« April 2011 | | June 2011 »

May 28, 2011

May 29 - Jun 4:

May 31-June 4 1981: Five Days of State Terror in Jaffna

by Santasilan Kadirgamar

Two years after the end of the war in Lanka, without a political solution in sight, it may be appropriate to look back at events that occurred 30 years ago. [TC]

How has President Rajapaksa avoided union trouble so far?

By C. Bryson Hull

Unlike the current social security scheme, it would take longer before workers’ savings vest, and it would not follow them if they changed employers [TC]

“It is my hope that the leaders of Sri Lanka and Syria will not be granted immunity”

By Richard Goldstone

When in 1994 I started investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia I could not have imagined that the process would be so complex, slow and yet so successful. [TC]

Actress Vijayalakshmi alleges director Seeman had a 3 year love affair with her

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Film actress Vijayalakshmi has complained to Police that film director Seeman had jilted her after having an affair& promising to marry her. [dbsj]

Arriving at hasty conclusions about a blemishless Army

By Sutirtho Patranobis

At the end of the one-hour speech by defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, his audience, military officers from Lanka and few other countries, stood up and clapped. Rajapaksa had spoken non-stop on how the Tamil Tigers — “stubborn, ruthless, fascist, formidable’’ — had used and killed civilians. [TC]

How Dayanidhi Maran misused his ministerial powers to de-fraud Ind.Govt of 440 crore rupees

By S.Gurumurthy

Indeed a shocking, daring robbery. A telecom central minister from Tamil Nadu got the BSNL to connect 323 telephone lines to his home, not in Delhi where he had work, but in Chennai where he had none. He got all the 323 home lines listed not in his name but in the name of the Chief General Manager BSNL Chennai. [TC]

Gradual erosion of judicial independence in Sri Lanka concerns IBAHRI

The passage of the 18th Amendment through Parliament last year repealed the 17th Amendment that provided for the establishment of a Constitutional Council. [TC]

Tamil Nadu film director Seeman will marry a Sri Lankan Tamil woman soon

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

Tamil film director & leader of “We Tamil movement” Sebastian Simon now known as “Senthamilan Seeman” will marry a sri Lankan Tamil woman soon. [dbsj]

Nordic Greens 'hearing' in European Parliament  a mere gimmick – Ambassador Aryasinha

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha has made the following comment about the so called “hearing” held at the European Parliament on 01 June 2011 titled “Sri Lanka Two years after the war: will the perpetrators be brought to justice? [TC]

Channel 4 film on Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields will premiere in Geneva on June 3rd

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

British channel 4 TV film “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” will have its world premiere in Geneva on June 3rd at an Amnesty International event. [dbsj]

My visit to India was not to obtain an outright denunciation of the Darusman Report – G.L

An Interview with Prof.G.L .Peiris

The joint press statement that was issued on the 17th May following External Affairs Minister Prof G.L.Peris’s visit to India has come in for much criticism. [TC]

Police charge 18,000 workers: ‘The government is trying to crush peaceful protests’

by Melani Manel Perera

Clashes occurred on Monday when workers were protesting against a draft law that would not guarantee a lifetime retirement pension. Three people are said to have died in the incident. [TC]

“The Reason I won is Because the Community came along with me” – Rathika Sitsabaiesan

Charles Devasagayam Interviews Rathika Sitsabaiesan: [TC]

‘There can be no reconciliation in Sri Lanka without truth and without justice’

By Bob Rae

Vanakkam!

It is a great privilege to be with all of you tonight. I know that many of you were carrying on the vigil during the weeks and days of April and May 2009. [TC]

14,000 Strong Tamil community in Norway is a well-integrated group making valuable contribution

This is the English translation of the May 31st debate in the Norwegian Parliament on the Sri Lankan situation [TC]

Bane of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka was not the Sinhalese, Armed Forces or Govt but the LTTE

By Gotabaya Rajapaksa RWP RSP psc MSc

It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to address you at the Opening Ceremony of the seminar organised by the Sri Lanka Army: “Defeating Terrorism-The Sri Lankan Experience”. [TC]

Jaffna industrialists unable to get adequate bank credit

By Mario Andree

Industrialists in Jaffna are still facing difficulties in obtaining credit to re-energise their industries in the once war-torn region where 114 private bank branches in the province are operating with mobilised funds amounting to Rs. 52 million each. [TC]

Tamil Nadu MDMK leader Vaiko will address Sri Lanka "hearing" at European Parliament premises on June 1st

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Tamil Nadu MDMK party leader Vaiko flew out to Brussels to address seminar on Sri Lanka at EU parliament premises on Wednesday June 1st [DBSJ]

Jayalalithaa and Indian policy towards Sri Lanka

by V Suryanarayan

Jayalalithaa’s timely appeal in support of the Sri Lankan Tamil cause has been welcomed by Tamils across the world. However, it raises one important question — what is the role of federal units in the making of Indian foreign policy? [TC]

Policies of GoSL are solely based on ensuring the welfare of its people

by Kshenuka Senewiratne

My delegation is perplexed to note the High Commissioner’s reference as stated, to the report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka. [TC]

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges implementation of Panel of Experts' report on Sri Lanka

 

Excerpts from Human Rights Council 17th Session Opening Statement by Ms. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [TC]

Sri Lanka war atrocities video credible: U.N. envoy

By Barbara Lewis 

Video footage of summary executions apparently committed during the Sri Lankan civil war appears to be convincing evidence of “serious international crimes,” a U.N. special envoy said on Monday. [TC]

Army barges into Noolaham Foundation meeting in Jaffna

Project Noolaham has been ongoing since the year 2005 and is run by respectable and responsible Tamil intellectuals. The main purpose of the Noolaham Foundation, a registered charity, is to collect rare books and manuscripts from across the globe, and digitize and make them freely available to all researchers. [TC]

