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News Archive for Feb 2014

Cut the Bull on Human Rights, Amnesty International
 Shenali D Waduge
Globally over 50,000 NGOs (international and local) enjoy $10billion fund allocations. Who funds them and what they do with the funds raises more questions than answers.  For too long we have mistakenly fallen prey to organizations that have pretended to be the spokesmen for world human rights. In reality they function as mercenaries disguised as human rights champions. World policies are dictated by corporate-financiers and their interests which take place through powerful Western Governments and a new breed of mercenaries like Amnesty International. When Amnesty International USA runs a campaign titled “Free Pussy Riot – Help... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/14)

'Tensions rise between the US and Sri Lanka over HR - Ronak D. Desai
Mahinda Gunasekera  Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Ontario Canada 
By E-mail February 27, 2014  Ms. Cathryn Cluver Interim Executive Director India and South Asia Program Belfer Center, Harvard University  Dear Ms. Cluver, Article: 'Tensions rise between the US and Sri Lanka over HR - Ronak D. Desai I refer to the above article written by Ronak Desai, Non Resident Fellow, on February 26, 2014, and write to point out several incorrect assumptions and errors contained therein. The writer has wrongly assumed that the report published in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/14)

11 Senators tell US Government, international community HELP SRI LANKA WITH A DOMESTIC PROCESS
Their resolution goes against Obama policy SL of great strategic importance
Calling on the United States Government and the international community to assist the Government of Sri Lanka, 'with due regard to its sovereignty, stability, and security, in establishing domestic mechanisms to deal with any grievances arising from actions committed by both sides during and after the civil war in Sri Lanka', Senator James Inhofe tabled a resolution in the US Senate on Thursday, on behalf of 11 Senators. The resolution is totally opposecd to President Barack Obama and the US... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/14)

THE ROVING EYE-Carnival in Crimea
By Pepe Escobar
The notion that Putin will order a military attack on the Ukraine should be billed to US corporate media-s sub-zoological intellectual quotient. Vlad the Hammer just needs to watch the circus - as in the West squabbling about where to get those billions to be squandered in a (torn) basket case. Or the International Monetary Fund churning out yet another dreadful "structural adjustment" to send Ukraine-s population back to the Paleolithic.... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 28/02/14)

TNA antics and killing Rajiv Gandhi a second time
By Janaka Perera
 Soon after Tamil Nadu’s decision to free Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins, a Sri Lankan (Sinhala) newspaper had a cartoon showing the ghost of former Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene telling the ghost of Rajiv Gandhi: “If I knew this was going to happen I would have never punished the sailor who almost hit you on the head with a rifle butt.” Naval Rating Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni - however misguided his action may have been - did so during the Guard of Honour for Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 out of patriotism whereas the three convicted of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

World Peace rests on UN Members demanding action against ‘foreign-imposed’ regime change.
Shenali D Waduge Sri Lanka
 A Global Call is needed. It is time the world and its people woke up to some ground realities, known but ignored for far too long. In pursuit of wealth, profit and power over nations and people, a handful of nations have seen fit to use force and aggression deploying fictitious and varied manipulative systems using UN mechanisms to descend upon nations and cause chaos. Divide and Rule a feature of colonial rule is taking a new form today. There are no wars today, there are internal conflicts which have everything to do with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

Documentary On Sri Lanka Shown In British Houses Of Parliament Confounds Critics.
Sunny Sunil's Column Of Critical Analysis
February 27th 2014 The following item courtesy of the "Ceylon Daily Mirror" could not have come at a better time for Sri Lanka as the UNHRC sessions in Geneva are due to begin soon. While it is an independent Sri Lanka made documentary which portrays the other side of the lies and innuendo by the likes of Gordonn Weiss it also depicts a degree of credibility accepted and approved by many British parliamentarians where the likes of British PM the Hon.Mr. Cameron who had so much adversity and animosity directed towards Sri Lanka in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

Triumph of the Sinhala Buddhist voter – 1931, 1956 & 2014
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
Erase Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist foundation             Two recent phenomena indicate the new recognition of Sri Lanka as the country of the Sinhala Buddhists (and poor Sinhala Christians).  One is the decision by a collection of Marxists, Christians and Eelamist (13A +) local and foreign agents to promote a Buddhist monk as a single issue presidential common candidate to defeat the all-powerful MahindaR. The other is the decision by MahindaR himself to deploy JHU (Udaya Gammanpila) as the main party to handle the WPPC election in March (65% of people in Colombo are minorities and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

Life Abroad - Part 68: CONTROVERSY OVER VINAYA RULES
Dr.Tilak Fernando (Continuing from episode 67)
Sepala Moonasinghe's contemporaries at Trinity College included Chandra Monerawela, Jayantha Dhanapala, Sarath Amunugama, Ananda Pilimatalauwe, SML Markkar, etc. He has been a regular visitor to the London Buddhist Vihara at Ovington Gardens, Knightsbridge from about 1959. In 1926 Anagarika Dharmapala established LBV (London Buddhist Vihara) as the first Buddhist Theravada monastery outside the continent of Asia to disseminate Dhamma (original teachings of Buddha) with resident monks from Sri Lanka throughout, except during the World War II. Ven. Hamallawa Saddhatissa, educated in Benares, London and Edinburgh, became the Head... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

THE GREATEST SON OF INDIA NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE Part-1
Senaka Weeraratna
This is a slide show movie on NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE. With exclusive images of NETAJI. Must watch all the parts of this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSyGjun_tgc Comment This is a must watch video. This is the India that one will not usually see on Bollywood films. Both visuals and music are stirring and inspiring. This is the India that Subhas Chandra Bose wanted to establish that will not be subservient to Western imperialism or act as a poodle of the West. India that will give dignity to its own people and the people of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

Signatures needed by March 19, 2014 to reach goal of 100,000
PLEASE, SEND THIS TO ALL IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE SRI LANKANS LIVE.Safeguard The Sovereignty of Sri Lanka, And Not Pass A Resolution Against Sri Lanka for Alleged War Crimes. We are American-Sri Lankans who are committed toward the preservation of the sovereignty of our country of our origin, Sri Lanka. We present our voices, so that the people of our country of origin can live in peace and prosperity. After a deadly 30-year war by the terroristic organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan government and peoples have opened her arms to welcome a... -Full Story- (https:/petitions.whitehouse.gov/ - 27/02/14)

4 WHAT UNITED STATES IMPORT FROM INDIA
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Putin orders ‘combat readiness’ tests for western, central Russian troops
RT
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an urgent military drill to test the combat readiness of the armed forces across western and central Russia. The drill included troops dealing with mock security and terrorist threats. “The drills are not connected with events in Ukraine at all,” Sergey Shoigu, Russia’s Defense Minister, told journalists Wednesday. As part of the test, several drills will be held on Russian borders with other countries, including with Ukraine. The main purpose of these drills is to check the combat readiness of the Russian armed forces, Shoigu said.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 27/02/14)

Monsanto's Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests
Courtesy RT
A farmer tills a rice paddy field on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds) A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found. The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

Crimean parliament sacks regional government, approves referendum
RT
The Supreme Council of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea has dismissed the regional government, electing a pro-Russian party leader as its new chair. The MPs have also voted in favor of holding a referendum to decide the future of Crimea on May 25. Facts you need to know about Crimea Fifty-five out of 64 MPs voted for the government’s dissolution. The decision was announced by parliament official Olga Sulnikova.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 27/02/14)

HISTORIC CONFERENCE OF WORLD RELIGIONS HELD AT GUILDHALL, LONDON
By A. Abdul Aziz.
  God is a Living God and so world should turn towards Him says Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad  According to our Press Department, U.K., the World Head and Fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, delivered the keynote address at the historic ‘Conference of World Religions’ on 11 February 2014.   The conference was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, as part of its centenary celebrations, at the famous Guildhall in the City of London. The theme of the much anticipated event was ‘God in the 21st Century’.  Around... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/14)

Sri Lanka responds to Pillay-NO INT’L PROBE
Pillay relentlessly pursuing Sri Lanka Working to politicised and prejudiced agenda
The Sri Lankan government has rejected the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay “to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka”, claiming “it gives scant or no regard to the domestic processes ongoing in Sri Lanka within the framework of the LLRC NPOA, and is politicised in premise”. Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/02/14)

Indian Politics In Tamil Nadu Sullied By A Bunch Of Actresses,Circus Clowns and Would Be National Leaders With Little Direction Towards Reality!
Sunny Sunil's Column Of Critical Analysis
February 27th 2014 A perfect reflection of what transpires when, clowns, actors and street singers take to politics has suddenly manifested itself in neighbouring India as the days of intellectual leadership with  charisma, foresight and sensitivity seems to be fast on the decline  and in danger of becoming extinct primarily because of what emerges from the State of Tamil Nadu in India the State of dirty politics run by a bunch of grossly negligent individuals calling themselves political leaders who are no more than a bunch of stage actors with unattainable dreams as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/02/14)

Life Abroad - Part 67: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Good Heavens! I am taken by surprise by the fact that those seniors who are living abroad writing back to me saying how the series rekindle their 'memories of home country and the many Sri Lankans they met in London'. I am thankful to Faith J Ratnayake, wife of Dr. Hema Ratnayake (BBC Sinhala Service 'Sandesaya'- 1959 to 1965) who has worked in many places and with the FAO Colombo for 25 years, for writing to me last week in appreciation. It's very rare to find many individuals (still living!) with interesting past... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/02/14)

The TNA, An Apparent Tamil Tiger Proxy Needs To be Dealt With Before Responding To Their Apathetic Clarion Calls!
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial, February 24th  2014
TheTamil National Alliance (TNA)  clarion calls demanding that" war criminals must be punished for there to be real reconciliation in Sri Lanka following the end of the war." seems  apathetic as well as never ending laced in bias as well as an emboldened audacity given the role they played towards supporting the Tamil Tigers. To the discerning, it was their accountability towards supporting the most dangerous terror group in the world through their fronts and proxies that was blatantly obvious not only in Sri Lanka but in many other parts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

Buddha’s Universe of Devolution and Evolution Cosmologically Compatible
Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, (US Fulbright Scholar writing from Canada)
 1. Overview of  the Breakthrough Research in Popular Format  Encountered Evolution recently? No, not the Darwinian.   I mean the real one - evolution of the universe!  If not, don’t worry. The Buddha has done it for you.             It’s in the Agga¤¤a Sutta (Digha Nikaya, 27).                        Western Science has long been  looking at the evolutionary process, and so wouldn’t it   make sense to  see how  the Buddha’s characterization fares with the Western Scientific understanding?      And I did. So what did I find?... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

Sri Lanka in a Panic Mood.
By Charles.S.Perera,
 The Sri Lanka Government seems to be running like a dog having  got its paws burnt as the old saying goes, sending in a hurry delegations to South Africa in search of  a  report of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.   The USA government’s over zealous  ballyhoo against Sri Lanka for violation of human rights, and war crimes, is a gimmick to frighten governments of developing countries to show them what USA and its allies are still capable of doing despite their losing their economic leadership panache to China –Russia.  There is no need to panic USA and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

POST-CONFLICT EFFORTS BY GOSL AND ARMED FORCES-Facts and Figures
POST-CONFLICT EFFORTS BY GOSL / ARMED FORCES
      DEMINING     1,319sq.km cleared out of 1,419sq.km in the North     Basic Infrastructure   Rs.4.4billion (US$39.63million) spent by Ministry Economic Development)     Resettlement Package per family   6 months dry rations Initial grant of Rs.5000 part of total grant of Rs.25,000 Rs.4000 per acre land preparation cost Non-Food-Relief Items – mosquito nets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, towels,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

New ICRC paradigm on ‘the use of force in armed conflicts’
By Neville Ladduwahetty  Courtesy Island
Confusion on how to categorize Sri Lanka’s conflict has a direct bearing on how the issue of accountability is handled. If categorized as an Armed Conflict the scope and nature of the accountability exercise would take a certain prescribed trajectory that is defined by internationally accepted provisions of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). On the other hand, if categorized as "eliminating terrorism" the accountability exercise would be defined by Domestic Law Enforcement where provisions of Human Rights Law apply. Thus, categorizing it as one or the other or a combination of both has a direct... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

