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Chief Minister Wigneswaran rejects domestic investigation in new NPC resolution

[Tue, 01 Sep 2015, 06:23 GMT]
Questioning the legal possibilities of conducting a credible investigation within the domestic sphere of the Sri Lankan Constitution and pointing out other hurdles within the SL State system, C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Tuesday passed a resolution rejecting the domestic process being proposed by the USA and other powers. In ithe new resolution, the NPC has once again demanded a credible international investigation mechanism. Mr Wigneswaran, the NPC chief minister, who was a former Supreme Court Judge of Sri Lanka, citied previous examples of domestic failures including the earlier commissions that had international participation. Explaining the nature of crimes and legal circumstances prevailing in the island, the suggestion of domestic mechanism would be a ‘travesty of justice’ the CM proclaimed in the resolution. Full story >>

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Ex-militant parties in TNA resolve to oppose US move on domestic mechanism

[Mon, 31 Aug 2015, 09:44 GMT]
Three of the ex-militant parties in the Tamil National Alliance have decided to sharply oppose the US move, informed sources within the TNA told TamilNet on Sunday. A consensus has already been achieved between the three parties (EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE) on Sunday with regards to opposing the domestic mechanism and in demanding international investigations. However, on ITAK's reluctance in making democratic decisions within the TNA, the three ex-militant parties would demand a structural solution within the TNA before considering other options, an EPRLF source told TamilNet Monday noon. Full story >>

Domestic process will be tantamount to “victor's justice”: TNPF

[Sat, 29 Aug 2015, 20:25 GMT]
Citing its consistent warnings to Tamils about the use of their struggle by geo-political contestations, the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) in a statement on Saturday said that it insists on an international criminal justice process since any domestic process will be tantamount to “victor's justice”. The TNPF also said that the ‘devolution paradigm’ [so far imposed by Washington and New Delhi, and recently re-iterated in hoodwink by Ranil Wickramasinghe], would not work to the context of the island. Rejecting ‘Sri Lankan’ nation-state, the TNPF argued for Tamils and Sinhalese coming together as nations of Self-Determination in a bi-national State in the island. It is up to the Muslims and Up Country Tamils whether they wish to assert to their right to self-determination with consciousness or not, the policy statement further said. Full story >>

Feature Article

Reconciling genocidal Sri Lanka is outdated game of imperialism

[Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 00:39 GMT]
Tony Blair in Colombo
The historical contribution of Lakshman Kadirgamar was convincing the West, on behalf of the Colombo-centric genocidal formation that the national struggle of Eezham Tamils is the prime impediment or opportunity to act in negativeness, for the successful re-entry of the West into the region. After deceiving the nation of Eezham Tamils into second ‘Mu'l'livaaykkaal’ by treading on any international justice to them, Tony Blair, who was the British Prime Minister during the first genocidal onslaught, defended the second one too on Monday, choosing the occasion to deliver Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Address in Colombo. All the imperialisms of the West considered Colombo as the pivotal point to enter into the region even though they had headquarters in Goa, Batavia (Jakarta), Tranquebar, Pondicherry and Calcutta. The reason was the fear or inferiority complex about the larger subcontinent. Full story >>

Feature Article

‘Global War’ to wage genocide, ‘domestic mechanism’ to confirm structural genocide

[Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 17:49 GMT]
The USA that designed the ‘International Community’ genocidal onslaught on the national question of Eezham Tamils in the name of Global War on Terror (GWOT) and the agent State in Colombo that conducted it on the ground will move in collaboration in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in September for a ‘domestic mechanism’ of investigation, which is sure to confirm and institutionalise the on-going structural genocide in the island. The announcement in this regard, immediately following the parliamentary elections, confirms the crux of the agenda for which electoral politics was engineered in the island, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Eezham Tamils, who have wasted their time, energy and money on a deceptive political course, designed by the ultimate culprits, should at least now think of a different paradigm of polity, the activists further said. Full story >>

