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Maria Sharapova.

Return to Kadirgamar Doctrine

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Prabhakaran has raised the stakes by announcing his drive for nothing less than an independent state of Tamil Eelam; a country carved out of our own, the only one we have. He has not been able to gain any support from outside the global Tamil community. For us that’s a relief, but not much. Prabhakaran’s gamble is to appeal to a globalised tribalism; a pan-Tamil sentiment in a community that is now worldwide. The active support of even a fraction of that community of 90 million, embedded as it is in places as significant as the USA, EU and India, is sufficient to swing the outcome against Sri Lanka and in favour of Tamil Eelam.

“Lies, lies and lies” & Erik Solheim

Lies & Lies Mr.LiesErik Solheim, the Norwegian Minster for Development, has rejected the accusations made by Karuna, leader of the TMVP, and the former deputy to Velupillai Prabhakaran, as "lies, and nothing but lies". In a reply sent to Ms. Ira de Silva of Canada, an Asian Tribune reader, who raised the accusations of Karuna with J. Stoltenberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, Solheim states: "All seven points are lies and nothing but lies. There is not the slightest truth in any of them." He also adds: "Norway is also extremely surprised that a government newspaper will print such baseless lies."

LTTE cadres are on the run in Vaharai in the east Sri Lanka

Tamil Tiger cadres are on a ‘do or die battle’ in Vaharai. Sri Lanka’s Army has already surrounded Vaharai, area under the LTTE control, on all directions. Army soldiers are tactically deployed in the jungles around Vaharai. They are waiting to pounce on the fleeing Tigers from their jungle hideout, according to an Army source. Sri Lankan troops have already killed 15 Tigers. One of those killed was the senior LTTE cadres Lt. Col. Viduthalai, military coordinator of Vaharai. He died in the battle on Tuesday.

Development of Sri Lanka's South - A Postcolonial Necessity

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

It is well known that the coastal areas including those of the South of Sri Lanka were the first to be colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British powers. Kandyan Kingdom fell to the British in 1815. The colonial institutions and processes were implanted in the Southern areas much earlier than in the Kandyan areas. The process of land acquisitions by the colonial states, introduction of alien administration, law, religion, education, economic activities etc. were other aspects of this experience.

Ban the LTTE now urges SPUR

Negotiations, appeasement only strengthen the psychopaths while constant condemnation of endless terrorist acts is self-deceiving declares Australia based Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) in a hard hitting appeal to the Sri Lanka’s President. Ranjith Soysa, Spokesperson of the SPUR has urged Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government to Urgently Y ban the LTTE, as there is no other choice. The time has come to resolve and defeat the LTTE and their fronts in Sri Lanka. In his statement Ranjit Soysa insists, "The first step in this process is to reimpose the ban on the LTTE."

To ban or not to ban the LTTE: Is Sri Lanka caught between a rock and a hard place?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The Sri Lankan ethnic conflict that has taken many twists and turns over the years and again it has taken another twist with the attempted LTTE’s suicide attack on the Defense Secretary Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksha. The Sri Lankan government is reportedly considering many punitive actions, including the banning of the LTTE and ceasing all contacts with them. Whether this is possible or not, and whether it is desirable or not is a matter for the Sri Lankan government which has been placed in the proverbial "between the rock and the hard place" situation by the LTTE.

Air Arabia increases frequency to Qatar for Doha Asian Games

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A report from Sharjah, UAE indicates that with the increased interest in the Doha Asian Games, Air Arabia has scheduled extra return flights to Qatar to meet the extra passenger demand during the first week of December starting from the 26th of November to the 31st of January. Chairman of Air Arabia Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani said: "A lot of effort has been made to ensure the event is a success and we are grateful to Doha International Airport and Qatar's Civil Aviation Authorities for enhancing Immigration and Customs facilities as well as arranging for a temporary airport terminal to be erected in close vicinity to the existing operating international passenger terminal to help airlines such as ours to meet the demand for additional flights."

American Red Cross provides US $10 Million to boost tsunami housing in Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

The American Red Cross yesterday announced that it will make a contribution of US $10 million to support housing reconstruction in Sri Lanka through an owner-driven housing program. The contribution will assist more than 3,000 tsunami-affected families in repairing or rebuilding their homes. "This program is going to have a dramatic impact on tsunami survivors, helping them rebuild their homes and, ultimately, their lives," said Ricardo Caivano, Senior Field Representative in Sri Lanka for the American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program. "We look forward to working closely with our partners and especially the beneficiaries asthey return to permanent houses, which is a vital step in their recovery."

Land Rover pairs with Maria Sharapova.

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Land Rover has announced a multi-year relationship with Wimbledon Champion and one of the world's most talented female athletes – Maria Sharapova.
The internationally regarded 18-year-old will formally assume a new role as an ambassador for the Land Rover brand at an exclusive Land Rover VIP event in New York. The multi-year relationship includes her use of Land Rover vehicles, and her participation in retail promotions and events.

Is Mufti talking THE language of the Hurriyat?

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Something is troubling Mufti Mohammad Sayed. After providing a ‘healing touch’ therapy to Kashmiri terrorists and their families during his tenure as Chief Minister, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader has become gung-ho about self rule for Jammu and Kashmir. By clamouring for self rule idea, borrowed from Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, the Mufti has stirred up a hornet’s nest; taking up cudgels with National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who consider his demand an irrelevant issue. Sayed is obsessed with the self rule idea because of the influence of his daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, who is ideologically close to pro-Pakistani elements.

Beijing prepares the army to repress domestic unrest

The Chinese government issued a new emergency response plan in mid-November, allowing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to directly intervene to suppress protests of workers and peasants. The plan indicates that preparations are being made to use the army for such purposes for the first time since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. The Central Military Commission headed by President Hu Jintao approved the plan, which allows PLA officers at the regimental level to report directly to provincial and even regional authorities in an emergency, without the authorization of divisional commanders. Five types of emergency are indicated: small-scale military conflicts, social instability, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other public security crises.

Lies & Lies Mr.Lies

Air Arabia aircraft taking off

No Tiger ban but tough, new anti-terrorist laws will hit Tigers

Despite mounting pressures to ban the Tamil Tigers the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) decided today not to ban the terrorist outfit, even after the Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapakse, was targeted by one of its suicide bombers. Instead the GoSL decided to re-activate the suspended Prevention of Terrorism ACT (PTA) which will give wide powers of search and arrest to the authorities combating terrorism. The new measures aim to punish all terrorist activities, including those who help the terrorists in any way. GoSL sources said that the new measures will be in conformity with the UN laws on terrorism.