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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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October 2006-

31 October 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka
“LTTE Said "YES" To Discuss Core Issues; But Sri Lanka Avoided It” – Tamil Selvan "We assured the Facilitators as well as the Sri Lanka Delegation we were ready to discuss the Core Issues they were talking about before arriving at Geneva. But the Sri Lankan Team avoided it from the beginning.." more

31 October 2006 Tamils - a Trans State Nation - United Kingdom: Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam "I wanted to see if I could write songs about something important and make it sound like nothing. And it kind of worked...."


"bongo
with my lingo
And beat it like a wing yo
To Congo
To Colombo
Can't stereotype my thing yo
I salt and pepper my mango
Quit bending all my fingo
You wanna win a war?

 Like P.L.O.,
don't surrendo " more

30 October 2006 Tamil National Forum to include Sanmugam Sabesan - வடகிழக்கு- இணைப்பு- பிரிப்பு- பேச்சுவார்த்தைகள்- சில தர்க்கங்கள

30 October 2006 Indictment Against Sri Lanka to include Sri Lankan State Terror: Through the Eyes of a Dissident - Cameron Walker in Scoop Independent News

29 October 2006 Reflections

".. Self determination is not a de stabilising concept. Self determination and democracy go hand in hand. If democracy means the rule of the people, by the people, for the people, then the principle of self determination secures that no one people may rule another - and herein lies its enduring appeal..." Nadesan Satyendra in Why Division, 1998

29 October 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka

Geneva II Talks: 28 - 29 October 2006...

1. சுவிஸ் ஜெனீவாப் பேச்சுக்கள் - 2 இன் முடிவுகள் தொடர்பான ஊடக மாநாட்டின் ஒலித்தொகுப்பு நன்றி: ஐபிசி தமிழ்

2.No agreement reached in Geneva, Tigers respond on pluralism and democracy - LTTE Press Statement, 29 October 2006 "The LTTE welcomed the MoU signed by the two major Sinhala political parties. The LTTE also stated that once the Sinhala polity reaches a consensus with respect to the resolution to the conflict, the LTTE will enter into political negotiations with the GoSL. The LTTE expects that by this time normalcy returns and a conducive environment created. The GoSL raised the issues of democracy and pluralism in the homeland. The LTTE stated that it is more committed to the democratic principles than the GoSL and cited the ISGA as an example. The LTTE challenged the GoSL to repeal the sixth amendment as a token of its commitment to democracy and pluralism..." more

3. Statement by the Norwegian Facilitator at Conclusion of Talks  "...The LTTE requested the A9 to be opened. The Government refused to do so at this point. No agreement was reached between the parties on how to address the humanitarian crisis. No date for a new meeting was agreed upon. Norway will be in ongoing dialogue with the parties to discuss all possible ideas on how to move the peace process forward. .." more

4. Norway says that all three issues -  humanitarian suffering, military de-escalation and underlying political problems should be addressed simultaneously during talks, Sri Lanka Sunday Times, 29 October 2006  - Norway’s International Development Minister Erik Solheim spelt out three main areas which the international community believes should be addressed during talks. Mr. Solheim explained that the issues cannot be taken separately and must be addressed simultaneously. They are-

* The humanitarian suffering in Sri Lanka. There must be a relief to all those who are suffering from displacement, war, killings, and simply a return to normalcy for all communities.

* Military de-escalation. The culture of impunity when people are killed must be stopped. There must be a stop to all sorts of violence, be it terrorist attacks, military campaigns or human rights abuses of all sorts.

* There is no way the peace process can move forward for some time, without addressing the underlying political problems in Sri Lanka.

