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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

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Bernard Goonetilleke

United States Practices Torture to Combat Terrorism - While Accusing Sri Lanka of the practice in 2007 Human Rights Report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

United States President George W. Bush vetoed legislation last week sent by the Congress on intelligence funding because the bill specifically confined interrogation methods to be limited to techniques outlined in the US military manual. That would have excluded waterboarding, a method of simulated drowning widely seen as a form of torture. The Bush administration has repeatedly refused to declare waterboarding a form of torture. In vetoing the bill March 8, Bush called hardcore interrogation methods "one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror," and praised them for preventing another attack on the United States, such as those on September 11, 2001.

TMVP Leader Castigates US State Department and Opposition Leader for Portraying Them As an Armed Group

Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias PillaiyanBy K.T.Rajasingham

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal leader Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan, denounced as completely false the reports by the US State Department as well as Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, that they are an armed group, involved in child conscription. He said, “Today we are a recognized political Party” He added, “Please note that we entered the democratic mainstream of politics because we wanted to work with the people and for the people. We are no lovers of lethal weapons. We are not war mongers. But we are compelled to hold on to some arms to safeguard us.” He emphasized, “We are afraid that we will not be in a position to give up our arms as long as LTTE hold on to their arms. Do those who berate about us wanted us to be sacrificial lambs? A soft target of the LTTE?”

Bruce Fein's Desperate Dilemma: White Washing LTTE or Getting Sri Lankan Ambassador to a Debate, Both Beyond His Reach

By Rizana Gazzali

Bernard GoonetillekeNot having made any impact or the slightest dent in the case for a Tamil Homeland for three months, famed attorney Bruce Fein is at the end of his tether mortified that he cannot justify the $90,000 Tamils for Justice (TFJ) contracted to pay him for the initial three months. No wonder Fein's ranting speak of a desperate man, who has to prove to his paymasters that he is worthy of being retained, for the next six months. Fein does not have a ghost's chance of proving that LTTE is not a terrorist organization. He can take solace in the fact that it is unlikely that the LTTE will use a suicide bomber to punish him for his dismal failure, or send over a posse to seize him, and use a thick manila rope to tighten around his neck, or even collect his scalp, but there will be no second contract, that is for sure.

Business Delegation from Jilin Province, China

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A strong business delegation from the Department of Commerce - Jilin Province is scheduled to visit Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). The two parties are supposed to discuss business promotions between the two countries’ bilateral trade and other pertinent trade matters. The business delegation from Dept of Commerce, Jilin Province, China would include:Cheng Ke, Xu Dechen, Wang Ying, Zhu Yujie, Feng Tiejun, Pang Haoran and from Aidier Co., Ltd, China: Zhang Jianhua, Cao Yinan and Guan Dawei.

Sri Lanka President reassures that the democratic rights are granted to the people in the East

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

President Mahinda Rajapakse reassures that the democratic rights granted to the people in the east will be granted to the people in the north as well. He noted that after the eastern province was liberated from the LTTE certain groups were of the view that an election cannot be held in the east. The President observed that with the successful completion of the Batticaloa district local government election it has been proven that the east has been truly liberated.

FCISL organizes seminars

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Department of Human Resources Development and Industrial Relations has organized three seminars on such topics as: Termination of Employment ( Disciplinary and Non-Disciplinary); Employment of Women and Children and Leadership and Teamwork. The course content of the seminar on Termination of Employment would include: Non-disciplinary termination, disciplinary terminations, vacation of post, frustration of contract and constructive termination and termination of probationary contract.

The Bane of Privatization

By Garvin Karunaratne

The words of the Chief Justice, Mr. Sarath Silva has rightly castigated: “Those who profited from the corruption ridden transaction between the Government and Shell will burn in hell…. People are now suffering because the Chandrika Bandaranaike Government gave up the monopoly on Gas”. I get reminded of the scathing remarks and decisions reached by Justice OSM Seneviratne as the Magistrate at Matara in 1960. He was then a legend to be feared by anyone that transgressed and that included - the lawyers and the police. Truly the price of a cylinder of Gas has gone up to Rs. 1,749.00 The price was around Rs 350.00 in 2000, when I lived there last.

The Gaza breach

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

It may not have been exactly a repeat of the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall that symbolised the defeat of communism in Europe but the breakout at the Gaza border was a political event of some significance. That it may further recede the hope of an early settlement of the Palestinian problem looks hardly relevant when that question has defied solution for decades. But the holes along the 12-km Gaza border with Egypt have suddenly catapulted the outcast Hamas, the militant Palestinian outfit that broke free of the moderate Fatah to take control of Gaza in June 2007, as an important player in deciding the future of the Palestinian territories.

Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan

STF guardst SLRC: staff stops live programmes

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Anurasiri Hettige, an employee of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation [SLRC] was asssulated by an unknown thugs using an iron rod this morning. The victim was admitted to the Colombo National hospital. Our sources said the Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to Rupavahini to provide security as some staff members boycotted work in protest over the continuing assault on employees of the state television.