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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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31 August 2006 Reflections

"..How much longer will blood flow so that force can justify what law denies?... In the age of globalization, the right to express is less powerful than the right to apply pressure. To justify the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, war is called peace. The Israelis are patriots, and the Palestinians are terrorists, and terrorists sow universal alarm..." Eduardo Galeano

31 August 2006 Sri Lanka's War on Eelam Tamils - in the Shadow of a Ceasefire

President Mahinda Rajapakse stands charged with international War Crime:  Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission finds Sinhala Security forces guilty of  executing 17 Aid Workers.. "...security forces had been present in Muttur at the time of the killings... the government had prevented the truce monitors from going to the crime scene to investigate immediately after the discovery of the bodies and ...confidential conversations with highly reliable sources had pointed to the culpability of security forces... The Security Forces of Sri Lanka are widely and consistently deemed to be responsible for the incident... the killings are one of the most serious recent crimes against humanitarian aid workers worldwide..." more

30 August 2006 Comments  Sachi Sri Kantha responds to Comments On the Maviddapuram Temple Entry (1968) Conflict and C.Suntheralingam

30 August 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire - How Much Longer? - Eduardo Galeano, 2006

30 August 2006 Tamils Rehabiliation Organisation to include

Dr. Nagaratnam Ranjithan, President TRO, USA  Speaks about  FBI Search "We have collected about $1 1/2 million since the tsunami and 97 percent of that money has been spent in north and east Sri Lanka. Some of it went to New Orleans for Katrina relief." Acknowledging that the Tigers exercise control in north and east Sri Lanka, Ranjithan said that TRO is required to deal with the controlling group in order to get relief to the war and tsunami victims there."If Sri Lanka doesn't send any relief, if the Red Cross doesn't send relief, who will try to help the people out?  I see this as a moral problem for me. The (Sri Lanka) authorities would like to see us silenced and stop our organization. I have seen the suffering and I try to do what I can to help.TRO has been under federal scrutiny for at least a year and a half or two - which is OK - they have to impose their laws.... A group called Charity Navigator evaluated us the last two years and gave us a four-star rating both years for sound fiscal management.... To say we are giving money to people to buy arms, I don't know where that comes from... We are visible, transparent and have been put through more scrutiny than most charitable organizations..." more

30 August 2006 Nations & Nationalism to include

Nations in Cyberspace - Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen -  2006 Ernest Gellner lecture, delivered at Asociation for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) Conference, London School of Economics, 27 March 2006 "..the Internet is fast becoming a major medium for the consolidation, strengthening and definition of collective identities, especially in the absence of a firm territorial and institutional base. Some of the nationalist groups that appear to be most active on the Internet are Sri Lankan Tamils, Kurds, Palestinians... The most important transnational voice for Tamil independence may be the websites TamilNet (www.tamilnet.com ) and Tamilnation (www.tamilnation.org ), which are updated frequently..." more

30 August 2006 Self Determination: International Law & Practise to include

Admission of New States to the International Community - Christian Hillgruber "There are only very few branches of international law which are of greater, or more persistent, interest and significance for the law of nations than the question of Recognition of States ... Yet there is probably no other subject in the field of international relations in which law and politics appear to be more closely interwoven." more

29 August 2006 Reflections

1. "...the reductionist fallacy lies not in comparing man to a 'mechanism powered by a combustion system' but in declaring that he is 'nothing but' such a mechanism and that his activities consist of 'nothing but' a chain of conditioned responses which are also found in rats. For it is of course perfectly legitimate, and in fact indispensable, for the scientist to try to analyse complex phenomena into their constituent elements - provided he remains conscious of the fact that in the course of the analyses something essential is always lost, because the whole is more than the sum of its parts, and its attributes as a whole are more complex than the attributes of its parts..."  Arthur Koestler in Janus: A Summing Up

2  "...Reason has a legitimate function to fulfill, for which it is perfectly adapted; and this is to justify and illumine for man his various experiences and to give him faith and conviction in holding on to the enlarging of his consciousness. But reason cannot arrive at any final truth because it can neither get to the root of things nor embrace their totality..." Sri Aurobindo

28 August 2006 Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha from Japan applauds Eric Margolis article in the Toronto Sun titled "Don't provoke Tigers: The Tamils of Sri Lanka are fighting for their independence after decades of oppression"