Feature Article

Competition mounts in engineering genocidal Sri Lanka

[Tue, 25 Aug 2015, 16:07 GMT]
South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa was on a secret mission to Colombo last weekend. Mr. Tony Blair, who was the British Prime Minister during the genocidal onslaught of Eezham Tamils was in the island on a two weeks tour since 11 August. US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal and another US official are in Colombo. The section of Sinhala Buddhist elements in the mission or payroll of protecting Rajapaksa, who openly took a China line earlier this year, connected the dots to depict IC conspiracy, by linking Ramaphosa to the ICG and to a CIA mission. In response, the South African Government on Tuesday announced that Mr Ramaphosa was no longer connected to the ICG. The hectic visits and the recent Indian media scurry in claiming hold on affairs as well as 'guidance' for domestic investigation, signal only mounting competition in stabilizing the genocidal State with new local partners. Full story >>

Colombo's Wildlife Department harasses Eezham Tamil villagers in Maanthai West

[Sun, 23 Aug 2015, 23:24 GMT]
Yotha-vaavi
The occupying Sinhala military and the operatives of Colombo's Wildlife Department, have been harassing the Tamil people to vacate from Kuruvil village, situated in Paalaip-perumaa'l-kaddu GS division in Maanthai West DS division of Mannaar District. The harassment has been going on since SL President Maithiripala Sirisena came to power in January 2015. Around 70 families have already left from the village, where they have been residing since late 60s. More than 35 families are still fighting for their right to live in the village, which is located on the northeast sector of Kadduk-karaik-ku'lam (Giant's Tank). The SL Wildlife Department, claiming the village as coming under Giant's Tank Sanctuary, has filed cases against 6 families at Mannaar District Court. While the case is going on, Colombo's department has put up Sinhalicised name boards at several locations of the village. Full story >>

Uprooted people in Champoor demand coordinated Tamil effort on resettlement

[Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 18:00 GMT]
While Tamil activists are set to push for a billion-rupee compensation from the Sri Lankan State for the structural destruction caused to Champoor so far, the president of the genocidal State in Colombo is visiting to Champoor on Saturday to donate 13,000 rupees per family to 25 families together with a symbolic hand-over of their lands, news sources in Trincomalee told TamilNet on Friday. Meanwhile, the resettling uprooted Tamils said they had spent 30,000 rupees each during the last weeks alone to clear the freed lands. Although there are Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) showing a keen interest in providing support, there is no co-ordinated effort to channel assistance to resettle the people, the civil sources in Trincomalee said. Full story >>

Feature Article

Eezham Tamils preparing for unfolding phase of struggle

[Wed, 19 Aug 2015, 05:50 GMT]
The Eezham Tamil voting pattern in August-2015 elections resembles in certain ways the 1970 elections in then Ceylon. Mr V. Navaratnam, who had understood the course of deceptive politics by genocidal Colombo and futility of Tamils alternately looking upon Sinhala political parties, came out of the ITAK (Federal Party) to form Thamizhar Chuyaadchik Kazhakam (Tamil Self-Rule Party). The Party’s performance in 1970 elections was pathetically poor, overshadowed by the Federal Party and Tamil Congress. But it took just two years for the situation to change thoroughly. Colombo’s new constitution in 1972 compelled both the FP and TC, as well as Tamil communists, to declare higher than what Navaratnam was envisaging – independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, which the Tamils endorsed in the 1977 elections. Full story >>

Feature Article

Families of enforced disappeared Tamils decry domestic investigations

[Sun, 30 Aug 2015, 15:38 GMT]
Around 1,200 people from all the 8 districts of North-East came together at an emotional gathering on Sunday at the De La Salle Brothers School in Mannaar, remembering the enforced disappeared persons in the country of Eezham Tamils. On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the families of enforced disappeared demanded independent international investigations and categorically rejected the domestic and so-called hybrid mechanisms that are currently being advocated by the USA. In the meantime, leading lawyers from Mannaar told TamilNet on Sunday that international investigations were necessary on the mass graves at the killing fields of Mannaar. On Friday, an abandoned well allegedly used by the SL military to dump slain Tamils was located 40 meters close to Maanthai Junction near Thirukkeatheesvaram temple. Full story >>

