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October 30, 2009

Nov 1-7: "A word...deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space”-Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish-born British novelist

current tv: Sri Lanka - Notes from a War on Terror [TC]

H. Res. 711 resolution: "Rights of Sri Lankan Tamils" [TC]

PEARL Applauds Congress for Passing Resolution to Address Rights of Sri Lankan Tamils [TW]

The killing of Balavarnam Sivakumar

by Dr A.C.Visvalingam

Perhaps the most sickening TV news item seen by Sri Lankans in recent times was the cold-blooded murder of the mentally ill Balavarnam Sivakumar of Ratmalana. [TC]

The mysterious ambitions of Sri Lanka’s victorious army commander

From The Economist print edition

NOT even six months has elapsed since the protracted war with Tamil Tiger rebels ended in a bloody climax, leading to the Sri Lankan government’s triumph. [TC]

Sarath Fonseka in Strategic Withdrawal

from the Twitter pages of D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sarath Fonseka in Strategic Withdrawal .Flees from US - Nov3rd 11pm without meeting US officials on 4th.Will arrive in Colombo -Nov 5th 4am [TC]

Why is Gota, JVP, JHU & Bogollagama in panic about US quizzing Sarath Fonseka ? [TC]

In pictures: Fresh water prawn hatchery in Vattavan

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The road from Udappu town to Vattavan is bumpy and dusty, and nestled through Coconut, Palmyrah trees and neatly woven palm fence allies. [HA]

Is Gota trying to "fix" Sarath or Sarath trying to "psycho" Gota? [TC]

Myanmar: Developments in Myanmar and the Security of North East India

by Col R Hariharan

Myanmar is going through throes of change after over 45 years of military rule. The first multiparty elections under the new constitution are to be conducted in 2010. [TC]

Sri Lankan society for abolition of executive presidency

by Karu Jayasuriya

The unceasing call from all sectors of Sri Lankan society appears to be for the abolishing of the executive presidency. [TC]

Rebel with a cause:An Interview with Dayan Jayatilleka

by Rathindra Kuruwita

Thaththa came from a conservative family, with an upright and sternly authoritarian father --who studied at Trinity College, Kandy-- but he had himself rebelled against that. [TC]

Sri Lanka behind closed doors

by Pierre Salignon

In early July 2009, following on from the closing weeks of fighting between the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels (LTTE), a Times journalist raised the alarm on the mortality rate in the internment camps, opened by the Sri Lankan government. [TC]

Survivors have had little justice

by Rahul Bedi

The 25th anniversary of Indira Gandhi's assassination revives stark memories of some 3,000 Sikhs killed brutally in the orderly pogrom that followed her killing. [TC]

Indira Gandhi's death remembered

by Ramachandra Guha

In the summer of 1965, Indira Gandhi was thinking of shifting base from Delhi to London. [TC]

"Sinhalese detainee stuns onlookers in Christmas Island"

by Paige Taylor

SRI Lankans on Christmas Island who staged a tense eight-hour standoff inside the immigration detention centre on Friday are in a long dispute with the Rudd government because they wanted to seek asylum in New Zealand, not Australia. [TC]

US Tamil Tycoon Rajaratnam fights tough legal battle

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Members of the extended family were inundated with messages of sympathy,solidarity and support from relatives,friends and well-wishers when New York based Hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist Raj (Rajakumar) Rajaratnam was arrested and produced in a Manhattan court on Friday October 16th. [dbsj]

“Changing minds”, 25th Anniversary of Women and Media Collective

 

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Women and Media Collective celebrated its silver jubilee recently. An anniversary exhibition “Changing Minds” by and about women was held on October 8th to 11th 2009 at Lionel Wendt and Harold Peiris Galleries in Colombo. The exhibition featured Women’s Activism, Women Photographers, Women Artists and Short Videos [HA]

October 26, 2009

Oct 25 - 30: "Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know" - Michel de Montaigne (1533-92)

Sri Lanka outcry over police brutality [TC]

