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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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The death of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin and the promotion of an Australian mythology

The death last month of wildlife adventurer Steve Irwin, aged 44, in a stingray attack off the coast of Port Douglas was a personal tragedy for his family and friends. But for the population at-large it has been transformed into a media and political event of mind-numbing proportions. Day after day, page-one spreads, special tributes and television retrospectives have bombarded the Australian public. Most striking of all, politicians and right-wing commentators have seized upon the crocodile hunter’s untimely demise as part of their campaign to promote "Australian values", with critics of Irwin vilified as "urban elites" and "politically correct whingers".

Man sets himself on fire in front of Norwegian Embassy to protest against their "partiality"

By Walter Jayawardhana

Set himself on fire A man who was agitated over Norway being Sri Lanka’s peace facilitator poured fuel over his body and set himself on fire to death in protest. The incident has occurred after the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held a protest rally demanding that Norway be expelled from Sri Lanka accusing them of being partial to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist group fighting the government of Sri Lanka for a separate state . One Raymond Ferreira, 45 year old trishaw cab driver who committed suicide in front of Colombo’s Norwegian embassy in the fashionable Cinnamon Gardens residential area of the elite was no member of the JVP but had participated in the protest rally a day earlier against the Norwegians.