Sri Lanka charges Arundhati Roy in its customary style

by T. Earakan The Sri Lanka government is open in accusing its critics in the press of treason and terrorism, points out Seth Mydans of the New York Times in an article on Apr 4, 2009. That is, if any independent journalist or humanitarian activist speaks of Tamils rights being violated by the Government of …

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Video: Inappropriate to say Tamils are “trapped” – LTTE

LTTE political head Nadesan-IBN interview via email: The LTTE political chief has said it is inappropriate to use the word “trapped” to describe the present situation of Tamils in Vanni. He pointed out that Sri Lanka government is attempting to continue with the uprooting of Tamils from their own land, in an email interview with …

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IMF funds would benefit the people of Sri Lanka-if used properly

by W.G. Chandrapala The media has revealed that the government has sought a US$ 1.9 billion loan from the IMF. Even though, the conditions set by the IMF for the grant of this loan have so far not been revealed by the Central Bank, I wish to make my personal views on this matter in …

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More civilians dead in Sri Lanka than Gaza

More civilians have died in the military assault by Sri Lanka armed forces, than in Gaza yet the United Nations and the world media has shown very little attention to the plight of the suffering Tamil civilians. Tamils say Sri Lanka is in brutal campaign to uproot the Tamil civilians under a guise of ‘war …

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Video: Remembering July 1983

Vikalpa is a citizen journalism initiative located in Sri Lanka. It aims to build on the success of citizen journalism pioneered by the Centre for Policy Alternatives by providing content in Sinhala and Tamil that explore oftentimes hidden facets of democracy and governance in Sri Lanka. Following videos are from Vikalpa on the July 1983 …

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Sri Lanka Tamil Parliamentarian shooting suspect may be coerced

Parliamentarian T. Maheswaran and one of his bodyguards were killed and 12 people were injured when a gunman opened fire at the MP and other worshippers at the Ponnambalavaneswarar temple, a renowned shrine for Lord Shiva near the Colombo port. The killing of a Tamil democratic leader T. Maheswaran comes amidst a world mourning the …

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Journalism and bringing ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka

Fair comment and objectivity in Journalism: by K. S. Sivakumaran Let me talk about something we all Journalists know. But first I wish to reiterate certain principles. May I quote from some experienced journalists abroad. Since I started working with The Island in the 1980s (I was there for about 10 years, I have had …

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India and the Int’l Community can and must bring in the necessary sense and justice

By Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan The only way for Rajapakse Inc., to remain in power, after their lackluster Performance nearing two years is to appease the larger electorate – the chauvinistic, Sinhala Buddhist Electorate. For this you also need a well-equipped Army. As we learn from the Press, the army is calling for a further 50,000 …

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“Thamby, Ingratitude Is Not Part Of Our Culture….”

By Dr Kan Chandradeva The degradation of socio-economic and healthcare structure in the Northeast (NE) is devastating. At present thousands of our people in the NE are undergoing intolerable levels of hardship: no food, no drinking water, no healthcare, no basic sanitation, no shelter, no security, no economy, no transport, no education and our values …

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Ten commandments to restore peace in Sri Lanka

By Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz Sri Lanka (known as Ceylon till 1972) has a long and rich history. The island of three main communities – Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim – however, has attracted global attention in recent years, particularly for its deadly ethnic civil war. Sri Lanka, once hoped by the West as a model of …

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Ethnic Cleansing By Decree: The Evicted Tamils of Trincomalee

By Dharman Dharmaratnam The Mahinda Rajapakse administration issued an Extraodinary Gazette notification today that Mutur East and Sampur are now declared a High Security Zone. It announced a Special Economic Zone in the area under the Board of Investment Law. This would have a land area of 675 square kilometers (260.5 square miles). The 51,450 …

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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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Farah Mihlar, the Internally Displaced and Ethnic Cleansing

By Dharman Dharmaratnam Farah Mihlar had written an opinion piece entitled Tigers at the Door in the UK-based Guardian newspaper on 16 May, 2007. The Daily Mirror in Colombo duly reproduced this as a feature article on 18 May, 2007. She had commented on the British parliamentary debates on human rights in Sri Lanka. I …

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Balance Sheet of Federalism and Bullying Minorities

By FD Syndicate – sarangadh@yahoo.com.au 1987 is the birth year of Sri Lankan Federal governing system that prevails up to today. Since then Sri Lankan unitary state inserted characteristics of a quasi-federal state midst of strong dissenting sentiments from the Singhalese dominated nationalists camp. Sri Lankan federalism that we enjoying today and establishing it in …

