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"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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September 2005 -

30 September 2005 பொங்கு தமிழ் - Pongu Thamil

1. யாழில் நடைபெற்ற பொங்கு தமிழ் நிகழ்வின் ஒலித்தொகுப்புக்கள் including   தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் யாழ். மாவட்ட நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினார் கஜேந்திரகுமார் பொன்னம்பலம் ஆற்றிய உரை.

2. International Federation of Tamils to Yarl Pongu Thamizh...

 

 

 

 

 

"..அன்பு பொங்கும் யாழ் பொங்குதமிழ் சமூகமே!, உங்கள் பொங்கு தமிழ் எழுச்சி எட்டுத்திக்கும் பரவும் வகை செய்வோம்!  இலங்கைத்தீவின் வடக்குக்கிழக்குத் தமிழீழத் தாயகம் பொங்குதமிழின் எழுச்சியினால் சிவந்து கிடப்பதை உணர்வுடனும், உரிமையுடனும் போற்றி, இன்றைய யாழ் பொங்குதமிழ் எழுச்சி வெற்றி பெற அனைத்துலக தமிழ் சமூகம சார்பில் வாழத்துகின்றோம்...தமிழர்களின் தாகம் தமிழீழத் தாயகம்.." more

30 September 2005 International Frame of  Struggle for Tamil Eelam - European Union Declaration to include  ஐரோப்பிய ஒன்றியமும் விடுதலை புலிகளும் - Thinakural Editorial

30 September 2005 Indictment Against Sri Lanka to include

Grenade attack on Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation Office in Batticaloa

29 September 2005 Mannikkavasagar's Thiruvasagam - 8th Thirumurai: மாணிக்க வாசகர் அருளிய திருவாசகம் to include Pulavar Keeran - Six Lectures on Thiruvempavai: lecture 1 - lecture 2 - lecture 3 - lecture 4 - lecture 5 - lecture 6

28 September 2005 Tamils - a Trans State Nation: Pongu Thamizh in Tamil Eelam & Around the World Gathers Momentum ... to include

1. தமிழ் ஈழம் - மன்னார் தேசிய எழுச்சி பிரகடன நிகழ்வு - 28 September 2005

2. முல்லைத்தீவு தேசிய எழுச்சி பிரகடன
நிகழ்வில்
தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் யாழ். மாவட்ட நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் மா.க.ஈழவேந்தன் ஆற்றிய உரை

3. Messages from Ryerson Tamil Students Association, Toronto; Academic Society of Tamil Students, Ottawa, Canada; Carleton University Tamil Students Association; and தமிழ்ப் படைபபாளிகள் கழகம், கனடா..  "..இப் பொங்கு தமிழ் பொன்நாளில் கண்டம் விட்டுக் கண்டம் வாழ்ந்தாலும் தாயக விடுதலைப் பயிருக்கு நாளும் பொழுதும் நீர் வார்ப்போம் எனச் சூளுரைக்கிறோம்!.." more

4. பொங்கு தமிழ் கவிதைகள் - யாழ்ப்பாணம்

"சர்வதேசமே! எங்களை
சாதாரணமாக எடைபோடாதே!
சர்வதேச அரங்கிலே - நாங்களும்
சமபலமாய் நிற்கின்றோம்!
அன்னை தமிழுக்கு - இங்கு
அரசொன்று வேண்டும்! தமிழ்
மண்ணின் ஆட்சிக்கென்று
மகத்தான அரசொன்று
வேண்டும்! வேண்டும்!
எங்களை அங்கீகரிக்க
எங்களை ஆதரிக்க
தனியரசு மலர வேண்டும்!
தன்னாட்சியும் வரவேண்டும்! " more

தமிழீழம்: தாய்நாடு வணக்கப் பண்  - "வாழ்க் ஈழத் தமிழகம், வாழ்க இனிது வாழகவே, என்றும் தலை நிமிர்ந்து வாழ்கவே."

27 September 2005 International Frame of  Struggle for Tamil Eelam - to include  European Union Declaration condemning Terrorism in Sri Lanka together with response by International Federation of Tamils

27 September 2005 Tamil National Forum - Sanmugam Sabesan to include  நவம்பர் பதினேழும், நவம்பர் இருபத்தியேழும்!

25 September 2005 Revisited: Sri Lanka:Time is Running Out - Nadesan Satyendra, 26 years ago on 13 October 1979 -

"..What does it matter who arrived first? Or is it the position that those who arrived later should be dumped into the sea? Or for that matter are the late arrivals to be discriminated against on the ground that they are late arrivals? Does it matter that some are regarded as invaders, and some others as settlers? Are we to visit the sins of the so called invaders on their descendants born centuries later and on generations yet unborn? Or is it that the descendants of these invaders have inherited a certain propensity towards invasive habits and should therefore be kept in a state of semi-subservience? Is that the path to a united Sri Lanka? ...The pursuit of historical first causes leads us only to pre historic man...  In a Parliamentary Democracy where political parties vie with one another to bid for the support of the people at the broadest common denominator, the highest bidder no doubt wins but often, the long term losers are the people themselves... in the end, everything depends on what the people of Sri Lanka themselves want to do - and time is running out..." more

