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November 28, 2009

Nov 29 - Dec 5: “There are universal values, and they happen to be mine” Harvard U Prof. Stanley Hoffman's (b: 1928) definition of ethnocentrism

The people and Sri Lankan elections

By: Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

The presidential election will be held on 26th January' 2010, two years ahead of schedule, and the general election on due time, soon thereafter in Sri Lanka. [TC]

"Sarath Fonseka yet to apologise for racist comments"

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sarath Fonseka is yet to apologise for the racist comments he made in the past. Can the Minority politicos supporting him get SF to do that? [TC]

“General” trends in the politics of the General

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The presidential election campaigns of both Mahida Rajapakse and Sarath Fonseka seem to have got off the ground with customary procedures. [DBSJ]

Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP, now being"coerced"by state

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sri Lankan Govt gets imprisoned Pathmanathan ( KP) to sign documents transferring his assets&funds to Lankan state by force & false promises [TC]

'Govt. gloating about limited right of movement allowed for Wanni IDP's'

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

Wanni IDP's can move freely in & out of camps after filling out forms informing army of their movement but cant be away for more than 15 days [TC]

To Whom Does Sri Lanka Belong? To The Few,Many or All?

By Dayan Jayatilleka

When Imthiaz extended this invitation to me, it was impossible for me to refuse for three reasons. Firstly, Bakeer Markar was one of those unforgettable Speakers who could command the respect of the House; a legend in his time. [TC]

"Common Presidential Candidate" Dr. Vickramabau Karunarathne

Statement by Nava Sama Samaja Party

We are suffering because we have failed to resolve basic problems in our country. We cannot claim to be a free and democratic country unless we resolve the national problem and also stop international global capitalist interference. [TC]

Upali Cooray Memorial Meeting held in Colombo

by B. Skanthakumar

Upali Cooray, who passed away on 21 August 2009, was a revolutionary socialist; trade unionist; anti-racist; partisan of anti-colonial and national liberation movements; human rights lawyer; university teacher and much more. [TC]

How to abolish Executive Presidency before presidential poll 2010

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Present trends indicate that the question of abolishing the executive presidency will be the central theme of the current presidential election.

The need for removal of the danger posed by Gen. Sarath Fonseka

by Sumanasiri Liyanage

A combination of several factors in synergy has contributed to the unleashing of a process of increasing militarisation of the Sri Lankan political and social landscape since 1977. [TC]

 

Report from Jaffna: Long road to recovery, say returnees

by IRIN News

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have left camps in Sri Lanka’s north say they are struggling to claim back their lives even as the government implements a programme to support them. [TC]

Utter inadequacy of military solution to resolve the ethnic conflict

by Lynn Ockersz

The best evidence one has at the moment that history is on the side of truth, is the stubborn persistence with which the subject of the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution and the need for ‘extensive power devolution’ as an answer to this country’s ethnic conflict, are recurring in local political debate. [TC]

"Tamil Nationalists Have Left The Tamil People Badly Isolated

by Prof.S.Sivasegaram

I fear that the attitude of supporters of the Tamil cause towards Latin America is rather subjective, and that their approach is still sentimental [TC]

Mainstream Effort to Politicise the Military -The Hindu

To say that the decision by Sri Lanka’s major opposition parties to field Sarath Fonseka, the prematurely retired general, as their consensus candidate in the January 26 presidential election against the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa is opportunist is to state the obvious. [TC]

Amnesty International Calls on Sri Lankan Government to Permanently Release All Civilians

Amnesty International is calling on the Sri Lankan government to permanently release civilians who have been illegally detained in camps since the end of the civil war six months ago. [TC]

'Some dictators do hold "elections" but they are neither fair nor free'

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

JVP office in Kadadolaha, Anuradhapura attacked by thugs in Defender jeep - No. WP GG 9417.Cut-outs & posters for Sarath Fonseka were destroyed [TC]

Gen. Fonseka trying to become cheap politician says Gotabhaya

There are certain elements of the international community who see the President taking a hard stand on the international community when the war was on, taking it personally.