“We have shown a lot of patience and we are prepared to show more, but the people in Sri Lanka and the international community will be impatient... the island risked losing huge foreign aid and goodwill unless the government and the LTTE worked towards a final political solution based on a federal formula agreed in December 2002..." more

5. International community puts Lanka on red notice says Lasantha Wickrematunge in Sri Lanka Sunday Leader, 29 October 2006

6. Thamilchelvan on First Day Talks - No progress on Humanitarian issues, CFA, 28 October 2006

7.Peace process depends on ceasefire implementation - LTTE Opening Statement, 28 October 2006

8.Opening Statement by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Head of Delegation, GoSL, 28 October 2006

9. முதலாம் நாள் ஜெனீவாப் பேச்சு நிகழ்வு தொடர்பாகவும் ஊடகவியலாளர் மாநாடு தொடர்பாகவும் கனடிய தமிழ் வானொலிக்காக ஜெனீவாவிலிருந்து கிருஸ்ணா அம்பலவாணர்

28 October 2006 Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - A Challenge to President Rajapakse: Be a True Buddhist for Real Peace

26 October 2006 Sathyam Commentary

  "One leader, Under one flag, We stand united" 

 

 

 

Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam: Getting to Yes - Nadesan Satyendra  " In the end, it is for the Tamil people and the Sinhala people to be unafraid to have a continuing, open and honest conversation with each other and in this way help mobilise a critical mass of people committed to secure justice and democracy - a democracy where no one people rule another. An independent Tamil Eelam may not be negotiable but an independent Tamil Eelam can and will negotiate. Tamils who today live in many lands and across distant seas know only too well that sovereignty after all, is not virginity. But if  the people in the island of Sri Lanka are not persuaded by all that  has happened during the past several decades, then yet again conflict resolution will take the form of war - directed to change minds and hearts. And then the role of symposiums and 'peace talks' may (in the words of Clement Atlee) prove m-i-n-i-m-a-l." more

26 October 2006 Tamil Eelam - a De Facto State to include

Tamil Eelam Child Protection Act  which became effective on October 15, brings into law measures to protect the Rights and well-being of children from inception of life through adolescence. The Act, containing 83 sections, makes education compulsory upto grade 11, mandates registration of all child births, outlaws enlisting of children under 17 years in Armed Forces, makes participation of under 18-year olds in armed combat illegal, and proscribes all forms of child labour"... more  including full text of Act in Tamil

25 October 2006 Conflict Resolution:Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka -Tracking the Norwegian Conflict Resolution Initiative to include

1. Maximum devolution envisaged:Sri Lanka pact avoids unitary model says B. Muralidhar Reddy in Brahmin controlled Hindu together with comment by tamilnation.org "The ' theatre of spin' staged by the Brahmin controlled Hindu will not come as a surprise to the Tamil people. The Hindu would have us believe that the UNP/SLFP pact provides for  'maximum devolution'. And the Hindu headline states that that the UNP/SLFP pact avoids the 'unitary model'. What the pact does is to avoid mentioning the word 'unitary'  and that is a somewhat different matter. The pact provides for regional 'administrators'. Actually, in the 1987 Provincial Councils Act,  the Tamils had the benefit of not simply 'administrators' but  even 'Governors' - Governors who would 'administer' the provinces. The undeniable constitutional reality is that the Sri Lanka constitution vests  executive power in the President  and it was this which underpinned the 'comic opera' reforms of 1987..."  more

2.On the Eve of Geneva Talks: Sri Lanka State Controlled Daily News on Fundamentals of  Ethnic issue "...The Tamil population, it should be clearly underscored consists of only 12 per cent of the total population of the island with the Muslims comprising 7 per cent and the Estate Tamils who are now for the most part citizens and who are descendants of indentured Indian labour, comprising around 6 per cent. The fundamental principle of majority rule in democratic governance would incontrovertibly place the majority Sinhalese as the major force in the democratic electoral process..." more

24 October 2006 United States & the Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

Sri Lanka's Momentum - Richard A. Boucher, US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs  " We are pleased that the government and the LTTE are committed to peace talks, to go to Geneva and to begin discussions again. We think it is important to discuss all the issues. It is also important to begin a process that can lead to a serious negotiation, and eventually, to a political solution with legitimate interest of all the communities: of Tamils, of Muslims, of Sinhalese. It can be accommodated with a unitary Sri Lanka.We also need to see steps in all areas of the country to improve the respect for human rights. We need to see an investigation of the abuses that have been reported.In this regard, I point out that we worked among the Co-Chairs and also with the government on the appointment of an international human rights commission. We continue to work on that we hope there were some discussions today in Geneva about this more

