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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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January 2006

31 January 2006 Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam - Norwegian Initiative

 Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia on the Patience of Justice -  நீதியின் பொறுமை "பனங்காட்டு நரிகளே, சலசலப்புக்கு அஞ்சாதபோது பனங்காட்டுப்புலிகள் எவ்வாறு அஞ்சும்?" more

30 January 2006 Revisited: US Strategic Interests in Sri Lanka - Dharmaretnam Sivaram [who was working on this feature when he was abducted and killed on 28 April 2005]

"..The ‘management’ of the ethnic conflict, among other things, is also important for the US to “sufficiently” expand and consolidate its military and intelligence relations with Sri Lanka as an important security partner in the region. The escalation of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers has offered the US Pacific Command a wide range of opportunities to do so... ...it is interesting to note what a US Department of Defence study says of potential security partners such as Sri Lanka. 'In the near term, access strategy for Asia should centre on increasing opportunities for deployments and exercises and on the development of contingency agreements...'" more

....together with earlier note by tamilnation.org "-  Given the key role played by India and the United States in the Struggle for Tamil Eelam, it is not without importance for the Tamil people to further their own understanding of the foreign policy objectives of these two countries...In the end, the success of any liberation struggle is, not surprisingly, a function of the capacity of its leadership to mobilise its own people and its own resources at the broadest and deepest level..."

29 January 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka  Norwegian Peace Initiative to include

Sri Lanka Sunday Leader on LTTE Agreement for Talks in Geneva  "...Significantly, Pirapaharan said what the LTTE was prepared is to discuss the implementation of all provisions in the CFA and not its amendment, thereby placing the burden on the government to renege on an internationally facilitated agreement..." more

28 January 2006 Indictment Against Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka State Terror - the Record Speaks...


Torture


Murder


Rape

ஓ....எங்கள் குரல் கேட்கிறதா?

27 January 2006 Tamil National Forum: Selected Writings by Sachi Sri Kantha to include

1. More on the Muslim Question:Two Published Records from the Past  "It need not be stressed that the ever-confusing issue of the cordiality and antagonism between the Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka deserves attention. The younger generation of Tamils and Muslims who were born in the post-1975 period have a need to learn the history..."

2. The Mischievous Game of Muslims  "...Logically speaking, isn’t the Muslim demand for “separate representation” at the Government of Sri Lanka-LTTE Peace talks akin to a wedding guest demanding a seat in the honeymoon bed of newly-wed couple?.."

27 January 2006 International Relations  in the Age of Empire to include

The U.S. -India Nuclear Deal: The End Game Begins  -  Dr. Harsh V. Pant,  Power and Interest News Report (PINR)  "...Much to India's chagrin, Iran's nuclear problem has once again emerged as a complicating factor in India's efforts to finalize its nuclear deal with the U.S.... " more

26 January 2006 Introducing and Welcoming an Important New Tamil Website

"The ultimate aim of the Tamil Insight is to serve as an up-to-date 'Thoughts-Pool' reflecting the thoughts and views of the Tamil people spread across all nooks and corners of the world....It proposes to serve as a platform in English to bring to the attention of the world, the translations of editorials in the Tamil dailies, related articles written by monolingual experts and columnists and news appearing in the Tamil media..."

26 January 2006 Sri Lanka's Continuing War in the Shadow of the Ceasefire to include

LTTE official Major Kapilan killed by Sri Lanka Military in Vadamunai " S.Puleedevan, the Director of LTTE's Peace Secretaraiat, speaking from Kilinochchi, condemned the attack on their cadres in the east and accused Colombo... The attack on LTTE cadres within 24 hours of the much publicized agreement between the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka, facilitated by Norwegian Minister Eric Solheim, to hold talks in Geneva does not bode well for building of trust between the parties before talks, he added.

26 January 2006 Conflict Resolution:Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka  Norwegian Peace Initiative to include

 

1. Anton Balasingham Meets the Press  "To take part in talks, we are ready even now. But we need a proper environment. We  can be there in Geneva, even tomorrow, for talks. But, back here, if the paramilitary groups start murdering our people, then peace will be jeopardised. We cannot hold talks elsewhere, while home burns. Our people should live in peace. It is important, first and foremost..." more

2. Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) on Sri Lanka's proposed peace talks: the challenge of enforcing cease-fire "..The proxy war that Sri Lanka initiated with Col Karuna finally culminated into the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar on 12 August 2005, an allegation denied by the LTTE but held by majority in the international community..." more

