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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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UN Expresses Concern over Fate of Children in Sri Lanka's War Zone

A senior United Nations official has expressed concern over the fate of thousands of children caught up in the conflict in Sri Lanka pitting Government forces against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said she is worried about children who are internally displaced persons (IDPs) and child combatants used by the LTTE. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that around 230,000 people have been displaced due to intensified fighting in northern Sri Lanka during the second half of 2008.

Therapeutic effects of flavonoids from Ceylon green tea in the prevention of stroke

By Dr. Ranil de Silva & Prof. Y.Z. Zhu

On average, one heart attack occurs every four seconds and a stroke occurs every five seconds worldwide (WHO) and also, 20 million people suffer from stroke each year, of which five million die. Of those 15 million who survive, five million are disabled. In succession to diseases of the heart and cancer stroke is the next big killer. Stroke occurs as a result of reduced blood supply to the brain which results in inadequate delivery of oxygen to it resulting in ischemia. It has been reported that high oxidative stress is involved in ischemic diseases, which include ischemic stroke and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.

Some strategic security implications of Sri Lanka

By Dimuth Gunawardena

The visit of Indian Foreign Secretary, Shiv Shankar Menon, to Sri Lanka was said to be "routine in nature". Such description is typical diplomat-speak and if 'true nature' is to be obtained, one needs to analyse the visit in the context of present and future geopolitical configurations and their implications for Sri Lanka subsequent to the now imminent eradication of LTTE terrorism. For example, the recent calls for developing the North with India playing a major role in it can very well indicate an Indian attempt to lure Sri Lanka into that country's financial grip. There is more to it than that of course, so we shall get back to this issue later.

India should give optional citizenship rights to Sri Lankan Tamils

By Shenali Waduge

Whether Sri Lanka likes it or not India remains a menacing presence in the South Asian region. With just 22miles separating the two nations from the Palk Strait, history will tell that relations have never been without traces of discontent on either side. The situation presently has been made precarious by South Indian politicians who are using Sri Lanka as a pedestal to advance their political campaigns and secure broader handouts from India’s Central Government. Using Sri Lanka as a domestic “football” in Indian politics is not done and cannot go on forever. It is obvious that “some” Sri Lankan Tamils including “some” Sri Lankan Tamil politicians are of the opinion that India is the sole answer to the “problems” of the Sri Lankan Tamils. In a scenario where we have South Indian politicians thinking that it is their “duty” to “protect” the Sri Lankan Tamils and some Sri Lankan Tamils who feel that “only” India can provide them “security” it would make perfect sense for the GOSL and India to seek a census and for India to provide citizenship to “these” Sri Lankan Tamils in India.

Obama Challenges Americans to Dust Themselves Off, Begin Remaking the US

By Ernest Corea, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US

Barack Hussein Obama took his oath as president of the United States of America with his hand placed on the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln, the great liberator, at his inauguration. Michelle Obama held the Bible in place for her husband. To the millions who saw this sight, directly or electronically, it was confirmation that America has now achieved yet another revolution. For the first time in this nation's history, an African-American is in charge. Think of it: "we the people" have installed a black American "first family" in the White House that was built with slave labor. Thomas Jefferson said that "every generation needs a new revolution."