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Gotabhaya Rajapksa

Norwegian diplomats kicked out of Ethiopia for interfering in domestic affairs

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Yesterday Ethiopia accused Norwegian diplomats of interfering in its internal affairs and expelled six diplomats serving in Addis Ababa. They have been ordered to get out by 15 September and the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wahide Belay told the media that only an ambassador and two others can remain in their posts. The international community, including the UN, has been engaged in a long-running border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The UN peace-keeping force has failed so far to keep the warring parties apart and the bill has reached $1 billion and is rising.

Devolution of Power

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.,former GA, Matara District

I am amused by the role played by the (All Party Representative Committee)APRC today. The UNP and the JVP have left while the rest keep fighting and the leadership keeps chasing a mirage. It is sad that an attempt is being made to enforce federalism. In their myopic wisdom leaders fail to realize that this will inevitably lead to the splitting of Sri Lanka. As a last resort even the Buddhist concept of compassion is evoked to support federalism!

Internationalization (Privatization) of School Education in Comparison to the Free Public Education in Sri Lanka

By Dr. Siri Gamage, School of Education, University of New England, Australia

This paper critically examines the internationalization of education in Sri Lanka in the last two decades, relevant discourses and their implications on the society and culture. A well-known Sri Lankan educationist once said that there is no informed educational debate in Sri Lanka. What exists there is only several myths extracted from the British educational tradition' (Udagama 1981/82:8). However, it is important to see if these myths continue to exist, whether the myths have changed, or indeed different myths have been extracted from other powerful countries such as USA, and Australia.

California Senate opened with Hindu prayer for first time

California State Senate here heard its first Hindu opening prayer on Monday in its 157 years history, when famous Hindu chaplain, Rajan Zed, recited Gayatri and other ancient Sanskrit mantras. Starting with "Om", the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work, he read from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE. He also delivered from Brahadaranyakopnisad, Taittiriya Upanisad, and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), all ancient Hindu scriptures. He ended the prayer with last mantra of Rig-Veda, "samani va akutih", before concluding with "Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti", which he then translated as "Peace, Peace, Peace be unto all".

Whenever LTTE is on the verge of defeat they get over adopting other tactics - Gotabhaya Rajapksa

By Walter Jayawardhana

Gotabhaya RajapksaIn a rare interview granted to the media Sri Lanka’s Secretary of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapksa said every time the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was on the verge of military defeat it sought a way to get out of it by using ways other than military means and avoid an annihilation and today its leader Prabhakaran is cunningly trying to use the shield of ‘human rights’ to avoid the onslaught of the security forces. A decorated military officer with 21 years service in the anti-LTTE war Gotabhaya, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother told Derana Sinhala TV interviewer what happened when he was commanding Gajaba regiment fighting together with Denzil Kobbekaduwa and Wijaya Wimalaratne in the legendary onslaught on Vadamarachchi when India intervened and saved Prabhakaran by applying tremendous pressure on the then President Junius Jayewardena.

Pakistan: Three-way race for democracy trophy

By M. Rama Rao & Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Having gained just a month ago a unique sense of independence that should have been its own from the inception, the Pakistan Supreme Court has surprised no one by accepting the petition of the Sharif brothers, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, a former chief minister of the politically important Punjab province, seeking end their ‘forced’ exile. But the verdict is not a ‘blow’ to the President Pervez Musharraf, who had banished the brothers and their families. And restoration of ‘full’ civilian rule—call it democracy, if you will—in Pakistan is frankly farther than is apparent on surface.

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who has been closely associated with the anti-democratic measures introduced by the Bush administration, announced his resignation on Monday. The resignation is one more sign of a crisis of the Bush administration, which has seen many of its leading figures depart—including former top Bush aide Karl Rove earlier this month. At the same time, the move is an attempt to reach a more secure, bipartisan basis for the continued attack on democratic rights in the US.

Rajan Zed

Sri Lanka: "Deadly" Climate for Reporters and Aid Workers

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

Sri Lanka, which is fighting a longstanding insurgency against Tamil separatists, is fast gaining notoriety as "one of the world's worst places" both for journalists and humanitarian aid workers -- due primarily to a rising death toll and veiled threats from government and paramilitary forces in the country. At least four international non-governmental organizations monitoring the media -- the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Press Institute, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists -- have singled out Sri Lanka as "deadly" for journalists.