Colombo spent 6.5 million USD to influence Washington in 2014

[Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 14:25 GMT]
Imaad Zuberi
The Sri Lankan Government, over a 5-month period in 2014, paid USD 6.5 million directly and indirectly to US-based WR Group and a private equity fund manager, Imaad Zuberi, who is one of Hillary Clinton's "Hillblazers" for her 2016 presidential campaign and a top tier of bundlers for Obama's 2012 relection campaign, the Foreign Policy Magazine has revealed on Friday. 45-year-old Imaad Zuberi, born to Pakistani father and Indian mother is also a venture capitalist and an elite political fundraiser, reported Bill Allison of the FP Magazine. "The Sri Lanka experience hasn’t deterred Zuberi from seeking nw business abroad. He continues to post to Facebook pictures of himself side by side with the powerful, most recently with Hillary Clinton," the report further said. Full story >>

Feature Article

BJP, Indian Marxists should stop talking about 1857

[Thu, 27 Aug 2015, 17:39 GMT]
When the 1857 rebellion in India broke out against British imperialism and when the British tried to degrade it as mere ‘Sepoy Mutiny’, Marx and Engels, then writing from London, based on reports that took months to come via sea, saw the point that it was not Mutiny, but the “First War of Indian Independence.” Decades later, Veer Savarkar, one of the founders of the Hindu Mahasabah, the forerunner of the RSS, Jan Sangh and today's BJP, wrote a book, “The Volcano” to describe 1857. The BJP, Indian Marxists and the so-called Indian nationalists have no right to speak about 1857, the Jallianwala Bagh of the 1919 etc., when they fail to see the genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils for imperialistic purposes and the historical righteousness of their struggle that has faced all the imperialisms of the present times, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. Full story >>

Feature Article

SLM Hanifa urges Tamil-speaking politicians to transcend parochial localism

[Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 10:05 GMT]
Veteran writer SLM Hanifa has warned Tamils and Muslims of the sinister motives of the incumbent UNP-SLFP regime and the exploitative global politics of the Powers. Urging the Tamil-speaking Muslims and Tamils to shed past old wounds towards building unity between all Tamil speakers, also including the Upcountry Tamils, in order to defend the larger interests of their communities, the former NEPC councillor from Batticaloa condemned the opportunistic parliamentary orientations of the Muslim politicians, who have hitherto brought political confusion among the Muslim masses through their actions that have only strengthened the Sinhala-dominated coalitions. "Like the caste system is exploited for seeking votes in Tamil Nadu, locality-oriented parochialism has emerged as a destructive factor in the electoral politics in the island, which is exploited by the UNP and the SLFP,” Mr Hanifa said. Full story >>

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TNA should clarify ‘consensus’ on domestic investigation

[Mon, 24 Aug 2015, 15:24 GMT]
While interviewing Mr Ranil Wikremesinghe for The Hindu on Monday, Indian media’s veteran antagonist of Eezham Tamil independence, ‘Sri Lanka Ratna’ Ram, came out with a question like guidance: “And on the human rights issues, there is a demand for an international investigation. But clearly there is a consensus in Sri Lanka that the investigation should be domestic.” The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should clarify to Tamils whether it is part of this ‘consensus’, since genocidal Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister recognizes it in the interview as one of the three key players. Any silence of TNA in this matter should prompt Tamils to lose no time in mobilising their polity to face the drama that is going to be enacted in Geneva next month by the Indo-US playwrights, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Full story >>

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Champoor Tamils to join hands with Muslims in opposing controversial coal power plant

