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Defining Barack Obama

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Barak ObamaTo the Third World developing nations beyond the shores of the United States the impact of liberal and conservative politics in U.S. society and their reverberation in the developing world is somewhat complicated. The series of articles the Asian Tribune is about to start on presidential candidate of the U.S. Democratic Party the junior U.S. senator from Illinois Barack Obama cannot be completed unless a review is done what conservative and liberal politics mean to the United States, and what impact those politics have on the Third World developing nations.

Pro-LTTE India

By L. Jayasooriya

According to news reports of the 10th of September 2008, our air force has said that the lack of 3D radar has put the country in jeopardy and they are bitter about India forcing us to install their 2D radar that cannot see the height of the aircraft above the ground. They bitterly complain that if they had 3D radar that the Chinese were willing to provide, but was vetoed by India they could have easily destroyed the LTTE aircraft after it landed at the end of its bombing mission. On the basis of the comments of the air force the only conclusion we can come to is that India was protecting the LTTE. That is what she did when our men were marooned in Jaffna and India refused to help us with multi-barrel rocket launchers. It was Pakistan who supplied us with the hardware that enabled our forces to regain their foothold in Jaffna so that we could eventually liquidate the LTTE.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai hosted ‘Ifthar’

P. M. Amza with Justice N. BashaThe Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai hosted ‘Ifthar’ (breaking fast) during the holy month of Ramadhan at the Chancery premise on 12th September 2008, in continuation of the practice of celebrating important festivals and observances associated with the four major religions practised in Sri Lanka such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The ‘Ifthar’ began with the breaking of the fast at sunset and was followed by ‘magrib’ prayers led by Dr. Salahuddin Mohamed Ayub, Chief Khazi, and Government of Tamil Nadu.

US Embassy joins Room to Read to celebrate International Literacy Day

The U.S. Embassy joined Room to Read Sri Lanka at the Mundalama Sinhala Vidyalaya in Puttalum district to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8th. This year’s celebration marked the culmination of a two-week literacy skills program for one hundred children from underprivileged areas around Puttalum - a collaborative effort with the Zonal Education Office and the People Help Foundation, Room to Read’s implementing partner for the Puttalum area.

Denying Coastline Access to the LTTE is Starving them of Weapons

In the last three months the Sri Lankan Security Forces have captured much of the coastline held by the Tamil Tigers. By denying coastline access to the LTTE, they are being starved out of their re-supply capability. These observations were made by Shanaka Jayasekara, at the World Summit on Counter Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel (8-11 Sept) hosted by the International Institute for Counter Terrorism, Israel. Mr Jayasekara, an Associate Lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) at Macquarie University in Sydney, was a guest speaker at the World Summit on Counter Terrorism in Israel. He was speaking on the nexus between Islamist militants and nationalist terror groups with particular reference to weapons procurement networks.

Questioning NGO Corruption & Neutrality

By Shenali Waduge

A sector that has little accountability but claims its presences as the 8th largest economy is the NGO sector worth USD1 trillion a year globally with an employee base of 19million workers which excludes the volunteers. NGO presence in Third World nations has been in debate & not without reason. NGOs have been accused of imperialism, neocolonialism, carrying out Western foreign policy, conversions of the poor to Christianity, vilifying Governments even funding anti-Government political campaigns & most recently aiding & abetting terrorist & separatist doctrines not to mention their internal setup that also lists cases of corruption & mismanagement.

Only Sri Lankan to win the Oak Leaves

By Janaka Perera

This is a tribute to SSP Senarat (K.S.) Kadigawe who passed away recently at his ancestral home in Kandy after a distinguished career in the Sri Lanka Police. He was the only Sri Lankan to win the ‘Oak Leaves’ in the British Army during World War II. His death took my mind back to 1976 when for the first time he revealed to a journalist his World War II experiences as a paratrooper in Nazi-occupied Europe. He was then SP (Transport) and I was doing the 'police beat' for the "Sunday Observer." At the time Kadigawe was residing at Police Quarters, Keppettipola Mawatha, Colombo, with his family.

Obama and McCain Talk Security after Visiting Ground Zero in New York

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Presidential candidates Barrack Obama and John McCain walked side by side down the ramp into the pit where the World Trade Center once stood Tuesday in what was promoted as a demonstration of national unity on the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Later, both candidates participated—separately—in a forum on "national service" held at Columbia University in New York City. The symbolic gesture preceded bitter campaign Ads accusing each other of flip-flopping on issues. With the bases solidly behind the two candidates, they were making a move to the center in order to gain the independent vote.

Reclusive Prabakaran paid respect to his Black Tiger suicide cadres

Velupillai PrabakaranThe most elusive Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabakaran on Thursday , 11 September , paid his last respects to the ten Black Tiger commandos, who laid down their lives during the Tiger operation on the Vavuniya headquarters of the Sri Lankan Forces Headquarters. LTTE media reported that the Air Force has managed to destroy the LTTE’s light air craft that came to carry out the attack. Five of the ten Black Tiger cadres on Vavuniya mission were females. Tuesday's attack was the second combined attack by the Black Tigers and Air Tigers of LTTE's Tamileelam Air Force.

U.S. Government Partnership with World Vision and Private Sector Provides New Livelihoods and Markets for Farmers

US Ambassador Robert Blake joined with representatives of World Vision to recognize the achievements of 70 Sri Lankan farmers who are participating in a joint project supported by World Vision and the United States Department of Agriculture. The program, which integrates farming with sustainable technology, has helped independent previously low-income farmers from all areas of Sri Lanka improve agricultural efficiency, increase yields, and thereby gain greater revenues and profits for themselves and their families.

INGO-LTTE unholy axis?

The response of several international Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) to the request made by the government of Sri Lanka to cease all operations and remove all personnel from the LTTE controlled part of the Vanni has raised several questions. While some of the NGOs and INGOs followed suit after the decision made by the United Nations agencies to withdraw from Vanni, some INGOs, reportedly making very suspicious excuses regarding their resources. These INGOs and NGOs say that the LTTE has ordered them to leave all their belongings when they depart from the area. In other words, the LTTE wants to use all the vehicles, transmission equipment and other properties of the INGOs for the battle against the advancing Sri Lankan forces.

LTTE in a move to hold officials of UN and NGO’s hostages in Kilinochchi

The Tamil Tigers, this time has gone with a new strategy of holding the remaining officials of the UN, International NGOs and NGOs as human shield along with hundreds and thousands of the internally displaced Tamils. This is said to be a clear ploy to hold the remaining officials of the UN, INGOs and NGOs as hostages for the safety of Velupillai Prabakaran – an evasive and aging LTTE leader. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in its 25 years long mega serial, unleashed yesterday another episode of remote controlling the people to prevent the remaining officials of the UN, international NGOs and NGOs from leaving Kilinochchi.

Stability conducive ro Foreign Investments and Private Enterprise - Ambassador to Nepal to UK

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Nepali Ambassador in London Murari Raj Sharma said the strong political stability created in Katmandu by the former rebels turning rulers has created an extremely friendly atmosphere for direct foreign investments in his country of scenic Himalayan beauty which has just emerged a republic ending a centuries long monarchy. "With the Maoists embracing direct foreign investments and private enterprise as effective methods of development in Nepal just like in the Indian state of West Bengal and in the People’s Republic of China unprecedented opportunities are opening up in the Himalayan state not only in traditional industries like tourism but also in hundreds of other ventures like building hydroelectric power stations to sell electricity to both India and China," Sharma said.

A Swiss Tamil child seen with lethal weapon

A Swiss Tamil child with lethal weapon

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