Sri Lanka’s Tamil nation question is not just an external issue for India

By Sumanisiri Liyanage

At the end of Minister of External Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka, Prof. G L Peiris’ visit to India from 15-17 May, 2011, a joint press statement was issued by the two governments and it has once again raised critical issues that govern India-Sri Lanka relations. [TC]

First international destination of Tata Nano cars is Sri Lanka

by R.K.Radhakrishnan

When Tata Motors began looking outside India to establish a presence, Sri Lanka was its first choice. [TC]

Why devolution of power is required by the minority communities

by R.M.B.Senanayake

During the colonial regime the public services at the village or field level were provided through the Kachcheris. There were also the Divisional Revenue Officers and the Village Headmen who had their offices to deal with the public. [TC]

The official Mahinda myth about a ‘humanitarian offensive’ with ‘zero–civilian casualties’

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…..in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility”. Hilter (Mein Kampf)

History will find you wrong because I shall write that history’ – Winston Churchill is supposed to have told British Prime Minister Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin during an exchange in the House of Commons in the 1930’s [TC]

Ruling family want to transform university students into regimented enforcers of the Rajapaksa-project

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“When an opponent says, ‘I will not come over to your side’, I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already’” Hitler (Speech in November 1933)

First they came for new university entrants.
Next is the turn of school principals. [TC]

Does the JVP accept that the Tamil non-military separatist struggle is still continuing?

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

In an interview last week, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said steps should be taken to release all Tamil detainees adding that though the armed separatist struggle had ended, the attempts by some neo-colonialist elements to divide this country were continuing. [TC]

Those claiming the Tiger flag is ‘Tamil National Flag’ do profound disservice to the Tamil community

by Dayan Jayatilleka

It is truly a pity that the Sri Lankan media did not feature the photographs of the demonstrations by sections of the Tamil Diaspora staged over the week of May 12-19 in variety of western capitals, as protest and in mourning for the final week of the war which was also the last week of Mr Prabhakaran’s destructive life. [TC]

'We can fix cases, we can free people' – Mahinda Rajapaksa

by Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

In a shocking revelation, a former army intelligence officer Kandegedara Priyawansa told the Mount Lavinia Magistrate 12th May 2011 that he was instructed by the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) to claim that a top army official was involved in the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga. [TC]

The decline and fall of the DMK empire

by Shantanu Guha Ray & Mihir Srivastava

On May 14, within 24 hours of J. Jayalalithaa’s majestic victory over the DMK and Congress, T.R. Baalu, shipping and road transport minister in the UPA II cabinet, wrote a seven-page letter to party head, M. Karunanidhi, saying he had had enough. [TC]

May 21, 2011

May 22 - 28

Ex – Trincomalee LTTE commander ‘Col’. Paduman charged under PTA in Trinco courts

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

Senior tiger leader&ex-LTTE trincomalee district military commander Sivasubramaniam varathanathan alias “Col”Paduman was produced in courts

“Col”Paduman was charged in the Trincomalee High court for offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was remanded until July 26th [dbsj]

Eleven Groups jointly urge US to act on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

Carter Center; Human Rights Watch; Enough Project; Democracy Coalition Project; Freedom House; Open Society Foundations; International Crisis Group; Physicians for Human Rights; Citizens for Global Solutions; U.S. Campaign for Burma; and Amnesty International have jointly urged US to act on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: [TC]

Overseas LTTE leader 'Nediyavan' released on conditional bail pending further inquiries

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

While Inquiry by Netherlands officials continue against norway based LTTE leader Nediyavan in Oslo,he has been released on conditional bail [dbsj]

President Rajapaksa recalls that troops went to the battlefront with gun, Human Rights Charter, food and love - President Rajapaksa

After uniting the country with the defeat of the most ruthless terrorism in the world, today we were able to hoist our national flag with dignity and honour. [TC]

Sri Lanka refugees, still war victims after more than ten years

by Melani Manel Perera 

Despite their resettlement in 2005, Villankulam residents complain about the lack of basic necessities. [TC]

Are the Sinhalese unaware of how Tamils were massacred in the past 60 years?

By Jude Lal Fernando

Today, we mourn from the very depths of our hearts the deaths of thousands of Tamils who were killed in Mullivaikal as well as in other places. Who are they? [TC]

The most important bilateral relationship for Sri Lanka is that with India not China

By Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

The two extracts from the Joint Communiqué issued by the External Affairs Ministers of India and Sri Lanka following the recent visit of the latter are especially significant for Sri Lanka in this postwar, post –Panel period and into the future as well. They underscore what at times is obscured in the din of sloganeering and propaganda. [TC]

TVO Video ~ The Debate: Sri Lanka: Finding a Middle Ground

The state of Sri Lanka: After two years, how are efforts progressing in the seemingly intractable conflict between the Sinhalese and Tamils? [TC]

Thamilselvan widow and children released from custody at Panagoda cantonment

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

Former LTTE political commissar Suppiah Paramu Thamilselvan’s family has been given a taste of freedom under a restricted release order. [DBSJ]

Sri Lanka’s Muslims:The Forgotten Factor

by Daniel Kitts

An E-Mail Interview with A.R.M. Imtiyaz

Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict is one of the most polarizing and heated in a world full of ethnic conflicts [TC]

Sri Lanka has fullest capability to resolve her own issues – China’s Foreign Minister

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris was received on Tuesday, May 24th by Mr. Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing. [TC]

Minister G.L. Peiris invites Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Shanmugaratnam to visit Sri Lanka

Minister Peiris briefed the Deputy Prime Minister on the current situation in Sri Lanka and the Government’s initiatives in respect of reconciliation and steps taken toward economic development. [TC]

Non Aligned Movement urged by Amnesty Int’l to ensure survivors of Sri Lanka conflict can seek justice

by Steve Crawshaw

A hard-hitting UN report has found compelling evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final phase of the war in Sri Lanka in spring 2009. [TC]

