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Pakistan Army: Unwavering Support for Cross-border Terrorism

By Gurmeet Kanwal

The joint statement at Havana notwithstanding, the Mumbai bomb blasts and the terror plot uncovered in the United Kingdom in early August have once again clearly established Pakistan’s complicity in harbouring terrorist organisations on its soil. Though the West continues to be in denial mode and its leaders lose no opportunity to praise General Musharraf for his cooperation in fighting international terrorism, the fact remains that despite loud protestations to the contrary, Pakistan is still the hub of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism. In order to understand this proclivity to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds, it is necessary to examine the deeply ingrained mindset of Pakistan’s ruling elite that is led by the Pakistan army.

The Tigers’ Tactics

By Dayan Jayatilleka

If we are very lucky, India may actually practice the principle enunciated by its Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the NAM summit in Havana that "there can be no equivocation on terrorism" - or at least not stand in our way as we practice it. Expect a determined offensive or an attempt at one, by Velupillai Prabhakaran in the last quarter of this year. He is under pressure from three sources: the Sri Lankan military, the Karuna group and his own calendar. It is this last factor that makes it almost certain that he will launch an offensive fairly soon, which must either be pre-emptively disrupted or defeated, with decisive losses imposed upon him by the Sri Lankan armed forces which however must not fall into his trap through adventurism and over-extension.

Top Sri Lankan official hits out at 'extravagant lifestyles' enjoyed by NGOs

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs and INGOs) have come under flak by Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) Chief Operating Officer Shanti Fernando who has pointed out that the 'extravagant lifestyles' enjoyed by these organizations especially in the background of a huge human tragedy have angered tsunami victims, the majority of whom continue to live in temporary camps sans even basic facilities. "On the matter of housing, the communities are rightfully impatient and often angry. And more so, when they see the NGOs and INGOs who have raised abundant funds from the developed countries for the tsunami-affected, living it high, entertaining extravagantly,
travelling in luxury vehicles, paying themselves astronomical salaries and lavish allowances, -- specially in the background of a huge human tragedy, and in the view of some observers, spending more than 40% of the tsunami funds on themselves, their travel and their administration.

A regional party quits India ruling coalition

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

A small, numerically insignificant regional party Saturday quit the Congress led United Progressive Alliance of prime minister Manmohan Singh after it failed to have its way on the creation of a new state out of Andhra Pradesh. The Telengana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), after formally announcing its decision to from the UPA, is getting ready to join the opposition alliance of BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). BJP is in favor of smaller states. An announcement on the new alignment is expected shortly.

"The Tamils have legitimate demands, but the LTTE’s tactics are deplorable" - Senator Patrick Leahy

Senator Patrick LeahyPatrick Leahy is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in a statement made in the floor of US Senate said that LTTE has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States Government on account of its wanton attacks against civilians and forced recruitment of children. These abusive tactics, which flagrantly violate international law, should be universally condemned. He also pointed out that there is also the issue of United States support to Sri Lankan Government security forces, who have been responsible for violations of human rights. The Department of State needs to be doubly sure that the Leahy Amendment, which prohibits U.S. assistance to units of foreign security forces who violate human rights, is being strictly complied with.

Hell to Hell no charge

Exclusive to Asian Tribune from the Hell

Hell to HellRonald Reagan, the former president of the United States, François Mitterrand, the former president of France and Junius Richard Jayewardene, former president of Sri Lanka are now joined in the Hell. Reagan was talking about his grave mistake in giving weapons to the Contra Rebels in Nicaragua, Jayewardene was telling about erecting the famous barbed wire fence surrounding the Kandy Getambe Temple to teach a lesson to the head priest and Mitterrand was taking about his mistake his anti-socialist Prime Minister Valerie Giscard d'Estang to politically survive.

Sri Lanka's predominant Muslim party emphasises 'No smoke without fire' on Muslim massacre

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka's predominant Muslim party has emphasized that its community will never fear to point its finger at the LTTE who have incessantly battered the Muslims living in the North and East. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Deputy Secretary General Nizam Kariapper has pointed out that the Muslims will never forget the LTTE's barbaric act at the Kathankudy mosque where 103 Muslims worshippers were slayed while observing prayers in 1990, and the ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the North, also in 1990. "Muslims have never supported the LTTE, but if 30,000 people claim that it is the Special Task Force (STF) behind last week's incident where ten Muslims were killed in Panama, Pottuvil, it is something everyone must mull over," Mr. Kariapper noted.

