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Right lessons for Sri Lanka from Obama

By Janaka Perera

Since the day Barack Obama won the U.S. Presidential Elections, we have seen how Sri Lanka's 'multiculturalists' went into raptures. Without a moment's hesitation they began lecturing and pontificating on the urgent need for this country to learn from America and give a member of an ethnic minority the opportunity to become Head of State. The attempt of these pundits to draw similarities between the two societies on this issue however is absurd to say the least.

Winners Of The 2008 UN Human Rights Awards

The President of the General Assembly, Miguel D´Escoto Brockmann, announced the winners of the prestigious United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights for 2008: Ms. Louise Arbour, Mr. Ramsey Clark, Dr. Carolyn Gomes, Dr. Denis Mukwege and Human Rights Watch. Mrs. Benazir Bhutto and Sr. Dorothy Stang were awarded the prize posthumously.

Warfare In Sri Lankan Style

By Gomin Dayasri

It is incredible, it is unbelievable. It happens only in Sri Lanka. Where in the world do you knowingly treat your enemy before engaging him in combat? It is happening all the time in Sri Lanka, hardly any one talks about it any more. It is time those interfering meddlesome foreigners and our ‘greater than god’ human rights angels learn of it. Probably they do know, but pretend not to know. Unfortunately, in the war effort, we have not learnt the skills in blowing our trumpet nor are we pied pipers who have mastered the art of playing that signature tune, which is played to perfection by the LTTE. Though in politics, we surpass many.

Thailand: Political turbulence continues as the mob rules the roost

Political turbulence continues to rocks Thailand, as People’s Alliance For Democracy led by a group of disgruntled politicians who adopt extra-Parliamentary measures to bring down the elected government of Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat. Though the mob leaders managed to seize and closed down the international Suvarnabhumi Airport to prevent Thai prime minister returning the country after attending an Asia-Pacific summit in Lima, Peru, he however managed to arrive by diverting his plane to land in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

Terrorism Somewhere is Terrorism Everywhere

By Sanjeewa Karunaratne

Growing number of evidence suggests terrorist organizations share intelligence, technology, resources and training. Moreover, these organizations fully or partially fund their campaigns through arms, drugs trafficking, smuggling, piracy and other illegal activities. By nature, these activities involve systematic collaborations between groups operating in different geographical regions. These affiliations make terrorism, not localized, but a world-wide problem. Someone’s terrorist today is everybody’s terrorist. This letter analyzes affiliations between terrorist organizations with an emphasis on the LTTE, the deadliest and most innovative terrorist organization in the world.

Mumbai massacre: 78 people dead and more than 200 injured

Series of co-ordinate terror attacks – seemingly targeting Britons and Americans – left at least 78 people dead and more than 200 injured in the Indian city of Mumbai last night. Heavily armed gunmen opened fire on the city's crowded main railway station, as well as at hospitals, a police headquarters, luxury hotels and a restaurant popular with tourists. Eye-witnesses caught up in the chaos in India's financial capital said the gunmen were specifically looking for Britons and Americans. The attacks appeared aimed at foreigners, with reports claiming that westerners were being held hostage at two five-star hotels. Last night, officials said that four suspects had been killed and nine arrested. Commandos surrounded two hotels – the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi – where it was believed armed men were holding dozens of hostages.

Tory tells how he fled as gunman sprayed bullets round hotel lobby

Sajid KarimA Conservative last night told of his terror as he was caught up in the attack on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. Sajjad Karim, who was part of a trade delegation visiting the city, was barricaded in a basement room after he fled from machine-gun fire. He said: "I was in the lobby of the hotel when gunmen came in and people started running. There were about 25 or 30 of us. "A gunman just stood there spraying bullets around, right next to me. I managed to turn away and I ran into the hotel kitchen and then we were shunted into the basement.

President of Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attacks in India

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse in his strongly worded statement condemned the brutal acts of terrorism that killed more than 100 persons and injured many more in the attacks carried out in the Indian city of Mumbai last night. "My Government and I hasten to condemn most vehemently the brutal acts of terrorism that killed more than 100 persons and injured many more in the attacks carried out in the Indian city of Mumbai last night", President Mahinda Rajapakse said. In his statement Sri Lanka President reiterated that these unfortunate attacks bring into focus the urgent need for concerted action by all countries to eradicate the menace of terrorism, wherever it is, and whoever the leaders and manipulators of such violence may be.

President-Elect Obama Condemns Terror Attacks in Mumbai and Conveys Personal Grief to Indian Ambassador

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

US President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday called Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen to convey his grief at the loss of innocent lives in the Mumbai terror attacks and said he was fully supportive of the Bush Administration's offer of assistance to the Indian government. He condemned the terror attacks that caused loss of life and injured hundreds. Obama called Ambassador Sen to convey the message that his thoughts and prayers are with the people of India and that he is personally monitoring the situation and the evolving developments, the media here reported.

Millions of children with no hope of education, says UN report

Millions of children around the world are denied opportunities to go to school, condemning them to a life of poverty, a United Nations report says, blaming governments and international aid donors for not taking on the task of reducing global inequalities in education. The report warned that a "wide gulf" in educational opportunity separating rich and poor countries seriously threatens global efforts aimed at achieving the internationally agreed target of universal primary education by 2015.

Invitation to the LTTE by the President is a positive change

President Mahinda Rajapakse has stated several times that there should be political solutions to the political problems and that there cannot be military solutions. Also Sri Lanka President has invited LTTE Leader V.Prabakaran for talks. The invitation by the LTTE is seen as positive change says Prayathna People’s Movement.


Sajid Karim

UNESCO Chief Deplores Killing Of Another Filipino Journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of Philippine journalist Aresio Padrigao, the sixth media professional to be murdered in the South-East Asian nation this year. Padrigao, 55, was shot by a motorcyclist as he was dropping his daughter off at university on 17 November in the province of Misamis Oriental. He hosted a weekly radio programme on dxRS Radyo Natin (Our Radio), in which he denounced cases of alleged corruption and illegal logging activities.

Humanitarian mission is to liberated the Tamils from the clutches of terrorism - President

The humanitarian mission of the security forces was launched with the specific purpose of liberating the Northern masses from the clutches of terrorism, and no way is this an exercise against the Tamil community; we have not forgotten and will not forget that the Tamil community is a part of the larger Sri Lankan community," President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Tuesday, at a discussion held with foreign and local religious dignitaries at Temple Trees.