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- May 2007 -

30 May 2007 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka to include

Weakening the LTTE before talks: a myth - Dinesh D. Dodamgoda in the Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Morning Leader together with Comment by Nadesan Satyendra -  "It is  refreshing to note the views expressed by a Sinhala writer, Dinesh D. Dodamgoda  in a Sinhala owned newspaper published in Sri Lanka - refreshing, though we do not agree with all that he has said, and in particular with his categorisation of the Tamil Eelam national liberation struggle as 'secessionist' and/or 'communal'...  (Said that) 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 is not negotiable but an independent Tamil Eelam can and will negotiate.   more

29 May 2007 Fourth World - Nations without a State to include

Making History in Scotland -  Sean Connery

"..My politics come from a simple belief: that my country, Scotland, should have equal status with the nearly 200 other independent countries around the world." more

29 May 2007 Tamil National Forum

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia தமிழீழ மக்களின் அழிவுக்குச் சம்பந்தப்பட்ட மேற்குலகமே காரணம்  [also in Real Audio]"தமிழர்களுக்கு உதவி செய்கின்றோம் என்று நிதி வழங்குகின்ற மேற்குலகம், மறுபக்கத்தில் சிறிலங்கா அரசிற்கு ஆயுதங்களையும் இராணுவ உதவிகளையும் வழங்கிக் கொண்டிருப்பது அடிப்படையில் முரண்பாடான விடயமாகும்" more

29 May 2007 International Relations in the Age of Empire: The Indian Ocean Region -

1.Shaping India's Maritime Strategy: Opportunities & Challenges, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Chief of Naval Staff, India "..During the long years of peace, we need to project power and show presence; catalyse partnerships through our maritime capability; build trust and create interoperability through joint operations and international maritime assistance. Occasions may arise when a state is required to use coercion to achieve national aims, and maritime power is best suited for a graduated escalation..." more

2. Maritime Balance of Power in the Asia-Pacific: Sam Bateman, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore "...India’s maritime influence is extending eastwards... This is essentially part of its effort to counter any advancement of Chinese naval power in the Indian Ocean. India is also actively developing its strategic relationship with the US and by doing so has further boosted its role in the region. ...unless managed carefully, there are serious long term implications of India’s apparent desire to demonstrate a capability to operate East of Singapore, and China’s similar intentions to operate into the Indian Ocean...” more

3. Strategic Importance of the Indian Ocean for  Australia and Stirling, Cockburn Sound, West Australia

27 May 2007 Reflections

Lest we forget: "The languages of Western Europe civilised Russia. I cannot doubt that they will do for the Hindoo what they have done for the Tartar ... We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect." Lord Thomas Macaulay - Minute on Indian Education, 1835

26 May 2007 Human Rights & Humanitarian Law :Who is behind Human Rights Watch? to include

Human Rights Watch in Service to the War Party  - Edward S. Herman and David Peterson and George Szamuely in ZNet  "Human Rights Watch (HRW) came into existence in 1978 as the U.S. Helsinki Watch Committee.  .. and its early work was well geared to advance the U.S. government's policy of weakening the Soviet Union and loosening its ties to Eastern Europe.. While the organization has broadened its horizons and grown enormously since its $400,000 seed money from the Ford Foundation, it has never sloughed off its close link to the Western establishment, as evidenced by its leadership’s affiliations, its funding, and its role over the years... the organization has at critical times and in critical theaters thrown its support behind the U.S. government’s agenda, sometimes even serving as a virtual public relations arm of the foreign policy establishment..." more 

24 May 2007 Comments to include

1. Jiang Huazhi, Leshan Teachers College, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China

2. Praveen Kumar, Info Edge India Ltd

24 May 2007 International Relations in an Emerging Multi Lateral World -

The Indian Ocean Region: A  Story Told with Pictures from Coco Islands to Chittagong, to Visakhapatanam,  to Andaman Islands, to Sethusamudram, to Trincomalee, to Hambantota, to Maldives, to Diego Garcia, to Madagascar, to Cochin  to Karwar and to Gwador -   "Whoever controls the Indian Ocean dominates Asia. This ocean is the key to the seven seas in the twenty-first century, the destiny of the world will be decided in these waters." US Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan quoted by Cdr. P K Ghosh in Maritime Security Challenges in South Asia and the Indian Ocean, 18 January 2004