28 August 2006 Tamils - a Tran State Nation to include

தினமணி-  உலகத் தமிழர் கற்க வேண்டிய பாடங்கள் "அரசியல் அடிமைத்தனங்களிலிருந்தும், அதிகார அடிமைத்தனங்களிலிருந்தும் தமிழர்கள் இன்னும் முழு விடுதலை பெறவில்லை. குடிபெயர்ந்த நாடுகளில், `கூலி' என்ற பெயர் மாறி, குடிமக்கள் என்ற நிலையைத் தமிழர் அடைந்துவிட்ட போதிலும், அந்தந்த நாடுகளில் தமிழர் இரண்டாம் தரக் குடிமக்களாகவே இருந்து வருகின்றனர். தமிழருடைய இந்நிலைக்குக் காரணம், அயலார் என்று கருதுவதும், பழிப்பதும் தவறு. தமிழருடைய அன்றைய வீழ்ச்சிக்கும், இன்றைய வீழ்ச்சிக்கும் காரணர் தமிழரே." more

24 August 2006 Reflections

1. "An idea is bullet proof ... People should not be afraid of their Governments: Governments should be afraid of  their people "- Quote from the film V for Vendetta, A.D.2006

2. "Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too." - Marcus Aurelius, circa A.D.150

24 August 2006 The Strength of an Idea

Revisited Sri Aurobindo in Bande Mataram, 1907  "The mistake which despots, benevolent or malevolent, have been making ever since organised states came into existence and which, it seems, they will go on making to the end of the chapter, is that they overestimate their coercive power, which is physical and material and therefore palpable, and underestimate the power and vitality of ideas and sentiments. 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

23 August 2006 Tamil Eelam - a De Facto State...

1.Revisited Professor Margaret Trawick - Photos from the Field, 2002  - "Terrorists" in Chencholai

2.Suresh Sri - Taste of  Tamil Eelam

school childrenschool children

"வாழ்க ஈழத் தமிழகம், வாழ்க இனிது வாழ்கவே, என்றும் தலை நிமிர்ந்து வாழ்கவே..."

23 August 2006 Tamil National Forum  Sachi Sri Kantha  On Special Agent-in-Charge Leslie Wiser Jr’s Undercover Sting Operation

22 August 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka "There is no military solution to this conflict" - Retiring SLMM Head Ulf  Henricsson

21August 2006 Reflections to include

A Story -  சொல்லத்தான் நினைக்கின்றேன்... "One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down..." more

21 August 2006 Tamil National Forum

1. Brian Senewiratne writes from Australia on the Bombing of Tamil School Children in Sri Lanka " I can think of no country whose Government has bombed its own orphan children in large numbers (400) or small. What sort of people can give the orders to bomb, which were given (according to Brigadier Athula Jayawardene) after monitoring the area “for years“ and “weeks of gathering intelligence, including from spies, and analyzing the target”?  Make no mistake. It was not the rash act of some maniac but was ‘carefully planned’ and meticulously executed. I would remind you of what the Defence spokesman said, “The bombings were precise and well targeted”. No disagreement. I do not know who gave the orders but the responsibility lies squarely with the Executive President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces ..There is a strong case for legal action to be taken against the GOSL..."  more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on Kethesh Loganathan: the loose cannon  "Since Kethesh Loganathan (K.L) is no longer living, I’ll not hit below the belt in this commentary. Concurrently, I’ll also not refrain from commenting about his scarred political underbelly. In variance to the eulogies which have appeared to-date, penned by anti-LTTE scribes (Dayan Jayatilleka and D.B.S.Jeyaraj, to name a few), if he was indeed a Tamil intellectual as presented by his admirers, I take the view that K.L deserves a more fair appraisal of his professional career..." more

3. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia - போருக்குள் எத்தனை அர்த்தங்கள்! ."..ஆயினும் நிலைமை கட்டுக்கடங்காமல் போவதைத் தடுப்பபதற்காக சர்வதேசம் விடுதலைப்புலிகள் மீது மென் போக்கு சமிக்ஞைகளை விரைவில் காட்டக்கூடும். இந்த மென்போக்கு சமிக்ஞைகள் ஊடாகச் சர்வதேசம் தன்னை ஒரு நடுநிலையாளனாகக் காட்டிக் கொண்டு தனது அடுத்த கட்ட செயற்பாட்டை நோக்கி நகரக்கூடும்..." more

