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Miami “terror” arrests—a government provocation

There are many incongruities surrounding the arrest of seven men from the impoverished Liberty City neighborhood of Miami on charges of conspiracy to “wage war on the United States” that suggest it, like so many previous “terrorist plots” announced by the Bush administration, is a government-inspired provocation mounted for reactionary political ends. None of the claims made by the government and repeated uncritically by the media concerning the arrest of these young working-class men can be accepted as good coin. Both the flimsiness of the criminal indictment and the lurid headlines surrounding it mark this event as an escalation in the anti-democratic conspiracies of the Bush administration.

Why the Conflict in Sri Lanka will continue?

By Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

When the people in Sri Lanka and the other governments with an interest in the country's peaceful future are focused on 'what is next' in the negotiations saga led by the Norwegians, it is important to examine 'why the conflict cannot be resolved' in the coming years or even decades. Such and examination requires knowledge of the 'deep structures' in Sri Lankan society based on hierarchical organization principles, its political and patronage system, a religious and social philosophy based on 'dukkha' (suffering).

Prohibited financial schemes on the rise: Central Bank expresses concern on pyramid schemes and network marketing

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Central Bank recently expressed their concern on danger posed by the increasing pyramid schemes and network marketing schemes which is already prohibited by authorities but already started to operate discretely. According to the Central Bank sources, in the recent past it became aware of the operation of a pyramid scheme which was disguised as a network marketing scheme and had attracted a large number of participants from Sri Lanka. “The Central Bank recognizing the danger of such scheme would pose to the economy and to its participants, took immediate steps to prevent the spread of these schemes. These included initiating changes in the law to make such schemes illegal in Sri Lanka and mounting of an awareness campaign to educate the public on pyramid schemes,” the source said.

Waltzing into the Tiger Trap?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

How did anti-Tiger Tamils come into being? What is the genesis of Tamil opposition to the LTTE? There were no anti-Tiger Tamils until the LTTE began to attack fellow Tamils for not being/supporting Tigers. Until then, whatever their contradictions with the Tigers, the main enemy for the North Eastern Tamils was the state of Sri Lanka. If the LTTE, in its bloody pursuit of sole representative status, did not begin to target fellow Tamils, there would not have been any anti-Tiger Tamils. One of the biggest headaches faced by the LTTE today is therefore a self-creation.

Pak-India to review 3rd round of composite dialogue next month

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India would meet next month to review the third round of composite dialogue. This was stated by Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam at a news briefing Here on Saturday. She said Pakistan and India have exchanged lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen on 15th of this month.

How to beat the Tigers

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Yes, we can beat the Tigers, and no, we ain’t headed that-away. The way to beat the Tigers has been pointed out by one man who has studied every single suicide terrorist attack, suicide bomber and suicide terrorist organisation on the planet from 1980 to 2003, paying considerable attention to the LTTE. That is the University of Chicago’s Professor Robert A. Pape who produced the volume Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism a year back. Scott McConnell writing in The American Conservative (June 18, 2005) says that “in his [Pape’s] office is the world’s largest database of information about suicide terrorists” and describes Prof Pape as “the man who knows more about suicide terrorists than any other American”.

Tigers extort rupees 200 million monthly from goods and cargoes bound to Tamil civilians in Jaffna peninsula

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas extort an estimated Rupees 200 to 300 million every month from goods and cargoes bound for the Tamil civilians in the Jaffna peninsula, passing through the Tiger held territory.Subsequently traders have to charge the tax levied by the Tigers on the innocent Tamil civilians by inflating the prices. As the prices of essential and scarce commodities in the Jaffna peninsula have skyrocketed, it is reported that even the ‘Drum Stick’ (Murunga), a vegetable grown locally fetches Rupees five hundred per kilo.

Huge hoardings, Antenna towers would be a threat – Sunil Sarath Perera

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

City dwellers in Sri Lanka will face another hazardous situation due to the large-scale hoardings, which are erected in number of locations.There is no legal background to ban or change these hoarding locations, said veteran environmental Journalist Sunil Sarath Perera. At present local government institutions charge taxes and charges on these hoardings and they allow companies and individuals to erect these hoardings without imposing any restrictions.

Sri Lanka: Children's Education still Suffers 18 Months after Tsunami

Save the Children in Sri Lanka recommends that children should urgently be provided with a more conducive school environment with special emphasis on critical needs such as water and toilet facilities; temporary study rooms with electricity, furniture and other equipment should be built at camp sites until damaged schools and houses are completely reconstructed and rehabilitated; and schools should develop an accountability mechanism and a mechanism to promote the participation of parents and children in the rebuilding and rehabilitation process of damaged schools.

Future UN Secretary General should withstand the bully of Blairs and Bushes

UN Secretary General should be someone who could stand to the bully of Blair and Bush, writes Laksaman Doole of Melbourne, Australia. In a letter to the Editor, he points out, I have observed Kofi Annan & Brutos Brutos Gali blink and be intimidated, and not being effective when putting their views across to the leaders of the big nations. We need a UN Secretary General who can stand-up to the George Bush's & the Tony Blair's of this world and take them on the big issues, look them in the eye, and tell them off without fear if the thinking & views of these leaders are out-of-date or wrong.

Australian Development Scholarships for the Sri Lankan Public Sector

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Australian High Commissioner, Dr Greg French, announced that Australia would provide six masters-level scholarships targeted at the public sector in Sri Lanka for the 2007 academic intake. "I am pleased to announce that Australia will continue to support education in Sri Lanka through the newly announced Australia Scholarship program," the High Commissioner stated other day. In addition to the 23 scholarship holders already in Australia under the Australia Development Scholarship scheme, six scholarships for post-graduate study will be awarded on a competitive basis for public sector employees working in areas such as public finance and environmental management.

Pakistan taking the US for a ride

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Does Pakistan continue to be a key ally of the US in its war against terrorism? On paper yes. Practically, No. What has been going on for a long time now is that Pakistan is thumbing it’s nose on the US and that too in full public glare. Look at the way it has been treating the underworld Don, Dawood Ibrahim who was declared by it as a “Specially designated Global Terrorist” in 2003. The Don organized a lavish marriage function of his daughter with the son of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad in Karachi in 2005. Soon thereafter, he threw a gala reception in Dubai, which was attended by several business tycoons. Yet, ironically, for Pakistan he remained untraceable! To this day Islamabad has been sticking to its ‘we don’t know where he lives’ stand. It refuses to admit that Dawood is living a normal life in Karachi.

HNB Stockbrokers Forum on Rubber

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At a forum on “Current Deve,opments & Future Trends in the Rubber Industry” organized by the HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, (HNBB) Dr L M K Tillekeratne, Executive Director, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka said the natural rubber prices that were around Rs 40 per kg for the last three decades was shot up to Rs 160 by 2002 and at the end of May this year the price was increased considerably to Rs 430 per kg. Deva Ellepola, General Manager/CEO, HNBB making an introduction to the forum explained the purpose of their exercise of this type of orientation programmes to share information on capital market research and stressed the importance of the programmes that have now become an integral part of their work schedules.