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LTTE/LTTE fronts banned : Sri Lankan Overseas Missions must take the baton
Shenali D Waduge
 The Government of Sri Lanka on 1st April 2014 banned the LTTE and 16 LTTE fronts and named 424 individuals and organizations to be investigated for links to terror. These entities are all operating from overseas with leaders having ties with foreign politicians and parliamentarians as well as tied to various charities and NGOs. Ironically, the banned entities are operating in countries that have banned the LTTE and continues to maintain the ban. With the Government taking a principled stand on the need to completely negate the overpowering influence exerted by foreign passport holding LTTE diaspora,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/14)

Another Perspective On Canada's Suspension Of Voluntary Funds To The Commonwealth Secretariat Chaired By Sri Lanka!
Sunny Sunil's Column Of Critical Analysis Of Matters Involving Sri Lanka.
April 16th. 2014 Ir seems compellingly obvious that the present Canadian Administration of PM. Stephen Harper has made a Faux Pas by suspending Canada's voluntary contribution towards the Commonwealth Secretariat chaired by Sri Lanka  through circumventing the responsibility of allocations to the Commonwealth Secretariat  where Sri Lanka will be denied through the suppression of abt. $ Cdn 9 million where the reasons given for this are linked to the accusation against Sri Lanka's violation of human rights during the Tamil Tiger insurrection sans tangible evidence towards the claim albeit instigated at times quite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/14)

Canada Suspends Commonwealth Funds For Next Two Years
Herold Leelawardena
John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada says, he has withdrawn Canada’s $10-million annual voluntary contribution to Commonwealth. It is obvious that Baird has joined his neo con gang to force Sri Lanka to agree to their witch-hunt. He tells us that there is no 'principles of freedom, democracy and respect for human dignity' in Sri Lanka and for that reason Canada had stopped their stipend to reprimand Sri Lanka. I like to open Lankaweb readers’ eyes for the fact that Baird is blind to what's going on in his own country, Canada.  Genocide is a deliberate extermination of one ethnic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/14)

Navi Pillay: US Imperial Tool
By Stephen Lendman
On April 14, her latest report looked like earlier ones. She lies for power. She condemned "rampant use of torture in detention in Syria." She duplicitously blames Assad largely. More on what she said below. Syria condemned earlier fabricated torture reports. On January 22, its Justice Ministry dismissed a UK Carter-Ruck law firm politicized report. It called it baseless. It lacked "objectivity and professionalism," it said. Carter-Ruck is linked to Syrian opposition groups. Its report was malicious propaganda. It buried truth. It had no credibility whatever. Its aim was discrediting Syria. It tried subverting peaceful conflict resolution... -Full Story-
(rense.com - 15/04/14)

Article on Sri Lanka by Parag Khanna Contains Some Inaccuracies, Miscalculations and Subtle Indian Bias
Dilrook Kannangara
Parag Khanna’s article in CNN titled “How Strategic is Sri Lanka” is both refreshing and deceiving. While it contains a number of factual observations, it also contained a number of inaccuracies and miscalculations of geopolitical issues.  http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/09/opinion/sri-lanka-strategic-value-parag-khanna/ Inaccuracy 1: ‘Ceylon was known under Portuguese rule; the Dutch deepened and expanded their colonial rule of the island and Sri Lanka became a British colony’ The Portuguese, the Dutch and the British only ruled the maritime zones of the island nation from the start of the 16th century to 1815. The vast interior of the island... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/14)

Is BJP Candidate Modi Jumping The Gun Towards Intimidatory Talk Against Sri Lanka And Others Even Before He Is Elected?.
Sunny Sunil's Column Of Critical Analysis Of Matters Involving Sri Lanka.
April 16th. 2014 It may be premature to assume that the current electoral process ongoing in neighbouring India would result in a New Order of political leadership but as the polls seem to suggest there is every likelihood of a regime change where hopefully it will not affect Sri Lanka adversely.   While there are many speculations in various media about this, the rhetoric emanating from the camp of current frontrunner and India’s BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has somnewhat brazenly seems to indicate that " with Tamils living all over the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/14)

THIRD WORLD RESURGENCE-Mutations of imperialism
Jeremy Seabrook is a freelance journalist based in the UK.
In October, Colombia-s president apologised to indigenous communities in the Amazon for deaths and destruction caused by the Peruvian Amazon Company around 100 years ago. However, Jeremy Seabrook reveals, an apology is also due from Britain as the company in question was a British-based one. IN October, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169, which is the only international law protecting tribal and indigenous peoples, recognising their right to self-determination and protecting their human rights by involving them in developmental projects that... -Full Story-
(twnside.org.sg - 14/04/14)

Guardian US, Washington Post share Pulitzer Prize for coverage of NSA surveillance
RT
The Guardian US and the Washington Post are among the winners of a prestigious journalistic Pulitzer award. The newspapers shared the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Reporting for coverage of NSA surveillance and whistleblower Snowden’s leaks. The prize is awarded “for a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources,” according to the Pulitzer Committee. This includes the use of “stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material.”... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 14/04/14)

In Understanding Rauf Hakeem and Anti-Islamism in India: Comments on some recent Indian writings
By Bandu de Silva
The article presented below was written last year just before I went to Australia for a few months and consequently, it remained unpublished. Mr.Hakeem’s forty-page Report given to UNHRC Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillai, which has now surfaced in the public domain, has created new interest in what Mr.Hakeem says. It is in this context that the article mentioned above is  now presented.  Quote Anti-Islamism in India:
Comments on some recent Indian writings
By Bandu de Silva I was intrigued  by a statement made by the SLMC leader, Rauf Hakeem, on 3rd August... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/14)

UK should be declared a ‘Country of Concern’ not Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
 When the country that had been occupying Sri Lanka, plundering its wealth and advocating policies to exterminate the majority populace and dividing the people continues to harp on inquiries against Sri Lanka and now declares a travel advisory against Sri Lanka, we need to next question exactly how safe Britain is. Having being declared the most violent country in Europe, with crime statistics worse than South Africa or the US, the UK can hardly afford to be issuing travel advisories. Instead, countries including Sri Lanka must issue ‘country of concern’ advisories against UK. UK appears to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/14)

Botched up 'OPERATION PRABHAKARAN' triggers off 'OPERATION SURROGATE'
Vijitha Tennekoon Courtesy The Daily News
In 2005, when the Rajapaksa government was elected to power, a small coterie of the International community(SCIC) had, through the vehicle of Tamil Nationalism (powered by motors of terrorism), through Wickremesinghe's CFA, through Kumaranatunga's PTOM, then again through Kumaranatunga's Norwegian funded Sudu Nelum 'Kolama', and through the Foundations and NGOs funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the German NGO Berghof and by the big Corporations, broken the will of the people to protect the sovereignty of this country; they had manufactured opinion in the people's minds that the terrorists were invincible; without... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/14)

Hypocrisy on human rights is astounding
George Rupesinghe Sydney, Australia
Where is the sound and the fury from the vocal human rights campaigners to the travesty of justice in Egypt where 529 people have been sentenced to death after a two-day trial and without any opportunity to defend themselves? And where Australian journalist Peter Greste is being put through a farcical trial? If such a thing occurred in Sri Lanka, the US, Britain and Canada would be making big noises about the "deteriorating human rights situation" there. Organisations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International would be campaigning to humiliate and censure the Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/14)

