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Nehginpao Kipgen

No food shortage for Prabhakaran’s birthday celebrations

Prabakaran While the Tiger propaganda machine, backed by the Church and the NGOs, is screaming about the starving Tamil people in the north, the Tiger hierarchy is making elaborate and lavish preparations to celebrate the 52nd birthday of Velupillai Prabhakaran on November 26. Parades, feasts and ‘thamashas” are on the card to celebrate his birthday. These are a part of the personality cult of the "Sun God" promoted by his minders - of Prabhakaran. Celebrations for the "Heroes Day" started on Monday in the Vanni areas. Agents of Tamil Tigers in America, Australian, Europe, UK too are planning public and private celebrations.

Tigers in disarray in the east

Local residents in the east are expecting the Sri Lankan Army to walk into Vaharai -- the last LTTE’s stronghold of the Trincomalee region despite holding more than 30,000 Internally Displaced People as human shield and placing nearly 8,000 landmines around Vaharai.
Soosaipillai Joseph Anthonydas, alias Colonel Sornam, who is the Special Tiger Commander of the Trincomalee region, withdrew to Vaharai after the defeat at Sampur. Suddenly he has gone missing in his base in Vaharai. It is learnt that he is hiding in the Kuranku Panchan jungles and trying to flee to Vanni from his hide out.

Tamilselvan once again swear that LTTE did not have anything to do with Rajiv Gandhi killing

By Walter Jayawardhana

Once again the head of the political section of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) S. P. Tamilselvan denied his group had anything at all to do with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination in an exclusive interview with the Privately owned Television channel NDTV of New Delhi. About many months ago, Anton Balasingham expressed his regret over the killing through the same TV channel but only few hours later LTTE spokesman Daya Master denied any involvement of his group in the assassination of the former Indian Prime Minister.

Peace in Nepal Found

By Leel Pathirana

PrachandaPeace has come to Nepal !!! Peace has come to Nepal !!! No more fighting, no more killing, My Nepali colleague Badiri Chaulagain was enjoying, raising his hands up, telling me when I entered to the room. I sat on my Bed and next to me was the half read book he brought to me from Kathmandu, A Kingdom Under Siege, Nepal’s Maoist Insurgency. On 20th November, in a historic ceremony held at the Birendra International Convention Center, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chairman Mr.Pushpa Kamal Dhahal (Prachanda) signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) 2006, bringing the decade-long armed insurgency to an end and promising to chart a new destiny for "peaceful and democratic" new Nepal.

Attempting democracy in ethnically diverse Burma

Nehginpao KipgenBy Nehginpao Kipgen

Burma’s 50 plus years of independence from the colonial yoke of the British has been beleaguered by multitudinous dragging issues – from democracy to ethnocracy - underscoring the need for meritocracy. Succinctly speaking, democracy may be defined as the reigning of peoples’ power directly or indirectly in a given institution; while meritocracy simply means democracy on the basis of merits. These two concepts may not be a great deal of interest to some developed countries, but it is an inherent question for Burma and its people to reckon with. Reeling under the military political web for more than four decades, a large chunk of data and statistics available on Burma are equivocal. The fact that Burma, at present, is a country of seven states and seven divisions is however self-evident.

Professor Vitarana says that all political parties now have agreed to devolution of power

By Walter Jayawardhana

Professor Tissa Vitarana, Chairman All Party Representative Committee said that all political parties have now reached consensus that devolution of power as a means to the solution of the national problem in the country. He said the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) have now consented to have maximum devolution under our constitution. Professor Vitharana then said , hence there is consensus of opinion among all parties regarding devolution of power.

Well Said Mr President! I would like to add few more things for consideration.

By Sudath Gunasekara - President Mahanuwara Senior Citizens Movement.

Of all the news items that appeared in the local press last week on the subject of governance in Sri Lanka the following two attributed to the Sri Lankan President, I think, should draw the attention of all those who are concerned with domestic politics as well as the foreign policy of Sri Lanka. These two statements, I think marks a land mark in the evolution of the political history of this Island nation. Not only those who supported Mahinda Rajapakse at the last elections, but even his political opponents who are still patriotic and who crave for the sovereignty, independence and the political stability of the Island nation, I think should take serious notice of these developments and rally round the President and support him to enable him to carry out these policies without giving in to both internal and external forces that stand against their implementation. The need for such public support is very crucial at a critical time of the nation like the present, especially when so many forces are at work hell mel against policies of the present government.

Climate unchanged

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Delegates from over 180 countries ended on November 18 their nearly two-week long ‘climate safari’, an expression used to describe derisively the ‘Climate Change’ conference at Nairobi by some environmental campaigners, without achieving any major breakthrough. The delegates agreed to review the decade old Kyoto Protocol, which requires developed countries to limit greenhouse emissions of a total of six gases by 2008. The Kyoto protocol is valid for another six years. What causes worry is that even if the world shows a rare ‘political will’ and determination to control greenhouse gas emissions by 5 per cent by 2008 or so, the effort may not mean much because of corresponding rise in gas emissions by then. Estimates show that by 2050, the global CO2 emissions would go up by as much as 137 per cent. The odds against avoiding the dangers from climate change would then be something like 1000 to 1.

Canberra maintains aggressive stance toward Solomon Islands government

The tense standoff between the Australian and Solomon Islands governments is continuing. After his efforts to defuse tensions were rebuffed by Canberra, Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made a new threat to curtail the Australian-led the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).On November 14, Sogavare accused Australian personnel of involvement in prostitution with local women and pledged to rescind RAMSI’s legal immunity. He also issued a statement the day before, instructing Solomon Islanders to "watch out for Australian agents in the country; to watch out for dirty manipulative words to oust the current government."

Nicholas Burns



Nepal - Signing of the Peace agreement 2

Nepal - Signing of Agreement


Nicholas Burns confirms US hard line on Tamil Tigers: ‘Asian Tribune’ opinion reverberates at State Department briefing

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Nicholas BurnsThe United States’ policy toward the crisis in Sri Lanka was clearly laid down by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns as never done before by his government expressing total contempt of the Tamil Tigers, while espousing a hard line policy on them, and interpreting the politico-military efforts now undertaken by Sri Lanka as an attempt to secure the nation’s territorial integrity at the press briefing following the Co-Chair session on Tuesday, November 21.