24 January 2006 Reflections

“மேடை மீது ஏறியிருந்து
ஏற்றம் பற்றிப் பேச்சு நடத்தும்
தேசத் துரை மாரே!
குனிந்து பாருங்கள்
பூவாய் இருக்கும்
கம்பளம் கீழே
புழுவாய் நெளியும்
மனித உடல்கள்...."  பெண் போராளி மேஜர் பாரதி more

24 January 2006  Norwegian Initiative - Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam to include

1. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia உண்மையை மீண்டும் சொல்கின்றேன்! "‘சமாதானப்பேச்சு - சமாதானப்பேச்சு’ என்று தொடர்ந்தும் உலக நாடுகள் புலம்பி வருகின்றார்களே - இவர்கள் தயவு செய்து ஒரு விடயத்தை விளக்குவார்களா?.." more [together with translation in English]

2.  "I had a wonderful lunch " US Under Secretary of Political Affairs, Nicholas Burns, Press Briefing, Colombo   "I was able to meet the Opposition Leader, to see a number of ministers and representatives of civil society, and, of course, fellow ambassadors from friendly countries to Sri Lanka. I had a wonderful lunch given by the (Sri Lanka) Foreign Minister..."

3. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse: Word & Deed - பாடுவது திருவாசகம், இடிப்பது சிவன்கொயில்...

23 January 2006 Sri Lanka State Terror: More Killings during past 24 hours -  Disappearances & Extra Judicial Killings of Eelam Tamils to include Tamils accuse the army of killings and abductions: All along the Tamil-dominated coastline, joining the Tigers has become a common cry reports BBC

23 January 2006 Tamil National Forum to include Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - Concerning Dayan Jayatilleke, JVP and Pol Potism

22 January 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Lunstead: The Return of the Ugly American?  to include

1. Response by Ilankai Thamil Sangam, US
2. Response by US Tamils - Association of Tamil Americans, Center for Women’s Development and Rehabilitation – USA, Tamil Heritage International – USA , Federation of Tamil Association of North America (FeTNA)– USA, Illankai Tamil Sangam – California, USA, Illankai Tamil Sangam – Florida, USA, Illankai Tamil Sangam – USA, Illankai Tamil Sangam - Vancouver-Portland – Washington, Midwest Tamil Sangam - Illinois, Ohio Tamil Association - Ohio, Tamil Refugees Rehabilitation Organization - California, World Tamil Organization - Illinois, World Tamil Women Organization – USA

22 January 2005 Tamil National Forum to include

Oru Paper Editorial - Solheim meeting Pirabhakaran will mean nothing if he comes to Vanni with small change "...What kind of positive change can you expect from a fumbling President, completely out of depths in governance, who has to depend for his majority in parliament from his back-seat driving racist allies, the JVP, and for support from a cowardly Kotakadeniya gang that unable to stomach the repeated losses of their armed soldiers and sailors take their revenge on unarmed civilians both in the north and east and in Colombo? What can you expect from a President who listens to rumours and uses rowdy language on the phone to a reputed editor?...What have you got in your hands to offer, Mr.President? You have precious little. You have only small change in the form of a political solution. Going back on fifty years of Sinhala racism at this deathbed hour would be beyond you. May Guruvayur Appan be with you!" more

21 January 2006 Sri Lanka: State Terror -  Rape & Murder of Eelam Tamil Women - The Record Speaks... to include

Army Man - Kavithai by Mathini Sreetharan, USA
அருகினில் வாழும் தமிழ்ப் பெண் நான் கேட்கிறேன் -  "பெண்ணினைப் பிடித்துத் துகிலினை உரித்துக்
கைகளைக் கட்டி மார்பினை அறுத்து
பலருடன் கூடிக் காமுகப் பசியினைத் தீர்த்து
அவளது உயிரையும் எடுத்துப் புதைகிடங்கினில்
போட்டவன் உன் மகன் என்றால் என்ன நீ சொல்வாய்?" more

18 January 2006

One Hundred Tamils of 20th Century - M.G.Ramachandran to include The ‘Birth Soil Bond’ of MGR; an 89th Birth Anniversary Note by Sachi Sri Kantha

Tamil National Forum to includeSanmugam Sabesan from Australia on   தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டுத் தினமான தைப்பொங்கல் - சில தகவல்கள்

