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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2461

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Are Thugs Deciding the Boundaries of Democracy in Sri Lanka?

The protest march organised by the UNP calling for the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has been disrupted by thugs. There is no question they were thugs. What is not yet established is whose thugs they were and who had given instructions to them to disrupt the peaceful protest organized by the UNP.

Sri Lankan Independence Day; Growing pains continue

Sri Lanka is yet to realize its full potential as a free nation. Whatever one might say, the ethnic discord that the country has experienced for a considerable period of time seems to be one of the principal reasons for the country to suffer from growing pains even at the ripe old age of 63.

2G Spectrum Scam: The arrest of Raja would not make him Guilty- Karunanidhi stands behind the accused

The ruling DMK and it chief M Karunanidhi stood behind tainted former IT minister A Raja and described his arrest by CBI has said "mere arrest" would not make him(Raja) guilty.

The unrest challenges constitutional legitimacy – Hosni Mubarak: The U.S. stands for Egyptian people’s democratic rights – Obama

As the people’s uprising in Egypt is gathering momentum shaking the foundation of Hosni Mubarak’s 29-year autocratic rule, and its closest Middle East ally the United States walking on a very tight rope selecting careful words, phrases and thoughts because it is not so clear where the popular uprising will lead and who will emerge as the final benefactor, the two globally televised statements of the two presidents do not seem to have matched well in addressing the crisis.

Crisis in Egypt: the Most Significant Litmus Test for Despots in the Arab World

The omens don’t look good for Hosni Mubarak, the 82-year-old president of Egypt, who has been ruling the country for three decades without facing any serious challenge. His liberal instincts won him friends in the West, especially in the US, for being the best conduit to reach out to the Arab world, which normally look at the former with a suspicious eye.

Sri Lanka pioneers in world’s first carbon neutral certified Tea Company

The legendary V.T. V. Deivanayagam Pillai was born in 1919 in South India. Orphaned at the age of 12, he moved to then colonial Ceylon and began his working life as a shop boy. From such a beginning, through honesty, ethics, hard work and spirituality became the leader of one of the most respected trading houses established in 1943 in Sri Lanka.

Hariri’s resoluteness cracking?

It looks as if Lebanon is ready to move on, after the recent riots and rage by the Hariri supporters. Previously, former Lebanon Prime Minister Hariri had said he would not take part in A Hebollah-dominated coalition, but this resolute stand is cracking.

Sri Lankan context has changed admits World Tamil Movement (WTM)

In the wake of a ruling by a Canadian Federal Court ordering the forfeiture of property belonging to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) front organization- World Tamil Movement (WTM), pro-Tiger groups in Canada and elsewhere are beginning to accept the ground reality prevailing in Sri Lanka, where Tamils want reconciliation and development rather than secession and civil strife.

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