Jun 10 – 16:

Children in former Sri Lankan war zones still traumatised by military

Children’s advocates in Sri Lanka say the heavy military presence in the island’s former conflict zones, especially in the north, continue to traumatise children who experienced the civil war. [Radio Australia]

Ethnic Cleansing of Muslim Minority in Myanmar?

By Marwan Macan-Marcar

Reports of sectarian violence in western Myanmar have exposed the plight of 800,000 Muslim Rohingya, a persecuted minority that a regional human rights body described in 2006 as facing a “slow-burning genocide”. [DBSJ]

Carlton Tournament and ITAK Convention: Two contrasting insights

by Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Two contrasting insights into reconciliation were on display in the last ten days – one in the field of sports and the other in the field of politics. [DBSJ]

Storify: ‘Western Myanmar Unrest’

Myanmar is on a very uneven and fragile road towards democracy but seven people have been killed in three days of riots in the country’s western region. The coastal state of Rakhine saw Buddhists once again fighting Muslims including Rohingya migrants, most of whom are stateless. [TW]

Rise of Kurdish diaspora leader could awaken sleeping dragon of Kurdish Nationalism

A sleeping dragon awakes: Kurds Take Centre Stage in West Asia

by James.M.Dorsey


As popular uprisings and post-revolt transitions change the political, economic and social structures of the Middle East, Kurds, the world’s largest nation without a state of their own, are emerging as the force that could spark a redrawing of borders and rewriting of minority rights in West Asia. [DBSJ]

Corruption, Nepotism and the Carlton Sports Network

By J.C.Weliyamuna

A Governance Analysis of Frequency Allocation & TV Rights in Present Sri Lanka

Frequency Allocation- A Grand Corruption?

Understanding the State capture by Kleptocrats does not require a dedicated study; it is easily recognizable. For the benefit of keen students of governance, let me begin this article with the definition of Kleptocracy:  [DBSJ]

Appalling treatment for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees by their ‘brethren’ on Tamil Nadu

By Kath Noble

Sri Lankan refugees have been making the news again in recent days. A group of 40 whose claims of persecution have been rejected by the UK was sent back to Colombo at the beginning of the month.  [DBSJ]

‘Gota’s War’ by Chandraprema: Glaring omissions but quite thorough

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

C A Chandraprema’s book on the war against the LTTE is an immensely interesting read.

I had wondered how effective he would be as a writer of a sustained narrative, for his columns, though informative, can sometimes be turgid and repetitive. But his book combines a racy narrative with convincing detail, and I think makes clear the immense achievement of the government in dealing with the LTTE. [DBSJ]

‘I acted in conformity with the mandate given to me by His Excellency The President’ –Tamara Kunanayakam

by Ayesha Zuhair

Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative (PR) to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, has accused Navanethem Pillay, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, of playing the political agenda of the US and Western powers. [DBSJ]

The Role of international law in contemporary diplomacy

By Dr.Amrith Rohan Perera

(Text of the Romesh Jayasinghe -Memorial Oration delivered by Dr Amrith Rohan Perera PC at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo on May 30, 2012)

I first heard of Romesh Jayasinghe from his father, the late W T Jayasinghe, the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Affairs, as it then existed, under whom I had the privilege of first serving in that establishment.  [DBSJ]

Good old days of the Galle Fort: Golden memories

by Faiza Thassim

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Sri Lanka’s coastline, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town of Galle lies the quaint old peninsula that is the Galle Fort. Originally built by the Portuguese and then modified by the Dutch in the 17th century, this little enclave shot to fame after it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1988.  [DBSJ]

Report of the jury on the public hearing on Koodankulam and state suppression of democratic rights

Public Hearing Committee:

Justice A.P. Shah,
Former Chief Justice of Madras and Delhi High Court

Geeta Ramaseshan,
Advocate, Madras High Court

Prof. Prabha Kalvimani
Irular Tribes Protection Association

Date of Public Hearing: 14 May, 2012
Published: June 2012

Organized by:
Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle.  [DBSJ]

Disaster management drama at Nakkaneri village in Tamil Nadu

by S. P. Udayakumar

Actors on Stage:

-The Cheranmahadevi Sub-Collector, Mrs. Rohini Ramdas
-The Radhapuram Tahsildar, Mr. Subramanian
-150 policemen
-An assortment of revenue and health department officials
-A bigger group of NPCIL officials
-Another group of paid laymen
-Behind the Screen (in the NPCIL Township)
-The District Collector, Dr. R. Selvaraj
-The Superintendent of Police, Mr. Vijayendra Bidari
-NPCIL officials  [DBSJ]

‘Statements may be made by leaders but Eeelam is our ultimate goal’- Sivagnanam Shritharan MP

By Paul Newman

Sivagnanam Shritharan, 43, is the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Sri Lankan Parliament from Kilinochchi. Elected in 2010, he was earlier the head master of the Kilinochchi Mahavidyalayam in Kilinochchi, where LTTE leader Velupillai Prab  [DBSJ]

Connections Video ~ ‘Promising answers’ and ‘addressing issues’ of political prisoners

Featuring on the Connections Programme of Jun 11, 2012 are:

– Youth Unemployment matters in Post war Sri Lanka
– Promising Answers for Political Prisoners
– Lakshan Dias on ‘Addressing issues of Political Prisoners
– Police Department takes over Colombo Checkpoints [TW]

ITAK and TNA leaders exploit the people while living in comfort

by K.S. Sivakumaran

Here are some idealistic suggestions for better harmonious living in this blessed country:

Discourage the activities of those ruthless people masquerading as genuine Sinhala Buddhist clergymen involving themselves in political, anti-social activities.