An Interview with Ex –LTTE Chief KP

By V.K.Shashikumar 

Having been through the experience of a no-holds-barred civil war that brought no benefits and only suffering to the Tamil people in whose name it was undertaken, KP had a good view of what was happening in the LTTE during its warring years. [TC]

Sri Lanka Military Conference to whitewash war crimes, invited countries should stay home, press for accountability – HRW

Governments should decline the invitation to attend a Sri Lankan military conference that seeks to legitimize the unlawful killing of thousands of civilians during the armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

Devananda is running Jaffna exactly the way the LTTE ran Jaffna says Prof Ratnajeevan Hoole

By Namini Wijedasa

On a personal assurance from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole, a former vice chancellor of the University of Jaffna, returned to Sri Lanka with his family to serve the country he so loved. His experience since coming back has been “horrible” and has left him sorely disappointed. [TC]

Friday Forum wants transparency process for city planning and urban development

The Friday Forum has demanded that the government ensure that city planning and urban development activities are carried out within a transparent process which takes into account the concerns of people in regard to their homes and property. [TC]

Sri Lankan High Commission campaigns against London “Greedy Buddha” restaurant

by Jonathan Prynn 

Joanna Lumley’s favourite London restaurant is at the centre of a religious storm over its “sacrilegious” name. [TC]

Buddhism contributing towards a new paradigm in politics – Dayan Jayatilleka

BY Dayan Jayatilleka 

This effort of ASPAC (the Asia-Pacific group) and UNESCO was an exercise in intervention. We were hoping to intervene against two syndromes. One which [Edward] Said called ‘Orientalism’, and the other, its reverse, which we may term ‘Occidentalism’. [TC]

‘Brigadier’ Balraj: Legendary commander of the LTTE

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

With the Indian army dislodging the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) from its entrenched positions in the Jaffna peninsula through “Operation Pawan” and other military exercises the tigers began re-locating in large numbers to the northern mainland known as the “Wanni”. [DBSJ]

Consecration and installation of the fifteenth Anglican Bishop of Colombo

by Lanka Nesiah

It was a bright and sunny morning on Saturday May 14 when the Venerable Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey was episcopally ordained and duly installed as the fifteenth Bishop of Colombo in the Anglican Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour. [TC]

As a puppet from New Delhi Mahinda thought he will be protected by India from pressure elsewhere

By Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Government is pressed from two sides!

Firstly, the government is pressed to go forward in giving a real space to the Tamil nationality in Lanka. On this issue, the recent increase in dictates from the Indian government has become a real headache for Mahinda [TC]

New reports are emerging about the second coming of the Tiger

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…….…indifference is a militant thing”. Stephen Crane (London Impressions)

The government has declared a ‘Ranaviru Month’ (‘War Heroes’ Month) to mark the second anniversary of winning the long Eelam War. [TC]

Polarised debate in Sri Lanka between human rights and national sovereignty is symptom of unacknowledged ignorance

by Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

Every mayoralty in Paris has tablets on which are inscribed the names of those from that locality who died in the many wars which France fought. [TC]

University system is crumbling due to sycophancy and appalling silence of the majority

By Savitri Goonesekere

The academic communities were present in large numbers at the recent funeral of the late Professor B. A. Abeywickreme, Emeritus Professor in the faculty of Science, University of Colombo, and former Vice Chancellor of the university. As I entered the cemetery, an employee of the University of Colombo who recognized me rushed up and offered me an academic gown to wear, like the other ‘dons’ who were present. I thanked him and politely declined the gown. I am one of those old fashioned academics who believe that academic robes should be worn at ceremonial academic events. [TC]

Politicising archaeology: The tomb of Elara and ashes of Dutugemunu

by Raja de Silva

The Dhakkhina thupa (Southern Dagoba) in Anuradhapura had for

May 14, 2011

May 15 - 21

Tigers overseas chief “Nediyavan” alias Tall Man questioned in Oslo over alleged links to LTTE fund raising

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan,chief of LTTE overseas network was detained for questioning on fund raising by the Norwegian Police [dbsj]

'Sinhalisation' continues, not only in Jaffna, but also in Colombo

by Dushy Ranetunge at Sri Sambuddhatwa Jayanthi Mawatha

The Sinhalese are a minority within the city limits of Colombo. Those who are Buddhists among them are even a smaller minority. No one had consulted the residents of Havelock road about the change of name of their road. They had no voice. [TC]

Tamil of Sri Lankan origin appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

By Rifat Halim

Singapore’s Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore yesterday. His appointment was part of a series of new Cabinet appointments. He retained the Finance portfolio, a post that he has held since 2007. [TC]

India should not be part of any big power pressure tactic on Sri Lanka

by M.K.Bhadrakumar

The visit of the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L.Peiris to Delhi came at a juncture when the relationship between the two countries is delicately poised. [TC]

Clean sweep: Voters of Tamil Nadu give a massive mandate to the AIADMK-led alliance, rejecting outright the DMK and the Congress

by T.S. Subramanian

IT was a stunning victory that stood psephologists’ predictions on their heads. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary J. Jayalalithaa’s claim that her party would win a landslide victory was proved right in the end. [TC]

India should perform its legitimate duty of protecting the rights of the Tamil ethnic people - Dr. K.Veeramani

Rallies were held around the globe by Tamil organizations on Wednesday – May 18th, which the organizers have marked is a “Time to mourn; A time to reflect; A time for resurgence and creating awareness towards seeking “Justice for Genocide Victims of Tamil Eelam.” [TC]

Attempting to drag President Rajapaksa before ICC will undermine his efforts at reconciliation

by Kath Noble

Two years have passed since the Sri Lankan armed forces shot and killed Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and brought an end to their generation long conflict, yet the country is still struggling to move on. Allegations of war crimes have not gone away. [TC]

What will be the effect of Ms Jayalalithaa’s first salvo against Rajapaksa?