Sri Lanka - The New Great Game

The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May brought an end to Sri Lanka ’s civil war. But the conflict also shed light on a bitter geopolitical struggle taking place against the backdrop of the declining influence of the West and the emerging influence of India and China . Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe explores the implications of Sri Lanka ’s evolving foreign policy. [TC]

Audio and pictures: Sri Lankan asylum seekers not disembarking

UN's Alston Probes Execution Video, Kaelin Says His Praise Was Misquoted

The UN Special Rapporteur on executions Philip Alston, speaking to press at the UN, noted that the Sri Lankan government "investigations" were not independent in the past and raised doubts over the outcome of a probe on human rights to be carried out by a another new panel appointed by the government, according to a report by Inner City Press. [TC]

Washington Times Editorial: Undermining Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is joining Israel as a country facing a war crimes investigation for effectively fighting back against terrorism. America should support the Sri Lankan government or keep its nose out of Colombo's business. [TC]

Legacy of Abuse in Sri Lanka

by Anna Neistat

For several months during and after the end-game of the decades-long civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka's government brushed off Western criticism of its abusive practices. [TC]

Sri Lanka: Domestic Inquiry into Abuses a Smokescreen-HRW

The Sri Lankan government's proposal to create a committee of experts to examine allegations of laws-of-war violations during the conflict between the government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is an attempt to avoid an independent international inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

Tamil asylum seekers in Vancouver handcuffed and shackled with leg chains

Handcuffed and shackled in leg chains, more Sri Lankan asylum-seekers were back before immigration officials in Vancouver on Monday, pleading for release from detention. [TC]

Video: 'Raj Rajaratnam provided relief funds to Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka' [TC]

Nandita Das on politics of identity

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The first regional Conference of SAWM (South Asian Women in Media) was held at Avari Hotel in Lahore on October 10th and 11th 2009. The theme of the conference was “Women in Media- Challenges, opportunities and Partnership”. [HA]

More on ‘Denial of Rights of SL Pensioners Abroad’ 

By Displaced Sri Lankan Pensioner

According to the Pension Department’s website, ‘a special unit has been opened in view of the payment of pensions through the banks’. [TC]

In defence of accused hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam

by Andrew Clark - Guardian UK

My coverage of Raj Rajaratnam, the Wall Street hedge fund manager accused of orchestrating a sophisticated insider trading ring with tipsters at firms such as IBM and Intel, has prompted an email from an acquaintance of the accused who says the Sri Lankan-born billionaire is not the "ogre" he is being made out to be. [TC]

Pitfalls and perils of Sarath Fonseka as common opposition presidential candidate 

by Kusal Perera

There is now a brewing political storm over former Army Commander, Sarath Fonseka being projected or talked of as a prospective “Common” presidential candidate. [TC]

Defeat of LTTE cannot be classified as a "Great military victory"

By Prof. Charles Sarvan [TC]

Mahinda, Gota and Sarath share the same Sinhala supremacist vision for Sri Lanka

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

During the Fourth Eelam War, the Lankan war effort was led by a politico-military triumvirate consisting of President Mahinda Rajapakse, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse and Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka. [TC]

President Rajapakse must promote Sarath Fonseka as Field Marshall immediately

by Maj.Gen Lalin Fernando (retd)

The terrorists were decisively defeated on May 18th and peace which was considered unattainable reigns over Sri Lanka after 30 years of murderous strife. [TC]

Meeting by APRSL at British Parliament on way forward in post-war Sri Lanka

by Dushy Ranetunge in London

Alliance for Peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka (APRSL) had a Parliamentary meeting at the House of Commons meeting rooms on Monday Oct. 19, exactly five months to the day that the LTTE were defeated. [TC]

Mannar Bishop Praises Basil for re-settlement of 41,685 IDPs  in Four districts

By Sarashi Samarasinghe in Mannar

As the bloody war in the North and East came to a conclusion on May 19 this year, the next major issue that the government faced was to find proper shelter for the people who were saved from the humanitarian operation which was conducted by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in the war affected areas. [TC]