"Sinhaya on a Hansa", ready for country & politics

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sarath Fonseka announces at press conference that he would be contesting Presidential elections 2011 under the symbol of Swan (Hansa /Annam) [TC]

Abolition of Executive Presidency: Pledge and performance

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The question of abolishing the Executive Presidential system has received fresh focus after the foray of Gen.Sarath Fonseka into politics. [dbsj]

Pillaiyan withholds support for President at polls

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal(TMVP) controlling the EPC has decided to withhold support for Mahinda Rajapaksa at presidential polls [TC]

Special cubicle for Namal Rajapaksa at Law College

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Mahinda Rajapaksa's son Namal Rajapaksa answered the Law College Entrance examination while sitting in a special cubicle in exam hall [TC]

In Pictures: "If it is made in Sri Lanka put it down"

Several Tamil activist groups around the globe are conducting “Boycott Sri Lanka” campaigns, aimed at divestment in Sri Lanka, particularly by the garment industry. [TC]

Sarath Fonseka silent on resolving Tamil National question

Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The JVP put forward, a four point minimum programme for the common candidate, which includes: a) Abolition of the executive Presidency, (b) Reactivate the independent commissions, a constitutional obligation under the 17th amendment (c) Restore democracy and curb corruption, (d) A programme to expedite the resettlement of IDPs and to address their concerns. [TC]

Fonseka and  Rajapaksa vie for Tamil votes:Who would the Tamils vote for?

by Namini Wijedasa

If you were Tamil, who would you vote for: Mahinda Rajapaksa or Sarath Fonseka? Many Tamils are already saying: “Neither”. [TC]

The Elders call on Sri Lankan government to protect rights of civilians displaced by conflict

The Elders – a group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela – have made a direct appeal to the President of Sri Lanka to protect the rights of civilians displaced after the government’s defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May. [TC]

“Operation holdfast”: The attempted coup d’etat of Jan 1962

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Coup d’etat meaning “stroke of state” in French is used to describe the overthrow or deposition of a government or head of state through illegal or unconstitutional means. A coup d’etat generally referred to as a coup is usually undertaken by officer/s of armed forces against the established government. [TC]

Seeman in distress: A "Tweet Tale"

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Indian Tamil film director/actor Sebastian Seeman left Toronto on Nov 26th by Jet Airways flight to New Delhi via Brussels. [TC]

Rajapaksa-Fonseka battle is blessing in disguise for Tamil speaking people

by Vasantha Rajah

The ongoing “Rajapaksa-Fonseka battle” is a blessing in disguise for the Tamil-speaking people and the Sinhalese despite its immediate appearances; because the upcoming debates are bound to change the confused Sinhala consciousness on an unprecedented scale. [TC]

November 20, 2009

Nov 22-28: "In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute" - Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993) First African American to serve on the US Supreme Court

Suddenly, it matters what Tamils think

by THE ECONOMIST

SHAKING the rain out of his hair, Ravi Chandran boarded a state-run bus for Jaffna in the north and looked around.[TC]

Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is the REAL Common presidential candidate

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is the REAL Common presidential candidate as he is supported by 28 political parties representing all ethnicities [TC]

Main speaker at Great heroes day meetings in Canada opts to leave

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Question mark over Great heroes day meetings in Canada on Nov 26th & 27th to be addressed by Seeman as Tamil film director is now detained [TC]

Uninted National Party warned on committing political "hara-kiri"

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne to contest Presidential elections under "Table" symbol of Left Front. Comrade Bahu expects Tamil & Muslim support [TC]

Free All Unlawfully Detained-HRW

As it prepares to allow the 130,000 internally displaced persons detained in camps to decide whether to stay or leave, the Sri Lankan government should ensure that no additional persons are subject to arbitrary detentions, Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

Rajapakse vs. Fonseka: "The unspeakable going after the uneatable"

by Dr. Packiyasothy Saravanamuttu

The results of the national elections are now by no means certain. There is a contest and as a consequence, there is the possibility that the presidency could change hands, which in turn will have its impact on the general elections. [TC]

JVP, LTTE and the failure of armed struggles in Sri Lankan politics

by Dayapala Thiranagama

In the early 1960’s the Great Debate in the world communist movement had a profound political effect on the Sri Lankan Left movement. [TC]

Neelambari Perumal plays journalist in debut whodunit "Bombay Mittai"