A Matter of Huffing And Puffing To No Avail As Nothing Of Any Worth Towards Realities Is Likely To Come Out Of It If Sri Lanka Stands Her Ground!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
April 15th. 2014 Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the UNHCR Summit in Geneva with respect to the passing of US led resolution for an international investigation into human rights violations during the Tamil Tiger insurgency passed by simple majority albeit the requirement of a two third majority in the opinion of some analysts outstanding and in all probabilities a firm requisite has opted not to comply with its demands and well within the right to do so being a sovereign democratic nation. This has been done on the grounds  that such a call is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/14)

A Cure for Capitalism Palo Alto
After five years of deepening crisis, failed solutions, and aborted recoveries, millions see a capitalist system no longer serving most Americans.... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 13/04/14)

Inequality for All
Bill Moyers talks with Economic analyst Robert Reich
Bill Moyers talks with Economic analyst Robert Reich about the new film Inequality for All. Opening in theaters across the country next week, the film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality.... -Full Story-
(https:/youtube.com/ - 13/04/14)

A Response to "Is Dr Sudharshan Seneviratne a suitable envoy to India under Narendra Modi"?
by Bandu de Silva
With reference to Shenali Waduge’s article, I find that my article (two parts) published in 2007 s not accessible on the Internet though the title is present. Therefore, I am repeating it below. A look at an Insider’s Challenge to History   - Brown Sahibs and Cultural definitions
Reading the last part of Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne’s article published in The Island of 8th and 15th August 2007, sub-titled ‘Towards an alternative dialogue -Re-reading Heritage for Conflict Resolution", (an abridged version of his Vesak Commemoration Lecture delivered in Katmandu, on 28th May 2007), which came to my... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/14)

LTTE Resurrection, Hawala money transfer & how many more Gobi’s are out there?
Shenali D Waduge
There was a sigh of relief throughout Sri Lanka when the announcement that fugitive Gobi and accomplices were shot dead in the jungles of Padaviya on Friday 11th April 2014. The incident coming 5 years after the end of the elimination of ground force of the LTTE draws attention to some key factors. 1.    TNA & International Community wrong : Attempts to resurrect LTTE remains alive: That Gobi was not a long LTTEr is proved by his links to 2 other LTTE members who were also shot dead - Sundaralingam Kajeepan Thevihan (who was involved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/14)

Hypocrisy of the United States - Peter Dyer DomPost 10.4.14
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Assn. Lower Hutt.
The Editor , The DomPost. Dear Editor, More facets to American  Hypocrisy raised by Peter Dyer bear highlighting. In the 70’s US ensured the relocation of  the entire population of the island of  Diego Garcia against their wishes to establish a  base and prevented them from even being employed on the base though they recruited thousands of expatriates from  elsewhere to work there, so depriving the original inhabitants their most basic human right , to live in their country. Yet, for the past three years at the annual... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/14)

Arrest of Nanthagopan: Turning point in battle against LTTE remnants
By Manjula Fernando- Courtesy The Daily News
The recent arrest of key LTTEer Nanthagopan while attempting to flee to UK and his repatriation by Malaysian authorities for questioning in Colombo, is claimed to be a turning point in Sri Lanka's second war with the LTTE on the diplomatic front. Prof. Rohan Gunaratne International Terrorism Expert Prof. Rohan Gunaratna based in Singapore said that Subramanium Kapilan (45) alias Nanthagopan was the senior most leader of the LTTE international secretariat and is even senior to Perinpanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyawan who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/14)

Missionaries are Colonialists
Gregory F. Fegel
Christian missionaries make no secret of the fact that they use medical services, education, and employment opportunities to lure impoverished indigenous populations throughout the world into conversion to Christianity. According to the popular and scholarly history of Christianity, the early Christian Church found its greatest appeal and attracted its greatest number of converts from the poor people of the Roman Empire. The early Christian churches raised money through a tithe, or ten per cent income tax, levied on their members, and the early Christian church is said to have had a strong -sense of community-, which implies... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 12/04/14)

The Final Solution against Hindus
Gautam Sen
In the centuries to come, Adolf Hitler is likely to be anointed a Saint. In common with other Christian mass murderers like the conquistador Francis Xavier, the subjugator of Goa, Hitler too accomplished a cherished historic goal of Christianity. He destroyed the enemies of Christ the Saviour without mercy although he sought familiar secular goals as well. Christian rulers never shied away from genocide, as Charlemagne, the early ninth century Holy Roman Emperor, demonstrated by killing heathens en masse. His reign is revered as the origin of Europe, inspiring both Adolf Hitler and the founders of the... -Full Story-
(indiafacts.co.in - 12/04/14)

IGNOBLE HISTORY OF LEFT PARTIES
Dr.Tilak Fernando
  (Nicky Karunarathna continues.......) One 'Faqi Hussain' wrote to me after reading Life Abroad Pt.73 stating thus: "What relevance has this week's article got to do with Life Abroad? In any case, who is this guy Nicky Karunarathna, you talk so much about"...? Obviously the respondent had not followed the earlier episodes! Had he done so, he would have read in episode 70 (under the caption 'Vivian gave beans') what Vivian Gunawardena discussed with me in London about the LSSP some years ago! Nicky Karunarathna, who is a Research Scientist, now resident in Melbourne, Australia sent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/14)

Inland fisheries and Buddhism
Observer -Courtesy: Sunday Times
"Ordering by the beat of the drum that no animals should be killed within a radius of seven gau from the city, he gave security to animals. He also gave security to the fish in the twelve great tanks, and bestowing on (the region's people) gold and cloth and whatever other kind of wealth they wished, he commanded them not to catch birds and so gave security to birds...." This inscription, which is engraved in an upright stone slab at Ruwanweliseya, Anuradhapura, is a transcript of a decree issued in the late12th Century by King... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/14)

Looking at Sri Lanka with one eye closed - Part II
H. L. D. Mahindapala
One clear parallel that runs in the secessionist wars of Sri Lanka and American is that both wars were fought within a democratic frame work, however flawed both may have been. Abraham Lincoln had to curtail civil liberties and even imprison newspaper editors during the Civil War. Sri Lanka too fought two internal enemies of the state within a democratic framework – one from the South and the other from the North. Rising sporadically, between 1970 and 2009, these two wars ran for nearly 50 years of its 74 years of independence To have survived... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/14)

Civil liberties in times of war – the American experience Part 1
H. L. D. Mahindapala
“I’ll keep them in prison for a while to keep them from killing  the Government” – Abraham Lincoln, the greatest maker of American history, commenting on the imprisoned Coles County rioters (not to mention 13,000 other dissenters) during the American Civil War (1861 -1865). The American Ambassadress, Michele Sisson, has come out fighting, throwing punches with both fists, at press conferences in particular, to defend America’s moves against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Initially Sri Lanka was accused of failing to combat terrorism on the norms that would please “the international community” (read: the West... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/14)

