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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Bruce Fein Compares Sinhalese Buddhists to Hitler

By Stephen Long, Los Angeles

Bruce Fein has gone a wee bit too far this time. Just when we thought the former US Deputy Attorney General and Washington DC lobbyist/public relations mercenary was happily on to greener pastures representing the Turkish Government against its Kurdish rebels, he resurfaces today in defense of the LTTE with his most audacious accusations – using his most arrogant and insulting tone –ever.

Ousted Thai PM Thakshin’s speech expected to create a furore in Thailand

Thaksin ShinawatraFormer Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Phone in speech today is expected to create a furore in Thailand. In the meantime newspaper reports reveal that Thakshin has changed his plan of phone in speech to a pre-recorded message to tens of thousands of his supporters expected to show up today at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium. Previously, Thaksin planned to phone in from overseas for a live speech to his audience. However, this was reportedly cancelled out of fear of worsening the political situation.

Will "Socialist" Label Stop Runaway Obama Train?

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

The latest political slogan against Barack Obama is “If Barack Obama is not a socialist, he does the best imitation of one I've ever seen.” This is what the reputed Republican Analyst Pat Buchanan stated today. Will the latest Republican attacks stop the runaway Obama train? Not according to the latest polls that put Obama ahead in key battleground states of Ohio, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. The only unknown factor in next week’s US election is whether the pollsters were lied to by the voters.

Sri Lanka condemns serial bomb blasts in Assam

Sri Lanka has denounced the multiple bomb blasts that occurred in the Indian State of Assam on 30 October, causing death and injury to a large number of civilians. Issuing a message, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has extended the heartfelt condolences of all Sri Lankans to those bereaved by these attacks and expressed the hope that the challenge posed by the terrorists will be met with resolve. The Minister also underscored the SAARC stand that terrorism is a major threat to all civilized societies and to democracy, and its determination to combat the menace with greater resolve.

Cornel Perera – the chairman of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management

Cornel PereraCornel Perera has been appointed as the new chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management effective from today to succeed Bernard Goonetilake. But the veteran Ambassador Benard Goonetilleke will take over from today onwards the Chairmanship of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, a regulatory body responsible for tourism in Sri Lanka.

United States helps police reduce human trafficking in Sri Lanka

Today U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission James R. Moore and Mohamed Abdi Ker Mohamud, Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration, officially presented police officials with a training curriculum designed to prevent, identify, and prosecute human trafficking offenses in Sri Lanka. Human trafficking is the third largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. To help Sri Lanka counter this growing threat, the U.S. Government has provided $500,000 to support trafficking prevention programs, strengthen prosecution, and improve victim protection. Part of this funding was used by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) to develop a new curriculum that has become part of standard police training across the country.

Australian Senator seeks proscription of the LTTE

in the wake of the suicide bomb attack in Anuradhapura on 06th October in which Sri Lanka’s former High Commissioner to Australia, retired Major General Janaka Perera and several others were killed. In a letter dated 08th October addressed to the Attorney General of Australia, Robert McLelland, which has been copied to Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, the Senator for New South Wales and Chairman of the Australia-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group, has stated that, "it has been common knowledge for years that Australian-based Tamil expatriates have used Australian organizations and businesses as fronts to funnel money back to the LTTE".

Global Warming and Unbridled Capitalism

By Oscar E V Fernando

Global warming, due to carbon dioxide CO2 emissions by human activities, has melted ice caps and mountain glaciers causing an increase of sea levels; many scientists believe that if this is not arrested, it will bring about hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and also tsunamis in quick succession than in the past. Today flooding has become a major concern for many countries. The subject of global warming goes beyond science to the fields of politics, industry and morals; being a concern for earth and its fate, it is a cause for alarm as well as hope for searching humanity, says Al Gore the former US Vice President, who has spent time and effort on this issue.

Moon Mission: A wasteful expenditure..?

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

The flawless launching of India's first moon spacecraft, Chandrayan I, from Sriharikota off the Andhra Pradesh coast on 22 October is by any yardstick a scientific feat worthy of appreciation. But it has predictably led to a lot of carping both at home and abroad, and the refrain will continue as the next two steps in India's space programme are a manned mission to the moon and a mission to the mars. The burden of the criticism seems to be that the moon mission is a colossal waste of money by India, a country that despite its fast growing economy is still stricken by poverty and is still a long way from becoming a 'developed' nation. India holds the world's largest population of the poor and also figures prominently among the countries where people suffer from a long list of serious ailments.




Prabakaran with an Air Wing cadre

Thaksin Shinawatra

Cornel Perera

Prabakaran honors his Air-wing cadres for causing destruction and damages on Sri Lankan peoples’ properties

Prabakaran with an Air Wing cadreAir Tigers - the air wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was honored yesterday, for killing innocent civilians and causing damages and destruction to Sri Lankan peoples’ properties at a special event held in an undisclosed location in the Vanni. According to a press release from the LTTE Peace Secretariat, Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam honored the Air Tigers who performed exceptionally well in killing innocent civilians and causing damages and destruction to Sri Lankan peoples’ properties.