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December 27, 2009

Dec 27-Jan 2:

Sinhala Politicians of All Hues Realise Importance of Tamil and Muslim Votes

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Sarath Fonseka’s candidature in the upcoming presidential elections might be a setback for the Rajapaksa dynastic project. But the general’s Sinhala supremacy agenda cannot calm the minorities. [TC]

Rajapakse or Fonseka on losing will have to contest General Elections

by Gomin Dayasri

General Fonseka was deservingly afforded facilities hitherto not provided to a previous Commander since no other Commander had won a war. [TC]

Five Tamil refugees arrive at Mukundarayar Chathiram

Five Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, including three children, arrived at Mukundarayar Chathiram near Dhanushkodi on Thursday, Dec 30th. This was reportedly the first since the end of the war between LTTE and Sri Lankan armed forces in May this year. [TC]

Sri Lankans need to  defeat  present anti-people rule and  build people power

By Lionel Bopage

The present President of Sri Lanka, who consolidated his power after defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militarily, has spurned the pledges of ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ manifesto of the 2005 presidential elections. [TC]

Transparency International accuses President Rajapakse of "illegal" election campaign

The full text of the report is as follows: 

Pointing out that members of the Police,armed forces and public officials are being deployed to engage in propaganda activity the report also spotlights the $ 790,000 dollar advertising campaign conducted by the President's son Namal Rajapakse for which public funds are being solicited.[TC]

Education in Sri Lanka: A casualty of nationalism

By Marshal Fernando and Santasilan Kadirgamar

Among the colonies of the British Empire, Ceylon, as it was then known, was far ahead of its neighbours with regard to its primary and secondary school systems.[TC]

Not Quite Paradise:An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka

by Terry Hong

Three weeks after 9/11, University of Arizona professor Adele Barker arrived in Sri Lanka as a senior Fulbright Scholar to teach Russian literature, feminist literary theory, and American literature to select students at the University of Peradeniya [TC]

Why did LTTE come to being and who really created it?

by Chaminda Weerawardhana

Now, the SL government and a strongly Sinhala nationalist leadership (with a Sinhala supremacist discourse, coated in the false and dis-orienting stance of 'patriots' and 'non-patriots') has militarily defeated and decimated its own 'bete noire'. [TC]

If the Tamils vote for the General he may win

By Lal Wickrematunge

For little Sri Lanka, 2009 was a year of celebration and heart break. The aftermath of an improbable victory against the LTTE brought a massive wave of support from the Sinhala majority to President Mahinda Rajapakse. [TC]

Govt gets ready for witch-hunt against prominent Sarath Fonseka supporters

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Moves underfoot to "attract" MP's from opposition ranks to govt side as retaliatory measure for crossing over by CWC stalwarts [TC]

Mano Ganesan taken by surprise at CWC stalwarts crossover

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Ramiah Yogarajan and Murugan Satchithanandam of Ceylon Workers Congress cross over from Govt ranks to opposition & join UNP [TC]

Presidential aspirants must reveal where the beef is and how they would cook it

by Dr. Packiyasothy Saravanamuttu

Two thousand and nine will be a year to remember and with relief, regret, sadness, hope and joy or a mix thereof depending on one’s political sympathies and affiliations.[TC]

Desecration of Tiger war memorials deserve condemnation

By Prof. Michael Roberts

That was then in 2004. Now, in mid-late 2009, after the LTTE was vanquished, these tuyilam illam are no more.

TULF President's 15 point proposals for urgent consideration of all Presidential candidates

The Tamil United Liberation Front having very carefully considered all the aspects of the present political situation, decided to place before his Excellency the President and all the other Presidential Candidates, a set of proposals for implementation in the event of any one of them getting elected as the President of Sri Lanka. [TC]

LTTE leaders who surrendered were killed by Army Special Forces

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The LTTE’s political commissar Balasingham Mahendran alias Nadesan and head of tiger peace secretariat Seevaratham Prabhakaran alias Pulidevan and some other tiger leaders and members had allegedly been executed in cold blood after surrendering with white flags. [dbsj]

