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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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November 2006

30 November 2006 Tamils - a Trans State Nation: Tamil Nadu to include

Vaiko: "Sri Lankan Tamils want a Separate Nation  "..Prabhakaran's team was not given a copy of the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement. It was merely read out to them. Dixit read the terms of the agreement. Anton Balasingham was also present at that meeting. Prabhakaran was totally shocked. They never expected India to enter into such an agreement. They [Prabhakaran and his team] said they were opposed to the agreement. Dixit, who was puffing a cigar, said, 'We don't care. Who are you to oppose?' Prabhakaran said, 'We will oppose with all our might.'  Dixit said, 'Before this cigar is over, smoke is over, within that time we will crush you.'  These are the words of J N Dixit. Balasingham told me the exact words..." more

30 November 2006 What is Terrorism? to include

Amnesty Launches Campaign Against Torture by United States - "Torture is Terror"  "...The US Administration insists it  does not condone or use torture  but the facts  suggest the opposite.. Martin Mubanga.. held at Guantanamo Bay, has described his interrogators using a mop to cover him in his own waste and urine. This is just one of many testimonies emerging from US detention centres alleging the use of torture and ill-treatment... It is disturbing to read about Mohammed C having his arms burned with cigarettes. It is shocking to find that at the time of this ordeal, Mohammed was just 14 years old...  When a nation begins to condone torture, it sends out a message to its own people that such inhuman conduct is now acceptable. Such conduct then starts to become the norm. When that nation is as powerful as the USA, the message it sends goes out to the whole world... If you believe that torture is terror, please support our campaign by making a donation today..." more

29 November 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1.Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on Triumvir Rajas  "...If one has to correctly record the past one year of political leadership, the most apt phrase is ‘triumvir Rajas’ – the Rajapaksa siblings. In principle, Mahinda Rajapaksa is the nominal elected President. But in practice, he shares his power with his two siblings, Basil Rajapaksa (in charge of political affairs) and Gothabaya Rajapaksa (in charge of military affairs). This was neither divulged in President Mahinda’s election manifesto nor overtly expected by the Sinhalese voters. To borrow Thomas Carlyle’s eloquent sentence to the Colombo scene, in November 2006, “Basil is standing motionless, Gothabaya ejaculating, Mahinda is struggling to speak”..." more

2. Mathinee Sreetharan from USA together with comment by tamilnation.org

நீதியின் கரங்கள் எத்தனை நீளம்?
அநீதியை அழிக்கப் பொதுமா தூரம்?
நீதியின் காவலா, ஆண்டவா கூறு!
அநீதியொ தமிழனாய்ப் பிறந்தது என்று.
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28 November 2006 Reflections

"...We have completely abandoned the Federal concept, we have decided to separate. If we don't separate we can never win back our lost rights. We will try in every way to set up a Separate State. This is certain. As the voice of my people I tell this to Sri  Lanka and the world from this house. We know this is not an easy task. We know it is a difficult path. But either we must get out of the rule of the Sinhalese or perish. This is our ideal ." Gandhian Tamil Leader, S.J.V.Chelvanayagam in Sri Lanka Parliament, December 1976

28 November 2006 Tamils -a Trans State NationMaaveerar Naal 2006 in UK, Australia, Canada, Norway & Belgium.... தமிழ் அகம்: ஓர் உணர்வா, அல்லது இடமா?

1. M.Thanapalasingham at Sydney Maaveerar Naal - சிட்னி,  அவுஸ்திரேலியாவில் நவம்பர் மாதம் 28 ஆம் திகதி செவ்வாய்கிழமை இடம்பெற்ற மாவீரர் விழாவில் ஆற்றிய சிறப்புரை. " தந்தை செல்வா தனிநாடு அமைக்க கோரி 31ஆண்டுகளின் பின்னர் முப்படைகளும் பின்னே நிற்க தனி அரசு அமைப்போம் என தலைவர் விட்ட அறை கூவலுக்கு வலுச்சேர்பதே நாம் மாவீரருக்கு செலுத்தக்கூடிய அஞ்சலியாகும். புது யுகம் எமக்காகக் காத்திருக்கின்றது. எமது மொழியும் பண்பாடும் வாழ்வியலும் மேன்மை பெறும் காலம் எம் கண்முன்னே விரிகின்றது...." more

2. லண்டன் வடமேற்குப் பகுதியில் உள்ள Harrow Leisure Centre இல் திங்கட்கிழமை (27.11.06) தேசிய நினைவெழுச்சி நாள் நிகழ்வு நடைபெற்றது.