25 September 2005 Tamil Nation Library - Eelam Section to include

The Evolution of an Ethnic Identity, The Tamils in  Sri Lanka: C 300 BCE to 1200 CE - Dr. K. Indrapala: Book Review by Parasakthy Sundharalingam "...Prof. Indrapala’s book has come at a critical period in the history of Sri Lanka, when the two ethnic groups are at the "parting of ways"  Is it a harbinger of peace or has it arrived rather late?.. He says: 'My aim here is to explore the past in order to understand how the Tamils of Sri Lanka (as well as the Sinhalese) came to be what they are. Their political claims that led to the current conflict are to be judged in terms of accepted universal Human Rights and not in terms of their past in the Island. The deeper one delves into Sri Lankan history, the more will one find how much the Tamils and Sinhalese have shared history and culture and common descent.' " more

24 September 2005 Reflections

"....The United States has an opportunity make Sri Lanka a model and help it to evolve, by negotiating, two autonomous democratic political structures within a system acceptable to both parties, where ethnic communities can coexist peacefully on the Island. The US should be firm in its message to the government and the opposition, that if negotiations are not forthcoming immediately, they should be prepared to conduct a referendum of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. This can be done with the assistance of the United Nations similar to the referendum in East Timor. Thus, in the absence of a negotiated settlement, the Tamil people could determine whether they want a confederation or a separate state as endorsed by the Tamil people in the last democratic elections held in 1977 in the north and east of Sri Lanka...." US Congressman Brad Sherman, 1 September 2000

23 September 2005 Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam to include

1. Sri Lankan State neither has the will nor the ability to negotiate with the LTTE in good faith - Tamil National Alliance "Under Article 2 of the agreement captioned "Measures to restore normalcy," the GOSL agreed to several important conditions. Namely, to vacate all school buildings and return them for the intended use; the return of all other public buildings to their intended use; to review the security measures and set-up of checkpoints, particularly in densely populated cities and towns, in order to introduce systems that will prevent harassment of the civilian population; to lift all restrictions on day and night fishing except in certain designated areas. To date, the GOSL is yet to comply with these provisions despite three and a half years having lapsed since the signing of the CFA. As a result, hundreds of thousands of civilians are unable to resettle and continue to languish as refugees in camps under miserable condition, and are unable to freely pursue their livelihood...In the meantime, the disarming of paramilitary forces as mandated by the Article 1.8 of the CFA by the GOSL did not take place.. more

2. Rising Challenge - Tamil Guardian "...Whereas to the international community and the island’s minorities, federalism is not division, to the Sinhala ultra-nationalists bearing Mahinda Rajapakse aloft, it most certainly is. Even if Ranil Wickremesinghe wins – an increasingly unlikely proposition – the Sinhala nationalists will yet undermine the peace process. The ignominious fate of the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) is likely to befall every advance in the peace process..." more

3. Agreement between JVP and  Sri Lanka Prime Minister & SLFP Presidential Nominee, Mahinda Rajapakse "It is hereby declared that the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure which was signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tamil Tiger Eelam (herein after referred to as LTTE) on the 24th June 2005 shall not be reactivated, enforced or implemented in whatsoever manner ... it is agreed hereby not to grant Interim Self-governing Authority or any such political or administrative structure to LTTE or to hold negotiations with LTTE on that basis...." more

22 September 2005 One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century -  Subramaniam Sivanayagam to include

Tribute on 75th Birth Anniversary by International Federation of Tamils - "ஆங்கில ஊடகராக, சிவா ஐயா, உலக ஊடக நீர்ப் படுகையில் கலங்கரைச் சுற்றொளி பாய்ச்சிய பெருமைக்கு உரியவராவார். அகவை 75ஐ இந்த மாதம் நிறைவு கண்டிருக்கும் இந்தத் தமிழ்த் தேசிய உணர்வாளர், தமிழீழத் தேசிய விடுதலைப் போருக்கு உலக சமத்துவ ஆதரவையும் மானுட தர்ம நியாயத்தையும் அனைத்துலக மட்டத்திலே திரட்டித்தரும் பணியில் முனைப்பாக ஈடுபட்டவர். .." more

