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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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Dr. Richard L. Benkin

Aid Groups Dispute Israeli Claims in Gaza Attacks

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As the Israelis try to justify the massive loss of civilian life in Gaza, their arguments and counter-charges continue to be shot down either by the United Nations or by international human rights organizations. Did the Israelis misidentify a school run by the U.N. Relief Works Agency (UNWRA), where 43 Palestinians seeking shelter were killed in an early morning air strike? Or were there Hamas gunmen shooting from the school drawing Israeli fire? Neither assertion is accurate, says John Ging, UNRWA's director of operations in Gaza. All U.N. schools in Gaza are clearly marked, and they fly the Organization’s distinctly discernible blue-and-white flags.

Village Community Radio will give voice to people's issues

"Community radio is the real voice of the people, it is a communication service that caters to the interests and needs of a certain area, its culture, craft, cuisine and above all social and development issues," said Mridul Srivastava, the station director of 'Lalit Lokvani'. 'Lalit Lokvani', is a village community radio planned to be operational in Lalitpur region of Uttar Pradesh state (India). It is a joint initiative of a Sai Jyoti Gramudyog Seva Sansthan (a non-governmental organization) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), situated just 22 km from Lalitpur in Alapur village of Birdha block.

A Portentous Murder

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The timing was perfect, one week after Killinochchi and one day before Elephant Pass. Consequently just twenty four hours after the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunga, that most heinous crime could not be the main item on the evening newscast of even the most anti-government of television stations, "Sirasa"; it was overtaken by the regaining of Elephant Pass and the reopening of the A9 road. Any sense of foreboding caused by the brutal murder of a dissenting editor thus evaporated in an outpouring of joy and relief at the retaking of Elephant Pass. Had Mr. Wickremetunga been killed in December, it would have been too early; pre-Killinochchi, there were no victories of sufficient magnitude to grab media headlines and focus public attention.

Murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga – Analytical View from a distance

By Sellakapu S Upasiri de Silva

"Murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga: Another Nail in the Coffin of a Free Country" by Raj Gonsalkorale in the Asian Tribune forced me to think in an analytical way, the reasons for this murder. In his opinion Raj thinks that this heinous murder may have occurred due to the break down of law and order in a country which likes to call itself the cradle of the Theravada Buddhism. In the first paragraph of his article he assumed how people should have thought about late Lasantha, and the following words "some would say he was a fool and had he been more accommodating, he would have been still living and enjoying a luxurious lifestyle" clearly describe that Lasantha invited trouble and his killing is one of his own makings as he was trying to seek a very luxurious lifestyle.

Reinforcing Myth

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

If India were ever to draw a lesson in how the nation should speak in one voice it must scrutinise the words spoken and written after the Mumbai terror attacks by the whole cross section of Pakistani society—politicians of all hues, allegedly 'independent' journalists, the patriotic men and women from the entertainment industry—and who else but fiction writers who outpour their jingoistic outpourings in the Indian media.

Nugegoda Flyover and The problems that it could create

By L. Jayasooriya

No one would think that a flyover could create problems. That is in a normal world but Sri Lanka is not a normal world. There are two reasons for this which the writer will soon explain. Only the people who have to frequent the area around the new flyover know the difficulties they have been undergoing everyday due to the lack of space in sidewalks and the dangerous driving of buses within a few inches of the pedestrians. For nearly 500 meters of road on the left hand side as one travels from Colombo to Maharagama is a row of schools in this area discharging a swarm of school children virtually shutting the place down from 1.30 PM for about an hour when it begins to ease off but children are still there even after that some doing shopping and others waiting to be picked up.

Foreign Minister visits Qatar and Dubai

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama is leaving today (10th January) on an official visit to Qatar, followed by a visit to Dubai. During his stay in Doha, the Minister is scheduled to have an audience with the Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and also meetings with the Prime Minister & Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, as well as other Ministers and key dignitaries. The Foreign Minister will thereafter leave for Dubai on 12th January, where he will have a meeting with the President and senior officials of the Dubal Chamber of Commerce.

Return of Indo-Pakistan bitterness

By Asif Haroon Raja

There has been massive uproar in India as well as in USA and western world over the recent Mumbai carnage which resulted in the loss of 172 lives including nine gunmen and damage to two luxury hotels. Surprisingly such feelings of anger together with compassion by sympathisers of India never get generated when the victims are Muslims. No eyebrow was raised when Babri mosque was demolished in Ayodhya in 1992 by Hindu extremists and Indian Muslims were vandalised in thousands. No concern was shown when state sponsored massacre of 2000 Indian Muslims in Gujarat took place.

USG Washington statement condemns media attacks in Sri Lanka: Editor Wickrematunga killing cited as "Deplorable"

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent

The United States Government issuing a statement in Washington through its State Department spokesman has almost pointed the finger on the direction of the Government of Sri Lanka when it condemned the assassination of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga and the attack on SISIRA TV media outlet expressing shock to a situation emerged in this South Asian nation to silence independent and dissenting voices. The United States for a period of time has been alerting Sri Lanka not to allow the creation of a conducive atmosphere to suppress the dissenting independent voices that the Super Power felt was necessary for an overall solution of the national problem in Sri Lanka.

Looking Objectively at George W.

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

Dr. BenkinUS President George W. Bush soon will turn over the reigns of office to Barak Obama. Perhaps only two other times in the last half century did such a transition promise to usher in an era so different from the previous one: 1961 when Dwight Eisenhower passed the baton to John F. Kennedy; and 1981 when Jimmie Carter gave way to Ronald Reagan. Doing justice to one’s readers in assessing an entire presidency is a monumental task and must go beyond the standard narratives generally set by people with a political agenda, many with little insight into the United States or its policies.