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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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Para Kumarasamy

Minister Mervyn Silva under attack

Staffs of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation made a strong protest against the Labor Minister Mervyn Silva for assaulting this morning, T.M.G.Chandrasekara, News Director of the Rupavahini Corporation. The Minister had also threatened the SLRC staff for not telecasting footage of his speech at a function held in Matara Yesterday. Subsequently Mervyn Silva, was held as a hostage by the SLRC employees. According to the SLRC sources, Minister Silva had stormed into the News Room of the state owned television station and dragged T.M.G.Chandrasekara by his neck to the chairman's office and assaulted him.

Sri Lanka President vow to crush Tamil rebels before conducting peace talks to end longest-running ethnic conflict.

Sri Lanka's president used a tsunami mourning ceremony to repeat a vow to crush Tamil rebels before conducting peace talks to end Asia's longest-running ethnic conflict. President Mahinda Rajapakse, addressing a public rally in this southern heartland of the majority Sinhalese, said the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may not resume peace talks without first being militarily defeated. "We are for a political settlement. But there is no point in talking about a political settlement without first defeating terrorism," the president said during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Asian tsunami.

Reputed Attorney Hired to Get LTTE Deproscribed and Erase its Dark, Repulsive Image

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Stung by repulsive world opinion arising from recent vicious terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka-at a mall in Nugegoda and at the office of Tamil Political Leader Douglas Devananda, the LTTE is trying desperately to get its banned status as a terrorist organization removed and thus get deproscribed. Reputed U S Attorney Bruce Fein is reportedly being approached to take the brief. Don’t waste your time, said a reputed diplomat when told about this futile effort to hoodwink world opinion. Irrefutable evidence recorded on tape of the ruthless nature of the LTTE attacks will nail the LTTE.

Sinhalese settled in areas emptied of Tamils

Over the last week, 25 from Sinhala villages were settled in Kadatkaraichenai, the so called High Security Zone, alleged Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam. In a statement, Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam, revealed that Kadatkaraichenai in Trincomalee was a thriving Tamil village less than a year ago. The Sri Lanka military onslaught on 2006 forcefully displaced the Tamil from this and the surrounding areas, it said. The statement added that hundreds of Tamils were killed and injured by deliberate military artillery shelling in 2006, as the international community looked on.

Thailand: A new government likely formed by next week

Samak SundaravejIn Thailand, the People Power party is expected to form the new government in the first week of January 2008. At present PPP has 254 seats which includes 230 PPP members and balance of 28 from parties who has come forward to align themselves in the PPP led coalition. People Power Party legal adviser Chusak Sirinil clarified on Wednesday that his party leader Samak Sundaravej was qualified to serve as Prime Minister even though he was sentenced in April to serve two years in jail following his conviction for defamation. Later, Samak was freed on bail pending the appellate review on the libel lawsuit filed by former Bangkok deputy governor Samart Ratchapholsit.

Privacy Worries GoogleClick: One, Privacy Advocates: Nil

By Andy Greenberg

The FTC's analysis of Google's buyout plans focused primarily on whether the combined company would threaten competition in online advertising. Thursday's decision from the commission echoes Google's argument that the search giant's text-based advertising business is fundamentally different from DoubleClick's offerings of larger banner ads, making the deal a harmless vertical integration of businesses, not a horizontal monopoly. But privacy advocates have used the FTC-initiated debate as a platform to point out that the deal could mean a more powerful aggregation of private data in the hands of a single company.

Sri Lanka: War against Terrorism towards a new Dimension

By - Leel Pathirana

After the three decade of the Sri Lankan LTTE separatist war which claimed more than one hundred thousand lives, since Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse assumed the office, war against Terrorism has taken to a new Dimension of targeting ‘Big Cats’ of the LTTE hierarchy. The Government of Sri Lanka and the people are now confident that all three forces can eliminate the LTTE separatism before long and restore lasing peace in Sri Lanka, where all the nationalities can enjoy right of living in any part of the Country. The Government is now under discussion of banning the LTTE, if they continue large scale attacks in the future. It is reported that President has stated, “one or more attack, we have no option”

A leading exporter in Central Province cries for infrastructure

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A leading organic food manufacturer and exporter Bio Foods [PVT] Ltd complains a number of government agencies do not attend to solve entrepreneurs' grievances to smooth their manufacturing processes. At present the company maintains good growth and it is the only company which received the world's 1st Fair Trade registered processor and exporter of organic spices and wants to be the best in its field in South East Asia.

A Peace-killing Linkage, De-linkage

By Nicola Nasser

Linking the “aliyah” to what the Jewish literature has been describing as Eretz Israel or Yisrael HaShleima (Greater Israel) to the Israeli colonial settlement of the Palestinian land, which the Hebrew state occupied in 1967, while at the same time negating the Palestinian Right of Return, is torpedoing whatever prospect is left for a peaceful solution for the Arab – Israeli conflict, undermining the latest U.S.-sponsored launch of the Palestinian - Israeli talks in Annapolis and further splintering, so far politically, the only viable Palestinian partner to Israel in any viable peace process, namely the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Para Kumarasamy – an indefatigable fighter for justice and equality

Para KumarasamyBy Upali Cooray

Para Kumarasamy, or ‘Para Master’ as he was known to many militants in Jaffna, who passed away on 16th December 2007 on his 72nd birthday, was a man who dedicated his whole life to fight oppression and exploitation both in his native Sri Lanka and internationally. I first met Para in 1976, in his house situated behind the Nallur Temple in Jaffna. At the time he was an organiser for the Ceylon Mercantile Union and a militant of the Revolutionary Marxist Party. Para was an extremely hospitable man and his house was open all hours to every person seeking a solution to his or her social or economic problem.

UN Hails Economic Integration of Global South

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The ongoing regional political squabbles in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America -- over issues such as territorial borders, human rights and natural resources -- are being increasingly overshadowed by intra-regional economic integration and the creation of new common markets. India and Pakistan -- two longtime military rivals -- have helped strengthen economic and cultural ties within the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and newcomer Afghanistan.

Benazir Killed

Benazir Bhutto

Samak Sundaravej

Dr.Sarath Ranaweera

Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated

Benazir BhuttoSuicide bomber kills opposition leader, at least 20 others at rally held in Rawalpind, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said. "At 6:16 p.m. she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack. “She has been martyred,” added party official Rehman Malik. Bhutto was 54. A party security adviser said Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, then the gunman blew himself up.