BY Soyesh. H. Rawther

Neelambari Perumal is no stranger to social issues. In fact, she has experienced the trauma that a committed social worker’s family faces while pursuing a genuine cause. Life can’t be different for the daughter of former chief minister of North East Provincial Council in Sri Lanka and Tamil leader Varadaraja Perumal who had to spend a major part of his life in exile fearing the guns of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [TC]

Agencies raise concerns over IDP care once resettled

The release of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from camps in Sri Lanka's north is welcome, but the government must now ensure they are properly cared for, the UN and NGOs say. [TC]

Australian Labor’s refugee detention regime triggers Christmas Island riot

By Mike Head

Fears of imminent deportations, aggravated by increasing over-crowding, triggered a riot on Saturday night inside the Australian government’s refugee detention centre on the tiny outpost of Christmas Island, about 800 kilometres off the Western Australian coast. [TC]

IMF Loan Will Not Benefit Sri Lankan People or Help Resurrect Crisis Ridden Economy

We, as the Centre for Social Democracy (CSD), take it as our bounden responsibility to respond to the written dialogue between the HRW, Asia Division Executive Director, Brad Adams and the IMF Managing Director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which is now in public domain, on the issue of the IMF emergency support loan provided to the SL government, basically to prevent the Sri Lankan economy from collapse, as stressed by the IMF. [TC]

Promise to free displaced must be followed by concrete action- Amnesty International

“Now the Sri Lankan government needs to demonstrate that it will provide the displaced with necessary assistance such as shelter, food and security as they re-establish their homes,” said Madhu Malhotra, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific deputy director. [TC]

UN concerned at how Tamils are being returned

"There are concerns about the quality of the returns process,” says Mr. John Holmes, UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator in a UN News Centre media release while commenting on the "resettlement" methods of the Govt. of Sri Lanka. [TC]

Amnesty International Chief Blasts Australia's 'Panic' Over Asylum Seekers

The head of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, says the Australian government should close its immigration detention center on Christmas Island. [TC]

AI writes President Barack Obama to secure ICRC access to LTTE suspects

As India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh becomes US President Barack Obama's first state guest during a three-day visit to Washington beginning November 23, Amnesty International has written to President Barack Obama to "candidly address human rights concerns," on several matters. [TC]

An island of secrecy: Indian High Commission in Colombo 

By P K Balachandran

In a foreign country, your own mission is an island of familiarity. In Colombo, the Indian High Commission is an island all right, it’s just that no one, not even the Indian media, is welcome.

The Indian & Chinese models and the Maoist surge in South Asia today

by Dayan Jayatilleka

South Asia has witnessed more significant anti-systemic ideological conflicts than most areas of the world outside of East Asia and Latin America [TC]

In Pictures: End of 180 day period promised for the release of interned Tamils

The end of the 180 day period promised by Sri Lankan President Rajapakse to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on May 23, 2009 for the release of 300,000 Tamils detained in internment camps in Sri Lanka was marked by Tamils and friends of Tamils from United States and Canada in Washington DC on Nov 20, 2009. [TC]

Why Mahinda may have to face presidential polls first

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Throw a stone into placid waters and you get a big splash followed by numerous ripples. The ripple effect caused by the Fonseka factor continues to excite the contemporary Sri Lankan political scene. [DBSJ]

Tamil women, children behind bars in Indonesia

Ten Sri Lankan women and children who came off the Oceanic Viking yesterday say they are locked up and unable to leave an Australian-funded detention centre in Indonesia. [TC]

Govt. removes northern travel restrictions to avoid judicial intervention

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Govt removes security clearance travel requirement for North to avoid judicial intervention & claims it was a confidence building measure [TC]

AI: Open letter to Heads of Government attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

On the occasion of the forthcoming meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government, Amnesty International would like to draw your attention to recent developments in Sri Lanka, and urge you to raise concerns regarding the human rights situation in that country with your Sri Lankan counterparts. [TC]

November 14, 2009

Nov 15 - 21: " An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper " - Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) Lebanese American artist, poet

Tamil anthology "Eelam: Pain of silence" released in Chennai [TC]

Re-Settlement of IDP's in North: An Eye-Witness Account

Last week a group of us got very rare access to some of the resettled areas in Mannar and Killinochchi. I also visited the different zones in Manik Farm (used to be called Manikkam Pannai). [TC]