In pictures: Battle of Lord Murugan and Soorapathman

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“Kantha Shasti” is observed in the Tamil month of “Aippasi”, which falls either in October or November on the new moon. Hindus all around the world fast for six days for Lord Murugan. “Kantha Shasti Kavasam” a special hymn is sung at houses and temples during this period. [HA]

Donor frustration over IDP camps in Sri Lanka 

Donors are increasingly concerned over the conditions in Sri Lanka’s camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) and are less likely to provide funding if they continue to restrict IDPs’ freedom of movement, say UN officials. [TC]

Funding LTTE and Investing in Sri Lanka: Dual Role of Raj Rajaratnam?

by Namini Wijedasa

Raj Rajaratnam was arrested for insider trading in the United States [TC]

October 17, 2009

Oct 18-24: "There are a lot of encouraging things going on in China"-Elinor Ostrom (b: 1933) Winner of 2009 Nobel prize in economics

US War Crimes Report Details Extensive Abuses-HRW

A US State Department report on possible violations of the laws of war in Sri Lanka made public on October 22, 2009 shows the need for an independent international investigation, Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

Importance of being Fonseka

by Col R. Hariharan

General Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka's Chief of Defence, has been recently hitting the headlines for reasons other than military. [TC]

U.S. Embassy Statement on Report to the U.S. Congress

The United States Department of State delivered to Congressional Appropriations Committee staff yesterday a report detailing incidents that allegedly occurred during the final months of the conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the terrorist organization LTTE that may constitute violations of international humanitarian law or crimes against humanity and related harms. [TC]

Sri Lanka needs to retain GSP+ concession

The final report of the EU investigation team into Sri Lanka’s conformity with the standards expected to retain the GSP Plus tariff concession was handed over to the Government of Sri Lanka on Monday. [TC]

The Role of the Opposition in a Liberal Democracy

Speech by Anwar Ibrahim at the 12th Dudley Senanayake Memorial Lecture in Sri Lanka on 16th October, 2009 [TC]

We are out if Sarath Fonseka is in, Mano Ganesan tells Ranil

Democratic Peoples Front leader Mano Ganesan has told UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe that his party will not be a party to the proposed United National Alliance if General Sarath Fonseka is considered and proposed as the common candidate in the event of a presidential elections. [TC]

Rifts between politicians and security forces could create division and dissension

by Maj. Gen. Amu Seneviratne (Retd.)

Now, in the light of waning euphoria of the victory of defeating the military power and leadership of the LTTE, the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world which plagued Sri Lanka for three decades, the conflicts among the top brass and the political power seem to be appearing. [TC]

Five months after defeating LTTE Sri Lanka behaving as thought it is still at war

by Kath Noble

Five months after the Security Forces recaptured the last square mile of territory and wiped out the entire leadership of the LTTE, Sri Lanka is behaving as though it is still at war. This may be understandable, after so many decades of fighting such a dangerous terrorist organisation, but that doesn’t make it clever. [TC]

Rajaratnam and Bharara: Intra-South Asian courtroom battle

by S. Mitra Kalita

It seems like a courtroom drama made for Bollywood: The Sri Lankan hedge-fund kingpin being prosecuted by a fellow immigrant, the Indian-born U.S. attorney for Manhattan. [TC]

Those who cannot understand problems of others are unlikely to be problem solvers

by Jehan Perera

With the ending of the war more than five months ago, Sri Lankans have had the great relief of not seeing daily reports of casualties due to fighting between the armed forces and LTTE cadre. [TC]

Economy sprouts under guard in Sri Lanka's north

The highway is open, prices are up and business is growing in post-war northern Sri Lanka, but traders say a legacy of tight security left by a 25-year conflict is holding back the region's full potential. [TC]

Sri Lanka Govt. Breaks Promises That Displaced Can Go Home-HRW

The Sri Lankan government's recent statements that it aims to return only 100,000 of the original 273,000 displaced civilians confined to camps by the end of 2009 breaks a promise to camp residents and the international community, Human Rights Watch said today [TC]

