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Karu to contest with Ranil

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The internal crisis in the UNP has re-surfaced again with the announcement by UNP’s Co-Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya today that he would contest for the post of party leader. Sajith Premadasa’s group made continuous public requests from Jayasuriya in the past few weeks to contest for the party leadership. UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that he too would contest for the party leadership. However, issuing a special media statement, Jayasuriya said that he could no longer remain silent given the extent of the downfall of the party and that he would come forward to take over the party leadership to get the party back on the right path.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 23:08

Condemn the Killing of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao (Kishanji ) - Indian Workers Association

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The killing of Kishanji by the Indian military forces has to be condemned by all democratic people and organisations. Indian Workers Association – GB does exactly that. The emerging details are revealing a very different picture to the one of an encounter given by the Indian security forces. The emerging reality is moving away from their story and one of arrest, torture and faked encounter is coming to fore.

Mallojula Koteswar Rao, alias Kishanji, a politburo member of the CPI (Maoist), was a fighter for the rights of the down trodden, the tribals, the dalits, poor peasantry and the working class. He led the people who suffered chronic exploitation, who have been forgotten by the public politicians and ignored by the corporate media. The three decade long war he fought against the rulers of India who only serve to strengthen the rich land lords, the monopoly capitalist and the multi-national corporations, was one which could only have lasted for so long due to his closeness with the people he fought for. He was indeed a fish in the sea of people, which sustained his revolutionary life for such a long period.

IWA-GB gives full backing to the growing number of voices that are demanding a full judicial enquiry into the killing of Kishanji. The police authorities must do the decent thing and register the FIR as precursor to a fair investigation into his death by an independent body.

Azad Hoshiarpuri

Indian Workers Association – GB

 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2011 04:01

Fall of Bashar al-Assad 'will bring war to Middle East, warns Iraq

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Nouri al-Maliki gave his most unequivocal support yet to the Assad regime, and even hinted that its downfall could force Iraq into an Iranian-led alliance against the Arab world's Sunni states.

"The killing or removal of President Bashar in any way will explode into an internal struggle between two groups and this will have an impact on the region," said Mr Maliki, refering to predictions of region wide conflict between Sunni Muslims and the Shia sect. "It will end with civil war and this civil war will lead to alliances in the region. Because we are a country that suffered from the civil war of a sectarian background, we fear for the future of Syria and the whole region."

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Drone 'shot down' in Iran may belong to US

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Iran's armed forces have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that violated Iranian airspace along the country's eastern border, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.

A surveillance drone flying over western Afghanistan had gone out of control late last week and may be the one Iran said it had shot down over its own airspace, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has said.

"The UAV to which the Iranians are referring may be a US unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week. The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status," an ISAF statement said on Sunday.

The statement was issued in Kabul and released to reporters covering an international conference on Afghanistan in the German city Bonn.

A US official told the Reuters news agency that there is "absolutely no indication" up to this point that the drone that crashed in Iran was shot down.

Iranian media reported on Sunday that its forces had brought down an unmanned US spy plane.

"Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran," Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted an unnamed source as saying on Sunday.
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Australia’s ruling party overturns India uranium ban

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Australia’s ruling Labor party voted Sunday to lift a long-standing ban on exporting uranium to India after a passionate debate about nuclear weapons and reactor safety following Japan’s quake crisis.
Labor passed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s proposal with 206 votes to 185, reversing a decades-old policy excluding New Delhi from Australia’s uranium trade because it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Gillard argued that it was neither rational nor intellectually defensible to sell uranium to rising powers such as China and not to India, “the world’s largest democracy” and a fast-growing nation of increasing global clout.

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