In Egypt, Till very recent President Hosni Mubarak was flying high and leading an exhilarating life with no worries. Having ruled with full authority for 30 years and having amassed a fortune of over $40 billion and owning posh mansions in several western countries and counting himself among the richest men of the world, he was now looking forward to the coming elections in September 2011 in which he was all set to get his son Gamal elected and succeed him so that he could lead a quiet and comfortable retired life.
A resolution vehemently condemning government’s nonchalance in retaining Sri Lanka’s Buddhist image was unanimously adopted at a largely attended meeting held at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo on February 11. The issue is a covert move by the Prime Minister to promote a multi-religious program on the pretext of commemorating the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi (Anniversary of the of Siddhartha Gauthama’s attainment of Buddhahood).in May, 2011.
The Arab version of the Got Talent series, Arabs’ Got Talent, kicked off on MBC 4 from mid-January, featuring on every Friday (18.00 Hrs. KSA Time). Got Talent is a British TV format conceived and owned by the ‘American Idol’ fame Simon Cowell.
When Muhhamed Hosni Mubarak finally quit the presidency on Friday, not only did he contradict himself by the defiance that he showed 24 hours before, but also managed to keep the world in suspense about his intentions.
The 2011 Cricket World Cup is upon us and this is an ideal time to revisit and update the article by this author published in The Asian Tribune on November 27, 2005 titled, What should be done to stop the decline in Sri Lankan Cricket?* The article was a reaction to the 6-1 trashing by India in the "Videocon Cup" cricket series.
Neither President Mahinda Rajapaksa nor his administration can be faulted for the calamitous weather conditions afflicting Sri Lanka. Global warming is a global phenomenon, an environmental malaise to which the entire world (and each one of its people) has contributed, to a greater or a lesser degree.
Millions of Egyptians who are demanding democratic rule, human rights, end to authoritarian Mubarak regime and rule of law are well aware that the regime was a prop of the United States with $1.3 billion annual military aid which helped perpetuate the regime’s repressive rule.
Recent incident of an American national Raymond Allen Davis involved in cold blooded murder of two Pakistanis in Lahore has given rise to many searching questions. The situation has become all the more shady and mysterious since his name and identity are fake and so was the car plate number in which he was traveling on the day of occurrence.
The three Sri Lankan fishermen released by the Smali pirates are now enroute to Sri Lanka in their fishing boat “Darshana 6”. Two other fishermen traveled in their boat at the time of seizing their boat were shot and killed by the pirates.
When US Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked by the media in Cairo, Egypt 05 May 2009 following his meetings with President Hosni Mubarak and his top defense team whether the U.S. military aid to that country was linked to human rights, he said the “position of the (Obama) administration is that as an example the foreign military financing that's in the (US) budget should be without conditions. And that is our sustained position”.