17 January 2006 Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

1. Sri Lanka’s State Terror: the local and international dimensions - E.T. Agnosticus  "..Sri Lanka is a terror state; no matter how ‘democratically’ its thuggish leaders are elected, a terror state is a terror state; there is no escaping this fact.. The recent expose by the Sunday Leader of the naked intimidation of the paper’s editor by the country’s President, Mahinda Rajapakse come as no surprise to Tamils. We have always known that the seat of power in Sri Lanka has been occupied by thuggish leaders who unleash terror against innocent civilians while clothed in the robes of compassionate Buddhism... The fact is that the Sri Lanka government has no credibility, starting right at the top, with the executive president himself. So how can foreign diplomats naively accept such a thuggish president’s denials about the state’s terror, while pressuring the Liberation Tigers and saying the latter lacks credibility? Is the international community suggesting, with sheer disconnect from reality, that the inexorable terror of such a thuggish state can be faced by sitting and meditating like the Dalai Lama?.." more

2. Sri Lanka: State Terror -  Rape & Murder of Eelam Tamil Women - The Record Speaks... Ilaiyathamby Tharshini, Thambipillai Thanalakshmi, Velu Arshadevi - Mahendiran Nageswari - Vijayaratnam Subashini, Thangiah Vijayalalitha Sinnathamby Sivamany, Yogalingam Vijitha - Ehamparam Wijikala, Sarathambal, Ida Carmelitta, Koneswary, Velan RasammaVelan Vasantha, Rajani Velauthapillai, Selvarajah Renuka, Krishanthi Kumaraswamy, Lakshmi Pillai & hundreds of others.

 .. "..On average, a Tamil woman is raped by members of the Sri Lankan security forces every two weeks. The real number is inevitably higher since many cases are unreported. Every two months a Tamil woman is gang-raped and murdered by the Sri Lankan security forces." Statement by NGO, Women Against Rape, at United Nations Commission on Human Rights more

3.Leader of Liberation Tigers, V Pirapakaran, opens New Sencholai campus, a home for children who lost both parents in the war

15 January 2006 Reflections to include

1. "....We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people..." Proclamation of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic, 1916

2. Nine Famous Irishmen - " In the Young Irish Disorders of 1848, nine men were captured, tried and convicted of treason against  Queen Victoria and were sentenced to death. Their names were: Duffy, Meagher, McManus, Donahue, O'Gorman, Lyene, Ireland, McGee and Mitchell.

Before passing sentence, the judge asked if they wished to say anything. Meagher spoke for all and said, "My Lord, this is our first offence but not our last. If you will be easy with us this once, we promise on our word as gentlemen, to try and do better next time. And next time, we sure won't be fools to get caught..."
more

14 January 2006  உறவுகள் அனைவருக்கும் உள்ளங்கனிந்த தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! 

14 January 2006 Revisited  V. Thangavelu from Canada on  Significance of Thamil New Year and Pongal Festival

13 January 2006 Democracy Continues, Sri Lanka Style to include

Free Media Movement calls for Immediate Investigation into Complaint of abuse and threats by Sri Lanka President Rajapakse  [together with excerpts from the complaint to the IGP]"...The seriousness of a mere allegation that the President has allegedly used abusive and threatening language against a senior Editor sends shock waves in the media community and serves as a sombre reminder of the insecure and dangerous situation that journalists in Sri Lanka have to face. The FMM strongly defends the right to criticise stories published by media provided all such criticisms are made within a democratic framework. It behoves those holding the highest offices in Sri Lanka to set an example by adhering to accepted democratic norms and principles and help build a progressive media culture in Sri Lanka.. we strongly regret the inability to obtain an official response to this allegation from the President's Office to date, even though requests were made to this effect..." more

13 January 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Lunstead: The Return of the Ugly American?  to include

1. An Open Letter to the US Ambassador from Professor Aaron Rajah, San Diego, California, USA "...I am assuming you still believe in a united Sri Lanka framework and still consider the north-east Tamils as Sri Lankan. As such, can you list your engagement of opposition in the continuous rape, murder and missing persons in north-east Sri Lanka? Your lack of condemnation on the recent Tamil student killings in Trincomalee is simply a litmus test upholding your continuous belief that Sri Lanka is a homogeneous society that only consists of a Singhalese majority..." more

2. An Open Letter to Jeffrey Lunstead, US Ambassador for Sri Lanka  from V.Thangavelu, Canada  "You seem to feign ignorance of the fact that President Mahinda Rajapakse came to power promising to jettison the federal model, concept of Homeland, self-determination, expel or curtail Norway’s role as the facilitator. In other words Mahinda Rajapakse showed his back to the Oslo Declaration and put the clock 50 years back to the Bandaranaike era..." more

