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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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Arrival in Beijing

The ‘Security Vacuum’ in Jerusalem

By Nicola Nasser

Jerusalem, the casus belli of the Palestinian national struggle of liberation and the rallying cry of the Zionist movement for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, was recently described as becoming “a terror hub,” a “hotbed” of violent Palestinian neighborhoods and as being “encircled” by “a security vacuum,” where going into the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat “is more dangerous than the (northern West Bank) Jenin refugee camp,” according to the Israeli former “defense” minister who now holds the transport portfolio, Shaul Mofaz, and the director of Israel’s internal security agency “Shin Bet,” Yuval Diskin, respectively.

Compassion and Forgiveness: The Resolution to all Conflict

By Ven. Walpola Piyananda - Chief Nayaka Thera of America

I was deeply touched by the statement made today by the newly-elected Eastern Province Chief Minister, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, a former LTTE terrorist: "We (the LTTE) in hiding, were starving in Maduru-Oya sometime back. A young Sinhala woman carrying an infant brought me food and drink. I inquired from her about her husband and she said the LTTE killed him. Her reply made me speechless. Her husband was killed by the LTTE and she was still offering the terrorists food and drinks. It was then that I decided to give up terrorism."

Government extends state of emergency by one month-UNP abstained from voting -TNA opposed

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Government of Sri Lanka extended the State of Emergency by one month. The motion to extend the state emergency has been passed in Sri Lanka Parliament by a majority of 72 votes. At the voting 84 votes were cast in favor of the motion, while 20 votes opposed it. The JVP and the NFF voted in favor of the motion together with the government. Only the TNA voted against the motion, while UNP parliamentarians were absent in the House at the time of voting. According to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, security forces are systematically defeating the terrorists. He said, as a result many victories were made in recent times.

Kalpitiya to be developed as a special tourist centre

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Government has decided to develop Kalpitiya Peninsula as a special Tourist Centre and a master plan to be prepared on it. It was found that Kalpitiya peninsula is a unique destination with a cluster of 14 islands and five of them are inhabited while the rest are frequented only by the seasonal fishing community. The Kalpitiya Integrated Resort Project was initiated as far back as 2003 and action was initiated to prepare a Master Plan, but there was a delay due to no funds for basic infrastructure prior to other constructions.

"Keep the Lion flag flying high" – Sri Lanka President

Arrival in BeijingSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for China yesterday morning to attend the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics, on an official invitation by the Government of the People's Republic of China. Sources revealed that Chinese vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Wu Dawei, who was in Colombo last week to attend the 15th SAARC Summit, personally extended the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakss on behalf of the Government of the People's Republic of China, as a special guest of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

'Harpos Pizza' expands into SAARC region

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Popular Restaurateur, Harpo Gooneratne announced plans to take his reputed Sri Lankan home-grown brand "Harpos Pizza" to the neighbouring Maldive Islands, as part of an ambitious plan to expand into the SAARC region. 'Harpos Pizza' is already one year old in Sri Lankan market and enjoys a fast growing clientele, comprising both Sri Lankans and expatriates. Gooneratne said that he was proud to market a Sri Lankan brand beyond the shores of this country. "The trial runs in fact has proved very successful with an excellent feedback all round”, he said.

India's Sri Lanka role: Then and now

By Janaka Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe's remarks over Isira Radio Channel this week on India and his reminiscences of the events of July 1987 seems to have highly disturbed some quarters. Copies of the Tamil Nadu Tamil publication 'Ananda Vikatan' (that conducted a survey claiming that over half the TN population is pro-LTTE) have surreptitiously found their way into Sea Street, Pettah, according to Samarasinghe. The issue he says carries a huge photo of Prabhakaran and runs an interview with Tiger 'Peace Secretariat' Chief Nadesan where he has the audacity to say that the Sri Lanka Government should listen to the LTTE since it is they who represent the Tamil people!

Lanka’s Heroine: "I am Ready to Make Sri Lanka Proud"

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Lanka's Heroine"I have trained well and ready and I hope to make Sri Lanka proud," said Sri Lankan team leader to the Beijing Olympic Games Susanthika Jayasinghe prior to her departure to the Games from Los Angeles. She has taken part in three Olympic Games and won the silver medal once. Susanthika exudes confidence after her vigorous training program and seems to be in top physical condition to compete. She added: "I sincerely thank President Mahinda Rajapaksa for making my stay in LA so very fruitful.

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As China tries to boost its international image, playing host to a summer Olympic games, the government in Beijing is being singled out as a key arms supplier to some of the world's worst human rights abusers, according to a new study released here. Although China controls only 2 percent of the global arms market, Beijing’s impact "is measured less by the value of its sales than by the character of its clients," says William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. A brief by the Washington-based non-profit public policy institute, released Wednesday, points out that China is currently "an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers", including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma).

Two more LTTE cadres arrested in Tamil Nadu for storing material for LTTE arsenal in Kilinochchi

By Walter Jayawardhana

One with high tech communication equipment and the other with the a load of the chemical, potassium nitrate, used for explosives-both meant for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka have been arrested by the anti-terrorist unit of the Tamil Nadu Police. The Q Branch of the Tamil Nadu police made two separate arrests on last Monday as well as again on Tuesday.

Burma: Twenty Years of military rule, the youth and alternative approach to democracy

By Zaw Nay Aung

Burmese across the world will celebrate their 20th anniversary cries for freedom on 8th August which is also the first day of China's Olympics. 1988 popular uprising of Burma widely known as 'Four 8s uprising' toppled General Ne Win and his Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP), however, successive military regimes kept iron-gripping the power for the last two decades. The regime is still surviving international pressures and dictatorship is still flourishing. Since 1988 nationwide campaigns, thousands of political prisoners spent their lives in dark, damp and tiny cells for decades. Some of them lost their lives in the torture chambers while others ended in blood and sweat of labor camps and hellish prisons across the country.

At the Olympic Village

At the Olympic Village

Lanka's Heroine

Ceasaefire Violations

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

The latest revelation that President George Bush has charged the Pakistan Spy Agency the ISI of tipping- off the militants in the NWFP area before the US conducts the raids is quite significant. The charge came during the meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani had with Bush in Washington. The American leader has quite clearly told his guest that the ISI has developed a deep nexus with Al-Qaeda linked terrorist outfits and is frustrating all actions against the militants. The 'leak' only vindicates Indian charge that the ISI is behind the attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul. The National Security Advisor Mr. M.K.Narayanan had soon after the attack pleaded for 'destroying' the ISI as it was doing immense harm to building a friendly relationship between India and Pakistan.