No single or body of persons can claim credit for war victory against LTTE

by S.L. Gunasekara

The final defeat of the `killing might’ of the LTTE on the 18th May 2009 ushered in a new era to our tortured land- [TC]

Obama marches on for war with new brand of oratory camouflaging same old war

by Kusal Perera

Its funny in a way, that the Oslo based Nobel Foundation decided to award the Peace Prize 2009 to a President of a country that lives on profits from military hardware sales and services. [TC]

Military defeat of LTTE has drawn attention to the need for national healing and reconciliation

by Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera

At the Annual Sessions of the Diocese of Colombo of the (Anglican) Church of Ceylon which began on Friday October 16, 2009, the Rt Rev Duleep de Chickera, the Bishop of Colombo, delivering his Address to the clergy and people of his Diocese called for the displaced persons in camps to be treated with dignity and trust. [TC]

US-Sri Lanka relations now at best a chill and at worst a crisis

by Dayan Jayatilleka

When Richard Boucher got surprisingly stroppy with President Rajapakse in 2007 and criticized the Sri Lankan use of “paramilitaries”, I could have stayed silent. [TC]

The IDP crisis: If Govt. wants to win over Tamils then it should re-settle them soon

by Somapala Gunadheera

The on-going local and international campaign against the detention of IDPs appears to be one of the most formidable problems the Government is facing after overcoming the LTTE. [TC]

Raj Rajaratnam’s name first transpired in US probe on LTTE

WASHINGTON—The hedge-fund billionaire charged as part of a vast insider-trading case surfaced in an earlier, separate probe into U.S. fundraising by a Sri Lankan terrorist group, people familiar with the probe said. [TC]

Raj Rajaratnam arrest in US triggers panic in Sri Lanka

by Feizal Samath

Sri Lankan-born billionaire businessman Raj Rajaratnam's arrest in the United States on Friday on an alleged US$ 20 million insider trading charges has hit Sri Lanka like a thunderbolt with not only the Colombo Securities & Exchange Commission(SEC) here scrambling to check whether his million-dollar dealings bordered on any illegality, but also high-level politicians under a cloud for involvement with him. [TC]

Deepavali: “The awareness of the inner light”

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Deepavali- Festival of Lights was celebrated around the world on October 17th 2009 with great pomp and enthusiasm. People were dressed in new clothes, thronged the temples and visited relatives and friends. Special poojas were performed at the temples. [HA]

Denial of Rights of SL Pensioners Abroad - New Payment Procedures

By Displaced Sri Lankan Pensioner

Confusion surrounds the payment of monthly pension to pensioners living abroad with the Government of Sri Lanka imposing new procedures with no direct or indirect intimation given to the recipients of pensions. [TC]

To Colombo from Chennai and After

By Col. R.Hariharan

The 10-member delegation of Tamil Nadu parliamentarians returned to Chennai after a five-day visit to Sri Lanka to gain a first hand understanding of the post war problem of Tamils (if not the plight), particularly of over 250,000 people displaced from their homes during the war and now living in holding camps. [TC]

On "De-Nazification": A Response to Susantha Goonatilake

by by Vinoth Ramachandra

Susantha Goonatilake sets about comparing our post-war scenario with the aftermath to the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. The fear of a resurgent LTTE can only be quelled by military preparedness and a long process of counter-indoctrination of the Tamil people. [TC]

US Dept. of Justice Press Release: Charges in insider trading case

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Hedge Fund Managers, Fortune 500 Executives, and Management Consulting Director in $20 Million Insider Trading Case [TC]

Sydeny Morning Herald Oped: "We should accept Tamils"

by Bob Ellis

It is hard to see why we won't take these Tamils. They are fugitives from a lost civil war, recent massacres and the threat of genocide. [TC]

October 09, 2009

Oct 11-17: "I will accept as 'call to action'"- President Barack Obama, on Nobel Peace Prize

Video: Canadian parliamentarians denied Visa to Sri Lanka [TW]

How do we sleep at night knowing 280,000 people are interned behind barbed wired fences in North

by Karu Jayasuriya

In light of the many challenges facing Sri Lanka today, we are compelled to draw the attention of the powers that be and the people of this nation to the dire need to act swiftly on several vital fronts to ensure our country’s future. [TC]