'Sri Lanka needs to refocus her foreign policy'
Janaka Perera
 “The biggest threat to the Asian region is how the US is wooing the Indian government and its corporate sector, and promoting the idea – in a very subtle way -  that Indian and Chinese civilizations are different. Indians seem to be falling into this trap at the moment.”  Kalinga Seneviratne, Adjunct Lecturer at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, made the above observation at a lecture given at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies Forum, Colombo, recently.  The title of his presentation was – From Far West to Near East: Need to Refocus Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy.  He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/14)

Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, better watch TN!
Jayantha Gunasekera Courtesy:  Daily News
At the UNHRC sessions in March 2014, India's advisors saw through the move by USA, UK, EU and Canada on the one side, and TNA, LTTE diaspora and TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on the other side, to destabilize India, using the Sri Lankan issue. Quoting the Editorial of the Sunday Times of March 30, 2014, "It is known that India was very much involved in the drafting of the Resolution. The inclusion of the para relating to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/14)

GOBI AND HIS BRIGANDS SHOT DEAD -They were leading attempts to revive LTTE with overseas based pro-Tiger Tamil diaspora
Rasika Somarathna -Courtesy The Daily News
Three wanted criminals and hardcore LTTE cadres, including Kajeeban Ponniah Selvanayagam alias Gobi, who were leading attempts to revive the now essentially defunct LTTE with the support of the overseas based pro-Tiger Tamil diaspora were killed during a confrontation with the security forces in the jungles off Padaviya yesterday. “Two of the dead have been identified as Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Thevihan, and Selvanayagam Kajeepan alais Gobi. The third body is yet to be identified, but is believed to be that of Navaratnam Navaneethan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/14)

Putin to US: It’s bad to read other people-s letters
RT
President Vladimir Putin says it was “strange” to learn of the US reaction on a Russian letter to the leaders of EU’s top gas-consuming nations, as it was in no way designed for Washington-s eyes. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has accused Russia of reneging on an agreement that offered reduced gas prices to Kiev and using “energy as a tool of coercion against Ukraine.”... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 11/04/14)

The British Diplomats should stop Peddling (with drug dealers) and Meddling (with terrorists) in Sri Lanka-s internal affairs.
Posted on April 11, 2014by terroristnadagam
It was the Tamil tiger terrorists and now its in the pursuit of information from “friendly” Drug peddlers! What next? Do the British think that Sri Lanka is still a colony to hold their informants? It is also a reflection of the QUALITY of information that BRITAIN seems to be basing their decisions on. This is no surprise given that the UN report based their information on a Tamil tiger terrorist information site (using the terrorist propaganda as credible) and of course using the information provided by separatist terrorist to form their foreign... -Full Story-
(terroristnadagam.wordpress.com - 11/04/14)

Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation
Review of F. William Engdahl-s book published by Global Research
Last three or four years have seen a number of books, documentaries and articles on the dangers of Genetically Modified (GM) seeds. Majority has focused on adverse health and environmental impact; almost none on the geo-politics of GM seeds, and particularly seeds as a weapon of mass destruction. Engdahl has addressed this issue but the crop seed is one of the many “Seeds of Destruction” in this book.... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 11/04/14)

Is Dr. Sudharshan Seneviratne a suitable envoy to India under Narendra Modi?
Shenali D. Waduge
 The news of Dr. Sudarshan Seneviratne being nominated to represent Sri Lanka in India was reported in a Sunday newspaper http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140406/news/top-diplomatic-posts-to-be-filled-soon-91892.html . Superceding Dr. Seneviratne’s lack of diplomatic experience as envoy to India is the fact that his ‘multicultural’ mindset will not harmonize with the nationalist views of the future Narendra Modi’s Government. While India remains one of Sri Lanka’s key diplomatic destinations why has the Minister of External Affairs not realized what a fatal attraction an appointment of this nature would lead to when Sri Lanka and India need to strike a better chord diplomatically?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/14)

To The FM Baired Regarding Your Comment
Mal Munasinha Orleans, ON
April 9, 2014 Hon. John Baired Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Parliament Hill Ottawa, ON Honourable Mr. Baired, WHY ARE YOU COVERING FOR THE TAMIL TERRORISM?   I found out the debate that took place in Parliament on Monday the 7th of April, 2014 about the Tamil individuals and organizations that have been banned by the Sri Lankan Government. What bothered me as a Canadian, was your reply to Mr. Paul Dewar (NDP). You said, Mr. Speaker, all Canadians can be tremendously proud that the Government of Canada has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/14)

India’s Abstention at UNHRC is nothing for Sri Lanka to be obliged about
Shenali D Waduge
Those in the Indian-basket were quick to shower merit upon India for deciding to be on the fence in a decision that had nothing to do with Sri Lanka and everything to do with India beginning to realize that India’s balkanization was not far off. India’s decision also had influence of the South Bloc given that the Congress was now functioning as only a caretaker government with India awaiting the country to be led by Modi whose Hindutva policy if not compromised may just help India out of the abyss it has compromised itself to via... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/14)

Crisis forcing Putin-s hand in China deal
By Elena Mazneva
While Putin and President Xi Jinping will make the final decision in Beijing next month, Russia-s need for new customers means it-s pushing to complete a deal first mooted in 1997, a manager at gas-export monopoly OAO Gazprom and a government official said, asking not to be named because talks are ongoing. In China Wednesday, Russia-s deputy prime minister said he “hoped” a deal would be signed in May.... -Full Story-
(dailystar.com.lb - 10/04/14)

NATO-s Russian troop build-up satellite images -show 2013 drills-
RT
The satellite images released by NATO that allegedly show a current build-up of Russian troops near Ukrainian border were taken in August 2013 amid military drills, a source in the General Staff of the Russian Army has said.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 10/04/14)

Putin tells Europe Ukraine gas debt -critical-, transit threatened
RT
President Putin has written to 18 European countries, warning that Ukraine-s debt crisis has reached a “critical” level and could threaten transit to Europe. He also called for urgent cooperation, blaming Russia-s partners for a lack of action. Among the countries who-ll receive the letter are major consumers of Russian gas such as Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland and Romania.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 10/04/14)

UK intervenes on behalf of Canadian held for heroin smuggling 36 kg heroin haul Man from Delhi in Colombo for ‘rescue’ bid
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
Ongoing investigation into an abortive bid to smuggle in 36 kgs of heroin with a street value of Rs: 360 mn has taken an unexpected turn with British authorities claiming one of those who had been taken into custody following the detection was an undercover agent, working for them. Police identified the suspect as one of the major heroin distributors in the country. The Sri Lanka Customs made the detection during the first week of March this year. A New Delhi based British diplomat and a high ranking official attached to the British High... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/14)

Economy grew at 7.2% in Sri Lanka
LANKA FASTEST NEXT TO CHINA - UK FT - Courtesy The Daily News
No extraneous factors deterred investors Sri Lanka's economy grew at a rate of 7.2 per cent over the past financial year, making the island one of Asia's fastest-growing markets after China, states the Financial Times of London in an article. The successful issuance of a sovereign bond suggests that no extraneous factors deterred investors against a backdrop of heightened appetite for the emerging market and frontier debt, according to Murtaza Jafferjee,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/14)