12 January 2006 Sri Lanka's  War on Eelam Tamils ...in the Shadow of the Ceasefire to include

1. Amnesty International calls for halt to the killings, abductions and "disappearances" being reported daily from the north and east of Sri Lanka.  "..At least ten people are reported to have "disappeared" following arrest by the security forces in northern Sri Lanka in the last two months. Amnesty International calls on the government to ensure full and impartial investigations into these reports of "disappearances" in order to prevent this heinous human rights violation re-establishing itself as a pattern in Sri Lanka..." more

2. Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urges Sri Lanka to prevent 'forced disappearances' by security forces  "The BBC Sinhala Service revealed today a report .. regarding 20 complaints of forced disappearances that are alleged to have taken place during the month of December 2005... In recent decades, Sri Lanka has had one of the worst records in the world concerning forced disappearances... Past experience dictates that forced disappearance in Sri Lanka entails the killing of persons following arrest. The arrests are performed secretly, so as to circumvent legal safeguards and to prevent any traces of evidence being left concerning the abduction and any further ill-treatment..." more

11 January 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire to include

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Lunstead: The Return of the Ugly American?  "...In the case of individuals, we do not conclude that wealth brings with it, wisdom. It is the same with countries. Wisdom is not always a function of gross national product... Ambassador Lunstead and the Bush Administration that he represents may want to pay attention to the words of  Marcus Aurelius "Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too." " more

11 January 2006 Tamil Nation Library - International Relations to include The Ugly American - - William J.Lederer and Eugene Burdick, "The multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the phrase for tragic American blunders abroad. First published in 1958, The Ugly American became a runaway national bestseller for its slashing exposť of American arrogance, incompetence, and corruption in Southeast Asia." As Important Today As When It Was Written.. more

11 January 2006 Sri Lanka's Continuing War on Eelam Tamils ...in the Shadow of the Ceasefire to include

1.Abduction of Balakrishnan Rajeevmohan by Sri Lankan Army - Case Report

2. Open Appeal against Sri Lanka Army Atrocities - Dr N Malathy, Secretary General, NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights,   "Over the last six to seven weeks atrocities by the Sri Lankan armed forces and paramilitaries against civilians in Northeast have escalated to alarming levels.Sri Lankan armed forces so far have been responsible for at least 45 deaths and more than 100 disappearances and innumerable shooting/beating and injuring of civilians who were going about their daily lives..." more

10 January 2006  Tamil National Forum to include

1. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia - சமாதானத்திற்கு எதிராக, மகிந்தவின் இருமுனைச் செயற்பாடுகள்!

2. Oru Paper Editorial - A confused, desperate President Rajapakse in political cuckooland  "..The President’s biggest blind spot appears to be centred down the word “unitary”. He hugs the word to his bosom as if it is some manthram needed to save the Sinhala nation. Addressing a Press conference before his departure to India, he said he wanted to study the Indian model of devolution of power; as if he could not study it from Colombo. ... The Tamils who are running their own government in another part of the country have reason to laugh over President Rajapakse’s great desire to grant them “maximum devolution” through a unitary form of government..." more

9 January 2006 Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

Case Report on Rape and Murder of Ilaiyathamby Tharshini - Dr N Malathy, NESOHR Secretary General "The description given below of Tharshini’s disappearance on 16th December 2005 and the discovery of her body in an abandoned village well is put together from statements made by Tharshini’s relatives and neighbours to one of NESOHR’s committee members. NESOHR has made the decision to withhold the identity of the relatives and neighbours from this report because their safety may be compromised if these are revealed. NESOHR is ready to share this information with any leading international human rights organization that is willing to join us in taking up this case of the rape and murder of Tharshini..." more

9 January 2006 Tamil Nation Library to include

1. Media Section: Review by Sachi Sri Kantha of Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru (Tamil Film History and Its Achievements) – in Tamil, edited by Kalaimamani ‘Film News’ Anandan,

2. Eelam Section: Review by Ana Pararajasingham of  Primary Sources for History of the Sri Lankan Tamils - World Wide Search by Dr. M. Gunasingham

7 January 2006 Revisited Sri Aurobindo in Bande Mataram almost a hundred years agoon the Strength of an Idea

"....A feeling or a thought, the aspiration towards liberty, cannot be estimated in the terms of concrete power, in so many fighting men, so many armed police, so many guns, so many prisons, such and such laws, ukases, and executive powers. But such feelings and thoughts are more powerful than fighting men and guns and prisons and laws and ukases. Their beginnings are feeble, their end is mighty. But of despotic repression the beginnings are mighty, the end is feeble... But the despot will not recognise this superiority, the teachings of history have no meaning for him. ..He is deceived also by the temporary triumph of his repressive measures.. and thinks,

“Oh, the circumstances in my case are quite different, I am a different thing from any yet recorded in history, stronger, more virtuous and moral, better organised. I am God’s favourite and can never come to harm.” 