24 October 2006 Tamil National Forum

S.Sunthanthiram on Sanctimonious Predatory "Democrats"! "...The Eelam Tamils have the great misfortune of sharing the island home with another tribe called the Sinhalese who have the habit of choosing to be governed by politicians whose political platform consists entirely of Tamil baiting rhetoric...Now, we hear laments from some quarters loudest from the Sinhala south, about the lack of "democracy" for the "poor Tamils" in the LTTE controlled areas. In this the Sinhalese are either blithely ignorant of the irony or are willfully cynical in a Mephistophelean manner. I think it is the latter. If the Tamil lambs are getting wet it is because they would rather brave the weather than get eaten by the Sinhala wolves. The wolf is now howling that the lambs are getting wet! Just think about it! .." more

23 October 2006 Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam to include

1. Text of Memorandum of  Understanding Between SLFP and UNP

2.Writing is on the wall and it is in red - Oru Paper "The JVP's message of social emancipation strikes a chord with the poor and marginalized classes. The party gets things done. It is not corrupt. There is no nepotism in the ranks. JVP MPs are not moneyed thugs. Its leaders are ordinary men and women. They can easily relate to the sentiments of the man or woman in the street." more

23 October 2006 Reflections

"...The time has come when I can openly tell the whole world, including our enemies, as to how it is proposed to bring about national liberation. Indians outside India, particularly Indians in East Asia, are going to organise a fighting force which will be powerful enough to attack the British Army in India. ... According to my plan, it is not even necessary to bother about the attitude of the Axis powers towards India... It is our duty, to pay for our liberty with our own blood. The freedom that we shall win through our sacrifice and exertions, we shall be able to preserve with our own strength..." Subhas Chandra Bose to the Indian National Army, 9 July 1943

23 October 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia on நேதாஜி சுபாஸ் சந்திரபோஸ்- சில தகவல்கள் ‘ஒரு நாட்டின் சுதந்திரம் என்பது போராடி, இரத்தம் சிந்தி, உயிர்த் தியாகம் செய்து கைப்பற்ற வேண்டியதே தவிர, கெஞ்சியும் கேட்டும் பெறுவதல்ல, பேரம் பேசிப் பெறுவதும் அல்ல’ என்று முழங்கியவர் நேதாஜி.  more

23 October 2006 Sri Lanka Accused at United Nations to include

1. United Nations General Assembly -  Statement by  Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions  "My report thus urges the General Assembly to ‘call upon the United Nations Secretariat to establish a full-fledged international human rights monitoring mission in Sri Lanka’. " more

2. United Nations General Assembly - Report by Philip Alston, Special Rapporteuron Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions -  Extract Relating to Sri Lanka "The General Assembly should call upon the United Nations Secretariat to establish a full-fledged international human rights monitoring mission in Sri Lanka." more

23 October 2006 Tamil Heritage - Tamils are an Ancient People to include Ancestry of the Ceylon Tamil - M.D.Raghavan

22 October 2006  Tamil National Forum Sachi Sri Kantha on International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) Conferences: Pre- lude and Post-lude

21 October 2006 Remembering Diwali Day Massacre 21 October 1987

20 October 2006 Reflections

 "..Way back in 1988, on the 3rd of July, the U.S.S. Vincennes, a missile cruiser stationed in the Persian Gulf, accidentally shot down an Iranian airliner and killed 290 civilian passengers. George Bush the First, who was at the time on his presidential campaign, was asked to comment on the incident. He said quite subtly, "I will never apologize for the United States. I don't care what the facts are." I don't care what the facts are. What a perfect maxim for the New American Empire. Perhaps a slight variation on the theme would be more apposite: The facts can be whatever we want them to be..."  Arundhati Roy in Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)

20 October 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

Comment by P.Chandra on Tamilnet News Feature on  Sri Lanka's Illiberal Democracy together with response by tamilnation.org   "There is much that we can agree with in your comments and in the Tamilnet News Feature 'Illiberal Democracy'. Having said that, we ourselves do not agree that the West has been somehow fooled by Sri Lanka - and to suggest that is (at best) to adopt the approach of the girl in the pebble story. Apart from anything else, the pebble approach  is an anuku murai that has signally failed to deliver. US Congressman Frank Pallone's recent statement on the Habarane incident is a case in point. The West is not asleep. It only pretends to be asleep..."

