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The project for a new Arab century

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Mohammed Khan
The birth pangs of a new Middle East are being felt, but not in the way many outsiders envisioned. No sooner did former US president George W. Bush come into power in January 2001 than a much vaunted neo-conservative doctrine came into full swing, wreaking havoc across the Middle East. Throughout the eight years of the Bush presidency, the levers of power – the political, the economic, the scholarly and, importantly, the military – were all employed towards one ultimate goal: The project for the new American century.

Bush’s neo-con backers had prepared the manual for his presidency well before time. With their man in power, the greatest force of Western power since the Roman Empire set about changing the world in the name of neo-conservatism, to “promote American global leadership”, we were told Read the rest of this entry »

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February 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

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Outrageous veto underscores futility of counting on US for peace

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By Khalid Amayreh
The outrageous decision by the Obama administration to veto a Palestinian draft resolution denouncing Jewish settlement expansion beyond the Green Line (the former armistice line between 1948-Palestine and the West Bank) is undoubtedly a slap in the face to Palestinian Authority (PA) and other “moderate” Arab regimes that continue to count on the US to play a constructive role in the so-called peace process.

It is also a reaffirmation of the well-known fact that consecutive US administrations, irrespective of which political party they are affiliated with, are decidedly at Israel’s beck and call Read the rest of this entry »

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February 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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Lankan maid kept as slave for 17 years

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RIYADH: The Sri Lankan Embassy rescued on Wednesday an Asian maid who was kept as a virtual slave by her Saudi sponsor for 17 years. Kusuma Nandini, 56, came to Riyadh in 1994 from Sri Lanka and was kept a virtual prisoner at her sponsor’s home. She was not paid salary even once during 15 years of her imprisonment and forbidden from communicating with her relatives in Sri Lanka.

“This is a record breaking case in the history of housemaids in the Kingdom. This woman was kept as a slave at one home for 15 years and then transferred to the home of her sponsor’s brother. There she was given a salary for two years,” said Sunil Wijesinghe, labor welfare officer at the Sri Lankan Embassy Read the rest of this entry »

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February 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

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Israel to build 120 more settlement units

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The municipal council of al-Quds (Jerusalem) has approved the construction of 120 new illegal Israeli settler units in the occupied West Bank. The buildings, whose construction received the go-ahead on Monday, are to pop up in the settlement of Ramot in East al-Quds, AFP reported.

“They approved 120 housing units in Ramot… there were two permits authorized, one for 56 housing units and another for 64,” said Pepe Alalu of the Meretz party Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

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‘Israeli, US meddling’ angers Egyptians

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Shortly after the victory of Egypt’s popular revolution, the pro-democracy protesters urge any future government to prevent foreign interference in the country’s domestic affairs.

People have refused to leave the streets ever since Friday, when three-decade-long President Hosni Mubarak handed power over to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, giving in to 18 straight days of demonstrations. The people have urged the new military rulers to hand over power to a civilian government as soon as possible, a Press TV report says Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

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Jana Sevana Launches Million Houses tomorrow

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The Jana Sevana Housing Development Project aimed to construct one million houses will commence tomorrow under the Chairmanship of President Mahinda Rajapakse at Mihindupura Housing Project in Kirulapana. 60 thousand of these houses will be constructed during this year.

The Minister of Engineering, Housing Construction and Common Amenities Mr. Wimal Weerawansa disclosed this when a function was held in Colombo yesterday in connection with the launch of official logo and the song relating to the Jana Sevana Project Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

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Amana Takaful awarded ISO system certification

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Amana Takaful was recently awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification for both its General and Life Takaful businesses as part of its endeavour to continuously provide higher service standards to its discerning customers. ISO 9001:2008 is a system certification that the company intends will improve its Quality Management through continual improvement.

Zaid Aboobucker, General Manager Operations and Medical Takaful of Amana Takaful Plc highlighted the importance of being ISO certified adding that it was a team effort that made it possible which will also be the secret of its continuation. “We embarked on obtaining the ISO certification as part of our continuing efforts to improve our service delivery Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

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US: Afghan war costs $300mn per day

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A report says that Washington spends $300 million of American taxpayers’ money on Afghan war per day, and this comes as the US has failed so far to establish security in the war-torn country.

This is while the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defense budget in 2012. Under the Pentagon’s proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to $117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of $41.5 billion from the previous year, AFP reported Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

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English, IT for university students

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A three-week training program on leadership and a three-month training program in English and Information Technology will be given to university students from next year, said Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratna. The aim of this scheme is to facilitate them for the university eduction, he said.

Under the residential leadership program students qualified for university admission will be taught the importance of teamwork, descipline, motivation and soft skills. The program envisages to mould healthy and mature students who could pursue studies, he said Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

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MoU with UNP asserts independent decisions

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The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UNP asserting their right to take independent decisions on any political issues in the run-up to the April 2010 parliamentary polls, said SLMC General Secretary M.T. Hassen Ali following the Colombo District Court injunction order refraining the UNP from taking any action against the SLMC for supporting the Government.

The SLMC decided to support the Government in the best interests of the Muslim community and this was unanimously endorsed by the party parliamentary group. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

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Mubarak turns power over to military

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Egypt’s vice president says Hosni Mubarak has handed power over to the high military council, despite millions-plus pro-democracy demonstrations. In a brief announcement, Omar Suleiman said on Friday that Mubarak had “abandoned the presidency,” handing over the power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, which is headed by Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed Tantawi.

The transition of power to the military comes while Mubarak, Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq are all former military men. Analysts believe despite the transition Mubarak would still remain in power Read the rest of this entry »

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February 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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Each step taken for development a step towards freedom

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President’s Independence Day Message: All Sri Lankans now have the opportunity to celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of Independence with much glory. The unlimited sacrifices for the freedom and independence of Sri Lanka make today’s Independence Day celebrations one of great honour.

The aspiration of the nation is to make more meaningful the freedom won with much sacrifice.The first Prime Minister of Independent Sri Lanka, Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake taking over the nation said that freedom has been obtained to relieve the pain and increase contentment of the people regardless of ethnic, party or religious differences. This is the worthy aim of any nation that seeks freedom. It is of paramount importance to accelerate the work on nation building to fulfill this aim. The march towards making Sri Lanka the Wonder of Asia should speed up as each step taken for development is a step towards freedom Read the rest of this entry »

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February 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

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