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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 863


Sri Lanka Government condemns Ms. Benazir Bhutto assassination

Benazir BhuttoSri Lanka has expressed its strongest condemnation on the brutal attack on Benazir Bhutto. “This brutal assassination, underlines the need for the absolute commitment to fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in order to make it unacceptable in civilized society, Sri Lanka Government’s statement said. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama also conveyed his shock and dismay yesterday at the assassination of Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto by terrorists in Rawalpindi. The Minister described the late Mrs. Bhutto as one who had committed herself with vigour to upholding democracy and creating a pluralistic polity in Pakistan. He described her assassination as an attempt by terrorists to cause instability, disrupt the democratic process and the way forward in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Instability poses serious questions about $10 billion ‘Democracy Investment’ by U.S.

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Benazir BhuttoWith the assassination of Pakistan’s opposition leader and Harvard educated Benazir Bhutto on Thursday in Rawalpindi after an election rally the once hotly debated issue among American lawmakers and analysts has now re-emerged: What happened to the US$10 billion investment by the United States, since 9/11,to root out terrorism to bring a viable democracy in Pakistan to prevent the vast nuclear arsenal that nation has falling into the wrong hands? Since the breaking news of her demise almost all American media networks have been posing this question: Did the Bush administration’s ‘export of democracy’ project failed in Pakistan?

Racial Discrimination in the US in Violation of Geneva Convention charges Major Human Rights Network

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A report released early December by the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), a coalition of over 250 social justice and human rights groups across the United States, charged the Bush Administration with failing to comply with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), an international treaty that carries the force of law in the United States. The report was filed with the United Nations committee that monitors compliance with the treaty based in Geneva.

Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated

Benazir BhuttoSuicide bomber kills opposition leader, at least 20 others at rally held in Rawalpind, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said. "At 6:16 p.m. she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack. “She has been martyred,” added party official Rehman Malik. Bhutto was 54. A party security adviser said Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, then the gunman blew himself up.

Minister Mervyn Silva under attack

Staffs of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation made a strong protest against the Labor Minister Mervyn Silva for assaulting this morning, T.M.G.Chandrasekara, News Director of the Rupavahini Corporation. The Minister had also threatened the SLRC staff for not telecasting footage of his speech at a function held in Matara Yesterday. Subsequently Mervyn Silva, was held as a hostage by the SLRC employees. According to the SLRC sources, Minister Silva had stormed into the News Room of the state owned television station and dragged T.M.G.Chandrasekara by his neck to the chairman's office and assaulted him.

Sri Lanka President vow to crush Tamil rebels before conducting peace talks to end longest-running ethnic conflict.

Sri Lanka's president used a tsunami mourning ceremony to repeat a vow to crush Tamil rebels before conducting peace talks to end Asia's longest-running ethnic conflict. President Mahinda Rajapakse, addressing a public rally in this southern heartland of the majority Sinhalese, said the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may not resume peace talks without first being militarily defeated. "We are for a political settlement. But there is no point in talking about a political settlement without first defeating terrorism," the president said during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Asian tsunami.

Reputed Attorney Hired to Get LTTE Deproscribed and Erase its Dark, Repulsive Image

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Stung by repulsive world opinion arising from recent vicious terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka-at a mall in Nugegoda and at the office of Tamil Political Leader Douglas Devananda, the LTTE is trying desperately to get its banned status as a terrorist organization removed and thus get deproscribed. Reputed U S Attorney Bruce Fein is reportedly being approached to take the brief. Don’t waste your time, said a reputed diplomat when told about this futile effort to hoodwink world opinion. Irrefutable evidence recorded on tape of the ruthless nature of the LTTE attacks will nail the LTTE.

Sinhalese settled in areas emptied of Tamils

Over the last week, 25 from Sinhala villages were settled in Kadatkaraichenai, the so called High Security Zone, alleged Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam. In a statement, Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam, revealed that Kadatkaraichenai in Trincomalee was a thriving Tamil village less than a year ago. The Sri Lanka military onslaught on 2006 forcefully displaced the Tamil from this and the surrounding areas, it said. The statement added that hundreds of Tamils were killed and injured by deliberate military artillery shelling in 2006, as the international community looked on.

Privacy Worries GoogleClick: One, Privacy Advocates: Nil

By Andy Greenberg

The FTC's analysis of Google's buyout plans focused primarily on whether the combined company would threaten competition in online advertising. Thursday's decision from the commission echoes Google's argument that the search giant's text-based advertising business is fundamentally different from DoubleClick's offerings of larger banner ads, making the deal a harmless vertical integration of businesses, not a horizontal monopoly. But privacy advocates have used the FTC-initiated debate as a platform to point out that the deal could mean a more powerful aggregation of private data in the hands of a single company.

A leading exporter in Central Province cries for infrastructure

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A leading organic food manufacturer and exporter Bio Foods [PVT] Ltd complains a number of government agencies do not attend to solve entrepreneurs' grievances to smooth their manufacturing processes. At present the company maintains good growth and it is the only company which received the world's 1st Fair Trade registered processor and exporter of organic spices and wants to be the best in its field in South East Asia.

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