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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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Rep. Keith & Ugas Abdullahi

Will Osama Doom Obama? The U.S. Presidential Election Is Not A Black & White Affair

By Ravindra Wickremasinghe

The day is Friday 31st October 2008 four days before the U.S. Presidential election. Senators Barack Obama, John McCain and their respective running mates have done all they can to ensure victory in what is the longest and costliest election campaign of any country. However, things are about to change dramatically. At about 15:00 CET a Middle-Eastern television network airs a video tape by Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in which he once again threatens American with grave consequences and reminds them of their vulnerability due to two bleeding wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration.

Injection of reform in Indian police is the urgent call

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

In India, since mid nineties, it has been a common disease, so much so that the medium scale terror attacks like the blast in Gauhati on 8th October evening which injured 6, do not make news in the national media. All Indians, victims of terror menace, are no doubt brave enough to fight it back, whatever cost it may take, to curb the borrowed fanaticism, communalism and extremism; and would surely save their national unity and integrity.

Socialism Takes Foothold after Train-wreck of Wall Street Capitalism

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

The demonized word "socialism" has taken a foothold as the political dialogue increasingly centered on what the government could do to save the economy. It has been vigorously injected into political discussion in the United States since the 700 billion dollar bailout to overcome the train-wreck of Wall Street capitalism initiated by the US Treasury. Now it had taken a political turn as Barack Obama promised massive tax cuts to 95 percent of the people who are facing financial burden with a constrained economy. John McCain talked of Joe the Plumber making over $ 250,000 an year not getting a tax break while those in lower income brackets did.

Political Foreplay in Tamil Nadu – stampede to take more positions eclipsing Kama Sutra!

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

Ultra-nationalist politicians in Tamil Nadu seem to be in a race to push the great Indian erotic text, Kama Sutra, to the second place, when it comes to taking up positions to achieve a common goal – endless fun. The gist of the great text, that prepared thousands of folks throughout the ages for the orderly landing on the stepping stone – Kama – in the path towards the ultimate goal, Moksha, has certainly been eclipsed by the hot-blooded politicians who run riots, against the state, the union and then its southern neighbour – in that order. The politicians in question change their positions much more rapidly than those given in the sensual text, raising the suspicion that they have been caught up in something worse than an erotic storm.

Basil to meet Pranab Sunday, talks with Narayanan, Menon also

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Basil Rajapaksa, who flew in here as the special emissary of his brother and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today (Sunday) on the situation in the island nation. The meeting assumes significance amidst reports that LTTE is not faring as badly as expected on the war front and is in fact holding on its turf rather tenaciously. Prolonged war is not what Colombo would like to be engaged in these days of global meltdown and consequent fears of recession.

Sri Lanka President's Deepavali Message: Let us reaffirm our commitment to unite the country and build a society

Mahinda RajapaksaBeing a unifying force, the devotions at Deepavali would seek to encourage greater unity, amity and understanding among all people inhabiting our country irrespective of their ethnic, religious, class distinctions, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Deepavali Message. On this noble day let us reaffirm our commitment to unite the country and build a society where everybody could live in peace, harmony, dignity and freedom, he further adds.

Basil tells Pranab: "We will protect Tamils"; Pranab in Chennai to brief Karunanidhi

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Basil with PranabArmed with Basil Rajapaksa's firsthand account of Tamil safety and relief' in the SL war Zone, the Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee flew into Chennai to put the TN chief Minister Karunanidhi in the picture. Mukherjee, a time tested trouble shooter for the Congress has a delicate task of balancing coalition politics and international diplomacy. The mission assumes special significance as the 'ultimatum' from Karunanidhi to prove to the Tamils that Manmohan Government had effectively intervened on behalf of their ethnic brethren in the island nation would expire on Oct 28 evening.

Sri Lanka allays concern of India – Indo – Sri Lanka Joint statements

India and Sri Lanka while agreeing on the need to move towards a peacefully negotiated political settlement in Sri Lanka including the restive North, both countries unquestionably agreed that terrorism should be countered with resolve. The Indian side called for the implementation of the 13th Amendment and greater devolution of powers to the provinces. Mr. Basil Rajapaksa emphasized that the President of Sri Lanka and his Government were firmly committed to a political process that would lead to a sustainable solution. These were some of the issues agreed to during the visit to New Delhi on 26th October 2008 of Basil Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament and Senior Adviser to the President of Sri Lanka.

Operations of the Sri Lankan Security Forces were designed to disarm LTTE - President Mahinda

President Mahinda with RanilSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa while briefing the Opposition leader emphasized that there was no ethnic conflict in the country, and that the present operations of the security forces were designed to disarm the LTTE, which is posing a challenge to democracy. President Mahinda Rajapaksa met the Leader of the Opposition, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday (24th October) at Temple Trees and discussed current issues in the country, including the ongoing humanitarian operation being conducted by the security forces in the Wanni to disarm the LTTE and restore democracy, peace and stability.

Overly confident Rep. Keith Ellison campaigns for a fellow democrat

By Mohamed H. Hassan

Rep. Keith & Ugas AbdullahiAt an event organized by Somali American Community, not partisan organization in Minnesota, overly confident Rep. Keith Ellison campaigns for a fellow democrat in his meeting with an electrified crowd of Somali-Americans. Rep. Keith Ellison talked to the crowd about his close relationship with the Somali community and their empirical role in his last election. Somalis are said to have helped Rep. Keith Ellison defeat his 2006 election rivals, Tammy Lee (IP), Alan Fine (R), and Jay Pond (G) by about 30%. “You have graciously given me your votes and trust and I am very grateful and proud to serve as your representative” Rep. Keith Ellison said.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse

Basil with Pranab

Basil with Pranab

Indian cricket’s negative approach

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

India’s pre-series boast that it would defeat the touring Australian team proved idle talk in the First Test at Bangalore. How Kumble and others made that claim is difficult to understand particularly when not one of its “fabulous” four have managed to scores runs during the year. One is used to Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag shouting off their mouths but never a person like Anil Kumble. On what basis did the Indian captain make those claims? Perhaps he was trying to boost his team psychologically. He needs to do that considering the wayward nature of the form our stalwarts are showing.

Indices back in the red zone

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity –joint venture of DFCC Stockbrokers and HNB Stockbrokers in its weekly review indicated that the market once more had a steep fall during the week despite a short stint of recovery witnessed last week. As evident, the continuous decline in global stock markets coupled with increased pessimism over corporate earnings outlook lead for another sharp downfall in the market resulting in the All Share Price Index (ASPI) sliding to levels, which hadn’t seen for nearly 3 years. The indices on Thursday ended down sharply with both the price indices falling by around a significant 4.5 percent while ending up slightly higher on Friday with marginal gains.

Military offensive against the Tamil Tigers: Karunanidhi assured DMK will not precipitate the issue

India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that M.Karunanidhi, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had promised that his party Members of Parliament will not insist on quitting parliament in the wake of the talks between New Delhi and Colombo on the civilian suffering in Sri Lanka. "Karunanidhi has assured (me) that the DMK will not precipitate the issue," Mukherjee told reporters after a three-hour meeting with him. A meeting of the DMK and its allies this month resolved that all MPs from Tamil Nadu will resign if India failed to convince Sri Lanka to call off its military offensive against the Tamil Tigers. Tamil Nadu leaders say the fighting has seriously affected Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka's north.