20 October 2006 International Frame of Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

An open letter to Congressman Frank Pallone - Professor Aaron Rajah  "...In any attack against armed forces or armed conflicts, all military actions by both troops and rebels are always brutal. Violence and brutality always goes hand in hand and adding brutality to your statement does not mean anything; however, the statement “…Navy personal were unarmed” is quite deceptive and misleading to the American public.

Although the media, including AFP news agencies, published the photos (please refer to attached photos) of numerous arms, body amours and military hard hats collected of the so-called unarmed Navy personnel killed on that day you have decided to portray to the American people that the Navy was unarmed and on a vacation to a resort island, thus eluding the main issue in this entire conflict which is the value of life. It is no secret the value of life was never honored by the Sri Lankan armed forces..." more together with comment by tamilnation.org

19 October 2006 Democracy - Sri Lanka Style to include

Sri Lanka's Illiberal 'Democracy' - Tamilnet News Feature "The political capital from "democracy," and the post-9/11 anti-terrorism climate have provided a convenient temporary cover allowing the Sri Lankan state to portray all State violence as defensive acts against terrorism .." more

19 October 2006 Tamil Heritage - Tamils are an Ancient People to include

1. Some aspects of South Indian cultural contacts with Thailand – Historical Background. - S.Singaravelu   "...Prof. Xavier S. Thani Nayagam, soon after a successful study-tour of South-east Asian countries including Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, published his paper on Tamil Cultural Influences in South-east Asia in the Tamil Culture (IV, 3, July 1955). It was in this paper that Prof. Thani Nayagam made known for the first time the fact that the Tamil verses recited at the Thai Coronation Ceremony and the Swinging Festival were those from Manikkavacakar's Tiruvempavai..." more

2. Tiruppavai, Tiruvempavai in South East Asia - T.P.Meenakshisundaram "At the fourth Tamil Festival celebrated at Madras, I brought to the notice of the audience that the name of the national festival held in former days at Bangkok and elsewhere was no other than the names of two works of Antal and Manikkavacakar  viz. Tiruppavai and Tiruvempavai respectively..." more

3. Tamil Studies: Research in South East Asia and in the Far East - Jean Filliozat "Intercourse between the Tamil kingdom and the Magadha kingdom are evidenced since the end of the fourth century B.C. The famous Greek ambassador to the court of Candragupta heard at Pataliputra the story of Tadadakai, i.e. Minatci of the Pandyan kingdom, without having ever visited this country. In the middle of the third century B.C. Asoka's inscriptions refer to the three Tamil kingdoms..." more

4. Interactions of the Chola empire in the Chao Phraya delta - G.Deivanayagam

18 October 2006 Tamil Language & Literature

Manimekalai of Cittalaic Cattanar மணிமேகலை - சீத்தலைச்சாத்தனார் "The Manimekhalai, one of the masterpieces of Tamil literature, gives us in the form of didactic novel full of freshness and poetry, a delightful insight into the ways of life, the pleasures, beliefs and philosophical concepts of a refined civilisation... In its clear accounts of the philosophical concepts of the time, the Manimekhalai presents the various currents of pre Aryan thought.... which gradually influenced the Vedic Aryan world... The society in which the action of the Manimekhalai takes has little to do with the Aryanised civilisation of the north which we know from Sanskrit texts..." more

17 October 2006 Tamil National Forum

1. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia: தேவை - சிறிலங்கா மீது பொருளாதாரத் தடை together with  Embargo on Sri Lanka  - English Translation

2. Sachi Sri Kantha on 40th anniversary of the First International Conference Seminar on Tamil Studies

17 October 2006 Conflict Resolution - Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka to include


JVP leader with H.L.de Silva P.C., Counsel for the Petitioners
  garlanded after the Verdict