24 May 2007 Tamil Nation Library: War & Armed Conflict to include

1. Alfred Thayer Mahan - The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 From a Review by  Harold Y. Grooms at Amazon.com "...Mahan's book has had a tremendous impact on history.  Students trying to ascertain why leaders of those nations acted as they did should read this work.  The elements of sea power are the same today as in 1900 when this book was first published. With a world economy as interdependent as today's, Mahan's principles are as valid as they were in the 1600's and 1700's, perhaps even more so. German war philosopher, Carl von Clausewitz's classic treatise, "On War," is considered a must read for every Army officer. Mahan's work is to the sea-battle as von Clausewitz's is to the land. Historians, military strategists, and architects of America's foreign, economic and national security policies should read this important work to gain insights on the necessity of protecting vital and vulnerable sea lines of communications worldwide. " more

2.Lawrence Paterson - Hitler's Grey Wolves: U-Boats in the Indian Ocean " ...Next to nothing has been written about the U-boat war in the Indian Ocean. This is the story of a forgotten campaign. The battle began in August 1943, when a German submarine arrived in the Malaysian harbour of Georgetown. In total, nearly fourty U-boats were assigned to penetrate the Indian Ocean, serving alongside troops of the occupying Imperial Japanese forces..." more

23 May 2007 Tamil National Forum

Dr.Brian Senewiratne - An Open Letter to Rt Rev Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury on his Comments about  Sri Lanka's 'surgical military action' to include

1. The Rt Revd Kumara Illangasinghe Bishop of Kurunagala & The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera Bishop of Colombo write  to TamilNet 22 May 2007

2. Comment by tamilnation.org, 23 May 2007 "That the Archbishop of Canterbury should be concerned to limit the damage and pain caused by his remarks on 10 May 2007 is understandable - and in some ways welcome. But the letter by the Rt Revd Kumara Illangasinghe Bishop of Kurunagala & The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera Bishop of Colombo raise additional concerns. They are  right to point out that the Archbishop's statement  must be placed in context..." more

22 May 2007 Tamil National Forum

1. Arujna writing from Eelam - Editorial in Orupaper - Sinhala Colonisation of East Tamil Eelam "..Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse is openly subjugating the Tamil East in military, economic and political spheres. More than half of the entire Eastern Tamils live as refugees....

... At the same time very silently state sponsored Sinhalese settlement programmes are at full swing in the newly captured Tamil lands of the East in the name of high security zones. Sinhalese civilian settlements rob the Tamils of every vital resource and freedom necessary for their life, both as individuals and as a nation.." more

2. Sanumgam Sabesan writes from Melbourne Australia - மகாவம்சம் - சில செய்திகள்

3. Dr.Brian Senewiratne writes from Brisbane, Australia: An Open Letter to Rt Rev Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury on his Comments about  Sri Lanka's 'surgical military action'  "If the physical assault on our people in the North and East is not enough, we now have to put up with the support given to the brutal regime in Colombo from the Head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. He just ‘dropped in’ or, to use his words ‘making a passing visit”. Speaking with the Press, and describing what the GOSL is doing, this is what he said,

“It is undoubtedly inevitable that what you might call surgical military action against terrorism should take place”.

Did he actually say this? I had several emails to say that he did not, and that what he did say was twisted by the Media. These emails included one from a senior Tamil, yes Tamil, Anglican clergyman. What these and other apologists were not aware of was that I actually heard the Archbishop over the BBC Sinhala service..." more

21 May 2007 What is Terrorism? to include

1. Terrorist Designation with Regard to European and International Law - Joint Opinion of Prof. Bill Bowring & Prof. Douwe Korff " This Joint Opinion concerns the following questions: first, what is the significance in law of the word “terrorist”; second, how is it that an organization may find itself designated as “terrorist”; and third, what can the organization concerned do about it..." more

2. Amnesty International on Counter-terrorism and the Rule of Law in the EU "The international community has found it very hard in the past to come up with a consensus on what exactly is meant by "terrorism" due to ideological clashes between states... In a climate where identification as a "terrorist" has such serious implications for the enjoyment of rights (in particular on the right to freedom of assembly and association, freedom of expression, the right to respect for private and family life, the right to basic public services and on the right to liberty and the right to a fair trial) it is crucial that such identification must be based on clear evidence that is capable of being challenged... Amnesty International is concerned that the requirement of legal certainty is not met by the EU Framework Decision on combating terrorism ...." more

17 May 2007 Tamils: a Trans State Nation - Australia

Tamils Rally before  State Parliament of Victoria on 22 May 2007 - Eelam Tamil Association Victoria -  -  மாபெரும் கவன ஈர்ப்பு ஒன்று கூடல்...