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27 November 2006 Struggle for Tamil Eelam: Velupillai Pirabakaran, Leader of Tamil Eelam to include

2006 Maveerar Naal Address including  Audio, Video, Text in Tamil and Excerpts in English  - An Independent State for the People of Tamil Eelam "சிங்களப் பேரினவாதத்தின் கடுமையான போக்கு, தனியரசு என்ற ஒரேயொரு பாதையைத்தான் இன்று தமிழீழ மக்களுக்குத் திறந்துவைத்திருக்கிறது. எனவே, இந்த விடுதலைப் பாதையிற் சென்று, சுதந்திரத் தமிழீழத் தனியரசை நிறுவுவதென இன்றைய நாளில் நாம் தீர்க்கமாக முடிவு செய்திருக்கிறோம். தமிழினம் விடுதலைப் பாதையில் வீறுகொண்டெழுந்திருக்கின்ற இந்தப் பெருமைமிகுந்த வரலாற்றுக் காலகட்டத்தில் உலகத்தமிழினத்தின் உதவியையும் பேராதரவையும் நாம் வேண்டிநிற்கிறோம்..." more

 "... It is now crystal clear that the Sinhala leaders will never put forward a just resolution to the Tamil national question. The uncompromising stance of Sinhala chauvinism has left us with no other option but an independent state for the people of Tamil Eelam.  At this historic time when the Tamils are recommencing their journey on the path of freedom, we seek the unwavering support and assistance of the world Tamil community...” more

26 November 2006 Nadesan Satyendra - Selected Writings to include

Tomorrow is Maaveerar Naal - "...Today is the 52nd birthday of Velupillai Pirabakharan - a leader who has become the living symbol of  the Tamil Eelam struggle for freedom from alien Sinhala rule. And, tomorrow is Maaveerar Naal. It is a day when hundreds of thousands of Tamils living in many lands will bow their heads in silence, even if only for a few moments - and remember those of their brothers and sisters, their ‘udan pirapukal’, who have given their lives so that we may live in freedom and with dignity -  in Tamil we say thanmaanam, தன்மானம்......" more

26 November 2006 India & the Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

Sri Lanka: Marginalisation of India, B.Raman "..There has been a revival of the pre-1983 interest of the US Navy in acquiring a presence in Trincomallee and hopes of achieving this with the support of the Government of Mr. Rajapakse should at least partly account for the growing open support of the US for Mr. Rajapakse and its disinclination to take a firm stand against the methods employed by the Sri Lankan security forces against the Tamil population. Trincomallee has acquired a new importance in the eyes of the US and the NATO forces presently fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan as an alternative naval base for logistic support to the NATO operations in Afghanistan should instability in Pakistan after the next year's general elections there make the continued use of Karachi untenable.  Mr. Burns has showered encomiums on what he described as India's responsible attitude on Sri Lanka---- which is nothing but an euphemism for its in-activism."more

25 November 2006 Reflections - 2 days before Maaveerar Naal 2006 and 6 years ago:

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Sinhala Buddhist Monk inspects Sri Lanka artillery at the war front

 Velupillai Pirabakharan, Maveerar Naal Address, 27 November 2000 "...The Tamil Eelam war is the liberation struggle of the oppressed Tamil people. The Sinhala ruling elites are refusing to accept this stark political reality. This denial of truth, this refusal to face reality is the stumbling block to finding a political resolution to the conflict through peaceful means...  We do not believe that Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism, which is growing fast and proliferating at all levels of the Sinhala social structure, will embrace the Tamil people with compassion. If the Sinhala nation fails to redeem itself from the grip of racism and continues its repression against the Tamils, we have no alternative other than to secede and form an independent Tamil State.... (In 2000) We were compelled to delay our advance into Jaffna as a consequence of the unilateral intervention by international governments who injected massive military assistance to the Sri Lankan military forces at a crucial time in the battle of Jaffna. The entire world rushed to help Sri Lanka.... claiming that the lives of thirty thousand troops were in danger. It was the same world which closed its eyes and observed a studied silence when Jaffna was invaded militarily by the Sri Lankan army and as a consequence a monumental tragedy occurred when half a million Tamils were uprooted and displaced. ...Jaffna does not belong to the Sinhala nation. Jaffna belongs to the people of Jaffna. Sovereignty is not a divine right of a State. Sovereignty derives from the people; it is an inalienable right of a people.The Sinhala nation cannot impose its sovereignty over the historically constituted lands of the Tamils by military aggression and occupation..." more