Election not about is Army Commander unfit to lead the nation nor is President unsuitable for second term

by Harim Peiris

There are huge social and economic challenges before us as a nation. Namely to heal a deeply divided society and to ensure equitable and sustainable economic growth. This has to be done in the context of an external environment where the Tamil Diaspora remain hostile to the Sri Lankan State and a global economy that is fundamentally reshaping after the financial meltdown and global slowdown of 2008/09. [TC]

Track record of Tamil Nationalist politics is repeated failure capped by defeat

by Dayan Jayatilleka

When in the individual sphere there is a long continuity of failure, a rational human being re-examines his/her life, while an irrational one blames everyone else.[TC]

Both Mahinda and Sarath playing the lyre like Nero

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

Today, we need not listen to rumours as we can see Rajapaksha for ourselves who has got on to his private stage at “Temple Trees” and is comparing the new calamities with the old. [TC]

Sri Lanka Conducting Its Own  ‘war-crimes’ investigation Is Becoming Imperative

by Kalana Senaratne

General Sarath Fonseka claims during an interview (The Sunday Leader, interview of 13 December 2009) that he had learnt that Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had given orders not to accommodate (kill) any LTTE leaders ‘attempting to surrender’. [TC]

Missing Tsunami donor funds and current development of North East Sri Lanka

"Review and deliberation of Tsunami recovery process important in the context of current development of North and East Sri Lanka," Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), said in a statement marking the fifth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami. [TC]

Land without checkpoints feels free to Tamil refugees

by Farah Farouque

''IT FEELS like freedom, now,'' says Sanmugam Sarpatheepan. [TC]

"War has brought misery and barbarism to all people of Lanka"

by Dr.Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The local “bourgeois democracy” including Lakthilaka, Victor Ivan and the rump of platform for freedom has decided to save democracy by getting General Sarath Fonseka elected. [TC]

Notebook of a Photojournalist: The wave of killer, and the wave of compassion

by K.T. Kumaran

The aftermath of the Dec 26th 2004 tsunami and the continuing devastating impact on all affected communities in Sri Lanka’s North, South and Eastern provinces have been brought via pictorial journals on HumanityAshore.org since January 2005. No other journal has covered all areas of Sri Lanka in this extensive manner. [TC]

Political wranglings overshadow conscience and concerns of ordinary people

by M.S.M. Ayub

With the issues surrounding the alleged comment made by the opposition’s common Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka to a newspaper gaining ground, almost all issues concerning the ordinary people have been overshadowed. Also the election campaign has turned into a smear campaign, as President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, days ago [TC]

"In a country of deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"

by T. Earakan

Sri Lankans of several walks of life, from politicians to everyday readers have been ratcheting opinion on General Fonseka's interview with The Sunday Leader, in several media outlets in the recent days [TC]

December 19, 2009

Dec 20-26:

" I heard the bells on Christmas Day-Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet, The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men !" ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

 

Celebrating birth of Jesus: Song by poet Vairamuthu [TW]

In Pictures: “Nobody’s people” caught in the “buffer zone”

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Today is the 5th anniversary of a tsunami that devastated our country. Five years on, but how many of us still care for the people who suffered? [HA]

Internally displaced persons on the A9 highway – victims of heartless politics

By: Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

The internally displaced persons (IDPs) had become the bone of contention between the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), many governments and institutions in the international community, and the Tamil community at large-both within Sri Lanka and the Diaspora, after the war ended. [TC]

In Thiraaimadu, Batticaloa: Self-confidence and courage amidst multiple tragedies

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

"I lost my house in Tsunami in 2004 in Kallady. I built the house not with my sweat, but with my blood " recalls Rajeswary Sithravadivel.