4.  Selected Writings - Fr. Chandiravarman Sinnathurai  to include Elliptical Illusion: PEACE

5. Selected Writings - Dr. Adrian Wijemanne to include A Tribute by Neville Jayaweera "Judging by the current trends, Wijemanne's view that unless Tamil grievances are rapidly remedied through negotiations, Eelam, or at least a confederation, is inevitable, may not be so delusional as some may think. Adrian Wijemanne may not have had his head served on a platter, but he may yet prove to have been  the prophet of his generation." more

21 August 2006 Tamils in many lands demonstrate against  Genocidal attack by Sri Lanka on Tamil School Children

Australia (1),  Australia (2),  Netherlands (1), Netherlands (2), Netherlands (3) , London, USA, Kovai- Sri Lanka, France (1) France (2), Chennai Salem (1), Salem(2), Finland (1) Finland (2), Germany (1), Germany (2), Germany (3), Ottawa - Canada, Toronto (1), Toronto (2), Quebec - Canada  New Zealand, Norway (1), Norway (2),  Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium , Italy, Sweden...


Dr. Arul Ranjithan, 19 August 2006...

"Sixty-three schoolgirls in children's home, killed in airstrike,
 screamed headlines on websites,
mind goes numb and blank and suddenly the world makes no sense
when children's lives are snuffed out with such cruelty and ease.

Surely it is a mistaken bombing
and Sri Lankan President will give solace to grief-stricken families.
I wait in vain for words of sorrow and healing.
Instead minister of (dis) information says that the children are child soldiers....

Sixty-three schoolgirls, the flowers of our embattled society,
Raised with love and care only Ammahs (housemothers) can give,
A part of them will be with us forever,
And their deaths shall not be in vain.

Farwell to you our beloved children, here's my pledge
Knowing that your ashes are mingled with our rivers and our land,
The best memorial I can give you, is to persevere till my end,
To enable our people to live with freedom and dignity in our land."
more

19 August 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka

Centre for Just Peace & Democracy  and  Berghof Foundation, Sri Lanka - International Seminar in Zurich, Switzerland - April 2006  - Envisioning New Trajectories for Peace in Sri Lanka - Papers Presented & Opening Remarks by Nadesan Satyendra and Robert Nopers


Opening of Seminar at Zurich, Switzerland:
Dr. Robert Nopers, Director, Berghof Foundation, Sri Lanka 
and
Mr. Coomaran Tarcisius, Project Director, Centre for Just Peace and Democracy 

18 August 2006 Tamil National Forum

1.  Orupaper on Crime & Punishment  "...The people who plan and execute these killings on behalf of the Sri Lankan state are not crazy killers or blood-thirsty monsters. Most of them are quite ordinary, non-violent Sinhalese. Many of them are not Buddhist fundamentalists. These persons belong to all social classes; some come from poor families but others come from middle class families and most of them are well educated.  So what makes them to do such barbaric things? What makes other Sinhalese justify them? In order to cope, one has to understand the core problem, as without understanding it is impossible to cope, and this is, that the majority of the Sinhalese sincerely believe that the land of Lanka belongs to them. It is their promised land and they are the chosen people. Anyone who is not willing to accept this fundamental principle is an enemy and s/he should be killed or chased away. The children of the enemy are targets too as they are the enemy of the future. It is difficult to digest this but it is the sad truth..." more

2. Sachi Srikantha suggests a A Pit List for the President  "According to a recent report which appeared in the Daily Mirror (Colombo) of Aug.16, 2006, President Mahinda Rajapakse is unhappy. This is what the news report had mentioned.  “Unhappy over undue prominence given to the LTTE in the media, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seriously considering introducing a set of guidelines to all media organizations.” I know. I know. One can feel President Mahinda Rajapakse’s unhappiness and gripe. “Undue prominence given to the LTTE in the media”. This has been a vexing problem for me too. So much junk and nonsense is being written about LTTE. So, I like to help President Rajapakse with my pit list. Don’t misquote me on this. It’s my pit list, and not the hit list..." more

18 August 2006 Introduction - அறிமுகம்:

Tamil Writers Guild "TWG is body of Tamil writers in the English language domiciled /resident in the UK, who have perceived a dearth of cogent and effective response from a Tamil perspective to misrepresentations and falsehoods in the English media of the Tamil cause. In order to try and remedy this situation, they have collectively agreed to reflect the interests of the Eelam Tamil people to the best of their knowledge and experiences and to use their conjoined skills to advocate, advance, elucidate, inform and educate the international public, and to rebut such misrepresentations and falsehoods, both in writing and orally, on any current and important matter either appearing or deemed necessary to appear in the English media primarily but not exclusively in the UK. .."

