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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Asian University for Women in Bangladesh to Partner with Stanford University in U.S.

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Asian University for Women (AUW), based in Chittagong, Bangladesh, October 17 announced two new relationships with Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA; and, Aalborg University, Esbjerg, Denmark. As the Asian University for Women prepares to open its doors to its inaugural undergraduate class in July 2009, both relationships will be valuable in the University's initial development.

Why Tamil Nadu’s Concerns are Misplaced and Counter Productive?

By Palitha M Senanayake.

The underlying reality with regard to the Sri lanka’s Tamil issue has now come to the fore with Karunanidi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, threatening to commit ‘Hara kiri’ unless Prabhakaran is salvaged by the Indian Central Government. This would go to confirm the worst forebodings of the Sri Lankan leaders and the Sinhalese community in particular that, it is Sri Lanka and its 17 million non Tamil population, that is being threatened by the 62 mn Tamils to the north of the country just 22 Km across the Part Straits. Hence the ‘Tamil problem’ in Sri Lanka, in the regional context, is not like any other ‘minority problem’ experienced in other countries.

The Resurgence of a Unique Species – Socialists

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

We thought they are dead and buried with weeds growing over the graves; we were wrong. There are clear signs that the bearded folks, who used to wear scarlet-red shirts while throwing fists in the air with well-hackneyed slogans, ‘Down with America or Down with Capitalism or both,’ may make a comeback, when the fiscal star, the capitalism, lies terminal ill in the global hospital. The socialists have actually done a political equivalent of Rip Van Winkle; they have been in a deep slumber, only to awake with boundless energy to flex their muscles even more strongly; the length of the beard may be paraded as an index of maturity, not an object for ridicule.

We are playing enemy?s game

By Asif Haroon Raja

Qaroon had immense wealth, Pharaoh had enormous power and Hamman had phenomenal brain power. Today the three strings of wealth, power and media are in the hands of the Jews. India too has brains and power and is accumulating wealth at a fast pace. America has immense military power and wealth but its leadership is thick headed because of which it has to depend upon the brain power of others. This handicap has been exploited to the maximum by the American Jews, the biggest minority in America. Today they control the economy, media and political power of USA. They also hold sway over the State Department, Congress and the Pentagon and Mossad is closely aligned with CIA. All the leading banks, financial institutions and business corporations are in their control. No American candidate or even the president can win elections without the support of Jews. This weakness has made American policy makers entirely dependent upon the Jews to manage its affairs.

Hopeless and senseless killings: gang violence - Somali on Somali

By Mohamed H. Hassan

Aside from all the daily nuisance crimes and life struggles so as to adjust into a new life and culture, Somalis in Minnesota are now havocked by hopeless and senseless killings, gang violence - Somali on Somali. In last than a year, 6 young men have been killed, three in one week - all are between the ages of 17 to 30 years. Worst, neither the Somali community nor the authorities are doing enough to divert further senseless killings.

Back to the Past?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Wars are not decided on battlefields alone and in this globalised world there are no economic or political islands. The Rajapakse administration’s fatal inability to comprehend these simple truths has brought Sri Lanka to an all too familiar impasse. Swiss psychologist Arthur Funkhouser calls it 'déjà vècu,' the feeling that one has ‘already experienced or already lived through’ a current event (Scientific and Medical Network Review 57:20-22, 1995). For those of us who were around in those fateful months of 1987, there is an eerie sense of familiarity in the current developments.

Americans Making a Course Correction away from George Bush

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Americans are about to make a course correction away from George Bush. Either an Obama or a McCain administration would not have any other choice. The US Congress is also changing with the Democrats tipped to win 60 seats in the Senate and an additional 20 seat majority in the House of Representatives on November 4th this year. The country under Bush had moved right of center. Now it is poised to make a swing to the left. This would be the first time in history that such a steep pendulum shift would be occurring.

Health Research for Development: A Sri Lankan Paradox

Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana - Institute for Research & Development

Sri Lanka is a country of paradoxes. Although this applies to various fields like economy, civil society and culture, this article will mainly focus on the paradoxical situation regarding health sector in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is considered as a developing country according to world standards. Its economy certainly does not match a developed country’s economy. But in certain other indicators like literacy rate, maternal mortality rate, infant mortality rate, life expectancy at birth and other health sector specific indicators, Sri Lanka is close on the heels of developed countries and some times have even managed to surpass them.

Pakistan's forgotten ghetto residents

By Tariq A. Al-Maeena

In our prayers for the poor and oppressed of this world, including those in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, we can be somewhat be forgiven for ignoring the plight of more than a quarter million ghetto dwellers in squalid camps in Bangladesh. These are the Biharis, forgotten remnants of the Indo-Pakistan partition, and there are very few voices that bring their destitute conditions to the fore. While The United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights states every person has a right to nationality, these 'stranded Pakistanis' enjoy no such luxury. For the past 37 years, they have been spread across Bangladesh in 66 squalid camps, each no bigger than a football field, with poor sanitation and shortages of running water.

Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamil Party Leaders oppose Indian intervention in Sri Lankan affairs

In a news programme aired in the Independent Television Network, Sri Lankan political party leaders has rallied round against Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan political affairs. The programme was aired in one of the Sri Lankan Government owned television, where Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamil political leaders have expressed their opposition to India’s intervention in the Affairs of Sri Lanka. According to ITN, Political party leaders have expressed various views on the dispute which has surfaced due to the response of certain Tamil Nadu politicians on the humanitarian operations to liberate the Northern civilians. They said the Sri Lankan Government should take decisions on the security of the nation.

UN convoy delivers food to Vanni civilians

The United Nations says that a World Food Programme (WFP) led convoy safely delivered 750 metric tonnes of food to an estimated 230,000 civilians caught behind lines of confrontation in Sri Lanka's north. The convoy, made up of staff and vehicles from a number of UN agencies, spent Friday afternoon and evening offloading food and monitoring its initial distribution at three locations where civilians forced from their homes by fighting are believed to be most heavily concentrated, before driving back to Vavuniya this morning.

The Illicit Trade in Tobacco - International cooperation is vital to save lives and billions of dollars!

By Manjari Peiris

Tobacco kills more people than the other major reasons such as AIDS, other legal and illegal drugs, road accidents, murder and suicide cause death. At present around five million people worldwide die each year from tobacco related causes, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2025 the annual number of deaths resulting from tobacco will almost double. Of the approximately ten million deaths per year by 2030, an estimated three million will occur in the developed world and seven million in developing countries.

Deputy Gen. Sec. Remarks do not reflect UNP Views - UNP Gen. Sec says

The UNP says remarks by the party's deputy general secretary Lakshman Seneviratne in an interview given to a state-owned newspaper do not reflect the party's stand. Its general secretary Tissa Attanayake, speaking to 'Lanka Dissent', said the comments were personal, and not official. Mr. Seneviratne has told 'Dinamina' newspaper that all should support the government against South Indian pressure aimed at halting military offensives in the north to defeat LTTE terrorism.

Rajapakse telephones Manmohan Singh, assures safety of Tamils, Singh harps on humanitarianism

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

As the shadow of Tamil Nadu continues to loom large over Delhi, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday and assured him that all necessary measures were being taken to ensure the safety and well being of the Tamil community in the battle zone. These remarks have brought smile to Karunanidhi, the DMK chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who is piling up pressure on Singh for 'some action' to protest against the military offensive in LTTE-held areas.