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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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LTTE adamantly rejected to surrender or decommission arms as precondition for talks

By Walter Jayawardhana

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) refused to surrender or decommission arms as precondition for any peace talks with Sri Lanka government. The Sri Lanka government said earlier that if they wanted to start peace negotiations once again the LTTE should surrender or de-commission their arms. The LTTE’s rejection of the government proposal means that the military conflict between the government and the separatist terrorists would continue.

Forum of Canadian Sri Lankan Against Terrorism welcome the ban on World Tamil Movement

Forum of Canadian Sri Lankan Against Terrorism thanked the Conservative Government of Canada for listing World Tamil Movement, a Terrorist organization. A statement released by the Forum said, "We thank the Government of Canada on behalf of thousands of voiceless innocent Sri Lankan Canadians who were facing threats and intimidations on a daily basis from Tamil Tiger terrorists attached to WTM. This ban will encourage innocent Sri Lankans to come forward and give more information about LTTE terrorists in Canada. More importantly this ban will decrease attacks against innocent civilians in Sri Lanka and it will help to eradicate LTTE terrorism from Sri Lanka and from the world."

The CPJ projects ‘Freedom of Expression’ in a twist

By Palitha Senanayake

Committee to Protect Journalists' criticism of the Defence Ministry’s press release revolves around this particular posting made on the 31st May, what the ordinary citizens of Sr Lanka would wish to know is what really is so abhorrent that the CPJ finds in the above posting of the Defense ministry? We would like CPJ to please read it again. It states about "False allegations and baseless criticism against the armed forces personnel" and goes on to say that such persons or institutes are traitors and hence they should better identify themselves with the LTTE rather than pontificate as crusaders of media freedom. Arent those who make false allegations against the armed forces personal at this decisive time of this long drawn out conflict not traitors?

DMK snaps ties with PMK, No threat to Karunanidhi Government

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

True to expectations, DMK Tuesday evening announced an end to its alliance with the PMK at the end of a long meeting of party seniors chaired by patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi. The charge: the party father- son has violated the coalition dharma, a charge the doctor duo had leveled against the Karunanidhi government itself. PMK, a party of mainly Vanniyars, is a key constituent of DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) of Chief Minister Karunanidhi in Chennai and the Congress led United Progressive Alliance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi. It has 18 MLAs but is not a member of the Karunanidhi cabinet. It has however two Ministers in Delhi, one of them Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The party has 6 MPs.

Assessing the Role of President Mahinda Rajapakse

Professor Laksiri Fernando - University of Colombo

Mahinda RajapakseIt is high time to assess President Mahinda Rajapakse’s leadership role in Sri Lanka, critically and comprehensively, particularly in respect of peace, as he will be completing three years in office as the country’s Executive President, in five months from now. This article is only one effort. Among the leaders of the country after independence, he has already earned an image, within and outside Sri Lanka, as a man to be reckoned with both in national and international politics. Whether in the forums of the United Nations or the meetings of the Commonwealth Heads of State, he does not seem to mince his words when it comes to matters of principle. In all other circumstances, he is always a mild, modest, unpretentious and even a humble personality. While the former seems to emerge from his down-to-earth political convictions, the latter undoubtedly is a product of his rural and Buddhist upbringing.

The best service to human values is making collective efforts at social welfare – Posan Message by President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapakse"The best service to human society is making collective efforts at social welfare that eschews all divisions. Moved by this belief my government has initiated several projects to prevent social degradation and build a society imbued with religious fervor, offering comfort to all," states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message to the nation on Poson Full Moon.

Sri Lanka High Commission Accountant Mugged in London: 4000 British Pounds Snatched Away

The Sri Lanka High Commission paid a high price and the life of the accountant was barely saved when he was mugged in front of 13 Hyde Park Gardens, the Chancellery of the High Commission in London. Police sources said, 4000 British Pounds was mugged from Ranjith Perera, Accountant of the High Commission, when he was returning from the HSBC Bank in Paddington in London to his office on foot on June 17, about 2.30 p.m. Though large amount of cashe being carried to the High Commission and back to the bank almost daily, the police investigations have found the High Commission authorities never provide him with any transport or security although the mission employs a large fleet of vehicles.

