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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Sri Lanka spices

State Department’s Boucher raises Human Rights: Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa raises National Security

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune news analysis

Boucher & MahindaBush administration’s South and Central Asian Affairs boss in the State Department assistant secretary Richard Boucher and Sri Lanka’s executive president Mahinda Rajapaksa were not on the same page when it comes to this South Asian island nation’s crisis with the home-grown Tamil Tiger terrorism and its collateral damage; the alleged erosion of human rights and press freedom, and the most visible threat to the nation’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security. Ambassador Boucher, in his three-day visit to this near war-torn nation of 19 million people with an impressive economic growth rate despite a two-decade hostility between the world’s most ruthless terrorist organization responsible in assassinating two political leaders in India and Sri Lanka, was diplomatically tough when he communicated to the Sri Lankan authorities that the United States views its human rights record as thoroughly dismal.

Release Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, urges Human Rights Experts

Asian Tribune US Bureau

Aung San Suu KyiMore than a dozen international human rights experts are calling on Burma to release Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners, reports U.S. State Department official Web Site USINFO. The 14 U.N. special rapporteurs May 10 joined to call for the release of Burma's more than 1,300 political prisoners as May 27 -- the end of the current term of detention for Aung San Suu Kyi – approaches, it further states. The United States has been in the forefront of the international campaign to secure the release of the Burmese opposition leader who won a landslide in her country’s parliamentary election a decade ago but the ruling military junta has refused to transfer political power to her National League for Democracy.

Karuna and Pillaiyan to patch up ?

Moves are afoot to patch up the difffernces between V.Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman, leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal and his commander Pilliyan. The go-betweens are urging them to come to some working arrangement where they can work together. The current move is to keep Karuna Amman as the overall leader of the TMVP in charge of the political activities of his outfit. Pilliyan is to be formally anounced as the deputy leader of TMVP and he will be in charge of the military wing of the TMVP. Under this arrangement Pilliyan will be in complete charge of all military activities. He will be given complete authority to take whatever decisions that are needed to run the military wing of the TMVP. But sources suggest that it would be necessary for Pilliyan to consult with TMVP leader while taking any important decisions.

Sri Lankan Pleads Guilty in U.S. Court for Procurement of Arms for Tamil Tiger Terrorist Outfit

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, 37, a citizen of Sri Lanka, pleaded guilty May 10 to conspiracy to provide material support to a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam popularly known as Tamil Tigers, and attempted exportation of arms and munitions to that group to engage in terrorism against the Government of Sri Lanka, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, "Mr. Varatharasa is the last defendant to be convicted in this plot to attempt to obtain military weapons in violation of American law. We are committed to using all available legal tools to prevent terrorism."

Ranil falls from raja yoga to paraja yoga

H. L. D. Mahindapala

More than before Ranil Wickremesinghe’s actions tend to border on antics and histrionics. Increasingly he is veering away from pursuing any credible or pragmatic moves to stage a comeback. Last week, for instance, he resigned from a post which he never held. He thought he was a member of the Gangaramaya Dayaka Sabha only to find, after he resigned, that he had never been a member of it. This is as comic as Wickremesinghe promising to build the tallest ever dagoba in the world when no one has yet beaten the Jetawanaramaya -- the tallest dagoba in the world. It is as bizarre as the invitation extended to the Portuguese Prime Minister to celebrate the 500 anniversary of their landing to initiate the cruelest and devastating colonial occupation of Sri Lanka by a Western imperialist.

Lanka Parliament expels Tamil National Alliance MP for anti-state remarks

S.Gajendran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian was evicted from a hostile Lankan Parliament session yesterday, for his remarks that LTTE air raids were a consequence of the open war waged by the Sri Lankan military on Tamils. The expulsion is expected to be effective for only a day. At the session commencement on the extension of Emergency debate, the JVP parliament group leader Wimal Weerawanse made a special statement that S. Gajendran has "violated the principles of constitution when he made the controversial statement yesterday".