And so the old drama is staged again and acted till it reaches the old catastrophe..."  more

5 January 2006 Sri Lanka's Continuing War on Eelam Tamils - in the Shadow of the Ceasefire to include


at  the funeral on 5 January 2005 in Trincomalee, Tamil Eelam, of five Tamil students shot dead by Sri Lanka Army on 2 January 2005..

1. Sri Lanka Army  murders Tamil civilians, breaches Ceasefire & Lies Again - This Time, the Brazen Lie  "On 19 December 2005, the Sri Lanka Army claimed that Sri Lanka troops shot in the air and Tamils on the ground suffered gun shot injuries. On 25 December 2005, the Sri Lanka Army adopted the technique of the big lie and claimed that the LTTE was responsible for the assassination of Joseph Pararajasingham. Now, the Sri Lanka Army excels its own record of lying by alleging  that 5 Tamils who were shot in the back of their heads in Trincomalee on 2 January 2005, died as a result of an 'accidental explosion of a hand grenade' in the victims hand. The Sri Lanka army murders, breaches  the Ceasefire Agreement and then brazenly lies. The record speaks" more

2. Unarmed civilians need protection against a Vindictive Armed state - International Federation of Tamils "This is the second urgent appeal the IFT, International Federation of Tamils is making to the IC, International Community within a week... In complete contrast to the statement made by the military spokesman on the killing of five teenage boys in Trincomalee that they were LTTE cadres killed accidentally in a blast while assembling an incendiary with an intent to attack a military installation, the autopsy made by the state medical officers on their bodies, has revealed that they were shot through their ears at a very close range....A spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Helen Olafsdottir, told BBC Sandesaya, that there was evidence that all five students had been shot in the head in a manner she described as resembling “executions.”...The IFT considers this a war declared by the Sri Lanka Government .. Unarmed civilians need protection against a vindictive armed state." more

3.Involuntary Disappearances in Sri Lanka Looming Large Again - International Federation of Tamils "...More than 920 Tamils have been arrested and detained in Colombo alone in one overnight search. Sri Lanka armed forces are descending on Tamil homes in the middle of the night, privacy of the Tamil bedrooms is trespassed, men and women, young and old, in their night-clothes are bundled up in awaiting vehicles and taken away for interrogation and detention. Although the government tells the international media that many are being released after an identity check-up, they are being arrested over and over again, and subjected to an ordeal of being fingerprinted, photographed, and videoed..." more

4 January 2006 International Frame of the Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

1. Tamil Americans urge Co-chairs to promote "equal partnership for peace” "...Co- Chairs’ Statement has no mention of the threat to the peace process posed by the new President’s rejection of every key component of the peace process espoused by the Co Chairs, including the Oslo declaration and PTOMS agreement about tsunami aid to North East.Inevitably, the Co- Chairs statement has been seen as a signal of their approval to the Government to use force to enforce the status quo..." more

2. Exchange of Letters between International Federation of Tamils (IFT) and European Union: IFT to European Commission External Relations Directorate General "...a crisis such as the present one may also hopefully lead to a meeting of minds – and create opportunities to progress the cause of justice and peace. The question is whether two peoples sitting together as equals cannot agree upon political structures which protect each of their perceived interests...The European Union itself stands as an example of what may be achieved in this regard..." more

2 January 2006 Democracy, Continues Sri Lanka Style to include Plot to kill Head of Independent Media Organisation

2 January 2006 Tamil National Forum - Sachi Sri Kantha: A Low-Down on Narasimhan Ram to include

 Postscript of 2 January 2006 - "I didn't expect that I'd hear from the 'blind goat' himself. Just this morning, I've received in my mail-box the following message and his today's editorial in the Hindu.... Message received on Jan.2, 2006 from the Hindu office. 'With Best Wishes from the Blind Goat, This article has been sent to you by N.Ram'..." more

1 January 2006 New Year Reflection

"....Every now and then I guess we all think realistically (Yes, sir) about that day when we will be victimized with what is life's final common denominator that something that we call death. We all think about it. And every now and then I think about my own death and I think about my own funeral. And I don't think of it in a morbid sense. And every now and then I ask myself, "What is it that I would want said?" And I leave the word to you this morning.

If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. (Yes) And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school. (Yes)... I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. (Yes)...

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. (Amen) Say that I was a drum major for peace. (Yes) I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. (Yes) I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. (Amen) And that's all I want to say.  more

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