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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Erecting Fences of Protectionism amidst the Rubble of Battered Capitalism

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London….

A phrase that came along with the economic stimulus package introduced by the new American administration, has outraged both friends and foes alike; "Buy American,"sets alarm bells ringing across the globe, as the recession starts biting really hard with no sign of let-up on any economic front. f a slip of tongue is something that has been simmering in one’s sub-conscious for a long period of time, Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s unintended phrase in the House of Commons – "We are in a depression," at first and then the correction that followed, "We are in a recession" – is indicative of what lies ahead beyond the blurry horizon of complacency.

Seeds of Hatred

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Ignoring innumerable appeals from diverse quarters, the Tigers are forcibly detaining more than 200,000 civilian Tamils in the conflict zone, as human shields cum cannon-fodder. In a policy decision of outstanding callousness, the Lankan state has abdicated all responsibility for the safety of these hapless unfortunates, held against their will by the LTTE. Responding to a question about the repeated shelling of the Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital and the resultant civilian casualties, Gotabhya Rajapakse, Defence Secretary and Presidential sibling declared, "Nothing should exist beyond the no-fire zone… No hospital should operate in the area" (Interview with Sky News – 2.2.2009). 24 hours later, this crassly expressed sentiment was to be repeated, in a more spruced up form, by the Director of the Media Centre for National Security:

YESL students receive Cambridge University Certificates

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Those who strive to be entrepreneurs – business leaders should read the business sections of newspapers which provide a fair analysis of the business situation of the country, said Prof Lakshman R Watawala, Founder President, Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka. He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the awarding of certificates issued by the Cambridge University UK to the students of Young Entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka (YESL) which is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, held at Thurstan College Auditorium, last week. Certificates were awarded to those students who succeeded the Examination conducted by the Cambridge University.

The end of the UN may be at hand

By L. Jayasooriya

The tough words against Israel used by the Secretary General against Israeli action in Gaza could prompt Israel to tell America that the previous time the Secretary General was an Asian from Myanmar he was anti-Israeli and now when it came for the turn of another Asian he has also demonstrated that he is anti-Israeli and therefore America whether she could do it or not, should either remove him or make sure that in future no Asian will be the Secretary General.

Swat dilemma : Time to implement Sharia Regulation a way out

By Farzana Shah

As it was told by Hazrat Ali (R.A.), Fourth Caliph of Islam, “A society with non-believers can flourish but a system with injustice will always perished”. Today, Swat is one place where this universal truth is unleashed with full concentration where a paradise turned into hell by injustice to people. Traveling to North of NWFP, Pakistan, in North from Chitral to Mardan District in South, In East from banks of mighty Indus to Dir in West, spread is one of most stunning sceneries of nature, Swat covering about 4000 Sq. Km.

Ypsilanti, Koch, Dalai Lama & Obama

By Neville Perera - Sri Lankan Echo Europe

"The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet." (Ann Landers, Creators syndicate.) "Ever heard of Ypsilanti?" "Never" …. said my friend from Sri Lanka at the other end of the phone. "Roland Koch?" "No, neither" he bellowed curtly. Now I was a little confused. For a good half of the year 2008 the German political stage was dominated by this slender amiable woman Ypsilanti, as a symbol of “broken promise”. A brain wave struck me as I was desperate in finding a way to introduce her to my friend. "You know for sure Dalai Lama" I asked. "Naturally" said my friend.

No change in policies of George W. Bush

By Asif Haroon Raja

With the end of ignoble era of Bush and Obama settling down with his new team, the world is eagerly looking forward to see what change is brought about by the new leadership. Having gone through most painful times after 9/11, the oppressed Muslims are now attaching high hopes in Obama for a change in US policies for the better. It was essentially due to mounting hatred against Bush and his team of neo-cons that Obama gained unprecedented popularity and won elections with a thumping majority. Obama now finds himself caught up in a difficult situation.

Fresh Question Marks Over Future Of Ethnic Tamilians In Sri Lanka

By Vnod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The deadline set by the Government of Sri Lanka at the behest of India has come and gone with very few civilians moving out of territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). A continuing tragedy is about to be compounded with a quarter of a million men, women and children with no escape by way of the sea behind them are about to be pounded with a concentrated barrage of a dozen multi-barrel rocket launchers (MBRLs). It is still in the realm of speculation about why they did not avail of the opportunity of a safe passage out of harms way but it was obvious that there was no way that the Sri Lanka Government’s offer could have reached the Tamil people in the besieged area below Elephant Pass and north of the last LTTE stronghold of Mullaitivu that fell some weeks ago.

On-going conflict – a major obstacle to longer-term development

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

"World Bank’s conviction in formulating the New Assistance Strategy to Sri Lanka it has been observed that the on-going conflict is a major obstacle to the longer-term development of Sri Lanka" said Dr (Ms) Naoko Ishii, World Bank Country Director in Sri Lanka addressing the Business for Peace Forum of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at JAIC Hilton Hotel. She spoke on "Post-Conflict Development in Sri Lanka: Role of the World Bank". Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL welcoming the guests said that all should play a vigorous role in ensuring permanent peace in the North and East as the war is nearing to end and rebuilding these areas would require enormous effort and needs the cooperation and support of a multiplicity of institutions.

Sri Lankan Envoy Briefs Canadian Parliamentarians

Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Canada Daya Perera has written a letter to MPs and Senators in the Canadian Parliament apprising them of the situation in the country. The letter, delivered last week, reads: "It is with a deep sense of responsibility for the peoples of Sri Lanka and their ability to live in peace, prosperity and stability that I urgently present this letter informing you about the current situation in Sri Lanka. I am happy to announce that the Government of Sri Lanka is finally in a position to quell the bloody rebellion by militants in the north of country, which has over the last three decades led to untold hardship and suffering to the peoples of Sri Lanka, irrespective of their ethnicity, creed and political persuasions."

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu - The Art of War

By Dr Nazeem Seyed-Mohamed, Uppsala University, Sweden &
Yusef Fröbom, Bolands College, Uppsala, Sweden

We have chosen to analyze the work "The Art of War". The book was written over 2400 years ago by a Chinese war general named Sun Tzu. The book inspired many in their early days. The generals in China, and somewhat later in Japan, saw the book's philosophy as very useful. The most respected conquerors and emperors of the respective countries followed Sun Tzu's teachings. Even China's recent history provides evidence about how the late Mao Zedong said Sun Tzu's art of war as an important part of his strategies. Also in Europe great rulers ,for e.g., Napoleon read and used strategies as given in the book.