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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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V-Day, the Fonseka-Pardon and the Road Ahead

Last week, Lankan society was electrified by the news that the Rajapaksas regime would accord Gen. Sarath Fonseka an unconditional pardon, on Saturday the 19th. It would have been a fitting act indeed. The 3rd anniversary of defeating the LTTE fell on May 19th, and Gen. Fonseka, together with Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, comprised the politico-military triumvirate which led Lankan Forces to that historic victory.

In the land of the free….

We were under the impression that it is the Palestinians, who are living under Israeli intimidation, in their occupied land. but we were surprised to read a news report from New York that the US Senators and Congressmen are in an even worse situation in the so called ‘land of the free’, having no freedom to talk. William Kristol, head of right-wing Emergency Committee for Israel has confessed to the audience during a debate, in New York, of this fact.

Clinton-Peiris Talks: Accountability, human rights, media freedom, transparency reign brief dialogue

Commending Sri Lanka for presenting a comprehensive action plan to implement the recommendations based on the LLRC findings, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in her 35-minute talks with Sri Lanka external affairs minister Prof. G.L. Peiris reiterated the necessity of an accountability process of alleged war crimes during the final stages of the battle to defeat separatist Tamil Tigers.

On Philosophical Issues In Relation To Buddhism

The recent Asian Tribune article on “Philosophical Issues In Relation To Buddhism” is very critical of Buddhism and complains that Buddhists criticize other religions.

People-to-People Exchanges with Burma

As the two governments strengthen their bilateral relationship, the United States seeks to build on its engagement with the people of Burma through increased people-to-people exchanges. More than 1,400 Burmese civil society members, young leaders, students, and journalists are alumni of U.S. government exchange programs.

TNA selective about who suffered during the 30 years of LTTE terrorism

Mr Sumanthiran of the TNA, speaking in Parliament appears to have indicated that only Tamils suffered during 30 years of terrorism.

Black vs. Mormon: would US voters shun bigotry?

Americans are witnessing the incredible show-down between a candidate fathered by an African, President Obama and a White Mormon, Governor Mitt Romney. Both are minorities that had to put up with years of oppression in their fight for upward mobility. Blacks are about 12 percent and Mormons about2 percent of the population.

The Apex Court’s Verdict against Hajj Subsidy is uncalled-for, Muslim NGOS seek immediate review petition

The premier Muslim NGOs from Mumbai observed the Apex Court’s, decision to axe Hajj subsidy as uncalled-for and unwarranted.

Sri Lanka celebrating Vesak and again ranked as number eight in World Giving Index in 2011

Sri Lankans are celebrating Vesak on fifth and sixth of May 2012. Vesak is a supreme religious and cultural festival in Sri Lanka. Buddhists commemorate the important events that took place in the life of Lord Buddha on Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.

Chen says US Government let him down: sacrificed human rights issue for commercial/diplomatic gain?

Did the Obama administration sacrificed fundamental moral and human rights issue for commercial, diplomatic and political gain in sending Chinese dissident lawyer and human rights activist Chen Guangchen out of the American embassy chancery building in Beijing where he took refuge for six days?

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