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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

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Tamil Tiger Links with Islamist Terrorist Groups

By Shanaka Jayasekara

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is known to have an active presence in several informal sectors such as credit card cloning, money laundering and human smuggling in Europe and North America. However, the LTTE has emerged as a formidable force and influence within the informal arms market and such has attracted collaborative arrangements with other terrorist groups. The LTTE has developed close relationships with several Islamist groups operating in such networks in a mutually beneficial manner.

Women Out in the Cold at Peace Talks

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As the United Nations continues its two-week long discussions on the status of women worldwide, there is one nagging fact hovering around the conference rooms in the Secretariat: peacemaking is still largely in the hands of "men in suits, puffing on cigars". This is primarily male-dominated territory, says Gina Torry, coordinator of the non-governmental Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. As an example, she points out that there is no gender adviser to the ongoing peace talks on Darfur, Sudan, where women and children are the most victimised in what the United States calls "genocide".

UNP Democratic group on Ranil's decision to support 13th amendment to the constitution.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Democratic group of the United National Party says it is pleased with opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s decision to support the implementation of the 13th amendment to the constitution. In a media briefing held yesterday, at the UNP Headquarters, Minister Rajitha Senarathne said a political settlement to the north east problem should be brought while defeating terrorism. The biggest challenge faced by the country in present days is to create a favorable atmosphere for the people in the north and east to live freely.

The (faulty) arithmetic of federalists

By Malinda Seneviratne

Recently I read an article by one Rohini Hensman who claimed that ‘tens of thousands of Tamils had been killed in July 1983’. Even the most passion-swelled number does not exceed 3000 and this is a fraction of the total number of Tamils living in the areas where the violence took place. The vast majority that survived those dark days survived in part because Sinhalese intervened, not because all Sinhalese are non-racist (all communities have communal-minded and chauvinistic elements in their midst), but because there are decent human being in all communities.

Relax Somawansa; Manmohan Singh will not do a Rajiv-type R2P

By G. Godabanda

I love Manmohan Singh and India. His predecessors of course constitute a different kettle of fish. They not only didn’t check terrorism but actually nurtured the menacing evil. Rajiv Gandhi paid with his life for the naiveté and, arguably, the arrogance. That was a different time, a different world. True. That was a time where the rules were different; a time when electoral realities won over principle and integrity to stated political position, a time when double-standards did not come under scrutiny. Heck, there was no internet back then and information was not as accessible as it is now.

Several Sri Lankan Diplomatic Appointments Finalized

Names of Daya Perera and Senaka Walagampaya the new appointees as High Commissioners have already been submitted to the Sri Lanka Parliament’s High Post Committee for necessary perusal and approval. Daya Perera PC is to take over as Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in Ottawa. During the UNP regime Perera served as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Senaka Walgampaya PC, a SLFP Lawyer is to take over as High Commissioner to Australia. According to government sources, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, who was the Former Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take over as the Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

Massacre of Palestinians: Restrain Israel

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Arrogance and terror instinct displayed by Israel in its intermittent attacks on Palestine and Lebanon need no illustrations. Israelis have forced the Palestinians to be on the run literally by systematically creating huddles in their lives, apart from killing some of them on a day-to-day basis. Tens of thousands of Palestinian women and children living in Gaza strip formed a human chain stretching the length of the coastal territory in protest on 25 February against the Israeli siege endangering the lives of Palestinians entrapped in Gaza strip. Israel's military, determined to crush any kind of protest against their atrocities against Palestinians, has further strengthened positions along its border with Gaza ahead of the demonstration against the months-long blockade of the territory.

Anusha Palpita - New Chairman for State Radio Tasked to Resuscitate from its Present Financial Crisis.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The new acting Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation is tasked with to resuscitate state organization from its present financial crisis. Yesterday, Senior Administrative Officer, Anusha Palpita, commenced duties as the acting chairman of the SLBC, the state owned radio station. In the meantime, he will also continue to function as the Director of the Department of Government Information in addition to commitments at the SLBC. The new chairman addressing employees said correct administrative decisions will be taken to carry forward activities of the Corporation on a proper path.

Introspection on Deoband Declaration

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

It is imperative to see that even some hard core BJP 'sevaks' are speaking about organizing debate on mutual understanding among Hindus and Muslims in India after the Anti-Terrorism Deoband Conference on 25 February. It is also appreciable that national and international media both print and electronic are taking the 'Deoband Declaration' with the same letter and spirit that the issue actually deserved. The discussions on various web sites and TV talks where a few participants have understandably put their views honestly are encouraging.

Decisive Moment for Clinton as Four States Hold Primaries

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Finally, we might see the Democratic and Republican nominees after Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island vote today. John McCain will get the nomination most likely by winning one of the two states, while it will be make or break time for Hillary Clinton who is behind Barrack Obama in the delegate county by 110. If Clinton wins both primaries, she is most likely to receive a momentum boost making her remain in the fight until the big primary in Pennsylvania in April 25. She would be virtually eliminated if she loses all four states. There are 370 Democratic delegates at stake in four states, but the party's system of awarding delegates proportionally will make it tough for either candidate to post big gains. Currently, Obama leads with 1,386 delegates, including separately chosen party and elected officials known as super delegates. Clinton has 1,276. A Democratic candidate must win 2,025 delegates to get nominated.