Time for citizens to set the agenda for reform and change

by Dr. Packiasothy Saravanamuttu

The next national election campaigns – general and/or presidential – now begin in earnest, following the conclusion of the Southern Provincial Council election. [TC]

Governments have ensure hegemonic control of State by majority community

by Lynn Ockersz

It is of some interest that the Lankan state is beginning to at least broach the question of ‘guaranteeing’ the rights of all citizens, now that it believes that the ‘terror’ threat to the country’s peace and stability has been effectively dealt with. [TC]

Clarification sent from Germany to Mahinda Samarasinghe about Channel 4 video

A clarification has been sent from Germany to Human Rights and Disaster management minister Mahinda Samarasinghe about the controversial video of "executions" aired by British channel four TV in August. [TC]

The fate of Batticaloa children hangs in the balance

by Uditha Jayasinghe in B'caloa

Batticaloa is a land of contrasts. Roads as smooth and straight as runways lead to a land steeped in potential on one hand, and poverty on the other. [TC]

Amnesty International letter to Tamil Nadu MP delegation visiting Sri Lanka

The well-known human rights watchdog ,Amnesty International, wrote a letter to the Tamil Nadu Parliamentary delegation visiting Sri Lanka. The letter addressed to the delegation's head TR Baalu was sent on the eve of the visit. The text of letter is as follows: [TC]

Al Jazeera video: Disease threat in Sri Lanka camps

Sri Lanka has rejected claims that the lives of hundreds of thousands of Tamils held in internment camps are in "serious danger" from a looming threat of disease. [TC]

Southern province polls: Relative victory for UPFA and absolute defeat for UNP

by Dayan Jayatilleka

The just concluded Southern Province elections provided a surface snapshot of the domestic aspect of our postwar crisis. The result was a relative victory for the UPFA government and an absolute defeat for the UNP led Opposition. A comfortable win by any standards, the victory for the Government was relative rather than absolute. [TC]

Post-mortem of Southern provincial poll

by Jehan Perera

T he elections to the Southern Provincial Council that took place on Saturday were the last prior to the all important General Elections, and possible Presidential Elections, scheduled to be held by April 2010. [TC]

Hinduism in early Lanka: Notes from a Historian

by K S Sivakumaran

One of the well known Lankan historians is K Indrapala. He now lives in Sydney, Australia [TW]

Video: "If any country accepts us, we will be happy to go"

This 30 min documentary (with a focus on Tamils and portraying the plight of a UNHCR registered Tamil family in Malaysia stuck in an overcrowded apartment with no schooling for the children. [TC]

Video: A lengthy Tamil protest Toronto

Awareness rally by Tamils being held near the US Consulate in Toronto is featured in an article and video by the Toronto Star of Oct 11th: [TC]

What next for  Rajapaksa regime, after the Southern Polls Victory ?

By Kusal Perera

It was Velupillai Prabhakaran the late Tamil Tiger leader who once said the Sinhala people have only a short memory. [TC]

Ambassador Aryasinha misleads EU on Tissainayagam, LTTE and Al-Qaeda

by Premila Canagaratna

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brussels Ravinath Aryasinha, last week told the Human Rights Sub Committee of the European Parliament there that he wondered “whether journalists in Europe accepting a cheque from al-Qaeda would be acceptable.” [TC]

UNP and govt. policy are same on war, devolution and economy

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Government is in crisis. But the bourgeois opposition is in a worse crisis . Every other day we are told that a joint opposition will be formed. [TC]

Redeemable state authoritarianism and irredeemable fascist totalitarianism

by Dayan Jayatilleka

He accuses me of a "damning" lack of "understanding" of "language …and politics". I trust he doesn’t mean the English language. [TC]

Sangaree writes letter to President in "desperation, disappointment and disgust"

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) President Veerasingham Aanandasangaree has written detailed letter to President Rajapaksa over the tragic plight of IDP's in Vavuniya . The full text of the letter written in "desperation, disappointment and disgust" is reproduced below: [TC]

Tensions Mount as Camp Conditions Deteriorate-HRW

The Sri Lankan government should immediately release the 250,000 displaced Tamils still held in detention camps, Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

‘Preventing a resurgence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)’

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

Speaking at the Asia Society headquarters in New York on 24 September 2009, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said: “Rebuilding Sri Lanka after 25 years of civil war will require resettling thousands, encouraging foreign investment and preventing a resurgence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)”.[TC]

Hidden meaning of ‘home grown’ solution?