24 November 2006 Reflections


"Throwing a bomb is bad,
Dropping a bomb is good;
Terror, no need to add,
Depends on who's wearing the hood."
 - R. Woddis, "Ethics for Everyman," quoted in C.A.J. Coady, "The Morality of Terrorism," Philosophy, vol. 60 (1985), p. 52.

24 November 2006 What is Terrorism? to include

On the Preeminence of State Terrorism - Edward S. Herman, Professor Emeritus of Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania "By any generally applicable standard... state terrorism is vastly more destructive than anti-state and individual and small group terrorism. This is the basis for distinguishing between the two as “wholesale” versus “retail” terrorism... (In state terrorism).. First, the leaders of the targeted people are demonized and the populations themselves are often condemned as “willing executioners.”...Second, the government-media-intellectuals axis uses (and misuses) words that put the attack and attacker in a favorable light and denigrate their targets. The word “terrorism” is used only to designate retail terrorist actions and retail responses to state violence.... Third.. is the distinction between deliberate killing and “collateral damage.” Retail terrorists, like suicide bombers, deliberately kill civilians, whereas with bombing raids...any civilian killings are allegedly inadvertent rather than deliberate, hence in a different and higher moral class..... Fourth, the word bias runs parallel with the level of attention and indignation. The victims of “terrorism” are “worthy” victims and get extensive and sympathetic treatment that can arouse public sympathy and help justify the attacks on the officially-identified terrorists in programs of “counter-terror.”" more

23 November 2006 Tamil National Forum

Father Chandiravarman Sinnathurai  - Eelam Tamils: Highlighting crimes against peace  together with  comment by tamilnation.org "Yesterday when the Co-chairs [U.S; E.U; Norway and Japan] met in Washington, D.C., there hardly was any policy change as far as the Tamils are concerned. With alarming unanimity the Quartet announced that  “…the LTTE is a terrorist group responsible for massive bloodshed, we hold the Tamil Tigers responsible…we are not neutral in this respect.”  One must be grateful for the crudeness of meting out such lop-sided spaghetti western justice — at least we must be thankful for the openness of attitude on the part of the diplomats, in which admittance to non-neutrality is claimed. ..." more

23 November 2006 Reflections - 4 days before Maaveerar Naal

S.J.V.Chelvanayagaam "Throughout the ages the Sinhalese and Tamils in the country lived as distinct sovereign people till they were brought under foreign domination. It should be remembered that the Tamils were in the vanguard of the struggle for independence in the full confidence that they also will regain their freedom. We have for the last 25 years made every effort to secure our political rights on the basis of equality with the Sinhalese in a united Ceylon. It is a regrettable fact that successive Sinhalese governments have used the power that flows from independence to deny us our fundamental rights and reduce us to the position of a subject people. These governments have been able to do so only by using against the Tamils the sovereignty common to the Sinhalese and the Tamils.  I wish to announce to my people and to the country that I consider the verdict at this election as a mandate that the Tamil Eelam nation should exercise the sovereignty already vested in the Tamil people and become free." Gandhian Tamil leader S.J.V.Chelvanayagam, 1975

22 November 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka 

Co-chairs of Tokyo Donors Conference call for full implementation of CFA - and continue to label LTTE as a 'terrorist' organisation  together with comment by tamilnation.org "The questions asked by the Press Trust of India afforded an opportunity for US Under Secretary Burns to clarify the US position in relation to the conflict in the island. The questions were pointed -  1.Sir, there has been a lot of writing in the media that there is somehow two different tracks of U.S. policy towards this conflict in Sri Lanka. The hard line espoused by Mr. Burns supposedly is for allowing military offensives for the state of Sri Lanka to preserve the territorial integrity. And supposedly there is a softer line that is pushing for the homeland, you know, of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Can you please clarify for the record what it is that the U.S. is pushing there now in Sri Lanka?  and 2. What military assistance does the United States provide to the Government of Sri Lanka and whether any of the arms have been used by the government troops in alleged atrocities?  more