Sudan expels UN agency chief over ‘interfering’ in domestic affairs
Sudan has expelled the head of a UN agency and accused her of interfering in domestic affairs, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Pamela DeLargy, an American who headed the UN’s Population Fund office in Sudan (UNFPA), “was asked to leave,” AFP quoted ministry spokesman Abubakr al-Siddiq as saying. “She was not abiding by the country’s laws, and… she was interfering in the country's domestic affairs in a manner that is inconsistent with her status as a UN official,” he said. The spokesman added that “this move has nothing to do with the UNFPA whose missions and programs are very... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/04/14)

Toronto SLSA Video of Sri Lankan Winning moment and victory parade in Toronto, Canada
... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 09/04/14)

President Putin wins over world leaders with 92 percent of public approval – poll
voiceofrussia.com
Vladimir Putin has become a leader of the poll conducted by The Independent website with 92 percent of public approval followed by Angela Merkel and Barack Obama who have scored three and two percent of votes respectively. The Independent website has conducted a poll, allowing the respondent to vote for the following state leaders: US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, British PM David Cameron, French President François Hollande, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other famous world policy-makers.... -Full Story-
(voiceofrussia.com - 09/04/14)

Essence of True Love for Allah
By A. Abdul Aziz.    
(Given below is an excerpt of one of the recent Friday Sermons of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered on 4th April, 2014, at ‘BaithulFuthuh’, London, U.K. gave a discourse Essence of True Love for Allah. Ahmadiyya Supreme Head – Ameer-ul-Mumineen spoke on love of God with reference to the writings and pronouncements of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at - the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). His Holiness said in these extracts of Promised Messiah (on whom be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/14)

Frankly Speaking with Rahul Gandhi - Full Interview
"I have worked with Indians for more than 40 years and I have never seen an Indian like this." - Sri Lankan... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 09/04/14)

GOSL must initiate Website & Hotline to report LTTE supporters & funding details
Shenali D Waduge
 In what has sent shockwaves across the world, LTTE Diaspora & supporters both local and international are now a worried lot. Legally, they are cornered. Their propaganda machinery has now been checkmated with a UN Security Council Resolution that is both mandatory and binding. With the declaration of LTTE and 16 LTTE front banned and blacklisting of 424 individuals the momentum to rope in the rest of the beneficiaries of LTTE terror over 3 decades should be the next course of action the GOSL must take. Sri Lanka’s diplomacy must go an extra mile to demand... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/14)

Sri Lankans must invite and felicitate Zamir Akram, head of Pakistan delegation to UNHRC
Shenali D Waduge
When a country not just votes for Sri Lanka against the tides but goes the extra mile to eloquently deliver a speech giving reasons why they are voting against the US sponsored Resolution, that country and in particular the head of that delegation needs to be thanked and felicitated far before thanking nations that abstained for their own self-serving compulsions. Sri Lankans listened with admiration while Mr. Zamir Akram showed how Pakistan had done its homework to highlight reasons that the Resolution depicted duplicity, bias and double standards and Pakistan gave the punch that should have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/14)

Will Geneva Vote mean a paradigm shift in India’s neighbourhood policy?
By Bandu de Silva
 There has been no overall response in Sri Lanka to India’s stand this time over the voting on the US sponsored Draft Resolution (D/R) at UNHRC session in Geneva despite President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s spontaneous response to release the Indian fishermen in custody and a thank you letter since despatched to the Indian Prime Minister.  There have been much discussion on what brought about India’s change of mind at the last moment to abstain from voting after making a powerful explanation of reasons why the Draft was not acceptable to India because of its intrusive nature.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/14)

What the UNHRC Resolution Tells Me:We have to be a self reliant economy to withstand our enemies
By Garvin Karunaratne, Former Government Agent, Matara District,
When the dust of the storm created by the Superpowers at Geneva settles down it is necessary to take stock of our strengths and weaknesses and to decide what we should do. Let us not forget that we are a sovereign country. We have to go it alone and be strong to withstand problems created by our enemies. This time the enemies are the USA and the UK. They will be up to their googly tricks to win us over by the offer of some minuscule Aid, and eventually, in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/14)

Prof. Peiris explains why Sri Lanka won’t cooperate with UN probe
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
April 7, 2014, 10:11 pm Sri Lanka will not cooperate with the proposed war crimes investigation undertaken by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, though the government remains committed to work with the United Nations as well as other international agencies, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).  External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris emphasized that the government of Sri Lanka wouldn’t accept the jurisdiction of the UNHRC to undertake an inquiry, therefore the question of the government cooperating with the proposed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/14)

Sri Lankans have every reason to be proud at their cricketers’ 2014 T20 win in Dhaka
Asada M Erpini
Sri Lanka’s win in the 2014 T20 World Cup is an apt response to the individuals, the groups and the countries that view the term Sri Lanka as being synonymous with war crimes, deprivation of human rights, lack of democracy, discrimination of Tamils and other minorities and the ‘dictatorship’ of one family in the administrative machinery. Some may even say that the victory is sweet revenge for the concocted allegations against the island nation that steal the limelight at the annual UNHCR sessions in Geneva, election platforms of nearly every political group in Tamil Nadu and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/14)

Now the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year is round the corner, time for traditional cooking.
Dr Hector Perera   London
Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda (Sinhala: අලුත් අවුරුද්ද) in Sri Lanka, is the new year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by not only the Sinhalese people but by most Sri Lankans.  The timing of the Sinhala New Year coincides with the New Year celebrations of many traditional calendars of South and Southeast Asia. It is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. It is generally celebrated on 14th April (13th April on leap years). After dawn of the New Year, the first task of the year is lighting the hearth... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/14)

Only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map,The less Americans know about Ukraine-s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene
By Kyle Dropp, Joshua D. Kertzer and Thomas Zeitzoff
On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to... -Full Story-
(washingtonpost.com - 07/04/14)

Will the IMF Bailout Turn Ukraine Into Another Greece?
Alec Luhn - The Nation
When the International Monetary Fund announced a tentative loan agreement with Ukraine last month, the move was widely acclaimed as vital to saving the country-s struggling economy. Headlines trumpeted the decision to “help” Ukraine with a $14-18 billion “financial lifeline.” In Italy later that day, President Barack Obama called the deal a “major step forward” that will “meet the needs of Ukrainian people over the long term.” But the news headlines and political statements only tell half the story: The IMF loan comes with demands for “economic reforms,” i.e. austerity measures, that will be... -Full Story-
(thenation.com - 07/04/14)

Putin says West may use NGOs to stir unrest in Russia
By Timothy Heritage
President Vladimir Putin told his security chiefs on Monday to ensure Russia does not follow what he said was Ukraine-s example by letting the West use local civil rights groups to foment unrest. In a speech to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the KGB-s main successor, the former spy called for more vigilance and better counter-intelligence to fight threats ranging from Islamist militants to computer hackers.... -Full Story-
(trust.org - 07/04/14)

