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East Timor: Ramos-Horta wins presidential election

Jose Ramos-Horta has claimed victory in East Timor’s presidential election after recording 69 percent of the vote in last Wednesday’s run-off ballot. Fretilin’s Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres—the leading candidate in the first round of voting held last month—polled just 31 percent. Unsurprisingly, the Australian government and the media hailed the result as a victory for democracy in East Timor. The vote, however, marked another stage in Canberra’s year-long drive for “regime change” in the resource-rich country. “I think [Ramos-Horta] was the hope of the side, I don’t want to be disrespectful to his opponent, but now that he’s won, I think he will be good,” Australian Prime Minister John Howard declared. “He’s a good friend of Australia and that’s very important.” Foreign Minister Downer added: “He’s a very good friend of mine and we’ve worked together very closely over so many years... Jose Ramos-Horta will be a very good president.”

All Ethnic International Open University: Report To The People

All Ethnic International Open University, operating as part of the EWOB (Empowering Women of Burma, Thailand) to cater to the educational needs of the refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Migrant workers who have no choice but forced to seek a safe sanctuary in Thailand, does not consider itself an NGO even though it is running on the NGO line. It is entirely a Burmese National Humanitarian Organization including the patriotic Myanmar and non Myanmar intelligentsia, shouldering the national cause of education. In short it is working for the marginalized people of Burma by the people of Burma and as such in the policy decision; it is a self determining body in consultation with international friends and well wishers.

Conflict between institutions

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

Pakistan’s roller-coaster existence seems to be entering a decisive phase—a phase that will finally assert as to who is the sole arbiter of power—the people of Pakistan or its military establishment represented by a coterie of Generals. Whether the decision to suspend the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was taken on sheer whims of a dictator on the advice of his handpicked prime minister out of a perceived executive fear that the changing mood at the apex court indicated that it would no more play ball with it in its power game or on grounds of merit in the charges against the highest judicial office—it has definitely brought the country to a point of do or die, now or never.

Tamil diaspora to propose outline of a basic constitutional proposal

The Tamil diaspora in Europe is planning to come of with a basic constitutional proposal when they meet during the two day session of the 34th literary meet. According to the organizers, the 34th literary meet is planned to be held on 9 – 10 of June in Berlin. Writers, journalists, poets, critics, editors of magazines, broadcasters and many others are expected to participate in the literary meet. The last literary meet was held at the East London University, London in September 2006. The literary meet of the Tamil diaspora in Europe was first held in Hener, in Germany in the year 1988.

Forum for Democracy in Burma praises 50 Former Heads of State and the UN for their calls on the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) expresses its sincere appreciation to 50 former heads of state and 14 UN human rights experts including Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma, for their statements timely calling on Burma's military regime to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma. The FDB has learnt that 50 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia joined together in a highly unusual move calling for the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thirty journalists joins Sri Lanka’s eJournalist community

Thirty fulltime journalists will join the fore of Sri Lanka’s eJournalist community this week, as they receive certificates and awards for their achievements under the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka’s (ICTA) eJournalist training programme. Speaking about the programme, Prof. V.K. Samaranayake, Chairman - ICTA says, "We have given these journalists a comprehensive training on ICT and how they can improve their journalistic skills through the use of new technologies. The e-Sri Lanka initiative aims at improving the lives of all citizens through the use and development of ICT and this is just one aspect of it."

US satellite provider continues to broadcast LTTE’s radio and television channel

Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington has lodged complains with the US Justice Department, State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against the Washington based Intelsat Ltd., for reneging its promise of removing the National Television of Tamil Eelam (NTT) channel and Pulikalin Kural radio from the Intelsat 12 satellite transponder and for continuing to facilitate and broadcast terrorist propaganda.

Tamil Tiger extortionist branded as ASBO and banned in Newham, London

A London Court was told that Senthuraj Thavapalasingham, 20, of Romford,(nicknamed "Psycho") is the enforcer leading a gang of Tamil Tiger extortionists, forcing Tamil victims to pay anything between £5,000 and £25,000 a year. Newham Council and Metropolitan Police told Stratford Magistrates Court about a catalogue of incidents that Senthuraj Thavapalasingham, is said to have committed. Thavapalasingham was identified as the enforcer in a gang called the "East Side Boys". They are known to collect money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Sri Lankan terrorist organization, the court heard. The court was also told that this gang has been working in Newham for two years. Chief Inspector Derrick Griffiths said: "To my knowledge there are around five Tamil gangs operating in London.


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