Monthly Archives: May 2015

Jayalalithaa acquitted: relentless defender of Eelam rights back in the saddle

Jaya-3Hear ye, hear ye, the incredible and formidable Jayalalithaa, the relentless defender of Eelam rights is back in the saddle. She will be sworn in again on Sunday May 17 2015 as Chief Minister of Tamilnadu.

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah Colombo Telegraph

(COLOMBO)  We are on course Ladies and Gentlemen, the “Lady’ is back “victorious” and “stronger” than ever.

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

I wrote about, “Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity“, in an article in the Colombo Telegraph and many relished the thought of me eating humble pie when she was convicted of, what the charge described as amassing “disproportionate assets.”

And later, I didn’t call her “The Formidable Jayalalithaa – Unrivalled Leader Of The Tamils“, for nothing!

The Goliath Fallacy… jousting with the overdogs

DavidGoliathRichard III was King of England, and there he had the advantage over me. But he was a hunchback, and there I have the advantage over him.

                                                        – Mark Twain

William Annett Global News Centre

(DAYTONA BEACH)     In his best-seller, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants,” Malcolm Gladwell covers the subject – and the frequent success –  of ordinary people who tilt  at extraordinary opponents or forces. In other words, instances where a disadvantage become an advantage. Gladwell’s  point is that it happens quite frequently and we don’t realize it. You want to argue? Gladwell’s day job is as a staff writer for the New Yorker, which gives him a distinct advantage right there.

Junipero Serra’s canonization

unnamedNormally a second miracle is required for sainthood; Pope Francis bypassed this requirement by simply declaring Serra’s life work the second miracle.  

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   The Vatican’s saint-making office — the Congregation for the Causes of Saints — has officially approved the Reverend Junipero Serra, the controversial 18th-century missionary, for sainthood.  Pope Francis will canonize him during his upcoming visit to the United States.  

Peace Lessons: how to reduce violence

ViolenceLogoIn essence, to reduce violence and to increase peace, we must address the direct, cultural and structural elements, with cultural aspects possibly the most crucial. And if we fail to address all three, the strategy is incomplete.

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)  If you are interested in learning more about the meaning of, and the relationships among, direct, structural and cultural violence and how one peace studies scholar suggests we use the integrative power of nonviolence to address violence constructively, then I suggest you read the new book by historian, playwright and novelist Professor Timothy Braatz called ‘Peace Lessons’.

“I’m From that Hell Called Gaza”

palestinian-girls-walk-past-buildings-in-gaza-thomas-coex-afp-gettyThe evil of injustice in Gaza is an especially insidious evil because it is largely ignored by those in a position to confront it. It was the injustice in Gaza that brought Carter and Brundtland to Israel and Palestine.

Dr. James Wall Global News Centre

(CHICAGO)  Former President Jimmy Carter has concluded his trip to the West Bank area of Palestine. He “deeply regretted” that he was unable to visit the Gaza enclave of Palestine.

President Carter traveled with former Norway Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. It was their fourth Elders’ mission to Israel and Palestine since 2009.

Happy Mother’s Day By Eroll Hodza/Sevdije Murtishi (R.I.P.)


Submitted by Eroll Hodza/Global News Centre

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered “come to me ” . With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you slowly fade away. Although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating hard working hands put to rest, God broke our hearts to prove us, he only takes the best… we miss you!!!

Six cometary tail asteroid

“One tail on an asteroid is unusual, six tails is completely unheard of.  These tails keep appearing, disappearing and changing directions.  Something else is going on here.” – Dr. Hakeem Olusey, astrophysicist

Edsel Chromie Global News Centre

(SAN DIEGO)  NASA has begun a new series of “NASA’s Unexplained Files”.  On April 29th they broadcast a segment titled “Spacewalk of Doom”.   It stated that in Aug. 2013, Hawaii astronomers found an intriguing object between Jupiter and Mars they named P5. Dr. Lawrence Garvie, meteorite expert, said: “What is particularly unusual about this object is that it has several cometary tails.”

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