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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Geert Wilders

Prabhakaran -- an extinct volcano

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the man who set out to build his sand castle on the shores of illusive and elusive Eelam, is now facing the insurmountable problem of preventing the second tsunami (epicenter: Rajapaksa) sweeping away the shaky structures erected to please his infantile fantasies. Put simply, he does not know how to deliver his promise of Eelam – the first state for the 80 million Tamils who, he said, "do not have a country of their own." Though he is moaning for 80 million Tamils how many of them are mourning for him? The underlying reality is that the 80 million Tamils can live without a state as they have done for centuries. Of this 80 million it is only Prabhakaran who needs a state to survive. Without it he is doomed. Without a state he has nowhere to go except deeper into Mohole in the ground. He is now stuck like a fly in glue. He can buzz but he can't make any moves. This, in short, is the message in his latest annual speech.

Rounding-up, arrest and incarceration of Innocent Tamils in Colombo, a prelude to ethnic cleansing

T.MaheswaranIn Colombo, Tamils were yesterday rounded up, arrested, incarcerated, and held incommunicado. A desperate move by the Sri Lanka government for second time this year, imposing collective punishment on the Tamils as whole, an unwise move to stem the twin attack let loose by the terrorists on 28 November. Arresting and holding more than one thousand Sri Lankan Tamils – men, women and children yesterday in Colombo, is alleged to be a highly condemnable act which amounts to unleashing ethnic cleansing. T. Maheswaran, a Tamil Member of Parliament belonging to the main opposition United National Party (UNP) who is one of the elected representatives of the Colombo electoral district, was highly critical of police and Sri Lankan armed forces for arresting and incarcerating innocent Tamils in Colombo. Maheswaran alleged that this heinous act amounts to ‘Rajapakse Brothers’ gradually launching the hawkish move of ethnic cleansing operation in Sri Lanka.

Dutch MP ready to provoke Muslims again with a provocative anti-Islam film

Geert WildersA political storm is brewing over the proposed move of the Dutch member of parliament, Geert Wilders, to produce a 10-miniute TV movie highlighting what he calls the "fascist" aspects of the Koran which prompts Muslims to commit bad acts. Wilders, a right-wing politico, has even compared the Holy Book of Muslims to Hitler's Mein Kampf. The Dutch government fears a backlash but the Justice Ministry has refused to intervene on the grounds of his right to freedom of expression.

Building Fires

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Tiger thrives on catastrophes. His dream would be another Black July. The LTTE has always gained nourishment from the blood of Tamils. Sinhala mobs on rampage, that abiding nightmare of every Tamil man, woman and child, is the stuff of which Tiger dreams are made. If Sinhalese don the barbarian mantle again, the necessary conditions will be created for an internationally propelled ‘solution’ a la East Timor, Montenegro or Kosovo. It was probably in anticipation of such an outcome Mr. Pirapaharan crafted his role, this Heroes Day – that of would-be-statesman.

Re-Enacting 1964 ‘Flat-Tyre Democracy’ in Sri Lanka To Undermine Current March toward Securing Territorial Integrity

Daya Gamage – U.S. Bureau Asian Tribune

The most important question asked at CNN sponsored November 15 Democratic Party debate in Las Vegas, Nevada cut to the heart of how the party’s presidential candidates see the world and America’s place in it. CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer asked simply, “Is human rights more important than American national security?” The atmosphere that created to ask this most vital question was Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf’s disregard for democracy and human rights, the U.S. support to his regime in the name of regional stability and national security of the United States.

Vehicle toxic gas emission to end next year

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

As a result of a citizen going to the Supreme Court in 1998, to get an assurance to breath fresh air the initiative to alleviate the air pollution was set in motion by the authorities and after nearly 10 long years, things appear to be moving to put a stop to vehicle emissions as the government has awarded the task to two private companies – CleanCo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Laugfs Eco Sri (Pvt) Ltd to test and issue emission certificates and they are expected to commence work in April next year. Obtaining of the certificate would be mandatory. Vehicle emissions -carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons – contribute to the formation of photochemical smog, acid deposition and elevated CO levels and these pollutants cause respiratory problems, increase toxicity and mortality, and the effects are more severe in urban areas where vehicle use is higher.

Mother of an aid-ridden son

By Stephen Gill

December 1 is the World Aids Day to generate greater public awareness to this horrific epidemic that kills millions of children or their parents every year. Here is a poem by Stephen Gill to participate in the awareness

MTD Malaysia eyes Sri Lanka’s infrastructure projects

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At the 21st Annual General Meeting of the Kapila Hevy Equipments PLC held last week at the Trans Asia Hotel resolved to change its name to MDT Walkers Investments PLC. Walker Sons & Co Ltd also a subsidiary of the Kapila Heavy Equipment now MDT Walkers and in the share market the company is a pubic quoted company. Shares were purchased in the share market by a Malaysian Company – MTD Capital BHD and their purchased share component has been 90 percent amounting to Rs 198 million and automatically the controlling shares went to the Malaysian Company.

Road blocks in ‘Look East’ policy

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

Even as a Group of Union Ministers (GOM) was meeting with Chief Ministers of the north eastern States in the first week of November to give content to India's Look East policy, roadblocks to the overland gateway were coming up. The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah group) decreed that no construction would be allowed to be carried out in Naga areas without first securing permission from it. A militant group walking into an establishment and demanding “taxes" that are non-negotiable is not new to north-east. Non-payment usually means a closure of the establishment and/or beatings and shootings. But the I-M diktat has raised the level of extortion to an insult to Indian nationhood.

Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka


Clashes with Sri Lanka Army in four fronts in the north - 44 Tigers killed and 90 injured

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Lt Gen Sarath FonsekaIn the last 24 hours, Sri Lanka Army killed 44 Tamil Tigers and injured nearly 90 of them, in savage battles in four fronts in the northern theatre of war. According to reports, fierce confrontations between the Sri Lanka Army and Tamil Tigers were reported in Vavuniya, Weli Oya, Muhamalle and Adampan. In the battle to contain and defeat the Tigers, six army soldiers were killed and 37 injured.