She got displaced twice in her life-In 1983 from Colombo to Batticaloa after Black July riots & in 1990 from Batticaloa to Colombo. [HA]

In Saainthamaruthu: Indelible memories of kith and kin [HA]

In Maruthamunai: Tears, trial and triumph of humanity [HA]

Tamil politics: Too much thinking might be going on

by Rajan Philips

It is not that there is no thinking in Tamil politics; there might be too much thinking going on. There is no institutional apparatus to screen out bad thinking and try out better options. And the free license of the internet has provideed the medium for unsupervised circulation of idiotic thinking. [TC]

Presidential aspirant views sought on 14 issues by Tamil professionals

Presidential elections are always of great importance to all citizens. In the context of the recent civil war defeat of the LTTE, as well as other developments over the years, the forthcoming Presidential Election is of very special relevance to ethnic minorities, human rights activists and journalists. [TC]

A nasty, cruel war followed by a nasty, dirty election

by Dr. Packiyasothy Saravanamuttu

Philip Alston the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions has asked the Government of Sri Lanka for explanations regarding the deaths of three senior LTTE leaders and members of their families in the final stages of the war. [TC]

SL Govt. withdraws Rajiva Wijesinghe’s letter to UN

By B. Muralidhar Reddy

Much to its embarrassment, the Sri Lanka government on Thursday announced that the letter sent by the Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe, in response to a letter sent by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Summary or Arbitrary Executions Phillip Alston, on charges made by former Army Chief Sarath Fonsenka against the Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa about the sequence of events in the last phase of the Eelam War IV (May 16 to 19), should be treated as withdrawn. [TC]

The 2010 Elections: Finishing the War on Terror & Beginning the Battle for Democracy

By Kanishka Ratnapriya

The 26th of November 2009 went by without Vellupillai Prabhakaran making his annual Mahaveera Speech.[TC]

The President, the General and the Geo-politics of the Indian Ocean

by Gus Mathews

The unpredictability of Sri Lankan politics is a godsend to journalists and political analysts alike.[TC]

Lankan cricket star Dilshan manhandles Indian Photojournalist Dutta

Tillekaratne Dilshan, the star Sri Lanka opener who perfected the “Dil-scoop”, became so angry at being photographed in a nightclub that he chased a photographer of The Telegraph, Bishwarup Dutta, from the fifth-floor club down to the street to confront him on Tuesday night. [TC]

Thiruvempaavai-a ten day worship for Lord Siva begins [HA]

Ramifications of Corruption and Their Impact on Human Rights

by JC Weliamuna

As you know, Kanchana Abhayapala Memorial lecture is held in honour of a distinguished young colleague who was senselessly assassinated during one of the darkest periods of our recent history. [TC]

International LTTE seems to be divided into twin factions

By Col. R. Hariharan

The overseas supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been in disarray ever since the founder leader Prabhakaran and the entire insurgent leadership were eliminated in May 2009. [TC]

Trapped civilians in Sri Lanka cut off from aid deliberately, says Médecins sans Frontières

Civilians attacked, bombed, and cut off from aid in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), along with stagnant funding for treating HIV/AIDS and ongoing neglect of other diseases, were among the worst emergencies in 2009, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported today in its annual list of the "Top Ten" humanitarian crises. [TC]

UN Asks Sri Lanka to tell the truth about killing LTTE leader surrendees

Here is the full text of Alston's letter to Amb. Kshenuka Senewiratne, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations office at Geneva [TC]

On Sri Lankan Killings, Alston Asks Rajapaksas, Why Not UN's Nambiar?

By Matthew Russell Lee

So one wonders, given not only the UN's role in the final days of what even it called the "bloodbath on the beach" in Sri Lanka, but especially UN chief of staff Vijay Nambiar's reported role in the deadly surrenders, why Rapporteur Alston has not already demanded answers from the UN itself. [TC]

"Up to 95 percent of IDP's might be deprived of their voting rights"

By Ranga Sirilal

"Up to 95 percent of IDP's might be deprived of their voting rights at the presidential elections as a proper mechanism has not been in place," one of the monitors, Keerthi Thennakoon of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE), told Reuters. [TC]

Sri Lankan guards 'sexually abused girls' in Tamil refugee camp

by Gethin Chamberlain

Tamil women interned after escaping the horrors of the civil war in Sri Lanka were sexually abused by their guards who traded sex for food, a British medic has revealed. [TC]

The absence of thinking in Tamil politics

by Dayan Jayatilleka

Of course I do not mean that there is no thinking among Tamils as a community, still less that Tamils cannot think! Nor am I complaining that there is an absence of systematic ideas and ideologies in Tamil politics. [TC]

