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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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LTTE holding IDPs as human shield, preventing them entering Government controlled areas

The Government is making all efforts to minimize the fast emerging human miseries in the North, especially in the Vanni region. With this in view the Government is getting ready to send across sufficient food and medicine into the LTTE controlled area. Speaking to 'Asian Tribune', Basil Rajapakse MP and the senior advisor to President Mahinda Rajapakse said, the President and the Cabinet appointed a Special Task Force regarding Northern Provincen headed by Minister Douglas Devananda also with Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services and me. According to Bail Rajaopakse the first meeting of the Special Task Force for the Northern Province was held last week at the Parliament complex, along with Victor Perera, Governor of the Northern Province.

India may go for elections in November

By Malladi. Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

A few days back, the Chief Election Commissioner, N.Gopalaswamy, an IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, indicated the poll body's readiness for early Lok Sabha election. In the normal course, the term of the present Lok Sabha expires in May 2009. Elections must be held in time to constitute the new Lok Sabha. So, the next Lok Sabha poll can be expected in May next unless the ruling Congress led United Progressive Alliance government decides to seek a fresh mandate much earlier.

Sri Lankan diapora thanked Pope Benedict for intervening to reinstall the statute of Virgin Mary in Madhu Church

The month was undoubtedly a month of LTTE terrorism. It was in this month only LTTE supporters from the first world, especially in Europe; demonstrated against the infamous ‘Black July’, which raised the houses of the Tamils to the ground. Like a mythical phoenix, the Tamil diaspora rose from the ashes and formed into an organisation, hating the Sinhalese and contributing with their money, intellectual prowess and business to fill the coffers of the LTTE. This made the LTTE the most ruthless, feared and powerful terrorist organisation in Europe.

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.

How Does the LTTE End?

By Ranjith Gunaratna

This is a question, which resonates in the minds of many Sri Lankans, today. There seems to be many propositions about the ultimate end of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE]. The most popular one is militarily defeating the LTTE. Perhaps, the less popular notion is ending of the LTTE through a political process at this crucial point in time. However, before talking about a possible end of the LTTE, it is useful to look at ways in which a terrorist organization could reach its end. Of course, like many other things in this world, every terrorist organization would cease to be functioning one day.

Global War On Terror – Where It's Heading? – Part IV

By Habib Siddiqui

While the USA has given us capitalism, modern technology, presidential form of democracy, she has also given us the most lethal practice of arms conceivable. In a joint statement on November 21, 2001, Presidents Bush and Putin declared, "The United States and Russia have overcome the legacy of the Cold War. Neither country regards the other as an enemy or threat." And yet the buildup of nuclear arsenal continues unabated! According to a report published in the USA Today, in 2007 America possessed some 7000 nuclear weapons compared to Russia's 7800. And yet all those nuclear bombs and missiles were of no use to protect the USA on the fateful day of 9/11/01.

Basil Rajapakse

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Narayanan scores a self goal with his gaffe on LTTE and Lanka Tamil

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The usually low profile National Security Advisor of India, M K Naryanan was on the front pages of Indian and Sri Lanka dailies on Wednesday. His interview to The Straits Times was literally plain speak whether for the home audience or Sri Lankan readers. Even Pakistan audience for that matter. Naryanan is known to be media shy. Unlike his two predecessors, Brajesh Misra during Vajpayee regime and J N Dixit during the early days of Manmohan Singh government, Narayanan rarely gives interviews to the media – Indian or foreign. The few occasions he had interacted with the media gave him both good and bad press. Just as in the latest interview.