16 May 2007 Fourth World - Nations without a State

Revisited Dr. Jeff Sluka on National Liberation Movements in Global Perspective  together with note by tamilnation.org  "Ten years after Dr.Jeff Sluka's paper, that which he said remains essential (and careful) reading for all those concerned to further their understanding of National Liberation Movements, the categorisation of National Liberation Movements as 'Terrorist Organisations' and the responses of the so called 'International Community' to freedom struggles. We need to understand before we can make ourselves understood. As Dr.Sluka rightly concludes "oppressed people are not socially stupid even when they are poor, hungry, or uneducated... National liberation movements are not the activities of small groups of isolated individuals, though state authorities opposed to them frequently describe them as such for propaganda purposes. They are the struggle of rebellious nations against foreign invaders .. Indeed, although Western analysts seem to dislike entertaining this idea, it is the population which is doing the struggling.." more

16 May 2007 Reflections

1. "War is not evil. It is the things which make war necessary that are evil."  Patrick Pearse, 'the First President' of Ireland

2."..Where there is no justice, there will be violence. We decry the need to resort to violence. Those responsible for violence are not those who must resort to it as a last resort. The responsibility of violence rests upon those who deny justice. The resort to arms is justified, but only as a last resort, only after an appeal to reason is no longer available. But when a resort to arms becomes necessary, it should be done with pride and not with shame; it should be used with compassion and not with uncontrolled hate; it must be taken up always with a clear understanding that it is justified only for the sake of liberation of our people and not for the purpose of revenge or suppression of another person's right to life and liberty and self-determination " World Council of Indigenous Peoples, 1984 quoted in Jeff Sluka on National Liberation Movements in Global Perspective, 1996

3. "We are not chauvinists. Neither are we lovers of violence enchanted with war. We do not regard the Sinhala people as our opponents or as our enemies. We recognise the Sinhala nation. We accord a place of dignity  for the culture and heritage of the Sinhala people. We have no desire to interfere in any way with the national life of the Sinhala people or with their freedom and independence. We, the Tamil people, desire to live in our own historic homeland as an independent nation, in peace, in freedom and with dignity." - Velupilllai Pirabaharan, Leader of Tamil Eelam

15 May 2007 Tamil National Forum

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia வலியப்போய் ஏமாறுபவர்களும், துணிந்து வந்து ஏமாற்றுபவர்களும் " சமாதானம் என்பது தமிழர்களின் அடிப்படைப் பிரச்சனைகளைத் தீர்க்கா விட்டாலும் பரவாயில்லை, தமிழர்கள் அதில் ஏமாறுகின்ற அளவிற்கு இருந்தால் போதும - என்பதே மேற்குலகின் நிலைப்பாடாக இருக்கின்றது."

 ""The international commmunity is concerned to secure a peace in the island of Sri Lanka which will advance their own political, economic and strategic interests. .. The international community seeks a peace, which even though it does not resolve the basic issues of the Tamil struggle, is sufficient to deceive the Tamil people into thinking that it has - this is the position of the international community..." more

14 May 2007 Media & the Trans State Tamil Nation to include

Mathuram TV Launched in Europe "We are a group of Tamils, and very proud to be so. We firmly believe in our Language and Culture. We have an unmistakable faith in our Tamil Community spread around the globe, its resilience and its understanding of the need to preserve our cultural identity. We also long for the freedom and emancipation of our people back home in our beloved homeland and their right to live peacefully and enjoy at least some of the joys of life that we take for granted. " more

 13 May 2007  International Frame & the Tamil Struggle to include

Why Tamils face International ‘Shock and Awe’ - Kanthavanam, Tamil Guardian "..the international campaign against the Diaspora Tamils is an extension of the Sri Lankan state’s campaign of terror against the Tamils there..." more

10 May 2007 Reflections

" 'Perform your duty without regard to the fruits of action', says the Bhagavad Gita. I grasped this profound truth when I read the Mahabharata. When I read the great didactic works, they impressed on me the need to lead a good, disciplined life and roused in me the desire to be of service to the community.  Above all, Subhash Chandra Bose's life was a beacon to me, lighting up the path I should follow. His disciplined life and his total commitment and dedication to the cause of his country's freedom deeply impressed me and served as my guiding light."  Velupillai Pirabakaran in  How I became a Freedom Fighter - Velicham Interview,1994  

10 May 2007 On the third anniversary of the re-launch of tamilnation.org on 10 May 2004 and the ninth anniversary of its first launch on 10 May 1998

Revisted: Reflections on the Gita - Nadesan Satyendra - 26 years ago "..That which was said by Lord Krishna to Arujna in the battlefield was both simple and fundamental - simple to declare but fundamental in content. It was a call for action in the battlefield and where else is there a greater need for action..."  more

8 May 2007 Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

What a flying menace! - Sharmini Serasinghe, in the Sri Lanka Sinhala owned Daily Mirror -  "These days I sleep under my bed; not necessarily because of flying tiger bombs, but because of our military’s unique and deadly air defence system. We are now in more danger from our own anti-aircraft fire than we are from flying tiger bombs - at least the fellows know how to whack their targets with more accuracy." more

