a erudite discussion in Washington’s Capitol Hill on Friday January 25. Sri Lanka ambassador in Washington Bernard Goonetilleke refuted the argument that the abrogation of the CFA leads to greater violence. Instead he says it was the violence that led the Government to abrogate the CFA which was confined to a piece of paper.