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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Somawansa Amerasinghe

Shattering the myth of Tamil Homeland Fantasy

Benard Goonatilleke has urged the United States of America to afford Sri Lanka the strength to remain "one nation indivisible." He pointed out “Sri Lanka has no Pledge of Allegiance to its flag. If it had one, it would be no different than that of the United States: "One nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." In his article in today’s "Washington Times," Sri Lanka’s veteran diplomat in Washington shatters the myth of “Tamil Homeland Fantasy,” of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil rebel entity which is demanding for the separate state of Tamil Eelam on some illogical political premise.

Heart to Heart Chat with Somawansa – 6

By K T Rajasingham

Somawansa AmerasingheJVP leader Somawansa expressed his views on the economic situation and its inherent bias towards inequality, the role of the government and the private sectors, when continuing his dialogue with the Asian Tribune. The disparities between income groups, provinces and district were also discussed.

Playing with the Future

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Vellupillai Pirapaharan’s commitment to a separate state for Tamils cannot be doubted. For most of his life he has lived for it and someday he will die for it. Ironically his vision of this separate state and the methods he uses to make it a reality have undermined not just his capacity to achieve it but also the well being and the future of the people on whose behalf he has claimed it. Mr. Pirapaharan wants not a Tamil Eelam but a Tiger Eelam, a state under his domination, a state that excludes Sinhalese and Muslims as well as any Tamil unwilling to accept his overlordship. Mr. Pirapaharan is also indiscriminate in his choice of means to achieve his goal; for him the end is "all."

Presidential Spouses Take Center Stage but Not as Running Mates

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Political spouses has occupied a special role in politics. Sri Lankans know what it is to have a spouse succeed the husband as the Prime Minister as when in 1960 Sri Lanka had the world’s first woman Prime Minister. Americans are now contemplating the possibility of a first woman President, if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential race. Of course, Bill Clinton would become the first gentleman of American history. Spouses are now increasingly popular as independent surrogates for their partners. Barrack Obama really got the attention of the world when almost in sheer desperation he said “I don’t know whom I am running against,” when Bill Clinton was turning the heat on Obama in South Carolina. Hillary retorted back “We both have passionate and committed spouses, I am proud of that.”

Section of Sri Lankan Media Continues to Undermine Mahinda Loyalists

By T.B. Tennekoon in London

A section of Sri Lankan media continues to undermine Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists. They include Gotabhaya, Basil, Nivad and Dr. Kohona. The modus operandum is simple. Use some marginally accurate information, dress it up in fluent English, throw in a concocted statement in Sinhala written in roman script and serve it as fact. The goal appears to be to undermine the credibility of the few who made tremendous sacrifices to respond to the call of the nation, took personal risks in publicly advancing Mahinda's goals, in the case of Dr. Palitha Kohona, he went before the world media and uncompromisingly confronted the LTTE taking tremendous risks, at a time when many in senior positions kept their heads well below the line of fire. If these souls could be dispirited and forced to go, Mahinda himself will be forced to return to the clutches of the usual self seekers. The strategy has failed so far.

Share market maintains upward trend

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the market was able to maintain the upward momentum this week with interest generated across a range of stocks. Market this week saw improved investor enthusiasm, gaining almost 43.8 All Share Price Index (ASPI) points during the first three days of trading, but inched downward on Friday, loosing 20.8 points on the back of few blue-chip counters loosing ground. Overall during the week the ASPI advanced by 0.86 percent or 21.3 points to close at 2485.1 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed up 1.25 percent or 38.8 points at 3132.7 points.

How to Stop Human Rights Violations against Rohingyas

By - Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

The Rohingya community of Arakan, Burma is one of the most down-trodden ethnic minorities of the world.They are victim of political oppression, economic exploitation, cultural slavery and communal violence in their ancestral land Arakan where they have been living centuries after centuries. Arakan which is a land of one of the most fertile regions in Asia with great variety of unexplored resources, has turned into a land of bloods and tears since the beginning of the 20th century where the Rohingyas have been groaning under the crushing wheels of either state sponsored terrorists or the religious fanatics decades after decades.

Infamous NGO opens front to provide space for LTTE along with their foreign minders

By Ranjith Soysa – Melbourne

Sri Lanka people and their elected Government have realised that the LTTE has to be defeated if the country has to be liberated economically. They have proved the earlier publicized statement that the LTTE cannot be defeated a myth. Yet, the NGO mafia and their foreign minders continue to plot to prevent the demise of the LTTE. The latest move is by International Alert to open fronts in the UK, Australia and Canada to promote “Corporate Social Responsibility” of Sri Lankan business community by having seminars in foreign countries! The first seminar is planned to be held at a University in Queensland by International Alert in collaboration with Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict studies. The budget for the seminar will exceed AUD 100,000- (SLRs approx I million) most probably with funding from Australian Government sources and the Universities.

Retooling Pakistan Army

By Adnan Gill

One doesn't put a call to a blacksmith to get a piece of jewelry fixed, because blacksmith’s sledgehammer lacks the precision achieved only from a jeweler’s craft hammer. Similarly, it's a mistake to send an army to put down highly elusive and mobile terrorists. For the last 60 years, Pakistani Army had been indoctrinated and trained to fight a foe six times larger of its size. But the rules of the game have changed: ‘real-time intelligence’, ‘speed’, and ‘precision’ are the reigning principles modern armies live by now.