22 September 2005 Reflections to include

M.Thanapalasingham quoting Velupillai Pirabakaran at Leader for All Seasons Book Release in Melbourne, Australia, November 2004 - "வரலாறு என்பது மனிதனுக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட ஒரு தெய்வீக சக்தியன்று. அது மனிதனின் தலைவிதியை நிர்ணயித்துவிடும் சூத்திரப் பொருளுமன்று. வரலாறு என்பது மனித செயற்பாட்டுச் சக்தியின் வெளிப்பாடு. மனிதனே வரலாற்றைப் படைக்கின்றான். மனிதனே தனது தலைவிதியை நிர்ணயிக்கின்றான்." more

21 September 2005 Tamils - a Trans State Nation: Pongu Thamizh in Tamil Eelam & Around the World to include

"தமிழீழம் சர்வதேசத்தை அங்கீகரித்துவிட்டது. சர்வதேசம் தமிழீழத்தை அங்கீரிக்க எவ்வளவு காலம் காத்திருப்பது? அதனை தீர்மானிப்பது யார்? பொங்குதமிழே, தமிழினமே நீ பதில்கூறு ..."

1.Teachers begin work towards Pongu Thamizh in Jaffna
2.Tens of thousands attend Pongu Thamizh in Mullaithivu -


தமிழீழமே எங்கள் மூச்சு...

3.One Hundred Thousand Tamils at  Pongu Thamizh in  Kilinochchi, Tamil Eelam

20 September 2005 International Relations in the Age of Empire to include

Intelligence Brief: Norway - Dr. Michael A. Weinstein  "Norway's political landscape underwent a seismic shift in the September 12 elections, in which the center-left Red-Green coalition gained a majority of seats..Given the sharp increase in support for both the center-left and the populist right, the verdict of the elections was a judgment against the market model championed by Washington and London, and in favor of the social model..." more

20 September 2005  Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam to include

1.Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference - Statement issued US Embassy in Colombo "..The future of Sri Lanka lies in the hands of the people of Sri Lanka. The forthcoming elections are a time of political choice in Sri Lanka. It is natural that there will be vigorous debate on the best way forward in the peace process. The Co-Chairs look to all parties to refrain from violence and from statements and acts that could undermine progress toward the peaceful resolution of the conflict after the elections..."  more

2.Presidential Election In Sri Lanka: Tweedledum & Tweedeldee? - Sam Rajappa in the Statesman ".. The disarray in the SLFP and the People’s Alliance has only sharpened the polarisation in Sri Lankan polity. Taking advantage of the situation, Wickremasinghe, the UNP candidate, has exposed his Sinhala mindset by promising to usher in a Prarakaramabahu era if voted President. Prarakaramabahu was a Sinhala king credited with unifying the country by the sword. For the non-Sinhala, non-Buddhist people of Sri Lanka, the choice is between tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee..." more

18 September 2005 Reflections

"...In all regions of the world conflicts turn violent over the desire for full control by state governments, on the one hand, and claims to self-determination (in a broad sense) by peoples, minorities or other communities, on the other. Where governments recognise and respect the right to self-determination, a people can effectuate it in a peaceful manner. Where governments choose to use force to crush or prevent the movement, or where they attempt to impose assimilationist policies against the wishes of a people, this polarises demands and generally results in armed conflict. The Tamils, for example, were not seeking independence and were not using violence in the 1970s. The government response to further deny the Tamil people equal expression of their distinct identity led to armed confrontation and a war of secession..." UNESCO International Conference of Experts, Barcelona 1998

17 September 2005 Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam to include

President Kumaratunge & Mr.Jayantha Dhanapala in US  September 2005 - A Search for Justice or Power?

1. Sri Lanka Peace Process: Role of the International Community  - Jayantha Dhanapala - US Congressional Briefing, 8 September 2005 together with comments by tamilnation.org

2. Response to Jayantha Dhanapala  - Victor Rajakulendran from Australia

3. Dhanapala: Defending the Indefensible - Ana Pararajasingham from Australia

4. International Community and Sri Lanka: Playing a Modest Hand Better  - Teresita C. Schaffer, US Congressional Briefing, 8 September 2005

5. Sri Lanka Peace Process: Problems & Prospects  - Jayantha Dhanapala at Asia Society, 12 September 2005

6. Main Stream Exrtremism - Peace Process faces Difficult Future - Tamil Guardian, 12 September 2005

7. ஜயந்த தனபாலவின் குற்றச்சாட்டுக்கள் - Thinakural, 13 September 2005

8. For Larger Freedoms: Pursuit of Peace in Sri Lanka -  President Chandrika Kumaratunga at Asia Society, New York,14 September 2005

9.At the United Nations General Assembly:  President Chandrika Kumaratunga - Vulnerable Democracies & Terrorism, 15 September 2005

10. Recognising the Lankan Peace Process? Role of the International Community - LTTE Peace Secretariat, 16 September 2005