17 August 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

Subramaniam Sivanayagam said it 21 Years ago... Tell the World What We Want "... Do we want a Tamil Eelam ... or a 'viable alternative' to Tamil Eelam. If it is going to be 'viable alternative', what does that mean ? Does that mean District Councils, Provincial Councils, Regional Councils and Village Councils, or regional autonomy, special autonomy or Federalism ? What do we want – Fish, Flesh, Fowl or Pure Veg ?.. Gentlemen, it is time we tell our friends, tell the world, and above all, tell our own people, what we want. And tell it publicly. Out with it, please...  It is our failure to spell out our objective that makes the world think that it is non-achievable. The Tamil man is known to survive many a crisis. What is left to be proved is that we can even triumph in a crisis." more

17 August 2006  International Relations in the Age of Empire to include

B.Raman Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India on Pak Intelligence Base in Colombo  "Now (June 2004)  that the Sri Lankan Government seems to have confronted India with a fait accompli by agreeing to the appointment of a die-hard anti- Indian sponsor of terrorism  against India  (Col. Wali) as the head of the Pakistani diplomatic mission in Colombo, India has to carefully analyse the implications of his presence in Colombo and take the necessary follow-up action. His presence in Colombo will pose a threat not only to India's national security, but also to stability and law and order in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province." more

17 August 2006 Media & the Struggle for Tamil Eelam

Reporters Without Borders condemns the constant harassment and attacks on the Tamil-owned Sudar Oli press group after a driver was gunned down yesterday in Jaffna while delivering copies of one of its daily newspapers, Uthayan, a police raid was carried out on the Colombo headquarters of the group’s Sudar Oli daily, and the two newspapers’ editors had their police bodyguards withdrawn. "The intimidation and violence against the Sudar Oli press group is completely unacceptable," the press freedom organisation said. "The lack of serious investigations into the murders of Tamil employees raises suspicions about the attitude of the authorities towards media that do not support the war against the Tamil Tiger armed separatists. We hold the government responsible for anything that happens to the editors and staff of Sudar Oli and Uthayan". more

16 August 2006 Tamil National Forum to include Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia - தேவை:  புதிய பார்வையும், புதிய அணுகுமுறையும்

16 August 2006 The Tamil Heritage... an Ancient People to include

1. The Tomb of Elara at Anuradhapura - James T. Rutnam  "Ever since the aged but valiant Elara, the Tamil king of Sri Lanka, was struck down and killed in single combat by the much younger Dutugemunu, the epic hero of the national chronicle Mahavamsa, the place where Elara fell and where his body was later cremated had been revered at the express command of his chivalrous foe..." more

2. Sri Lankan Tamil Society & Politics - Karthigesu Sivathamby "...The ethnic crisis of Sri Lanka has internationalised the problem of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. A closer study of these people has now become essential to understand the nature of the Tamil demands, the group tensions within the Tamil ethnos, the political nuances that one has to be aware of, and, of course, the attempts made to thwart the Tamil unity and thereby lessen the intensity of the Tamil political demands.." more

