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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 103

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Hilary Clinton gives terrorists a boost

From Mallika Wanigasundara

Hilary ClintonAccording to Ms Hilary Clinton frontrunner in the US Presidential election there are obviously good and bad terrorists, just as over the years the West has persisted in the view that there are ‘our’ terrorists and ‘your’ terrorists. This has enabled `Sri Lankan Tamil supporters of the LTTE to carry on huge criminal and illegal operations in the US, Canada, Britain and other EU countries the Nordic countries and Australia. Not much help was ever been extended to Sri Lanka to rid the country of this menace. Her recent statement to "Guardian Unlimited" gave a huge boost to terrorists everywhere who would hope that they could fall into the same Tiger pet pool. If she does win the election and persists in this view it would let some terrorists off the leash and Sri Lanka has real reason to think that this is a danger signal.

Sri Lanka’s United National Party reveals its Position on National Issues: To Asian Tribune: “We are for Maximum Devolution”

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has dropped the label “federalism” but supports maximum devolution of power to the periphery. The party is reluctant to identify a unit of devolution. The party has its doubt whether the Rajapaksa administration broke the back bone of the Tamil Tigers in recent military offensives. The UNP believes that problems faced by the Sinhalese villages are a result of the unresolved National Question and that is why, the visiting party stalwarts say, the plight of the Sinhalese is not taken much seriously by the international community. The General Secretary of the UNP parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake and Assistant Secretary of the party Dr. Jayalath Jayawadana met with "Asian Tribune" in Las Vegas, Nevada to engage in a dialogue about pressing national issues facing Sri Lanka and to express the stand their party has adopted on many pressing problems in their South Asian nation.

Anandasangaree condemns the slaying of Benazir Bhutto

The Tamil United Front has expressed its strongest condemnation on the brutal assassination of Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan. In a statement released to the press, V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Front said, “The Tamil United Liberation Front very strongly condemns the brutal assassination of Madam Banazir Bhutto. The hopes of the people of Pakistan to return to democracy have been shattered.” He added that there are a few blood thirsty men in every country who want to keep their people under their subjugation without any justification.

Like father Bhutto Benazir too was removed by hidden hands opposed to Pakistan – Dr. Qadri

Chairman PAT Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri says his heart is filled with grief and sorrow over the brutal murder of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. May Allah bless her with forgiveness and peace. Expressing solidarity with the family members of the late Benazir Bhutto, PPP workers, leaders and the nation at large, Dr Qadri strongly condemned her assassination saying: It is the murder of democracy and political freedom and a heinous conspiracy and a dangerous maneuver of hidden hands to dismember Pakistan. Paying tributes to the dynamic leadership of Banazir Bhutto Dr Qadri called her a gallant daughter of a dauntless father whom the unforeseen forces have removed from the scene. She was a political leader of high stature. Dr Qadri was addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club telephonically from Canada. Nazim-e-Aala MQI Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi, Naib Nazim-e-Aala Shaikh Zahid Fayyaz, Anwar Akhtar Advocate, GM Malik and Director Media MQI Dr Shahid Mahmud were also present on the occasion.

Mano Ganesan is not fleeing but leaving the country for a brief period

Mano Ganesan Mano Ganesan says that he will be leaving the country soon briefly until his security situation is sorted out. Leaving the country does not mean fleeing the country as reported by some media he pointed out. He said, “According to the decision of the politburo of the Western People’s Front, I have decided to leave the country temporarily due to the prevailing security situation. Specifically due to the life threat I am faced with.” Earlier, when Nadarajah Raviraj, TNA parliamentarian and a co-founder of the Civil Monitoring Mission was shot and killed on 10 November 2006, Mano Ganeshan went overseas, somewhere by 20 November 2006, to Tamil Nadu, India, for a brief spell, after receiving intense death threats. He returned back after his security was enhanced.

Warning Bells for 2008

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

While the world was in a state of shock over the brutal assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Sri Lankans across every divide celebrated the richly deserved come-uppance of Minister Mervyn de Silva. Most Sri Lankans would have been deeply affected by the tragic fate of Ms. Bhutto. But the sight of Minister Silva, that marauder par excellence, being manhandled by the usually docile and politically correct employees of the state owned Rupavahini Corporation was a sight too rare to be bested by any happening, however horrendously momentous. When the worm finally turns the result can be quite spectacular; and portentous.

Sri Lanka: Two legged human species in Foreign Mail Parcel section relieve of valuables sent from abroad

Foreign Mail Parcels Office located in the Darley Road, in Fort, Colombo is a world by itself. There are two legged human cats and rats all over the place, relieving valuables and eatables such as candies, biscuits, cakes etc., in the parcels sent by relatives and friends from abroad to their loved ones in Sri Lanka - abominable species that carry on despicable acts of squalidness. Whenever someone from abroad sends a parcel either by air or sea mail, it goes to Foreign Parcel section of the General Post Office, manned by the officers of the Department of Customs.

The east is bright – only Ranil is bleak

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The road to the east was rugged. Going over the ubiquitous pot-holes we – Canadian, American and Australian expatriates guided by knowledgeable locals – felt as if we were ancient mariners rocking and tossing in choppy seas rather than modern travelers riding on a flat earthly surface. To make matters worse the rains came down in buckets. Intermittently, the clouds cleared and the sun would burst in all its bright splendor. On either sides of the roads were uniformed cadres (they hardly looked like grown-up adults) armed with rifles, scanning the open spaces for the Tigers who ran away from their camps in the east with the advance of the Security Forces. They are the home guards protecting the cleared areas. There are 39,000 of them standing at intervals of 50 metres.

Bush Administration Destined to Go out Not with a Bang but a Whimper

Sunday Discourse - by Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Bush administration is heading into its final year not with a bang but a whimper as events in Pakistan clearly make his presidency a geographic divide. His deviousness in inventing a rationale for going to war in Iraq will stand out as an eye sore. One saving grace: he was not presumptuous enough to mould American foreign policy like Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan. He brought a new slant deemed the 9/11 international drift. Nations fighting terrorism may have benefited from that outlook, as Bush never hesitated to call a terrorist by any other name unlike the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton who is dividing terrorist into good and bad ones. Bush presidency transformed the American electorate by creating an unmitigated Republican majority from 2002 to 2006. That majority has evaporated and Republicans are now distancing themselves from their president.

US Aid and Hellenic Aid Join Together to Help Tsunami-Affected Trincomalee

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and HELLENIC AID, the Development Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece, have recently agreed to jointly undertake the reconstruction of the Anuradhapura Junction Market in the tsunami- and conflict-affected eastern seaport of Trincomalee. The joint $700,000 project will see the former market rebuilt and expanded, while also providing training to vendors and local authorities on market management and maintenance and hygiene promotion. Construction has already begun and should be completed by next spring.

Hilary Clinton

Daya's Interview

Benazir Bhutto Burial spot

Mano Ganesan

Gas Cylinder prices to be upped in the new year

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A leading gas distributor - Shell Gas Lanka Limited says the price of gas has to be increased due to the unprecedented rise of LP Gas prices in the world market. Gas prices in the global market increased by 30 percent during the period of September to November this year. The price of 12.5-kilogram domestic Shell Gas cylinder will be 1,488 rupees in Colombo with effect from midnight on the 1st of January.