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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1641

News Analysis

Catholic Church protest: Distortion of whose history?

The media reported recently that Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic clergy is reacting in spontaneous protest against the Education Department’s history text books. It is however not clear which sections and paragraphs in these books the clergy is referring to.

Wikileaks-US's Afghan war diary 2004-2009

War diary is an account of daily events occurring during war. Each HQ/unit/intelligence agency maintains this diary which subsequently helps in finalizing war history. While the unit in the field records the events based on its limited internal resources, higher HQs and intelligence agencies make their assessments based on intelligence reports, agents, intercepts, information provided by friendly intelligence agencies, source reports, electronic and print media, internet, satellite communication, etc.

WikiLeaks disclosure of US Secret Afghan war documents reveals US War Crimes

The most significant and salient message that emanates from the 75,000 Secret Classified U.S. documents on the Afghanistan war theater disclosed on Monday, 26 July by the online whistleblower WikiLeaks is the evidence of U.S. war crimes.

A closure for July 1983: A national day of mourning?

Another year has passed since the shame of July 1983. Tamils, and Sinhalese and Muslims still consider that period the saddest period in contemporary history of Sri Lanka. For many thousands of Tamils who lost their lives, their families and friends still mourn them and that fateful period.

President Kumaratunga's speech on the 21st Anniversary of 'Black July'

A speech by former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the 21st Anniversary of ‘Black July’, at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo, July 23, 2004, spoke on the tragedy that was perpetrated upon the Tamil people of this country.

Histrionics, hysteria and history

Sri Lanka was once again in the world news in the 2 pre Murali weeks. A government minister who never misses an opportunity to take center stage on nationalistic issues took up cudgels with the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), Mr. BK Moon, no relation to Full or New.

Peace-building amidst the Roots of Black July

Black July did not happen in a vacuum. 27 years later, many of the ingredients of the witches’ brew of racism and inhumanity, moral indifference and common indecency which enabled Black July are flourishing in the South again.

Bangladesh adopting Statute change: A New Appeasement to bluff minorities

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called the move to amend the country’s Constitution “a historic responsibility” meant to prevent future seizure of power by the military.

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