Defence Secy did not order me to fire on those coming holding white flags aloft-Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva

By Chamara Lakshan Kumara

The allegation that the Sri Lanka Army shot dead a group of LTTE leaders who had come forward carrying white flags which was bandied about sometime ago has been raised again [TC]

Perversion of religion is possible when state and organized religion collaborate

by Prof. Charles Sarvan

The following is an attempt to focus on Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God is within You (1894), in relation to the aspects mentioned above. [TC]

Kumar Sangakkara Should Not Combine Responsibilities of Skipper,Keeper and Lead Batsman

by Nirgunan Tiruchelvam

Many records were broken in the recent run feast in India. One record went unnoticed [TC]

Sri Lankan tragedy: No exit from crisis even after military victory

by Dayan Jayatilleka

It is a fairly safe assumption that with the Southern province elections the Rajapakse administration hit its electoral ceiling and the UNP its floor [TC]

Paasikuda: Heavenly beach of the 'Green algae' bay

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Paasikuda means Green-Algae-Bay. It is a coastal resort which is situated 35 kilometers North West of Batticaloa [TC]

Obama’s Afghan Dilemmas

by Rajan Philips

The man who soared onto the American presidency unlike any other is now saddled with challenges that only a few among his forty three predecessors did have to surmount.[TC]

Sarath, Gota and the brutality shown to surrendered LTTE leaders

By Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Whatever maybe the outcome of the investigation promised by the parties involved, the war has not indeed created heroes but only suspects of war crimes. [TC]

Tamils must come out of the graveyard of boycott politics

by Kumar David

The 2005 presidential election was the graveyard of Tamil boycott politics. [TC]

Need for new "vibes" and emergence of a "home grown" Tamil leadership

By Gnana Moonesinghe

Too long just a few have done the thinking for the Tamils. Too long have the Tamils followed a few at the top. Too long have they been led by emotion and rhetoric. [TC]

Approximately 1,600 Sri Lankans receive priority processing to help reunite with family in Canada

The humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka prompted the Government of Canada to begin expediting the processing of new and existing sponsorship applications in June 2009 for Sri Lankans who were directly and significantly affected. [TC]

December 12, 2009

Dec 13-19: "It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much heroism, a greater and better humanity shall not emerge" - Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman

Dash of re-openings for Jaffna, in devotion, daily life and development

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Naguleswaram temple in Jaffna will be kept open for the devotees.Limited access was permitted for 30 years. [TC]

Canada Liberals release policy statement on current situation in Sri Lanka

We must continue to work together as a nation to ensure that human rights, democracy and the rule of law are upheld in Sri Lanka as they move forward to face the challenges of their society together.” [TC]

Which is bad, getting “donation” from Praba’s father or fleecing the country?

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

Mahinda Rajapakse attacks Sarath Fonseka indirectly in Anuradhapura by alleging that accepting cash from Prabakharan's parents is a betrayal [TC]

Gotabhaya Rajapakse absolved govt & blamed army for alleged violations- Sarath Fonseka

Gen.Sarath Fonseka tell "Daily Mirror" online that it was Def Secy who first told US authorities about alleged killing of LTTE leaders [TC]

Who fought the war? 

State television covering presidential nominations had no images of Sarath Fonseka during live telecast except shaking hands with President [TC]

India’s Plan to Create New Southern State

By Anjana Pasricha

India’s plan to carve out a new state from southern Andhra Pradesh has triggered a political furor. It has also intensified similar demands in other parts of the country and led to a fresh debate on the issue of governance and regional identity for the huge country. [TC]

Pradeep Jayawardena supports President Rajapakse, Arjuna Ranatunga for Gen. Fonseka

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

JRJayewardena's grandson Pradeep Jayawardena supports Mahinda Rajapakse for president.Says his grandfather if alive would have done the same [TC]

Secy/Foreign Ministry post-would not accept if offered, says Dayan Jayatilleka [TC]

'Mahinda and Douglas cannot fool all the people all the time'

Mahinda Rajapakse has reportedly agreed to ten point demands proposed by Douglas Devananda in return for EPDP support at presidential polls [TC]