The Crisis facing the Buddhist World - The Buddhist World lacks an effective mechanism to help save a Buddhist Nation in Danger
 Senaka Weeraratna
The crisis facing the Buddhist world is neither a decline in religious conviction nor an apprehension that truth underpinned by rational argument and new scientific discoveries will one day overtake and outstrip the core teachings of its founder which is a perennial fear bordering on despondency that characterizes several other competing religions, but the lack of an effective institutional mechanism that can lend support when a Buddhist institution, Buddhist community or even  a pre-dominant Buddhist nation is in danger. We see the lack of substantial networks of support driving threatened Buddhist nations or Buddhist communities into a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

Senator Christine Milne -Your speech in the Senate on Feb 12, 2014 re HR in Sri Lanka
Mahinda GunasekeraToronto, Canada
February 24, 2014 Senator Christine Milne Leader of the Green Party Canberra, Australia Dear Senator Christine Milne, Your speech on accountability for violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian law on February 12, 2014 in Sri Lanka I am in receipt of the annexed letter sent by one James Stewart on your behalf in response to mine of February 21, 2014 which is given below. I regret to note that despite your being aware of atrocities committed by other parties in the 33 year conflict including the serious incidences of war crimes and violations of international... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

Memo to the US Congress and Senate regarding the UNHRC Resolution-Re: The Geneva UNHRC Resolution in March 2014 against Sri Lanka
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To:  The Honorable Richard Burr, The Honorable Robert P. Casey, The Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin, The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), The Honorable Robert Menendez, The Honorable Barbara Boxer The Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin, The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, The Honorable Christopher Coons, The Honorable Richard J. Durbin, The Honorable Tom Udall, The Honorable Christopher S. Murphy, The Honorable Tim Kaine, The Honorable Edward J. Markey, The Honorable Bob Corker, The Honorable James E. Risch, The Honorable Marco Rubio, The Honorable Ron Johnson, The Honorable Jeff Flake, The Honorable John McCain, The Honorable John A. Barrasso, The Honorable... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

Amnesty International lacks Moral Authority to Question SL on Human Rights Issues
Dr.Chula Rajapakse MNZM
Mr Grant Blaydon, Director Amnesty International New Zealand.   Dear Mr.Blaydon,   Has AI asked for an   " independent investigation and accountability " from the US for it's alleged violations of human rights in the same manner as AI has been doing with Sl and relentlessly pursued  it as AI has been doing with SL.   Further , as I have asked before , why is AI not questioning the role of leaders of the British Tamil Forum, Global Tamil Forum , Trans National Government of Tamil Elam, in funding three decades of threatening & violation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

Infantry Innovations: Sri Lanka’s Experience
by LTC (Retired) Ivan Welch
How do you defeat a rebel army? An army that grew from the smallest insurgent cells, using terror as its prime tactic, to a fully manned force with artillery, an air wing, naval units, and elite suicide cadres? How do you remake yourself during a conflict in a way that leads from stalemate to victory? Look to the Infantry. The Sri Lankan army had just such an experience. They fought for many years against a separatist movement that had evolved into an insurgent state. Facing an impasse on the battlefield, leaders and men rethought their... -Full Story-
(benning.army.mil - 25/02/14)

Betraying the People: The ANC and the Exploitation of South Africa
By Eric Draitser
StopImperialism.com December 21, 2012 This week’s elective conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa highlighted what has become an ever more apparent and painful reality to working people in that country and political observers around the world – the revolution of 1994 effected little more than cosmetic change. The ruling class in South Africa, though fronted by black faces, continues to work in the service of Western finance capital and the neoliberal agenda, lining their own pockets while the streets, mines, and slums ring with the cries of the workers and the... -Full Story-
(stopimperialism.org - 25/02/14)

APFEJ expresses shock at self-immolation in Guwahati
Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ)
Dhaka, 25 February: Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the self-immolation of a Guwahati city dweller demanding land-settlement and urged the authority to initiate due consultations to  resolve the issue amicably. The journalist forum also appealed to hundred thousand conscious citizens of Guwahati to take proper initiatives for safeguarding the reserve forest areas and wetlands inside city from unwanted human occupancy. APFEJ, whose head office is based in Bangladesh, opined that an incident like self-immolation for a cause of land settlements is surprising and also unheard... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/14)

Sri Lanka rejects High Commissioner Pillay's call "to establish an international inquiry mechanism"
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva
The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has rejected the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navnanethem Pillay's  "to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of IHRL and IHL and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka", saying "it gives scant or no regard to the domestic processes ongoing in Sri Lanka within the framework of the LLRC NPOA, and is politicized in premise". The government said, the trajectory that has emerged with regard to the recommendation of the High Commissioner "reflects the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/14)

‘Defending non-implementation of LLRC recommendations’ – a reply
Bodhi Dhanapala Canada
February 23, 2014, 9:12 pm Mr. Harim Peiris, writing in The Island newspaper (22. Feb. '14) and criticises the post-LTTE policies followed by the government. His rebuke begins as follows: "The argument used by the government ... contrary to all the facts, is that it has in fact implemented much of the LLRC recommendations. This from a government which post war even stopped Tamil children from singing the national anthem in their own language, something which had been occurring even at the height of the war". Mr. Peiris forgets that at the "height of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/14)

Rape of Iraqi Women by US Forces as Weapon of War: Photos and Data Emerge
http://beforeitsnews.com
(ASIAN TRIBUNE) In March 2006 four US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division gang raped a 14 year old Iraqi girl and murdered her and her family —including a 5 year old child. An additional soldier was involved in the cover-up. One of the killers, Steven Green, was found guilty on May 07, 2009 in the US District Court of Paducah and is now awaiting sentencing.... -Full Story-
(beforeitsnews.com - 24/02/14)

අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිඳුන් රටට ලබාදුන් නිදහසේ ආගමනය, පටු ‍දේශපාලනය හමුවේ ආපස්සට හරවන්න දෙන්න බැහැ.
  විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍ය නීතිඥ පවිත්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මැතිනිය.
 අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිඳුන් රටට ලබාදුන් නිදහසේ ආගමනය, පටු දේශපාලන උවමනාවන් මත යළි ආපස්සට හැරවීමට ඉඩදිය නොහැකි බව විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍ය, නීතිඥ පවිත්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මැතිනිය ප්‍රකාශ කළාය. අමාත්‍යවරිය පෙන්වාදෙන්නේ කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කර රට එක්සේසත් කිරීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය, ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ ඇතැම් කොටස් වලට දරාගැනීමට නොහැකි බවයි. කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදී දෙමළ ඩයස්පෝරාවේ මෙන්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහි  විවිධ බලවේගයන්ගේ වැරදි මගපෙන්වීම මත ලෝකයේ ඇතැම් රාජයයන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අභ්‍යන්තර කටයුතු සඳහා අත පොවමින් සිටින බවද පවිත්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මැතිනිය පැවසුවාය. අමාත්‍යවරිය මේ බව කියා සිටියේ පසුගියදා මීගමුව, දළුව කොටුව, දළුපොත, කුරණ හා පෙරියමුල්ල යන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/14)

US expands military net over Africa, checking China’s influence
Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City and the founder of StopImperialism.com.
Over the last decade, America has quietly expanded its military presence throughout Africa in an attempt to counter Chinese and other emerging nations’ influence, while consolidating control over critical strategic resources and trade routes. The United States, like its allies Britain and France, has long maintained influence and indirect control in Africa through financial institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and African Development Bank. It has exerted political influence using aid organizations such as USAID and NGOs like the... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 24/02/14)

Can Washington Overthrow Three Governments At the Same Time?
By Thierry Meyssan
The power of a state is measured by its ability to defend itself and to attack on one or more fronts. In this context, Washington is trying for the first time to show it can overthrow three governments simultaneously: Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela. If it succeeds, no government would be henceforth able to resist it. Since when are revolutions supported by imperialism? (here: Maidan , Kiev). Washington, which failed in 2011 to bomb Libya and Syria simultaneously, is now engaged in a new demonstration of its strength: organizing regime change in three states at the same... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/14)

Genetic Fallacy: How Pesticide Companies Silence Scientific Dissent
By Dr. Mercola
There are plenty of indications suggesting that the evidence-based paradigm across sciences is built on quicksand, having been largely bought and paid for by many major multinational corporations. Nowhere is this more evident than in the chemical industry, where pesticide companies posing as "biotechnology" firms specializing in genetics have peddled their wares based on seriously flawed science from the very beginning. Increasing numbers of scientists are now speaking out in objection to the rampant scientific misconduct muddling the field. Public mistrust in scientists and the corporations that pay them is also on the rise—and rightfully so.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/14)

Tragedy Of Indian Politics Today: Tail Wagging The Dog
Courtesy The Sunday Leader
The imbroglio that resulted among the New Delhi government, the Tamil Nadu state led by its Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalitha and the Supreme Court caused a constitutional crisis which was stalled by the ruling of the Supreme Court but unless the basic issues that precipitated the crisis are resolved, it is likely to repeat itself. Sri Lanka is naturally concerned because we are in the eye of the storm and it is incumbent on the part of the Indian government to resolve this crisis. A Supreme Court bench which included the Chief Justice P. Sathasivam... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/14)

Developing the Maritime Silk Road - with Pathfinder Foundation, Sri Lanka has become the first country
Press Releases - Pathfinder Foundation, 
The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) received a Chinese delegation led by Mr. Qin Yucai, Director General, Department of Western Region Development, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China, which is currently visiting Sri Lanka. Mr. Milinda Moragoda Founder, Pathfinder Foundation and Mr. Luxman Siriwardena, Executive Director, headed the PF team at a productive working session yesterday morning (24 February 2014) at the Colombo Club, Taj Samudra. Sri Lanka has become the first country to support China’s plan to build a Maritime Silk Road (MSR) which is designed to improve connectivity... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/14)

Sri Lanka at the March 2014 UNHRC Session:
By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. International Consultant
It is reported that a group who call themselves intellectuals are advising the Government of President Rajapaksa how to handle our affairs at Geneva. They are bent on our submitting further to lick the boots of India and the Superpowers. They advise the Government to implement the 13 th Amendment in full, implement the recommendations of the LLRC Commission in full and provide a political settlement to the Tamils. They do not seem to understand the implications and seem to be ignorant of real facts. The 13 th Amendment Was not the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/14)

Senator Christine Milne- Your speech in the Senate on Feb 12, 2014 re HR in Sri Lanka
Layananda Alles Montreal Canada
Senator Christine Milne Leader of the Greens Party Canberra, Australia  Dear Senator Christine Milne, Your speech on accountability for violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian law in Sri Lanka on February 12, 2014 Mr. Mahinda Gunasekara of Canada has already commended on the very upright position that you had taken on this issue.  Human rights is a very important element that affects the entire human civilization. Using political advantage of such a fundamental issue is a despicable act as demonstrated by some of the major players in the international platform, Canada, USA and UK included. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/14)

Glyphosate - A review of its health and environmental effects
By Andre Leu
King of kings' Bible - Enoch 68:14 Since they (men) were only created, so that, like the angels of heaven, they might remain righteous and pure. 68:15 Then death, which destroys every thing, would not have affected them; 68:16 But by this, THEIR KNOWLEDGE (science - 1 Tim. 5:20), THEY PERISH, and by this also its power consumes them. Glyphosate is the active ingredient of some of the most common herbicides used in farming and gardening. These products have been promoted as quickly biodegradable and non toxic. People believe that they are so safe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/14)

US lacks Moral Authority to bring Resolutions against Sri Lanka or any other country
Shenali D Waduge Sri Lanka
 "Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone"  The US claims that it is losing patience with Sri Lanka for its slow progress on ‘accountability’. Within 4 years Sri Lanka has not only eliminated the world’s most ruthless terrorist group (LTTE), but given the people of Sri Lanka a country without bombs, assassinations, suicide bombings and development is taking place exclusively in the North worth $3billion. In a matter of just 4 years Sri Lanka’s achievement outshines and embarasses the lack of progress by the US/Allies in all of the countries they invaded/occupied and continue to control... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/14)

Water pollution and chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka - Call for Action
Now it is essential to embark on a country-wide awareness programme on environmental protection and provide clean and safe potable water to entire affected areas to prevent the chronic kidney disease affecting further. We request you to participate and contribute to this humanitarian project for the benefit of farmers falling victim to renal failure, premature death, and massive social, economic, and family disruptions. Please disseminate this information to your friends, colleagues, and relations. For More information Please follow the link http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items12/CKD-Flyer-PHEPRO.org-Sri%20Lanka.pdf
AND FOR FOR INFO Water pollution and chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka
http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/172-opinion/43526-water-pollution-and-chronic-kidney-disease-in-sri-lanka.html Agro-chemicals and Chronic Kidney... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/02/14)