Pro-Russians Call Another East Ukraine Region Independent
NBC News
DONETSK, Ukraine – Pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed the region independent Monday — an ominous echo of events prior to Russia-s annexation of Crimea. Ukrainian authorities called the move an attempt by Russia to sow unrest. The Interfax news agency said the activists demanded that a referendum be held no later than May 11 on the possible secession of the Donetsk region, which borders Russia.... -Full Story-
(nbcnews.com - 07/04/14)

Denazify the LTTE & Eelam Ideology alongside UNSC 1373 ban
Shenali D Waduge
Immediately following the end of World War 2 the Allied Troops carried out a policy of Denazification. The objective was to totally eliminate any ideology associated with Nazism and to ensure Germany would never destroy European peace. Denazification of Germany began in 1946 and ended only in 1958. US, UK, France and Russia occupied Germany for 13 years. Sri Lanka has finally banned 15 LTTE fronts and the LTTE under UN Security Council Resolution 1373. That decision unfortunately, came after 5 years of LTTE defeat. The GOSL must now annihilate the separatist ‘eelam’ ideology and take... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/14)

Winds of change in Jaffna
By Dr Noel Nadesan Courtesy COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH
 The war radicalized Jaffna and it was inevitable that we could never again return to the good old Jaffna we knew.  There were signs of a new Jaffna emerging imperceptibly even during the war years. I have visited Jaffna 13 times in the last five years.  But nothing signified the change better than  the international symbol I saw in Jaffna when I visited the place last in January 2014. For the first time ever I saw one of the best international symbols in the heart of Jaffna. It was the face of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/14)

SINHALA AVURUDDHA CELEBRATIONS PROGRAM IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
SINHALA AVURUDDHA CELEBRATIONS PROGRAM IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
 Sunday, April 6, 2014                      Maha Sanghika Dana

12 noon                                                                 Venue: Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields                                                                                 Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul Sunday, April 6, 2014                      Annual Merit Offering Ceremony
5pm                                                                 Venue: Sinhala Buddhist Cemetry, Jalan Loke Yew Monday, April 14, 2014                  Avuruddha Blessings Service &Exchange of Gifts                                                                 Venue: Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields
7.30am                                                                                 Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul
8.00am Sunday, April 20, 2014                    Bak Maha Ulella
9am                                                                 Venue: La Salle Brickfields School Field Saturday, April 26, 2014                 Avuruddha Cultural Show... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/04/14)

ජාත්‍යන්තර විමර්ශනයට මුහුණ දෙන්නේ කෙසේද?
වම් ඉවුර -Courtesy Divaina
ඉකුත් සඳුදා ලිපියේ ලංකාවේ පළාත් සභා ඡන්දය ගැන ලිවීමට සිදුවූ නිසා ඊට කලින් මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ සිදුවූ ඡන්ද විමසීම ගැන කිසිවක්‌ කීමට නොහැකි විය. අද විපක්‍ෂිත පාර්ශව වලින් ඇසෙන කතා වලින් ගම්‍ය වන්නේ ආණ්‌ඩුව ජිනීවාහිදී පමණක්‌ නොව ලංකාවේදීත් පරාජය වී විනාශයේ අභිමුඛ සිටින බවකි. ජිනීවා වල නම් ලංකාව පැරදුන බව ඇත්තකි. නමුත් ලංකාවේ පාලක පක්‍ෂය පැරදී ඇතැයි එසේත් නැත්නම් පරාජයක අභිමුඛ සිටිනවා යෑයි කියන්නේ කෙසේද යන්න මට වැටහෙන්නේ නැත. 1977 දී ඡේ. ආර්. ජයවර්ධන මහතා අන් කිසි කලෙකවත් නොදුටු විරූ ආකාරයේ මැතිවරණ ජයග්‍රහණයක්‌ ලබන විට ඔහුට ලැබුණු ඡන්ද ප්‍රතිශතය වූයේ 50.92%... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/04/14)

THE ROVING EYE-The US-Russia Ukrainian deal
By Pepe Escobar
By the time you read this Russia will have invaded Ukraine. Well, that-s what the Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, is spinning. Breedlove Supreme says the Russians are "ready to go" and could easily take over eastern Ukraine. Western corporate media have already dusted off their Kevlar vests.... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 06/04/14)

THE SAKER- Let-s embrace the new cold war A new Cold War has begun - let us embrace it with relief!
Considering the relative lull which seems to be taking place in the Ukraine, this might be a good time to look at the impact which the dramatic developments in the Ukraine have had upon the internal political scene in Russia and what that, in turn, could mean for the international (dis)order. In order to do that, I would like to begin by a short summary of a thesis which I have already mentioned in the past:... -Full Story- (atimes.com - 06/04/14)

Prabhakaran will get fair trial in India: US envoy
US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Robert Blake
Tamil Tiger leader V. Prabhakaran would get a fair trial in India if he were captured and sent to the country to be tried for alleged involvement in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, says US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Robert Blake. Asked bluntly if he thought Sri Lanka was a -failed state-, Blake said: "I don-t see Sri Lanka as a failed state; quite the contrary. I think that Sri Lanka has got so much going for it.... -Full Story-
(topix.com - 06/04/14)

Has Anglo-American Capitalism Run Out of Steam?
LYNN FRIES, PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News. I-m Lynn Fries in Geneva.
In this report, we look at the rise of a low-wage economy and record inequality in the U.S. and U.K. And in so doing, we mark a 30-year anniversary of the 1984-85 U.K. Miners Strike. Here to talk to us about this is George Irvin. George Irvin is Research Professor at the University of London (SOAS) and author of Super Rich: The Rise of Inequality in Britain and the United States.... -Full Story-
(therealnews.com - 06/04/14)

One-Sided Human Rights Council Vote on Syria
by Stephen Lendman
On March 28, UN Human Rights Council members voted 32 - 4 to renew investigating war crimes in Syria for another year. Eleven members abstained. Washington, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Morocco initiated the resolution. Other HRC members were bullied for support. Washington and Western partners threatened refusers with consequences. Russia, China, Venezuela and Cuba voted no. So-called investigations are biased. They-re one-sided. They largely blame Assad for insurgent crimes. They do so duplicitously.... -Full Story-
(freedomsphoenix.com - 06/04/14)

Rudrakumaran And The LTTE Rump
By Camelia Nathaniel
Future stability and security of Sri Lanka depends on dismantling the LTTE infrastructure that legitimized separatism and supported violence. Although the LTTE was dismantled in Sri Lanka, the LTTE international network has reorganized and wants to revive the fight. As such, it is paramount for the Government of Sri Lanka to bring to justice those who supported the violence and those who legitimized the LTTE.... -Full Story-
(thesundayleader.lk - 06/04/14)

US Triumphalism and the Ukraine Mess
By Paul R. Pillar in his 28 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, rose to be one of the agency-s top analysts.
Besides the misleading simplicity of Official Washington-s narrative on Ukraine, the ”good guy/bad guy” storyline ignores important lessons of world history and human nature, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. Beyond the policy issue of what to do now to bring the crisis with Russia over Ukraine to as much of a satisfactory conclusion as may be possible, we ought to reflect on our own role — the role of the West and especially the United... -Full Story-
(consortiumnews.com - 06/04/14)

