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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

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Dancing Girls preparing for performance

U.N. Chief Tries to Avoid Roadblocks on Path to Reform

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose plans to restructure the U.N. Secretariat have hit a political roadblock, assured the 192 member states he is not heading towards a collision course with them. "Please rest assured that over the past few weeks, I have taken account of your concerns," Ban told a mostly sceptical General Assembly on Monday.

Joy Junction Director Again Target of Death Threat on Radical Islamic Internet Site

Jeremy ReynaldsA writer on a radical Islamic Internet forum is suggesting I should have my "neck struck" for what he calls my "witch hunt" against Muslims. His anger against me follows last week’s raid by Britain’s anti-terror police on a number of addresses close to Birmingham, England. British media reported (The Indpendent), "It is understood that a terror gang was close to enacting plans to seize their victim, a lance corporal who fought against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and then post footage of his ‘Kenneth Bigley-style’ execution on the Internet."

Aussie Adele will not replace Tamil Balasingham as "the international voice of the Tigers"

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Adele Balasingham, the Aussie "White Tamil", has e-mailed "The Australian," saying that there is no truth in the story that she would replace her husband, Anton Balasingham, as "the international voice of the Tigers". She wrote: "There's absolutely no truth in the story that I am to assume my husband's role in the LTTE (the Tamil Tigers)." The Australian went to town on January 23, 2007 saying: “AUSSIE EX-NURSE TO BE NEW FACE OF TAMIL TIGERS". 57-year-old Adele, a former nurse from Warrigul, in Victoria , has officially denied this story.

‘Quartet’ Corners PLO, Hamas into Critical Options

By Nicola Nasser*

In Washington on February 2, the Middle East Quartet of peace mediators promised the Palestinian people more of the same devastating status quo, perpetuating their 40-year old Israeli occupation, prolonging the international siege imposed on them, exacerbating their internal divide, and thus cornering them into a situation that they can only shake off either through civil war or unconditional surrender to the U.S.-backed Israeli-dictated fait accompli, unless their national sense of accountability could prevail to make mutual compromises into national consensus.

Launching of the Coalition of Sri Lankan Americans

Sri Lankans domiciled in America has decided to unite and work under one umbrella - The Coalition of Sri Lankan Americans (COSLA)The Coalition of Sri Lankan Americans (COSLA) is an association is a non-profit organization, registered in the state of Maryland on January 23, 2007 and incorporated under the laws of the US as a recognized political organization.

Mecca Meeting Puts Saudi Leadership on Challenge

By Mohammed Mar'i*

The Palestinians, who aces directed towards Mecca five times a day in prayers, questioned what the Mecca meeting between Palestinian rivals factions will conclude on Tuesday after the Quartet meeting and previous Arab mediations failed to end the Palestinian strife. The Palestinians expressed their frustration and dismay after the results of Quartet's meeting held in Washington. The Quartet, as the Palestinians expected, was supposed to intervene in the fierce infighting in Gaza and to end the financial and political boycott of the Hamas-led Palestinian government.

The " Times" expose Tiger fund-raising under the noses of informed British law-enforcing authorities

The Times of London is the latest to expose the Tamil Tiger tactics of forcing Tamils domiciled in UK to hand over money – sometimes up to 50,000 sterling pounds – for the terrorist war in Sri Lanka. This is a common practice of the Tigers in the Western world. They have been successful in violating international and domestic laws that prohibit fund raising for terrorist activities because the Western law-enforcing authorities turn a blind eye to their illegal activities. The Tigers get away with strong arm tactics of threatening not only the lives of the Tamil citizens living in UK but even the lives of their relatives in Sri Lanka. Though the Tigers are banned in UK, they continue to raise funds with the knowledge of the Home Office, the Serious Organized Crime Agency, Police and other authorities legally empowered to crack down on fund raising by terrorists. Tigers have a comparatively free run because state authorities in the Western countries focus their attention only Muslim terrorists who are perceived to be a direct threat to their sovereignty and way of life.

3000 Rupees for a Year of Use: The Untold Story of Child Employment in Orissan Opera Troupes

By E.Fouksman

Thirteen year old Itishree Sahu,* known as Jollie among the artists of the Banaswari Gananataya Troupe, squints into the six a.m. sunlight and looks at us curiously. She seems closer to ten than thirteen, with her wide open face and plump cheeks. After a long night of performing dance routines before an audience of hundreds she should look tired, but she seems more surprised to be interviewed by two strangers than anything else. She’s also enormously pleased to be having her picture taken, grinning with delight when we show it to her. We have asked her particularly about problems with the men in her troupe. Usually the girls interviewed become painfully shy at the mention of such a topic, refusing to look us in the face or to give any sort of answer, be it in the affirmative or not. Jollie however, is remarkably forthcoming.

ICC should take a more realistic approach

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The International Cricket Council rules on curbing racism is to be commended but there has to be some clear cut lines drawn to differentiate between rabid racism from off- the-cuff rejoinder to a situation in the heat of the moment. Sport raises all sorts of emotions and passions and one cannot blame a player for losing his cool, particularly when provoked. The case of Hershelle Gibbs for instance deserved to be viewed in the light of the prevailing circumstances instead of merely quoting chapter and verse of the law.

Business community of the Kaduwela area assists senior citizens

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

For the first time in the history of the Kaduwela area business community, civil servants and other regional business organizations of the Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat Division will honor three prestigious senior citizens who voluntarily serve the people. According to the organizers, three social workers who did a yeomen service to boost of Agriculture, Co-Operative service and provincial administration will receive awards during the programme.

Jimmy Carter’s book on Israel and Palestine touches a raw Zionist nerve

The uproar that greeted the publication two months ago of Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, the best-selling book by former US president Jimmy Carter, shows no sign of abating. Carter has been vilified as an anti-Semite and denounced, in particular, for the title of his book, with its implied comparison between the Zionist occupation of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the denial of political and human rights to the majority black population in South Africa under the racist apartheid regime. His Zionist opponents are incensed at his limited defense of Palestinian rights, as well as his charge that the Israeli regime and its supporters in the United States seek to squelch criticism of Israel.

Jeremy Reynalds

The Morning After

Sleeping Outside

A bomb exploded in BMICH in Colombo, described “accidental:” 14 sustained injuries

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Reports reveal that a bomb exploded at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) around 4:20 p.m today and 14 people sustained injuries and out of the injured three are in critical condition. According to the Defense Ministry it was described as “an accidental explosion.”