By Col R Hariharan

After staging a spectacular victory over her bête noire M Karunanidhi-led Dravida Munnetra Kazaghamn(DMK) in Tamil Nadu assembly elections, Ms Jayalalithaa, leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), has called upon the Indian government for action against the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa for alleged war crimes and genocide of Tamils. [TC]

Amnesty International wants UN Human Rights Council Support for an International Investigation on Sri Lanka

Amnesty International Public Statement

The armed conflict in Sri Lanka had been over for less than ten days when on 27 May 2009 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution praising Sri Lankan Government efforts “to ensure the safety and security of all Sri Lankans and to bring permanent peace to the country,” while ignoring credible allegations that war crimes had been committed by both sides. [TC]

Why plantation worker daily wages should be raised from Rs. 285 to Rs. 500

by Dr. A.S. Chandrbose

Plantation workers are demanding daily wages be increased to Rs.500/= from the current rate of Rs.285/= per dayto meet the minimum requirements of existing cost of living in the country. [TC]

Tamils in Britain to hold vigil in Trafalgar Square

by Sam Jones

Thousands of Tamils will hold a vigil in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday evening to mark the second anniversary of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka and to call for an independent international investigation into allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses. [TC]

Will the UNP spearhead opposition to Chinese ‘expansion’ in Sri Lanka?

by Upul Joseph Fernando

China’s stance regarding the UN panel report was revealed through its Foreign Ministry spokesman. The latter said, ‘not to complicate the issue and leave it to Colombo to handle it’. [TC]

Joint Press Statement issued on the occasion of the visit of Hon′ble Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka to India

Investigations into allegations of human rights violations and restoration of normalcy urged

The Minister of External Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka, Prof. G L Peiris visited India from 15-17 May, 2011. [TC]

India has a new opportunity to promote justice for Sri Lanka’s war victims – HRW

Sri Lanka takes the wrong road to peace – It is important for India, China and Japan to speak out

by Meenakshi Ganguly

On the A9 highway that runs from the south to the northern tip of Sri Lanka, we left the last military checkpost, and crossed to the office where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam processed our documents to enter Vanni, the area under their control. [TC]

Karunanidhi will have time to write last chapter of the DMK party story

by Tamilaruvi Manian

The price rise, the power fiasco and the unfettered family domination in politics and in the administration, have contributed to the fall of the DMK, whose image took its biggest beating in the spectrum scam. [TC]

Will the international community realise that everyone knows what it has been trying to ignore

by Stephen Keim

International diplomacy is not about the truth. The truth can be ignored most of the time. [TC]

Before long most valuable land in the Country will be owned by foreigners

by Lal Wijenayake, attorney -at-law

Though the government proclaims that under Mahinda Chinthanaya privatization of state assets has not taken place and that it is not the policy to privatize state assets, within the last year the disposition of land owned by the state to foreigners has taken place at an unprecedented scale. [TC]

Amnesty members in US join in calling UN on war crimes in Sri Lanka

Investigate War Crimes In Sri Lanka!

by: Jim McDonald

This week marks the second anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, between government forces and the opposition Tamil Tigers. [TC]

How is the essence of Buddhism connected to human ethics and good behavior?

By Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The Government of Lanka says that on Wesak day this year, 2600 years after Buddha will be completed. Of course there are those who dispute the calculations of advisers to the government [TC]

The defeat and fall of the Dravida Munnetra Kazgagham (DMK)

By Chackravarthy

The rising sun failed to rise on the13th May putting the DMK camp in to darkness. Though DMK’s defeat was predicted, no one thought it would be routed in this manner. [TC]

Jayalalithaa: From Alluring Actress to Powerful Politician

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Hello Friends

Actress turned politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram has triumphed in the latest elections to the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly. Her All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (AIADMK) led coalition has swept the polls getting 203 of 234 constituencies. She is to be sworn in for the third time as chief minister of Tamil Nadu [DBSJ]

After Tamil Nadu election triumph Jayalalitha targets Mahinda Rajapaksa as war criminal

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The President of Sri Lanka must be tried for war crimes and brought before the International Court of Law…” – Jayalalitha Jayaram (At the first press conference after winning Tamil Nadu elections)

As a one-time leading lady of Tamil cinema, theatrics would come naturally to Jayalalitha Jeyaram. An avowed opponent of the LTTE for many years, she did a volte face and adopted a soft stance on the Tigers and a tough one on Colombo during her long stay in opposition. Not doing enough for Lankan Tamils was a good stick to beat her arch rival, Chief Minister Muttuvel Karunanidhi, with and she did it with customary gusto. [TC]

Matter for regret that SL Govt tried to paint Raj Rajaratnam as LTTE supporter – Sunday Island

The conviction of Sri Lanka-born Raj Rajaratnam for securities fraud and conspiracy in the biggest Wall Street insider trading case in three decades has given this country a lot of global publicity though obviously for the wrong reasons. Now a US citizen, Rajaratnam was educated in Britain and later at Ivy League colleges in the US, his father having served as a senior executive of the multinational, Singer, first in Sri Lanka and thereafter at corporate headquarters in New York. [TC]

Why many Tamils in the diaspora continued to support the LTTE

By Prof. Charles Sarvan

It is unfortunate that the UN Report on human rights violations during the close of the Eelam war (not to mention other writers and commentators) speaks loosely of “the” Tamil Diaspora. For a start, a recent document wondered whether every Tamil living abroad was a member of the Tamil Diaspora. [TC]

TNA will win 24 of 26 local authority polls when elections are held – M.A. Sumanthiran MP

