Jayakanthan Interviewed by BBC Tamil – A Translation from March 2005

by K. Thirukumaran Jayakanthan – (April 24, 1934, – April 8, 2015) – Tamil writer, essayist, journalist, pamphleteer, filmmaker and critic RIP – My Translation of his interview with BBC Thamilosai (Aired in 2005) “There will be many opinions about my stories. Not everything is right nor everything is wrong.” BBC Thamilosai talks to Tamil …

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Extremes in both ethnic communities important factor of obstruction in Sri Lanka

Interview of Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka Radio France International (rfi), Aired on 15th December 2011 Yesterday Sri Lanka rejected calls for an independent probe into war crimes committed during its thirty years civil war. The External Affairs Minister –G.L. Peiris- also said they did not need international policemen to solve internal issues.

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LTTE bore a large part of the responsibility – Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State

“I’m not sure I’d call that a model for how I’d want to see”, Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake remarks on the view of the final phase of the LTTE-Sri Lanka war being held by “some strategists as a model for effectively putting down a terrorist insurgency,” which was mentioned in a recent New …

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Sri Lanka “resettlement” claims slammed a “sham”

by T. Earakan As Sri Lanka and even some United Nations press releases trumpet “resettlement” of Internally Displaced Tamils, there have been reports such as from The Washington Post that verify many civilians are being re-detained. Emily Wax wrote on Nov11th in The Washington Post that, “many civilians have merely been shuffled from the large …

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How Northern War Theatre is turning into a Sri Lankan Quagmire

Doing the same in North, just as in the East is the mistaken belief that is hovering major diplomatic, economic and militaristic burdens for the Government of Sri Lanka today, says Irasiah Ilanthirayan, the Military Spokesman of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Fighting a war for political reasons and unable pull out due …

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US Ambassador on the nature of the Sri Lankan conflict

“This is not an ethnic conflict per se: People have lived very harmoniously together”. – Robert O.Blake Ambassador for the United States of America Robert O.Blake speaks to C.A.Chandraprema (of island.lk) about the LTTE, the nature of the Sri Lankan conflict, the confidence shown by expatriate Tamils in Sri Lanka’s long term prospects and the …

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SLFP Proposals fail to meet the mark, says Dr. Imtiyaz

Dr.A.R.M. Imtiyaz, of Colombo, Sri Lanka is a visiting scholar at the Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His articles have been published in several journals and presented in the international conferences on ethnicity. His primary research interest is in the study of ethnic conflict, both in Sri Lanka and in other countries. He recently spoke …

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Ambassador Blake pins hope on the APRC process

US Ambassador Robert O’ Blake has reiterated in an interview to the Daily News that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka. “Rather, both sides should cease hostilities so talks can take place on a negotiated settlement”, he emphasized when speaking to the Colombo broadsheet in the aftermath of the …

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Power sharing mechanism needed to resolve conflict

‘The words federal and unitary have lost their meaning over the passage of time’ Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Chairman of the All Party Representatives Committee, outlines the progress made by the APRC and stresses the need for a power sharing mechanism to resolve the present conflict, in an interview with Manjula Fernando …

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‘India has a huge role to in SL peace process’

By Madhur Singh Ahilan Kadirgamar is a human rights activist with the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, which works to promote human rights and a peaceful resolution of the Sri Lankan problem. A Tamil dissident, he is based in US and is currently visiting New Delhi to raise awareness about the human rights situation in Sri …

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Ambassador Robert Blake gives an interview to Thinakkural

[Transcript of interview to Thinakkural by Ambassador Robert Blake] Question: Mr. Ambassador, how do you see the present situation in Sri Lanka? Are you optimistic about the (inaudible)? Ambassador Blake: Well, I think we have an important opportunity now to achieve peace here in this country. As you know the SLFP and the APRC are …

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The LTTE brought all this upon themselves-Tissa Vitharana

Professor Tissa Vitharana, whose name is synonymous with the hitherto elusive quest for a constitutional framework that would satisfy both the LTTE and the Sinhalese, speaks to C. A. Chandraprema on the accusations leveled at him by the JVP, and the bona fides of President Rajapakse on the question of actually desiring a negotiated settlement …

