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

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Handwerk Center at Thirukkovil

Remembering Former President D.B. Wijetunga

By Dr. Siri Gamage, Armidale, Australia

The country is mourning the loss of President Wijetunga. He was a towering figure from the Central Province who rose to prominence in national political scene in the 80s and early 90s. As an academic working at University of Peradeniya domiciled at Panideniya, which belonged to Udunuwara electorate that President Wijetunga represented in the parliament, I had occasion to learn about him during the 70s and 80s. When I was conducting sociological research as a young academic during this period, I witnessed his manner of work in his electorate. One such occasion was before the 1977 elections when he was conducting a group meeting in a village. I was gathering information for a sociological research conducted by a Canadian sociologist at the time with a field book in my hand. Accidentally I happened to come across this meeting that he chaired in front of someone's house. There would have been about 50-75 people in that meeting, some seated and others standing. The purpose of such group meetings held in different parts of the electorate was not necessarily to push the party ideology or slogans through the throat of villagers. It was to detect the pulse of the people and what concerned them at the time.

Terrorism was the biggest challenge faced by the UN since its charter was drawn up in 1945 - US President George Bush

George BushIn a speech that laid strong emphasis on terrorism as one of the most urgent threats facing the nations of the world, the US President said that: “In the decades ahead, the United Nations and other multilateral organizations must continually confront terror. This mission requires clarity of vision. We must see the terrorists for what they are: ruthless extr mists who exploit the desperate, subvert the tenets of a great religion, and seek to impose their will on as many people as possible. “Like slavery and piracy, terrorism has no place in the modern world… The vast majority of nations in this assembly now agree that tactics like suicide bombing, hostage-taking and hijacking are never legitimate,” said President George W Bush of the USA in his address to the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Islamophobia Run Amok

By Abukar Arman

While each has its distinctive history; like Anti-Semitism and racism, Islamophobia is a real phenomenon that cultivates hate among communities, stereotypes a whole group for the acts of a few, and justifies transgression against the innocent. And like the rest, Islamophobia was developed and is fostered by special interest groups who often have access to power in order to reach a political, social, or an economic end. With few exceptions, gone are the days when the perpetrators of hate would march with banners explicitly expressing their bigoted perceptions and attitudes. However, that is hardly an indication that the phenomenon has seized to exist. Today, hate speech and propaganda are often craftily camouflaged as talk radio punditry, political lampooning, speeches, or political infomercial.

Defining Barack Obama: Part Three - International Socialist Connections

By Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The research by this Online Newspaper was undertaken with only one agenda: to help the readership to define Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in placing hitherto unknown facts before them. Obama's socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state senate seat. Later, the Chicago DSA newsletter reported that Obama, as a state senator, showed up to eulogize Saul Mendelson, one of the "champions" of "Chicago's democratic left" and a long-time socialist activist. Obama's stint as a "community organizer" in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been generally ignored.

Hameedias in Kotte

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hameedias - giants in men’s clothing in Sri Lanka opened another of their Mega Showroom in Kotte, the administrative capital of Sri Lanka in a strategic location on the main highway. This mega showroom contains the latest collection of Hameedia’s brands such as Lee Bond, Signature, Envoy with sports apparel, footwear and accessories and caters to a new and discerning clientele. Fouzul Hameed, Managing Director said, that Hameedia already enjoys top billing as the most popular and leading menswear specialist with exclusive branded stores and the first to introduce the Mega Showroom Fashion Store concept in Nugegoda, Pettah, Wattala, Kurunegala, Negombo and Kandy. Commanding a large island wide presence, Hameedia’s Flagship Store is at Wellawatte, its exclusive mens’ showrooms at the BIA Transit Lounge, Crescat and Majestic City, together with its mini showrooms at Chatham Street Fort, Liberty Plaza, Matara, Anuradhapura, Milagiriya, Malabe and Kesbewa.

Unitary state, Federalism and 'Devolution of Power' in Sri Lanka

By Palitha Senanayake

Those who are obsessed with what is termed as a ‘Tamil problem’ in Sri lanka is fervently advocating what they call ‘devolution of power’ to the peripheries as a solution to this problem they perceive. The veneration and faith, some of these disciples of ‘devolution’ have placed upon their ‘solution’ is such that they do not hesitate to consider for a moment whether this would solve or exacerbate the current problems the country is facing, in its realistic nature and content. Often they are so dogmatic they not only disregard the socio economic fallback of this so called ‘devolution’ but also try to silence their critics by calling them names ‘chauvinists’, ’extremists’ etc. The ‘pro devolution’ argument is that ones the power is given to the periphery the people in these ‘un cleared’ areas will stop supporting Prabhakaran, withering off his support base.

Second Handwerk Centre in the Eastern Province

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), National Construction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL) in collaboration with the Handwerkskammer Koblenz of Germany commissioned its second Handwerk Centre - Eastern Province, at Thirukkovil in the Ampara district. The first centre was established in Kalutara and now it is fully functional. The Eastern Province centre will provide skills to young persons who are willing to pursue their careers in construction industry and also explore all possibilities to obtain employment for the trainees. The Centre was declared open by Kosala Wickramanayake, Senior Vice President, FCCISL. Ten trainees commenced training in carpentry soon after the opening of the centre.

Life after NSG waiver

By Tukoji R. Pandi - Syndicate Features

The waiver granted to India by the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers’ Group was undoubtedly a landmark occasion as it ends a 34-year old nuclear apartheid against India. It was a significant diplomatic triumph in the history of free India, even though many might say that the success could have been achieved without the efforts made at the NSG club by the US. The end of apartheid of any sort, no matter how and by whose efforts, is always a welcome development.But was there any justification for victory bugles to be sounded or the kind of euphoria created outside the Congress HQ in New Delhi—dancing to drum beats, fireworks and slogans? The answer has to be ‘no’ because it is evident that on its own India would have never been able to cross the NSG hurdle and the nuclear apartheid regime would have perhaps remained in place.

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LTTE cannot hold Tamils hostage to terror – President at UNGA

While the Government is ready to implement political and constitutional solutions for the grievances of all communities, it would not and could not let LTTE terrorists to hold the Tamils of the North hostage to terror, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today.