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Somchai Wongsawat, brother-in-law of ousted Thaksin, the new prime minister of Thailand

Somchai WongsawatThailand’s caretaker prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, was elected today as Thailand's 26th prime minister of Thailand, defeating his rival, opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, by a large margin in the House of Representatives. The lower house of Thai Parliament, House of Representative, voted 298 in favor of Somchai Wongsawat, 61, while a sole contestant, Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, won 198 votes. Mr. Somchai, who is the brother-in-law of the deposed prime minister Thakshin Shinawatara, was the deputy prime minister and education minister in the previous administration of Samak Sundaravej.

Will U S Credit Bubble Burst, Speculation Strife about Lehman Brothers Status?

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), a U S government agency that insures deposits faced a major crisis now. FIDC was created in 1933 to maintain public confidence and encourage stability in the financial system after the massive failure of the banking system. The dire consequences of a bank failure prompted Bush Administration to step in and takeover mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest corporate bailout in American history.

Our top priority is the welfare of Sri Lankan workers abroad, says Minister Rambukwella

Dr. Keheliya RambukkawellaSri Lankan government is extremely concerned about the welfare, safety and proper working conditions of the Sri Lankan expatriate workers. Stating this in an exclusive interview with Asian Tribune, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Dr Keheliya Rambukwella said that the government is determined to increase job opportunities for skilled male and female workers and gradually reduce the proportion of female domestic workers employed abroad.

Defining Barack Obama: Part Two – Communist Mentor in his Teen Years

Barack ObamaThe most popular saying is that ‘one is judged by the company one keeps’, but let us put this ‘association’ part in a much broader perspective. Right-wing and/or conservative commentators in the United States often reiterate that the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama “has a huge guilty association problem of his own making and that it has been ignored by the electorate.” The Online encyclopedia Wikipedia defines “guilt by association” as “[a]n association fallacy is an inductive formal fallacy of the type hasty generalization or red herring which asserts that qualities of one thing are inherently qualities of another, merely by an irrelevant association.”

Brazilian President Wins IPS Award

By Thalif Deen

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva,President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, who has successfully championed the cause of fair trade, social justice and economic equity for the developing world, has been named winner of the Inter Press Service (IPS) International Achievement Award 2008. The decision to honor the Brazilian president was taken by the Board of Directors of IPS, chaired by Federico Mayor, a former director-general of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The award ceremony will take place at the U.N. delegates' dining room on Monday, Sep. 22, at 5:45 p.m., on the eve of the high-level segment of the 63rd session of the General Assembly, which is expected to be attended by over 150 world leaders.

Nawaz Rajabdeen revolutionized Trade Chamber Movement in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The man who has revolutionized Chamber services in Sri Lanka within a period of three and a half years and transformed the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka to face the modern trade and industry, Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL stepped down as its President to give way to the newly elected President, Kosala Wickramanayake, at the 14th AGM of the FCCISL held at Galadari Hotel. His greatest achievement not only as the President, FCCISL, but a fellow citizen of this country would be the ambitious project “Back to Business” that he sphere-headed that rehabilitated the devastated coastal belt entrepreneurs, who were completely neutralized with the marauding Tsunami.

Tamil-Muslim Relations and Unity for Peace

Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz - Visiting scholar, Department of Political Science, Temple University, USA.

Relations between people of the different ethnic groups are crucial to maintain stability in the world of today. History tells us human activities and connections to secure resources create more tensions than harmony. Also, the politicization of ethnic relations in divided societies generates conflict and ethnic civil war. Sri Lanka’s six decades old ethnic conflict which led the island to the gruesome civil war between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese is one of classic examples of politicization of ethnic relations. This essay, however, would attempt to examine relations between the Tamils and the Muslims of Sri Lanka, particularly the Eastern Muslims to explore possibilities to build a unity between these mutually suspecting groups.

Robert Evans MEP swears he did not either take bribe from LTTE or received orders from Kilinochchi

By Walter Jayawardhana

Robert Evans, member of the European parliament declaring he is passionately involved with the Tamil rights in Sri Lanka said he has not accepted a single penny as bribe from the terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. "I have not taken a single penny from the LTTE or received orders from Kilinochchi," he said addressing a well attended meeting held at Zoroastrian Centre on Alexandria Avenue , in Harrow of South London organized by the British Tamil Forum, allegedly the front organization of the proscribed LTTE.

Derana electronic media partner for Hands Lanka Exhibition

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The first ever “Hands Lanka Exhibition 2008” international handicrafts exhibition will be held from 9th to 12th October 2008 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Conventional Centre (SLECC) Colombo. Derana TV signed a contract with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) to became the electronic media partner for the Hands Lanka Exhibition. The organizing of this first ever international handicraft exhibition is a joint initiative of the FCCISL, Handwerkskammer Koblenz of Germany and National Chamber of Handicrafts in Sri Lanka together with the Ministry of Rural Industries.

Support Sri Lanka in its attempt to liberate Tamil Civilians from Tiger Captivity

Australia based Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) has called for the immediate release of all civilians held captive in LTTE areas, and demanded that they be granted safe passage, so that they can be provided with food, shelter and healthcare. In a media release, SPUR has appealed to all NGOs and other aid agencies to move away from the battle zone in order to prevent another massacre of their personnel by the LTTE in an attempt to discredit the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

GOCF and EU conduct Art Exhibition of disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune : Sri Lank Bureau

Gods Own Children Foundation with the support of the European Union is to conduct Disadvantaged Children’s Art Exhibition themed “Needs of Children & Adults in Jaffna” in Colombo. The drawings of differently-abled children studying at special needs schools in Jaffna operated by Gods Own Children Foundation will be on display. The artwork will be auctioned to the highest bidder in order to raise funds towards establishing a resource centre for the children.

Charting Sri Lanka’s Future

By Jay de Silva

Whether it happens tomorrow, at the end of the year or next year, the final destruction of the LTTE and, more to the point, the liberation of the districts of Kilinochi and Mullativ is inevitable. Even though we may continue to experience sporadic terrorist activity and even guerrilla activity, these will be well within the control of the security forces, and will not delay the establishment of the Northern Province Provincial Council and the redevelopment of the area. With this, the entire country will once again return to normal development activity after a lapse of 25 years.

Somchai Wongsawat

Dr. Keheliya Rambukkawella

Barack Obama

Robert Evans MEP’s statement in Sri Lanka, effectively biased that only served the interests of the LTTE

Views expressed at a press conference in Sri Lanka by Robert Evan MEP , the leader of the EU Parliamentary delegation which visited Sri Lanka in 20 -25 July 2008, effectively a biased statement, that only served the interests of the LTTE and certainly did not reflect the views expressed by the European Parliament, and which implied that the authorities were responsible for the failure of the visit to the East. It has been further alleged, “Not surprisingly, there was extensive and very negative press coverage and the reputation of European Parliamentarians has been damaged.” This was pointed out to Mr. Hans-Gert Pottering, President of the European Parliament by Mr. Geoffrey van Orden, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the EU Parliament’s ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ group.