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There has to be an alternative to a separate state

“There has to be an alternative to a separate state” – Suresh Premachnadran TNA Member of Parliament Suresh Premachnadran speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about the war, Indian intervention, the bus bombings, and the possibilities of a negotiated settlement. Q. What does the Tamil National Alliance actually stand for, a separate state or the devolution of power? …

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Radically rethinking the ethnic conflict

Victor Ivan, Editor of Ravaya speaks to C. A. Chandraprema on the current state of the ethnic conflict and the need to radically rethink our attitudes. Ivan, one of the most respected figures in Sinhala journalism has often combined activism with his journalism. He has campaigned vigorously for democracy and the rights of minorities. Q. …

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“Responding to the Challenge of STIs and AIDS”

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapthipillai “It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance” – Elizabeth Taylor –American Actress According to the latest figures published on November 21st 2006, by UNAIDS/WHO AIDS Epidemic Update, an estimated 39.5 million people are living with HIV. There were 4.3 million new infections …

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Dr. Kamalika Abeyratne: Tireless campaigner for HIV/AIDS awareness

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Dr. Kamalika Abeyratne campaigned tirelessly to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, and stood for the rights of People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA’s) in Sri Lanka. She campaigned vigorously against stigma and discrimination faced by People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA’s). Further she advocated to make the drugs free of charge for the People Living …

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President has decided to harass me continually

“President has decided to harass me continually” Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga You can love her or you can hate her but no one can deny that Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is a fighter, and a no holds barred one at that. And it is this fighting spirit that came out strongly in an exclusive interview with …

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Slain Sri Lanka law maker’s final words

Slain MP’s final words an hour before being gunned down  Following is the complete text of the last live programme Mr. N. Raviraj attended on Derana TV yesterday. Mr. Raviraj was invited for the Derana Aruna programme last morning from 7.30 am to 8.00 am to discuss the A-9 closure and recent attacks on civilians. …

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“Never mind who draws the caravan as long as we are in it”

“Never mind who draws the caravan as long as we are in it” – Prof.Hettige Senior Professor of the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo , S.T. Hettige talks to the Sunday Observer staffer Afreeha Jawad Q: What do you think has gone wrong in our over fifty years post independence history? A: What we …

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Ilanthirayan: “Janathavage illima..adu padu balandona LTTE”

The LTTE military spokesman Irasaiya Ilanthirayan has described their tactics as “defensive”. Speaking in fluent Sinhala to BBC Sandeshaya, the first ever military spokesperson in the history of LTTE says that there was an urgent humanitarian need to neutralise the Sri Lankan military’s attacks on civilian targets. Translation of the Aug 2nd interview with Sandeshaya: …

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“Solution for Sri Lanka is the Oslo formulation”

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Deshamanya Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy – in her first exclusive interview in Sri Lanka – in conversation with Namini Wijedasa. Q: What is the significance of your appointment for Sri Lanka? How does it raise the country’s profile in the international arena? A: I think …

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Govt and LTTE are military equals: TNA

By Shakuntala Perera The former President of the Young Wing of the TULF, Mavai Senathirajah is presently the Secretary of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Speaking to Hard Talk immediately after a TNA group meeting in Parliament this week, the TNA stalwart from Jaffna, commented on an assortment of issues related to the North and …

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US Official Donald Camp Interviews with Sri Lanka TVs

U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Camp Interviews with MTV and Rupavahini TV May 16, 2006 [Full Transcript] Interview With MTV: MTV: What do you and the Co-Chairs hope to achieve in your meeting on the 30 th of this month? Camp: Our hope is that we, …

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Shukria Gul: “love and respect the People Living With HIV/AIDS”

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Shukria Gul was found HIV positive in 1995. Since then she has been working with the People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) in Pakistan. Thirty five year old Shukria Gul is currently the general secretary of Pak plus Society, which is working very closely with the PLWHAs. She came to Sri Lanka recently …

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