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Strangulation in the Dark: Palestine, Somalia, and the American Mainstream Media

By Abukar Arman

Whenever the media fails to press and keep the powerful at check the inevitable consequence is prolonged oppression, lethal destruction, and radicalized insurgency. Aside from Baghdad, nowhere is such consequence more evident than in Gaza and Mogadishu. While in all three cases predatory foreign intervention is exacerbating the situation, this article focuses on the latter two because of the magnitude of their man-made humanitarian crisis. In each case the crisis has rapidly evolved into a catastrophe. And as if the damage resulting from the inhumane blockade that cut off fuel, electricity and other material and services essential to the survival of the civilian populations in Gaza was not enough, the Israeli military is getting ready to wage “a major military offensive”.

EU to renew GSP plus scheme for Sri Lanka's exports for another three years

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The European Union has decided to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) plus scheme provided for Sri Lanka's exports for another three years from January 2009. The GSP plus concession enables Sri Lanka to export its goods and products to the EU at reduced or exempted tax and duty levies. Earlier, the Chief Minister of the Central Province of Sri Lanka, Sarath Ekanayake, addressed the European Parliament and asked for greater inward investment into Sri Lanka. Sarath Ekanayake in his address said that the garments industry in his Province under the BOI provides hundreds of thousand of jobs; he appealed to the European Union lawmakers to extend the GSP plus facilities for Sri Lanka beyond 2008.

Questionable Referendum in Burma

By Zin Linn

In response to the military junta’s announcements for referendum and new elections, political alliances on Thai-Burma border - National Council of the Union of Burma, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, Ethnic Nationalities Council, Women’s League of Burma, Nationalities Youth Forum, Forum for Democracy in Burma, and Student and Youth Congress of Burma - issued a joint statement on 27 February rejecting the Army General’s regime’s draft Constitutional illegitimate.

Two Sri Lankan arrested in Tamil Nadu for building Indian Rupees 4.2 million worth sea vessel for Sea Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

A close relative of Soosai , the leader of Sea Tigers and another hard core Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) member have been arrested by the Tamil Nadu authorities for building a boat worth Indian Rupees 4.2 million in the South Indian state of Kerala. Indian intelligence sources have indicated that the boat making was almost finished in a Kerala boatyard near Kochin harbor, which was ordered to be built to beef up the now tottering power of the Sea Tigers who are engaged in gun and drug running across the narrow Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. They have lost many vessels in the ongoing conflict with the Sri Lankan security forces.

The Presidential Commission on Salaries and Employees Carders plans to rectify salary discrepancies

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Presidential Commission on Salaries and Employees Carders says if there are discrepancies in the salaries of teachers and principals it is prepared to rectify them. The President has provided instructions and guidance to resolve this problem. A special discussion was held in this regard last Friday under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Minister of Education, Secretary to the Ministry, Secretary to the Treasury, senior officials of the Commission and representatives of trade unions were participated in the discussion

U.N.'s Main Women's Body Remains Leaderless

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When women activists lash out against gender discrimination, one of their longstanding complaints is also directed at the U.N. Secretariat, where senior level posts are still largely a virtual monopoly of men. Despite a 1997 General Assembly resolution calling for 50:50 gender parity in decision-making jobs by 2000, the elusive goal is long past that deadline. A coalition of some 600 women's groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is now complaining that the pervasive gender discrimination in the U.N. system may also be responsible for the lack of an executive director at a key body dealing with women's issues: the U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

UN Refugee Agency Praise SL Government for Rescuing 71 People out at Sea

By Ravin Edirisinghe in Colombo

The United Nations refugee agency has lauded the Sri Lankan Government for rescuing the 71 persons who were drifting onboard the ill fated Myanmar wooden hull vessel nearly for two weeks. Sri Lanka Navy located this vessel last Monday (03) morning off the coast of Mulaithiuvu and rescued 71 people who were in near death situation. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Mr. Ron Redmond talking to reporters in Geneva commended the Government of Sri Lanka for allowing the survivors to disembark and providing them with assistance, noting that "aiding those in peril at sea is one of the oldest of maritime obligations".

Clinton-Obama Battle Continues: McCain Wins Republican

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Hillary ClintonComing out of near-elimination, Hillary Clinton won Ohio and Rhode Island and did well in Texas to continue her battle with Barrack Obama, which will now be in Michigan, Wyoming and Pennsylvania next. John McCain won all four primaries and became the Republican nominee last night as Mike Huckabee withdrew from the contest. Obama still leads in the delegate count by over 100. He promised a spirited campaign ahead speaking in San Antonio, Texas. Ohio and Texas became one of the most fiercely fought contests with 193 delegates and Ohio with 141delegates at stake. Clinton’s near-death experience echoed the closeness of the race and how the primaries came to be scheduled. Obama won eleven in a row.