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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908)

“Gaffes” Continue Unabated As US Political Season Heats Up

The US electorate is in for some prolonged debate on Iraq. Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for the 2008 presidential election, Senator John McCain, had to be corrected by his friend Senator Joseph Libierman when both were visiting Iraq last week. McCain's assertion that the Iranian government, dominated by Shia clerics, was supporting the Sunni Islamist group Al Qaeda, was widely described in the media as an “embarrassing gaffe.” Lieberman corrected McCain immediately and McCaian hurriedly said extremists from Iran were coming across not Al Qaeda. The Democrats immediately pounced on the error. To make matters worse, President Bush said on Thursday that Iran’s government has “declared that they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people—some in the Middle East.”

Investigations reveal Sri Lanka Guardian Editor R&AW spies in New Delhi and Chennai

Investigations done by Asian Tribune shows that the Colombo based editor of the Sri Lanka Guardian who has taken a new contract of defending allegedly corrupt diplomats at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London has traveled to Chennai and New Delhi last January for detailed discussions with India's Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) operators who are in charge of Sri Lanka.The investigations show that the chief operator of the Sri Lanka Guardian, Nilantha Illangamuwa traveled to India to meet the R&AW spy B. Raman, and held a four hour long discussion in the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai about ways and means of how to impose the research and analysis plan to install politicians using diplomats, local politicians and "Human rights activists" to form pro-Indian power cells especially in the North and Eastern Provinces of the country.

Left, Right and Center: Concocting Political Labels

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Daya Gamage was right on target in describing the situation Anura Bandaranaike was in. “Governance” has received a variety of titles over the years ranging from extreme right to extreme left, right of center or left of center. It has become a fine art in the US. How liberal is Obama and Is McCain too conservative for the country—these are topics that resonate nowadays as we watch the likely swing in the pendulum away from George Bush’s era. In Sri Lanka, politics started with the conservative D S Senanayake. By the time Sir John Kotalawela took the helm in 1952, the Greens had become dark green. In 1956 everything shifted to left of center as S W R D Bandaranaike captured power with his coalition called MEP with Philip Gunawardene in it. The color was blue. Since then we have seen the pendulum swing to the right and left but generally either right of center or left of center. How good are the labels we put on people?

The Draft Constitution of Burma's Military Rulers

By Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

Once upon a time, a lion, a leopard and a jackal entered into an alliance to go on the hunt together. They went out around the forests and hunted a deer, a goat and a hen. At the end of the day, they sat together to share the preys. The lion asked the leopard to distribute the preys into three shares with fair justice. The leopard said, it would be justifiable to put the deer for the lion, the goat for himself and the hen for the jackal. But before, he could finish his verdict, the lion jumped upon the leopard with a big roar and torn his body into pieces.

Turban is a Sikh Commitment to their Faith, Not a Hat, merican Grand Jury told

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

This is a hate crime case that went before a Grand Jury in Roseberg in the State of Oregon in U.S. but what emerged in the trial is how little Americans are aware of the cultures of others especially the Asians. A Douglas County, Oregon grand jury declined to indict three men for committing a hate crime when they tore off and stole a Sikh trucker’s turban. The grand jury considered the value of the turban and compared it to a hat to which the Sikh Coalition in the United States took offense. The Coalition learned March 20 that the grand jury instead chose to indict the men on a lesser charges of harassment and theft in the third degree.

The Right of Impunity and the Right to Protect

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

When the rulers of a country arrogate unto themselves the right of impunity the people are compelled to look elsewhere for protection. If the judiciary remains relatively independent, if there is a strong and active opposition, if the media is free and forthright, the aggrieved have recourse to democratic and internal institutions in their search for redress. What if the judiciary has been co-opted, the opposition is weak and the media is cowed? What if the citizens are at the mercy of powers that be? Under such circumstances there is a real danger of people taking law into their own hands, of resorting to collective counteractions which are anti-democratic and violent. In just such a situation can the call for ‘benign foreign intervention’, find a fertile breeding ground.

Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 4

By Habib Siddiqui

It is said that a man's real essence is known in times of crisis and tragedy, and how he deals with his adversaries when the circumstances reverse. The second year before the Prophet's (S) migration to Madinah was an unusually sad year. He was nearing 50 and his wife Khadijah (RA) was 65, when she suddenly died. They had lived together in harmony for 25 years. She had been not only his only wife but also his intimate friend, wise counselor, and mother to his entire household including Ali ibn Abi Talib and Zayd ibn Haritha (RA). Then Abi Talib, the uncle of the Prophet (S), died after a brief illness.

Situation in Tibet & His Holiness The Dalai Lama : “Dalai Lama Calls For International Probe-16th March 2008”

By Ramani D.Wickramaratne

In the modern chaotic western world of materialism and the disillusioned western minds, His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s name and Tibetan Buddhism have become synonymous names which have helped innumerable human beings in those countries to find “peace of mind” either by listening to His sermons or by following meditation practices propagated by His Holiness. However, in today’s context in relation to the disturbing news reaching us from Tibet about the riots and the repercussions. His Holiness himself, seems to be of a disturbed mind concerned about His Tibetan compatriots living inside Tibet under Chinese administration.

Investors take profits ahead of the long weekend

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the Colombo bourse took a downturn this week on the back of profit taking observed on few blue chip stocks. Market started off on a low note but moved to gain some ground on Tuesday, however failed to sustain the rise with the indices falling subsequently on Wednesday, the last trading day of the week. All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed the week down by 29.8 points or 1.16 percent at 2536.2 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) fell by 28.1 points or 0.87 percent to stand at 3195.8 points at week’s close.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Eyes of Contempory World Leaders.

By A. Abdul Aziz

In the year 1889 in a small, dusty Indian town in Punjab, some 90 miles from Lahore, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, accepted a covenant of allegiance from his first followers. That first initiation ceremony took place in Ludhiana (Punjab) on March 23rd, 1889, as commanded by God. By taking the Bai’at or the oath of allegiance, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad laid the foundation of this Jama’at. To mark this event, Ahmadi Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the 23rd of March as the “Promised Messiah Day” (Founder’s Day).It was an event that was destined to change the course of history.

Manmohan’s tells detractors: ‘Don’t mess with me’

By Kshama Sunil - Syndicate Features

It was an attack L K Advani will remember for a lifetime. A man whom he had always derided as ‘weak, indecisive and puppet’ was giving him back in full measure to the rapt attention of the Lok Sabha. Congress members were delirious while the BJP’ s Prime Ministerial candidate was in tatters as sober and mild mannered Manmohan Singh went ballistic to project the Leader of the Opposition as a hollow person who has failed to match his deeds with his words. Including in the arena of national security! Also looking on with all curiosity was the Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Left members.

Minister Ameer Ali

Nilantha Illangamuwa

Unfolding new scenarios in the forthcoming East Provincial Council election

Ameer AliEastern Provincial elections is ‘hotting up.’ Except for the Tamil National Alliance who under the orders of Tiger leader not to dabble in the East Provincial Council election, are said to be still undecided, but it seems that they may decide to keep away, but all the other political parties have decided to enter the fray in the forthcoming election. The election formation shows that the United People’s Freedom Alliance is on one side and other political parties are on the other side to oppose the UPFA, though there is no broad opposition alliance to do so. The main opposition party, United National Party led by Ranil Wickramasinghe is planning to enter the election along with Sri Lanka Muslim Congress led by Rauff Hakeem. But Minister Ameer Ali of the UPFA refuted that. He said “No. Rauff Hakeem will not join with the UNP in this election.”