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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1831


Sri Lankan diapora thanked Pope Benedict for intervening to reinstall the statute of Virgin Mary in Madhu Church

The month was undoubtedly a month of LTTE terrorism. It was in this month only LTTE supporters from the first world, especially in Europe; demonstrated against the infamous ‘Black July’, which raised the houses of the Tamils to the ground. Like a mythical phoenix, the Tamil diaspora rose from the ashes and formed into an organisation, hating the Sinhalese and contributing with their money, intellectual prowess and business to fill the coffers of the LTTE. This made the LTTE the most ruthless, feared and powerful terrorist organisation in Europe.

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As China tries to boost its international image, playing host to a summer Olympic games, the government in Beijing is being singled out as a key arms supplier to some of the world's worst human rights abusers, according to a new study released here. Although China controls only 2 percent of the global arms market, Beijing’s impact "is measured less by the value of its sales than by the character of its clients," says William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation.

Unbecoming of a diplomat - V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front, has given his piece of mind to Dr. Dayan Jayatillleka, who serves as a diplomat - Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. The TULF leader, a veteran moderate Tamil politician, reminded Dr. Dayan Jayatillleka, that in fairness to the Sri Lankan society, being a Diplomat he should avoid writing anything and calling it as, "The views expressed here are the writers personal ones".

No peace talks says government

Government of Sri Lanka said it would not attend talks with the LTTE and the Defence SpokesmanDr. Keheliya Rambukkawela categorically denied false rumors which are spreading in Sri Lanka on peace talks. Issuing a special press statement on Tuesday, he said the government never thinks of talks with the LTTE .He said government troops are doing their duty perfectly and the main objective is to liberate the innocent Tamil people in the LTTE. “Our forces are working under a systematical plan to liberate the area and defeat terrorism .If the LTTE lay down their arms the government could consider talks with the LTTE, he explained.

U.N. Renovation Threatens Disruption in World Body

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the United Nations begins a major 1.8 billion dollar renovation of its 39- storey headquarters early next year, there are fears that the relocation of nearly 4,000 staffers from the 60-year-old building will disrupt the organisational work of the world body.

Sri Lanka – Diplomatic postings

H.M..G.S.Palihakara is the new UN Permanent Representative based in New York. He was earlier the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Palihakara a career diplomat has succeeded Prasad Kariywasam who is from the 1981 Foreign Service batch. Kariyawasam is at present the Additional Secretary in charge of South Asia, SAARC, General Administration and Public Communication in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russia, China and India in the Changing Global Defence Market

By Leel Pathirana for Asian Tribune

Russia, China and India stand at present as the fast changing and challenging supplier of the Global Defence Market. They have doubled their military expenditure during the last five years and forecast to rise further by 62% by the end of 2010. Apparently, these countries increased the Defence expenditure from USD $ 50.05 billion to USD $ 99.47 billion by 2007 and would be increased up to USD $ 161.44 billion by the end of 2010 according to Jane’s Defence weekly. ’These three countries’ defence sectors will have far-reaching implications for the West, both in terms of opportunities and potential competition in the global market.

Sri Lankan Representative mourns the death of Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

On behalf of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and people of Sri Lanka, the Representative of Sri Lanka to the Palestinian National Authority Dr. T. Jayasinghe mourns the death of Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish. Dr.Jayasinghe also expressed his condolence on the death of Mahmoud Darwish to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian people and Darwish’s family.

Hue and cry about ISI

By Asif Haroon Raja

After taking Pakistan on board in October 2001 as a coalition partner, a web around Pakistan was cleverly woven by USA-India-Afghanistan-Israel combine with a view to destabilise, denuclearise and de-Islamise it and turn it into a client state of India. For the achievement of these objectives, our strengths were to be emasculated and our psycho-politico-religious-social vulnerabilities accentuated.

Human misery escalates in Vanni as LTTE continues with hostile military operations

Sri Lanka Government has taken all possible measures to provide facilities to the Internally Displaced people from Vanni and also to provide food and medicine needed to those civilians trapped in the war zone. But the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam instead of laying down their arms and coming forward for a negotiated settlement in the interest of the Tamil people, are continuously involved in hostile military campaigns against the Sri Lankan armed forces. As the war rages on in the Vanni region, thousands of internally displaced persons are languishing without proper food and roof over their heads, as LTTE which claims controlling the Vanni region has ignored the welfare of the displaced as usual and forcefully removing food and medicinal supplies sent by the Government to the civilians in the region.

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