Galle Road Rehabilitation work
Aloysius Hettiarachchi. Colombo 07.
What I saw just yesterday on Galle Road Wellawatte prompted me to write this piece.  In late 80s a world renowned Consultant from UK ( if I remember correctly it was WS Atkins) was in charge of the rehabilitation of Galle Road and they did a splendid job by sticking to international standards and also managing the construction work well without inconveniencing the public too much. At that time I used that road every day. I now see a substandard road without sufficient widths for the lanes and too much width for the pedestrian walkway... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/14)

JFA urges PCI to intervene on Guwahati newspaper-distribution impasse
By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, February 22: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed utter dismay at the prolonged strike of newspaper hawkers in Guwahati since February 16 and urged the Press Council of India (PCI) to intervene on the matter as the agitators have directly implicated on people's right to get essential information. Taking queue from the PCI chairman Justice Markandey Katju's comment on Arunachal's recent media-deadlock, following the conflict between the Itanagar authority and media persons, that the suspension of newspapers is 'not in public interest', the JFA pointed out that similar situation is now prevailing in Assam... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/14)

Tamil Canadians in prison for arming rebels renounce violence
Stewart Bell
Five years after they were caught buying arms for Sri Lankan rebels, three Canadians have signed an open letter from prison acknowledging they were wrong and renouncing political violence. “We incorrectly believed that violence could achieve the goals that we sought,” they wrote. “We now realize that what we did was not helpful in leading to a positive resolution of the issues that existed in Sri Lanka.”... -Full Story-
(news.nationalpost.com - 22/02/14)

Put Tamil Nadu under President rule if Jayalalithaa pushes for release of Rajiv killers: Subramanian Swamy
PTI
NEW DELHI: Stating that any move to release former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi-s killers would be "illegal", senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said that President-s rule should be imposed in Tamil Nadu if Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa did not "desist" from proceeding with the decision. "I demand that the Centre issue a direction under Article 256 of the Constitution to the TN CM to desist from pursuing (the) illegal resolution on Rajiv-s killers," Swamy said.... -Full Story-
(articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com - 22/02/14)

ANANTHI SASITHARAN – how humanitarian is she?
By Shenali D Waduge
 Her husband a terrorist leader was responsible for the most number of child conscription for the LTTE and her own role is questioned past and present. (a child innocently asked 'If Vegetarians eat Vegetables ..... what do Humanitarians" eat!)   Ananthi Sasitharan Date of Birth: September 1971 NIC: 717541693V Address: Vadakkampalai, Chullipuram Caste: Vellalan Last employed at: Kilinochchi District Secretariat Spouse: LTTE leader Elilan Children : 3 daughters   Ananthi Sasitharan has a job being cut out for her. She is the new face of charity and accountability and is taking pains to project life of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/02/14)

Patients’ Experiences of NDE
Dr. Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
 "Either death is a state of nothingness and utter consciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is to gain; for eternity is then only a single night." -Plato During my medical career I have treated a number of terminally ill patients who were on the verge of death. Some of these patients described their bizarre experiences when they faced clinical death. Yet I don’t know these experiences were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/02/14)

Senator Christine Milne-Your speech on accountability for violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian law
Mahinda Gunasekera Ontario  Canada
By E-mail   February 21, 2014  Senator Christine Milne Leader of the Greens Party Canberra, Australia  Dear Senator Christine Milne, Your speech on accountability for violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian law on February 12, 2014 in Sri Lanka I refer to your speech delivered in the Australian Senate on February 12th, 2014 on the subject of accountability for violations of human rights and humanitarian law, in the military action taken by Sri Lanka against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which was concluded on May 19, 2009. The echoes of your... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/02/14)

Turning Garbage into Electricity
By, Dr. Nishan Wijesinha (Specialist Consultant); MIS Services, 107 St. Anthony’s Road, Colombo 03
 Disposal of Garbage is the main problem that the cities of today face and the governments are fearful to handle. As a result communities are faced with major health hazards including the fearful dengue. Burning garbage was something we once did to get rid of garbage that we didn’t know what else to do with.  But old incinerators built a few decades ago were environmental nightmares. They released into the environment large amounts of poison in the form of carbon dioxide, furans, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/02/14)

Mandela and Gaddafi: The Myth of the Saint and the Mad Dog
By Linda Housman
January 05, 2014 "Information Clearing House - “Question. Why was Mandela’s life celebrated by the world while Gaddafi after everything he did for Africa was gunned down like a dog?”, a Twitter user wondered days after Nelson Mandela’s passing. This question becomes even more valid in light of what the mainstream media, in the wake of the former South African president’s death, have been anxiously hiding from the public: the actual close and crucial alliance between Mandela and Gaddafi. Back in the 70s and 80s, when the West refused to allow sanctions against Apartheid in South... -Full Story-
(informationclearinghouse.info - 21/02/14)

From Egypt, Ukraine, the Turkish-Syrian border, Cuba and Thailand How the West Manufactures “Opposition Movements”
by ANDRE VLTCHEK
Government buildings are being trashed, ransacked. It is happening in Kiev and Bangkok, and in both cities, the governments appear to be toothless, too scared to intervene. What is going on? Are popularly elected administrations all over the world becoming irrelevant; as the Western regime creates and then supports thuggish ‘opposition movements’ designed to destabilize any state that stands in the way of its desire to fully control the planet?... -Full Story-
(counterpunch.org - 21/02/14)

Why Rajiv Gandhi killers shouldn-t be set free
Vinod Sharma, Hindustan Times
An abiding memory of the Jessica Lal murder trial that initially saw the acquittal of all accused was a newspaper headline: Nobody killed Jessica Lal. In similar vein, the turn of events in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case tempts one to deduce that everybody killed the former premier. Rajiv’s murder was exploited to the hilt by Jayalalithaa in the 1991 polls. But the indecent haste she showed to set the convicts free – after the apex court commuted their death sentence — is the ultimate insult to the legacy of the leader whose death she had... -Full Story-
(Hindustan Times - 21/02/14)

Who won the "war"
Nalin de Silva
Who won the so called second world war? Nobody would claim that it was Japan, Germany or Italy and nobody wanted Churchill to discuss with the rump Nazis or the Japanese emperor and divide the world the way Germans and the Japanese wanted. There were no human rights groups that wanted the Nazis to be freed from all the inhuman activities they were involved in. No human rights group charged Churchill or anybody else in the Western governments of human rights violations during the war, though it is known that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/02/14)

Why Question Lanka’s India Policy? Why Not the Other Way around?
By Bandu de Silva
“When India sneezes we do not always catch a cold”- Dr N.M.Perera, quoted in Ceylon Daily News, 1st March 1971. Should developing a foreign policy to suit the aspirations of the stronger powers by the weaker powers in the neighbourhood or elsewhere, be an obligation of the latter? That idea came to my mind after reading Dayan Jayatilleke’s article in Ceylon Today of 15 February 2014. Dayan might say, “no”, that was not his purpose. Even if one can agree, I find Dayan’s article on the whole provides an entry point to raise a question... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/14)

Why the Delegates to the 23rd Session of UNHRCouncil should not vote for the USA Resolution against Sri Lanka ?
Charles.S.Perera
To Delegates to the 23 Session of the UNHRCouncil, Geneva. Dear Sir,  Why the Delegates  to the 23rd Session of  UNHRCouncil should not vote for the USA Resolution against Sri Lanka ? Because to do that would be  counter productive.  It is also a travesty of justice.   Why should USA move a resolution against Sri Lanka ?  In which way would it provide justice to the Tamil people , and Sri Lanka as a whole ? In finding a solution to the problem of the Tamil people, they cannot be separated from the rest of the people of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/14)

Celluloid idol Jayalalithaa's lunacy
P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne
In the 1990's Jayalalithaa was a critic of the LTTE and even wanted Prabhakaran arrested. Then, to steal a march over Karunanidhi, her arch rival, she changed her course and became pro-LTTE. Subsequently, she conducted a vigorous campaign to get Rajiv Gandhi killers released. Last week, the Supreme Court after considering the mercy pleas of the killers commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment. To win the support of the Tamils, Jayalalithaa promptly decided to release the 7 killers within 3 days. By doing so she thought she could out-step Karunanidhi. But it boomeranged when he praised and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/14)

THE PRESENT WORLD ORDER IS AN ILLUSION OF PROGRESS AND AN ENSLAVEMENT OF HUMANITY
DR JANAKA GOONETILLEKE
 In Buddhism its said that it’s the thoughts that run this world and habituation of thoughts and re circuiting the brain is what is happening in this world in the name of Education, Advertisements etc. Humanity has been enslaved by the elitist who run this world to divert the wealth of humanity to a small group that essentially controls money. From a neuro scientific perspective human brain has been re circuited to behave like robots and like robots do not have the power of wisdom that human beings are endowed. The lack of wisdom prevents... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/02/14)

How Evangelists Invented -Dravidian Christianity-
Rajiv Malhotra
Most liberal Americans are simply unaware of the international political machinations of evangelicals. Funded and supported by the American Christian right, they promote a literal and extreme version of Christianity abroad and attempt to further a fundamentalist Christian political agenda using unscrupulous methods. In India, picking up where the colonialists left off, they have gone so far as to revive discredited racial theories and fabricate scholarship in a dangerous game of divide and rule.... -Full Story-
(huffingtonpost.com - 19/02/14)

Dutch parliament votes to ban ritual slaughter of animals
By Bruno Waterfield
The Dutch parliament on Tuesday voted to ban ritual slaughter in landmark animal rights legislation that has been compared to Nazi persecution of the Jews by the country-s Chief Rabbi.The legislation was tabled by the tiny Animal Rights Party but it quickly won cross-party support in a country where traditional religion, especially Islam, has been accused of being out of step with liberal Dutch values.... -Full Story-
(telegraph.co.uk - 19/02/14)

Keyhole diplomacy doesn-t suit India
M K Bhadrakumar, specially for RIR
In an era of globalization, it is simply not possible for any country to consciously stay out and keep looking in through a keyhole and plunge into selective engagement with the inmates inside the room.For a variety of reasons one needn’t get into right here, Singapore has come to be a ‘moderator’ of India-s foreign policy discourses in the recent decades. India’s haphazard ‘adjustment’ with the post-Cold War era brought it close to the Singaporean world-view, especially its ‘Look East’ policies... -Full Story-
(indrus.in - 19/02/14)

DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA Vietnam: A butchered memory of war
By Nick Turse
It-s 2053 - 20 years since you needed a computer, tablet, or smart phone to go online. At least, that-s true in the developed world: you know, China, India, Brazil, and even some parts of the United States. Cybernetic eye implants allow you to see everything with a digital overlay. And once facial recognition software was linked to high-speed records searches, you had the lowdown on every person standing around you.... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 19/02/14)

Aussie Greens cover-up Indian war crimes in Senate
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens Party, has been a regular  critic of Sri Lanka’s role in the  longest running war in Asia – a war launched by the Tamil leadership in 1976 and ended in 2009. Her recent speech in the Australian  Senate once again attacked Sri Lanka demanding an  independent investigation into human rights  violations in the last eight months (September 2008 to May 2009) of the war. She has never asked for an investigation into the war crimes committed by the Indian IPKF forces during the  three years ( from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/14)

Resolutions against Sri Lanka based on personally commissioned Panel Report by UN Secretary General is illegitimate
Shenali D Waduge
There are some facts that the world needs to take cognizance of. Sri Lanka’s conflict has lasted 3 decades The initial training to arm Tamil youth took place in India clandestinely before 1983 – this nullifies any claim to use 1983 riots as an excuse for Tamils to take up arms against the State. (the Jain Commission report of India reveals venues of training and numbers trained and the Sansoni Commission report of Sri Lanka in 1977 clearly establishes this proof) Sri Lanka has gone through ceasefires, negotiations, peace talks all brokered by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/14)

Please do not say any more India is a friend of Sri Lanka.
By Charles.S.Perera
 India has a leadership problem.  It is living in fear of disintegration, therefore the Government of India has become a prisoner of an old Tamil racist politician Karunanidhi , and a Tamil racist old film star Jayalalitha  from Tamil Nadu.  Both of them are full of hatred and without any sense of real politics.  It looks as  in India there is only Tamil Nadu, the  rest of the country has been overshadowed by it.  Where ever there are Tamil politicians there are problems, as Sri Lanka  has learnt to its detriment.   Whether India could escape from this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/14)

