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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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Hamas Fights on Uneven Battlefield

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

In the 1967 movie classic the "Battle of Algiers", which recreated Algeria's war of independence against France, a handcuffed and shackled insurgent leader, Ben M'Hidi, is brought before a group of highly-partisan French journalists for intense interrogation. One of the journalists asks M'Hidi: "Don't you think it is a bit cowardly to use women's handbags and baskets to carry explosive devices that kill so many innocent people [in cafes and night clubs]?" Responding with equal bluntness, the Algerian insurgent retorts: "And doesn't it seem to you even more cowardly to drop napalm bombs on unarmed villages on a thousand times more innocent victims?"

Rivira Editor assaulted

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Upali Thennakoon , Editor of 'Rivira', a Weekend Sinhalease News Paper and his wife were assaulted and stabbed by a group of unidentified persons near his residence at Imbulgoda in Gampaha. Reports revealed that a group of four people had carried out the attack. The group has attacked Mr. Tennekoon and his wife with clubs and poles and both of them have been admitted to Gampaha Hospital. Mr. Tennekoon’s vehicle too has been damaged in the attack. According to a staff of the 'Rivira', his injuries are said to be non-critical.

LTTE-sponsored Rally in Washington: Rallying the West to reverse territorial loss in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune – A Political Memo

LTTE professionals, operatives, acolytes and sympathizers in the Western World especially in the United States have stepped up their psychological warfare against the Sri Lankan state to induce policy-makers in the West that Sri Lanka government’s current battle is nothing but a genocidal onslaught against the country’s Tamil minority in the guise of combating terrorism in holding a rally in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington on Friday, January 23.

Talking To Terrorists

By Gomin Dayasri

Those making the crossing from around Mullativu are a different lot, from others who crossed during the last few months. They know it is twilight time for the sun god awaiting a call to be beheaded. Escape, he must, if he is to survive but before he could, those who lived in his domain have decided to move. They are emphatic the LTTE is destined to lose, so why wait? Suresh, the LTTE fighter had ridden his bicycle to a territory not knowing the Army had already moved in so deep into the LTTE heartland." Cadres know they cannot fight the army with a 15 days training. All males between ages 18-40 are conscripted. So they run when the army fires as they cannot stand and fight.

MDMK to stage fast outside Parliament

MDMK will stage a fast outisde the Parliament in New Delhi, on February 12 on the Lankan issue, party leader V. Goplasamy, popularly known as 'Vaiko' said on Thursday. In a statement here, Vaiko alleged that India was supplying arms to Colombo. He also charged the state government with doing little to pressurize the Centre to end the conflict in the island.

Third Sri Lankan out of Gaza

By Laila Habash in Gaza

Third Sri Lankan Sinna Pillai Selvarani was taken out of Gaza on 21st January with the assistance of ICRC. She was taken over at the Erez crossing by Mr. M.W Bandara of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Israel and was handed over to the officials of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Jordan, who were present at the Allenby Bridge crossing. The release was coordinated by three missions in Israel, Jordan and Palestine. This evacuation was expedited after the exposure by Asian Tribune just prior to the invasion of Gaza by Israel.

Sri Lanka: 2nd Successive Travel and Tourism Awards Ceremony

Continuing on the success of the inaugural Travel and Tourism Awards held last year, the Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism, has organized the Travel & Tourism Awards 2008, which is awaited with much enthusiasm by the industry. The Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda identified the need to award the tourism sector for its contribution, as there was no award scheme prior to this. Today, the awards are recognized as the highest accolade for individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions play a significant role in the success of the Sri Lankan travel and tourism industry.

EU Parliamentary Delegation Led by Robert Evans Ended Finger Pointing at Sri Lanka Government

EU Parliamentary delegation that visited Sri Lanka in 2008 has ended its blame-game for their inability to visit the East of Sri Lanka in their 'Explanatory Statement.' Earlier, European Parliamentary Delegation led by MEP Robert Evans visited Sri Lanka in July 2008. They alleged at a press conference in Colombo that the Sri Lankan Government prevented them from visiting the Eastern Province. But now, in an 'explanatory statement' to the Mission’s report tabled on 21 January acknowledged that "it is convinced that both the Mission of Sri Lanka to the EU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, at various levels, as well as other senior members and representatives of the Government, genuinely deployed every effort to facilitate safe and secure air passage for the Delegation to the East during the July visit".

Sri Lankan Airlines 'Fly Smiles with Rewards and Delights

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Airlines 'Fly Smiles' has delivered on its promise to be 'The Frequent Flyer Programme that Rewrds and Delights' by launching partnerships with ten major companies to provide a wide range of exciting rewards for its members worldwide. At a Press briefing held at Hotel Taj Samudra, it was announced that the Programme has signed agreements with Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways, Dialog Telekom, American Express, Standard Chartered, Traveling Contact, Hertz, Siddhalepa, Decan Aviation (Lanka) and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

BOI toy manufacturing project to produce high quality educational baby toys

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka granted investment approval to Toymakers (Private) Limited to manufacture educational toys. Mr. Dhammika Perera, Chairman / Director General signed the agreement on behalf of the BOI and formally presented the BOI Certificate of Registration to Mr. Arnold Fehn, Director of the company. Toymakers (Private) Limited signed the agreement to manufacture baby educational toys for children aged between 0-3 years. The toy manufacturing project is sponsored by German investors.

