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Artillery Shells Fired From A Tongue: The Inhumane Saga of Nadashen And The Clan

By Swarnajith Udana

Have you heard? Frightened by the immediate defeat when the civilian defense cover is removed, commenting on the demand of the world organizations from the LTTE to release the Wanni hostage population, Nadashen and his Sun God has further tightened the screws on civilians and are threatening the World. To this effect, Nadashen roared: "The LTTE calls this a calculated ploy by the Lankan government to uproot Tamils from their traditional habitat." Can you really here what he is saying. It is true that he is trying to be thunderous and claim moral righteousness. This is not a surprise. That is the way it has been with them, or any drug dealer or warlord. The surprise is that the world has put up with it for so long rather than putting it off.

"Do not be enchanted by the Tigers: they are keeping the Tamils as hostages"

By Leonardo Sturiale

The western world has been seduced by the LTTE and by their fairy tale of the national liberation struggle of the Tamil people. ‘Only after September 11th did the USA first and then European Union (in 2006) realise that the LTTE, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is one of the most well-organised and ruthless terrorist groups in the world, the only outfit comprising of a navy and air force’. The reproach of Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Italy, is very severe, despite the polite tone.

Bush Policy or Obama Policy?

By Adnan Gill

Despite what some American foreign policy hawks, like Kim Holmes (Vice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies) suggest, Obama-Biden team was spot on when they set “Restoring Our Standing” to be one of the prime objectives of formulating the American foreign policy. Thanks to almost a decade long coercive Bush-era foreign policy; today, America is viewed as a maverick on war path. Survey after survey shows a global decline of American popularity among both friends and foes. Even an association with Bush policy cut short political fortunes of many. British Prime Minister Toney Blair and President Pervez Musharraf are among the few who were sidelined for toeing Bush policy.

Prema Cooray honoured with PATWA 'Hall of Fame' Award

Sri Lanka’s tourism professional, veteran hospitality industry developer and former Chairman of blue chip tourism company Aitken Spence, Prema Cooray, was honoured by Pacific Asia Travel Writers Association with their ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for his life time contribution to the promotion of Sri Lanka Tourism world wide. Cooray received this award on the 13th March at SAAL , Berlin during the largest Travel Fair in the world, ITB, where Sri Lanka is being projected to the buyers attending from all over the world as a unique destination. Cooray is attending ITB representing Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, as its Chairman.

Another NATO supply column attacked; 16 trucks destroyed

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Militants destroyed another NATO supply column at a shipping terminal in the insurgency-wracked Northwest Frontier Province on Monday. In the second consecutive attack on NATO supply in two days, the militants stormed al-Faisal terminal situated at Ring Road in the jurisdiction of Pistakhara Police Station, Peshawar. They resorted to firing and afterwards set the trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, on fire reducing about 16 trucks to ashes. In the latest attack the militants once again used petrol bombs and rockets.

War will be over in 2-3 weeks – Military officials

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Top military officials in the battlefront are now firmly convinced that the war against the now- battered- and-bruised LTTE will be over within the next two or three weeks. They also said that LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran should be within a very limited area if he was still alive as there is no escape route for him now. Troops of the 58 Brigade have now entered Iranapalli town where the headquarters of Pottu Amman lies and the Security Forces personnel are now within a few kilometres away from the beach and 400 metres of the safe zone or the no fire area with the 58 Brigade and Task Force 8 having already cleared over 75% of the geographical area and captured all three bunds which were meant for the LTTE’s protection, they said.

Security Council Stalled Over Sudan Indictment

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The political controversy that followed the indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur is expected to pick up steam once again with the arrival of an African Union (AU) delegation to press its case before the Security Council. A spokesman for the AU office in New York told IPS that no dates have been finalised yet, but the delegation is likely to arrive either in late March or early April. The AU, the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), three powerful political organizations with overlapping memberships, have criticized the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to proceed with the indictment. They argued, among other things, that an arrest warrant on al-Bashir would jeopardize ongoing peace efforts in Sudan.

Mother of All Despicable Manipulators

The editor of the Tamilnet, has been hurt by the exposure of his much-cherished photographs of the suffering civilians by the Asian Tribune. So, he started pouring scorns over us by the pipette of guilt; a very laborious task indeed. He has defended the use of photographs and the thorny issue of the old date – 23 Aug 2007 - on which they had been taken, has been blamed on the camera used to take the photographs. The editor makes an excuse that is much feeble than the poor child who had her shrapnels removed – failure of the synchronization of the date of the camera!. A heavy technical term has come to his rescue!

How can a Ceasefire release Civilian Hostages?

By Shenali Waduge

To the OHCHR, the UN, the Peace Activists, the NGOs/INGOs and all those who steer the bandwagon of ceasefires is asked a simple question - how can a ceasefire release civilian hostages especially those being forcefully kept by the LTTE and condensed to It will be very interesting to hear how they propose to have these captured civilians released from LTTE control. However, until they can explain the modus operandi of releasing the hostages creating a dramatic platform of "humanitarian catastrophe" will only serve to reveal that the heads and representatives of these "humanitarian agencies" have simply failed the people and fooled the people with their press releases and loud statements for they have done absolutely nothing to address the main question and the core issue. Who is to put these agencies on trial for the lack of professionalism, lack of accountability and the lack of genuineness for the roles they hold especially for the remunerations that come their way?

Public- Private Partnerships essential for desired health outcomes- Lankan Foreign Minister

By Ravi Ladduwahetty from Colombo

Rohitha BogollagamaSri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said this afternoon Public Private Partnerships were essential for achieving desired heath outcomes and stressed the need for innovation of approaches those pursue universal and equitable health care. The ongoing global financial crises and other financial crises that the international community is facing today will have an adverse impact on the progress that we are making in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) including those in the healthcare sector.

Rights groups urged to investigate Rohingyas' death in the western township of Arakan State

The secretary general of the Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE), Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing has urged the human right groups to investigate the recent incidents of death of the Rohingyas in Maungdaw, the western township of Arakan State of Burma and to take immediate steps to stop human rights violations against the Rohingyas. Reports carried by the "Kaladen News Agency" on March 16, 2009 say the inhuman torture of the Burmese military intelligence "Sarapa" killed one Rohingya Ziabul Haque (22) and paralyzed his elder brother Abu Taher (40), sons of Abu Bakar from Zedi Pyin of Shweza Village Track of Maungdaw township.

Red Cross support for Mobile health clinics for IDPs

The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with funding support of the German Red Cross, handed over 6 mobile health clinics in the form of converted 40 foot containers at a total cost of Rs.5.5 million to the Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. These units with AC facilities are to be used for the provision health services for Internally Displaced People who are accommodated in centers in Vauniya. Addressing the handing over ceremony the Minister thanked both the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and the German Red Cross for donating these facilities. "I am happy that as soon as I made this request, the Sri Lanka Red Cross with support of German Red Cross responded and fulfilled the request in a very short time," said the Minister.

Suicide bomber kills 10 in Rawalpindi

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

At least 10 people were killed and several others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside local hotel near Pir Wadhai Chowk here on Monday. The suicide attack occurred near Pirwadhai Chowk at Ghousia Adda in Rawalpindi, killing at least 10 persons and injuring several others. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Rawalpindi Nasir Durrani confirmed that it was a suicide attack.

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