Sri Lanka Supreme Court Rules North-East Merger invalid - Much Ado about Relatively Little?   "Counsel for JVP, President's Counsel H.L. de Silva -  'The Elections Commissioner who had been a respondent to the three rights cases should take steps to hold elections for the two Provincial Councils, the North and the East separately.  In order to do so the Commissioner should first assess whether the situation is conducive to hold an election.The question of a referendum would not arise since there was not a valid merger.' " more together with  Excerpt from  Thirteenth Amendment to Sri Lanka Constitution: Devolution or Comic Opera - Nadesan Satyendra, 1988

16 October 2006 Tamils - a Trans State Nation to include

Vaiko on Tamil Eelam Struggle at Periyar Thidal, Chennai - Audio Visual Presentation... "It is for the people of Tamil Eelam, not India,  to decide whether they want an independent Tamil Eelam State - தமிழ் ஈழம் மலரும், அது காலத்தின் கட்டாயம்"

16 October 2006 Tamil National Forum Ana Pararajasingham writes from Australia on the Strategy of 'Containment' together with comments by tamilnation.org and response by Ana Pararajasingham

16 October 2006 Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

Sri Lanka Armed Forces Suffer Debacle - D.B.S.Jeyaraj "It was the day of the Tiger on Wednesday, 11 October 2006 ...The seeming docility of the LTTE had given the wrong picture to the GOSL. The strategic withdrawals by the LTTE in recent times had bolstered this feeling. Even during the current battle the Tigers had let the army move in without much resistance. An overconfident army had either walked into or been lured into a deadly trap..." more

14 October 2006 International Frame of Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

Video Presentation:
 
Tamil Eela Thani Arasu...

"We are fully aware that the world is not rotating on the axis of human justice. Every country in this world advances its own interests. Economic and trade interests determine the order of the present world, not the moral law of justice nor the rights of people. International relations and diplomacy between countries are determined by such interests. Therefore we cannot expect an immediate recognition of the moral legitimacy of our cause by the international community... In reality, the success of our struggle depends on us, not on the world. Our success depends on our own efforts, on our own strength, on our own determination." Velupillai Pirabakaran, 1993

14 October 2006 Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

ஆணிவேர் - Aanivaer  - a full length film shot and produced in  Tamil Eelam,  in the island of Sri Lanka. It unfolds a love story through which courses turbulent scenes of the political current threatening the very existence of EelamTamils in the island..." more, including video clips...

13 October 2006 tamilnation.org Website: Awards, Reviews & Listings to include


the Electronic Information System for International Law

Listing of  Self Determination: International Law and Practice at tamilnation.org  "This web site produced by the Tamil National Foundation provides access to a wide variety of information on the topic of self determination. Links are provided to law journal articles on the subject of self determination as are reports and information produced by a variety of governmental and quasi governmental groups. Links to many United Nations instruments can be found at this site. Links to country studies are also available ."

13 October 2006 Tamil Armed Resistance & the Law to include Terrorism & Human Rights - Desmond Fernando, Father Peter Pillai Oration, October 2006

11 October 2006 அறிமுகம்...

1.  Chinese Tamil Radio

2. Thamizham

11 October 2006 Tamils - a Trans State Nation: living in many lands and across distant seas...

1. தமிழ் ஈழ பெண்கள் எழுச்சி நாள், 14 October 2006 - Tamil Womens Organisation, Germany
2.  Ilankai Tamil Sangam - Annual General Meeting, 14 October 2006,United States: Guest Speakers - Brian Senewiratne, Karen Parker, V.P.Palam. Workshop Moderator - Rajan Sriskandarajah
3. Tamil Studies Conference, 2007: Imagining Collectives: Continuities, Changes and Contestations, Toronto, Canada - Call for Papers "Contemporary scholarship raises challenging questions in understanding the continuities and transformations of Tamil collectives.  Yet questions of "nation" and "identity" are critical to political and social movements and self-fashioning in the Tamil regions.  The continuities and disruptions of "nation" and "identity" are also particularly salient to diasporic Tamil communities engaged in articulating and transforming a sense of "Tamilness" they can inhabit.   ..." more 