Ananthi Sasitharan and Her Daughters Living Proof of Human Rights, Tolerance, Respect for and Safety of Tamil Women, Democracy and Media Freedom
- Kumar Moses
Unintentionally, the TNA Northern Provincial Councillor and widow of former LTTE terrorist leader for Trincomlaee district Ananthi Sasitharan, has done Sri Lanka a great favour. She plans to travel to Geneva to present herself at the UNHRC and a couple of meetings ahead of it. She spews hatred, racism and violence. However, she and her daughters are living proof of tolerance, human rights, democracy, safety and dignity of Tamil women and media freedom in Sri Lanka. If example is better than precept, the example is Sri Lanka has perfect human rights even for a wife and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/14)

No land or police powers or any other extra powers should be given to the Provincial Councils as the US,UK, Canada and India wants - Sri Lanka should stand up to these bullies
plumblossom
No land or police powers or any other extra powers should be given to the Provincial Councils as the US,UK, Canada and India wants - Sri Lanka should stand up to these bullies   The forces of separatism, separate state madness and extremism such as the TNA, India, US, UK, Canada etc. insist on granting land and police powers and other extra powers to the Provincial Councils continuously from the roof tops.   This itself shows that the UNHRC bogus human rights allegations are just that totally bogus since what has granting land and police powers to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/14)

Re: House of Commons Sub-Comm on Int'l HR - Frances Harrison's presentation
Mahinda Gunasekera Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Ontario Canada
By E-mail Mr. Scott Reid, MP Member for Lanark- Frontenac-Lennox  and Addington Chair of the Sub-Committee on  International Human Rights Of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Int’l Dev. House of Commons Ottawa Dear Mr. Scott Reid, Resumed Hearings on the Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka : Nov 26,2013 – Ms.F.Harrison I would like to repeat my opening sentence in my submission dated February 6, 2014. I have had an opportunity to read some of the presentations made to your sub-committee and found it quite disconcerting to note that you... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/14)

TAKERS UNLIKELY FOR PILLAI CALL - Deputy External Affairs Minister
'Evidence based on diaspora information':LLRC acceptable to UN :
Reacting to news published in the British Telegraph that the The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillai has 'called for an international war crimes investigation into alleged alleged human rights abuses in the final stages of the hostilities in 2009', External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera said, "It is likely to change into a move seeking the establishment of a domestic mechanism to investigate allegations of war crimes as against an independent international probe, the reason being that the UN... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/14)

Show Tangible Proof Navi Pillay Rather Persist Irresponsibly On Behalf Of The Tamil Diaspora AKA LTTE Rump A Second Time Around!.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
February 16th 2014 For a second time around, during her term as The United Nations' human rights chief Navi Pilla has recommended an international investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of its Tamil separatist conflict, a report said Sunday. Reports such as these including the continued call for the censure of Sri Lanka on this issue seems somewhat amusingly consistent by sources whose own liabilities towards neglecting real rather than cooked up situations of world human rights violations taking place on a 24 hour basis around the globe is glaringly apparent!  These are worthless... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/14)

WILL THERE BE A BACKLASH IN COLOMBO IF WE LOOSE AGAINST USA SPONSORED RESOLUTION?
Malin Abeyatunge
28 March 2014 will be very decisive day for Sri Lanka. USA conniving with UK is sponsoring again to bring a resolution at the UNHRC Session in Geneva for the third time against Sri Lanka for war crimes. Tamil diaspora spread in the affluent western countries are spending  all their illegally acquired funds to buy over the so called humanitarian organisations, politicians, current and Ex UN staffers, state mechanisms, western media like Channel 4 , BBC,CNN,ABC,SBS  to  promote this resolution that will be sponsored by USA,UK, Canada  and EU Countries against Sri Lanka. TNA in the NPC... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/14)

Canada: Co-sponsor of the US 3rd Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in March
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada
17  February 2014 Hon. John Baird, PC., MP, Conservative Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Hon. Thomas Mulcair., MP.,  Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition Hon. Justine Trudeau, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party of  Canada Hon.Elizabeth May, MP, Leader of the Green Party of  Canada House of Commons, Ottawa Dear John, Tom, Justine & Elizabeth: Re: Canada co-Sponsoring the Third US Resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva in March. “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/14)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishops Sentiments On Sri Lanka At Feb 2014 Independence Day Celebration At Sri Lankan High Commission In Canberra
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Association,New Zealand.
To:  Hon Julie Bishop MP Foreign Minister of Australia Australian Parliament , Canberra. Dear Ms. Bishop, Once again words truly fail to express the thanks and gratitude that all Sri Lankans feel towards you for the sentiments you expressed at the above event, to " engage with Sri Lanka  rather than isolate it". We are further grateful beyond words for having expressed  these same sentiments on Sri Lanka , many times before , especially since your visit to Sri Lanka with the Australian Parliamentary delegation in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/14)

Milinda Moragoda, Senior Advisor to the President visited New Delhi
Gamini Sarath Godakanda
Milinda Moragoda, Senior Advisor to the President visited New Delhi over the weekend on the invitation of the Government of India. This visit was part of a regular and on-going consultation process Mr. Moragoda has been having with Indian leaders. The purpose of this visit was to form an independent assessment of key issues concerning the Indo-Lana relationship and report back to the President. His interactions included official-level discussions with Hon. Shri Shivshankar Menon, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and Mrs. Sujatha Singh, Foreign Secretary. He also had political-level consultations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/14)

Britain should either acknowledge its many imperial crimes, or stop pretending to care
Emanuel Stoakes
Three elderly Kenyan citizens, after several hard years of campaigning, are finally being seen by a judge in a British court over allegations that they were tortured by the UK over 60 years ago, in a truly shameful episode from this country’s late imperial history. The British response to the so-called “Mau Mau rebellion” in the fifties, a sustained uprising against colonial rule, involved, as recently recovered documentary evidence appears to show, atrocities committed by colonial forces ordered to crush the insurrection.... -Full Story-
(blogs.independent.co.uk - 17/02/14)

50 ஊனமுற்ற பெண்புலிகளை பஸ் ஒன்றில் ஏற்றி தேனீர் வழங்கிவிட்டு குண்டு வைத்து தகர்த்தனர்.LTTE killed their injured cadres and captured Sri Lankan Forces
ilankainet.com
"LTTE killed 50 of their injured cadres by putting them in a bus and blowing the bus using a bomb at Victor Camp-1 located at Vallipuram. . LTTE also tortured and killed 18 Sri Lankan Navy officers and 8 Sri Lankan Army personnel who were captured by LTTE during their ambush" - Ex LTTE member reveals the story... -Full Story-
(ilankainet.com - 17/02/14)

Will the UN allow the woman whose husband recruited CHILD SOLDIERS into Geneva?-ANANDI SASITHARAN
The TNA -  LTTE Nexus [TNA hand picked by the former Tamil tiger leader in 2004] We hope The UN will not support the LTTE proxy - the advocates of Child Recruitment!  The STAR of Geneva TNA Candidate’s Husband Wanted For War Crimes – Terrorist Child Recruiter  The IRONY of TNA candidate ANANDI  SASITHARAN speaks on behalf of women and children? Her husband was in charge of recruiting thousands of youths and children to the LTTE forcefully. These families mourn their children taken away by Mrs Anandi Sasitharan’s loving Husband. These families never got their children back. They were... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/02/14)

Misguided Greens in Australia jump off the rails
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Last week Sen. Christine Milne, the Leader  of the Greens Party in Australia, attacked in Parliament the human rights record of Sri Lanka echoing the usual anti-Sri Lankan rhetoric of the Tamil diaspora and  the I/NGOs. The Greens have been the virtual spokespersons for Tamil separatist lobby  in Australia. Some Tamil expats have been  promoted as candidates in  elections though none won. Tamils are also known to be funders of the Greens. In reply to her speech H. L. D. Mahindapala has sent the following reply. It has been circulated among  Australian Parliamentarians. The following... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/14)

Pros and cons of ‘Curry Smell’ approach--A letter to the editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
By Shelton Gunaratne
The (Fargo, ND) Forum’s recent attempt to focus on the Asian minorities in its circulation area is commendable. However, as a long-time journalism professor who trained some of the leading journalists in this area, I wish to confess my culpability for some of the lapses in The Forum’s shallow reporting approach. Let me substantiate my culpability and your shallowness with the example of the story on the wedding of the Bhutanese couple that ran under the banner headline FIRST LOOK AT A NEW LIFE (Feb. 11, 2014). Strapline: For area Bhutanese, arranged marriages still common practice,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/14)

OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE-AUSTRALIAN SENATE
By Kanthar Balanathan
15th February 2014 Senator Christine Milne Leader of the Australian Greens Senate Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600  Dear Senator, SRILANKA AND ITS HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT As a SriLanka born Tamil, patriotic SriLankan, and a patriotic Australian, I take this opportunity to write to you on a few questions relating to SriLankan peace and stability. SriLanka is on a crucial program to achieve peace and stability to establish a peaceful multi-cultural environment for its citizens to live in peace; however, it is obvious that some politicians are trying their best to disturb the environment to bring chaos in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/14)

III- Focus on Sri Lanka - Canadian Parliamentary Hearings on Human Rights-III
Review by: Chandre Dharmawardana, Ontario, Canada; Dec-2013
III- Focus on Sri Lanka - Canadian Parliamentary Hearings on Human Rights-III
Review of the presentation by Directors, Foreign Affairs, 19- Nov- 2013
The separatist conflict in Sri Lanka and the souring of Canada against Sri Lanka. Document - 3   Source documents from the Subcommittee on Int. Human Rights (SIHR), Canadian Parliament. Review by: Chandre Dharmawardana, Ontario, Canada; Dec-2013 e-mail/couriel : hrfocus11

yahoo.ca Hearings from officials of the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/02/14)

Myth - making on Rule of Law and Human Rights as having European Origins
Senaka Weeraratna Much propaganda was made by the British and Christian Church in respect to the killing of Ehalapola's family by the King of the Kandyan Kingdom, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. This crime pales into insignificance when reads how the Tavora family was executed under the orders of the King of Portugal, Joseph I, in 1759 - 1760. Portugal was not alone in Europe at that time in meting out brutal punishments including burning people at the stake. It was a widespread practice against those who committed 'heresy' or had different views to that of the ruling orthodoxy. There was no... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/02/14)

Sri Lankans in Geneva celebrate Independence Day
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Geneva
The Sri Lankan community resident in Geneva and the environs came together to celebrate Sri Lanka's 66th anniversary of independence at an event organised recently by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva at the ILO premises. With over 250 Sri Lankans under one roof, the event was testimony to the country's rich and multi-faceted heritage. Addressing the gathering Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha noted that when one watches the international news today, it is a great solace to see that Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/14)

Kurakkan in Sri Lanka -Ragiin India ( Finger Millet) and its Health benefits
By Niyaprakash
In India: Ragi (Kannada, Telugu), Taidalu ( Telangana ), Kelvaragu, Aariyam (Tamil), Panjapulle ([Malayalam]) Maduva (in some parts of north India), Nachani (Marathi).Wheat Free, Made with Non-Gluten Ingredients; Whole Grain Flour; Dairy Free; Rich In Thiamin; Good Source of Fiber & Iron; A Sodium Free Food; Low Fat; Vegetarian. Indian consider this food as a Panacea to ward off all ill effects of heat during the summer months. It-s favoured as part of prescribed diet for diabetic.... -Full Story-
(wellsphere.com - 16/02/14)

Finger Millets-kurakkan
Dept Agriculture
On the contrary to maize, kurakkan is solely utilized for human consumption, gaining popularity as a relief food for diabetics. A shift in farming systems traditionally devoted to crop is seen due to more farmers favoring irrigated transplanted kurakkan cultivation to traditional rainfed farming which was liable to get damaged by frequent droughts. Yields per unit area land has increased due adoption of improved cultivation practices and at the same time land area cultivated has continually dropped due to shift from highlands to lowlands cultivated.... -Full Story-
(agridept.gov.lk - 16/02/14)

THE ROVING EYE-The new US-Russia Cold War
By Pepe Escobar
Meet the new (cold) war, same as the old (cold) war. Same same, but different. One day, it-s the myriad implications of Washington-s "pivoting" to Asia - as in the containment of China. The next day, it-s the perennial attempt to box Russia in. Never a dull moment in the New Great Game in Eurasia. On Russia, the denigration of all things Sochi - attributable to the inherent stupidity of Western corporate media "standards" - was... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 16/02/14)

