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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Wars of Domination

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Army Commander deserves to be praised for his frankness. In an interview with the state owned 'Daily News' he had spelled out how the Fourth Eelam War is perceived by the powers that be – as a war between the majority and the minorities for the control of Sri Lanka: "Like any other country in the world where people have to fight wars to safeguard the territorial integrity of their countries they have to go through hardships. They have to spend a lot of money. They have to sacrifice. The Sinhala nation has to sacrifice if you want to protect the country and survive….. In any democratic country the majority should rule the country. This country will be ruled by the Sinhalese community which is the majority representing 74 percent of the population" (The Daily News – 19.7.2008).

Luncheons, dinners, biddings, open trade offs mark run up to trust vote in PM Singh

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The run up to the trust vote Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is seeking in the Indian Parliament on Monday is marked by luncheons, dinners, biddings and open trade offs in rival camps amidst indications that the Singh's Congress party managers have managed to push the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to what they call comfort zone in the numbers game. Though till Saturday the going rate for a rebel MP willing to go with the ruling alliance was put at around Rs. 35 crore, the count down for the crucial trial of strength the Prime Minister will be facing for the first time in his four and half year rule appears to have pushed up the going to rate Rs. 100 crore.

SAARC leaders to take a common position on the scourge of terrorism, developing together- Dr. Palitha Kohona

Dr. Palith Kohona Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary, when speaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ said that Government of Sri Lanka is taking all the required arrangements to make the 15th SAARC Summit a success. He pointed out that SAARC leaders when they meet, they intend to formulate common positions on the climate changes, energy crisis, developing together, and on the subject of elimination of poverty. He also emphasized, "Leaders will also explore further ways of cooperating to eliminate this scourge of terrorism that has affected all the countries of South Asia." The SAARC conference is scheduled to take place from 27 July to 1st August and the 15th Summit from 2nd to 3rd August in Colombo. Leaders of all the eight member countries are expected to participate in the Summit. Dr, Palitha Kohona said that Security arrangements are in place and said that the security of the summit is essentially a Sri Lanka’s responsibility.

EU MEPs' delegation arrived in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

EU Parliamentary Delegation is now in Sri Lanka . It is led by EU Parliamentarian Robert Evans , who was a British MP. Deputy Leader of the delegation Niranjan Deva Adithya , who is a Sri Lanka said the the MEPs delegation will meet Cabinet ministers, Political parties, Civil societies , Media and the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivaneshathurai Chandrakanthan. During their six day stay in Sri Lanka, the delegation would discuss regarding GSP Plus status and several other issues with Sri Lankan authorities.

Foreign Ministry will move supplementary vote for the forthcoming SAARC Summit.

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry I will move a supplementary votes in parliament on Tuesday to obtain Rs. 2,880,180,332 for the forthcoming SAARC summit. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama will present this estimate and the parliament will hold a six hour debate on this proposal. According to the parliament sources this is about the recurrent expenditure will be Rs.401,881,272.00 and Capital expenditure will be Rs.2,478,299,060.00. It contained allocations for fuel - some Rs. 45,994,935 and food and uniforms, most likely for the deployed security personnel and ushering staff amounting to Rs. 540,000.

Final Report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Final Report of the 'Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor' was issued by the Ministry of Tourism. The High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor—an independent global initiative—set out three years ago by United Nations Development Programme to explore how nations can reduce poverty through reforms that expand access to legal protection and opportunities for all. The Commission’s unique mission was built on the conviction that poverty can only be eradicated if governments give all citizens, especially the poor, a legitimate stake in the economy by extending the rule of law, making access to users’ and property rights and other legal protections, not the privilege of the few, but the right of all citizens.

Mugabe’s Zimbabwe Today: The Stranglehold of the Superpowers & the IMF in action. Lessons for Sri Lanka.

Mugabe was a guerilla fighter who fought tooth and nail against the colonial domination of his country. At last in 1978 the guerilla forces forced the British to cede independence. Under the Lancaster House Agreement of 1979, Britain, the country that had ruled Rhodesia from 1890 to 1965, when Ian Smith declared independence unilaterally, agreed to pay compensation to white famers who will be dispossessed of their land when the land will be taken over and distributed to the indigenous people. This was argued necessary because the colonial ruler, the British had taken over these lands from the communities that controlled these unoccupied commonly held lands without the payment of any compensation and had thereafter sold these lands to foreign-mainly British planters at nominal- very low rates and they had established plantations and had thereby amassed fortunes over decades.

Rushdie Best of Booker Winners

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Most literary punters had predicted that Salman Rushdie would walk away with the Best of Booker award rather than any of the other five literary heavyweights who were also nominated for the coveted prize. They proved right with Rushdie receiving more than a third of votes in a global poll. So, the announcement in London of his honour on July 10 doesn’t come as a surprise. But it will be a surprise—a welcome one, though—if the innumerable Rushdie-baiters around the world refrain from re-igniting a war of words followed by violent protests against the Mumbai-born author.

Dr. Palith Kohona

US State Department ‘Misreading’ of Sri Lanka and July 2008 Congressional Resolution Match Well

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune – An Analysis

English novelist Kingsley Amis once famously said 'If you can’t annoy somebody there’s little point in writing' and, in discussing the Sherman-Pallone-Weller sponsored July 10, 2008 resolution on Sri Lanka in the US House of Representatives it is not a political expedition to bring into surface what State Department assistant secretary Even Feigenboun, who recently visited Colombo, 'understood' of the situation in Sri Lanka, and to highlight the importance of how the LTTE lobbying and funds have helped to stabilize 'pro-Tamil Tiger psychology' in the minds of the leading US Congressmen.