Mahinda, Sarath and their monstrous crimes against people and humanity

by Com. Surendra

This up-coming presidential election would be comical, if not for the fact that it is deceptively diabolical. [TC]

Four questions for Gen. Sarath Fonseka, “transformed” champion of media freedom

Gen.Sarath Fonseka reportedly said at Dec 14th press briefing that he would provide full media freedom if elected president [TC]

"Fishy" explanation given on "Missing" Lankan fishermen

What befell the Sri Lankan fishing boat "Winmarine" with Sinhala fishermen at the hands of the Indian coastguard & navy remains a "mystery" [TC]

Gen.Sarath Fonseka moves out of Bullers road

Gen.Sarath Fonseka has moved out of his official army residence on Bullers road into another bungalow in Kollupitiya [TC]

'US aware & supportive of UN investigation into alleged HR violations in Sri Lanka' 

Philip J.Crowley Asst.Secy-Bureau of Public Affairs:Press Relations at US State dept answers question on Sri Lanka at Dec15th press briefing [TC]

'Sri Lanka has a unique opportunity - and duty - to work for genuine political reconciliation'

by David Miliband

Since the end of the conflict the UK has focused its efforts on securing an improvement in the humanitarian situation. [TC]

Ranil Wickremasinghe may have to contest presidency himself

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Fonseka adopts contradictory stance of projecting himself as war hero & human rights champion simultaneously. Will he fall between two stools? [TC]

Gen.Fonseka shoots himself on the knee right royally

by Kusal Perera

Gen SF argued that all political leaders who were in power before President MR also wanted to win the war, but failed as the army was not led properly. [TC]

Tamil issue relegated as two "national heroes" claim credit for success in Eelam war

by Col R Hariharan

The Sunday Leader (Dec 13, 2009) interview of General Sarath Fonseka, the challenger of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election, shook the Sri Lanka government’s carefully built edifice of waging a “humanitarian war” it had built to ward off accusations of genocide and human rights violations committed by the army during the Eelam war. [TC]

Spirit of the season: Annual pilgrimage of Lord Iyappan

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Season to climb the mountain and worship Lord Iyappan has just begun. [TC]

Expert with ties to FBI and Vancouver Police authenticates “Sri Lanka War Crimes”-Channel 4 Video

Rhys Blakely in Mumbai

Video footage that appears to show Sri Lankan troops committing war crimes by summarily executing captured Tamil Tiger fighters on the battlefield was not fabricated, as claimed by the Sri Lankan Government, an investigation by The Times has found. [TC]

Sarath Fonseka perturbed at negative reaction within Army personnel over interview

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Like typical politico he now says" The Sunday Leader" newspaper had misquoted what he said about alleged Army conduct in war with the LTTE. [TC]

Indian coast guard seize another Sri Lankan boat off the coast of Pondicherry

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Indian coast guard seize another Sri Lankan boat with five fishermen on board off the coast of Pondicherry union territory in South India [TC]

Gen. Fonseka does a volte-face over charges against Army

by B.Muralidhar Reddy

Less than 24 hours after his sensational statement that Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa had instructed a ground commander in the battle zone during the last phase of the Eelam War IV (May 16 to May 19) to shoot all LTTE leaders that had come out waving a white flag with the intention of surrendering to the military, the retired General and contender for the January 26 presidential poll, Sarath Fonseka did a volte-face. [TC]

Did President Rajapakse assure the UN that surrendering LTTE leaders would be safe?

General (Retd) Sarath Foneka’s explosive interview to “ The Sunday Leader” has caused great controversy about whether Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse had allegedly given orders to then 58 division commander Brig.Shavendra Silva that LTTE leaders Nadesan,Pulithevan and Ramesh surrendering with white flags should be executed. [TC]

Sri Lanka wants India’s help ‘to defeat LTTE politically’!

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivering the Olcott Oration at Ananda College, Colombo on 14 November is reported to have said: [TC]

Two basic questions to the United National Front and its allies

by Kusal Perera

There are two (02) basic questions that have NOT been answered directly by the UNF and its allies (some 16 political parties said to be with them but, yet to be named) and the JVP in promoting and supporting their Common Candidate for presidency.

