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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Sister Nirmala

Where O Where Have You Gone, Bruce Fein?

By Stephen Long, Los Angeles

The infamous Washington D. C. mercenary attorney, former US Deputy Attorney General (appointed by Ronald Reagan) Bruce Fein, has disappeared. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since June 23rd after his very successful panhandling expedition in Canada where he raised an untold amount of money for the noble Tamil Eeelam cause. I learned that his former boss at LTTE front organization, Tamils for Justice, Mr. Jayantha Gnanakone, allegedly says “he has been hiding in the hills,” and “his second wife Mattie Fein says he has gone to Africa.”

Sri Lanka ready to conducts 15th SAARC Summit

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka SL Bureau

Sri Lankan security forces have already setup a tightest security blanket to protect SAARC dignitaries during the forth-coming SAARC Summit. The relevant authorities to achieve positive results have finalized security and other arrangements, said local political analysts. The Police said 12,000 police officers backed by the armed forces and home guards will form one of the largest ever security dragnets and several security measures from searches to surveillance have already gone into place in the city and suburbs with the authorities taking no chances.

U S Abandons Heavy Handed Unilateralism of George Bush

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Washington D. C. for Asian Tribune

As Barrack Obama traipsed through the Middle East and Europe, the final phasing out of a beleaguered Bush foreign policy began. Multilateralism is replacing the heavy handed unilateral Bush doctrine. Republican candidate John McCain too has distanced himself from George Bush on several policy areas. The pillars of Bush’s bellicose regional policy crumbled. To make matters worse for McCain, Bush seemed to take Obama's side in the debate about whether to talk to Iran. A ranking US diplomat was in Iran to negotiate on nuclear issues — and also let it be known that a US Interests Section could soon be established in Tehran, the first US diplomatic presence on Iranian soil since the 1979 hostage crisis.

Indian PM to expand cabinet to accommodate new allies

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is gearing up to expand his team of ministers with the induction of the new allies Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Samajwadi Party, who had bailed him out on the trust vote on July 22 in Parliament. The exercise may see the axe falling on some Congress ministers. They will be sent to the party office for a new duty tailor made to meet the electoral battle which is due in six-seven months. While no date has as such has been fixed for the new inductions, indications are that the swearing in will take place after Prime Minister Singh returns from Colombo after attending the SAARC summit.

First ever Sri Lankan Gems & Jewellaries exhibition in Iran

Since the visit of Mahinda Rajapakse, President, Socialist Democratic Re-Public of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Re-Public of Iran and his diplomatic meeting with the President of Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmood Ahmadinjad have created a very good diplomatic relationship and trade opportunities between the two countries.

Black July and its Common Sense

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The killers of Black July were neither soldiers nor terrorists. The killers of Black July were civilians, untrained in the task of killing and unfamiliar with the idea of killing fellow human beings. There was ‘underworld elements’ among them, but that was a time when killing was rare even in the ‘underworld’. And these ordinary people murdered other ordinary unarmed men, women and children, fellow human beings whose only crime was their ethnicity. Having killed, burned and pillaged all day they would go back to their homes and families for the night and come out again the next morning rearing to kill, burn and pillage some more. Their hatred and blood-lust kept burning bright for days. They were untouched by either pity or shame because the society they were part of, the Sinhala society, did not find their deeds either pitiless or shameful.

The exorcists, political victims and bottled-spirits

By Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

We are a market-driven economy now and it is official; the socialism, that got substituted, is just history. In the new land of prosperity, everyone wants to go into business and the opportunities are mushrooming across the vast landscape of ambition. In these circumstances, the news, that some politicians are in a process of separating unwelcome spirits from their own – to purify the souls for the challenges that lie ahead – does not make funny reading; nor does it come as a surprise. It is pretty serious. If the news reports are to believe in their entirety, the extracted spirits are likely to be imprisoned in little bottles - to be discarded at a later stage. When, where or how it is done, is open to pure speculation.

Pro-LTTE Australian MP statements shredded to pieces

The statement recently made in the floor of the Australian Parliament by John Murphy, Parliamentary Secretary of Trade and the Member for Lowe constituency in Australia came into severe criticism. The recent statement he made in the parliament was criticized as one sided, biased and pointed out that he has failed to condemn the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and its leader Velupillai Prabakaran for reneging on their words and continuously recruiting underage children. Ranjith Soysa , Spokesperson of the Melbourne based, Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc (SPUR) in an open letter to John Murphy, Member of Parliament wrote, "As representative of the Australian people it is your bounden duty to speak out and defend the rights of all children to lead peaceful lives with their parents. Your failure to name and shame the Tamil Tiger terrorists, banned by your government under UN Security Council Resolutions can be considered as the callous attitude of a leading member of the Labour Party towards the suffering of the Tamil children."

