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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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Indo-Pak Modi Misadventure may lead to Nuclear War

Pakistan has returned Wing Commander Abbinandan Varthaman an Indian pilot on 1st March 2019 at Wagah border crossing of Punjab at Lahore. He was shot down during the first publicly acknowledged dog fight between two neighboring nuclear states in 48 years on 27 February 2019. Reportedly, New Delhi has also removed Air Marshal Harikumar from Western Air Command, on 28 February 2019.

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U Turns Are Difficult

USA and Sri Lanka need to recalibrate their respective foreign policies. On both ends of global power scales, I suspect the world superpower and the small southern Indian Ocean island both require a realist re-framing of their foreign policy. This is also suggested by Stephen M.Walt in his 2018 publication titled ‘The Hell of Good Intentions’.

U Turns Are Difficult
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A cowardly act

Terrorists of any origin would try to display their bravery only by killing the unarmed innocent people in a place of worship or in a social gathering.

Jacinda Arden - New Zealand Prime Minister
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Speaking Truth to Power

The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and requires moral courage and deep conviction. Thus, it is not difficult to see the rarity of such a trait in today’s human beings who seem to be motivated more by material gains than what’s morally right and just.

Speaking Truth to Power
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Jews Of Sri Lanka: An Untold Story

During the Colonial era, Ceylon was a safe haven for foreigners in general, especially for émigrés, missionaries, traders, idealists, and asylum-seeking migrants who surged in from all quarters of the globe to make permanent settlements on our sun-drenched Island. Among those who sought sanctuary in Ceylon, were the Jews. Although the vast majority of them were non-observant Jewish servicemen and traders from Continental Europe, there were also a significant number of Jewish émigrés and theosophists who took up residence on the island.

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Lalin's Column : Kashmir - India’s holier than thou men

A 2,500 man Indian army road convoy of 78 vehicles was attacked on the main highway in mid-February 2019 by just one suicide car bomber in Pulwama. It was 16 miles from Srinagar. Forty (40) CPRF ‘jawans’ were killed.

Lalin's Column :  Kashmir - India’s holier than thou men
Lalin's Column :  Kashmir - India’s holier than thou men
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What a week for Trump, Netanyahu and Modi!

This past week has been a very exciting week globally. At home, in the USA, there was the much-anticipated House hearing of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s one-time personal lawyer, the ‘fixer’. He appeared fully prepared, genuine, believable and remorseful for his previous support and lying on behalf of his former boss whom he described as a con-man, liar and cheat. Trump is also a racist and a bigot. None of these epithets for Mr. Trump is, however, new. He is worse.

What a week for Trump, Netanyahu and Modi!
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Lalin's Column : Independence turned National day parade, an utter farce

The 71st Independence Commemoration day in 2019 was an utter farce. The ‘ordinary’ people were excluded from the major event, the parade on the Galle Face Green. It may have confirmed the government’s attitude to them. Way back, especially when it was held in Kandy, Galle, Kurunegalla, Badulla, Trincomalie and Matara, the parade drew tremendous and excited crowds as it did in Colombo before 2015.

Speech delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena at the 71st   National Day/ Independence Day celebrations on February 4, 2019
Lalin's Column : Independence turned National day parade, an utter farce
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Letter From America: The Myth of ‘Bengali Migration’ to Arakan

Genocidal crimes don’t occur by chance and require years of preparation. The rationale for justifying such horrendous crimes is often provided by the evil geniuses or the ideologues within the dominant group. This ominous task is sometimes shared by other powerful groups within the perpetrating community, e.g., religious, business, social and political leaders, let alone a chauvinist government, stimulating the general population to participate in the elimination campaign against the targeted group, which is viewed as ‘different’. As a matter of fact, ideologues like Julius Streicher acted as the catalysts to expedite the ‘Jewish solution’ in Nazi Germany. They popularized Hitler’s fascist agenda and made his mission a national project inside Germany.

Letter From America: The Myth of ‘Bengali Migration’ to Arakan
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Letter From America: Racism in our time: can it be defeated?

How pervasive is the race problem in the USA?

To find an answer we don’t need to look beyond the latest revelations from Virginia where Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has been accused of posting about a racist image that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. He admitted to darkening his face to portray Michael Jackson in a 1980s dance contest in San Antonio.

 Letter From America: Racism in our time: can it be defeated?
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