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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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The Shilpa Opera

By Tushar Charan- Syndicate Features

Among the many common human frailties are use of abusive language in a fit of rage and if an exchange involves two persons of different nationalities or religions it can also become racist and bigoted. Deplorable as this trait may be, not many ordinary mortals can honestly claim to have eschewed them. Exchange of racist or similar other curses among Indians of different background may shock some but does not come as a surprise.

Britain’s senior prosecutor: no such thing as a “war on terror”

Britain’s director of public prosecutions has publicly called into question claims by Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government that the country is engaged in a “war on terror.” In a speech to the Criminal Bar Association this week, Sir Ken Macdonald QC (Queen’s Counsel) said, “London is not a battlefield. Those innocents who were murdered on July 7, 2005 were not victims of war. And the men who killed them were not, as in their vanity they claimed on their ludicrous videos, ‘soldiers’. They were deluded, narcissistic inadequate. They were criminals. They were fantasists. We need to be very clear about this. On the streets of London, there is no such thing as a ‘war on terror’, just as there can be no such thing as a ‘war on drugs.’

Sri Lanka: Sugar manufacturers ask sustainability of local sugar industry

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The local sugar producers say since the world market is highly volatile a variable tariff is been imposed in all type of imported sugar to minimize the effect of fluctuation in the world market price of sugar on the ex-factory price of locally manufactured sugar. “We are also appreciative of raising the import tariff on sugar to Rs10/kg during the last Budget and this customs duty on imported white sugar has been under a duty waiver of Rs5/kg.

Overblown Threat and Islamophobia

By Abukar Arman

Analysts both in the Muslim and the Western world by and large agree that “fear” and lack of objective dialogue are the root cause of Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism. And while the debate on which one of the two ignited the other is still ongoing, one fact remains irrefutable: more people were victimized as a result of Islamophobia than the other way around. A recent public opinion survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) indicates that Muslims are still viewed negatively in the U.S. There are estimated 7 million Muslims in America and over 50 thousand in Central Ohio alone- the majority being Somalis.

Hemas Serendib partners with Minor Group to reach up-market tourism

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Serendib Group of Hotels, a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings, entered into a long-term partnership with the Minor Group of Thailand for the development and management of the properties owned by the Serendib Group. The first phase of development consists of upgrading and re-branding the existing properties of Serendib Group. Hotel Serendib, Bentota will be the first hotel to be upgraded and re-branded as a new 'Anantara' resort. In the second phase, the Serendib Group plans to leverage its partnership with Minor to pursue new opportunities in the hotel sector, both within Sri Lanka and in the regions.

Nazification at the Government's Constitutional Core

By Dr. Susantha Goonatilake

As the World War II came to a close, a question among the victorious democratic Allies was what to do with the German population who had been infected with the Nazi bug. An early 1946 secret assessment for the Allies showed that only one percent of the German population was against the Nazis and that without denazification, a free-election would bring the Nazis back to power. The universal agreement was on the immediate 3-Ds - Disarmament, Demilitarisation and Denazification. These issues become important for Sri Lanka in the light of new developments of the last few days, especially taking into account the parallels between the Nazis and the LTTE and the role of certain foreign governments and foreign funded NGOs to prop up both the LTTE Nazi ideology as well as their armed strength. First: to the parallels between the two barbarous regimes the Nazis and the LTTE.

Human Rights Watch report linking government to child recruitment remains unsubstantiated -- Peace Secretariat

The Peace Secretariat in Colombo has rejected the Human Rights Watch report stating that it has relied heavily on the unsubstantiated findings of Allan Rock. The Peace Secretariat adds: "There is no direct reference in the Report (of Allan Rock) to the Government of Sri Lanka as engaging in child recruitment. However the Report of the Human Rights Watch calls on the Tamil Tigers, the Karuna group and the Sri Lankan Government to stop the recruitment of children. The appeal to the Government of Sri Lanka in this context is a glaring misinterpretation.

Last remaining Tigers trapped in Thoppiagala jungle

Colonel Jeyam, overall commander of the Tamil Tigers for Batticaloa - Amparai districts and Colonel Ramesh, the other Tiger commander, are both presently involved in forcefully conscripting underage children from the districts. Trapped inside a land locked regions, these two commanders, along with Keerthi, head of the LTTE’s Intelligence wing, are making a desperate bid to regroup and launch a counter attack with whatever military hardware left with them.