Traitors–Elections- & Pro-LTTE Anti-National Forces

By Darmitha-Kotte

Not so many moons ago, our Opposition Leader and UNP Leader Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe gave a new definition to the word “traitor” and pointed out that the greatest traitor we have in recent times is Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakse. Why? Because he resigned from the Army and migrated to the USA but returned to Sri Lanka when his brother President Mahinda Rajapakse came into power and became the Secretary of the Ministry of Defense. Why may we ask, did he return to Sri Lanka? To save the nation from “continued brutal terrorism” at the hands of LTTE terrorists who have brought on untold miseries on the people of the North & East as well as other parts of our country and to bring about lasting peace to Sri Lanka!

EU Parliamentarians Came to Sri Lanka with Pre-drawn Conclusions?

By Stephen Long, Los Angeles

I read with great interest the story today about the EU Parliamentarians who were "turned back from Ratmalana Airport" while on their way to visit the Eastern Provinces. It’s too bad, because their aborted tour to Trincomalee District could have demonstrated the tremendous progress the Government has made in the area since its liberation last year – politically, socially, economically, and otherwise. Robert Evans, the EU spokesperson said, "the last minute cancellation and a catalogue of chaos and confusion meant that the delegation did not fly to Trincomalee. Despite repeated assurances; endless complications resulted in the party being turned back from Ratmalana Air Port, destroying months of preparation, time and expense."

Community empowerment to the fore

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Empowerment is the key to family reformation. Though there is the male domination in this part of the world and it is basically true that due to this domination women and children would be at the receiving end of abuse. It is not only empowering women and children, but empowering the males also essential to complete this family reformation process. This is what Rev Sister Nirmala, leader of the Group of nuns of Don Bosco Salasian Order said. The Congregation of these Sisters is identified as “Mary Sisters of Help”.

Followers failed again to appoint SB as a MP

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The United National Party is in a dilemma due to a recent proposal made by a senior member of the UNP John Amaratunga to appoint S.B.Dissanayake as a member of the Parliament. Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake seconded this proposal at the UNP’s Politburo meeting held on last Wednesday at the Parliamentary complex. After the motion presented in the politburo, Leader of the Party Ranil Wickramasinghe said he would discuss it with the relevant National list Parliamentarian to resign from the parliament to appoint Mr.Dissanayake to fill the vacancy.

Interactive Whiteboard Technology In Education

By Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera

The use of education technology in developing countries has been boosted during the past decades despite the cost of technology that will probably be a hindrance to accessing the technology in third world countries. Many developing countries included information technology in their curriculum structure from primary school context to university education context. The structural changes in education systems in developing countries have created a huge demand for computers and computer related equipment. As a result of these dramatic changes in the use of education technology, it is observable that the benefits of education are gradually transferring from developed countries to developing countries thereby creating massive benefits to disadvantaged people in the third world.

Market heavyweights drag indices down

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the Colombo bourse continued its setback from last week with indices reaching a new low for the year on Tuesday. Considerable losses witnessed on market heavyweight counters, particularly JKH dragged the indices down substantially during the week. The benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI) ended lower loosing 42.3 points or 1.75 percent to stand at 2370.1 points, while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) fell by a much larger 68.7 points or 2.38 percent to close down at 2813.2 points.

Is India’s Benign Role In Afghanistan Anti-Pakistan?

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is a global curse. The massive and callous July 7 bomb blast outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, claiming over 45 lives, including a senior diplomat and the Defence Attaché, has exposed Pakistan’s hollowness and its duplicity for orchestrating the nefarious act. Notwithstanding the denial of the charge by Pakistan, it pretends to be friendly, but behaves like a foe. The Government of India was well aware about ISI’s deceitful manoeuvrings some months ago. No less a person than Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had cautioned India about what was going to befall and mar Indian interests in Afghanistan. His assessment has proved correct.

High alert in India as 16 blasts in Ahmedabad claim 29 lives and leave over 100 injured

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

A day after Bangalore was hit by nine low intensity bombs that claimed two lives, Gujarat's commercial capital Ahmedabad was traumatized by as many as 16 blasts caused mostly by bombs planted on cycles in busy localities. The casualty figure can go up as a blast took place just outside the trauma centre of Ahmedabad civil hospital as the blast victims were being brought in by ambulances. The death toll is put at 29 by early reports and the injured at over 100. Minutes before the blasts took place, the Gujarat police received a taunting e-mail from a less known group which claims itself as the Indian Mujaheedin. "Stop us if you can", it threw an open challenge and claimed that its intention in Bangalore and Ahmedabad was to cause panic and fight political outfits which are 'opposed' to Islam.