Let Them Speak:Truth about Sri Lanka 's Victims of War

By UTHR

Drawing on individual eyewitness accounts, it chronicles the relentless violence experienced by survivors of the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam between September 2008 and May 2009, when the Sri Lankan government ultimately crushed the LTTE leadership and declared victory. [TC]

Growing political support for Sarath Fonseka among ordinary soldiers worries govt.

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

Army chief Lt.GenJagath Jayasuriya calls upon soldiers to be loyal to military as an institution-to individuals (meaning Sarath Fonseka) [TC]

Gotabhaya ordered execution of LTTE leaders who surrendered alleges Sarath Fonseka

by Frederica Jansz

Common opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka says Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa instructed a key ground commander in the north that all LTTE leaders must be killed and not allowed to surrender. [TC]

Prudent 2 point program for pragmatic Tamil Politics

by Dayan Jayatilleka

Sri Lanka is a work in progress, a jigsaw puzzle that we have never been able to complete because the pieces haven’t been fitted together correctly. [TC]

Early campaign push via posters and person to capture minority votes

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe is currently visiting Jaffna Peninsula.He prayed at Nallur Kanthaswamy temple, and Naaga Vihare. [TC]

The Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka

Amnesty International USA Testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Dec 10, 2009

In short, Amnesty International is deeply disappointed with the senate report. [TC]

"To all Tamils who died in this raging violence, Know this we will never forget you!"

by Dr. Ellyn Shander MD

The numbers of Tamils who have been killed is incomprehensible. Everyone of them was precious. Every death broke our hearts. I am sure that each of you have had moments when it was too much to bear. [TC]

Whoever Wins Presidential Election Democracy and Freedom will Take Further Battering

By Dayapala Thiranagama

Never before has such a major rift opened up between the political and military leadership in electoral politics as what has been witnessed over the recent months [TC]

Why human rights are important for all Sri Lankans

By Prof.Rajan Hoole

An important indicator of Human Rights protection in modern society is successful enforcement of the rule of law. [TC]

December 06, 2009

Dec 6-12: " Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahathma Gandhi (1869-1958)

UN Envoy calls Sri Lankans and the international community to recognize that children are the face of peace

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

UN’s Special Envoy of Special Representative of Secretary for Children & Armed Conflict- General (ret) Patrick Cammaert was in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Journalist Tissainayagam completes 100 days of the 20 year hard labour 'unfair jail term'

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

19 media personnel were killed &109 brutally attacked during President Rajapakse's rule (2005-2009) allege journalists at press conference [TC]

Ven. Ellawela Medhananda Thera MP displays double-standards on imbibing liquor

Jathika Hela Urumaya MP Ven. Ellawela Medhananda Thera displays double-standards over Mahinda Rajapakse & Sarath Fonseka on imbibing liquor [TC]

Violators, apologists & accomplices of perpetrators speak on human rights in Jaffna

Heights of Hypocrisy reached on HumanRights Day(dec 10th) in Jaffna. Human rights champions & violators of human rights address meeting together [TC]

Dec 11th: Birth anniversary of Tamil poet Mahakavi Bharathy

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Interestingly a film song by Bharathi was censored in Sri Lanka. Two lines from a song in the the film "Kaikodutha Deivam" were slashed [TC]

'Sarath Fonseka not racist, reflected views of Government in the media' - Mangala

Mangala says Sarath Fonseka is not a racist & much of what he told media about minorities as army commander reflected views of Government [TC]

Portrait of the East: "I am your friend, I am your relative"

tweet treats from the East from the twitter pages by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Forget the past: "We want to be friends of Tamils"say Muslims of the East."We want to friends of Muslims" say Tamils of the East. [TC]

Degrading aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war demands international action

By Martin Shaw

In the aftermath, the Colombo government corralled 280,000 Tamils who had fled from Tiger-controlled territory in forty-one “detention-camps”. [TC]

No Action against US lawyer Visvanathan Rudrakumaran - Amb. Blake

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Robert Blake states in Colombo that no action would be taken by US Govt against US lawyer Visvanathan Rudrakumaran [TC]

Karuna justifies destruction of LTTE monuments commemorating the fallen [TC]