Don't Mess With Malinga!

Dayan Jayatilleka

I was distressed to read a story in the Independent Online ( Cape Town, South Africa edition), which was captioned ' Malinga too Sexy For Sri Lanka'. The headline conveys the erroneous impression of a stuffily intolerant Sri Lankan society, which is disapproving of young Lasitha Malinga's looks and hairstyle. This is far from the truth, and the allegation is based on a single letter by reader Ranjith Chandrasekara, published in the pages of the Daily News. It is views of his sort, and dissemination of them, that plays into the hands of anti-Sri Lankan propagandists in the international media, shaping world opinion about this country as intolerant of difference and diversity.

Revived Travel Trade Sports Club - Beach Rugby

By Quintus Perera

At the revived Travel Trade Sports Club (TTSC) Beach Rugby Championships, after 4 years, Walkers Tours became the champions beating the favorites, Sri Lankan Airlines by three tries at the finals held last week in the beaches at Eththukala, Negombo. The man of the tournament was clinched by D S Abeysekera of Walkers Tours. This is the third tournament was sponsored by Jetwing Hotels and hosted by Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo.

Sri Lanka's spice renaissance

Since primeval times the exotic spices of Sri Lanka have enticed traders from around the world. This aromatic commodity opened trade routes to the West and the Far East. Arab traders arrived here in the 12th and 13th centuries in search of cinnamon, black and white pepper, clove, nutmeg, mace, ginger, turmeric, and saffron. The Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British arrived in the 16th century lured by spice or more perhaps by their quest to conquer territory. The Sri Lankan spice trade declined during the 20th century due to the introduction of tea and rubber by its colonial masters. Tea, rubber and coconut became the prime export commodities. Small time spice farmers were exploited by middlemen. Their produce was often of poor quality and much of it went waste while they were put out dry in open spaces and roadsides.

Imperialism Impact on Agriculture & Environment

By Manas Sharma & Jagdish P. Sharma - Syndicate Features

Imperialism and colonialism were the characteristics of 19th century. The European powers like Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, and Belgium established their control over countries of Asia and Africa after defeating the native powers. The outbreak of the industrial revolution in Britain and its spread over Europe resulted in the growing demand for raw materials, and new markets. It was to meet these demands and also to achieve political and economic control, the Imperial powers looked forward for acquiring colonies in Asia and Africa. An era of Imperialism thus started. Imperialism was essentially exploitation and oppression by using devious means of seizing land, authority and economic sovereignty over millions of people in Afro-Arab and Asian world.

Sri Lankan ruling party issues phony constitutional plan for ending war

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main party in Colombo’s coalition government, announced a set of constitutional proposals on April 30 to establish the basis for a political settlement of the country’s civil war. The package, however, is a reversion to measures that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has long rejected. Thus, far from being a plan for peace, it is a justification for the government’s continuing military aggression. The proposals were drawn up for an all-party representative committee (APRC), set up by President Mahinda Rajapakse last year to consider constitutional changes to solve what is known in Sri Lanka as the “ethnic problem”—the systematic discrimination against the country’s Tamil minority that led to the outbreak of war in 1983.

Boucher & Mahinda

Aung San Suu Kyi

Pillaiyan and Karuna

Lasantha Malinga

Beach Rugby

Tiger’s Collecting Funds in Canada : Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers use pressure to raise funds, Canadian police say

US Bureau Asian Tribune

The Tamil Tigers terrorist group has been aggressively fundraising in Montreal using a sophisticated pre-authorized payment scheme and other methods to collect money from the city's 25,000-strong Tamil community, according to the Canadian intelligence, says National Post, Canada’s leading newspaper in its May 10 edition. Documents recently unsealed and filed in a Quebec court provide the first look inside an ongoing Royal Canadian Military Police ((RCMP) investigation called Project CRIBLE that is probing complaints that a Montreal nonprofit group has been working with the Tamil Tigers to raise money for civil war in Sri Lanka, the Post further reports.