21 November 2006 Tamil National Forum

20 November 2006 Conflict Resolution in the Age of Empire to include

Understanding the Nepal Peace Agreement  "China unconditionally backs the king in a costless gamble to gain influence in the Himalayan country that borders the Tibetan region. India believes that monarchal rule is inherently unstable in Nepal, and it threw its support behind the political parties after they were dismissed in February 2005." .... "Every sane mind knows that top Maoist leaders live and give out their directives to their cadres from within the Indian territory.." more

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

Sri Lanka's Strategy of Terror has International Backing - Tamil Guardian  together with Comment by tamilnation.org "Sri Lanka’s Sinhala dominated state is escalating its military campaign to destroy the Tamil struggle. As it does so, its contempt for the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) and international humanitarian law is undisguised.... These elements have always been part of counter-insurgency in Sri Lanka. And they have always had the approval of the international community....  Dozens of ordinary Tamils are being murdered each week. Tens of thousands are being harried daily by military bombardment. Hundreds of thousands of our people are suffering shortages of food and medicine. And it is the international community’s tacit collusion in this onslaught that we must come to terms with. The Sri Lankan state is behaving in the same manner it always has...What the Tamils need to understand is that if such brutality against our people will result in us abandoning our demands for our political rights then the international community will also be happy. Which is why there has been no real pressure on Sri Lanka to desist. Which is why the international response to Sri Lankan violence against us is a mocking call for the state to investigate and punish itself. Which is why, even now, there is no international diplomacy to avert the violence... " more

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

 20 November 2006 Tamil Nation Library to include

Memories are Forever by Karthigasoo Jeganathan "We and our children and grandchildren had chosen to live here (in Auckland) for the past six years. Except for the extreme cold during the winter season and the high humidity in the air, we have very little to complain. This is the fifth country of our domicile (Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Zambia and South Africa being the other four). For me and for Shakuntala it has been a unique experience after leaving our motherland in the wake of the pogrom of 1977. Whatever little hope we entertained about returning to our motherland was lost with the loss of our home and its contents in the worst of the pogroms of 1983... It is our hope that we could lead the remaining few years of our lives not far away from our children and grandchildren..." more

19 November 2006 Learning & Teaching Tamil to include

18 November 2006  International Relations in the Age of Empire

Revisited Nadesan Satyendra - The Buddha Smiled Question: "The Buddha is the most awesomely solemn of beings. Why then does he smile?"  Reply: "There are all manner of causes and conditions whereby one may smile.  There are those who are delighted and therefore smile.  There are those who are afflicted with anger and therefore smile.  One may feel contempt for others and therefore smile.  One may witness strange events and therefore smile.  One may observe embarrassing situations and therefore smile.  It may happen that one sees strange customs from other lands and therefore smile.  It may also happen that one witnesses rare and difficult undertakings and thus is caused to smile". more

17 November 2006 International Frame of Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

US Senate backs India nuclear deal  "Energy-hungry India needs nuclear power. The US Senate has overwhelmingly voted to pass a controversial deal to share civilian nuclear technology with India. Under the deal, which was proposed more than a year ago, India must allow international inspections of its nuclear facilities. US President George W Bush hailed the move as bringing India into the "nuclear non-proliferation mainstream". However, the bill still has to clear a number of hurdles before it becomes law and is implemented. One condition would require India to fully and actively participate in efforts to contain Iran's nuclear programme." more

17 November 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1. Himanshu B from Canada "So what point are you making by creating the webpage, New Delhi & the Tamil Struggle: For Province Read Nation. Are you advocating separatism?" together with response by tamilnation.org  "You may find the article Tamil Nation & the Unity of India of interest - and it may clarify the point that we sought  to make by publishing Pramatha Chauduri's essay on 'For Province Read Nation' which he wrote in 1920. .. True inter-dependence will come only between those who are independent. Pramatha Chauduri's writing remains essential reading today for all  us who regard ourselves as Indians and who are concerned to secure and protect the unity that is India... A stable unity will emerge only when New Delhi acquires the vision and the strength to structure a polity where the different peoples of the sub continent (including those in the island of Sri Lanka) may freely associate with each other in equality and in freedom... The real political question is not one of separation or division but one of determining the terms on which different nations  may 'associate' with one another in equality and in freedom - and this is the issue that the 21st century may have to confront.  ..." more