This applies to all priests and ‘kurukkal’ and ‘mowlavis’ in every denomination. Some of these politicized monks garbed in so-called sacred robes behave in a shameful manner, both in parliament and outside. [DBSJ]

Insulting Lankan VIPs in Tamilnadu amounts to insulting Tamil culture!

By Chackravarthy

Well every thing started with the 11th International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) held in Colombo from June 3 to 5th 2010. In a way it was an Ill conceived – white elephant project that failed drastically to give the desired result as the sponsors had no deep knowledge about Bollywood or Indian politics. [DBSJ]

How has Northern Province economy fared since the end of the war in 2009?

by R.M.B.Senanayake

At a recent seminar on the peace dividend, the speaker Dr Muttukrishna Sarvanandan drew attention to the fact that the share of government services which includes defense services is a high of 53% in the Northern Province.

He was quoting from the Provincial GDP data prepared by the Department of Census & Statistics and published by the Central Bank given below. [DBSJ]

The spectre of separatism and the language of self-determination

by Kalana Senaratne

From its inception in late 1949 as the Tamil Federal Party, the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) – a party which, as the late Lakshman Kadirgamar once claimed in Parliament, was founded by a “dedicated group of principled men” – has been in the forefront of Sri Lankan (and Tamil) politics. It has come to play a dominant role in the writing of different chapters of Sri Lanka’s post-independence political story. [DBSJ]

Sampanthan’s speech at ITAK Convention: Intentions, interpretations and implications

BY Rajan Philips

Whether he intended it or not, TNA leader R. Sampanthan’s speech in Batticaloa two weeks ago has stirred up a hornet’s nest. The occasion was the 14th National Convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), once known in English as the (Tamil) Federal Party. The speech became the subject, and the object, of interpretation in the editorials and commentaries from last Sunday onward. Their burden is Sampanthan’s mysterious allusion to the right of “external self-determination” of the Tamils and non-violent pursuit of their “soaring aspirations.” [DBSJ]

Present University Grants Commission Chairman got appointed due to serving President in election campaign and drafting his manifesto

by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

The University Grants Commission (UGC) never ceases to amaze me by its ability to posture through high principles which it never practices. Indika Sri Aravinda reports (Leader, 3 June) that the UGC will henceforth fine illegal doctorates and that according to the UGC Chairman, issuing doctorates for a payment is illegal. [DBSJ]

‘I run orphanages and vocational training centres in the North’ says ex LTTE Chief ‘KP’

by Arthur Wamanan

LTTE’s one time global arms procurer and financial controller Pathmanathan alias KP, accusing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of misleading Tamil youth in this country by spreading false propaganda, expressed regret at Tamil politicians’ failure to live up to the expectations after government had restored peace in the once war-torn areas [DBSJ]

Is Sri Lanka heading towards another July ’83 with Muslims as the Target?

By Latheef Farook

Is Sri Lanka heading towards another July 1983 type pogrom?

This is the growing fear in view of the repeated threats on mosques and madrasas provoking Muslims. In the midst of this turbulence, the Criminal Investigation Department’s call for a list of mosques and madrasas – no information on worshipping centers of other religions was sought — has sent shockwaves among beleaguered Muslims. [DBSJ]

Pope hopes for a ‘global joint solution’ to Sri Lanka’s reconciliation

The “steps taken to favour socio-economic development, and reconciliation among the communities hit by the long internal conflict which has affected” Sri Lanka, and the hope that “a global joint solution may soon be found corresponding to the legitimate expectations of all the parties involved” dominated this morning’s meeting between Benedict XVI and President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [TW]

Buddhism in Tamil Nadu: The ‘Buddha Samy’ of Thiyaganur

by A. Srivathsan

In most ways, Thiyaganur is a typical village in Tamil Nadu. Matchbox houses with gleaming white walls and red earth tiles, fields with irregular patterns, a provisional store that sells garishly coloured beverages, and the occasional bus chugging through. The lime-washed temple, in this village 80 km north-west of Tiruchi, has a familiar air about it too. Until one gets closer. [DBSJ]

Shehan Karunatilaka wins 2012 Commonwealth book prize

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka, a former advertising copywriter, has won the Commonwealth book prize for his highly praised debut novel Chinaman: the Legend of Pradeep Mathew.

Narrated by the alcoholic former sports journalist WG Karunasena, the novel is the story of his quest for Pradeep Mathew, a devastatingly talented Sri Lankan spin bowler who appears to have been expunged from historical record. Despite its cricket focus, Karunatilaka promises in the book: “If you’ve never seen a cricket match; if you have and it has made you snore; if you can’t understand why anyone would watch, let alone obsess over this dull game, then this is the book for you.” [DBSJ]