Pre-Geneva advice for Sri Lanka
 Shenali D Waduge
The 3rd annual sacrilegious pilgrimage to Geneva for some has already begun. The participants obviously have varying objectives but devising a multipronged attack towards a very clear single objective. An eventual plan to create a US satellite state out of Sri Lanka’s North and an interim plan to set the foundation towards that objective. The foot soldiers tasked to help achieve this objective are now coming out in various forms necessitating the Government to not approach the issue for political mileage but to address the issues holistically and place the interests of the country before all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/14)

USA a Goliath arrogant and bellicose without a David to Challenge.
By Charles.S.Perera
The Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, when he spoke all the men of Israel, fled him, and were sore afraid  (First Book of Samuel Chapter 17). The Goliath of to-day-the USA when it speaks all flee in fear daring not to challenge. The Goliath of to-day violates human rights, commits war crimes, kills civilians with impunity as no one dares accuse him or present resolutions against him.  But he accuses small countries like Sri Lanka which has not committed any thing that can be called “  wrong”. But Goliath nevertheless accuses  Sri Lanka, as he –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/14)

Rape in America - shocking statistics
Every 2 minutes a woman in America is sexually assoulted
 ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/14)

World War III danger: Western powers back neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine
by EIR Research Team
Western nations, led by the European Union and the Obama Administration, are backing an outright neo-Nazi regime-change coup in Ukraine. If the effort succeeds, the consequences will extend far beyond the borders of Ukraine and neighboring states. For Russia, such a coup would constitute a casus belli, coming as it does in the context of NATO missile defense expansion into Central Europe and the evolution of a US-NATO doctrine of “Prompt Global Strike,” which presumes that the United States can launch a pre-emptive first strike against Russia and China and survive the retaliation.... -Full Story-
(vijayvaani.com - 15/02/14)

Confounding Amnesty International's Calls To Incriminate Sri Lanka At The UNHRC Summit.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
February 14th 2014 When Amnesty International, the so called international watchdog has in a written statement to the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council, saying that the Council must help Sri Lankan victims of human rights violations they are once again resorting to their dirty tactics which has brought them the name of International Rabble Rousers who are mere mercenaries under false pretexts and guises in the payroll of the still powerful Tamil Tiger supportiveTamil Diaspora. (heaven knows why as they should have had their effectivities linked to mendacity terminated long ago). The statement, which is another... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/14)

Cameron, Sri Lanka's de facto opposition leader
Nalin de Silva -Courtesy The Daily News
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of England has a second job. It is not a part time spring job as he is supposed to be active in the second job as well during his tenure as the Prime Minister of England. He has assumed duties as the de facto leader of opposition of Sri Lanka operating from Westminster and number 10, Downing Street, as the so called opposition in Sri Lanka is not effective the way he wants. He is a single issue leader of opposition ostensibly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/14)

දෙමළ ජාතික සංධානය - LTTE ඛෙඳුම්වාදීන්ගේ ප්රතිපත්ති ප්රකාශනය (2001, 2004, 2010 සහ අද 2013)
ශෙනාලි වඩුගේ (Shenali Waduge's article translated by SPUR-VIC)
ඛෙඳුම්වාදය සහ TNA ඉතා සමීප වන අතර එහි  (2001, 2004, 2010 සහ අද 2013) ඡන්ද ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශන ප්‍රධානතම වෙනස්වීම් කිසිවක් නැත. LTTE ය සමඟ සම්බන්ධතා තිබියදී වුවද දෙමළ ජනතාව TNA ට පක‍ෂව ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම සිදු කර ඇත. නැවත නැවතත් ප්‍රකාශ කළ යුතු දෙය නම්, ඔවුන්ට හිමි ආසන ගනන මුළුමහත් දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ නියෝජනයක්ම නොවන ඉතා සුළු ප්‍රමාණයක් වුවද පවතින් ඡන්ද ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේ ක්‍රමය අනුව සුළුතරයක් නියෝජනය කරන පක‍ෂ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යාමට අවස්ථාව ලබාගෙන ජනතාව හෝ රට ඛෙදීම පිළිබඳව කි්‍රයාත්මක වීමයි. 2001 වර්ෂයේ TNA ලබාගත් ඡන්ද ප්‍රතිශතය මුළු ඡන්ද ප්‍රමාණයෙන් 3.89%, 2004... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/14)

Spot The Difference....&....Spot The Double Standards....!!!
Spot The Difference....
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(LankaWeb - 14/02/14)

The Problem of Christian Missionaries
Koenraad Elst
Now that the dust has settled, let us have a look at the problem of Christian missionary activities which raised a storm during the past autumn and winter. In a debate on conversions, it may be useful to hear the voice of a convert. I was raised as a Roman Catholic in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, which was for centuries a Catholic frontline region against Protestant Holland and Masonic-secularist France, and a top-ranking provider of missionaries.... -Full Story-
(koenraadelst.bharatvani.org - 14/02/14)

Power struggles in Muslim States: Prayer - need of the hour.
by A. Abdul Aziz.
A number of Muslim states are facing varying degrees of insurgencies and violent attacks against state institutions, officials and ordinary people. The leading examples are Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Somalia. The Iraq government faces a militant challenge in Ambar Province where extremist and al Qaeda-type groups have recently established their domain in parts of that province. The sectarian issue has gained prominence in Iraq. Therefore, despite the fact that the US troops left Iraq some years ago, it has not seen stability in parts of its territory.  Libya has not seen stable... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/14)

What Hypocrisy! America’s Push for accountability in Sri Lanka
By Bandu de Silva-Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to France, and the Vatican”
For a small country like Sri Lanka, meeting the challenge of a super power like the US is an up-hill task. There is no match at all. Sri Lanka does not have even economic resources as Iran or Libya under Colonel Gaddafi had, to hit back at US, as they once did in their own way-occupation of US Embassy, and bombing of Pan-Am plane, respectively. Nor does Sri Lanka  have the missiles and a few nuclear war heads as North Korea possesses, using which that country threatens... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/14)

Path to USA Lies Through Israel Not New Delhi: Israel Joins Western European and Others Group (WEOG) in UNHRC
- Kumar Moses
In an unprecedented development, Israel jointed the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) of the UNHRC when it re-joined UNHRC after a lapse of 18 months. It is unprecedented because Israel was always in the Asia group. Geographically too Israel is an Asian country. But by unanimous agreement it was admitted to the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) in December 2013. Turkey initially objected but later accepted it. Lies and damn lies “The path to USA lies not through Israel but through New Delhi” – Dayan Jayatilleka Dayan Jayatilleka is wrong on this occasion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/14)

DBS Jeyaraj’s third idea
C. Wijeyawickrema 
Mr. DBS Jeyaraj under the title, “Sixty-six Years of Independent Sri Lanka and the Tamil State of Mind,” (6 February 2014) on his own website, an essay that he says was, “an updated version of the DBS Jeyaraj Column article that appeared in the Daily Mirror of February 2nd 2013, appeals moderate Sinhala and Tamil people to find a third way to live amicably in the island of Sri Lanka. DBSJ says there are three schools of thought clashing, hegemonism, secessionism and pluralism… the Sinhala hardliners want Sinhala-Buddhist domination. They see this country as theirs alone. Others... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/14)

India Dismisses Charges Against Soldiers in Killings
By GARDINER HARRISJAN. 25, 2014
NEW DELHI — The Indian Army last week dismissed charges against five soldiers in a long-running, infamous case in which soldiers were accused of rounding up five Kashmiri men, dressing them in fatigues, then shooting and burning them. The soldiers said the men were Pakistani militants, but locals have insisted for years that they were innocent civilians — a claim lent support by an Indian government investigation.... -Full Story-
(nytimes.com - 13/02/14)

UK and US disciple Sri Lanka - Why nudged to slaughter house in Geneva?
By Wendell W Solomons
Top-down reforms led Sri Lanka into becoming a follower of the economic doctrine proposed by US President Ronald Reagan. The reforms were imposed vigorously by a protégé when he was elected into leadership office in Sri Lanka. J R Jayewardene had struggled for this office in the island for a quarter century after he was hand-picked to serve as an asset in 1952. US State Secretary John Foster Dulles made newspaper history when he chose Jayewardene of an island in the distant Indian Ocean to speak from rostrum at the San Francisco Peace Conference. J... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/14)

Caught Red Handed-Secret Tape Reveals US-backed Plot to Topple Ukraine-s Democratically-Elected President
By Mike Whitney
“In the latest debacle for the US State Department and the Obama Administration, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was caught on tape micro-managing Ukraine opposition party strategies with US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. That the Ukraine regime-change operation is to some degree being directed from Washington can no longer be denied….The taped conversation demonstrates in clear detail that while Secretary of State John Kerry decries any foreign meddling in Ukraine-s internal affairs, his State Department is virtually managing the entire process.”... -Full Story-
(informationclearinghouse.info - 13/02/14)

India is a very cunning, slimy snake and Sri Lanka should never trust this criminal country
Plum blossom
 In this whole UNHRC saga, India is the most slithery snake that Sri Lanka should watchout for. It is the most cunning, evil country around for sure. In fact, it won't be at all a surprise if it is India who is behind these utterly false and bogus allegations of human rights violations. I am sure it will be revealed in the future that it is indeed India which is behind these bogus human rights allegations and the ensuing UNHRC resolutions.   Consider these points:   (i) India insists that Sri Lanka 'implement the 13th amendment to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/14)

Life Abroad - Part 66: SCALPEL IN ONE HAND, PEN IN THE OTHER AND FEET ON THE STAGE!
Dr.Tilak Fernando
The Sri Lankan whom I met in London during early 1990s could be introduced as a medical man with compounded ambitions, talents and achievements from medicine, surgery, literal activity to drama - I have always referred to him as someone with "scalpel in one hand, pen in the other and feet on stage floor boards"! Mr. Athula Withanage who was attached to the NHS in the UK, as a Consultant Surgeon (Surgeons in England are addressed as Mr. and not Dr), was born in South of Sri Lanka. He was educated at a Maha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/14)

Insane logic of INGOs accusing only Sri Lanka
Part IV - H. L. D. Mahindapala
Col. R. Hariharan is, perhaps, the most authoritative Indian source speaking publicly about  the role played by the IPKF in the north and east of Sri Lanka.  He played a key role in all IPKF operations as the head of the Intelligence Corps in Jaffna between 1987 – 1990. For  him to analyse, map and brief the escalating war with the LTTE to the military high command of the IPKF in  Jaffna he had to  have a detailed knowledge of every aspect of  the IPKF operations. His knowledge of Tamil and also... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/14)

Who won freedom for Sri Lanka?
Senaka Weeraratna
We obtained Independence in February 1948 because India and Pakistan received their independence in August 1947 and Burma in January 1948. It worked cumulatively almost in the form of a package deal. When we talk of Asian independence movements it would be a remiss to ignore Japan's significant military contribution towards weakening the might and resources of the British Empire during the 2nd World War. Japan was the first Asian country to militarily defeat Russian and Anglo - American imperial armies and navies in epic battles in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions that captured the spirit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/14)

Fresh Questionnaire To Aussie War Crimes NGO – Answers Vague And Ambiguous
Asian Mirror- Sunday, 09 February 2014 08:52
Public Interested Advocacy Centre (PIAC) , an NGO based in Australia who did a study on war crimes allegation against armed forces of Sri Lanka has indicated to ‘Asian Mirror’ that it is not willing to disclose the manner in which they conducted the study, giving rise to the speculation that the entire ‘process’ has some serious loopholes. Despite PIAC’s stolid silence over the two initial questions we posed a few days ago, ‘Asia Mirror’ yesterday sent another questionnaire to Gamma Pearce, Spokesperson of PIAC. The questionnaire we sent to the PIAC... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/14)

March 2014 UNHCR session
By Sarath W
 At the March session of the UNHCR session, Sri Lanka should propose that there should be an international inquiry to the war against the Tamil tiger terrorist, not only for the final stages, but from the beginning to the end, when the first bullet was fired at Alfred Durraiappa to the end at Nattikadal on the 19th of May 2009.It should be a comprehensive inquiry that should investigate all crimes committed by all the parties involved. It is true for true reconciliation the Tamils should know about if any crimes were committed against them, and so... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/14)

