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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2737


US State Department’s Don Camp and Ambassador Lunstead advocate Opposing views on military solution to Sri Lanka crisis

By Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

If the current conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) escalates into a full-scale military conflict, the United States, a Co-Chair of the Tokyo Donors and the principal player of this Indian Ocean island nation’s crisis, is not in one voice as to what action it should take.

Bangladesh to Frame Sedition Charge against Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

In an after hours telephone call, Bangladesh Home Minister Lutfuzzamen informed Bangladesh journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury that the government will frame the sedition charge against him at his May 23 trial. Framing the charge is the first step in proceeding to try Choudhury for sedition, a capital offense.

Sri Lanka’s election watchdog criticize substitution of candidates in the Local Government elections

A section of the Sri Lankan voters are to elect tomorrow 332 representatives out of 2,891 candidates for Local Government institutions of 4 Municipal Councils, 4 Urban Councils, and 14 Pradeshiya Sabhas in nine Districts tomorrow.

Sri Lanka Government will always stand for peace and a negotiated settlement - Weekly cabinet briefing

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Minister of Information and Media Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says the government will always stand for peace and a negotiated settlement. Speaking at the weekly cabinet media briefing in Colombo on Thursday the Minister stressed that the government’s stand in this regard has not changed.

LTTE retreating under anti-terror laws in UK

Faced with mounting pressures after the LTTE was banned in UK under the Terrorism Act 2001 the Tiger agents have changed the name boards of their front organisations. The new front organisations are facing an uphill task to win the support of the Tamil diaspora in UK. Immediately after the proscription, the LTTE’s UK arm, United Tamil Organisation, disbanded. In its place the Tiger agents formed British Tamil Association.

Massive bad debt highlights China’s financial instability

China’s financial system continues to be burdened by a mountain of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the state banking system, despite government promises to take action to reduce it. In its annual report on global debt released on May 3, the accounting firm Ernst & Young highlighted the dangers of China’s bad debt, estimated at a staggering $US911 billion.

China pledges enhance defence cooperation with Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan has said that the Chinese armed forces are ready to further deepen cooperation with Pakistan. Cao, also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and state councilor, made the remarks during a meeting with Pakistan Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir, says a press release by the Inter Services Public Relations here.

LTTE's silent treatment irks Muslim Peace Secretariat

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

Colombo, 18 May, ( Despite constant reminders, the LTTE continued to give a deaf ear to the Muslim Peace Secretariat (MPS) request for meeting. MPS Director General Javid Yusuf told the Asian Tribune that it has been more than four months since his Secretariat wrote to the LTTE Peace Secretariat seeking an appointment for a meeting, but the LTTE organization has so far failed to reply even positively or negatively to their request.

Sri Lanka’s failed global propaganda to combat Tamil Tigers reflected in The New York Times report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Asian Tribune, in these columns, recently carried Sri Lanka ambassador in the United States Bernard Goonetilleke’s comments at his luncheon-meeting with Washington Times that Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tiger (LTTE) propaganda machine is “well oiled” and that the Tigers frequently use the term “genocide” to tarnish the image of his country. He expressed his utter frustration, to the editors of the Washington Times, over the Tiger-biased media coverage of the Sri Lankan political situation.

Burma's thirst for free media

The year 2006 began on a sad note for the media in Burma. Major Wunna, who writes under the pseudonym "Mar Jay", lost his job. His senior position in the Air Force offered him no protection since the Junta did not like his satirical articles in Yangon Times, a weekly. Wunna uses satire to devastating effect to make fun of the relocation of the capital to Pyinmana.

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