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From a Tragedy to a Farce: Comments on the SLFP Proposals

By Sumanasiri Liyanage Professor Wiswa Warnapala, the Minister of Higher Education, is one of the leading political scientists in Sri Lanka. He has produced, even after entering the busy life of politics, many books in a wide variety of subjects, the most recent being about Sri Lanka-Russia Relations. When the media reported that Prof. Warnapala …

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Authoritarianism, Extended patriotism-and Cricket

by FD syndicate [sarangadh@yahoo.com] Novjot Sing Sidhu is a popular cricketer turn cricket commentator, and finally became a Member of Parliament in India. He is a popular Cricket commentator as for me, against his orthodox batting performance to his Asian influenced English expressions in cricket commentaries. Sidhu with his political identity and as cricketer turn …

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Enjoy cricket yet eliminate unjust structures in its name in Sri Lanka

By Lakshan Dias “Lets enjoy cricket as well as let’s eliminate unjust political structures and agendas from our society” Political Cricket Opium of the Nation(s) Cricket is no doubt be the most sentimental and madly worshiping interaction of urban Sri Lankans and in rural settings up to some extent. Sri Lankans are not as crazy …

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Sinhala-Tamil Nationalism and Sri Lanka’s East Coast Veddas

By Lakshan Dias [Social Justice Activists] The emergence of rivalry between ethnic groupings living side by side in the same country do compel each ethnic group to get involved in a vain search for their supposed authentic roots in that land to prove their claim as exclusive sons of the soil. In Sri Lanka Sinhala …

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Ethnic emotions, violence, and instability: some remarks on Sri Lanka

By Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz [Department of Political Science, Temple University , USA] Two explosions on bus in the Sinhalese dominated southern Sri Lanka killed an estimated 25 Sinhalese and injured more than 50. Sri Lanka state and institutions blamed the Tamil Tigers for the bloodshed. However, recent aerial bombardment and shelling, before the explosions in …

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Ceylon an Honour, Sri Lanka a Shame

By S. Thambyrajah [Colombo 3] Ceylon gained Independence in 1948. At that time it had the highest living standard in Asia next only to the Philippines. Japan was devastated after the second world war. Slums then and even now are known as ‘Koreawa’, as Korea was a very backward country. Ceylon Rs. 3 was the …

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Learning each other’s language

By Sydney Knight [Rajagiriya] The NAWF has gone public in defending their stand on the recently slain MP Nadaraja Raviraj. In their statement, given publicity by the media, they say, “Raviraj was a special friend of the NAWF”. What caught my eye in that response were the words “…he was a friend of the Sinhalese. …

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Suffering in the queue

By Thunnaalai S. A. Masilamany [Colombo 10] The suffering of Tamil speaking people in Jaffna in obtaining clearance to proceed to Vavuniya, Colombo and other places and to purchase dry food items is unbearable. The president says “I am not against the Tamil people”. The army says “we are not against the unarmed people”. But …

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Peace to pieces: An engineered wreck

By Dr.Rajasingham Narendran “It is now crystal clear that the Sinhala leaders will never put forward a just solution to the Tamil national question. Therefore, we are not prepared to place our trust in the impossible and walk along the same old futile path. The uncompromising stance of Sinhala chauvinism has left us with no …

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Partition Wins When Polity Denies Meaningful Power Sharing

By Dr. A.R.M.Imtiyaz [Department of Political Science, Temple University , USA] “It is now crystal clear that the Sinhala leaders will never put forward a just resolution to the Tamil national question. Therefore, we are not prepared to place our trust in the impossible and walk along the same old futile path…. We therefore ask …

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That proposal to impose famine in Jaffna

By K. Arvind “The world is a beautiful flower vase – filled with scorpions” – Taraghay, father of Warlord Tamerlane In our on-going debate and the search for peace many well-meaning men and women of learning across the ethnic divide are sharing their thoughts and prescriptions to reach that goal all of us yearn for. …

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Geneva 2 and Democracy

By Victor Ragunathan In Geneva, Government of Srilanka (GoSL) is focusing on democracy and human rights as primary issues to be dealt with while Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is focusing on impending humanitarian crisis. It raises the question whether the participants on the GoSL side know the real meaning of DEMOCRACY and HUMAN …

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Sri Lanka: The meeting of the past, present and future

By: Dr. Rajasingham Narendran The events during the past few months in Sri Lanka, rather vividly portray a nation trapped in its past, unable to deal objectively with its present and without a rational vision for its future. The Sinhalese are being led by their politicians, into the same trap the Tamils are being led …

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