Well-wishers mount efforts to avert Rajapakse - Fonseka showdown

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Intense efforts by mutual well-wishers on to make President Rajapakse & Sarath Fonseka reconcile & avert political showdown. Will moves succeed? [TC]

After Fonseka plunge into politics Sri Lankan democracy will never be the same again

By M. Bhadrakumar

When a tea sapling was brought into Ceylon -- present-day Sri Lanka in 1824 from China and planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens, the British had no commercial interests in mind. [TC]

Will "uncommon" General Fonseka become "common" candidate sponsored by decrepit politicians?

by S.L. Gunasekera

T he serial loser Wickremasinghe, we are told, has recently announced a set of conditions to which General Sarath Fonseka must agree if he is to be nominated for the Presidency by his party. [TC]

Tamil rebels face doubtful future

By Anbarasan Ethirajan

The recent attempts by remnants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) abroad to revive the movement have not succeeded so far. [TC] 

Amnesty International takes action for Sri Lanka displaced [TC]

VOA Editorial: Sri Lanka - Post Conflict Recovery

Voice of America Editorial, Nov 15, 2009:

It's been 6 months since Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war ended, but for many of those who were displaced by the fighting, a chance to get back to normal life has been a long time coming. [TC]

UNP faithfuls want own candidate

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Discontent in UNP ranks about supporting Sarath Fonseka as common presidential candidate. Party faithfuls want their own candidate [TC]

Sarath Fonseka Must be Told This Land Belongs to All- Mano Ganesan

By Thava Sajitharan

Democratic Peoples Front leader Mano Ganeshan first wanted to leave the recently formed United National Front (UNF) if they were going to nominate General Sarath Fonseka as the presidential candidate of the UNF. But, later Ganeshan decided to support him. [TC]

A Hero’s Resignation: Triumph, Tragedy and Farce

by Rajan Philips

First there was triumph – of the army over the LTTE. Then came the tragedy - the encampment of 300,000 people. And now the farce – an establishment divided, the resignation of a war hero, and all but the announcement of a premature presidential race. [TC]

Rajapakse regime and the Fonseka phenomenon: Genesis of current crisis

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Notwithstanding desperate denials to the contrary, current developments have clearly demonstrated the deep divisions existing between the ruling Rajapakse regime and former Army commander Lt.Gen Sarath Fonseka. [DBSJ]

Sri Lanka: Uncertain future despite the costly military victory

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

The focus of the Sri Lankan government soon after annihilating the LTTE in mid-May 2009 has been on provincial and local government elections. [TC]

Thirteen theses: Lanka's lessons for the world

by Dayan Jayatilleka

The second part of this paper is devoted to the Sri Lankan experience of, and further prospects for, conflict resolution in my country. [TC]

'Rajapakse has better equation with Indian leadership'

Comments on Gen Fonseka’s Resignation

By Col R Hariharan

General Sarath Fonseka, Chief of Defence Staff, and national war hero submitted his resignation letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 12. Later the Information department of the government announced the President had accepted the resignation with immediate effect. [TC]

Ministers shocked to hear President approved rude demonstration

tweet bundle from the twitter pages by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Cabinet ministers who criticised Mervyn for staging rude demonstration against Sarath Fonseka shocked to know it was approved by president [TC]

General Fonseka Cannot Claim He has Unstained,Clean Pair of Hands

By Kusal Perera

After weeks of media speculation on the prospective “Common Candidate”, to every one’s relief, confirmed news about General Sarath Fonseka’s decision to retire from military service with effect from 01st December, 2009, came on 12th Thursday afternoon.[TC]

An interview with Toronto-Tamil Magesh Ananth

by Andrew Moran

205 days have passed since Magesh Ananth first set up camp in front of the United States Consulate in downtown Toronto at University Avenue and Queen Street. Ananth, a 67-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil born in Jaffina, is demonstrating every day because he wants "global murders against humans" to cease. [DJ]

November 07, 2009

Nov 8 - 14: " The 'state of emergency' in which we live is not the exception but the rule " - Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German-Jewish Marxist philosopher-sociologist

Video: Film  on Tamil gang violence opens  at Toronto Woodside Cinema [TC]

