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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Dr. Peter Leitner

Heart to Heart With Somawansa Amerasinghe (3)

By K T Rajasingham

Somawansa AmerasingheThe JVP leader Mr.Somawansa Amerasinghe talks today of a commission and how to do away with racial discrimination. He says that there should be an official body in every province a national integration commission to do away with the racial discrimination in the country. In the meantime, yesterday K.T.Rajasingham pointed out, “For the simple reason, right from the beginning the day when Legislative and Executive Councils were set up after 1833, they had members representing the Tamils and they had a member for up country Sinhalese, a member for low country Karava Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers and the plantation Tamils of the up country, separately. The ethnicity was given an important place. And we all thought only of Tamil nationals, Sinhalese nationals and Muslim nationals and we never thought ourselves as Sri Lankans. Somawansa Amerasinghe responded, “That is why we blame our leaders."

Britain and the shameful virginity tests

By Albert J. Fernando, Edmonton, Canada

When various British diplomats, MPs and other professionals are condemning the human rights record of Sri Lanka, it is pertinent to ask them about their own record on this subject. Perhaps they may have forgotten the shameful virginity tests that the British Government carried out on women from Asian and African countries at Heathrow Airport just 3 decades ago. Many Asian and African women who arrived to marry Asian or African men living in Britain were subject to tests at Heathrow Airport, to find out whether they indeed were virgins!

Prabhakaran’s Intensified Genocide Mission but Human Right Groups' Maintain Complete Silence

By Ruwan Weerakoon - Colombo

Since from February 2nd to 4th, Prabhakaran’s LTTE had killed 41 innocent civilians including school children and women, and wounded about 189 innocent civilians. It is very surprising to note that the so called Human Rights groups has so far failed to s condemned the LTTE's brutal attacks of innocent civilians, most observers noted. Do they justify those attacks? The so called Human Rights groups try always used their level best to stop military operations in north making statements that Civilian Human rights were being violated.

Ethnic Cleansing by LTTE Terrorists Must be condemned: SPUR

Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) had unreservedly condemned the Tamil Tiger Terrorist’s barbaric acts in the past week centered on killing innocent citizens, mostly Sinhalese civilians. Spur has urged the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse to work with the armed forces commanders, the clergy, other political parties and civic organizations to unite the citizenry and focus on one single objective, eliminating the LTTE terrorists.

War in Sri Lanka is the Legacy left by the European Colonialism - Dr.Peter Leitner

By-Leel Pathirana - Asian Tribune

Dr. Peter LeitnerDr. Peter Leitner, is the President Higgins Counter Terrorism Research Center, and former Professor with the National Center for Bio Defense of the George Mason University US. He is also a Senior Fellow and Professor with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies responsible for Terrorism, Intelligence, and Cyber War issues. Dr.Leitner has over 30 years of Federal service in a variety of national security positions including 21 years in the Department of Defense. He has testified numerous times before the US Congress and he holds a Doctorate from the University of Southern California and four Master's degrees as well. Dr.Leitner's in-depth study and understanding about the country's Separatist Conflict has brought the attention and admiration of many Sri Lankans who are living in and out of Sri Lanka. Dr.Leitner has stated that Sri Lanka is the world's greatest learning lab for Countering Terrorism.

Sri Lanka at 60……

By Palitha Senanayake

Sri Lanka became independent from Britain 60 years ago through a transition of power from British colonials to elected locals. ‘We Ceylonese were lucky’ said the Sri Lankan leaders of the time, ‘that we could attain independence in a bloodless transformation when India had to wage a bloody struggle, for years, to win independence’. But soon such thinking proved to be sanguine devoid of ground realities in the wake of blood letting that commenced just 23rd years (1971) after that ceremony. Enough blood has flown and still continue to flow since then, making a mockery of that ‘independence’ making it more a mere exercise in preserving the colonial status quo rather than delivering independence in the true sense of the word to a nation battered by a 400 year western intransigence.

Bus passengers faced number of hardships in Colombo

By a special correspondent in Colombo

Bus travelers faced numerous hardships yesterday due to road blocks and vehicle search operations conducted by the Police and its Civil Vigilant Committees. Most of the roadblocks were manned by members of the Civil Vigilant Committee, the passengers said.
“Some members of the Vigilant Committees couldn’t understand even very simple sentences said in English, said an elderly lady who faced an inspection carried out by the Civil Vigilant Committee members. “We faced number of hardships due to the vehicle search operations conducted by the Police and the Civil Vigilant Committee members in Maharagama, said another passenger.

13 civilians killed and 16 others injured at a claymore explosion at Ethawatunuwewa

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

A total of 13 civilians have been killed and 16 others including children injured when suspected separatist Tamil Tiger terrorists detonated a roadside bomb attacking a Ceylon Transport Bord (CTB ) bus at Ethawatunuwewa around 4 P.M., (Sri Lanka time) this evening. The bus was plying from Anudradhapura to Janakapura at a location close to "Kobbakaduwa Junction".

Coastal Radar Image

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Somawansa Amerasinghe

Indian Fishing Trawlers in Northern Seas; SL Navy Seeks Indian Assistance

By Ravin Edirisinghe in Colombo

Coastal Radar ImageCoastal Radars located in Talaimannar yesterday (04) around 6.30 pm detected more than 450 Indian trawlers in the seas North of Talaimannar closer to the Iranathivu Island. A small naval boat present in the area noted one fishing boat making attempts to seize the attention the naval units by pretending to be disabled. When two small naval boats closed up to render assistance they were fired upon by the Indian boat and another Indian Trawler which was closer to the scene. The naval units avoid retaliating due to the presence of a large number of Indian fishing trawlers. Speaking to Asian Tribune Commander DKP Dassanayake; the Naval Spokesman stated that one small boat of the Navy sustained damages and they are conducting search operations along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).