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Uncertain Times

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Rajapakse regime is not quite teetering on the brink; not quite. Government sources predict that the CWC crisis can be resolved by Monday; the CWC maintains that a quick resolution is not on the cards. It is an open secret that the CWC left the government because Presidential sibling and Senior Advisor, Basil Rajapakse launched a verbal barrage against one of its parliamentarians in the most intemperate language. The CWC’s departure has left the administration at the mercy of several entities with widely differing – and often irreconcilable - agendas, from the JVP to UNP defectors, from the various Muslim parties to the JHU. Whether the President can perform the required multiple balancing acts, successfully, remains to be seen.

Rajapakse vows to develop and liberate the country from Prabhakaran's insanity, separatism and terrorism

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapakse vowed to develop and liberate the country from Prabhakaran's insanity, separatism and terrorism. He said that there is no turning back from fulfilling the pledges given to the people of this country until such tasks and responsibilities are satisfactorily accomplished. President Rajapakse declared, “We will fully implement the 'Mahinda Chintanaya' we promised to the people." Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse addressed a mammoth 'Jana Hamuwa' (People's Rally), yesterday morning in Kurunegala, Maligapitiya Playgrounds. "We will develop the country and simultaneously liberate it from Prabhakaran's insanity, separatism and terrorism. We will look back only after we have accomplished our tasks and responsibilities entrusted to us by our people," President said.

Sri Lanka: Crisis with CWC is just a storm in a tea cup

Ceylon Workers Congress will rejoin the Government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse soon, may be within a week. Puthirasigamoney MP and Vice President of the Ceylon Workers Congress was oozing with optimism when he said this and affirmed what Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said was correct. Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle a political stalwart in the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party said in his interview with “Asian Tribune” as well as with Sandesiya – Sinhala Language BBC radio that the whole episode has taken place due to some sort of a “misunderstanding” over few exchange of words and the CWC members have not tendered their letters of resignation over policy differences of President Rajapaksa’s government.

The Hearts and Minds Campaign and Why the LTTE will Collapse

By Jayantha de Silva

A revolutionary war must achieve two things if it is to succeed - the acceptance and support of the people it represents and a military victory over the opposing armed forces, the first being by far the more important. Mao Tse Tung, the original proponent of guerrilla warfare (against the US-supported Kuo Mintang Chinese government) drew the famous simile of the revolutionary fighters as the fish and the people the water the fish needs to survive. His three-phase campaign comprises: winning the hearts and minds of the people through massive propaganda in Phase one; employing guerrilla warfare tactics to whittle down the security forces in Phase two; and totally defeating the security forces in Phase three. The final achievement is setting up a civil administration and establishing a permanent armed force for the security of the captured areas.

Indo-Bangladesh Relations and Coup in August 1975 –Part-II

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

“Now, we go on to the last week's (August 15,1975) overthrow of President Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh,’ this was a BBC report in August 1975. The report said: Sheikh Mujib was India's friend and owned his position to the fact that Indian Armed Forces helped to create Bangladesh. Also the fact cannot have been lost on Mrs. Indira Gandhi who is now ruling in a highly personal way that would leave her in a state of a coup. Neville Maxwell of Oxford University made this point to BBC interviewer: Mujib changed the constitution and tailored it to one-party rule, an act which at that time drew congratulations from Mrs. Gandhi.

The Pakistani conundrum

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

Seeking the solution to the Pakistani political Sudoku defies reasoning and logic. In the Pakistani conundrum you have a General as the president who desperately wants to be re-elected, by means fair and foul, for another five-year term without having to doff his uniform—his ‘second skin’. The mood in the country is against him and his political opponents see their best chance to vanquish him. Commentators at home and abroad are predicting the end of his eight-year rule because nearly all those who had been captivated by his sartorial displays and boastful lisping verbal assaults have turned against him.

Japanese government suffers major defeat in upper house elections

The defeat of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in upper house elections on July 29 is a serious political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office just 10 months ago. The result revealed widespread hostility toward Abe’s agenda of reviving Japanese militarism, backing the US “war on terror” and implementing regressive economic and social policies. In one of its worst defeats in the past five decades, the LDP lost control of the upper house of the Diet or parliament. Of the 121 seats contested—half the upper house—the LDP won just 37, while its coalition partner New Komeito won 9. The ruling coalition now holds just 105 seats in the 242-seat house, down from 133.

Madhu Church

Mahinda Rajapakse

a section of the crowd at the rally

The annual 10-day festive season of Madhu church begins today

Madhu ChurchThe annual 10-day festive season of Our Lady of Madhu, commence today. Pilgrims are allowed to go through Uylankulam – Madhu Road. Mannar district Government agent A Nicholaspillai announced this at a conference held on Friday at Mannar district secretariat. In the meantime following the decision by the Ministry of Defence and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, pilgrims arriving from the South to the shrine are also could now make their journey via the 12 km route from Parayanalankulam junction on the Vavuniya – Mannar Road. Several thousands of pilgrims from the South are expected to go to the 450 year old Catholic shrine, situated in a jungle terrain, 220km north of the capital, which is located in an area under the control of the Tamil Tigers, who have so far respected the pilgrims.