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

On September 27, addressing the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wikramanayake said, "the solution we will offer to all communities must be a home-grown product". [TC]

Video: A tradition kept alive by transient fishermen of Udappu in Nilaveli

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

I looked up from clicking the images of sunrise recently at the Nilaveli shore in Trincomalee district hearing, “You were in Udappu recently, right?” [HA]

Video: Broken Pottu ~ Poem by Mahesh Munasinghe

Inspired by the plight of children held inside Sri Lanka camps for the displaced: [TC]

Mahinda Rajapaksa not Barack Obama should be given Nobel Peace Prize

by Jonathan Kay

I am still trying to figure out why the Nobel Committee gave Barack Obama its annual peace prize. As far as it appears, the award was based on the fact that the U.S. President is a good-natured fellow who people seem to like — and who isn’t George W. Bush. [TC]

From "Dravida Naadu" Separatism to "Tamil Naadu" Secessionism

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

After the tryst with destiny on August 15th 1947 Independent India embarked on it’s historic journey. In what was then the Southern state of Madras the “double-barreled” Dravidian movement comprising the Dravida Kazhagham (DK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) commenced it’s own march towards the goal of Dravida Naadu. [dbsj]

October 03, 2009

Oct 4-10: "Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed" - Mao Zedong

BBC In Pictures: Inside Sri Lanka's vast refugee camp [TC]

Sri Lankan displaced trapped between the military and the impending monsoon

Full text of Amnesty International media release:

A quarter of a million Sri Lankans now being held in de facto detention camps are facing a humanitarian disaster as monsoon rains threaten to flood camps, said Amnesty International on Thursday. [TC]

Challenges of peace, reconciliation and unity remain and must be surmounted

Dr.Packiasothy Saravanamattu

The country is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Sri Lankan Army, an anniversary made especially significant by the victory of the armed forces over the LTTE almost five months ago. [TC]

Tragic fate of TRO employees abducted by TMVP in January 2006

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

It was in January 2006 that some employees of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) were abducted and later killed by members of the breakaway faction of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led by Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias Karuna. While the Karuna faction later became known as the Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal (TMVP) Karuna himself along with a section of his loyalists has joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and is now a vice-president of that party. [dbsj]

GSP+: The symbolic connection in condoning of Sri Lanka's violation of governance and human rights norms

by Col R Hariharan

If the EU goes by the adverse report Sri Lanka on its conformity with EU norms, the country is unlikely to get the extension of GSP+ tariff concessions for a further period from 2009 to 11. [TC]

In Pictures: UK Minister Mike Foster's visit to Tamil IDP camps [TC]

Kill the poor and not poverty, The implicit slogan of Indian Government

“We feel that it would deliver a crippling blow to Indian democracy if the government tries to subjugate its own people militarily without addressing their grievances. [TC]

Freedom of movement is our top priority for the displaced people of Sri Lanka-UK's Development Minister Mike Foster

Mangala goes to prison and meets jailed journalist and student leader

Mangala Samaraweera the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- Mahajana Wing, made a visit to the Welikada prison this afternoon (2009-10-06) to check on the wellbeing of the journalist J.S Tissanayagam and students of the inter university Sarasavi student Organization. [TC]

Who was "Father" of free education in Sri Lanka?: C.W.W. Kannangara or A. Ratnayake?