8 May 2007 Reflections

“..Above the gates of hell is the warning that all that enter should abandon hope. Less dire but to the same effect is the warning given to those who try to define terrorism..” - David Tucker in  Skirmishes at the Edge of Empire quoted by Lord Carlile in his Report on the Definition of Terrorism  - Presented to UK Parliament, March 2007

8 May 2007  What is Terrorism - Australian Supporters of Tamil Freedom Struggle Arrested to include

"Defence will dispute that Tamil Tigers are a terrorist organisation" - Robert Richter SC, Counsel for Sivarajah Yathavan at Court Hearing in Ausralia  more

"The most problematic issue relating to terrorism and armed conflict is distinguishing terrorists from lawful combatants" - Terrorism and Human Rights -  Final Report of UN Special Rapporteur, Kalliopi K. Koufa, 25 June 2004

8 May 2007 Tamil National Forum

1. Oru Paper on  Sleepless in Colombo

2. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia on இயற்கையின் சீற்றமும், செயற்கையின் சீற்றமும் "..சிறிலங்கா அரசு மீது சில அழுத்தங்களை மேற் கொள்ளுகின்ற மேற்குலகம், அதே வேளை, விடுதலையைக் கோரி நிற்கின்ற தமிழர் தரப்புமீதும் சில அழுத்தங்களை பிரயோகித்து வருகின்றது. .. சிங்கள அரசும் தமிழீழ விடுதலைப்புலிகளும் பேச்சு வார்த்தைகளில் ஈடுபட வேண்டும் என்ற கருத்தை உலக நாடுகள் தொடர்ந்தும் வலியுறுத்தியே வருகின்றன. சிங்களவர்கள் விடுதலைப்புலிகளோடு பேசுவதில் தடை இல்லையென்றால், தமிழர்கள் விடுதலைப் புலிகளோடு பேசுவதில் என்ன தவறு இருக்க முடியும்? " more

7 May 2007 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka LTTE Yogi on the Current Political Situation  - Audio/Video Presentation

6 May 2007 Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include Fully fledged air defence system vital to counter Tiger air threat says Sri Lanka State Controlled Sunday Observer

5 May 2007 Tamils: a Trans State Nation - United Kingdom to include

UK Parliament Debate on Sri Lanka together with a Prefatory Comment by  Nadesan Satyendra

"The UK Parliamentary Debate on Sri Lanka on 2 May 2007, openly signalled  the intention of the United Kingdom to play a more direct role in the conflict in the island of Sri Lanka... It was a British Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston who remarked famously 150 years ago  'We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.' These are words of wisdom which are not irrelevant to the Tamil people as well.... this is not to say that the Tamil people should dismiss the statements made in the UK Parliamentary debate on Sri Lanka. They should not. It is simply to say  that they should place these statements in the context of  the often unstated strategic interests of those who are now concerned to play a more overt interventionist role in the Tamil Eelam struggle for freedom. It is only then that the Tamil people will be able to secure solid ground under their feet, stand perpendicular and explore in a meaningful way, with the international community (including India),  the ways of getting to yes in the island of Sri Lanka. " more

3 May 2007 Tamils: a Trans State Nation - Tamil Nadu to include

 'விடுதலை' க.இராசேந்திரன்
- தமிழ்நாட்டில் ஈழத் தமிழர் ஆதரவைக் குலைத்திடும் சதிப் பின்னணியில் நிற்கும் மர்ம மனிதர் எம்.கே.நாராயணன்

2 May 2007 What is Terrorism to include

Australian Supporters of Tamil Freedom Struggle Arrested "The most problematic issue relating to terrorism and armed conflict is distinguishing terrorists from lawful combatants" - Terrorism and Human Rights -  Final Report of UN Special Rapporteur, Kalliopi K. Koufa more

 2 May 2007 Tamil National Forum

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia on  விளையாட்டு - அரசியல் - மொழி - நாட்டுப்பற்று! "...இன்று சிறிலங்கா அரசுமீது வெளிநாடுகள் விடுகின்ற கண்டனங்கள் என்பதானது, சிறிலங்காவைத் தங்களது கட்டுப்பாட்டுக்குள் கொண்டு வருவதற்காவே தவிர தமிழ் மக்களின் பிரச்சனையைத் தீர்ப்பதற்காக அல்ல! more

1 May 2007  Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam: Reports on Armed Conflict - Liberation Tigers air attack on Fuel Refinery in Kollonawa to include

1.Sri Lanka aviation hub aspirations hit by air raids - Lanka Business on Line “What Emirates and Cathay have indicated is that they can’t afford to take a chance of even a stray bullet hitting an aircraft” more

2. On the View from Colombo - Wakely Paul from USA

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