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American Politics, Terrorism and Islam

By Habib Siddiqui

With all the specter of violence around us, the foremost question of our time seems to be: how can terrorism be defeated? This billion dollar question however cannot be answered without understanding the rather complex dynamics of terrorism, its meaning to various groups, peoples and state authorities, its modi operandi, means or tools and its contributing factors. In our earlier discussion, we have established that, as a technique of warfare, terrorism is used by specific people, group or state generally for understandable political purposes. Thus behind almost every terrorist act lurks a political problem.

A team of Indian Officials in Colombo

A team of Indian officials are in Colombo for talks with Sri Lanka Government officials regarding bilateral and other issues, including the preparation of the forthcoming SAARC summit in 1st August, as well as the war situation in the North. India's Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan and India's Defence Secretary Vijay Singh have arrived in Colombo Friday morning around 11.30 AM, on a special flight from New Delhi on a two-day visit.

Prabhakaran’s son credited with new devastating chemical bomb

Charles Anthony is proven to be a psychopathic megalomaniac like his father Velupillai Prabhakaran and the senior leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) worry about the meteoritic rise of the son. According to intelligence reports Charles Anthony has developed a new chemical weapon capable of such a shock wave that could kill, permanently damage vision and hearing and also make women barren. "Now that the war is in the northern theatre, use of this lethal weapon could make the Tamil women barren and reduce the birth rate in a drastic manner," an analyst said. "Father used to kill the innocent Tamils and other civilians. The son has now gone a step further. He is determined to make the Tamil women – mothers, daughters and sisters barren. - Chip of the old block"

Supreme Court Rejects Fundamental Rights Petitions

Asian Tribune - SL Bureau

Supreme Court of Sri Lanka dismissed two fundamental rights petitions filed by the UNP and JVP challenging the dissolution of North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils. The Supreme Court said the Governors of the Provincial Councils had followed legal ways to dissolution of the both Provincial Councils. The bench comprised Chief Justice Sarath N Silva, Sriyani Thilakawardene and K. Sripawan.

Sri Lanka- Netherlands Trade on the Rise

The Netherlands-Sri Lanka Business Council met recently to discuss ways to strengthen trade and economic ties between the two countries. The volume of trade has increased from $199 million in 2006 to $226 million in 2007, with the balance of trade in favour of Sri Lanka, with more Sri Lankan exports going to the Netherlands. The annual meeting of the Council took place at the ‘Gallery Art Korner” in The Hague where an exhibition of paintings of contemporary Sri Lanka artists is being held.

DIMO, TATA and HNB combined to launch Xenon Diesel

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The launch of the Diesel single cab Xenon is a unique combination of Dimo, HNB and Tata, said Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman, Diesel and Motor Engineering Co Ltd (DIMO) at the occasion of launch Xenon to the Sri Lankan market, at their show room at R A de Mel Mawatha, last week. While Xenon is running in several other countries, Sri Lanka is the first country the vehicle is released in the South East Asian Region.

Rights activists and dissidents ask Sweden to explain deportation of Libyan dissident

Libyan rights activists and dissidents called on the Dutch authorities not to turn over a dissident Libyan national to the Libyan authorities, fearing that he will meet the same fate as another Libyan who died 29th May, in a Libyan prison after being tortured, less than three weeks after he was turned over by the Swedish authorities. These rights activists told Asharq al-Awsat that on May 5 immigration authorities in Sweden turned over Libyan national Mohammed Adel Abu Ali to the Libyan authorities after he had lived for six years in Sweden, totally ignoring warnings from international and Libyan human rights organizations, that this would involve grave violations by the Libyan security establishment.

Lawyers Strike in Pakistan

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

The renewed lawyers’ strike in Pakistan is turning out to be a major challenge for the government which has yet to find its feet, months after it assumed power. The Long March by lawyers starting off from Multan and culminating in Islamabad has proved that lawyers are still a force to be reckoned with and can not be brushed aside. They have proved it with enthusiastic side rallies held during the march with plenty of rose petals showered on the marchers all through the route. The huge rally in Islamabad was attended by over 20 thousand lawyers, political workers and civil society activists.

FCCISL Labor Advisory Service and Human Resources Management Consultancy is progressing

By Quntus Perera - Asian Tribune

Services and Human Resources Management Consultancies launched last September by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) is now proceeding at full swing and these services by now have become very popular among the private and private sector organizations. Since its commencement many organizations from the private sector as well as the public sector have obtained these services. Further NGOs and INGOs too have obtained their services.

Who can fulfil Prabakaran’s Dream?

By Shenali Waduge

Martin Luther King had a dream………it was to see people of all countries, races, and religions living together in harmony. He was assassinated before he could “see” that dream. But he is fondly remembered globally for that dream lives on in many of us. Velupillai Prabakaran too has a dream…it is to see a Tamil Eelam. It has been over 25 years & he still continues to have that dream ….there is of course a difference…Martin Luther King was anything but violent but his dream met with a violent end. Velupillai Prabakaran follows nothing but violence…his dream centers upon himself and perhaps those of his trusted coteries leaving nothing but nightmares for the entire nation.

'Save Ganga' Fast-unto-death of Prof Agarwal enters 9th day

By Bobby Ramakant

Retired IIT Kanpur Professor, Dr GD Agarwal, 76 years, is sitting on a fast-unto-death since 13 June 2008, to save the Ganga from the aggressive onslaught of strings of dams and hydel projects in Uttarakhand. Today the fast entered 9th day. (21 June). "The contentious issue is 600 MW (4X150) Loharinag - Pala dam being built by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), a central government undertaking, the country's largest power generation company. Ganga will be put into 26 and 17 km long tunnels leading to its disappearance from its natural course through the stretch. The construction is going on in full steam.