[Sat, 22 Aug 2015, 23:29 GMT]
"Our resettlement was blocked 3 times within the last 8 months between the Sri Lankan Presidential Election in January till the SL Parliamentary Elections in August. We have seen the Gazette notification, legal cases in Colombo and the SL president visiting before the election and after the election. Again, Champoor has gained focus because of the much awaited OISL report in September,” Tamil activists from Champoor told TamilNet on Saturday after witnessing the much orchestrated visit by SL President Maithiripala and former SL president Chandrika Kumaratunga. In the meantime, the people of Champoor will soon to join hands with the Tamil-speaking Muslims in Moothoor in demanding annulment of the controversial coal power plant in Champoor, they further told TamilNet. Full story >>

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Call for independent political judgement is ‘radicalism’ to Indian media

[Thu, 20 Aug 2015, 06:27 GMT]
The NPC Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran’s written statements during the elections for people to have their own independent judgement in voting for polity and personalities might have implied transcending TNA’s political discourse, but by reporting it as “urging the Tamils to vote for radicalism” the New Indian Express reporter P K Balachandran, based in Colombo, has only proved his journalistic incapacity in correctly conveying statements issued in Tamil to English readers in India. The New Indian Express should immediately recall him if it cares for journalistic justice in reporting sensitive statements coming in Tamil language, unless such reporting is the current official policy of the media corporate on the affairs of the island, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. Full story >>

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TNA secures 16 of 29 SL parliamentary seats in North-East

[Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 05:50 GMT]
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has secured 5 seats in the Jaffna electoral district, 4 seats in Vanni, 3 seats in Batticaloa, 1 in Trincomalee, 1 in Ampaa'rai and two seats for nominated parliamentarians according to the latest figures. In Jaffna, S. Sritharan, Mavai Senathirajah, M.A. Sumanthiran, T. Sitharthan and E. Saravanapavan have secured their seats after repeated counting of preferential votes on Tuesday while Suresh Premachandran lost his parliamentary seat. In the meantime, United National Party (UNP) led by Ranil Wickramasinghe is set to form the SL government in the South, despite a tough race with Mahinda Rajapaksa's UPFA. The UNP was leading the electoral districts in the South, particularly where Tamils and Muslims live in considerable numbers. UNP has got 106 seats in the SL parliament followed by the UPFA (95), TNA (16), JVP (06), EPPD (01) and SLMC (01). Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2012:
2012 Sep 01 02:36      Australian Court denies US extradition request
2002:
2002 Sep 01 21:19      Civilians to picket against army presence
2002 Sep 01 18:32      Chandrika slams UNF government 'without vision'
2002 Sep 01 12:25      President lays conditions for de-proscription, ...
2002 Sep 01 12:22      PM Secretary meets Thamilchelvan
2002 Sep 01 12:19      EPDP controlled PS building damaged
2002 Sep 01 12:16      SLFP opposes 19th amendment
2001:
2001 Sep 01 07:18      PA to sign agreement with Marxists
2000:
2000 Sep 01 17:05      Sexual assault blamed on soldiers
2000 Sep 01 17:04      Artillery exchange in Jaffna
2000 Sep 01 05:54      Fourteen SLAF killed in LTTE attack
1999:
1999 Sep 01 20:01      Chemmani exhumations next week - AG
1999 Sep 01 17:39      SLA advance in Vaakarai
1999 Sep 01 17:38      Two killed in security zone
1999 Sep 01 16:04      Ex-SLA troops identify further graves
1999 Sep 01 07:26      Temple play provokes SLA drama
1998:
1998 Sep 01 23:04      Batticaloa rickshaw owners protest
1998 Sep 01 19:49      PLOTE attempts to clear town
1997:
1997 Sep 01 11:10      Equality of Tamil a facade
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968
American clergyman
Prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement

 

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[13.03.15]
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[12.02.15]
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