10 October 2006 Comments K.Puvana Chandran from United Kingdom on Gajaani together with response by  tamilnation.org

10 October 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1.Sanmugam Sabesan -  தற்போதைய நிலைமை - சில கருத்துக்கள்  [together with translation in English - Views on Current Reality] ‘சிறிலங்கா அரசும், மேற்குலக நாடுகளும் சமாதானப்பேச்சு வார்த்தைகளை முறையான விதத்தில் அணுகாத போது விடுதலைப் புலிகள் ஏன் இன்னும் சமாதானப் பேச்சு வார்த்தைகளில் அக்கறையாக இருக்கின்றார்கள்? தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் பலவீனமடைந்து விட்டார்களா? இராணுவ ரீதியாகப் புலிகளுக்கு பின்னடைவு ஏற்பட்டுள்ளதா? தமிழ் மக்கள் மீதான கொலைகளையும், மனிதஉரிமை மீறல்களையும் இன்னும் எத்தனை நாள்தான் பொறுத்திருந்து பார்ப்பது? விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் அடுத்த கட்ட நகர்வுதான் எதுவாக இருக்கும்’ - என்ற கேள்விகள்தான் இன்று எமது மக்களின் நெஞ்சங்களை நிறைத்திருப்பதையும் நாம் காண்கின்றோம். இவை சம்பந்தமாகச் சில முக்கிய விடயங்களையும், கருத்துக்களையும் முன்வைத்துத் தர்க்கிக்க விழைகின்றோம். " more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha on Extras in Film, Politics and Diplomacy "Extras: People who appear in stage and movie crowd scenes or background scenes have been called ‘extras’ since 1772 on the English stage.... Here are three recent news bites which have received coverage in the Colombo press and elsewhere. (1) ‘Sri Lanka to field 53-strong team – UN meeting opens doors for unprecedented joy ride.’ [Colombo Island, Sept.3, 2006]. (2) ‘Rise from cocktails to selfless service; President tells heads of Lanka’s foreign missions’ [Colombo Daily Mirror, Oct.5, 2006] (3) ‘Delhi invites three (anti-LTTE) parties from Sri Lanka. [Chennai Hindu, Sept.25, 2006]. Guess what is the common thread to these three news items? The word ‘extras’....To comprehend the varieties and roles of extras in politics and diplomacy, one has to rely on the description about extras provided by ranking professionals who made it to the top in the movies..." more

9 October 2006 Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include 

Gajaani: The Tiger's Fighter Journalist -"My dream is Tamil Eelam" தமிழீழம் மலரும் என்று, தனி நாடு கிடைக்கும் என்று...
".. I grew up in the 1970s in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, where I was born. Kilinochchi was a remote area then, a place with a small population and very poor infrastructure. My parents talk of it as a peaceful time, but the problems in my country were already beginning. During the riots in 1983, we had relatives in Colombo who were taken in by Sinhalese friends. But a mob stormed the house where they were hiding — six of my family members were killed that day...In the camps there were many LTTE fighters too. They would talk about Prabhakaran. I didn’t really understand why he was such a hero ... I used to ask the fighters if they had ever seen him and most would reply that they had not but they fully believed in what he was doing and the way he led them. He was 16 when he started fighting, just 16. I was nearly that age, and I wondered what made him so special and so brave. So I too tried to join the LTTE at age 16 — why not, I thought. But the fighters kept telling me I was too young...  My dream is Tamil Eelam. I have heard my people, men and women, crying and screaming, I have seen them dying, I have experienced the tragedy of my people and my society. I have experienced far too much violence and so many people suffering — from all this, my dream is to see these people smile, living in a free homeland, living a happy and good life...." more

