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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865

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JVP should practice inner party democracy before expecting democracy from others

General Secretary of the National Freedom Front Nandana Gunathilaka said the JVP must follow democratic path before asking others to follow the path of democracy. “They must follow democratic practices within their party, said Mr.Gunathilaka in a press statement. A number of NFF members were assaulted by the JVP members, he alleged. However JVP strongmen Anura Kumara Dissanayake said NFF have made false allegations against the JVP to obtain cheap publicity. “This is method of the NFF, he said.

American National Security in the Age of Insecurity

By Habib Siddiqui

The notion of total national security has never been a reality, neither during the heydays of Egyptian, Assyrian, Byzantine, Persian, Roman, and Islamic Empires nor now for any nation, big or small. All nation-states, therefore, crave for national security through a combination of economic, political and military power plus an effective diplomacy. Simple bullying has never been a guarantor of national security.

Sangaree: Stop air raids to avoid Civilian Causalities: LTTE must lay down their arms

In an appeal, V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front has urged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lanka Government to act with restraint in the ongoing war where thousand are being displaced and languishing in the Vanni region under the control of the Tamil Tigers. He further urged the Sri Lanka Government to stop forthwith the air-raids at least for now to avoid further civilian causalities.

Call for the removal of restriction to fish in the Palk Bay region

Call for the immediate removal of the restriction to fish in the Palk Bay sea region is gathering momentum, as the security situation along the country’s Northwest coastline is gradually stabilizing immediately after Mannar district falls under the Government control. The restriction to fish in the Palk Bay region was imposed on 27 March 2006, and the sea region was declared a security Zone.

Policy Paper: Will America ever wake up to the Burmese Clarion Call?

Prof. Kanbawza Win

US President George W Bush, who has never been to Burma, has at least learnt to pronounce the name of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi correctly for which the Burmese activist dumped him, as well informed has delivered a major policy speech in Thailand and liaise with Burmese dissidents, while the first lady Laura Bush had visited Mae La, the biggest Burmese refugee camps (60,000 souls unofficial figure) to see things for herself. To an average Burmese dissident this is heartening, but if President Bush means business we are wondering of why the USS Essex and other US naval ships withdrew from their positions near Burmese waters, when both Britain and French warships were ready to join the US in the Nagris Cyclone relief operations and end the Burmese dictatorship once and for all?

The statute of Our Lady of Madhu enthroned in the Madhu Church

The statute of Our Lady of Madhu, was enthroned yesterday afternoon around 4.30 PM at the Madhu Church. The Church authorities are expected to hold penitential and purification services today. Following the purification services church priests are expected to hold daily mass. Earlier, suddenly the statute of the virgin Mary was removed from the 17th century Church and kept at Devenpiddy nearly 70 KM into the LTTE held area by the Bishop of Mannar.

External Factors and the Prospect of Peace in Somalia

By Abukar Arman

No objective individual would disagree that the commonsensical approach to problem-solving is to first identify the problem, then tackle it at its source. Likewise, no reasonable individual would have difficulty understanding how any effort invested on treating symptoms at the expense of the core problem is an exercise in futility. Except, when it comes to the Somali political problem! For approximately two decades and 14 different conferences, the Somali problem was approached in ways that ignored its multifaceted nature and thus failed to address the role of the external actors in fueling the fire. In each of these sensationalized, indeed costly "reconciliation conferences," ill-advised focus was put on clan power-sharing that placed the cart before the horse and granted individual clan representatives official licenses to loot.

Tigers receive second largest income by legal and illegal business - Jane’s Intelligence Report

By Walter Jayawardhana

The August issue of the 'Jane’s Intelligence Report' said the annual income of the banned terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) is between US $ 200-300 million making it the rebel group generating the second biggest income both by legal and illegal business. The report said the huge income is generated perhaps from shipping drugs and extortion by a network of professional managers – both Tamils and others- across a string of countries and as a guerilla group its income is second only to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia whose income comes from its vast Cocaine sales