16 August 2006 Sri Lanka's War Crimes - The Record Speaks,  yet Again:

Sinhala Air Force kills 61 Tamil school children and wounds 129:  - UNICEF & Truce Monitors reject Sri Lanka's cover up - " Well, we have had monitored this place at 11 o'clock today (14 August 2006) and we found at least 10 bomb craters and also found an un-detonated bomb at this place. And eyewitnesses have recalled they saw 4 aircrafts. And the total number killed is 61 officially. We haven't counted. I think the figures are fairly accurate. And we Monitors couldn't find any signs of military installations or weapons in this area. So it was not a military installation as we can see." Sri Lanka Truce Monitor Ulf Henricsson: Interview with MTV/Srisara, 14 August 2006
 but... United States  fails to condemn Chencholai killings and expresses no  sympathy to the families of  the Tamil school children killed by Sri Lanka Airforce
and... Dr.Karen Parker, International Educational Development  raises question of bombing of orphanage at Human Rights Council, Geneva  "...We have long indicated to the Sub-Commission that the United States geopolitical interests in ports and airfields in the Tamil areas has been a major impediment to resolving this long conflict ... in our view the US has given the government of Sri Lanka a “green light” to undertake actions that violate humanitarian law under the pretext that due to the unabated demonization of the Tamils by Sri Lankan and US authorities, no one will dare defend them, and in any case, no one will be able to do anything about it. However, because now the UN independent experts, UNICEF and UNHCR have spoken up, and because the UN is in a process to reform its work, we hope that the Sub-Commission, which as rightly undertaken to address attacks against medical and other protected persons in time of war, will inform the Council of its concerns regarding Sri Lanka and the situation of the Tamil people and will request that the Council act..." more
whilst ...  Tamils in Tamil Nadu rise to condemn Sri Lanka's targeted  killing of innocents... Black Flags and Fasts & Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously condemns killing of 61 school girls

பழ.நெடுமாறன்: சிங்கள வெறியர்களின் கொலை வெறி தமிழ்ச் சிறுமிகளைக் கூட விட்டு வைக்கவில்லை more

தமிழ்நாடு முதல்வர் கருணாநிதி -   "இலங்கையின் இராணுவ நடவடிக்கைகளில் கொடுமை நிறைந்த நிகழ்ச்சியாக குழந்தைகள் காப்பகம் தாக்கப்பட்டு குண்டுமாரி பொழிந்து 60-க்கும் மேற்பட்ட இளஞ்சிறார்களை கொன்று குவித்திருப்பது மனிதாபிமானம் ஒரு சிறிதும் அற்ற செயல் என்றே கருதப்பட வேண்டியுள்ளது". more

வைகோ கண்டனம்: செஞ்சோலையில் கோர நர்த்தனம் ஆடிய சிங்கள அரசு ஒரு பயங்கரவாத அரசு more

இனம் ஒன்று அழிவதா,  இதை நாம் பொறுப்பதா..

15 August 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire

Revisited: A Lesson in Foreign Policy: When China taught Vietnam a Lesson with US Support  from Power and Principle - Memoirs of the National Security Adviser 1977-1981 by Zbigniew Brzezinski - "..The Chinese did not give us a precise date for the forthcoming "educational experience" that they were planning for Vietnam.... I developed a proposal that the United States should criticize the Chinese for their military action but should couple that criticism with a parallel condemnation of the Vietnamese for their occupation of Cambodia, and demand that both China and Vietnam pull out their forces. I knew that such a proposal would be totally unacceptable to the Vietnamese and to the Soviets, and hence would provide a partial diplomatic umbrella for the Chinese action without associating the United States with it... The Chinese learned in the course of the three critical weeks that they now had a reliable friend: they could confide in us, we could keep a secret, and our public reaction - formally critical but substantively helpful- was firm and consistent..." more

15 August 2006 Tamil National Forum

S.Sivanayagam writing in October 1985 A Lesson in 'Foreign Policy': When the Sinhalese taught the Tamils a lesson in Ceylon  "It was the 5th April, 1956... I was journeying to Colombo from Jaffna ...History was made in Ceylon that day. A new sordid chapter had begun... That was the day the "Sinhala Only" Act was passed. That was the day that Sinhala mobs, for the first time, began to lay their hands on Tamils with impunity. That was the day Tamil leaders who sat in silent Gandhian non violent protest in close proximity to the Parliament building  were surrounded by a hostile mob and set upon with stones. That was the day when ... Sri Lankan governments began the process of sanctioning violence against Tamils... I had learnt my lesson on that morning of 6th April, 30 years ago, a lesson that all Tamils continue to learn to this day : Death by violence could come to you in Sri Lanka for no other reason than that you are born a Tamil. That is a terrible feeling to live with, in one's own country, in the land of one's birth, the land in which one's ancestors had lived, and sometimes ruled, for centuries.." more

14 August 2006 Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam Reports on Armed Conflict  - Australian Tamil Broadcasting Corporation interviews