2. Sara Ananthan from Australia - Urgent action needed for the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka

3அன்புதாசன் from வடமராட்சி - சாவிலும் வாழ்வோம்

4. Nagalingam Ethirveerasingham from USA on Merger or De-Merger?

 16 November 2006 International Frame of Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

1. India seeks solution within a united and federal Sri Lanka - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

2. India trains Sri Lanka jet bomber support crews

3.The Way Ahead in Sri Lanka - Summary of an interaction organised by the Indian 'think tank' the Observer Research Foundation Chennai  including Comment by tamilnation.org: "The views expressed by the Indian think tank, the Observer Research Foundation are always of interest. This particular 'interaction' also included the involvement of  Ramachandra Sundaralingam (ex-SL Police & Interpol). Though the "think tank" does refer to the problems posed  in the island by "not just the US and China, Japan and Russia" but "even Venezuela and Bolivia creeping in" the think tank failed (at least publicly) to discuss in depth New Delhi's own strategic interests in the Indian Ocean region - and in particular the impact that the success of the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam to be free from alien Sinhala rule may have on the uneasy balance of power  reflected in the two geopolitical triangles juxtaposing on the Indian Ocean's political background: U.S.- India - China relations and China - Pakistan - India relations." more

14 November 2006 Tamil National Forum to include Sanmugam Sabesan  சிலுவையைச் சுமக்குமா சர்வதேசம்?

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

Karen Parker J.D., Humanitarian Law Project Writes to  UN Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka's Violations of International Humanitarian Law "..We conclude by expressing our dismay that the GOSL has usurped the Human Rights Council and its intent to have an impartial team investigate the actual reality in Sri Lanka. If the Human Rights Council is blocked in its efforts to address the urgent situation as it sees fit, than in addition to being a party to the annihilation of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, the Council will have indicated to the international community that application of human rights and humanitarian law is subject to the political interests of a few States -- some of them, as is case of Sri Lanka, rogue States." more

12 November 2006 Introduction - அறிமுகம் - A New Colombo Sunday News Paper -  The Nation

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

1. Tamil Parliamentarian Raviraj shot dead in Colombo 6 days after Co-Chairs' Failure to Condemn Killinochchi Bombing  [including Pirabakharan confers Maamanithar award to Raviraj, Brian Senewiratne on the Future of Tamil Parliamentarians in Sri Lanka and Condemn the assassination of another voice for peace and justice - Dr. Nimalka Fernando ] "'...States that want to oppress a people do so by breaking their political will to resist injustice. To do this, oppressing states kill a society's intellectuals and journalists who speak for the rights of their people. They want the Tamils to be intellectually rudderless. It is easier to enslave a people who have lost their ability to understand the nature of their oppression...'  Dharmeratnam Sivaram (who was himself shot dead on 28 April 2005) speaking at Memorial Meeting for  Slain Batticaloa Journalist, Aiyathurai Nadesan on 7 August 2004" more

2. Norwegian International Development Minister Erik Solheim condemns Sri Lanka Army for unprovoked shelling at Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in Pooneryn "...There was clear sight....it was impossible to misunderstand the situation.  The army was in advance informed of the meeting which was about inspecting the pathway that has been damaged. SLA fired artillery shells started to hit the ground first at 100 meter distance, but gradually the shells began approaching the delegation, at closest 50 meter from the Head of Mission. One of the vehicles was pushed off the path due to the air pressure caused by the artillery shelling..." more

3. Sri Lanka Armed Forces shell Tamil Refugee Camp in Vaharai - Over 40 Tamil Civilians Murdered, Hundreds Injured "... The multi-barrel rockets attack, which began at approximately 11:35 a.m. on 8 November 2006 and lasted for over 30 minutes, struck a school, Kathiraveli Vikneswara Vidyalayam, Vaharai General Hospital and TRO’s Sonobo Children’s Home (12 children in the home were injured). There are over 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) families in the immediate area. Most of the dead and injured are IDPs from Muttur....."