Mahinda vs Sarath:Grassroots vs "Townie"

by Muthu Padmakumara

One cannot demand recognition or reward. Though initially it might have been earned, demanding it brings you disrespect. [TC]

The Zurich meeting,Usual Suspects and Usual Suspicions

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha

There was much speculation recently about the provenance of the meeting of minority parties in Zurich. The usual suspects were thought to be behind the event, with the usual suspicions [TC]

Whichever candidate wins presidential elections US-Sri Lanka relations will grow

by Robert Blake

It’s a real pleasure for me to be back in Sri Lanka and to see many friends and colleagues. I’d like to begin with a brief statement and then I’d be happy to take some questions. [TC]

Even in death Prabhakaran has won the war-Mangala Samaraweera

by Shakuntala Perera

Key architect of the Opposition Alliance bringing in Gen. Sarath Fonseka as a Common Candidate at the next Presidential election, SLFP M Wing Leader Mangala Samaraweera expresses confidence that the UNF will bring in the necessary changes to governance [TC]

Repairing SL-US Relations: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report

By Dayan Jayatilleka

As a citizen of Sri Lanka and a political scientist by vocation, hardly a day passes when I do not envy the American people for the high intelligence of their political leadership and policy elites, the capacity for self-correction ensured by the functioning of their democratic political institutions, and the transparent, accountable, democratic and participatory character of their civic culture. (I didn’t feel this way during the Bush years of course). [TC]

The Presidential election, and the politics of the Tamil-minority

by Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana

Prabhakaran is no more. Fonseka, an architect of the fall of the Eelam regime has crossed over to the pro-western, seemingly more minority-sensitive UNP led by Ranil Wickremasinhe [TC]

President takes the campaign North while oppositions fly allegations

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

President Rajapakse worships at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at Marudhamadhu in Mannar dist known as famous Catholic shrine of Madhu Madha [TC]

Food in short supply and life inside camps still hard says detainee

By Karon Snowdon

As the numbers decrease, camp conditions are improving but Kannan says food is in short supply and life inside is still hard. [TC]

Human-rights and conflict-resolution activists refute US Senate report on Sri Lanka

"This report is an incredibly shoddy, ill-informed piece of work that grossly overstates the strategic importance of Sri Lanka to the United States and woefully understates the degree of abuses carried out by the government there," said Robert Templer, director of the Asia programme at the Brussels- based International Crisis Group (ICG)." [TC]

Sri Lanka: Recharting U.S. Strategy after the war

Executive Summary by US Committee on Foreign relations 

The administration is currently evaluating U.S. policy toward Sri Lanka in the wake of the military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups [TC]

New Tamil group People’s Liberation Army vows to start a fresh war

by Anthony Loyd in Colombo

A Marxist group of Tamil militants with connections to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and Cuba is preparing to mount a new insurgency in Sri Lanka six months after the Government declared an end to the 26-year-old war there. [TC]

Robert Blake not visiting Colombo to confront but reconcile with Govt

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Major policy shift in US towards Sri Lanka because of report by Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be released next week in Washington [TC]

"People’s Permanent Tribunal " in Dublin to probe Sri Lankan war crimes

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Alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan Govt & armed forces will be probed by the "People’s Permanent Tribunal " in Dublin on January 14th & 15th 2010 [TC]

East: "Colours of umbrellas lead a steady way through heavy wind & rain"

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Dust settles down as it began to rain heavily in Batticaloa. Hindu temples are being painted and given a new look. [TC]

Moves underway to field Supreme court Judge Wikneswaran in Prez poll

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Moves are on to make former Supreme court Judge Wikneswaran the common Tamil presidential candidate. But will he agree? [TC]

Why Mahinda Rajapaksa should be re-elected President

by Dayan Jayatilleka

It is alternately nauseating and hilarious that some who have never looked violent death in the face say or heavily hint that General Sarath Fonseka who has shed blood copiously for the Sri Lankan cause, carries enemy lead in his body, and was the driving force of the main force – the army – of the historic victory against the Tamil tigers, is a traitor. [TC]