14 August 2006  Tamil Nation Library - Eelam Section

Revisited Women Fighters of Liberation Tigers - Adele Ann Balasingham  "..Never before in the history of the Tamil nation have women become active military participants. Early Tamil literature is full of episodes which glorify the selfless, sacrificing mothers and wives encouraging bravery and heroism in their sons and husbands. But there is a studied silence on women in combat. The Women’s Military Unit of Liberation Tigers has changed all that; they have altered the trajectory of Tamil history and introduced a radical new dimension into the history of Tamil women..." more

13 August 2006 Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam Reports on Armed Conflict

Lanka Sri TV Audio - Video: விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் படையணிகள் முகமாலை, மண்டைதீவு, கிளாலி, நாகர்கோவில் படைத் தளம் மீது தாக்குதல்

13 August 2006 Media & the Tamil Struggle

Sri Lanka Armed Forces: the smiling public relations image...


 "
'Place your trust in her,' says the caption for this photo which is from a commercial, which is part of a campaign being launched this week to boost forces’ morale. The campaign will run in all print and electronic media." Report in Sri Lanka State Controlled Sunday Observer, 13 August 2006 ....  

and the unsmiling genocidal onslaught....

Place your trust in her....  to do what?

13 August 2006 Reflections

“...We trounced them. The LTTE ran for life. That will be the trend for the future also..”  says Sinhala Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka to State Controlled Sri Lanka Sunday Observer, 13 August 2006 - fearlessly treading the footsteps  trodden by  Sinhala Deputy Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne in 1990 and Sinhala Sri Lanka Deputy Defence Minister, General Ratwatte in 1997. more

12 August 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire -
 Video: George Galloway on Israeli Invasion of  Lebanon - Interviewed by Sky News

12 August 2006 Tamil Diaspora - a Trans State Nation M.Karunanidhi's Tamil Nadu Government  denies  Permission for World Confederation of Tamils Meeting but Court sets aside order

12 August 2006 Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha from Japan

1. On Kadirgamar, Khlestakov and Kumar Ponnambalam "..Following his assassination (an year ago) on Aug.12, 2005, the Sinhalese apologists contributing to the muffled mass media in Colombo profusely heaped praise to the memory of Lakshman Kadirgamar. They oozed endearing encomiums on Kadirgamar as the next incarnation of Ponnambalam Arunachalam (1853-1924), a Tamil visionary of colonial Ceylon, who had died 8 years before Kadirgamar’s birth. Was Kadirgamar really an academic and political heavyweight, as his eulogies in the Colombo press touted to be? Should this be of interest to Eelam Tamils now? For accuracy’s sake and societal record, one cannot allow the truth to be compromised..." more

2. Random Thoughts on K.Thurairatnam, the Point Pedro Federalist  "This is a delayed remembrance piece, albeit one year late. I had intended to contribute this last year to remember Kathiripillai Thurairatnam (1930-1995). August 10th is his birth date, and had he lived, he would have been 75 last year. He died on September 23, 1995, and his death had passed quietly. The assassination of then Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on August 12th last year diverted my attention then to write about him. Though one year late, I had felt a need to contribute these random thoughts on Thurairatnam, for one particular reason...." more

10 August 2006 Dravidian Temple Architecture

An Introduction: அறிமுகம் - Temple Mural Paintings of Tamil Nadu - M.V. Bhaskar and K.T. Gandhirajan

comment by tamilnation.org "M.V. Bhaskar and K.T. Gandhirajan have made an important and significant contribution towards helping to preserve the heritage of the Tamil people by setting about the task of systematically digitizing the mural paintings in the temples of Tamil Nadu and making them freely available at their website. Theirs is a labour of love and will be received with affection by Tamils living in many lands and across distant seas." more

8 August 2006 Tamil National Forum

1. Sanmugam Sabesan - த(க)ண்ணீருக்கும் அப்பால்.... "..,தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் இயக்கத்தை விட்டு கருணா பிரிந்த பின்பு தென்தமிழீழத்தில் புலிகளின் பலம் குறைந்து விட்டது என்ற கருத்தை அரச ஊடகவியலாளர்களும், சில அரசியல் ஆய்வாளர்கள் பரப்பி வந்தார்கள். இன்று இந்த சமர் கருணா என்பது ஒரு மாயை என்பதை மீண்டும் நிரூபித்து விட்டது...." more

