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Anti-LTTE demonstartion in Stockholm

Hillary Clinton Got Supporters to Rally for Obama at Denver Convention

Hillary ClintonAmidst thunderous applause, Senator Hillary Clinton, the close runner-up to Barrack Obama at the primaries, called everyone to unite to defeat John McCain at the November elections. “No way, no how, no McCain,” she proclaimed trying to rally her ardent primary supporters to fall in line behind presumptive nominee Obama on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. After coming so close in the protracted battle for the Democratic nomination, emotions were still raw for Hillary Clinton and some of her supporters, who were still disappointed that she did not win and that she is not on the ticket as the vice presidential candidate.

Prabakaran told to lay down arms, give up separation and come forward for talks.

V. PrabakaranThe leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree, has written one more letter to the recalcitrant Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, urging him to declare a ceasefire unilaterally and to lay down arms and immediately agree for talks. In another vain attempt, Anandasangaree has pointedly told Prabhakaran to declare his willingness to give up his demand for separation and agree for a solution within a United Sri Lanka as recommended earlier by him.

Reports of Daw Suu Kyi’s refusal of daily food supplies creating serious concern

Aung San Suu KyiThe ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) has expressed its deep concern over reports claiming that Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been refusing her daily food supply since 16 August 2008. AIPMC Steering Committee based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a press release said, “If these reports are confirmed to be true, then this is a serious concern for all. We strongly call on ASEAN leaders to intervene in this matter and ensure that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is given the necessary attention, which is highly likely needed urgently.

Sri Lankan Rappers in Public Feud Over LTTE

Mathangi "Maya" ArulpragasamSri Lankan rapper Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (who goes by the stage name MIA) and Sri Lankan hip-hop artist DeLon are trading charges against each other in a rousing battle on the internet. DeLon has accused MIA of implicitly supporting the LTTE cause, primarily through her lyrics and video images. But she has vehemently denied the charges. Her father, Arular Arulpragasam, a founder member of the Tamil militant group EROS, and who is currently based in London, told Asiantribune, the charges are erroneous and outdated.

Learning English by ulama is a need now

Ulama are the real spirit of the Muslim ummah, they have deep knowledge of Islam and they can only lead the Muslim community to the eternal success,’ observed by the speakers yesterday at a Convocation ceremony of Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC) at M.H. Saboo Siddique Musafirkhana, Mumbai. The MMERC Convocation 2008 was chaired by Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatehpuri. Mufti Khairul Islam, Amir-e Shariat Assam, was the chief guest where prominent Muslim scholars and intellectuals from Mumbai city were profusely present.

LTTE air attack on the Trincomalee naval base repulsed

LTTE aircrafts suddenly emerged from nowhere and dropped bombs on the Sri Lanka naval troops in the China Bay naval camp was resisted at about 9.15 p.m. Tuesday (26) evening. Initial reports from Trincomalee said two Tiger crafts have reportedly drop two aerial bombs on the Navy camp premises and turned away when the troops begun to open fire towards the light air craft. However reports said that one of the bombs had not exploded according to the Navy Spokesmen.

Swedish Prime Minister was urged to stop fund collections by the TRO

An anti-LTTE demonstration took place at Sergels Torg, in the heart of city of Stockholm, on 24th August by the Sri Lankan nationals living in Sweden. This was the 5th demonstration that took place in the Nordic region and the 3rd time to be held in Stockholm, which was aimed tobring to the notice of the international community brutal terrorist activities committed by the ruthless Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. A large number of Sri Lankan nationals living in Sweden and Swedish nationals took part in the public protest and expressed their growing discontent with the LTTE’s extortion.

Foreign Minister values Spain’s position on Sri Lanka’s fight against terrorism

Spanish position on the imperative need to protect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty is valued, stated Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, when Ion de La Riva Guzman de Frutos, Ambassador for Spain called on him on Monday (25th August 2008) after presenting his credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier in the day. Minister Bogollagama explained to the Spanish envoy, the government’s policy of countering terrorism militarily in order to facilitate the re-establishment of democratic institutions, following the clearance of the LTTE, as demonstrated in the Eastern province of the country.

Eastern Development Bank – a must to assist economic resurgence in the East

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The indigenous business, industrial and agricultural communities in the micro, small and medium strata are showing their keenness to come into the mainstay of the economic activities that are going to be reviewed by the government along with the private sector in the liberated East. The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) along with their affiliated district Chambers have come forward to push hard the cause of entrepreneurial dexterity of the indigenous communities in the East and get them their right place.

Authenticity of Tamil Grievances

By Shenali Waduge

Let us be frank & forthright – what are the discriminations faced by the Tamils, what are their grievances? Let all be aware of what these “grievances” are & let these grievances be relevant to the present. It is finally time for some honest answers. Before working out any “political solution” what is it that the Tamil leadership want or desire, or better still what is it that the Tamil common masses desire, do they both share the same “grievances” & desire the “same solutions” & what is this “political solution” “they” seek? & how will this “political solution” address these “grievances” & if these grievances are not satisfied by the newly adopted “political solution” what is the next recourse?

George Bush’s Legacy in Burma

By Nehginpao Kipgen

With just less than 3 months away from the 2008 U.S. presidential election, campaigns for the office of a free world leader takes hectic turns: issues ranging from economy to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lately a reminiscence of cold war confrontation in the former Soviet Republic. Amidst world political tensions, Burma analysts and observers have begun to question if the Bush’s eight years in office have done enough to advance a democratic change in ethnically diverse Burma. Interestingly, there have been positive developments and frustrating moments.

Senator Hillary Clinton

V. Prabakaran

Urgent appeal for a donation of a kidney

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A father of two school going children - Sarath kumara Alahakoon in Beyagama have now been detected by his doctor that both his kidneys do not function properly and has to be replaced within six months. Since he has very little time, he earnestly requests, anyone below the age of 60 years to donate one kidney to get his life saved.