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Mahinda Rajapaksa

President Rajapaksa Kept his Word to the UN: It Must Reciprocate

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in New York
Mahinda Rajapaksa
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to address the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday. We know that they do not hesitate to cry wolf when it suits them to warn about any human rights misdemeanors. Sometimes they are exaggerated beyond belief by the so called human rights watch groups

Pressure of heavyweights pushes indices down

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the indices of the Colombo bourse plunged this week extending their losses for the seventh consecutive week. Market suffered heavy losses during the first four days trading amidst decline in share prices of high cap stocks such as Dialog, JKH and Distilleries, however managed to cover some lost ground on Friday as bargain hunters entered the market place.

White peril vs. 'yellow peril' then and now

By Janaka Perera

Much has been written on Anagarika Dharmapala's contributions to the Sinhala Buddhist cause. But even on his 144th birth anniversary that fell on Wednesday September 17 little attention was paid to his perception of international politics vis-à-vis Sri Lanka – a view that is valid now as then although the contexts are vastly different. British colonialism was at its height when Dharmapala was trying to rouse the Sinhalas from their deep slumber. Then as now white imperialists demonized any country that challenged the might of the Western powers – in the same way they today condemn China on human rights and various other issues.

Stewart Bell writing from Vavuniya says many in Sri Lanka now believe that victory is imminent for Security Forces.

By Walter Jayawardhana

Starting a six part series on the military situation in Sri Lanka Toronto’s National Post writer Stewart Bell in a story filed from war torn Vavuniya says that most of the people in Sri Lanka have started believing in a military victory for Sri Lankan security forces against the Tamil Tigers by recapturing the only surviving Tamil Tiger strong hold of the island.

The Fiscal Tsunami

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

During this week, the drivers, movers and of course, shakers, of the global market were forced to catch a glimpse of the cesspit of financial mess, only to see, that it is much deeper and indeed smellier than they previously thought. The stock markets in the world capitals took a nose dive and the spectacle of pathetic folks staring at the red layers on computer screens and the prospect of job losses across the industry induced mixed reactions among the public that fluctuated between anger and despair, with a brief rest at bewilderment. If the giant financial institutes are the tectonic plates that shoulder the global economy, the fault line of greed and excesses did experience the much –anticipated collision this week which in turn generated the tsunami of uncertainty across the global financial sectors.

US gloves are off against Pakistan

By Malladi Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

So the US gloves are off against Pakistan. The battle zones in eastern Afghanistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan are merged into one. From September 3, American ground assault troops with helicopter gunships providing aerial cover are targeting Taliban and al Qaeda militants who made America lose any hope of winning the unending war in Afghanistan. US air strikes on militant bases deep inside Pak territory are also not new. The first reported strike took place at Damadola village in Bajaur agency early 2006 in which 18 civilians were killed. But what distinguishes the September 3 attack was that it was publicly acknowledged by the Americans with the White House 'leak' to the New York Times that President Bush had authorized in July itself attacks on terrorist havens inside Pakistan.

USA has bared its teeth

By Asif Haroon Raja

The US and its allies succeeded in toppling Taliban regime in November 2001 and replacing it with a puppet regime, but the Taliban were neither militarily defeated nor eliminated from the system. But for effective encirclement of Afghanistan from all directions and massive air support provided by USA, the Northern Alliance could not have made any progress. Once the Taliban realised that they were no more in a position to offer resistance particularly after Pakistan ditched them, they considered it prudent to carry out a tactical withdrawal from Kabul and most took shelter in Pashtun dominated southern and eastern Afghanistan. Some trickled into FATA and Baluchistan where they had their kith and kin and some moved into Iran. They remained inactive till 2002 but utilised this time to regroup and refit themselves to be able to strike back at the invading forces that had devastated their country. Bush and his teams of neo-cons felt complacent that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda had been taken care of and only the remnants had to be flushed out.

Raising communal temperature

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

When the Bharatiya Janata Party won the Karnataka assembly polls it was described by many as a significant milestone in Indian democracy, suggesting that it marks the entry of a second ‘national’ party (after the Congress) south of the Vindhayas. The BJP boasted that the victory in Karnataka was a belated recognition of its pan-India reach. Some were of the view that the southern march of the BJP will open the possibility of weakening the hold of regional parties that have long been dominating politics in south India as henceforth two ‘national’ parties will also be engaged in electoral battles in the region.

Caught in the Middle

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse is not only the President’s brother (in an administration which seems to place an unnatural premium on family connections); he is also the military czar of the Rajapakse administration, the man who is directing the war effort. Therefore his public pronouncements, especially on matters of national security, must be taken extremely seriously.Some time back Mr. Rajapakse tried to expel North-Eastern Tamils from Colombo lodges citing security concerns. This unconstitutional, anti-democratic and anti-civilisational act was widely denounced, nationally and internationally. The massive adverse reaction, together with a Supreme Court order, caused a halt to the expulsion drive.

D.B.Wijetunga

Former President D.B.Wijetunga passed away

WijetungaAsian Tribune: Sri Lanka Bureau

Former President D.B.Wijetunga passed away in this morning [21] at the Kandy Hospital.Dingiri Banda Wijetunga was born on February 15, 1922 in Kandy.Wijetunga was born to a middle class Sinhala Buddhist family living on the outskirts of the then Udunuwara Parliamentary seat in the Kandy District of the Central Province in Sri Lanka


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