දෙමළ ජාතික සංධානය - LTTE ඛෙඳුම්වාදීන්ගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය (2001, 2004, 2010 සහ අද 2013)
ශෙනාලි වඩුගේ
ඛෙඳුම්වාදය සහ TNA ඉතා සමීප වන අතර එහි  (2001, 2004, 2010 සහ අද 2013) ඡන්ද ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශන ප්‍රධානතම වෙනස්වීම් කිසිවක් නැත. LTTE ය සමඟ සම්බන්ධතා තිබියදී වුවද දෙමළ ජනතාව TNA ට පක‍ෂව ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම සිදු කර ඇත. නැවත නැවතත් ප්‍රකාශ කළ යුතු දෙය නම්, ඔවුන්ට හිමි ආසන ගනන මුළුමහත් දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ නියෝජනයක්ම නොවන ඉතා සුළු ප්‍රමාණයක් වුවද පවතින් ඡන්ද ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේ ක්‍රමය අනුව සුළුතරයක් නියෝජනය කරන පක‍ෂ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යාමට අවස්ථාව ලබාගෙන ජනතාව හෝ රට ඛෙදීම පිළිබඳව කි්‍රයාත්මක වීමයි. 2001 වර්ෂයේ TNA ලබාගත් ඡන්ද ප්‍රතිශතය මුළු ඡන්ද ප්‍රමාණයෙන් 3.89%, 2004 දී එය 6.84% වු අතර 2010 වර්ෂයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/14)

OPEN LETTER TO THE Dy LEADER OF OPPOSITION-AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT
By Kanthar P Balanathan
11th February 2014 Hon Tanya Joan Plibersek MP Dy Leader of Opposition Australian Parliament Canberra, ACT Hon Dy Leader of Opposition, SRILANKA AND ITS HOSTILE MILIEU I wish to submit humbly my views as a SriLanka born Tamil, and a SriLankan loyal & patriotic Australian, who has seen and studied the trivial, shocking, appalling, and reprehensible political gaffes & bungles of the Tamils and the Tamil politicians since independence in February 1948. I have studied the cruelties, dictatorial activities of the terrorist group, LTTE. My concerns on the destruction of a beautiful nation, SriLanka, by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/14)

Indian peace-keepers turn into brutal oppressors
Part III- H. L. D. Mahindapala
Between 1987 and 1990 – the  three years of  Indian military rule in the north  – the Jaffna Tamils were faced with the most  unexpected turn of events: the Indian Peace Keeping  Forces (IPKF) which came as peace-makers were waging a war against them and they were helpless. Jaffna was reeling under the ferocity of its relentless brutality. The violence with which the IPKF was enforcing their “peace accord” forced even the LTTE to turn to Colombo – their enemy. The Indians, of course, were hoisted by their own petard. At first... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/14)

US Resolution Allegations against Sri Lanka are those America blatantly violates
Shenali D Waduge
 “Counting other people’s sins does not make you a Saint”. “Others will be more likely to take your advice if you practice what you preach” Generally, anyone pointing fingers need to have a clean chit – in other words no one is entitled to accuse if their crimes deny them the right to do so. Sadly, America is oblivious about its own crimes or simply thinks America is immune from facing justice.  America accuses Sri Lanka of Extrajudicial Killings (unlawful killings) / Enforced Disappearance/ Torture and abuse of detainees by police and security forces  But in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/14)

UNHRC Should be Moved Against Chagossian Genocide, Militarisation and IHL Violations
Dilrook Kannangara
World attention was drawn to horrendous acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, militarisation, ethnic cleansing and outright injustice by Chagossians a few years ago when they took the legal route to reclaim their nation. Chagos Archipelago has been occupied by British and US troops for a very long time and Chagossians have been denied their territory. It is a matter of shame for the UK that advocates human rights around the world. UNHRC must be moved to investigate crimes committed upon Chagossians, compensate them, demilitarise their islands completely and hand back their islands to them completely. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/14)

USA is a Destructive force, not a Constructive force-now trying to checkmate China and Russia using Sri Lanka as a pawn.
By Charles.S.Perera.
 United States of America is a failed State, trying to recover its lost prestige and leadership through a Hitlarian methodology to create a white hegemony in the world- to become a police state. In its blind search for power it uses human rights as a weapon, regime change as an object, arming dissenting groups in countries as freedom fighters against the governments in place as a springboard to destabilise governments, and  impose trade embargoes as a  stranglehold to subjugate nations.  To-day America has become a world police state with its foot soldiers, the Ambassadors at Large, Assistant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/14)

Indian Pontius Pilate’s hands dripping with Sri Lankan blood
Part II -  H. L. D. Mahindapala
The Sri Lankan delegates assembled in Geneva to combat the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in 2012 were tense. Though they were lobbying frantically no one knew which way the voting would go. The most critical issue was whether India would back Sri Lanka or its new found friend, USA. The Government delegation was going all out to kowtow to India hoping that  it  would not go against Sri Lanka.  India was  playing its card close to the chest.  It was a tactic to pull wool over the eyes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

The real reason for US Resolution against Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
The mainstream news released what is said to be the script of the supposed Resolution (3rd) America is hoping to pass in Geneva next month. It is a calculated move to send 2 messages to Sri Lanka’s leaders – to subtly give a clue what US wants and how Sri Lanka’s leaders can get off the hook by giving what US wants. While US is dangling carrots before Sri Lanka’s leaders, the world public and Sri Lanka needs to take note of some facts:  LTTE is a terrorist organization. LTTE is banned by 32 nations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

Dr. Dayan Jayathilake is an idiot- Sri Lanka should never, ever give any more powers to the Provincial Councils including land and police powers
The plum blossom
 I completely disagree with the analysis of Dr. Dayan Jayathilake in 09th February's Sunday Observer.   It is obvious to anyone with an iota of a brain that bogus human rights concerns are used by the criminal countries US, UK, Canada and India to create fear within the Sri Lankan Government so that they are terrorised to hand over land and police powers and other powers to the provincial councils and much, much more such as setting up of a federal state and subsequently a separate state. This the Sri Lankan Government should never ever, ever,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

American Dream
By Warna Hettiarachchi in Toronto Canada
 Tamil Tigers were defeated in SL in 2009. However, LTTE's funding roots were established overseas with their masterminded international network of terrorism, gun-running, arms-smuggling, arms trading, money laundering, slave-trading, human trafficking, Human smuggling, credit/debit-card scams, passport/travel document scams, international shipping network vessels with varying flags,  tax evasion businesses, bank accounts with literally billions of US Dollars and media/publicity companies are well-established globally in every key western nation. Sri Lanka continues to turn blind eye and ignore theses connections. After the physical war did not succeed, Tamil Eelam Tigers turned to their most dangerous... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

Catherine Russell and Women’s Rights
Warna Hettiarachchi Toronto Canada
Ms. Catherine Rusell, Your objective is to introduce tension and disharmony in Sri Lankan society where women and men exist in perfect harmony with equal rights before Americans even knew about it. We had a female PM and a female President of our nation, where America never had a woman president!  Sri Lankan society treats a woman as a mother or a sister and with high esteem and respect. With modernism settling in Sri Lankan society, women are at the forefront of politics, industry, labor force, farming to fashion and corporate management from village... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

දෙමළ ජනතාවගෙන් කී දෙනෙක් අරුන් තම්බිමුත්තු මෙන් සිතනවාද ?
ශෙනාලි ඩී වඩුගේ
 LTTE ය පරාජය කල හැකි වේ යයි විශ්වාස නොකල දෙමළ ජනතාව තවමත් එය සිහිනයක් යයි සිතන බව දෙමල වැසියෙකු ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම කෙනෙකු හට පරිකල්පනය කල හැකිද ? LTTE යේ අවසානයෙන් මාස කිහිපයකට පසු එය නැවත ප්‍රාණවත් වනු ඇතැයි දෙමල ජනතාව තුල සිතුවිලි තිබු බව දෙමල ජාතිකයෙකු විසින් ප්‍රකාශ කරයිද ? දෙමල ජාතිකයන් වැඩි වශයෙන් ආර්ථික සරණාගතයන් බවත්, වැරදි චිත්‍රයක් මවා පෙන්වීම සඳහා භඨධී  මගින් ඔවුන් යොදවා ගෙන ඇති බව දෙමල ජාතිකයෙකු ප්‍රකාශ කරයිද ? මෙම අසත්‍ය තොරතුරුවලට මුහුණ දීමට එක් මහත්මයෙකු ඉදිරිපත් වී ඇති අතර ඔහු නගන ප්‍රශ්න ඉතා සරල වේ. ඒවා නම් ඔහුගේ දෙමාපියන් වෙඩි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

Nomination paper fraud -COPS AFTER BAHU OVER FANTASY LIST
Vijayani Edirisinghe Courtesy The Daily News
After questioning, Bahu and Co. likely to be arrested within the next few days
List had 43 names and 15 of them were false
Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) leader Dr. Wickremabahu Karunaratne has been summoned to the Gampaha Police Station today for questioning for allegedly submitting a nomination list with fake names and false information of candidates for the forthcoming Western Provincial Council election from the Gampaha district -- and attempting to cheat the Elections Commissioner and bring him into disrepute. Apart from Dr. Karunaratne,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

Energy can be saved to some extent through scientific approach.
Dr Hector Perera                London
When we boil some water in a cooking pan, water gets converted to steam then escape to the atmosphere but if we put a lid then there will be a pressure inside the cooking pan due to evaporating water molecules. Once it gets to a certain pressure some steam would escape even with the lid on. Similarly if we try to open a bottle of coke or can, you would notice some gas escapes that have been trapped inside bottle or the can. If we shook the bottle or the can before we open then... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/14)

Lalith’s move checkmates UK, USA and India
Part I- H. L. D. Mahindapala
 The Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Lalith Weeratunga, has made a  bold and strategic move which was reported by Reuter at the end of his  diplomatic tour  of the West. He told Reuter’s: "If there is an international investigation, the whole period has to be investigated – from the 1980s onward – which includes the two-year tenure of the Indian peacekeeping force, which will upset India, which will upset our relationship with India." With this statement he has not only hit the nail on the head but also nailed the USA-UK-Indian move against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

Regime Change in Sri Lanka?
Shenali D Waduge
 The ‘foot soldiers’ of the West take the form of intelligence agencies, Christian Evangelical groups, NGOs/INGOs, US-West funded Humanitarian/Charity Organizations and the local stooges of these entities. The motive are sometimes real but often inflated or even concocted  - WMD was the lie used to invade Iraq, ‘liberty’ was used in Libya, ‘ethnic freedom’ was used in Kosovo, ‘9/11’ was used in Afghanistan. The other favourite excuse is ‘economic instability’ ‘human rights’ ‘denial of expression’ ‘lack of press freedom’. The players who facilitate regime change. 1.      The Opposition – often political. These political parties will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

Rathika's Jaffna Gum Shoe Saga
Asoka Weerasinghe. Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
7 February 2014 Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP., NDP Member for Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario                                                                                                                                             House of Commons, Ottawa. Dear Rathika: I have just started to catch up with the Rathika’s Jaffna Gum Shoe Saga of your travels to Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka.   What you had not acknowledged was that you were able to make that trip was purely due to the Sri Lankan Government’s soldiers having whipped the butts of the most ruthless terrorists in the world, your friends, the Tamil Tigers,  and eliminating them on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

Saving Buddhism and Sri Lanka
C. Wijeyawickrema
... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

India is the most cunning and criminal country to watchout for- It is a slithery snake never, ever, ever to be trusted, ever
The plum blossom
 It is obvious to anyone with an iota of a brain that bogus human rights concerns are used by the criminal countries US, UK, Canada and India to create fear within the Sri Lankan Government so that they are terrorised to hand over land and police powers and other powers to the provincial councils and much, much more such as setting up of a federal state and subsequently a separate state. This the Sri Lankan Government should never ever, ever, ever do unless we actually want to create a separate state. Only a very stupid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

BTF Conf. in London-'Sri Lanka One Island Two Nations'
Mahinda Gunasekera  Canada  
By E-mail        February 8, 2014 Prof. Dr. Jochen Hippler, INEF University, Germany Dr. David Rampton, London School of Economics Associate Professor Dr. Jake Lynch, University of Sydney Mr. Ken Macnab, President CPACS Council, Sydney Mr. Dennis Halliday, Transnational Institute Prof. Yiftachel, Ben Gurion University Dr. Shapan Adnan, National University of Singapore Dr. Andrew Higginbottom, Kingston University, London Mr. K. Gurupan, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka  Gentlemen, British Tamil Forum Conference – ‘Sri Lanka One Island Two Nations’ I understand that you were invited to speak at the above conference held recently at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

