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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1947


Can America Change the Mindset to War?

By Habib Siddiqui

Fighting terrorism will not be easy in this age of ours when the superpowers and their allies have all the necessary ammos to justify their terrorization of unarmed civilians while the have-nots have very little to lose through their mindless suicidal acts of vengeance or retribution. As far as America is concerned, what is needed is thinking outside America's current paradigm to combat this menace. It is good to see that under a new leadership the Pentagon is realizing this fact. The 2008 National Defense Strategy, approved by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and released by the Pentagon on July 31 says that while the military’s top priority is to defeat al-Qaeda and other extremists, but winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone will not achieve that

Elephants, Ceylon Tea, And Kandyan Dancers Become The Main Attraction At The Washington National Zoo

By Walter Jayawardhana

Shanthi, and KandulaTwo performing Sri Lankan elephants- mother Shanthi and son Kandula joined by the Indian elephant Ambika, and a generous tea party given by Walter’s Bay international –the US subsidiary of Bogawanthalawa tea gardens at the tune of 70 staggering gallons of iced and hot tea on a sweltering summer day in Washington DC to 15,000 spectators became the main attractions of the “Asian Elephant Day” celebrated by the Washington’s national Zoo, August 23.

Hillary Clinton Got Supporters to Rally for Obama at Denver Convention

Hillary ClintonAmidst thunderous applause, Senator Hillary Clinton, the close runner-up to Barrack Obama at the primaries, called everyone to unite to defeat John McCain at the November elections. “No way, no how, no McCain,” she proclaimed trying to rally her ardent primary supporters to fall in line behind presumptive nominee Obama on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. After coming so close in the protracted battle for the Democratic nomination, emotions were still raw for Hillary Clinton and some of her supporters, who were still disappointed that she did not win and that she is not on the ticket as the vice presidential candidate.

Learning English by ulama is a need now

Ulama are the real spirit of the Muslim ummah, they have deep knowledge of Islam and they can only lead the Muslim community to the eternal success,’ observed by the speakers yesterday at a Convocation ceremony of Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC) at M.H. Saboo Siddique Musafirkhana, Mumbai. The MMERC Convocation 2008 was chaired by Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatehpuri. Mufti Khairul Islam, Amir-e Shariat Assam, was the chief guest where prominent Muslim scholars and intellectuals from Mumbai city were profusely present.

LTTE air attack on the Trincomalee naval base repulsed

LTTE aircrafts suddenly emerged from nowhere and dropped bombs on the Sri Lanka naval troops in the China Bay naval camp was resisted at about 9.15 p.m. Tuesday (26) evening. Initial reports from Trincomalee said two Tiger crafts have reportedly drop two aerial bombs on the Navy camp premises and turned away when the troops begun to open fire towards the light air craft. However reports said that one of the bombs had not exploded according to the Navy Spokesmen.

Swedish Prime Minister was urged to stop fund collections by the TRO

An anti-LTTE demonstration took place at Sergels Torg, in the heart of city of Stockholm, on 24th August by the Sri Lankan nationals living in Sweden. This was the 5th demonstration that took place in the Nordic region and the 3rd time to be held in Stockholm, which was aimed tobring to the notice of the international community brutal terrorist activities committed by the ruthless Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. A large number of Sri Lankan nationals living in Sweden and Swedish nationals took part in the public protest and expressed their growing discontent with the LTTE’s extortion.

Foreign Minister values Spain’s position on Sri Lanka’s fight against terrorism

Spanish position on the imperative need to protect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty is valued, stated Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, when Ion de La Riva Guzman de Frutos, Ambassador for Spain called on him on Monday (25th August 2008) after presenting his credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier in the day. Minister Bogollagama explained to the Spanish envoy, the government’s policy of countering terrorism militarily in order to facilitate the re-establishment of democratic institutions, following the clearance of the LTTE, as demonstrated in the Eastern province of the country.

Eastern Development Bank – a must to assist economic resurgence in the East

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The indigenous business, industrial and agricultural communities in the micro, small and medium strata are showing their keenness to come into the mainstay of the economic activities that are going to be reviewed by the government along with the private sector in the liberated East. The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) along with their affiliated district Chambers have come forward to push hard the cause of entrepreneurial dexterity of the indigenous communities in the East and get them their right place.

Obama to be Voice-Acclaimed as Nominee at Democratic Convention, No Roll Call

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Barrack Obama will be nominated by unanimous voice acclaim at the convention. The suggested roll call to include Hilary Clinton’s name would not be followed, according the latest press reports. Party officials were quoted that this would finally settle any divisions among the delegates. Yesterday, Invesco Field in Denver came alive as Michelle Obama got a rousing reception from over 25,000 delegates and guests at the Democratic Convention yesterday. Barrack Obama’s wife delivered a flawless account of how the Obamas and their family had achieved overwhelming public support through years of dedicated work. Hillary and Bill Clinton will lend their luster to the Democratic Convention on Tuesday and Wednesday as they take center stage with appearances making a solid pitch for unity. No Clinton posters were seen inside the Convention setting. Outside, there were some protesters.

United National Party Insiders Say Election Debacle Will Definitely Lead To Leadership Crisis

By Walter Jayawardhana

The failure of the Ranil Wickramasinghe led United National Party (UNP) to win a single parliamentary electoral area in both the North Central Province and the Sabaragamuwa Province may lead to a serious leadership crisis in the main opposition party in parliament, party insiders said. "With the cost of living so high,” said a party insider, “it is amazing that the ruling party was able to gain such a lead in the recently concluded Provincial Council elections, even with the alleged election violence our party is going to bring forth as cause for the government victory," said an opposition back bencher who also said the defeat would certainly lead to an another leadership crisis and a call for the democratic reform of the party. He said for obvious reasons he would like to be anonymous right.

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