The Failure of U.N. Security Council on Israel-Gaza Conflict

By Nehginpao Kipgen

Since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, a durable peace or tranquility is hardly seen in the region. There have been claims and counter claims to justify their actions by the conflicting parties – mostly between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This tension rooted to Israel’s pre-independence era during the British rule in Palestine. The Jewish people were subjected to violence and massacres. History tells us that about 6 million Jews were killed under the Nazi regime in Germany during World War II. Just one day after the declaration of the State of Israel’s independence, five Arab nations - Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon and Iraq - invaded the Jewish state. The Arab armies had also jointly waged a full scale war on Isreal as many as four times in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973.

Sri Lanka: UN Calls on the Tamil Rebels to Ensure Free Passage World Body’s Staff

The United Nations has issued its strongest possible protest to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for refusing to allow the world body’s national staff and dependents who were travelling with a UN aid convoy to return from Sri Lanka’s northern Vanni area. "The staff are part of a UN convoy which traveled to the Vanni on Friday, 16 January, delivering urgent food and emergency supplies to displaced populations," according to a statement issued by the Office of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombo. Due to fighting between the LTTE and Government forces, the convoy has only been able to move safely today. "The UN calls on the LTTE to meet their responsibilities and immediately permit all UN staff and dependents to freely move from this area.

Provide Autonomous Status To Lankan Tamils – CPI (M)

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan in Chennai

Taking a dig at both the Central and State governments for its anti-people policies, the CPI(M) today decided to organize a week-long campaign tour across Tamil Nadu from 21 to 27 February. According to a resolution passed at the party’s State Committee meeting held, the programme would be held in Chennai, Nagapattinam, Madurai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Dindigul and Kanyakumari in which CPI(M) leaders would participate. On DMK’s victory in the Thirumangalam Assembly by-election, a resolution urged all democratic forces to come together to ensure that such electoral irregularities don’t happen in future.

School children introduced to be successful entrepreneurs

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At the awards ceremony of the Most Outstanding Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 two exceptionally outstanding entrepreneurs were invited as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honor which was held at the BMICH. Ranjith Page, CEO, Cargills Ceylon Ltd, speaking as Chief Guest, elaborated the difficult path he had to take to climb to the top. He said that he first started as a guest relations officer receiving guest at the Airport and selling air tickets, because his father refused to offer him a job in Cargills as he was not an accountant. He became a marketer.

The George W. Bush & Tony Blair Legacy

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University

George W. Bush is due to hand over the Presidency of the United States of America to Barack Obama the new President-Elect two days ago. Tony Blair found his seat too hot a year before the due date and bailed out. Many have sung praises for both. However both of them in the double span rule they held, have definitely left a World of dissent, of more chaos.. Certainly, both of them have left a World which is more dangerous for their own citizens to travel about. The death toll that has been paid by people in the world at large due to their military exploits and even the death toll that the American and British soldiers have paid means that there is blood bathing the hands of both.

Putting Lipstick on the Pig or How a debacle can become a "success"

By *Max Seelhofer

We remember: on 04 January 2005, in Matara, nine days after the Tsunami, Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, together with SDC CEO Walter Fust, promised help. On 18 February 2005, the pertinent Sri Lankan Authorities published the "Guidelines for Donor Agencies Regarding Rehabilitation/Relocation of Tsunami Affected Schools". On 10 March 2005, Switzerland and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which stipulates that the Swiss would finance (reconstruct/repair) seven schools in the Matara District and one school in Jaffna. A few weeks later, the Swiss agreed to add an eight school in Matara and a second one in Jaffna.

Govt makes hasty retreat

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Happily, the Manmohan Singh government has made a retreat rather hastily from confronting the media with its ill-advised move to muffle the TV news channels. The media fraternity saw proposed amendments to the Cable Television Network Regulations (CNR) Act as a throwback to the dark days of the Emergency, although a feeble attempt to ‘discipline’ the press was made only about a year ago when some channels were taken off the air for airing programmes that did not meet the approval of the custodians of Indian ‘morality’. Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi are credited with the decision to put on hold the proposed media curbs. They deserve a big thank U, certainly.

United States will use ‘Smart Power’ with diplomacy – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"We want to send a clear and unequivocal message: This is a team and you are the members of that team. There is not anything that I can get done from the seventh floor, or the President can get done from the Oval Office, unless we make clear we are all on the American team. We are not, any longer, going to tolerate the kind of divisiveness that has paralyzed and undermined our ability to get things done for America," was the message of Obama administration’s new secretary of state Hillary Clinton gave to her State Department employees here and abroad when she visited the State Department addressing about thousand employees on Thursday January 22 morning.