Feb 6 - 12:

Successful South Sudan aside, leaders aspiring to crush secessionist movements look at Sri Lanka with awe

For every successful South Sudan, there are several suppressed Chechnyas. And every leader like Putin who aspires to crush secessionist movements has been looking with awe at Sri Lanka and its leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

by John Feffer
Co-director, Foreign Policy In Focus [TC]

Rights advocates decry detention of refugee claimants from MV Sun Sea  

The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International Canada, the Canadian Tamil Congress and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group expressed their dismay today at the government’s aggressive efforts to keep the passengers of the MV Sun Sea in detention. [TC]

The difference between "patriotic" and "unpatriotic" in Sri Lanka

by Harim Peiris

Last week Sri Lanka commemorated her 63rd anniversary of freedom from colonial rule and Sri Lankans rightly celebrated the achievement of our political independence and democratic rights as a free and sovereign nation. [TC]

'While there's still time to heal the wounds in Sri Lanka, everybody needs to stop finding excuses for doing nothing'

International NGOs need to find their critical voices and stop hiding behind the fear that they'll be kicked out for speaking the truth.

by Karunyan Arulantham

Buried deep and largely unnoticed in the trove of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks last December was an extraordinary note detailing the Sri Lankan government's alleged support of paramilitary groups involved in killing, abducting and raping Tamil civilians and in forcibly conscripting child soldiers. [TC]

Red Cross warns of funding gap as fresh flooding affects more than 1 million people in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) remains extremely concerned about the humanitarian impact of the recent flooding that has brought devastation and chaos to the eastern, northern and central provinces of Sri Lanka. [TC]

Only $8m of the $51m sought by UN for Sri Lanka flood relief flash appeal received so far [TC]

Celebration of Literature at 5th Galle Literary Festival

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Raavanesan is being performed in the Kooththu tradition ~ a form of theatre particular to the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka [HA]

Disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek on 11th February 2010

Mr. Razeek is a well known human rights defender in Sri Lanka and Asia. At the time of his disappearance, Mr. Razeek was the Managing Trustee of Community Trust Fund (CTF) [TC]

First anniversary of General Sarath Fonsekas arrest

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Hello Friends

February 8th  2011 is the first anniversary of General Sarath Fonseka's arrest. He was taken into custody by a contingent of soldiers on a Monday evening while he was engaged in a discussion with some political party leaders. [DBSJ]

How the UNP demonstration on Independence Day was attacked by thugs while police watched

By Harsha De Silva

I am generally not the street-protesting type. I try to articulate my arguments with facts and figures, be it writing, speaking or engaging in debate. [TC]

Indian Fishermen Poaching in Sri Lankan Waters has Assumed Menacing Proportions

By Prof.V.Suryanarayan

The Foreign Secretary, Amb. Nirupama Rao, along with senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, visited Colombo on January 30-31, 2011. [TC]

Suba Sundaralingam of TGTE "confronts" Maj Gen Shavendra Silva in Boston

by Kalana Senaratne

Does the shaking of hands, a hand-shake, this decent act of touching human flesh, mean anything, anything significant and meaningful? [TC]

Let Events in the Middle East be an eye opener to the Ruling Regime in Sri Lanka

by Karu Jayasuriya

These are extraordinary times. Just as spontaneous actions of defiance in East Germany by its peoples led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and eventually to the demise of oppressive Communist regimes all over Eastern Europe 22 years ago, youth on the streets of Cairo and Tunis are toppling dictatorships that just weeks ago seemed indomitable. [TC]

Pushing up food production levels in Sri Lanka through artificial means cannot be sustained

By Dr. M. A. Mohamed Saleem and Arjuna Hulugalle
Gandhi Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka

"War is over, terrorism is subdued, separatism is a taboo, and therefore Sri Lankans should come to believe that everything is on course for making this country of ours into an economic hub in the region" was the message a senior member of the governing party tried to convey recently. [TC]

Jaffna University will lose millions of rupees because of present Acting Vice - Chancellor

by John Ratnathurai

I read today’s news on public anger over the delay in appointing Jaffna’s Vice Chancellor (Feb. 05) and the earlier interview with the Minister for Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake [TC]

Video: Floods threaten over 90 percent of rice crop [TC]

Political will to settle national issue still not forthcoming despite awareness for permanent settlement

Whither reconciliation under the incompatible system and disconcerting situation? Part II

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

The Honourable Sri Lankan Judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, Emeritus Professor at Monash University and formerly a Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972, a Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1991 to 2000 and currently the president of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms in his submission to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on 29th November 2010 explained how Sri Lanka’s constitution blocks peace and reconciliation and the dire need for change. [TC]

Rajapakasa ruling family denouement may happen faster than Egypt or Tunisia

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“People want their freedom. People want their bread. People want to stop their lousy dictators from looting their countries”. — A Jordanian Dissident (New York Times – 30.1.2011)

Tunisia and Egypt, in revolt, are at the end of a journey Sri Lanka has just commenced. [TC]

Standards of accountability apply to our inquiry regarding the violent end to Sri Lanka's long internal war

by Ban-Ki-moon

(Oxford, United Kingdom, 2 February 2011 - Secretary-General''s Cyril Foster Lecture 2011 on "Human Protection and the 21st Century United Nations")

Mr. Vice-Chancellor, Excellencies and distinguished guests, Dear faculty members, dear students, Ladies and gentlemen, [TC]

Will other Catholic Bishops take up matters raised by Mannar Bishop before LLRC?

by Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda

Alleviation of people’s sufferings is primarily a spiritual concern. It is in that light we need to reflect on the insightful submissions made to the LLRC by the Bishop of Mannar Dr. Rayappu Joseph. [TC]

"Little Jaffna" of Tamils in Paris is often mistakenly called "Little Bombay"

By Amanda Morrow

It’s often mistakenly called “Little Bombay”, but the lively neighbourhood that stretches from the rue du Faubourg-St-Denis north to La Chapelle is actually home to Paris’s Tamil community. [TC]