11. An embodiment of antimony - Thamilchelvan on Kumaratunga's speeches in New York, 17 September 2005

15 September 2005 Tamils - A Trans State Nation: Australia to include

Ms Virginia Judge MP (Strathfield) speaks out on Sri Lanka: Civil, Political and Economic Rights, 15 September 2005 "...Before I left Sydney, the editorial advisor and head of the Australian Bureau of the Asian Tribune alleged I was carrying nearly $100,000,00 cash into Sri Lanka. If true, this would have meant I had broken Australian law as well as placing my life in danger. I believe this was a covert effort to try to scare me from visiting Sri Lanka. Thankfully I did not fall for this pathetic attempt and I was able to witness for myself the suffering of this proud people as well as their determined efforts to rebuild their community. The Tamils are a resilient people. I observed that in a remarkable three year period the Tamils developed a virtual state within the north and north-east of Sri Lanka..." more

14 September 2005 Tamil National Forum Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan

On the Notoriety and Nitty Gritty of Hit Lists  "... As for any commodity, hit lists are of two types; the real and the fake. Simple common sense dictates that if the LTTE indeed has a hit list, it cannot continue to be a lively organization, if its purported hit list is in the files of every media organization ..  Fake hit lists are very much in demand in the political theater... (and) are mostly manufactured by lazy crooks in the media, from the feeds of underground skunks..." more

12 September 2005 Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam to include

Main Stream Exrtremism - Peace Process faces Difficult Future  "..The past few years of comparatively stable - at least in the south - peace and international engagement have not invoked a spirit of compromise in the Sinhala polity. On the contrary, mindsets have not changed at all. The unkind and unwarranted criticism levelled at Norway is a case in point. The Tamils are grateful for Norway’s diplomatic intervention, not because of any latent bias, but because it was a sincere effort to end the war. .. ‘Impartiality’ in southern lexicon – unfortunately for Norway - means hostility to the Tamil struggle. We note, with some interest, that not once has Mr. Wickremesinghe risen to defend the Norwegians’ indefatigable efforts against the JVP’s bile..." more

8 September 2005 Tamil National Forum Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia

தனமா? - சீ-தனமா?  "...தமிழ்ப் பெண்ணைப் பூச்சூடிப் - பொட்டு வைத்து -பொன் நகையால் அலங்கரித்து - பட்டு உடுத்தி, பாட்டெழுதி மெட்டமைத்து, போற்றிப் பாடிப்புகழ்ந்து வந்தாலும் ‘பெண்அடிமை’ என்ற பிற்போக்குவாதச் சிந்தனையின் அடிப்படையில்தான் எமது தமிழ்ப் பெண் இனம் வாழ்ந்து(?) வந்திருக்கிறது. அப்படிப்பட்ட சமுதாயச் சீர்கேட்டுக் கொடுமைகளின் வெளிப்பாடு ஒன்றுதான் கட்டாயச் சீதனத்தின் கொடுமை!.." more

4 September 2005 Reflections

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left" - Bertrand Russell, quoted in New Internationalist, August 2005

3 September 2005 Democracy, Sri Lanka Style to include

J. S. Tissainayagam - De Constructing Lakshman Kadirgamar “the best foreign minister the country ever had.” "..Kadirgmar was not a tortured soul uncomfortable with Sinhala hegemony as well as Tiger militarism and wracked by shades of intellectual doubt as to where he belonged. He pitched his camp firmly among the forces interested in debilitating the self-respect and power-base of Tamils, hoping perhaps that eventually a rump Tamil leadership could come to some sort of accommodation with the Sinhalese. This is why after his death the Venerable Ellawela Medananda thero can call him “the best foreign minister the country ever had.” more

3 September 2005 International Relations in the Age of Empire to include

Behind the Invasion of Iraq - Revised  "The euro now poses a credible alternative to the status of the dollar as the global reserve currency, threatening the US’s crucial ability to fund its deficits by soaking up the world’s savings. The US anticipates that the capture of Iraq, and whatever else it has in store for the region, will directly benefit its corporations (oil, arms, engineering, financial) even as it shuts out the corporations from other imperialist countries. Further, it intends to prevent the bulk of petroleum trade being conducted in euros, and thus maintain the dollar’s supremacy...." more

1 September 2005 Awards, Reviews & Listings  to include

Buffalo State - State University of New York -  Innovative Strategies for Understanding Community and Peace - Suggested Reading for Fall 2005 Conflict Resolution in Empire and Beyond by Nadesan Satyendra

1 September 2005 Tamil Nation Library - Politics to include

Tommy Koh (Editor), Li Lin Chang (Editor) The Little Red Dot: Reflections by Singapore's Diplomats "...there is a saying that diplomats must listen twice as much as they talk because we are in the business of understanding and collecting information and not giving it away. Silences in a conversation, especially in a one-on-one situation, put great pressure on both parties to break the embarrassing silence. I have learnt over time to resist the temptation in order to encourage the other. It led to many interesting conversations..." more

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