The National New Rice Festival holds in Anuradhapura under President’s patronage
By Janaka Alahapperuma
The National New Rice Festival (Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya) - 2014 was held near the historic Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The New Rice Festival or the ‘Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya’ is considered as thousands of years old ancient tradition which was launched with the arrival of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi to the island. It is an important annual ritual of the harvest festival in Sri Lanka. The first batch of new rice after being plucked, threshed and winnowed is offered to the Buddha and deities. The festival of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/14)

Gorbachev praises Putin-s takeover of Crimea
John M. Curtis
Speaking to Russia-s Slon.ru online newspaper, 81-year-old former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev praised Russian President Vladimir-s March 1 takeover of Crimea. Considered by the U.S. and European Union as an assault on Ukraine-s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Gorbachev called the annexation a “happy event,” suggesting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev should have never given Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. Gorbachev praised democracy-in-action, allowing Crimea to pick Russia, not Ukraine, as their host country.... -Full Story-
(examiner.com - 06/04/14)

Combat Related PTSD Among The Sri Lankan Army Servicemen
Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
Abstract The study investigated combat related PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and psychosocial problems among Army servicemen who fought in the Eelam War in Sri Lanka. A total of eight hundred and twenty four (824) Sri Lankan Army servicemen of the infantry and services units who were referred to the Psychiatric ward Military Hospital Colombo were screened for combat related PTSD in the period August 2002 to March 2006. The soldiers were administered the PTSD Check List based on DSM 4 with a structured face to face interview  by the Consultant Psychiatrist of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/14)

Bias and UN Human Rights Council Duplicity
Senaka Weeraratna Attorney at Law - Courtesy The Daily News
The term ‘bias’ is defined as an inclination of temperament or outlook to present or hold a partial perspective and a refusal to even consider the possible merits of alternative points of view. An individual may be biased towards or against another individual, a race, a religion, a social class, or a political party. Being biased connotes being one-sided, lacking a neutral viewpoint, and not having an open mind. Bias arises in many forms and shapes and is generally treated as synonymous with prejudice or bigotry. -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/14)

Government's goodwill not reciprocated: LTTE fronts ban comes after years of tolerance - Dr. Kohona
By Manjula Fernando Courtesy The Daily News
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona said the proscription of 16 organisations under the UN resolution 1373 which called for international cooperation for suppressing terrorism financing, was what required now after years of patient tolerance of the actions of these fronts. Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona He however opined that the Sri Lankan ban, to be fully effective, it must be mirrored in the countries where these organisations operate freely.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/14)

Canadian Tamil Congress categorically rejects the Sri Lankan Government's reactive measures to the recent UN Human Rights Council resolution
The Canadian Tamil Congress
Last month, United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 25/1 mandated the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct an independent investigation into, “serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka,” which was seen internationally as a victory for human rights in Sri Lanka. It is with great respect for international law that the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has advocated since 2009 for the establishment of an independent international investigation into human rights violations committed by both sides in the armed conflict in Sri Lanka,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/14)

Ukraine and Crimea - an Illegal Putsch and a Democratic Referendum
Pravda
At 6.05 a.m., (GMT) on Tuesday 1st April, a correspondent on the BBC-s flagship morning news programme "Today" stated that Russia had "seized Crimea", faithfully following the rampant propaganda being hysterically stirred from Washington and Whitehall and by newspapers ranging from the Los Angeles Times to pick-your-favourite-news-outlet land.... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 05/04/14)

Fears of neo-fascist uprising in Ukraine as far-right group storms Kiev parliament and ex-president calls for independence vote
By Matt Blake
Hundreds of members of neo-fascist Right Sector storm parliament in Kiev They-re angry over death of leader Oleksandr Muzychko in police shootout Former president calls for regional vote to find how pro-Russian country is Obama calls on Russia to take more steps to reduce tensions in Ukraine Russia says ethnic minorities in Ukraine are "living in fear" of the far right... -Full Story-
(dailymail.co.uk - 05/04/14)

Malaysia MH370: Who has means & motive to take a plane full of people?
Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist.
And there we are faced with a dilemma. Does the military alliance that controls these systems see Malaysia as an ally? Are they willing to reveal the peacetime capabilities of their systems to a foreign power? Ultimately do they have the technical capability to "hack" an airliner-s controls and disable avionics, even steer the plane rendering the pilot? If they can do that do they want to release that information to the world?... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 05/04/14)

Is the Catholic Church spearheading war crimes inquiry against Sri Lanka?
 Shenali D Waduge
An article titled ‘Church’s Perseverance in Sri Lanka pays off’ written by Anto Akkara claims that the UN has decided to investigate possible war crimes because of a request made by the Sri Lankan Catholic Church. The writer perhaps is unaware of the ties between the LTTE and the Church over the years. Now that LTTE and 16 LTTE fronts have been officially banned it would be a good time to investigate these ties over the years. More so now that the ban imposed by the Sri Lankan Government include the Global Tamil Forum headed by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/14)

Ukraine: Battling over an economic midget
DW.DE
For months, Moscow and Brussels have been wrestling for influence in Kyiv. But what do they want from Ukraine? Is there something to be gained economically - or is it just power politics? In the foreseeable future, Ukraine is going to cost the West a lot of money. The European Union has earmarked 1.6 billion euros ($2.2 billion) for short-term aid. The United States is providing 800 million euros in loan guarantees, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) calculates that Ukraine will need $15 to $18 billion. Russia has just raised the price of natural gas to Ukraine... -Full Story-
(dw.de - 04/04/14)

Moscow: Neither current nor future sanctions against Russia will help Washington
RT
The US remains a victim of misconceptions and misguided ideas regarding what happened in Ukraine, and no sanctions – whether they are already imposed or new – will produce Washington-s desired result, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said. In his interview with ITAR-TASS news agency, Ryabkov called the US restrictive measures against Russia an instrument of the past, belonging to the 19th century.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 04/04/14)

සදා සමරමු සොහොයුරෝ!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
අප්රේල් විරුවණි, ඔබ හැම එදා එක්වුණේ, අධිරාජ්‍යවාදයට විනාශය-ජනතාවට විමුක්තිය; යන සටන් පාඨය යටතේයි. ජාතික හා ජාත්‍යන්තර ‍දේශපාලන තලයේදීදී, මෙයට වඩා අගනා සටන් පාඨයක් ඇත්තේම නැත. සතුරා, වර්ෂ 1505 සිට විවිධ වෙස්ගෙන, ශත වර්ෂ 5 ක් පුරා මෙරට ජනතාව පෙලන ලදී. ඒ අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්ව මේ මාතෘභූමියෙන් පන්නා දැමීම යනු, මෙරට ජනතාව මත ඇති ගැටළු වලින් හරි අඩක් නිවැරදිව විසදා ගැනීමට මග පාදා ගැනීමයි. ‍මෙම කාර්යය කියුබාව තුල සිදුවෙද්දී, කියුබාව සමග එක පෙලට සිටගත් ඔබ; එම කාර්යය, වියට්නාමය, ලාවෝසය, හා කාම්බෝජය තුල සිදුවෙද්දී එම විප්ලවීය සහෝදරයන් හා අත්වැල් බැද ගැනීමේ මාවත කුමක්දැයි සොයා සමාජ සමීක්ෂණයක නිරත වූවෝය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/14)