10 November 2006 Tamil National Forum to include Sachi Sri Kantha relates A Tale of Two Tamil Vice Chancellors "This is a tale, which will be told four generations from now in Eelam, of two Tamil Vice Chancellors. For simplicity, I tag them with the animal motifs, a toad(y) and an ant, in the blessed island in the year 2006...I write this tale of a toad and an ant in a sense of desperation, to expose the gimmicks of the Priggish Moralist Orchestra. They hardly know the ant. But I know. This courageous, self-effacing academic (Dr. Sivasubramaniam Raveendranath) who labored in East Eelam for 25 years to build a university is an old friend of mine. He and I were batchmates at Aquinas University College 36 years ago, before we entered the universities. He went to the University of Peradeniya for an agriculture degree. I chose the University of Colombo for a science degree. I dip my head in salute for his energy and decency..." more

8 November 2006 Tamil National Forum to include Sanmugam Sabesan on அவுஸ்திரேலிய நினைவு தினம் -  Lest We Forget [together with Translation in English]

8 November 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka

Never say, never again - M.S.Shah Jahan "...Sri Lankan government’s argument that the LTTE would financially benefit from the opening of the A9 highway is not wrong. (But) Sri Lanka failed to understand that it had pushed a sector of its own citizens to starvation, possibly, expecting their suffering would turn them against the Tigers. But on the other hand it could justify and strengthen the Tiger’s call for separation as a way out from Sinhala attitude...Further on the subject of food supply to Jaffna by ship, the Sri Lankan government is suspected to have a hidden agenda. It is alleged that the ships have a chance to carry other things for the armed forces. The way SL blocked the LTTE’s suspected motive for opening A9 high way, the LTTE has blocked the government’s unexplained interest on the shipping route. Diamond cuts diamond is the attitude..." more

7 November 2006 Tamil National Forum

Fr. Chandiravarman Sinnathurai on A 9 - The Road to Sri Lankan Darfour: Emptied of Compassion [These fractured verses were written after speaking to a couple of people in Jaffna few days ago. This poem reflects on their plight and their dignified resilience]


Relentless shelling and aerial bombing
Abductions, disappearances, raping and pillage
The whole world looks on us without batting an eye lid
Its all geo-politics. No ethical or moral considerations.
Who wants to make a quick buck out of our plight?
Arms dealers. International plutocrats. Local politicians.
Humanitarian needs : What’s that?
Put on the back-burner. They might add.
 
We are in the brink of starvation;
Even hospitals are bombed
Let alone schools.
No medicine for the young and old
                                                            No milk for our infants
 
                             But the toys are a plenty:
Burnt out shells and empty missiles
The blood hounds savour the taste of skulls
The crows feast on carcasses.
Many civilian lives lost forever
Stray dogs appear in the form of informants; child-abducting Para-Militaries,
 Secret agents with  pocket tape recorders.
Torturing out a false confession.
Masquerading pimpernels in tinted white vans
                  They are the State Terrorists.
A word to the Co-Chairs and the International Community:                               
                                                    Ladies and gentlemen –
How long will you pretend to be our saviours?
How many times you want the Tamils to prove that we too are humans longing to free our motherland?!more


Vaharai


Killinochchi

Tamil Child in the Vanni


Vallipunam


Mandaithivu


Pesalai


Trincomalee

6 November 2006 Tamils - a Trans State Nation - United Kingdom: Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam M.I.A. (Missing in Acton ) to include
Joshua Ostroff in Eyeweekly on Tiger, Tiger, burning bright: Tamil pop provocatrice M.I.A. wages war on the dancefloor "I haven't heard honesty in music for so long and this is how I feel, and this is what I think. You don't even have to say words, I was just being as raw as possible. I wanted to make music that you felt in your gut... You can't separate the world into two parts like that, good and evil. Terrorism is a method. But America has successfully tied all these pockets of independent struggles, revolutions and extremists into one big notion of terrorism. You can't grab someone by the neck and choke them and then complain they're kicking you. If you're going around oppressing people, they will fight back..."more

6 November 2006  Learning & Teaching Tamil to include Mazalais - A Website Exclusively for Children

5 November 2006 International Relations in the Age of Empire

Revisited - Yet Again: A Lesson in Foreign Policy : When China taught Vietnam a Lesson with US Support in 1979 "..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