TNA MP M A Sumanthiran speaks to Sanjaya Nallaperuma of Lakbima News about the ongoing talks it is holding with the government in an effort to find a solution to the vexed North-East issue, devolution of power, resettling the remaining displaced persons, and on the army being given homes in the north, amongst other concerns of the Tamil people. [TC]

17th Session of Human Rights Council commencing on May 30th may become starting point for UN action against Sri Lanka 

By S. V. Kirubaharan In France

May 17th of the year 2009 was the beginning of triumphalism in Colombo and its surroundings. A public holiday was declared. Festivals with music, dance, street celebrations with kiri-bath (milk-rice) dhana (thanksgiving) and special religious ceremonies took place for days. [TC]

Bloated military fed huge chunk of national income and used by Rajapaksas to control state and society

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Nazism offered….a society that had been scarred by deep divisions…a sense of lofty purpose, almost a national mission….” — Michael Burleigh (The Third Reich – A New History)

Barring a last-minute judicial-intervention, the Rajapaksa plan to make ‘leadership training’ by army officers mandatory for all university-entrants will become a reality, this month. University entry will be denied to any student who does not participate in this three-month programme of physical and psychological regimentation in army camps. [TC]

Rt.Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey consecrated as 15th Anglican Bishop of Colombo

The Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Rt.Rev Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey as the 15th Anglican Bishop of Colombo took place yesterday morning at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo. [TC]

May 07, 2011

May 8 - May 14:

Our duty to ensure a good life for the Tamils in Sri Lanka – Jayalalitha

As Tamils, it is our duty to ensure a good life for the Tamils in Sri Lanka”, the newly elected Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayaliatha Jeyaram in a landslide victory has said, BBC’s Sandeshaya reported quoting Jaya TV Network. [TC]

Darusman report will irreparably damage reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka says ex-LTTE chief “KP”

 By Shamindra Ferdinando

Prabhakaran’s successor, T. S. Pathmanathan or simply ‘KP’ as he is known, says the controversial ‘Darusman Report’ will not help the ongoing national reconciliation process. [TC]

Showdown between Govt and Academics will lead to breakdown of University system

By Kumudu Kusum Kumara

The government and the university academics are heading for a showdown which should be avoided lest the university system will breakdown. [TC]

Academic couple Ratnajeevan and Dushyanthi Hoole treated shabbily

By Prof.Carlo Fonseka

A case of returned academic excellence vs entrenched academic mediocrity

At one point in your very perceptive editorial of 10 May titled ‘Pay them more; make them work harder’ you refer to President Mahinda Rajapaksha’s appeal to ‘expatriate Sri Lankan experts including academics to return and help develop the country’. [TC]

Responding to vulnerabilities affecting children continues to be problematic in Sri Lanka – UN

There were allegations of sexual violence across the four districts in the north (Killinochchi, Mullativu, Vavuniya and Mannar) among the displaced communities. [TC]

Text of amended joint resolution passed on May 12th by the European Parliament about Sri Lankan situation [TC]

European Parliament rejects move 'to seek the immediate establishment of an international justice mechanism in Sri Lanka'

The European Parliament today defeated an attempt by the Socialist group “to seek the immediate establishment of an international justice mechanism” on Sri Lanka, during an ‘urgency’ debate called by the Socialist and Green parties at the Strassbourg Plenary session to draw attention to the so called “UN Panel Report” on accountability issues in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Threats, harassments and restrictions on former detainees and their families in Vanni

by Rev. Fr. Jeyabalan Croos, Deanne Uyangoda & Ruki Fernando

This note is based on conversations with 15 former detainees (7 women between 21 and 35 years and 8 men between 21 and 41 years) from villages in the Vanni region (areas previously under LTTE control from where the entire population was displaced during the final phase of the war and have begun to return since late 2009 and presently live under control of the Army). [TC]

Tamil diaspora should invest in the north and east to generate productive employment and wealth

The Jaffna that I experienced

By: Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

I lived in Jaffna for a total of two and half months between January and April’2011. I did not watch television, listen to the radio, read newspapers or access the internet while I was there. [TC]

We will expose all false allegations about Sri Lanka – President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Media Release, president.gov.lk

The report of the Darusman Committee on the final phase of the operation to defeat terrorism in Sri Lanka is a tendentious document that makes grossly false allegations about Sri Lanka and its security forces. [TC]

Will Kanimozhi be arrested?

By Chakravarthy

On the eve of her appearance before the CBI court, Kanimozhi [ I personally do not like this zhi introduced by Rajaji for Tamil letter ழி but I continue as media follows] put up a brave face and said “if people think I am an easy target, they are highly mistaken. I would emerge clean from the case”. (No one knows to who she referred.) [TC]

Match fixing, corruption and politicisation of cricket in Sri Lanka

by Feizal Samath

WHEN former Sri Lankan test captain Hashan Tillekeratne recently claimed that there has been match-fixing in Sri Lankan cricket over the years – for well over a decade – the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, without batting an eyelid, rejected the allegations and asked him to prove it. [TC]

Civil society groups in Sri Lanka welcome findings of UN Report

by Melani Manel Perera

Colombo (AsiaNews) – Members of a number of civil society groups back the United Nations panel report on possible war crimes by government and Tamil rebel forces. According to human rights activists, the accusations in the report are a national issue; for one catholic priest, they are a lesson from which we can all learn [TC]

Will India help Sri Lanka in taking stand against USA and Europe over Ban-Ki-moon advisory report?

 by Upul Joseph Fernando

The Indian troika comprising National Security Advisor Menon, Indian foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Defence Secretary, Pradeep Kumar reckoned as India’s policy making body are due to arrive in SL shortly. [TC]

US Ambassador Blake tried to get Colombo to agree to a mediated LTTE surrender

Wikileaks report published in Norwegian newspaper “Aftenpost”reveals details of US Situation report no 74 on Northern Sri Lanka during May 17th,18th and 19th 2009 [TC]

EU urges Sri Lanka to engage with UNSG on panel report

Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the Report of the UN Secretary-General Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka [TC]

President Rajapaksa congratulates Prime Minister Harper

I am confident that the clear majority you have now obtained in Parliament through your dynamic leadership will provide strong and stable direction to Canada in facing the challenges ahead. [TC]

The need for an International Investigation Of war crimes in Sri Lanka

by Dr. Kay S. Kumaran, United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC)

USTPAC recently released the following report, entitled “The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes.”