2. Oru Paper - A Nice Little War "It is the old story about the losing gambler: he cannot stop. He continues to play, in order to win his losses back. He continues to lose and continues to gamble, until he has lost everything: his house, his wife, his shirt...  it is much easier to start a war than to finish one. President Rajapakse’s government believes that it controls the war, but in reality it is the war that controls them...  Sri Lankan government got carried away by the floods that they themselves have let loose. That is what happened this week, following the battle of Mavil Aaru...." more

7 August 2006 Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism - the Record Speaks to include

MonkSinhala Buddhist Chauvinism - the Record Speaks: The Word... - The Only Practical Solution is Genocide of Tamils says  D Kannangara in the Sinhala owned Lankaweb  "Many wonder what is the ultimate solution to our burning problem... It is time that we learn from our history... Mahawamsa describes in great detail how genocide was used effectively. . Without advancing this historically tried and tested solution, there can never be an end to our problems..." more and the Deed...

6 August 2006 Reflections

1. "Now they (the LTTE) are running without their shoes. Very soon their pants will go too. There will be no LTTE or watch posts soon. (We will) flatten the LTTE ..The IPKF got rid of the hard core elements. What is left (of the LTTE) is the baby brigade of young boys and girls. They will wet their pants when they meet my armed forces..."  Sinhala Sri Lanka Deputy Defence Minister, Ranjan Wijeratne, 15 July 1990 - 16 years ago

2. "...Linking of the land based Main Supply Route (MSR) to Jaffna through Killinochchi would be achieved by February 4, next year - I will shake hands with Pirabaharan after we defeat him. Those who scoff at our plans are in for a shock.." - Sinhala Sri Lanka Deputy Defence Minister, General Ratwatte, 14 December 1997 - 9 years ago

6 August 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka - Norwegian Peace Initiative to include

1. LTTE Peace Secretariat Press Release on Opening of Sluice Gates  "...Respecting the sentiments expressed by Mr. Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister for International Development, the good will gesture with which Special Peace Envoy Mr. Jon Hanssen Bauer visited Kilinochchi along with H.E. The Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Hans Brattskar for a meeting with the LTTE and the assurance that the humanitarian consideration of the LTTE would be reciprocated by similar humanitarian consideration by the Sri Lankan Government, the LTTE Leadership has decided to instruct the District Political Head in Trincomalee to interact with the people in Mavilaru to open the water gates..." more

2. நோர்வேயின் சிறப்பு சமாதானத் தூதுவர் ஜோன் ஹன்சன் பௌயரை சந்தித்த பின்னர் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் ஊடகவியலாளர்களுக்கு வழங்கிய நேர்காணல்

3. Sri Lanka forces launch fresh attacks on reservoir  - BBC "...Nordic truce monitors said the army continued to fire artillery at Tiger areas near the blocked Maavilaru sluice gate. "It is quite obvious they are not interested in water. They are interested in something else," said Tommy Lekenmyr, chief of staff for the unarmed Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, told Reuters news agency. "We will blame this on the government." he added." more

4. Sri Lanka Secretariat for Coordinating Peace (SCOPP) Press Release " SLMM had entered Mavil Aru area unannounced.. "  [c.f. GoSL paying scant regard  to Norway's peace efforts - LTTE]

6 August 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

Rajan Sriskandarajah writes from United States Aaland - An example to Sri Lanka? - A Response to Prof. Bertram Bastiampillai

4 August 2006 Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam -  Reports on Armed Conflict LTTE over run  17 Sri Lanka Army Camps in Muthur - Video News

2 August 2006 Song of the Week

நடடா ராசா மயிலைக்காளை நல்ல நேரம் வருகுது..

2 August 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1. A Concerned Tamil from USA - re International Federation of Tamils letter to UNICEF on Child Soldiers  "...I do not know how the IFT can say that  'Enlisting children under the age of 18 years by armed groups is not a breach of the Optional Protocol'  when Article 4 of the Optional Protocol of the Convention on the Rights of the Child reads:  "4(1). Armed groups that are distinct from the armed forces of a State should not, under any circumstances, recruit or use in hostilities persons under the age of 18 years." together with Comment by tamilnation.org 

2. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia - ஹிட்லரும் மகிந்தவும்

1 August 2006 Tamils - a Trans State Nation to include

Tamil Americans protest in front of US Capitol urging the US Government to take action against Colombo for its war crimes against the Northeast Tamils more

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