4 November 2006 Sri Lanka's War on Eelam Tamils - in the Shadow of a Ceasefire: Sri Lanka intensifies attacks in Vanni, Vaharai after Co-Chairs' Failure to Condemn Killinochchi Bombing

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

Geneva Based International Federation of Tamils calls upon the International Community to Respond Meaningfully to Sri Lanka's Message of Terror  "The Co-Chairs who were quick to name the LTTE and condemn it for the attack on a Sri Lankan military convoy in Habarana on 16 October 2006, as a ‘terrorist’ attack, refuse to categorise the Sri Lanka attack on a civilian population centre in Killinochchi in the proximity of a Hospital as a war crime...the Co-Chairs having failed to name Sri Lanka and hold it accountable, then go on to “expect both the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to refrain from military action.”  The message sought to be conveyed by the Co-Chairs is clear. “We will not condemn Sri Lanka’s  message of terror in Killinochchi, but if the LTTE responds to Sri Lanka’s continuing aerial bombardment of Tamil civil population centres, then we will condemn the LTTE for taking military action and categorise such action as ‘terrorism’”. ...The continued failure by the international community to condemn Sri Lanka's actions will  lead more and more Tamil people in many lands, to question whether the international community is asleep or whether it is simply pretending to be asleep and that explanations for the silence of the international community may have to sought in the strategic interests of the international community in the Indian Ocean Region - and in particular the impact that the success of the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam to be free from alien Sinhala rule may have on the uneasy balance of power  reflected in the two geopolitical triangles juxtaposing on the Indian Ocean's political background: U.S.- India - China relations and China - Pakistan - India relations.... " more

4 November 2006 Reflections

"...And, so we ask the Sri Lankan government delegation, here at Thimpu, do you accept that which we are saying as being right? Do you see the justice of our claim to an identified homeland?  Do you not see that without an identified homeland, we could not have become a people with a separate language and a separate culture, and that without an identified homeland we shall cease to be a people?  Or is it the position that the Sri Lankan government does in fact see this reality and for that reason, refuses to recognise the existence of a homeland for the Tamil people, so that it may absorb the Tamil people into a single homogeneous 'Sinhala' nation?.." Excerpt from Statement by Nadesan Satyendra at Thimpu Talks, August 1985

4 November 2006 Boundaries of Tamil Eelam  to include S. Nagarajan, Professor & Head, Department of Tamil Studies, Tamil University, India on Territorial Identity of Tamil Eelam:Tamil & Sinhalese Perspectives

4 November 2006  Tamils  - a Trans State Nation: Canada to include  Canadian Tamils feel Marginalized and Muzzled - Dr. Bavan Sri Skanda Rajah, Toronto Star Community Editorial

3 November 2006 International Relations  in the Age of Empire

Audio Visual Presentation: Noam Chomsky on the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will - BBC Interview


 


 

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3 November 2006 Tamil National Forum

Chandi Sinnathurai, Tontaimannarru, Tamil Eelam,
Sir: The line that you have drawn concerning the question of peace is clearly a straight one. Your position is, quite rightly, that the armed struggle of the Eelamites "is NOT about securing peace" (strictly speaking). More over you have succinctly said that "It is not about changing the character of Sinhala rule." So what's it all about? The yearning of the Eelamites boils down to one thing alone, and that is:  To live in peace within "an independent Tamil state" and to live alongside peacefully "with an independent Sri Lanka." That brings me to a perennial question that I have tried to grapple with in my decrepit age:  Why on earth have we not made that clear each time we came around the Table of negotiation chasing for that mirage of elusive peace? Instead we were brought several times to cliff hanger situations in our Talks and to babble this, that but not "this" which you have articulated.  I'm sure the annexed video link would say something seriously important in a humorous way. Thank you!