This report highlights the Sri Lankan Government’s attempts to resist international pressure to investigate violations of human rights abuses against the Tamil people over the past 35 years. [TC]

Dheevish Arulmani (15) is one of 20 young Canadians competing against the world’s smartest teens

There are eight syllables in the first word of the title of Dheevesh Arulmani’s science project. The word is “photoelectrochemical.” [TC]

Sri Lanka must follow India in increasing university teacher salaries

by Gamini Premadasa

One of the critical factors affecting the quality of universities and institutions imparting higher education is our inability to attract and retain young and talented persons to the teaching profession.” [TC]

March of folly by S.B. Dissanayake down the path of I.M.R.A Iriyagolla

By Sumanasiri Liayanage

Faced with the threat of trade union action by the university teachers, the Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayake and Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof. Gamini Samaranayake instead of making an effort to find an amicable solution to the issues raised by the university teachers, seem to be engaged in confrontational strategy deploying threats, intimidations, misinterpretations and absolute lies. [TC]

The two “kinds” of Enid Blyton and Ban-Ki-moon

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha

Every cloud, they say, has a silver lining, and the Darusman Report was no exception. It gave me a reason, if not exactly a good one, to re-read Enid Blyton, a pleasure that increases in value as one nears one’s sixties. [TC]

Rice, wheat prices in Sri Lanka among highest in region

IRIN news

Sri Lankans are experiencing steep increases in two staple food sources, rice and wheat, because of severe floods and global shortages, says the UN. [TC]

May Day protest of the oppressed at Joint Trade Union Rally was a big success

By Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The joint trade union rally was a great success. It challenged the government for selling the country to the IMF and the global capital and also for arousing chauvinism to misdirect the masses. [TC]

FUTA Strike And The UGC Circular 956 Of May 3, 2011

By S. Ratnajeevan Hoole

University academics want more pay and want to strike. After the UGC put strikers on no-pay, the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations or FUTA has a clever trick. They will not strike but relinquish all voluntary extra duties like being department heads, student counselors and so on. [TC]

Let us hope that Sinhalaness will not be thrust down the throats of Tamils in Jaffna

by NAN

Less palmyrah trees, more coconut palms; less typical leaf fences due to less houses; hotels sprung up while there were hardly any long ago; [TC]

Rajapaksas pushing country into a debt trap to ensure their own safety, well being and glory

BY Tisaranee Gunasekara

“What can we do to save what seems not savable?” Elia Suleiman (Guernica – May 2011)

The soon-to-be-retired Chief Justice lauds the 17th Amendment for its democratic potential and laments its unnatural demise; [TC]

Major flaw in Ban-Ki-moon report renders it unacceptable

by Prof. Lakshman Marasinghe

I thank you in advance in the hope that you might be able to allow me a few lines to point out a fatal flaw in the Ban Ki-moon Report.In Paragraph 51 of the Report the Panel sets out the burden of proof that they utilized to determine the difference between fact and fiction from the voluminous material both oral and documentary provided to them. [TC]

Emergency debate on Sri Lanka in EU Parliament scheduled for May 12th

The European Parliament, which represents 27 countries, is to debate on Thursday what it calls violations of human rights and humanitarian laws in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Rajapaksa engineered outburst of patriotic hysteria on May Day reached a new high

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The poison is everywhere….nobody is immune to its effects”. — Victor Klemperer (The Language Of The Third Reich)

According to a CNN poll, the majority of Americans want the post-mortem photographs of Osama bin Laden to be made public. Yet President Obama decided against it. “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies”, he told CBS; “This is not who we are”.

ANC endorsement of the panel report is not pro-LTTE one, but one that has a different insight to that of the Sinhalese

by Dushy Ranetunge

Last week the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa endorsed the UN panel report. The endorsement was issued by Dr Ebrahim Ebrahim, head of International relations, of the African National Congress. [TC]

The triple killings of Wijeweera, Prabakharan and Bin Laden

by Victor Ivan

At last the USA has been able to assassinate Bin Laden, America’s No. 1 enemy, the terrorist who terrified the whole of America. [TC]

Majoritarian tourism and Sinhala language imposition in Jaffna

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

Its been two years since the war came to an end. Soon after, exultant southerners began visiting Jaffna in busloads and van loads to ‘see it with their own eyes’ and to celebrate the end of the protracted war. [[TC]

Global Tamil Forum meets senior officials at Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London

As part of bringing awareness to the current plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka and the wider engagement of governments around the world, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) met with senior civil servants at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, yesterday. [TC]

Govt must give undertaking to UN that Sri Lanka would conduct its own trail for war crimes

by Veerasingham Anandasangaree

The Government’s decision to respond in detail, to the Darusman report, is welcome news for me. I had been, from the very inception, always of the view that the government should face it and try to exonerate itself from the charges lest it remain as a permanent stigma in the country’s history. [TC]

The Australian Professor who taught the Tamil Tigers

by Tim Elliott

HE HAS been called a ”terrorist collaborator” and ”cunning propagandist”, a ”brainwashed puppet” and ”naive white man”. [TC]

Difficult for Muslims among Sinhalese to publicly express solidarity to Osama

by M.S.M. Ayub

The situation that the majority of Muslims faced after the killing of Al-Queda founder and its leader Osama Bin Laden on May 2 by the US Navy SEALs in Pakistani was very much similar to that faced by the Tamils after LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed by the Sri Lankan forces on May 18, 2009 on the banks of Nandikadal in Mullaitivu District. [TC]

National reconciliation is the key to regain our prestige in the international community

by Ranil Wickremesinghe

The UNP wishes to place its views on the Advisory Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka, before the House at this preliminary stage, when some critical decisions have to be made by the Government. Let me briefly recap the background to the current problem.

