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May 8, 2009
Posted: 1811 GMT

Hello everyone,

We are live again in Pakistan and Afghanistan with the latest on the efforts to fight Taliban elements in both countries.

The humanitarian situation in Pakistan is worsening by the day. Hundreds of thousands of civilians – many of whom may well want the Taliban out – are the victims of the fierce fighting between the Pakistani military and Taliban elements.

In Afghanistan, it is the classic counter-insurgency question of how to target militants deeply embedded in civillian population centers. Airstrikes WILL kill innocents. But rugged terrains make it virtually the only strategy U.S. and Nato military can use in some areas. Is this lose-lose for America and its allies?

Also today, the economy in the United States. Should we dare to start dreaming that maybe – just maybe – we've hit rock bottom? April jobless numbers were better than expected. The U.S. economy lost 539,000 jobs, which sounds high but is much better than expected. The pace of job loss is slowing and that's what the markets are latching onto.

Finally, I won't pretend to be a Star Trek fan. To be quite honest, I doubt I've ever managed to watch an emtire episode or seen a Star Trek movie. Which makes the facts that we are covering it in such detail rather amusing. I sense my colleagues are cooking something up at the end of the hour which may or may not involve me speaking Klingon.

Shivers.

As always, we will be live all over the world with the rest of the day's top stories with reports from California, from Jordan for the Pope's visit and from Baghdad for reaction to the conviction a US soldier for rape and murder in Iraq.

See you on TV!

Hala

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marc   May 8th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Hala still only the pointy ears and you're a Klingon.
Probably the only Klingon who laughs.

Bye bye from Belgium.

a.jerome   May 11th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

UN SHOULD INTERVENE AND STOP THE GONOCIDE NOW.

Bill S   May 11th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

Hala
Try peanut butter on the roof of your mouth ,I hear its makes speaking klingon much better .As always have fun on the set.
Cheers Bill S

sangee   May 12th, 2009 11:49 am ET

taimil eelam yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Ramachandren   May 12th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

Elam – Tamils, are an ethnic group native to the South Asian island state of Sri Lanka who predominantly speak Tamil. According to anthropological evidence, Sri Lankan Tamils have lived on the island since the 2nd century BCE.
Also, as per researches based on Ramayan says the King Ravana is a Tamil King. Therefore we can understand the Tamils native is Srilanka..
And Sinhalese entered in Srilanka with the exiled prince Vijaya.
So we can understand Clearly that Sinhalese are the migrants to the Island.
These migrant Sinhalese always having sadist mindset to kill innocents esspecially Tamils – of the Native Lankan people..ex
1915 riots
The first reported organized riots in Sri Lanka were against the minority Sri Lankan Moors in 1915.
1953 hartal
Hartal 1953 was a country-wide demonstration, hartal which eventually led to civil unrest.
1956 Gal Oya riots
The first reported ethnic riots that targeted minority Sri Lankan Tamils in Gal Oya a new settlement in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.
Sri Lankan riots of 1958
1958 ethnic riots popularly known also as the 58 riots was a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils.
Main article: Sri Lankan riots of 1977
The anti-Tamil riots, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people stared on the August 12 1977, less than a month after the United National Party came to power in 1977. Over 300 Tamils were killed during these riots.
1981 Burning of Jaffna Library
This riot involved the destruction of the Jaffna Public Library, with the loss of over 100,000 books, artifacts and palm writings. Many irreplaceable historical documents and artifacts of civilization in Sri Lanka were lost forever. Some police and army members were accused of collusion in the riots. Four Sri Lankan Tamils were killed.
1983 riots
The ethnic riots is better known as Black July Pogrom. At least 1,000 Sri Lankan Tamil civilians killed and many more made homeless and as refugees and number of places of business destroyed.
2000 Bandarawela riots
In October 2000, 27 Tamil youths were massacred and 14 others were seriously injured in the attack at Bandarawela detention centre housing. This massacre was carried out by the local Sinhala community with the help of the local Police. Local residents assaulted the inmates with clubs and knives after reports they had taken a security guard hostage. Some victims were said to have been burned alive. According to Asian Centre for Human Rights no one has been prosecuted for these crimes against humanity.
2001 Mawanella riots
Also known as Mawanella riots, shops and property belonging to the Muslim minority were destroyed and a number of Muslims were killed.
2006
Trincomalee
In mid 2006, a bomb blast killed 16 people, prompting a Sinhalese mob to torch Tamil-owned shops and to hunt down Tamil civilians. According to the main hospital, the blast killed 16 people, eight Tamils, five Sinhalese , two Muslims and a person who could not be identified. The reprisal attacks claimed another five: four Tamils and one Sinhalese , who were burned, stabbed and shot to death. Whether the riots were spontaneous or planned is impossible to know, although the police and the army, deployed in full force around the market, did not manage to stop them. Rohan Abeywardana, the deputy inspector general of police in charge of Trincomalee, said his forces were overpowered. Those arrested were released the next morning
All these Riots carried out by the Sinhalese Government authorised Sinhalese Movements (Terrorist of Singaleese)
Before Independence of SriLanka..
The Srilankan Tamils are well educated. They are in the administrations services, and holdning most top roles.
After Indepence of SriLanka..
The Goverment which headed by (Migrants) Singaleese.. Seized the Citizenship to the Tamils who are Sri Lankans
The Ceylon citizenship act of 1948 refused Citizenship to Tamils who are migrated for work from India on 18th Century, Who were also educated and contributed in the Governement roles.
The Tamil speaking (Hindu, Christians & Muslims) people who migrated after Sinhalese from India are Killed and become homeless, due to their Indian Ethnic. They become refuges in their home land by Migrant Sinhalese by Political article and Law After indepence. Also Education and job oppourtunities refuesd to them.
It leads them to organise social awareness movements and they request for their right to live in SriLanka through the peaceful way like Ahimsha ( which was followed by Ghandiji of India), Fasting and silent rallies. These Ahimsha rallies replied with attacks by Sinhalese extremist and the police.. People being killed by Sadism.. Its happen..happen for 26 years..people are dieing.. the so called government killing the people who brought freedom to Sri Lanka and kept the country grow up.

Need of LTTE
After 1977 these innocent tamil peoples realised that they are making the requests to IDIOTS of world., and started to ask with weapons. Its the formation of LTTE and rebel groups.
So Now tell us, Who is terrorist.. and who is nationalist.
The Lankan Tamil people who made the growth of country for two and half century are being called as Terrorist by the Migrated Sinhalese lead Government and beleived by International Community.
These is the mind set of Najism which Hitler had.
The innocent tamils are being killed by this Najis of 21st century.
So instead of finding way to kill innocents by joining with the NAJI Sinhalese Government, save innocent Tamils through international powers or by supporting LTTE
Let the Tamil people live in their Home Land..
If Sinhalese Want live with them peaceful way, let them live or let us replace thease Najis of 21st Century.
If the World wants to finish the Terrorist from World, Let it start from Sinhalese extremist. Because all over world SriLanka is the first country encouraged Sinhalese terrot attact on innocent Tamils. And it is supported by Naji lead Government.
If Lankan Tribal Tamils don't want any migrants, let the singalesse to go out of the country first. Once these Sinhalese Migrants are allowed to live with full authentication, why it is refused to Tribal Tamils who is belongs to the Island.

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