3 November 2006 Reflections

"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 "
Maya Arulpragasam
M.I.A. (Missing in Acton) in Sunshowers

3 November 2006 Revisited Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka

A Question of Peace - Nadesan Satyendra  - writing seven years ago in 1999 "Many Tamils will share the Sinhala visitor's  hopes for peace in the island of Sri Lanka. At the same time, they will be mindful of the cautionary words of the Prussian military strategist Clausewitz  more than a hundred years ago: "The would be conqueror is always a lover of peace, for he would like to enter and occupy our country unopposed. It is in order to prevent him from doing this that we must be willing to engage in war and be prepared for it." ...If democracy means the rule of the people, by the people, for the people then it must follow, as night follows day, that no one people may rule another. Democracy and self-determination are two faces of a single coin. The struggle of the Tamil people is rooted in their democratic right to rule themselves. It is a struggle for self determination which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have led with tenacity and determination over the past several years. And  their thiyagam has found an answering response in the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of Tamils living in many lands and across distant seasRaj Swarnan has given expression to the feelings of many in a moving  poem in Tamil:

உங்கள் உடல்கள் சாய்ந்ததால்
எங்கள் தலைகள் நிமிர்ந்தன..
இன்று..
நாங்கள் வெறும்
கவிதை பாடிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறோம்..
நீங்களோ..
காவியமாகி விட்டீர்கள்..

That most Sinhala people will be unable to read the poem in Tamil (leave alone empathise with the sentiments that the poem expresses) will serve to underline the separate cultural, linguistic and historical identities of the two peoples who live in the island. It  is a divide that will not be bridged by Sinhalese and Tamils talking to each other in English. It will be bridged only by an independent Tamil Eelam associating with an independent Sri Lanka in equality and in freedom..." more

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

Sri Lanka Airforce attack near Hospital - a Message of Terror says LTTE  "The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) that promised to halt the military offensives at the negotiation table, in front of the International Community in Geneva, has sent a "message of terror" within 24 hours of LTTE delegation's arrival in Kilinochchi by conducting a "gruesome" aerial attack killing an innocent family and terrorising the patients at the General Hospital premises, said Political Head of the Liberation Tigers, S. P. Thamilchelvan, following the Sri Lankan aerial attack in the heart of Kilinochchi town Thursday." more

1 November 2006 Obituary Notice

Mahalingam Maha Uthaman - a committed intellect and an involved activist in the Struggle for Tamil Eelam - passed away in Sri Lanka on 29 October 2006. A Service in his memory, organised by his 'Maanavar Peravai' friends  will be held at St. Saviour's church, Saviours Road, Croydon, United Kingdom on Sunday , 5 November 2006 at 6:00 p.m.  Uthaman wrote in 1988 "..One aspect of the deprivation of the Tamil nation is the paucity of intellectual investment made at a local level. Like capital on a global scale, the intellectual resources of the Tamil people too have been drawn towards metropolitian centres, within Sri Lanka and abroad, leaving the peripheral Tamil nation impoverished and void of knowledge. However, the dialectics of oppression is such that, even as impoverishment is imposed at every level, vigorous resistance and the emergence of self confident patriotic consciousness has been nurtured by the same process. In spite of this heroic response, the existence of an intellectual void within the nation has not only been obvious but its effects highly damaging..." more

1 November 2006 Tamil National Forum Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan about Cartoons on J.R.Jayewardene: A Birth Centenary Chuckle

1 November 2006 Reflections

"...What lessons can we learn from the failures of the 'peace talks' from Thimpu to Oslo?  One major lesson that we can learn is that a 'gradualist', step by step process masked as 'confidence building'  has not worked. Unless we have agreement in clear terms as to end goals, even where one side makes ‘concessions’, the other side will perceive the shift as simply a tactic to re group and that in reality there is no shift in the final goal. Efforts are then made by each party to secure that any interim ‘arrangement’ that may be agreed upon does not provide a platform for the other party to achieve its long term goals. The fate that befell the "interim self governing authority"(ISGA) proposal by the LTTE is a case in point. Each side questions the good faith of the other and accusations are made that the other side cannot be trusted. We cannot go forward by being clever. Resort to subterfuge brings a similar response from the other side - to do so is to adopt the approach of the teen age girl in the pebble story. The path forward  is not about being clever. We can all be clever. The path forward is about being more human. We need to dig deep to find common ground. We cannot dig deep with the mind alone. We need our heart as well. The Tamil people and the Sinhala people need to talk to each other.  And we need to listen to each other. Each people will need to genuinely listen, not only to the other's aspirations but perhaps more importantly to their genuine fears, legitimate concerns and vulnerabilities... But if the 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..."  Nadesan Satyendra in Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam: Getting to Yes

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