9 October 2006 Tamil Armed Resistance & the Law

Mao Tse-tung On Protracted War  "...The enemy is strong and we are weak, and the danger of subjugation is there. But in other respects the enemy has shortcomings and we have advantages.... China's war is progressive, hence its just character. Because it is a just war, it is capable of arousing the nation to unity... Not that we would not like a quick victory; everybody would be in favour of driving the "devils" out overnight. But we point out that, in the absence of certain definite conditions, quick victory is something that exists only in one's mind and not in objective reality, and that it is a mere illusion, a false theory. Accordingly, having made an objective and comprehensive appraisal of all the circumstances concerning both the enemy and ourselves, we point out that the only way to final victory is the strategy of protracted war, and we reject the groundless theory of quick victory. We maintain that we must strive to secure all the conditions indispensable to final victory, and the more fully and the earlier these conditions are secured, the surer we shall be of victory and the earlier we shall win it. We believe that only in this way can the course of the war be shortened, and we reject the theory of quick victory, which is just idle talk and an effort to get things on the cheap. ..." more

8 October 2006 Tamil National Forum  Usha S Sri Skanda Rajah from Canada on Mother India

7 October 2006 India & the Struggle for Tamil Eelam

Sanmuga Suntharam asks "Atharma Bhumi?" "....Let us therefore forget the ‘motherland’ complex and tell the Indians that we are the only people who can be relied upon as friends if they treat us with fairness. We are not asking for favours. First we are asking them to stop harming us. Secondly, we wish to let them know that any help they give us will be vastly in their interest, too. Will the Mandarins in their government emotionally accept this reality?" together with...

comment by tamilnation.org  "We find ourselves in agreement with much of that which Mr.Sanmuga Suntharam says. He is right to point out the amorality of India's role in the struggle for Tamil Eelam. He is also right to point out the abominably pernicious "caste" system that pervades India's body politic, 'the suicidal infighting of those who are called Dravidians', and the 'abominable betrayals and treachery' of Tamils like Karuna, Douglas and Sangaree.  But, having said that,  his conclusion may have to be examined further...  If it is 'vastly in the interest of New Delhi' to help the struggle for an independent Tamil Eelam why has New Delhi not extended that help all these years? Is it that New Delhi is not astute enough to see that which we see? Or is it that New Delhi recognises that support for an independent Tamil Eelam will result in Sinhala Sri Lanka turning  to the US and/or China? Does it fear that support for an independent Tamil Eelam will be counter productive - and will result in the very thing New Delhi wants to prevent - the increased  presence of extra regional powers in the Indian Ocean region? And does it take the view that any help that an independent Tamil Eelam may extend will not be sufficient to prevent that process?... We may want to recognise the uneasy power balance in the Indian ocean region reflected amongst other things by Operation Seabird. We may want to recognise that it is in the interstices of that power matrix that the struggle for Tamil Eelam is taking place. New Delhi may be behaving the way it has done for so  many years,  because it is not strong enough to do anything else...It is the weak who usually act amorally..." more

6 October 2006 Foreign Aid & Sri Lanka's Rising Military Expenditure 

Sri Lanka's Rising Military Expenditure in Billion Rupees...
.75 6 24 38 56 63 69 139
1977 1986 1995 1996 1998 2001 2006 2007

" Sri Lanka's military expenditure has increased from 0.75 billion rupees in 1977 to a budgeted 139.6 billion for the year 2007 - an almost two hundred fold increase. During the same period, foreign aid to Sri Lanka has kept pace with Sri Lanka's increasing military expenditure... Without foreign aid, Sri Lanka would not have been able to continue its genocidal war against the Tamil people - and it may well have found the need to talk with the people of Tamil Eelam on an equal basis and structure a polity where the two peoples, the Sinhala people and the Tamil people, may associate with each other  in equality and in freedom... And foreign aid has been forthcoming because each 'aid donor' is intent on securing its own strategic interest in the Indian Ocean region - and this is true, whether the aid donor is the US, India, or China. ... Sri Lanka seeks to use the political space provided by the countervailing strategic interests of the US, India and China in the Indian Ocean  region to advance its own interests and acquire the military capability to subdue Tamil resistance to alien Sinhala rule. " more

6 October 2006 Sri Lanka Accused at United Nations

Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR)  urges India to support UN resolution on Sri Lanka "Expressing dismay at India's opposition to the draft resolution on Sri Lanka sponsored by  Finland on behalf of European Union at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) called upon the government of India to reconsider its position and support the resolution. ...India has been opposing the draft resolution which calls for the respect of human rights and calls upon all parties to put an immediate end to the violations of humanitarian law, and to guarantee access for humanitarian aid to the population as well as to guarantee the protection of humanitarian workers; and strengthening of the presence of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and to report on these efforts at the Human Rights Council during its third session in November 2006." more