Mob attack on suburban church needs to be unequivocally condemned

by Lynn Ockersz

A mob attack on a place of religious worship in a Colombo suburb recently, while drawing public attention to the simmering fires of religious intolerance in some quarters in this country, provokes a reexamination of unresolved issues at the heart of Sri Lanka’s citizenship question. [TC]

'Govt. has no clear policy to win the hearts and minds of Tamil people' - Sarath Fonseka

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

Sarath Fonseka charges Rajapakse Govt of not having a clear policy to win the hearts & minds of the Tamil people despite the army winning war [TC]

Full Text: Sarath Fonseka letter of resignation and confidential annexure [TC]

Both Gotabhaya Rajapakase and Sarath Fonseka are men of integrity

by Gamini Gunawardane(Rtd. Snr. DIG.Police)

The rarest commodity under the free market economy in this country today appears to be integrity [TC]

Rajapakse & Fonseka: Simmering feud out in the open

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

Sarath Fonseka resigns & Mahinda Rajapakse accepts. Simmering feud out in the open. UNP-JVP led opposition will back SF against MR at prez [TC]

Mano Ganeshan Must Go Beyond engaging those who "worship" Sarath Fonseka

by Kusal Perera

Once in a way, in this sad little Republic as Mano Ganeshan aptly calls Sri Lanka, there happens discussions, worth following up on. [TC]

Is there a "role" in Sri Lankan politics for Sarath Fonseka?

by Lionel Bopage

Sage words indeed from General Sarath Fonseka. Now that the euphoria of winning the war against the LTTE is over, our minds must turn to the complex issues facing the country, such as wining the peace; [TC]

Interview with Vavuniya Government Agent P. S. M. Charles on IDP camps, returns

One of the more contentious issues in Sri Lanka this year has been the plight of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the north. [TC]

Rajapakse extends "Olive branch" to Sarath Fonseka

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

Mahinda Rajapakse extends "Olive branch" to Sarath Fonseka. Prez has private meeting & lunch with CDS at "Temple Trees" on wednesday. [TC]

A tale of two "fatwas": Vandemataram song and taking oaths in Hindi

by Suhasini Haider

Intolerance, like the animals off Noah's ark seems to come in twos. [TC]

Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka on Sinhalese numerical majority

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

Three queries to Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka [TC]

In Sri Lanka, anger over detainees' fate

By Emily Wax

Six months after Sri Lanka's decades-old civil war ended with a final assault, about 200,000 people remain trapped in overcrowded government-run camps that were once safe havens for those fleeing the conflict. [TC]

India unhappy about pro-Pakistan Sarath Fonseka

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

India is unhappy about pro-Pakistan Sarath Fonseka being backed as presidential candidate by combined opposition including anti-Indian JVP [TC]

The Democratic Peoples Front and Sarath Fonseka:Response to Kusal Perera

by Mano Ganesan

My friend Kusal’s article and the messages he tries to convey are well noted. There are plenty of media opinions running around. [TC]

Trouble at the top in Sri Lanka?

By Charles Haviland

It is said to pit the armed forces chief, Gen Sarath Fonseka, against two ultra-powerful brothers, the president and the defence secretary, Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa [TC]

Letter from IMF Managing Director to Human Rights Watch

The Sri Lankan economy is facing a serious crisis and regardless of one’s opinion of the human rights situation in that country, the collapse of the economy cannot be considered a reasonable outcome. [TC]

Poll plots thicken

by Col. R. Hariharan

General elections in South Asia have all the makings of a Bollywood pot boiler. [TC]

Outrageous treatment being meted out by govt. to Sarath Fonseka

by Karu Jayasuriya

Recent attempts by the government to belittle the security forces and former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka in particular calls for condemnation from all sections of civilized society. [TC]

Mano Ganesan and Sarath Fonseka: Whither principled politics?

by Kusal Perera

It was no surprise in any way to read that Mano Ganeshan, Colombo district MP, leader of the Democratic People's Front (DPF), Chairman of the Civil Monitoring Committee (CMC) and the leader of the Democratic Workers' Congress (DWC), as his e-mail signature reveals and my good friend in politics above all, has finally decided to back the former army commander and present Chief of Defence Staff, Sarath Fonseka. [TC]