I have been invited to give the Dr C.W.W. Kannangara Memorial Lecture for 2009. He was a great and good man. In order to prepare the lecture, I have been reading avidly whatever I could access easily about him. [TC]

Threatening to sue the UN over plight of IDP's in Wanni

By Nishan de Mel

The Sunday Leader on June 14, 2009 reported that the head of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies in Sri Lanka (CHA) had threatened court action against the UN, which helps to provide basic necessities for the 250 thousand plus people detained in government-run camps. [TC]

Remembering H.L. de Silva: A daughter's tribute

by Lakmali Casinader

It is six months since my father more popularly known as HL passed away. [TC]

Sexual violence in the past by police and security forces against Tamil women

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks while addressing the UN security council had an inaccurate reference about the Sri Lankan armed forces using rape as a tactic of war. [dbsj]

US responds to Sri Lanka protest over Clinton remark

The United States, responding to protests from Sri Lanka over remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said it had no recent evidence of women being raped while in Sri Lankan government custody. [TC]

Mano Ganesan wants IDP identifications published immediately

We are pleased to note that the state has already completed registrations and issuance of IDs to large segments of the IDPs and subsequently assured the international community. [TC]

A real sense of actuality in Rajani Thiranagama commemoration: Dayapala Responds to Dayan.

By Dayapala Thiranagama

Dayan Jayatilleke’s article titled" An absence of actuality at Rajini memorial meeting at BMICH" published on 27th September in "Transcurrents" deserves some clarification and response in order to put the record straight. [TC]

Ambassador Aryasinha responds to criticism against Sri Lanka at E.U.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU, Ravinatha Aryasinha has urged that the displaced persons in Sri Lanka be not used as a political tool, but instead that those being critical, step up and help the Government to overcome the difficulties faced in looking after them and re-settling them. [TC]

The IDP situation in Sri Lanka today: An assessment by International Crisis Group

by Andrew Stroehlein

Thank you, Madam Chair, for offering Crisis Group the opportunity to present our assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka today. [TC]

My life in Menik farm IDP camp from March to July 2009

A Personal Account

A quarter million people, who have been on the run from artillery fire for more than a year, are now restricted by barbed wire inside an area less than one kilometre square. [TC]

Obama or Osama? A critique of crude anti-Americanism

by Dayan Jayatilleka

There is an unhealthy upsurge in anti-Americanism and what is more striking, anti-Obamaism in the Sri Lankan media, emanating from sources identified or self-identified as nationalist or patriotic. [TC]

Indian Independence and The Periyaar-Anna break-up

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

It was in 1939 that Eevera Periyar organized the Dravida Nadu Conference for the advocacy of a separate, sovereign and federal republic of Dravida Nadu.In a rousing speech on December 17, 1939,Periyar proclaimed “Dravida Nadu for Dravidians”. This replaced the earlier slogan “Tamil Nadu for Tamils”. [DBSJ]

Close down the People Farms

by Rajan Philips

The most pressing political question ought to be about the freeing of over 200,000 Tamil people held in the Wanni camps.[TC]

Gandhi appears as a Google doodle

The web search engine Google has decorated its home page – seen by millions of people every day as they go there to search the internet - with a sketch of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born 140 years ago. [TC]

I.D.P. Irony: Civilian detainees and LTTE escapees

by Dr. Packiyasothy Saravanamuttu

"Nearly 20,000 escape from IDP centres was the headline of an English language broadsheet yesterday. The strap line read –“Most believed to be LTTE cadres”. [TC]

How India and Western nations view Sri Lankan handling of I.D.P’s

by Lynn Ockersz

Despite the Indian centre taking a keen interest in the expeditious resettlement of Sri Lanka’s IDPs, Indo-Lanka relations could be said to be working themselves out in an unruffled manner at present in marked contrast to, for instance, the mid-eighties, when ‘India-bashing’ was a popular preoccupation among some sections in Sri Lanka and Indo-Lanka ties had soured as never before. [TC]

Integrity with compassion: The destiny of Sri Lankans in IDP Camps

A Statement by the Rt. Revd. Duleep de Chickera. Bishop of Colombo

The Government’s decision to release persons in the camps to relatives after adequate security screening, was well received when first announced. Many welcomed this initiative. [TC]