Poor women, political power, Common Candidate and the next tragedy

by Kusal Perera

Ranil W told the UNP at their special conference that this coming presidential election, “is a referendum for the people to decide whether they want to maintain this ‘Royal family’(meaning the Rajapaksa family) or chase them way.”[TC]
 
Politics of ethnic deception: will it lead to peace?

by Prof. A.R.M. Imtiyaz

The post-cold war political climate is vulnerable to identity-oriented tensions, caused by both primordial and constructed political strategies.[TC]

"Bogols bombast" continues on IDP camp access and Commonwealth Summit

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

ICRC & media not given access to Wanni IDP camps still despite foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama's announcement that IDP camps are open [TC]

SLA firing in Kalkudah beach at fleeing people leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

People who paid "agents" 3-5 lakhs to go to Australia months ago were waiting on beach to be taken by boats to deep sea & put aboard ships [TC]

‘No qualms about shelling huge numbers of ethnic minority civilians‘

BY Andrew Stroehlein

"Genocide" is too limiting a term in any case. In recent years, governments have not necessarily been exterminating entire subgroups en masse with crystal-clear intent. Yet some governments show no qualms about shelling huge numbers of ethnic minority civilians trapped in confined war zones, as we saw in Sri Lanka earlier this year. [TC]

Tamil doctor Interdicted by Health Ministry for expressing private opinion

by Namini Wijedasa

A Tamil doctor has been interdicted by the ministry of health allegedly for expressing a private opinion to a Sinhala doctor that was interpreted as “causing disrepute to the Government of Sri Lanka”. [TC]

Dragon's share of Lankan development projects given to China

China has bagged the largest chunk of post-war development projects in Sri Lanka’s North and South with ongoing and projects concluded estimated at more than US$ 6.1 billion or about Rs 6,973 million. [TC]

Rajapaksa vs.Fonseka: What Choice For India?

by Kuldip Nayar

When dealing with neighbouring countries, India's main predicament is to choose between two options, both of which are uncertain and without hassle. [TC]

Sarath Fonseka wont have manifesto for election campaign

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

SarathFonseka wont have manifesto for election campaign due to UNP-JVP rivalry. He will have "common action program" acceptable to both parties [TC]

SMS & e-mails on property buying spree by brothers not true says President Rajapakse

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Preident Mahinda Rajapakse tells journalists of vilification campaign through SMS & e-mails that his brothers are on a property buying spree [TC]

AI Letter to Asst Sec Blake on His Upcoming Visit to Sri Lanka

by Amnesty International USA

I urge you to raise the following with Sri Lankan authorities: [TC]

Mixed loyalties: Sri Lanka's challenge of transforming military victory into lasting peace

by Times UK Correspondent in Trincomalee

A chance encounter behind the wire offered the cook an opportunity to serve exquisite revenge on his would-be killer. [TC]

Children among 11,000 Tamil ‘fighters’ held in rehabilitation

by Times UK Correspondent in Trincomalee

Sri Lanka is holding more than 11,000 Tamil prisoners without charge in closely guarded “rehabilitation centres”, despite the Government’s claim that it released all Tamil civilians from detention centres this week.

Sarath Fonseka fails to satisfy key leaders & officials in India

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Gen.(retd) Sarath Fonseka returns to Colombo after failing to satisfy key leaders & officials in India about the exact nature of his politics [TC]

Sarath Fonseka,Caste Factor and Presidential Poll; a Historical Irony

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

The caste factor which has for long been swept under the carpet has begun to raise its ugly head in Sri Lankan politics with the entry of Sarath Fonseka into the Presidential elections. [TC]

‘LTTE funds being clandestinely misappropriated to Rajapakse family coffers’

BY D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe demands the Govt must disclose to Parliament details of funds & assets owned by the Liberation Tigers. [TC]

President Rajapakse forbids media interviews of Gotabhaya

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

President Rajapakse forbids media from interviewing Def secy Gotabhaya & provoke him into making adverse statements against Sarath Fonseka [TC]

Senior journalist-activist Poddala Jayantha, wife & only daughter flee Sri Lanka

by D.B.S Jeyaraj

Senior journalist/activist Poddala Jayantha,wife & only daughter flee Sri Lanka to seek asylum abroad due to sustained threats to their lives [TC]