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The Foley affair: A snapshot of the depraved state of American politics

The sudden resignation of Florida Congressman Mark Foley, a six-term incumbent and Republican deputy whip in the House of Representatives, is a serious political blow to the Bush administration and its efforts to retain control of the House and Senate in the November 7 midterm election. Foley quit within hours of media reports of his sexually explicit emails and instant messages to teenage male pages and former pages at the House of Representatives. The scandal cuts across Republican efforts to use anti-gay bigotry and concerns over Internet pornography as key components of their drive to mobilize Christian fundamentalist elements. Republican campaign aides have admitted the demoralizing effect on their "base."

The government of Sri Lanka unveils Ampara District livelihood development plan to assist the tsunami-affected masses

By Sunil C. Perera – Reporting from Colombo

The District Secretary of Ampara, behalf of the Government of SriLanka officially launched the Divisional Livelihood Development Plans for the nine Tsunami affected divisions of Ampara: Addalachchenai, Akkarapattu, Kalmunai Muslim, Kalmunai Tamil, Karative , Ninthavur, Pothuvil, Sainthamarudu, and Thirukkovil, at Ampara on last Monday. The making of these plans have been facilitated by Reconstruction and Development Agency-RADA and supported by the Income Recovery Technical Assistance Programme (IRTAP) of International labour organization (ILO).

The Rise and Fall of the LTTE: An analytical observation

By Leel Pathirana

A motherIn the early 1990’s outspoken late Deputy Minister of Defense in Sri Lanka told in the parliament "Dying Tigers, Gave oxygen" by president Premadasa. During his tenure Sri Lankan security Forces launched heavy military operations against the LTTE and done heavy losses to the Tigers under the command of Ranjan Wijerathne. It was believed that strength of the Tiger cadres came down up to 4000-6000. Then the President gave arms, ammunitions and money to the Tigers to chase the IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) from the Sri Lankan soil. What happened was the vice versa, they used these arms against the Government and majority Singhalese. Also both Wijerathne and President Premadasa had to pay from their lives as well. So President Premadasa’s name highlighted in the history of Sri Lanka, the man who betrayed the Nation giving arms and money to the Terrorists.

Seminar on Expressways

From Sunil C.Perera

In view of the high priory given by the Government of Sri Lanka for Development of Highways, the Chamber of Construction Industry is hosting the seminar on Expressways to enhance awareness on expressway construction and financial structuring of expressway construction. As Sri Lanka lack hands on experience in expressway construction, Chamber has obtained the services of a distinguished panel of international experts on the subject of ‘Expressways’ with the assistance of the Chairman, Road Development Authority Eng. M.B.S. Fernando.

To talk or not to talk, that is the question…challenge for the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Of course they must talk. It’s by far the only option for both sides, and it is the correct option rather than killing each other and innocent Sinhalese and Tamil people in the process. While talks must commence and proceed until a political solution could be worked out amongst all parties, it is well for all parties to remember British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s contention in regard to Iraq that "it is sometimes necessary to have war in order to bring peace".

Tharoor's exit expected, but India's diplomatic botch-up avoidable

By R.C.Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Shashi TharoorIndia’s failed campaign to get its nominee Shashi Tharoor elected as the next UN Secretary General is a clear case of diplomatic botch-up. By all accounts, corroborated by seasoned former diplomats, the entire exercise resembled the spectacle of putting the cart before the horse. It was an uphill task all the way for Tharoor who gamely put up a brave fight before finally withdrawing from the contest on October 3. It was clear from the start that both the US and China did not fancy India for the sensitive slot.
New Delhi may have lobbied hard at the recent NAM summit and elsewhere, but the election hinged on the support of P-5 - the permanent members the Security Council – Russia, Britain and France apart from US and China.

Father of "1956" and the children of 2006

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The major problems of the dynastic control of the SLFP were decided once and for all when the people elected Mahinda Rajapakse as the President in November 2005. But the Bandaranaikes were clinging to the last dynastic strand of the umbilical chord left: the Presidency of the SLFP. That too was finally severed when the Party elected Mahinda Rajapakse as the President, handing over total power both of the Party and the state. For the first time in 55 years the reins of SLFP power held by the Bandaranaikes changed hands. A network of intertwining forces - political, legal, constitutional and external factors - combined to ease the incumbent President Chandrika Kumaratunga out of her seat, paving the way for Mahinda Rajapakse to succeed her.

Tamilselvam threatens to leave peace talks permanently if Sri Lankan Army does not stop its offensive

TamilselvanIn a media interview held in Killinochchi, S. P. Tamilselvam, former bodyguard of Velupillai Prabhakaran and current head of the Political Wing of the LTTE said: " We have today (Wednesday, 04 October) informed Norway very clearly that if the offensive campaigns against our people are pursued by the Sri Lanka Army, then we will leave the peace talks permanently until the aggressive Sri Lanka Army leaves our homeland area. We will not be in a position to participate thereafter in any peace process.
We have accepted the request of the international community and indicated our willingness for the talks."

The JVP says their discussions with the ruling party broke down on the disagreement of three vital issues

By Walter Jayawardhana

Tilvin SilvaSince the governing Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) could not agree upon three major issues the JVP - SLFP talks broke down said Tilvin Silva the General Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. The immediate result of the break down of the talks would mean that the country’s third largest political party would not be accepting ministerial position in the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration that it helped to put into power at the last Presidential elections.

USA: Sri Lankan-Americans demonstrate for peace in Sri Lanka

Demonstration in USASri Lankan Americans in the Greater Washington area on Wednesday (4th October) held a mass demonstration for peace opposite the White House in Washington DC. The rally was held to protest the brutal killings, ethnic cleansing and forcible recruitment of child soldiers by the LTTE, to support the Sri Lanka peace process and to commend the U.S. administration for its recent arrests of LTTE agents in the U.S. This event was attended by almost Sri Lankan - Americans cutting across ethnic and religious persuasions. Sri Lankan Americans from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania also participated in the rally.

JVP campaign against Norway with call to demerge North and Eastern provinces

JVP1A massive campaign to urge the Government to remove Norway from the peace process and separate Eastern Province from the North organized by the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (Peoples Liberation Front) a nationalist Sinhala Marxist political party was held in Colombo yesterday (4th). But according to the organizers the agitation was organized by United Front for the Protection of the Motherland (UFPM) which comprised of 12 pro JVP trade unions, University Students Association and National Bhikku Front. Thousands of Sinahala nationalist protesters marched from Campbell Park at Borella shouting slogans demanding the ouster of Norwegian mediation in the ongoing peace process with Tamil Tigers and the government and to demerge east from the North.

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