ANC supports the recommendations of UNSG Ban Ki-moon's Panel of Experts

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, had appointed a Panel of Experts to advise him on accountability in the Sri Lankan conflict. Amongst those who served on the panel is Yasmin Sooka, a prominent South African jurist. [TC]

The practical and moral philosophy adopted by Dayan Jayatilleka while in Geneva

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha

Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that our international relations need improvement. Some elements in the West seem annoyed with us and determined to criticise us. [TC]

May 01, 2011

May 1 - 7:

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa confident of USA and Sri Lanka working together after meeting with Robert Blake

By Shamindra Ferdinando 

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said, in an exclusive interview with The Island on Thursday (5), that Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake hadn’t come across any Tamil speaking civilians wanting to have Sri Lanka investigated for war crimes during his visit to former LTTE strongholds at Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi on May 3 [TC]

Transcript of the press conference by Assistant Secretary Robert Blake in Colombo

ASSISTANT SECRETARY BLAKE: I think that these programs have begun and there’s a promising beginning, but there’s much more that remains to be done [TC]

LLRC has become Sri Lanka’s all-purpose vehicle or home of last resort

by Gomin Dayasri

The gravitational pull is dragging the administration towards the LLRC, after the Moon report. It has become Sri Lanka’s All-Purpose Vehicle or Home of Last Resort [TC]

Triumphalism time in USA after Bin-Laden like in Sri Lanka after Prabhakaran

Dr. Susantha Goonatilake

It was triumphalism time in the USA (and frankly as a former New Yorker, I join in that US triumphalism). The “most wanted man” Bin Laden had been captured while using his own wife as a human shield. [TC]

Sri Lanka should clean up its act rather than getting hot under the collar over UN panel report

By Col R Hariharan 

The report of the three-member UN panel of experts set up to advise UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on alleged war crimes and human rights violations committed during the final stages of the Eeelam war has produced two reactions – both on expected lines. [TC]

Paranoid fear of the Sinhalese has prevented Sri Lanka from rising above a certain watermark

by Dushy Ranetunge in Kandy 

The rumour mill has been at it for a while that the former foreign secretary, Dr Palitha Kohona is to be assigned as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. [TC]

Osama and Prabhakaran: The killing of two terrorist leaders

By Harim Peiris 

The world woke up on Monday May 2, to the news that Osama Bin Laden, founder and leader of the Al-Queda network had been killed in a firefight with US troops at what was essentially his safe house and base camp, not far from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. [TC]

It is wrong to review the expert committee report from a racist angle

An Interview with Nimalka Fernando published in the Sunday RAVAYA dated 24/4/2011 [TC]

Panel report challenges attempts by Tamil Nationalists to equate events of May 2009 with those of July 1983

by Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

I hope and trust readers of the column will indulge me. Over the past years I have referred to a coterie of self-defined earnest patriots and defenders of the current regime as apparatchiks and toxic hacks. [TC]

Robert Blake should not mislead Sri Lankan Tamils again

By Mano Ganesan

Government was all set for the complete implementation of the 13th amendment immediately after war was the key notion propagated by US assistant state secretary Robert O Blake. Mr. Blake, then US ambassador in Sri Lanka misled Tamils of this country with this notion says DPF leader Mano Ganesan in the brief statement issued by DPF media office. [TC]

Osama Bin Laden did far less damage to USA than Prabhakaran did to Sri Lanka

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The killing of Osama Bin Laden by chopper-borne US Special forces and Navy Seals is good news and a job well done by that country. [TC]

'Asst. Sec Robert Blake answers inevitable Osama Vs. Prabhakaran killing question'

Asked if Washington was applying a double standard in the case of bin Laden and Sri Lanka’s killing of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, Blake said the United States had consistently backed efforts against the LTTE. [TC]

Sri Lanka visit: Statement by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake

It is a pleasure to return to Colombo and see so many old friends. I have had a series of productive meetings with Defense Secretary Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris, members of the opposition, and representatives of civil society. [TC]

Power devolution to minorities in Lanka

By Namini Wijedasa

The devolution of power to the minorities is not something Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stressed himself over since defeating the Tamil Tigers in battle. With the rebels gone and the state firmly in control of all territory, the notion of sharing political authority has become, well, passé. [TC]

If western powers push us we will transform this country as hub of political defiance against worldwide western interference

By Patali Champika Ranawaka

We are once again reminded that America (USA) can do whatever we set our mind to,” President Obama was reported to have said it in his address to the nation when he publicly declared the US forces’ killing of the leader of Al-Qaida, Osama Bin Laden. [TC]

Robert Blake arrives in Sri Lanka with a "secret message" for Rajapaksa regime

By Upul Joseph Fernando

The Assist. Secretary of State Robert Blake had arrived in Sri Lanka with a secret message which he says cannot be revealed until he has discussions with the Govt. Blake is noted for his ‘take it easy approach’ which he pursues pertaining to SL. [TC]

Movie Star Ravindra Randeniya urges Tamil brethren to 'rise as one family and people of one nation against Darusman report'

The veteran film star and the popular TV presenter Ravindra Randeniya has said that the challenge we face now because of the Darusman report is greater than the challenge we faced during the war. [TC] 

UN report is an even-handed, devastating account of atrocities committed during the war in Sri Lanka, but a more thorough account is needed

by Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham

An independent report on the conduct of the final months of the war in Sri Lanka that so many people have long asked for has finally been released by the United Nations. [TC]