Help to bombard Whitehouse with emails to stop harassing Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva
U. B. Gunasinghe, PhD
Dear Patriotic Sri Lankans: This short communication is to request for help in write a short email to the Whitehouse regarding UNHRC in Geneva.  The idea emanated from a discussion with some of the Sri Lankan patriotic in the area about letter campaign I started.  It was suggested that bombarding with emails is more effective than writing letters.  At least 500 emails will get the attention of the Whitehouse.  Therefore I suggest that get at least 10 of your friends to write emails before end of February.  You can follow the link below. http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments  When... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

US, UK, Canada and India trying to create a separate state using bogus human rights concerns
The plum blossom
It is very obvious from US,UK, Canada and India's outrageous behaviour that they are out to misuse the UNHRC sessions yet again in order to force Sri Lanka to grant extra powers to the provincial councils including land and police powers and much more. Their only aim in this disgraceful exercise is what it has always been: to carve out a separate state out of the northern and possibly eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. In the short term, it is obvious to anyone with an iota of a brain that bogus human rights concerns are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

Terrorism is still a security threat Nationally and Globally
By Camelia Nathaniel (from the Leader news paper of 9.2.14)
Although terrorism was defeated in the country in 2009, the threat still lurks as internal and external forces are still lobbying for a separate state and also still funding and fuelling separatist ideologies. According to the latest edition of the Annual Threat Assessment of the Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis report of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research; S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University, Rohan Gunaratna Head, ICPVTR and Professor of Security Studies points out that though Sri Lanka has not seen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

Baroness Warsi Revelations House of Commons Friday 7th feb 2013 - Re Meeting With SL Tamil Leaders In November 7th 2013 Before Proceeding To CHOGM
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Assn, New Zealand.
Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.   Dear Mr Cameron,   The Global Tamil Forum and many of the other Tamil groups with whom you met as above, before going to the CHOGM, consist of LTTE membership who funded three decades of terrorism in Sri Lanka, who through their terrorism threatened the most basic human right, the right to life for 20 million Sri Lankans for three decades. They now operate under various other names to circumvent the LTTE proscription in UK By permitting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/14)

Sri Lanka: Reconciling and Rebuilding
RT
In the four years since the end of a civil war, Sri Lanka has a booming economy and a government committed to moving forward. Gene Randall went to Sri Lanka to see for himself how far the people have come, and found a country at peace and ripe for investment. He also found a country of increasing strategic importance to the United States.... -Full Story-
(reconciliationinitiatives.wordpress.com - 09/02/14)

15yr Russian prodigy Yulia Lipnitskaya becomes youngest Winter Olympics champion in history
RT
Fifteen-year-old Russian Yulia Lipnitskaya has become the world’s youngest athlete to ever win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics after her splendid free skate in the team figure skating event. She is six days younger than US figure skater Tara Lipinski was when she won a gold medal in Nagano in 1998.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 09/02/14)

0- Focus on Sri Lanka - Canadian Parliamentary Hearings on Human Rights - 0 Why Sri Lanka sees Canada as a Hostile Nation.
Review by: Chandre Dharma-wardana, Ottawa, Canada; Dec-2013
The separatist conflict in Sri Lanka and the souring of Canada against Sri Lanka. HOMEPAGE     Source documents from the Subcommittee on Int. Human Rights (SIHR), Canadian Parliament. Review by: Chandre Dharma-wardana, Ottawa, Canada; Dec-2013 e-mail/couriel : hrfocus11

yahoo.ca Abstract resumé Since 1980 waves of Sri-Lankan Tamil immigrants and refugees have arrived in Canada. They have escaped from the horrors of the Tigers, or the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/02/14)

I- Focus on Sri Lanka - Canadian Parliamentary Hearings on Human Rights-I Review of the presentation by Human Rights Watch, 1- Nov- 2011
Review by: Chandre Dharma-wardana, Ontario, Canada; Dec-2013
The separatist conflict in Sri Lanka and the souring of Canada against Sri Lanka. Document - 1   > Source documents from the Subcommittee on Int. Human Rights (SIHR), Canadian Parliament. Review by: Chandre Dharma-wardana, Ontario, Canada; Dec-2013 e-mail/couriel : hrfocus11

yahoo.ca Review of the presentation to the Parliamentary Committee by Elaine Pearson, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, on 1st Nov. 2011. The source material used... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/02/14)

II- Focus on Sri Lanka - Canadian Parliamentary Hearings on Human Rights-II Review of the presentation by Amnesty Indetnational, 17- Nov- 2011
Review by: Chandre Dharma-wardana, Ontario, Canada; Dec-2013
The separatist conflict in Sri Lanka and the souring of Canada against Sri Lanka. Document - 2 Source documents from the Subcommittee on Int. Human Rights (SIHR), Canadian Parliament. Review by: Chandre Dharma-wardana, Ontario, Canada; Dec-2013 e-mail/couriel : hrfocus11

yahoo.ca Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International, John Argue Sri Lanka Co-ordinator, Amnesty International, and Roy Samathanam (as an Individual) 17 st Nov. 2011. The source material used may... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/02/14)

Point of View-- IF WIGNESWARAN WENT NORTH, PRABHA WOULD HAVE SHOT HIM...
Lakshman I.Keerthisinghe LLB, LLM.MPhil, Attorney-at-Law Courtesy The Daily News
Cease to expect to win men’s gratitude. To think that human beings can be grateful!-- Catullus Combat (speaking of gratitude) It was recently reported in the media that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Northern Provincial Councillor Angajan Ramanathan stated that none of the NPC opposition parties voted in favour of an anti-Sri Lankan resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council, while categorically denying and rejecting the claim made by the Northern Provincial Council ruling party TNA's statement stating that the anti-Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/14)

Blasphemy Laws in an Islamic Country
by A. Abdul Aziz.
Religious blasphemy laws can be a touchy subject, especially in Pakistan, where just bringing up the subject of the blasphemy laws and whether they are right or wrong is considered, well …blasphemous. This wasn’t always the case. The sentiment behind most blasphemy laws is easy to understand. No person or group should insult another religion’s beliefs or holy personages, or desecrate their Holy Scriptures, icons, or places of worship. Yet the golden rule is the foundation of many freedoms—from speech to the press to privacy. The right to choose and practice a religion freely, without... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/14)

SAINT OR MONK?
Team Goan
A mysterious claim, from Sri Lankan scholars and Buddhists that the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier is that of Buddhist monk Rahula Thero, could deeply upset Goans.A fact which was undisputed. Till Sri Lankan press and Buddhists in that country started claiming that the body in the glass coffin that lies at Basilica of Bom Jesus, belongs to Sri Rahula Thero, a Sinhalese Buddhist litterateur, astrologer and Ayurveda physician, who was prominent in the fifteenth century AD. Their tales entwine even though Sri Rahula died decades before St. Francis Xavier came to Sri Lanka and a mystery... -Full Story-
(thegoan.net - 08/02/14)

THOTAGAMUWE SRI RAHULA THERO
Even today, 522 years since he passed away, his mortal remains are lying in a Roman Catholic Church in the district of Goa in India, with his hair and nails growing. Today the Roman Catholic community in Goa pay their respects to the remains of The Venerable Sri Rahula Thero of Sri Lanka, under the misguided belief that these are the remains of St. Francis Xavier, a Portuguese saint of the Roman Catholic Church.... -Full Story- (srirahulathero.com - 08/02/14)

St. Francis Xavier: A pirate in priest’s clothing
Sita Ram Goel
On Dec. 3rd The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, India’s widely circulated honorary Catholic newspapers, published an article on St. Francis Xavier by Fr. Francis Gonsalves, principal of the Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi. Vidyajyoti is a Jesuit theological school and Jesuits as Christian ideologues are known best for their casuistry and sophistry in moral reasoning. Therefore it was not difficult for Fr. Francis to describe Francis Xavier in the article as having “blended a kaleidoscopic collage of virtues: intelligence, faithfulness, perseverance, joy, warmth, devotion, loyalty, courage, generosity, sportsmanship, and an incredible capacity to love and serve.”... -Full Story-
(bharatabharati.wordpress.com - 08/02/14)

U.N.Agency, U.S. and Ex-Tigers
Ira de Silva Canada
The Editor, The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka   Dear Sir:   This latest report that the International Organization for Migration has violated it's mandate by arranging a secret meeting a top level U.S. delegation and  and the Tigers (they can not be considered "ex" as they are still operation as Tigers to achieve their goal of Eelam} is very disturbing. The report states that the U.S. delegation included the U.S. Ambassador, Ms. M. Sison.   It seems that almost every day someone from the U.S. Embassy is involved in undiplomatic activity and continuously working with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/14)

UN agency arranged secret meet between US and ex-Tigers – GoSL
Top American official forcibly enters army camp near Boossa detention facility
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
Commenting on the allegations made by the government, a senior spokesperson for the Office of UN Resident Coordinator told The Island: "On the basis of information the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office received from IOM, the Office understands that IOM was requested to provide information on a meeting between stakeholders (rehabilitated ex-combatants) of a recently completed project with representatives of the concerned project donor. It’s normal practice for donors to interact with project stakeholders/beneficiaries with the purpose of understanding the results that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/14)

War Crimes-Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Kanthar P (Nathan) Balanathan Retired Director & Specialist Power Systems Engineer Rowville, Melbourne
Hi Gemma Pearce With due respect I would like to state that some countries are quite keen in speculating war crimes on GOSL. Could it be a shortfall on the integrity of such media not to address the crimes committed by Tamils and their associated LTTE over the past 39 years? Please see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlyHohNl6DQ Further I wish to humbly state that why such media are not keen enough to address the war crimes committed by USA and UK in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please see the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/14)

Key to Next Elections
Gomin Dayasri Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo District results at the forthcoming Provincial Council elections hold the key to the outcome of the next General or Presidential election scheduled for 2014/2015. Colombo District and Colombo Municipal Council area are two worlds. UNP has to win the Colombo district or come within striking distance of winning to keep their hopes alive at a future General or Presidential election.Colombo District alone can resurrect the UNP or spell its doom. Colombo District carries characteristics that make it an ideal turf prepared by a curator for the UNP to score.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/14)

Defeat the defeatist attitude
Nalin de Silva Courtesy The Daily News
As Geneva gets closer the so called educated people in Sri Lanka get paranoid. Some of them think of the UNHRC punishing Sri Lanka in one way or the other, and those who are anti-government would claim that UNHRC wants to punish the government and not the country. The anti-government lobby is not homogeneous as it consists of "good governance" people who are against what they call corruption, violation of various freedoms including freedom of speech and independence of the judiciary, and "bheeshanaya" (violence) by the governmen ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/14)

Unity is strength
MEDIA RELEASE Sri Lanka High CommissionLondon
 In his address on Sri Lanka's Independence Day, High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis emphasised that the wealth of the country was in the diversity of its people of varying backgrounds, ethnicities and religions.  He said it was imperative to make optimum use of that diversity and build a strong and unified Sri Lanka which would then be able to resist those external forces that seek to divide rather than unify Sri Lanka.  Dr Nonis was speaking to a large gathering of the British polity including parliamentarians from the House... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/14)

House of Commons Sub-Comm on Int'l HR - Dr. P.Saravanamuttu's Presentation
Mahinda Gunasekera Agincourt, Ontario Canada
By E-mail Mr. Scott Reid, MP Member for Lanark- Frontenac-Lennox  and Addington Chair of the Sub-Committee on  International Human Rights Of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Int’l Dev. House of Commons Ottawa  Dear Mr. Scott Reid, Resumed Hearings on the Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka : Nov 7 to Dec 10,2013 I have had an opportunity to read some of the presentations made to your sub-committee and found it quite disconcerting to note that you had invited only critics and vociferous accusers of alleged violations by Sri Lanka to make... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/14)

Entities conspiring to deny peace in Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
 Throughout 30 years bombs, suicide missions, assassinations, mass murder of civilians visibly took place for all the world to see. These atrocities carried out by the LTTE was viewed globally. None of the entities now calling for war crimes against Sri Lanka demanded the same against the LTTE. LTTE was after all declared an international terrorist organization.  We need to know why international organizations, foreign governments, media and the HR organizations would limit their condemnation of LTTE attacks only to a brief statement. The LTTE ridiculed and continues to ridicule the very nations that has banned... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/14)

