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Erik Solheim

Australia: High Court clears way for expansion of federal power

The Australian High Court last month handed down a ruling that opens the door for a major restructuring of the national economic and political framework, accompanied by a further expansion of the federal government’s executive power. While the immediate effect of the decision in New South Wales v Commonwealth of Australia was to uphold the Howard government’s draconian WorkChoices industrial relations laws, the federal cabinet has also been handed almost unlimited power to override state laws, and to rule by executive fiat. By a 5 to 2 majority, the judges ruled that Canberra could use the "corporations" power of the Constitution to sweep aside state and territory legislation over entire areas of economic and social life, undermining the federal-state division of powers enshrined in the Constitution at Federation in 1901. Led by Chief Justice Murray Gleeson, the majority also approved sweeping regulation-making powers that permit the federal cabinet to govern with minimal parliamentary scrutiny.

Bangladesh Election 2007: A contest between jehadis and democratic forces…?

By Prajnalankar Bhikkhu - Syndicate Features

Bangladesh is populated by 141 million people. 88% of them are Muslims. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. It was ranked the most “corrupt state” in the world for five consecutive years (2001-05) by Transparency International, a German-based independent international organization that studies corruption in various countries. The 2001 general elections in Bangladesh voted a four-party coalition led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to power. Jamaat-e-Islam and Islamic Okyo Jote are the two major partners of the coalition widely known for their extreme Islamic radicalism.

Posters condemn funeral show for Anton Balasingham

Posters condemning conducting funeral extravaganza for Tigers’ ideologue Late Anton Balasingham were seen pasted all over Britain. A hitherto unknown organization called itself ‘Peoples’ Retrieval Force’ has claimed responsibility for those posters, in Tamil language, which were seen highly critical of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka’s separatists Tamil rebel outfit for spending so lavishly to conduct a funeral.

CCI launches Construction Industry Trade Catalogue

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka [CCI] launched its first Construction Industry Trade Catalogue – a technical reference document for the industry professional before the stakeholders of the industry on Tuesday, in Colombo.Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama was the chief guest at this occasion and assured to provide continuous government support to promote this sector. He said members of this chamber had actively attended post-tsunami recovery activities and done a commendable job, despite some problems arose.

IPS Honors Annan's Four Decades of Service

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When Kofi Annan leaves the United Nations next week after an eventful 10-year tenure as secretary-general, there will be one prized possession he says he will virtually hand-carry: the Inter Press Service (IPS) International Achievement Award 2006. "After 10 exhilarating years as secretary-general, it is humbling to be recognized for doing what you love to do," he told a gathering of nearly 300 U.N. staffers, ambassadors and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the annual IPS award ceremony held at the U.N. delegate's dining room Tuesday.

All Party Proposals for Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka: Managing the Process

Dr. Siri Gamage, University of New England, Australia

While military confrontations between the Government forces and those of the LTTE have intensified in recent months, activities of the all-party representative committee together with its expert panel have also been taking shape in some concrete ways. Recently released reports from the expert panel and the extensive media attention on the differing proposals for constitutional change as well as reactions by the JVP and JHU parties are indicative of this. What can be observed is a two-pronged approach to conflict resolution adopted by the government. While reacting to battlefield necessities, it has taken steps to move the political process to arrive at a Southern consensus on the issue of constitutional changes required to reform the governance structure of the island nation.

Split in MDMK likely, Vaiko image takes a hit

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

A split in the Marumalarchchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), the party floated by Vaiko, the pro-LTTE fire brand, is no longer confined to the realm of conjectures. It is imminent and will put in motion a realignment of political forces in Tamilnadu. A showdown between a section of MDMK leaders and Vaiko will take place on December 22. At the moment Vaiko is marching on foot from the temple town of Madurai to Gudalur to highlight the alleged failure of the governments in Chennai and Delhi in protecting the state's interest and rights on the Mullaperiyar dam. His 136-km long takes him through Chekkanoorani and Usilampatti in Madurai district and Andipatti, Theni and Utthamapalayam in adjoining Theni District. He will reach Gudalur, close to Thekkady, the dam site, on December 23.

Tamil Tigers on the run in the East

With media reports forecasting the imminent fall of Vakarai the Tamil Tigers are playing up the humanitarian card to stop the advance of the Security Forces. Pro-Tiger media outlets are whipping up the humanitarian issue of food shortages even though the international media are reporting that the government supplies are reaching the people of the north and the east. To add to the woes of the Tigers the people who were held as human shields have fled from the Tiger-controlled areas to the Government-controlled areas. According to some media reports the people now find it easy to cross over because the Tigers are short of cadres to control the borders.

Anton Balasingham’s body consigned to flames: End of recalcitrant diplomacy and autocratic politicking

A recalcitrant diplomacy and autocratic politicking came to an end yesterday, when Anton Stanislaus Balasingham’s body was cosigned to fire, just after 4 PM London time. Anton Balasingham aged 68, died last Thursday 14 December at his south London home, where he had been suffering from bile duct cancer. From a funeral parlor, Balasingham’s body was brought to Alexandra Palace in London yesterday morning at 8.30 AM for the mourners to pay their last respects to the deceased LTTE stalwart.

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