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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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Memo Issue- Irrational Leadership Behviour

On the late night of December 21, 2011 another twist was given to the memo scandal, when the federal government, through the Ministry of Defence, conceded before the Supreme Court that it had no operational control over the armed forces as well as the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Pakistan should maintain its principled defiant stance

When Barack Obama took over from George W. Bush in January 2009, security situation in Afghanistan had deteriorated considerably. The Taliban were striking US-NATO targets with impunity. Fed up of tyrannical and unjust policies of Afghan regime and the US led ISAF; the Afghan Pashtuns welcomed them and provided them safe havens in southern and eastern Afghanistan wherefrom they could launch raids in western, central and northern Afghanistan.

I Was Touched by Angels at Our Office Christmas Party...

I saw two angels at our office Christmas party... I want to tell you about one of them. This is not an official report of the event, this is my personal story. I write this as an independent person who can line up a few words decently thanks to my father Saman Tilakasiri, a poet who won many accolades in his own time and editor of Lakadeepa at Times of Ceylon since it started.

2011: Deadliest for journalists, says Reporters Without Borders

Sixty-six journalists were killed and more than 1,000 arrested this year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Thursday, naming cities in Syria, Egypt and Libya among the world’s most dangerous places for the media.

Sri Lankan Airlines extend its wings to Zurich as its 58th Destination.

Sri Lanka’s national career, SriLankan Airlines, which operates flights to 33 countries added Zurich to its wings as a new destination yesterday. Zurich became the latest destination in the national carrier's expanding global route network. The Airline officials said that the service will initially be twice-weekly on Monday and Friday and would be increased in the future.

US Senator Leahy opposed terrorist detention in Sri Lanka – Voted for indefinite detention in US

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Chairman of Senate Judiciary sub-committee on Foreign Operations Patrick Leahy was a vociferous advocate of accountability of terrorist suspects under Sri Lankan detention. Nevertheless, this senior Democratic Party senator who was much concerned about those who were in the custody of the Sri Lankan defense authorities, on December 14, voted in favor of the ‘indefinite detention of terrorist suspects in military custody’.

Lalin’s Column: ‘Bye Bye Miss American Pie’ (or Deutschland schnitzel) - Killinochchi to Sri Kotha

DB-Dead and buried. The rumpus at Sri Kotha on 19 Dec 2011 made sure that the last line in the chorus of the above song ‘’This’ll be the day I die’ had rung true for all acolytes and promoters of the USA in SL. One of its leaders was proudly called Yankee Dickey.

Uttar Pradesh to have seven-phased polls from February 4

Upsetting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's plans, the Election Commission on Saturday announced a seven-phased poll in Uttar Pradesh between February 4 and 28, while assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa will be held in a single-phase.

Promising Peace Collection strongly boosted by US backing

The promising Sri Lanka Peace Collection has successfully garnered the US government’s nod. ‘Sri Lanka Peace Collection’ is the government’s initiative to provide livelihood support for war widows through country’s handloom sector. “The Sri Lanka Peace Collection has very high potential” announced Her Excellency Patricia Butenis, Ambassador of the United States of America. H.E. Butenis announced this after a special presentation and a discussion facilitated by Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, last month in Colombo.

Will Jayalalithaa meet Manmohan Singh in Chennai?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be in Chennai on Sunday with speculation rife on whether Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will meet him in view of her strong letters to him on the issues of Kudankulam n-project and the raging Mullaiperiyar dam row. Though courtesy demands that she receive the Prime Minister at the airport or at least meet him during the course of his stay in Chennai, state officials are yet to confirm her schedule. PMO sources said no meeting had been scheduled between the two so far.

Sarath Fonseka - To pardon or not to pardon, that is the question

The government may have wished for Sarath Fonseka to have become a forgotten person in the history of contemporary Sri Lanka. Little did they realise that this was never going to be the case. Not because of Fonseka himself, but partly because of the government itself and because he is a rallying point for some, and as he is a tool for others to rally against the government and President Rajapaksa.