Solheim - facilitator or blunderer?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

On September 12, 2006 the BBC announced: "Norwegian Minister for International Development Erik Solheim told BBC Sandeshaya that both parties informed the facilitators of their willingness to come back to the table without any conditions." Later (September 15, 2006) the BBC announced that "the Tamil Tigers have imposed 'conditions' for the proposed talks between them and the Sri Lanka government." It added: "Rasiah Ilanthirayan demanded that the government withdraw from the areas captured recently, including the strategically important Sampur. We will not come back to talks if the government fails to implement the demarcation lines according to the CFA," he told BBC

Are Terrorists clinically sick? If so, what about their sponsors?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

In a recent TV interview, the famed novelist Fredrick Forsyth referred to the international terrorist movement as having "clinically sick" individuals attempting to destroy the fabric of world order as it is known today, by means that others cannot employ, either in attack or defense. He was of course referring to the international terrorist movement Al Qaeda, ideologically, and in some instances, sponsored, and led by Osama bin Laden. This group, as has been evident so far, been focused on killing Americans and their allies, although other groups encouraged by the methods employed by Al Qaeda, and perhaps in instances funded by them, have engaged in similar atrocities.

Burma’s crisis will not be overlooked says US first lady Laura Bush

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Laura BushAmerica’s first lady Laura Bush, convening a roundtable discussion of experts to discuss what could be done to ensure the release of political prisoners, promote national reconciliation and restore democracy and highlight the repressive and destabilizing situation in Burma said on September 19 in New York that U.S. will work diligently with the U.N. Security Council to ensure that the crisis in Burma is not overlooked. The discussion dominated the issue of regime’s treatment of democracy activist and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for most of the past 17 years.

Senator Patrick Leahy

Hell to Hell


As Brazilian election nears, crisis deepens for major parties

Earlier this month, Brazil’s ex-President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, leader of the PSDB (Party of Brazilian Social Democracy), wrote an open letter acknowledging that the members of the PSDB made a serious error when they kept their mouths shut in 2005. He said that at the moment in which the corruption scandals involving the ruling Workers Party (PT) and the government of President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva were exploding, the PSDB should have been far more forceful.This letter constitutes an important political event: it demonstrates more clearly than ever the complete bankruptcy of the entire Brazilian political opposition and a total split within the PSDB, the party that represented the last hope of the country’s ruling elite for a way out of the present political crisis based on the classic bourgeois program of national development.

Hafeez Saeed & his arrest: Pakistani version of Punch and Judy show

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Hafeez Mohammed Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been arrested, released, re-arrested and will undoubtedly be released again. This is not the first time that Pakistan has played out this farcical cycle in order to balance the pulls of two diametrically opposite forces. To Gen Musharraf, men like Hafeez Saeed are ‘life-line’; they cannot be put behind bars for long. LeT in whatever name it assumes at a given moment is important for Pakistan’s ‘low intensity’ war in the Kashmir valley and elsewhere in India. Lately there is an additional reason to be benevolent towards Hafeez Saeed. Like all other ‘banned’ groups, LeT had deputed one of its franchises to operate in the quake hit Pakistan-occupied Kashmir which was swarmed by foreign relief and charity organisations too.

Herbal drink to supplement diabetes cure

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hector Pietersz co (Pvt) Ltd , one of the leading distributors of pharmaceuticals and drugs in Sri Lanka has undertaken to distribute Gymnema Sylvestre a herbal preparation to supplement the diabetes cure, manufactured by Actimo Hortico Industries and the signing of the agreement and the launch took place at Janaki Hotel Colombo. Hector Pietersz Covers more than 95 percent of Sri Lanka through its fleet of vehicles.

Policy Paper : Blue Print for Burma

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

No matter what religion one profess, it is undisputable that the prayers of the people of Burma have been heard and now the misery and the suffering of the Burmese will be officially accepted by the United Nations Security Council and the world at large, because it is already in the agenda by a large margin of votes. Our next move should concentrate on what resolutions will the Security Council passed? Will it achieve our cherished goal of democracy, human rights and self-determination? Surely the UN is not the Junta, even though the overwhelming margin of votes at the UNSC agenda is comparable to the overwhelming of votes that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD gets in the 1990 elections, the two negative votes by the veto wielding permanent powers cast a shadow of the Junta's mentality at the UN.

Ceylinco Educational Programme to confer Doctor of Business Administration

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The educational arm of the Ceylinco Consolidated last week launched a programme to confer Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) through the School of Management, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) At the launch Prof Said Iranboust, President AIT said, it has been contributing to the education of Sri Lanka by conferring more than 760 postgraduate degrees to Sri Lankans and through their Extension work has provided non-degree training for about 1,600 Sri Lankans.

LTTE will defeat Sri Lankan Army when it launches its full-scale war - Tamilselvam

TamilselvanIn an exclusive interview with "Tamil Murasu", a Tamil daily under the control of the Singapore Government, S. P. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Division of the Tiger outfit, said that when the LTTE launches its full scale war the Sri Lankan Army will be defeated squarely. Admitting that the LTTE had suffered defeats in he recent battles with the Sri Lankan Army he said that they will recapture all those places including Sampur that fell into the hands of the Sri Lankan Army. In his interview with the Tamil broadsheet Tamilselvan said that though it appears at present that the Sri Lankan army has the upper hand in the ongoing conflict, in reality that is not the true position. "In the future we will take measures to recapture all those areas fallen in the hands of the Army," he said.