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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella

How Tamil Tigers increased their Influence in U.S. under Professional Sri Lankan diplomats in Washington

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

"Unlike standard diplomacy, which might be described as the ways in which government leaders communicate with each other at the highest level, public diplomacy focuses on the way in which a country, acting deliberately or inadvertently, through both officials and private individuals and institutions, communicates with citizens in other societies. But like standard diplomacy, it starts from the premise that dialogue, rather than sales pitch, is often central to achieving the goals of foreign policy. To be effective, public diplomacy must be seen as two-way street. It involves not only shaping the message(s) that a country wishes to present abroad, but also analyzing and understanding the ways that the message is interpreted by diverse societies and developing tools of listening and conversation as well as the tools of persuasion."

Female Suicide Bombers: A social catastrophe?

Sanjeewa Karunaratne

Fifty-seven people died and 287 wounded in three separate suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk on the July 28. These incidents may take a backstage given the violence in Iraq, but the hidden significance of these attacks remains: all were carried out by women. Suicide attacks are increasingly conducted by Women. The bigger mystery is, what triggers women, who are considered to be compassionate and caring, blow up themselves killing scores of innocent people?

Sri Lanka Government to open up A-32 Road

Keheliya RambukwellaOne of the main objectives of the present liberation operation in the North is to find an alternate land route for the people of the Jaffna Peninsula to travel down to the South and other parts of the country. Government spokesman expressed optimism that the LTTE controlled Pooneryn in Kilinochchi district is expected to fall soon and A 32 Road will be opened up for the people of the Jaffna peninsula to travel up and down to the country’s South

Washington Chatter: Who is Better for Sri Lanka: McCain or Obama?

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

John McCain and Barrack Obama have provided an advanced preview of their foreign policy if elected president. The chatter in Washington among many Sri Lankans I met went like this: McCain seems bent on continuing the Bush doctrine of loathing the terrorists unashamedly, while Obama is more inclined to pander to the die-hard human rightists. A former US ambassador in Sri Lanka told me: McCain would be very good for Sri Lanka. "An Obama activist countered that Obama foreign policy would be based on realistic assessments rather than any pre-conceived notions."

CIMA on Islamic Finance and Banking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In recognition of this global trend, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) now offers a certificate course in Islamic Finance and CIMA Sri Lanka Division, as part of its Management Update initiative, has invited Faizal Salieh, Managing Director/CEO of Amana Investments, to make a presentation on ‘Islamic Finance & Banking: The First Principles’ for the benefit of its members on 14 August.

Addressing Gastronomy with Astronomical Catalysts

By Hemantha Abeywardena from London

If the democratically elected governments in the developing world are babies, the NGO’s have forcibly taken over the role of nannies. The equation that involves the baby and nanny needs the third guy – the bogeyman – to remain in balance and we have got quite a few of those on the horizon in various forms – Amnesty International, HRW, RWB and so on – scanning every act we perform, with plenty of attention to detail.

Activity levels improve as investors watch corporate earnings

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market ended modestly low for the week with the stocks confined to a narrow trading range throughout the week. However activity levels improved over the week with more investors coming into the market during the corporate earnings season. Comparing Week on Week (WoW) the All Share Price Index (ASPI) declined by a slight 0.28 percent or 6.8 points to close the week at 2466.6 points, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) edged down by 0.74 percent or 21.8 points to close at 2931.7 points.

Pakistan: Grim internal and external situation

Brig ® Asif Haroon Raja

During his maiden visit to Washington, Bush expressed his concern over unproven ISI linkage with the Taliban and pressed PM Gilani to control it. The visitor didn’t have the guts to shoot back that that he had ample proofs of CIA’s linkage with RAW and RAM, both engaged in carrying out sabotage and subversion against Pakistan from Afghanistan soil since 2003. He could not muster courage to tell him that CIA was actively involved in the unholy game to destabilise Pakistan. He did not deem it necessary to point out that US media was traditionally anti-Pakistan and has made it a habit to paint Pakistan in black. On the day Bush was assuring Gilani that Pakistan’s sovereignty would be respected, a US drone attack in Fata had taken place.

'Human Rights' tourism a global witch hunt

By Janaka Perera in Colombo

Third World's new scourge, 'Benevolent' Foreign Intervention, was the subject of a seminar organized by the Board of Management of Global Sri Lankans under the theme, "International Witch Hunt" at the BMICH, Colombo. Participants expressed the possibility that this year may prove to be the fateful Year of Foreign Intervention since ominous portents of feared intrusions are appearing on the radar screen, according to the 'Global Sri Lankans.' They stressed the need for Sri Lanka to act in her own interest and the interest of her own people to win the so-called un-winnable war, since the LTTE has extended itself beyond the frontiers of returning to democracy and the Rule of Law.

AT Chart

AT Chart

Map showing A - 32 Road

LTTE operative died in a suicide operation has been subsequently claimed as a missing person

By Walter Jayawardhana

Extensive investigations conducted by number of detectives have concluded that a name of a suicide cadre who died in an attack few months ago has been used as a missing person’s name in a human right’s campaign against the government, the Ministry of Defense said. “The man died in an attack carrying forged identity cards as a Moslem but the suicide cadre’s real name has been used by elements close to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) as a name of a person who had been abducted by pro-government goons and now missing,” Defense sources said.