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Col Ner Dah with Jack Slade eating at KNLA HQ

Karen Armed Rebellion in Burma Takes a New Turn: Ex-American Marines as Military Advisors/Trainers: US Watching

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Investigative Report

Along the Thailand’s western border with Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a small but active Thai frontier town Mae Sot considered the rendezvous of foreigners, with military skills, to offer their expertise to the five-decade old rebellion of the Karen ethnic group to destabilize the most undemocratic and oppressive regime in Burma. The Karen people’s liberation struggle was intensified with the advent of General Ne Win’s military regime in 1962. And, took a new turn since the current military junta (SPDC- State Peace and Development Council) denied the nation’s democratically elected leader Aug San Suu Kyi her legitimate right to govern in the aftermath of her party’s landslide victory at the 1988 parliamentary election and put her in prolonged house arrest.

Spielberg and Ambani Joint Venture a Precursor to Hollywood-Bollywood Merger

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Legendary movie director Steven Spielberg is reportedly teaming up with India’s Anil Ambani, the Bollywood billionaire. The two may emerge as a global conglomerate with potential dynastic proportions. Spielberg berg has already done Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977 and the second Indiana Jones installment in India recently. All major news networks reported this merger as “Indian economy going global.” Reliance Big Entertainment headed by Ambani would provide abut 500 to 600 million dollars to Spielberg’s DreamWorks, a Hollywood giant.

Mobile Phones Soar in Internet-Starved Africa

The beleaguered African continent continues to lag far behind the rest of the world in battling poverty, hunger and HIV/AIDS, but it is making dramatic progress in the field of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The technological advances, however, are limited primarily to mobile phones. "The African mobile (telephone) market has been the fastest-growing market of all regions, growing at twice the rate of the global market," says a new U.N. report released here.

Sri Lanka - Diplomatic postings

Jaliya Wickramasuriya is due to take over as Sri Lanka’s US Ambassador by the 1st of July. He was the former Consul General for Los Angeles. He hails from the south of Sri Lanka and was a very successful businessman. He was earlier the Managing Director and CEO of the Ceylon Royal Tea and Supplies LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. Furthermore, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed two more ambassadors. Tamara Kunananyakm, who is at present the Charge de Affairs in the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil has bee appointed as Ambassador for Cuba. She is said to be a political appointee and a specialist in Spanish language.

Democratic Group of the United National Party, plans to contest under the UPFA umbrella

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Democratic Group of the United National Party anounced that it would contest the forthcoming Provincial Council Elections under the UPFA umbrella. Addressing a media conference Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne said their members have discussed with the UPFA to reach an agreement. At present the Democratic Group is finalizing their candidates for the Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Councils election.“We will nominate our candidates within this week, he said.

Afghan President Karzai to participate in SAARC summit in Colombo

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Afghanistan delegation will be participating in the forthcoming SAARC summit to be held in Colombo in August. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama visited Kabul to formally to invite President Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan delegation on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to the Colombo Summit. The call by Sri Lanka Foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan in Kabul on 24th June, had as its outcome a clear meeting of minds on the need for SAARC to resolutely address the contemporary challenges facing the South Asian region.

AIPMC on European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), in a statement released to the press said that it welcomes the establishment of the European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma (EPCB), launched on 19 June 2008. The statement added that the formation of the EPCB, consisting of Parliamentarians from eight European Countries, is encouraging and timely at a time when the situation in Myanmar / Burma is dire. The AIPMC said that it recognizes the important work of many European governments and Parliamentarians over the years to bring about attention and pressure for democratic change in Myanmar.

Ministerial Committee on Journalist’s Grievances: Sitting commenced

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Government appointed Ministerial Committee on Journalist’s grievances and it has commenced its work from Tuesday. The committee is housed in the BMICH, Colombo. Addressing media on Tuesday evening Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama said the government respects the media freedom and this committee would assists it. According to the committee, it has decided to fulfill six objectives.

Our challenge is to deal with barrages of disinformation propaganda as effectively as possible – Dr. Kohona

Unfortunately, today Sri Lanka is being subjected to the type of scrutiny to which even developed countries are not subject. The standards that are being applied on Sri Lanka for an in explicable reason appear to be the harshest. One cannot help but ask how long is it since those minorities were accorded equal treatment in many countries of the developed West, including those who stand in judgement over us? Ar a public lecture at the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Dr. Palitha Kohona emphasised the despicable position Sri Lanka has been placed by the developed countries.

Saudi Oil price Summit

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Pressured primarily by the USA and European states and with a view to trying to calm the volatile market, Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil producer, hosted an emergency oil meeting of oil producing and consuming nations, known as the OPEC, in Jeddah on June 22 to discuss soaring oil prices. Amid concerns that recent record oil prices are helping tip the US and other major economies towards recession, energy ministers from more than 30 countries, as well as senior executives from the world's largest oil companies, attended the conference in the city of Jeddah.

Sorting the mess of Sri Lanka’s Education system – a Board of Educationists to handle Education

By Shenali Waduge

There have been of late many commentaries on the subject of Sri Lanka’s education. It is admittedly in a disastrous state of affairs made pitiable by the manner in which all its stakeholders seem to shirk their responsibility.

An education system that was envied at one time is today wondering what went wrong. Teachers prefer to become “sick” thinking their anomalies will be resolved….students are not studying for reasons best asked of them…….Ministry officials prefer to play carom with the lives of youth as evident no sooner anyone walks into the Ministry & view the officers busy in chat or reading the daily newspapers.

Goodbye Shahzadi: The Bhutto Book

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It is hardly surprising that a book written on the slain Pakistani leader, Benazir Bhutto, by an Indian author has created controversy in Pakistan. But what is surprising is the rash of apologies that has followed in India following protests by some members of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party days after the release of the book, ‘Goodbye Shahzadi’. The Lauh Purush of the Bharatiya Janata Party, L.K. Advani was perhaps still wiping his tears that he had shed at a public function the other day when he heard about the protestations in Pakistan and promptly offered his apologies to the Bhutto family and her party.


Karen rebels

Karen rebels

Karen Rebellion

Karen Rebellion

JVP selects its Chief Ministerial Candidates

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna [JVP] selected its two Chief Ministerial Candidates for the Sabaragamuwa and the North Central Provincial Councils. General Secretary of the JVP Tylwin Silva said Chameera Koswatta will act as their Chief Ministerial Candidate for the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and Parliamentarian Wasantha Samarasinghe will act as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the North Central Provincial Council.