Asian giants, several Latin American and Asian countries firmly behind Sri Lanka in Geneva
Courtesy The Daily News
Several Asian, Latin American and African countries including Asian giants Russia and China yesterday condemned the High Commissioner for the United Nations Human Rights Council for exceeding her mandate in calling for an International investigative mechanism for Sri Lanka and for policticising the UNHRC to cater to the geo-polical interests of certain powerful countries. The Venezuelan representative said the High Commissioner' s report was the outcome of a highly politicised process during which Sri Lanka was not listened to. The head of the Russian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/14)

LTTE Fronts Banned - Sri Lankan envoys abroad must now deliver
Shenali D Waduge
 LTTE and 15 other LTTE fronts have been banned by the GOSL under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 w.e.f 1st April 2014. The order signed by External Affairs Minister Prof. GL Pieris based on recommendations by the Secretary Ministry of Defence and Urban Development as the Competent Authority will hereafter regard persons, groups and entities as committing, attempting to commit, facilitate or participate in the acts of terrorism. The order enables funds, assets, economic resources belonging to or owned by the designated persons and entities to remain frozen until the removal of their names from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/14)

UNHRC resolutions and the politics of discomfiture
By Malinda Seneviratne
For Sri Lanka, the only relevant resolution at this year’s UNHRC sessions is the one tabled by the United States of America.  It is relevant because it was on (read ‘against’) Sri Lanka.  If, however, the world is serious about the UNHRC and therefore whatever resolutions are tabled, voted on, adopted or rejected, then we would see decent coverage in the international media.  Something seems to have happened in the world of media, or rather the big name media houses in the West as well as those that are located in that political bloc for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/14)

Arbitrary Interpretation and a Resolution
Palitha Mapatuna
 According to the newspapers, a resolution had been passed in March, 2014 in Geneva to request the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to undertake an investigation into a domestic matter of Sri Lanka.  Accordingly, questions had arisen whether an investigation into an internal matter of a sovereign state would be beyond the powers (ultra-vires) of OHCHR.  However, the present incumbent of this office seems to have taken upon herself to ‘interpret’ the mandate in her favour.     As far as I am aware, the conduct of investigations is a function of a body... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/14)

Russia tells US to relax
A senior Russian diplomat says US officials should do yoga and watch TV comedy series to ease what he calls their irrational fixation on punishing Russia over Ukraine.Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov-s comments to the Interfax news agency on Thursday reflected simmering tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia-s annexation of Crimea. The US and the EU have slapped members of Russian President Vladimir Putin-s entourage with travel bans and asset freezes.... -Full Story- (stuff.co.nz - 03/04/14)

Regarding The Motion Passed on March 26th Against Sri Lanka
Mal Munasinha Canada
April 3rd, 2014   Hon. Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON   Honourable Prime Minister   Motion Passed against Sri Lanka   It is with outrage, that I find in the Hansard, the motion that was passed on the 26th of March, 2014, against the Sri Lankan government.    May I know how you came to this decision?    Was it the Parliamentary Committee meeting that was chaired by Mr. Scott Reid. In which none of the Sinhalese were present. But only the Tamils with motives of separating Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/14)

Life Abroad - Part 73 "HIDDEN PAST OF BOURGEOISIE LSSP"
Dr.Tilak Fernando
"All politicians are great bluffers, hood-winking the people all the time" wrote a member of the blood line of Colvin as a feed back immediately after reading my last week's column under the heading 'Trotskyites Sang Sai Bajans'! He (name withheld) remembers "how protests organised by N.M always ended up smashing all the glass window panels at show rooms along Darley road, Union Place, Colombo 2". Agreeing with what Nicky Karunarathna had to say on Colvin's behaviour, 'this relative' too confirmed how he (Colvin) used to walk up to the front door... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/14)

The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka held its 7th Annual Research Conference
The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka held its 7th Annual Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences on 27th, 28th and 29th March 2014 at the Mahaweli Centre for which nearly 400 papers was submitted. The chief guest was Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson of the University Grants Commission. Others in the photo are Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, Vice Chairperson of UGC, Prof. Y.S. Alone of Jawarhalal Nehru University, Mr. Vasantha Ekanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Culture and the Arts, Dr. Malini Dias, Vice President of RAS and Dr. Susantha Goonatilake, President of RAS making the inaugural speech.   In the second photo is Prof. Alone... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/04/14)

Exposed: How US created "Cuban Twitter" to take down Castro
RT
The United States engineered a text messaging network in Cuba to try and spread unrest in the communist country. More than 40,000 people have shared news and opinions using the service. The documents obtained by the Associated Press state the project was led by Joe McSpedon, a US government official, who attracted a team of high-tech wizards from around the globe to set up a site that could reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 03/04/14)

REVERSE DISCRIMINATION FOR SINHALESE : RECIPROCATION BY TAMILS
Shenali D Waduge
 At this important juncture of Sri Lanka’s post-independent history there are some factors that need to be reminded to all citizens of Sri Lanka. Some of these hometruths may not be palatable to people but these need to be said and recorded.  Reverse Discrimination : Empathy towards Sinhalese Let us for a change start off by looking at things from the lens of the Sinhalese, taking to consideration the lack of recognition for the grievances of the Sinhalese.  Sinhala Grievances – past and present Never have people stopped to wonder what it would have been for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/14)

Death anniversary of Dr. C.A. Hewawitharana-Journalist’s intuition foretold a tragedy
By Janaka Perera
 April 3, 2014 marks the 85th death anniversary of Dr. Charles Alwis Hewawitharana who was the first Sinhala Buddhist to become a Doctor of Medicine (MD – Medicinae Doctor) in the British Colonial era after graduating from medical colleges in England and Scotland. He was also a brother of Buddhist revivalist Anagarika Dharmapala (formerly David Hewawitharana).    This article however is not so much about Dr. Hewawitharana’s career and services but a journalist’s intuition that foretold the doctor’s tragic death.  Although journalists are sometimes accused of callousness by trying to be first with the news, it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/14)

පලාත් සභා මැතිවරණයේ පණිවුඩය. 1.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
 මැතිවරණයක අවසානයේදී,  ලබාදෙන ප්රථිපලය විසින් නිර්මානය කරන්නේ, අපූරු පින්තූරයකි. මේ පින්තූරය, එක් පක්ෂයක හෝ එක් කණ්ඩායමකට උරුම වූ පින්තූරයක් නොවේ. මෙය මුලුමහත් සමාජයේම නිර්මාණයක් බැවින් සමාජයම සතු වස්තුවකි. මේ වස්තුව, සැබෑ ලෙසම; සියලු දෙනාටම වස්තුවක් වන්නේ, ඒ දෙස බුද්ධිමත්ව බලා අවබෝධ කර ගන්නා කරුණු මතය. වර්තමානයේදී, ලබාදෙන මැතිරණ ප්රතිපලය, සියලුම දේශපාලන පක්ෂ වල අතීත ක්රියාකාරිත්වය හා අත්වැල් බැදගෙන සිටී. අනාගතය ගොඩනංවන්නේ,  වර්තමානය බැවින්, අපට ඇවැසි අනාගතය ගොඩනංවීම සදහා වර්තමානය තුල සිදුකල යුතු වෙනස්කම් සම්බන්ධව අවබෝධයක් ලබා ගැනීමට මේ මැතිවරණ ප්රථිපලය නම්වූ පින්තූරය දෙස බලා මනා අවබෝධයක් ලබා ගත යුතුවේ. අප පසු කලේ බස්නාහිර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/14)

