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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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Dr. Swamy

Class issues in the French presidential election

The French presidential election, which goes into its second and final round this Sunday, is dominated by a deliberate campaign to block any expression of the independent political interests and struggle of the working class. This is what lies behind the claim that the contest between Ségolène Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy represents a choice between two very diametrically opposed political models. This is an atmosphere of hysteria is being whipped up, as if France were immediately threatened with a fascist seizure of power should Sarkozy enter the Elysée palace.

Damned if you pay and damned if you don’t

By Tax dodger - Syndicate Features

The author has chosen this pseudonym not because an attack of conscience has led to acceptance of guilt; the pen name does not even reflect the reality in one’s life. And no, at this point one is not questioning if the tax revenue is well spent. But strange as it may sound, it has something to do with registering a protest that is best done behind a mask. It will make better sense, though still not legally right, to explain that the reason for hiding the identity is to broadcast a long suppressed anger, frustration of perhaps many similarly placed. If the origin of the ire is acknowledged publicly without a veil around one’s name it will set an ordinary mortal on a course of a dreaded brush with the law.

Construction industry in the NE at a standstill

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The local contractors say the construction industry in the North and East at a standstill due to halt in issue of contractors bonds. Sri Lankan contractors who maintain their construction projects in the North and East provinces are now lamented over the non issuing of contractors bonds and said construction workers also affected due to the lack of jobs which were limited by the prevailing financial constrains. They said the construction industry in the North and East is facing a serious setback due to the recently imposed halt in the issue of contractors bonds.

Wanted Urgently: Backhoes, water purification tabs, tents, mats & clothes as 10,000 displaced-Lanka Disaster Management Centre

As the number of flood-displaced hit 10000, Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has urgently requested aid-agencies to supply with backhoes, hygiene kits, water purification tablets, mosquito nets, mats, water pumps and even clothes on Friday May 4. The DMC also said that it is the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services that the aid-agencies should liaise with when looking at food provision to affected, especially cooked meals. The DMC also asked that aid-agencies to prepare themselves with standby items if the situation is worsening and include in their plans up to 1,000 tents if need be.

Mindset of a Military Victory Leads Disadvantaged Young People to Sacrifice their Lives on the Battle Field

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

It is common these days to see moving pictures of young soldiers and LTTE fighters as dead bodies. These bodies are exchanged at times with the good offices of the International Red Cross. Each side attempts to capture another inch from the other side while sacrificing their lives. Most of these young people come from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural and semi-urban areas of the island. How can a conflict which cannot be resolved by the leaders of the country with all the resources provided by the international friends -both government and non-government- be resolved by the young people involved in both sides of the conflict by shooting at each other? Where are the advocates of young people and their welfare at a time more and more lives are being lost as a result of the growing tendencies of the war?

Infighting within the LTTE in Paris led to the closing of TTN television channel.

Infighting within the rank and file of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Paris has caused the closure of the Tamil Television Network TV channel, according to informed sources in the European Tamil diaspora. They state that disgruntled elements within the membership were responsible for providing information to French Police, knowingly or unwittingly. The recent exposures revealed by the Tamil Tiger members in Paris has in various news websites under pseudonyms and expressed comments over the radio waves, after the shutting down of the Tamil Television Network (TTN) channel. This indicates the infighting and the internal clashes within the rank and file of the Tamil Tiger cadres. The emerging disunity and the attempts to scapegoat others point to serious splits within the LTTE.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy disappointed with devolution proposals of the ruling party, SLFP

Dr. SwamyDr. Subramanian Swamy, leader of the Janata Party, has expressed his disappointment on the devolution proposals put out by the ruling SLFP this week. He says that the current proposal is "not even an improvement on what the Sinhala majoirty had offered in 1981." He says" "The devolution proposal of the ruling SLFP in Sri Lanka has deeply disappointed all well wishers of Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity and unfettered sovereignty. The call for a separate Tamil Eelam nation in the island had gained ground in the 1970s and 1980s. When the Sinhala majority parties consistently went back on signed agreements on devolution with moderate democratic Gandhian leaders like Chelvanayagam.

America doesn’t practice what it preaches to others says Chairman US Congress Human Rights Committee

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

“The world doubts the sincerity of our commitment to ideals of human rights. America’s image has suffered grievously – and, I might add, put our national interests at risk – not because they hate our freedoms and democracy, but rather because the world sees us as betraying our values and ideals. The world expects us to practice what we preach.” is what a leading U.S. Congressman remarked at a human rights hearing May 2 in Capitol Hill. Congressman William D. Delahunt, Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Organizations and Human Rights made his opening statement when the Congress reviewed the State Department’s 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, an annual State Department assessment of 190 countries worldwide, issued and sent to Congress in mid-March.