5 October 2006 Tamil Nation Library: Conflict Resolution to include

The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003 - Tanya Reinhart "..My major source of information in constructing the history of this period is the Israeli media. In the Israeli newspapers much more information is available about what is being planned than appears in any foreign coverage. ...  part of the reason it is more revealing is its lack of inhibition. Things that would look outrageous in the Western world are in Israel considered natural daily routine... Nevertheless, a central point in the book is that the last few years were not just years of victory for Israel’s expansion. World-wide opposition to Israel's policies has substantially grown in this period...This turn of events shows the limits of propaganda – it appears possible to manufacture silence or consent, but it may be impossible to manufacture consciousness. Basic concepts like justice, international law, solidarity with the oppressed, have disappeared from mainstream political discourse, but they are present in people’s minds. " more

5 October 2006 Sri Lanka's War on Eelam Tamils
...in the Shadow of the Ceasefire

Sri Lankan Government prevents International Commission of Jurists observing inquest into deaths of 17 ACF aid workers - ICJ Press Release “It is regrettable that the Government has chosen not to allow our independent international observer to attend this vital inquest.. At a time when the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions have warned that investigations and accountability mechanisms have failed to bring justice to victims in Sri Lanka, it is particularly important for the Government to demonstrate that every stage of its processes, including inquests and trials, are open, transparent and credible..” more

5 October 2006 Reflection

"...Ubuntu - I am because you are. Ubuntu speaks to the very essence of being human… A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs to a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as less than who they are."  Desmond Tutu, 1999 quoted by ex President Clinton at Labour Party Conference, September 2006

3 October 2006 Tamil National Forum

 1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on A Sri Lankan Turkey Roast in New York

2. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia on அர்த்தமுள்ள புத்த மதம்

3. Sara Ananthan from Australia comments on  Contemporary International Affairs

2 October 2006 Reflection

When will  we arise, arise from the miseries - Shine Tamil Rap

2 October 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire

Power and Interest News Report  - India's Project Seabird and the Indian Ocean's Balance of Power "On April 11, 2005, India started a strategic partnership with China, and, on June 29, 2005, signed a 10-year defense agreement with the United States. Western observers, however, have paid less attention to an ambitious Indian move in the military field: Project Seabird. This plan - with origins from the mid-1980s - is to be assessed in light of two geopolitical triangles juxtaposing on the Indian Ocean's background: U.S.-India-China relations and China-Pakistan-India relations. In this complicated geopolitical configuration, New Delhi is not simply a partner of China or the United States: India is emerging as a major power that follows its own grand strategy in order to enhance its power and interests... The geopolitics of the Arabian Sea and the Western Indian Ocean largely explain India's determination in such an $8.13 billion enterprise. The China-Pakistan-India triangle is more than ever the Arabian Sea's decisive geo strategic setting. For the Chinese, this trilateral relationship is crucial for two reasons: from the point of view of energy security, the Arabian Sea and Pakistan are Beijing's access points to the oil-rich Middle East; from the perspective of military security, Pakistan provides China an effective counter-balancing partner in front of India's ambitions. " more

1 October 2006 Tamil Heritage: the Tamils are an ancient people... to include

Kappal Oddiya Thamilan - The Overseas Exploits of the Thamils & the Tragedy of Sri Lanka - G.K.Rajasuriyar with foreword by Ranee Eliezer


Chola Empire at the height of its Power circa 1050 AD

1 October 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire to include

Michael Albert on Chavez, the Devil, Chomsky, and Us  "..The cost of Chavez’s forthrightness about Bush is dismissal of Chavez as a crazy lunatic by many people who already felt that way but were restrained in saying so, and by some people swayed by media ridicule of him, who had had no prior opinion. The gain of Chavez’s forthrightness about Bush is establishing that one can say the truth about the U.S. and less importantly about George Bush, and showing that doing so is in accord not only with truth but also with integrity...." more
 

 

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