Disappearance of MH 370 flight: The trillion dollar question to the US and its intelligence services
Matthias Chang is a prominent Malaysian barrister and author who served as Political Secretary to the fourth prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Why no questions were asked whether the flight path of MH 370 (if as alleged it crashed in the Indian Ocean), was within the geographical parameters of the Intelligence capabilities of Diego Garcia? Why were no planes deployed from Diego Garcia to intercept the “Unidentified” plane which obviously would pose a threat to the Diego Gracia military base?... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 02/04/14)

Ukrainians Get IMF’s Bitter Medicine
By Robert Parry
Exclusive: Though lacking legitimacy from national elections, Ukraine-s coup regime has approved a harsh IMF austerity plan that hits Ukraine’s “99 percent” the hardest and asks little from the country’s “1 percent,” including the corrupt “oligarchs,” reports Robert Parry. It-s a safe bet that most of the Ukrainians who flooded Maidan Square in Kiev in February did not do so because they wanted the International Monetary Fund to make their lives even more miserable by slashing subsidies for heat, gutting pensions and devaluing the currency to make everyday goods more expensive.... -Full Story-
(consortiumnews.com - 02/04/14)

The IMF “Rescue Package”: Western Looting of Ukraine Has Begun
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
It is now apparent that the “Maiden protests” in Kiev were in actuality a Washington organized coup against the elected democratic government. The purpose of the coup is to put NATO military bases on Ukraine’s border with Russia and to impose an IMF austerity program that serves as cover for Western financial interests to loot the country. The sincere idealistic protesters who took to the streets without being paid were the gullible dupes of the plot to destroy their country.... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 02/04/14)

UNHRC turns blind eye to attacks on Buddhist Temples in South Korea
by Shenali D. Waduge
 South Korea voted against Sri Lanka on March 27 at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in support of a US Resolution calling for an international inquiry to be undertaken by the Office of the High Commissioner on alleged Human Rights violations by Sri Lanka. In taking this path South Korea showed itself as the ONLY Asian nation to have aligned with the Christian West bloc of nations alongside nations scared of the West, to vote against Sri Lanka. All other Asian countries either voted against the Resolution e.g. China, Pakistan, Vietnam, Maldives,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/14)

Mandates of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
By Neville Ladduwahetty   FEATURES The Island  - April 1, 2014
Paragraph 10 and 10 (b) of the US-proposed UN Resolution A/HRC /25/L.I/Rev.1 that was passed in Geneva on March 27, 2014, "requests the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR): (b) To undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetuated with a view to avoiding impunity... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/14)

Deception of Tamil Theoretical and Theatrical Politics
Kanthar Balanathan, Melbourne, Australia April 2014
Dawn of Partisan Commotion The political dominion of the new born baby called “Ceylon” saw the birth of a racial Tamil political party founded by the Malaysian born SJV Chelvanayagam (SJVC) on the 18th December 1949. The party was called “Federal Party”, however, carrying a different quasi haphazard meaning in Tamil as ITAK, to have bearing in the minds of the Tamils. Would the reason be that SJVC had a tug-of-war with GG Ponnambalam (GGP) in the ministerial portfolio allocation or another country was in the background programming Tamil elite politicians to create... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/14)

BANNED! NO FRONTING FOR LTTE , Freeze of all funds and assets,Tamil parties & NGOs barred from contacts - Order signed by Minister G.L. Peiris
Courtesy The Daily News
The proscribed organisations as terrorist fronts on foreign soil are: Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) , Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) , British Tamil Forum (BTF), World Tamil Movement (WTM) , Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), National Council Of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) a.k.a Makkal Avai, Tamil National Council (TNC), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), Transnational Government Of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA) , World Tamil Relief Fund (WTRF) and Headquarters Group (HQ Group) . The government yesterday signed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/14)

Dangerous effects of Glyphosate
Akila Weerasekera
Recently Sri Lankan scientists and medical professionals have written many articles regarding the GOSL’s contemplation of banning the herbicide Roundup (Monsanto). They have continued to ignore the studies eliciting the dangerous effects of Roundup and advocate the use of agrochemicals for farming. Glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is the most widely used herbicide in many countries.  Until now, most health studies have focused on the safety of glyphosate, rather than the mixture of ingredients found in Roundup. But according to a new study, scientists found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells even at concentrations much... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/14)

Who would say adding this and that quickly and cook on full fire is cooking?
Dr Hector Perera         London
Adding this and that without any explanation and heating on fire is not real cooking to be shown on British Television. I have a great respect for British TV cooking programmes because some of them really educate the viewers. Some chefs, purposely set fire to the cooking pan and dance around jabbering and muttering something nonsense then keep on adding more ingredients for no reason. In a way this is no better than devil dancing in Sri Lanka. They are really entertaining and meaningful. The devil dancers set fire to their torch to get... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/14)

Strong Russia can only care less about Western pressure
Prepared by Yuri Kondratyev  Courtesy Pravda.Ru
Crimea has become part of Russia de facto and de jure. What are the political and economic consequences of this decision? The resistance of Russian-speaking residents to the self-proclaimed authorities is growing in the south-eastern Ukraine. Could they follow the example of the Crimeans? Leonid Polyakov, Russian political scientist, Head of General Political HSE assessed the situation in a live broadcast of Pravda.Ru. The agreement on the reunification of Crimea and the Russian Federation was signed a day before the broadcast. Sevastopol was included as a separate entity. This is fair, because... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/14)

Keep on cracking jokes, Ukraine!
Courtesy Pravda
April 1 is a day for jokes and fun. In this article, we wanted to recollect best jokes of recent times that deserve to be remembered for ever and ever. The yellow jersey of the leader belongs to U.S. Secretary John Kerry, who said:  "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text." NATO Secretary General Rasmussen comes next, who in the days of the 15th anniversary of the NATO bombing of the capital of Yugoslavia called Russia's "military invasion" of Ukraine the biggest threat... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/14)

Yanukovych to Join Putin Administration
The St. Petersburg Times
Published: April 2, 2014 MOSCOW — Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted a position in President Vladimir Putin-s administration as an adviser on the country-s affairs with Ukraine, according to a source close to the Kremlin. The official-s surprise announcement comes at the height of tensions between Russia and Ukraine over Russia-s recent annexation of the Crimean peninsula last month. “We need to understand how the bandits who seized power in Kiev think,” the source said Monday. “We thought Viktor Fyodorovich [Yanukovych] could give us insight about how to deal with this new crowd.”... -Full Story-
(sptimesrussia.com - 01/04/14)


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