Sri Lanka’s top general emerges as possible presidential candidate

by Sarath Kumara and K. Ratnayake

With the prospect of a presidential election early next year, Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Sarath Fonseka, is emerging as the likely common candidate of the opposition parties to challenge President Mahinda Rajapakse. [TC]

Former Toronto Gang Member is Spokesman For Tamil Asylum seekers

By Stephen Fitzpatrick

FORMER Toronto gang member Sanjeev Kuhendrarajah is heavily tattooed, has a criminal record for death threats and firearms possession that got him deported from Canada six years ago, and is now, perhaps improbably, the articulate and thoughtful spokesman for a boatload of Tamil asylum-seekers trying to get to Christmas Island. [TC]

Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Civilizational sisterhood

by Dr. Hema Goonatilake

One of the countries with a continuous memory of warm relations with Sri Lanka is Myanmar. These connections span over one thousand years.[TC]

Sri Lanka: Trade and economic prospects

by Col R Hariharan

The European Council is likely to take a final decision on the extension of the GSP+ tariff concessions to Sri Lanka in the first week of January 2010, to become effective from middle of June, 2010. [TC]

Sarath Fonseka candidacy will divide Sri Lankan armed forces

from twitter pages of D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Presidential contest between Mahinda Rajapakse & Sarath Fonseka will politicise and divide Sri Lankan armed forces. Dismal prospects ahead! [TC]

Non-partisan claim of Dr. Rohan Guneratne challenged

from twitter pages of D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Canadian lawyers representing Tamil refugees in Vancouver protest about Dr. Rohan Guneratne being cited as non - partisan authority on LTTE [TC]

National security notion lies in defending human rights enshrined in constitution

by Nirmala Chandrahasan

The notion of ‘National Security’ is generally regarded as being in conflict with Human Rights. I would like to express a different view. [TC]

Crisis, what crisis? India stays calm as refugees keep coming

by Matt Wade

THERE is a country where leaky boats full of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers are turning up without triggering a political crisis. [TC]

Massacre in Fort Hood: Who was Major Nidal Hasan?

By M.S.Shah Jahan

“Someone had shot up the S.R.P. building [Soldier Readiness Processing Center] I am hiding”. [TC]

Rajaratnam: a 'living buddha' under suspicion

by Mel Gunasekera

Raj Rajaratnam, a billionaire financier facing insider trading charges in the United States, is recalled in stone in one of the villages he helped recover from the Asian tsunami in 2004. [TC]

163,000 people in Sri Lanka camps under deteriorating conditions-UNHCR

From Here to Hanoi

by Dayan Jayatilleka

Vietnam was the first country to be informed by Sri Lanka of its victory over the Tigers. It was from the on the record remarks of a top Vietnamese leader that I learned that. [TC]

Opposition too hasty in supporting Sarath Fonseka

from twitter pages of D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Opposition too hasty in supporting Sarath Fonseka as common candidate. Country will fall from frying pan into fire. Army will be politicised [TC]

Gotabhaya receives US query on violation of Human Rights

from twitter pages of D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Gotabhaya receives letter from US querying whether he as a US citizen was/is involved in any violation of Human Rights in any other country [TC]

Lt.Gen Sarath Fonseka may resign his Chief of Defence Staff post

from twitter pages of D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Lt.Gen Sarath Fonseka may resign his Chief of Defence Staff post on or after November 10th and declare intention to contest future elections [TC]

President Obama, one year after

by Rajan Philips

The first anniversary of his resounding victory in last year’s Presidential election has been more blues than roses for Barack Obama. [TC]

In Pictures: “Numbed”, Exhibition on sculpture by Bandu Manamperi

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“Numbed” –Exhibition on sculpture by Bandu Manamperi’s exhibition of sculptures is currently being held at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery in Pitakotte. The exhibition began on October 17th 2009, and it will end on November 9th 2009. The Theertha Red Dot Gallery is a contemporary-artist- run gallery, and first of its kind in Sri Lanka. [HA]

Chinmaya Mission Sri Lanka seeks donations for Youth Camp

Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka will be conducting a camp for Hindu Tamil speaking youth in Sri Lanka in December 2009. [MJ]