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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Lalin’s Column: The Major who tried to control Muamar Gaddafi in Sri Lanka (1976)

Colonel Gaddafi visited SL in 1976 for the Non Aligned Conference in 1976 and was an immediate hit because of his maverick behaviour. His first personal contact with SL officials was at the previous Non Aligned Meeting in Algeria. He sent out an invitation to Mrs Bandaranayke the Prime Minister to have afternoon tea with him.

Filipinos the architects

How could one forget the Filipinos, who showed the world that what ‘people power’ could do when they are united? Now, they are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their EDSA, which ousted the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

LTTE moves to regroup: West on the alert

Last month (January), Canada seized all properties and bank assets of World Tamil Movement worth millions of dollars raised through illegal means including extortions, debit/credit card scams and human, narcotics and arms trafficking. Canada’s World Tamil Movement was registered as a non-profit organization claiming to be engaged in Humanitarian work, but they funded and provided weapons to the LTTE.

Tale of Two Friends in Hot Water: Silvio Berlusconi of Italy and Col Gadaafi of Libya

During the past few weeks, the unthinkable happened: most of the Middle East has been in flames; the autocratic rulers, who once were flamboyant characters, have been reduced to folks with a charisma of a 15-Watt light bulb; strong men have been toppled; and the remaining despots are getting nervous and seeking exit strategies.

Relationship between Marketing and Buddhism-An Analysis of Eightfold Path

In contemporary management people are taking more on marketing which is must in the business world. On the other hand Buddhism is becoming popular in western countries for a number of reasons; The first good reason is Buddhism has answers to many of the problems in modern materialistic societies. Even it can be considered as fast grown religion in UK Jails.

Is it time that fair minded Sri Lankan Tamils worked towards a vision of one country for all people?

The immediate reaction from many Tamils would be, “well we tried and the Sinhala political leaders were the ones who prevented this from happening”. While there is some truth in that response, it is also true that whatever anyone tried was during a different era, when issues were different, Sri Lanka was different and the world was different.

CFA Ranil defends SL’s sovereignty

Ranil the co author of the CFA has gone ballistic again. He has now switched to giving free classes in revivalist history. It is his contrived way of asserting his party leadership as his party had started toppling him - something that is taking considerable more time here than it took for Saddam’s statue to fall in Baghdad or Mubarak to quit Egypt.

Weekly Spotlight

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s will-he-won’t-he approach to the 2013 presidential candidacy will come to focus soon now that the local polls are over.

“Scoring points” should not be aim of future talks, Pak tells India

Pakistan said on Wednesday the sequencing of upcoming Indo-Pak discussions on outstanding issues should not be intended at taking "unilateral advantage" or "scoring points", a day after India maintained that there will be sequencing of interactions on issues, including terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and Siachen.

Shavendra Silva in a goodwill gesture to build bridges with the Tamil Diaspora members

On a gloomy, chilly winter day, after a record snow fall in Boston, we were fortunate to witness one of the warmest gestures seen in a very long time. The members of the Tamil Diaspora, who came to demonstrate against the Deputy Representative of the Sri Lanka Mission to the UN, Shavendra Silva’s speech on the 29th in Boston, who took time to listen to him, finally, shook hands with him, extending their solidarity. This is exactly what Sri Lanka needs. And Shavendra Silva is delivering the goods.

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