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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

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Iowa Said “Away with Clinton-Bush Presidencies” Giving Barrack Obama and Mike Huckabee Big Wins

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Iowans preferred two slogans “away with 16 years of Bush-Clinton presidencies” repeated often by Barrack Obama and “Having Lots of Money is Not what is all about, I spent the least” stated by Mike Huckabee. Democratic Obama and Republican Huckabee won handily yesterday on what many considered a vote for change. Obama and Huckabee candidatures are off the beaten path but deemed very viable. Obama’s father is from Kenya and his mother from Kansas and he is the first Black candidate to win a primary in America: a microscopic sampling of retail democracy.

South Indian mega stars to raise million pounds for the Tamil Tiger cause in London

By Walter Jayawardhana

Alexandra Palace in London, the venue where thousands of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters converged to pay their last respects to the remains of Britain based leader Anton Balasingham and collect funds will be once again used on the coming Thai - Pongal day to raise one million pounds to procure arms for terrorism, Tamil sources in London said. Brightly Colored posters have gone up at Indian and Sri Lankan shops in the London Metropolitan area, carrying pictures of South Indian mega stars like Sathyaraj, Malayali actress Bavana and Chennai nightingale Chitra advertising an Alexandra Palace musical extravaganza allegedly to raise funds for the banned terrorist organization of the Tamil Tigers targeting one million pounds.

UN, US, Canada, and Norway blast Sri Lanka on CFA withdrawal

The United Nations, the US, Canada and Norway blasted Sri Lanka over its withdrawal from th Ceasefire Agreement. Deploring the withdrawal yesterday, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in a statement said that he is "deeply worried" that the withdrawal from the accord comes amidst intensifying fighting in the North and increasing violence across the country, including the capital, Colombo. Moon's spokesman announced "The Secretary-General urges all concerned to ensure the protection of civilians and enable humanitarian assistance to be provided to affected areas."

Unveiling the secret behind the Sri Lanka’s Ceasefire Agreement: Aceh – Peace facilitation and Sri Lanka peace talks

By K.T.Rajasingham

After returning back from the talks in Helsinki, Free Acheh Movement (GAM) was undecided about their next course of action. But they insisted that it was important a Ceasefire Agreement should be entered before going further in the talks. GAM spokesman Baktiar Abdullah, said special autonomy, or any other political solution, should not be listed as the top agenda for the talks. He stressed a cessation of hostilities in the province was more urgent for the time being. But Martti Ahtisaari, of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), a former President of Finland, who conducted the talks, said a cease-fire should be part of a more comprehensive peace deal rather than an end in itself.

Sri Lanka's Ominous Entry to 2008!: Withdrawal from the Ceasefire Agreement and the New Phase of War

By Dr.Siri Gamage, Australia

It is reported in the media that the Sri Lankan government has decided to formally withdraw from the ceasefire agreement signed with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It is also reported that the government has decided to declare the next two weeks as military operational weeks. These decisions come in the wake of two violent incidents in the capital Colombo -one involving the killing of a Tamil member of parliament representing the opposition this year. The other involved a roadside bomb blast killing some injured army personnel and civilians including school children.

Sri Lanka still waits for political solution

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Anura Priyadarshana YapaMedia Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa at cabinet media briefing said yesterday that the government continues to adhere to its stance to find a political solution to the ethnic problem. He further said recommendations of the all-party representatives committee would announce next month. He added this would pave the way to arrive at a negotiated settlement to the problem. Minister Yapa reiterated the objective of the government is to eliminate terrorism and not to target any particular group. The cabinet has decided to abolish the ceasefire agreement, and handed over powers to the Prime Minister to deal with any legal measures regarding ceasefire monitoring and other related activities.

Sri Lanka Government formally notified Norway of abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Government formally notified to the Royal Norwegian Government its decision to terminate the Agreement on a "Ceasefire (CFA) between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)" concluded on 22nd February 2002. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama handed over the termination notification of the CFA to Norwegian Ambassador Tore Hattrem yesterday evening at the Ministry.

Marking the First Anniversary of Ethiopia's Brutal Occupation in Somalia

By Abdulkadir Abdirahman

It was this time last year when the Ethiopian invading troops marched into Somalia particularly the Capital, Mogadishu, with its 2.5 million populations in state of peace, but today the population has drastically dwindled to less than one million because of the mass killing, indiscriminate bombardments, prevalent rape and the massive displacements. In that backdrop, Somali Cause, the largest union of Somali organizations in North America, has called to mark on the mourning of the first sad anniversary of Ethiopia's occupation of Somalia to be held across the U.S. and Canada on December 28th, 2007. The events marking this anniversary include indoor public meetings, demonstrations, and media outreach and lectures to put an emphasis on the occupation and the plight of the Somali people.

Congress in troubled waters

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

The trouble with the Grand Old Party, Congress, is it does not learn from its past mistakes. As a result, it has become sluggish and its top leaders are living in ivory towers. What was once considered invincible has become invidious to masses. Gone are the days when it was a monolith, full of vigour. To get down to brass tacks, the Congress debacle in Gujarat and now in Himachal Pradesh is a matter of national concern. After Gujarat, Congress has got a drubbing in Himachal, where the people’s verdict has gone in favour of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). It is for the first time that BJP has formed government on its own strength, sending shivers down the spine of the Congress. The Congress had earlier lost in Punjab and Uttarakhand.

Rohitha Bogollagama

Rohitha Bogollagama

Anura Priyadarshana Yapa

Abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement does not hamper a negotiated political settlement – Sri Lanka Foreign Minister

Rohitha BogollagamaThe abrogation of the flawed Ceasefire Agreement entered between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam will not hamper in anyway hamper the process of moving towards a negotiated political settlement,” and “that infact it gives broader space to pursue this goal through an inclusive process which includes all minority groups of Sri Lanka, ” said Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. The Minister made this observation at a news conference held on Friday (4th January 2008) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to provide a briefing on the Government’s decision to terminate the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) signed on 22nd February 2002. and 23rd in Vanni as well as in Colombo.