Youthful confidence wins the day in engaged riding of Scarborough-Rouge River

by Laurie Monsebraaten

New Democrat Rathika Sitsabaiesan admits she is still “feeling a little numb” about her historic victory in Scarborough-Rouge River on Monday night. [Toronro Star]

Canada's first Tamil MP looks forward to challenge

Sitsabaiesan carries a special sense of responsibility as Canada's first Tamil MP. "It's very significant for me but also the Diaspora," she said. [CBC]

Instead of denying, Sri Lanka as a country needs full investigation of war crimes

by Dilan Thampapillai

Like most children of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora I have almost no experience of the Sinhalese as human beings. [TC]

Rathika Sitsabaiesan (NDP) elected in Scarborough-Rouge River

Rathika Sitsabaiesan (NDP) is elected at Scarborough-Rouge River, in the 41st Canadian Federal Elections held today, CBC news reported. [TC]

Robert O. Blake meets R.Sampanthan of TNA in Colombo

By B.M.Murshideen

Robert O. Blake, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, who arrived in Colombo yesterday, held talks with the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the current political situation in the country. [TC]

National integration is still where it was when Prabhakaran's body was found at Nandhikkadal

By Somapala Gunadheera

The Darusman Report has caused much embarrassment to us and made our motherland a target of international bickering.

Public must be made aware of the underlying pattern behind the Darusman panel exercise

One of the things that we have to get clear is that this expert panel report cannot be called a UN report at all. It’s a report compiled on a private initiative by the Secretary General, and has no nexus with the UN. [TC]

A multicultural national vision for peace in Sri Lanka

by Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, Dr. Fara Haniffa, Dr. Devenesan Nesiah

Sri Lanka was long famous for its rich social diversity and the harmonious co-existence of various communities [TC]

Nationalism,politics of humiliation and the Geopolitics of Emotion - Notes on Possibilities after the UN Report

by Darini Rajasingham Senanayake

It was my sense after May 18, 2009 when the LTTE was defeated that Sri Lanka was missing an opportunity to redefine itself as part of a kinder, gentler, global community. [TC]

The victory for Obama is also a victory for Osama

The killing of Osama bin Laden is a major triumph for President Obama and USA. It is a momentous symbolic victory. “Yes We Can” has been confirmed and underlined. [TC]

President Barack Obama Announces Death of Osama bin Laden

VOA News 

Twenty-five minutes before midnight on a Sunday night, President Obama made an announcement that the American people had waited almost ten years to hear. [TC]

Tens of Thousands of Sri Lankans Protest UN Report on Wartime Abuses

VOA News

Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans joined a rally in Colombo Sunday to protest a U.N. report that says the government may have committed serious human rights violations in the final months of a civil war that ended in 2009. [TC]

The main challenge our working community experienced was terrorism – President Mahinda Rajapakse

By Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka, May Day Message

I remind you with pride of Sri Lanka’s higher recognition among the South Asian countries as a country which enforced the conventions of the International Labour Organisation very successfully. First and foremost I extend my gratitude for the Sri Lankan labour community for contributing fruitfully to increase the country’s economic development growth rate to eight percent.” [TC]

Mahinda is making May Day a bloody chauvinist campaign day

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Government is planning to hold a mammoth May Day rally organized by the UPFA and it will be held in Colombo under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. We are told that four major processions organized by the UPFA constituent parties will start from Campbell Park Borrella, Narahenpita, Maligakanda and Rajagiriya and will march to Town Hall, the venue of the May Day rally [TC]

Best answer to our critics is to empower the Tamil people so they can sit at the head table

by Kalyananda Godage

Ban Ki-moon has not done himself any credit and lost the confidence of the people of our country by becoming an instrument of the ‘new colonials’ who, in this instance, are seeking to please the Tamil diaspora. [TC]

West wants regime change in Sri Lanka by ousting Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

by Gomin Dayasri 

The Moon report is the first short step of the West before taking a giant leap towards maneuvering a regime-change. The US ambassador invited the local NGO’s hostile to the government for a discussion along with other diplomats whose thinking could probably be supportive of the Moon report, before the ‘prime hater of Sri Lanka’ advocate Robert Blake arrives to place the blue print of project “Exit Rajapakse” into operation. (?) [TC]

Anti-Darusman patriotic yathra advances domestic political agenda of Rajapaksa siblings

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Fanatics are picturesque; mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reason”. Nietzsche (The Anti-Christ)

Gopalaswami Mahendraraja alias Mahattaya was a Tiger leader and a Tamil hero, until Vellupillai Pirapaharan decided that he was an arch-traitor. Once the Leader branded his erstwhile deputy a betrayer, the Tamils were expected to fall in line, disregarding Mahattaya’s sterling record of service to the Eelam cause. [TC]

Protracted war has changed traditional roles played by men and women in Jaffna

by Dilrukshi Handunetti

Saraswathy Thanabalasingham sells garlands and basic costume jewellery in close proximity to the fabled Nallur temple in Jaffna. Her husband is a landmine victim and she is unable to sell her wares regularly.

China Backs Lanka Against UN Report on War Crimes

Amid mounting pressure on the Sri Lankan government following the publication of a UN report alleging war crimes during the country’s civil war, China today asked the global community not to complicate the issue and leave it to Colombo to handle it. [TC]

Russia will support and defend Sri Lanka in the UN

By Anthony David

The Russian Ambassdor in Sri Lanka, Vladimir P. Mikhaylov has said that the UN panel report was counterproductive and, “if some forces try to defend or push forward the allegations” Russia will oppose such moves. [TC]

Why did the the Rajapaksas lie to the people of Sri Lanka?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Ne plus ultra (Not further beyond): the inscription believed to have been carved on the Pillars of Heracles (Straits of Gibraltar), warning seafarers against venturing any further. In politics there is a ‘Ne plus ultra’ line which cannot be crossed with impunity. [TC]