Waterboarding, slapping, sensory deprivation – all on US torture list: US Senate Scrutiny begins

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

American military officials tasked with training US troops to resist enemy interrogations provided Pentagon lawyers with a list of abusive tactics that could be used in prisons such as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq, the U.S.Senate armed services committee heard Tuesday, June 17. It also emerged at the hearing that US officials "hid" Guantanamo prisoners who had been harshly interrogated from the international committee of the Red Cross, the body empowered to monitor compliance with Geneva Convention rules on treatment of military prisoners.

30 Tamil Tigers arrested in Italy

Nearly 30 suspected members of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorists group have been arrested in Italy, the anti-terrorist police said on Tuesday. The police statement said that all the arrested persons are originally from Sri Lanka and detained in several cities. Some 200 police were involved in the operation which saw raids across the country from Naples in the south to Bologna in the north, and also on the island of Sicily.

UNP Executive Committee temporarily resolved its internal crisis to strengthen the future Party activities

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The UNP Executive Committee resolved its internal crisis to strengthen the future Party activities .The Working Committee appointed a Committee comprising Senior members of the party which included Parliamentarians, Joseph Michael Perera, John Amaratunge, Jaywickrema Perera , Amara Ratnayake and Renuka Herath to look into and strengthen the future activities of the Party. The heated Executive Committee meeting of the United National Party (UNP) that took place yesterday ended up with a decision to pass the party leadership crisis to a council of senior members.

Pakistan's Buddhist Gandhara heritage

By Janaka Perera

Today (Poson full moon day June 18) Sri Lankan Buddhists commemorate the arrival in this country of Arahat Mahinda with the message of the Dhamma. Yet Gandhara – the pinnacle of Buddhist Civilization at the time Venerable Mahinda's father, Emperor Ashoka, ruled a greater part of the Indian sub-continent – seems to have received little attention among the majority of Buddhists here. It is from Gandhara that Buddhism spread to Sri Lanka and other Asian countries during Ashoka's reign.

Don Bosco Salasians to go back to their roots to save youth and children

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a communiqué sent by Don Bosco Salasians Sri Lanka indicated that Rev Fr Anthony Humer Pinto, Sri Lanka Country Director/Provincial Superior has attended the 26th General Chapter of Global Don Bosco Salasians in Rome and in his address to the 26th General Chapter has said that Sri Lanka which is universally known as the pearl or the tear drop in the Indian Ocean, today drenched in tears and could now be identified as a valley of tears, smeared with blood.

President Mahinda Rajapakse

President Mahinda Rajapakse

President Mahinda Rajapakse

Failure in the propaganda front and its effects

By S. Akurugoda

According media reports, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has blamed his government's poor international reputation on "propaganda" by the Tamil Tigers. "We have failed in the propaganda fight," he told 'The Times' in an interview during his visit to London for the Commonwealth meeting. As the President quite correctly identified, though his government has taken steps to confront the terrorist outfit militarily, apparently not enough attention has been made to counteract the effects of false propaganda machinery of the LTTE.

'Somali Cause' raises doubts on the recent Somali Peace Agreement in Djibouti

Somali Cause in a press statement has alleged that despite the desirable effort by United Nations to help end the Somali crisis, the last Djibouti conference, held between May 30th and June 9th, 2008 did not address the core causes of the Somali plight. It added that the peace agreement resulting from this effort was too vague and ambiguous. There are no concrete measurements or milestones. Also lacking is oversight and a clear mandate.

A Lesson from History

By Irshad Haqqani

In 1973 the war between Arabs and Israel was about to start. Meanwhile an American Senator visited Israel on a special mission. He was chief of the Senate Arms Committee. A meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was arranged immediately. Golda Meir welcomed him into her home, like any common housewife welcoming a family guest. She took him to the kitchen. While seating him at the kitchen dining table, she went over to prepare tea for the guest. As the water was kept for boiling, she came over and sat on a chair near the dining table. She opened the discussion regarding planes, missiles, and guns. In the course of negotiations, she got the aroma of the brew.


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