Insulting Karl Marx and getting caught red-handed
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
               I was perusing the Daily Mirror a few days ago, when I came across an essay by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne titled, ‘Wigneswaran was loud and clear in the first place.’   While reading it I found that it has certain words and phrases used by me in an earlier essay titled, “Dayan Jayatilleke’s tears for mother Lanka, printed by Lankaweb a few days ago. As I went on reading I found it was a copy of what I wrote and the copying was so wholesale (extensive) that I have decided to underline what was in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/14)

How Can Sri Lanka Develop without Professiona Approach to Communications?
Prof. Hudson McLean
With all best intentions in the world, without a properly functioning Telephone Communications network with Professional Approach to attending to incoming calls, Sri Lanka is struggling to overcome the “Hullooo” barrier. The SLG switch-board operators are ill-educated, lazy, lethargic and have No sense of Service or Responsibility. The telephones, both landlines and cell phones may ring a dozen times before they are automatically cut off. One might have to try a dozen times to get that unprofessional “Hullooo”. With a Time Zone difference of between 3-6 hours between Sri Lanka & Europe, allowing for lunch and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/14)

F--k the EU: US State Dept. top official caught in alleged phone chat
A senior US State Department official has allegedly been caught giving an unexpected message to the EU while discussing Ukrainian opposition leaders roles in the country-s future government. The phone call was taped and posted on YouTube. F--k the EU," Victoria Nuland allegedly said in a recent phone call with US ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt, as the two were discussing a deal to end the crisis in Ukraine.The four-minute video - titled Maidan puppets, referring to Independence Square in Ukraine’s capital - was uploaded by an anonymous user. The origin of the recording is not clear. The video was... -Full Story- (rt.com - 06/02/14)

66TH INDEPENDENCE COMMEMORATIONS OF SRI LANKA IN FRANCE HIGHLIGHT UNITY AND PEACE
MEDIA RELEASE  Embassy of Sri Lanka Paris
 The 66th anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka was commemorated at events held in Paris. Religious observances were conducted at the Embassy of Sri Lanka on the morning of 4th of February with religious dignitaries representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths offering blessings on the country and the people.  Following an almsgiving, the national flag of Sri Lanka was hoisted, followed by the singing of the national anthem, lighting of the traditional oil lamp and the observances of two minutes of silence for patriots and fallen heroes who sacrificed their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/14)

LIFE ABROAD - Part 65:-LUNCHEON APPOINTMENT WITH SIR JOHN KOTELAWALA
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Several feedbacks on last week's column on Dr. Dora Fonseka concentrated on the difference in the Internet version and the print version, but as I understand due to space restriction on page 13 the following two paragraphs had been omitted in the print version. For those who read only the print version I hope the following will suffice: Dora Fonseka 'She was like a second mother in London to all Sri Lankan students and many found lodging facilities at her residence at 18 Harcourt Terrace, London SW when desperate. One... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/14)

On Independence Day February 4, 2014
Anjalika Silva Gaithersburg, MD
Just returned from a solemn flag hoisting and official ceremony to mark the 66th Independence Day at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington. D.C., USA. It was bitterly cold but it didn’t stop those present from standing at the foot of the flag and watch it hoisted and then flutter in the wind. Thinking about home as the flag moved up and fluttered brought many ...thoughts and feelings. First it was pride that we had come a long way from the chaos, terror and fear that gripped even those of us who live as far... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/14)

Church influence on Mr. R. M. B.Senanayake’s reply
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” “Freedom is the recognition of necessity” Lankaweb vs. Colombo Telegraph I was pleased to see Mr. Senanayake’s (RMBS) reply printed on Lankaweb. I wish those who write to Colombo Telegraph come out of the hole and write to Lankaweb, either to educate Lankaweb readers or to get educated themselves from Lankaweb writers.  I hope other writers to CT will follow RMBS’ decision. CT does not print when I challenge CT writers. This is why RMBS had to write to Lankaweb when RMBS saw one such challenge by me to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/14)

Why Only Sinhalese Defending Sri Lanka Against UNHRC Threats While Tamils and Some Muslims Freeloading?
- Kumar Moses
Who owns Sri Lanka? A question asked by many quarters. Sri Lanka belongs to those who protect it. Once again for the umpteenth time Sinhalese are the only people defending Sri Lanka against foreign threats. Where are the Tamils and Muslims? Why aren’t they defending Sri Lanka as vigorously as the Sinhalese do? If their loyalties are elsewhere, by all means they should go where their loyalties are or start defending their motherland. The biblical story of the wise Jewish king Solomon (971 – 931 BC) is very much similar to the happenings in Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/14)

Khobragade Affair
Mahinda Gunasekera Toronto, Canada
Your Excellencies and Editors,  I am in receipt of a letter dated January 12, 2014 on the 'Khobragade Affair' by one Mr. Thepanis Alwis from the Town of Baddegama located in the south of Sri Lanka.  Mr. Alwis has looked at the issues from many angles and seems to have a deep understanding of the American systems and treatment meted out to non-European persons even of diplomatic standing. I was amazed to read this news of the humiliating and degrading manner in which Ms. Khobragade was dealt with by India's newest strategic partner with whom... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/14)

Mangy lost it, poor silly poofter
Daily News
As for his fulminations, his understanding of journalism is so poor that he tries to sue a newspaper for what is a report of CID investigation. It is the CID that opened the investigation against you, you imbecile! You got a beef with that take it up with the CID and while you are at it remember it will take a lot more than a teeth gnashing idiot who thought he can run Lake House from the lower board room to intimidate journalists for reporting on an investigation that obviously has him losing all his marbles probably --... -Full Story-
(Daily News - 05/02/14)

From Sri Lanka, questions about wars
Praveen Swami
The real question in the debate over India’s Sri Lanka policy isn’t whether it is pragmatic or ethical. It goes, instead, to the heart of the ethics of the wars our country fights, and will fight in years to come Florence-on-the-Elbe, they used to call the historic German city of Dresden, before it began to turn to ash that evening in February 1945. Inside of days, the United Kingdom and the United States bomber command dropped some 3,900 tonnes of ordnance over the city, creating an inferno which would claim an estimated 25,000 lives.... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 05/02/14)

WORLD MUSLIM LEADER CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AND WARFARE IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.
 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad prays for peace and an end to atrocities  The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Fifth Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, lamented the “pitiful and sorry-state” of much of the Muslim world during his recent weekly Friday Sermon delivered at Baithul Futhuh, London. Speaking at the sermon, the Khalifa highlighted the examples of war-torn Syria and of Pakistan, where he said countless innocent people were being targeted and persecuted. He called on Ahmadi Muslims around the world to pray for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/14)

Conspiracy Top News-Russia Today Declares "9/11 Was An Inside Job"
RT
Bigger than Watergate’: US ‘regular’ meetings with Al-Qaeda’s leader; documented White House ‘false flag terrorism’ moving people ‘like sheep’; the father of Twin Towers victim tell us why he backs this month’s 9/11 campaign on Times Square and around the world; & the protests calendar for September.... -Full Story-
(topinfopost.com - 05/02/14)

Bribery and corruption is "costing Europe-s economy £100billion a year - with Greece the worst offender"
By Jason Groves and Ted Thornhill
Three-quarters of Europeans say corruption is widespread in their country EU home affairs commissioner says corruption is -tumour on body politic- But the report axes questions on the European Commission-s own record.Bribery and corruption at ‘breathtaking levels’ costs Europe’s economy £100billion a year, a major report revealed yesterday. Three-quarters of people across the continent felt corruption was widespread in their own country, according to research by the European Commission. Even in Britain, nearly six in ten said ‘bribery and connections’ were often the easiest way to get the best out of public services.... -Full Story-
(dailymail.co.uk - 05/02/14)

Biswal came looking for Government’s Opponents Delivered Nothing New
By Bandu de Silva
A former President of U.S. declared that Assistant Secretaries were there to implement policy decisions that he makes as President with the help of others. That was an assertive President. However, former State Secretary, Henry Kissinger, was not so assertive when he conceded while addressing new recruits to the Foreign Service that they had a contribution to make in policy formulation. Let us not get too involved in these definitions the emphasis over which seems to vary depending on who is at the top. As we have seen under Robert Blake, former Assistant Secretary for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/14)

INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL: White Man’s Hegemony in Asia, Africa and other non – European lands must be swept away
Shenali D Waduge
 A curse fell on Sri Lanka and its people with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and it has continued to this day with the successive replacement of the Portuguese by the Dutch and the British with irreversible damage being done to this land, heritage, culture, sense of national purpose, Buddhist values that protected the lives of all living beings and almost everything that people of this country had accepted as ethical conduct in the past, because of White Man’s rule that lasted nearly 450 years. On the occasion of commemorating the 66th anniversary of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/14)

BIG POWERS MAKE HUMAN SHIELDS OF NORTHERNERS- President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Dharmasiri Abeyratne in Kegalle
Invaders came to our country shedding crocodile tears: We are not ready to deprive our country of the freedom we won: It is necessary for the people in the North to be aware that certain foreign forces are attempting to use them as human shields. The invaders always came to our country shedding oceans of crocodile tears. They interfered in these countries putting forward claims to protect human rights, establish democracy and the rule of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/14)

Waitangi Day
 Dr.Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokeperson, United Sri Lanka Assn. Wellington NZ
Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand. Dear Mr Key As you lead New Zealand at the Waitangi day celebrations  this year, our association would like to extend our warmest wishes  to you and all of New Zealand for a successful celebration and a successful year. We, New Zealanders of Sri Lankan origin, recall gratefully   your statement like contribution at the CHOGM , that helped to restore balance in the face of an unfair barrage of criticism on Sri Lanka as it endeavors to recover... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/14)

Attacks on churches.
The Examiner –Colombo
Reference Fr.Sarath Iddamalgoda,s write up to the Island of  18.01.2014 no sensible Buddhist will condone any attacks on any  place of worship  as it is against the tenets of Buddhism. Inter-religious conflicts have been taking place in different parts of the world in the past and continue to take place even today, sometimes leading to the creation of new States on a religious basis. As of the recent ones, this is in spite of the UN declaration of Rights to which Fr.Iddmalgoda refers. While we condemn them in no uncertain terms, what is happening in Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/14)

An American Holocaust Deceptions Two "Lest We Forget"- Today They come to Sri Lanka to teach Humanrights
informationclearinghouse.info
Video By Chris Pratt - DeceptionsUSA "Lest We Forget" is an indictment of our Leaders, our Media, our Actions and ultimately of ourselves for remaining intentionally blind to an American made Holocaust. Watch this film only if you are prepared to face the truth about the predatory nature of the ruling elite and their manipulation of your perceptions and beliefs.... -Full Story-
(informationclearinghouse.info - 04/02/14)

Pirate Party members nominate Snowden, Manning for Nobel Peace Prize
RT
Sweden’s and Iceland’s Pirate Party representatives have jointly nominated whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. For Snowden, it is the fourth such nomination - his third this year. “We are nominating Manning and Snowden together because the courage of Manning inspired in Snowden and both of them have inspired thousands of people all over the world to speak truth to power and demand transparency and accountability in their own societies,” said a joint letter by representatives in the EU parliament from the Pirate Party of Sweden and MPs from the Pirate Party of Iceland... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 04/02/14)

Izeth Hussain is Re-thinking the Ethnic Imbroglio
By Charles.S.Perera
I read Izeth Hussain  for  his  excellent writing skill,  but do not agree with all he writes.  In his article to Island on Re-thinking the Ethnic Imbroglio, he says, “….. most will agree that in general we are usually reluctant to see things as they are when they are unpleasant .” But does it mean that we see things as they are when they are pleasant  ?” We tend to think we know every thing but in reality what we know is limited  to the knowledge we have acquired. With that limited knowledge we pontificate  that others... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/14)

SAMPUR has yet to prove its benefits
Ranjith Soysa
According to a report in Sunday Island ( 2nd Feb) the Indian High Commissioner has requested to expedite the approval of the Sampur power project. But, the question of proposed low quality technology to be applied and the environmental hazards envisaged are areas of vital importance which have to be looked into in detail prior to the project receiving the green light. India is in a hurry to set foot in Trinco for hundred other reasons. Yet, the majority of the Sri Lankans and many technocrats are still not convinced that the Sampur project has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/14)

Tamil Militants hope for Indian Help
... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/02/14)

Merchants of global human rights & American formulas
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
Game of blaming America Corrupt leaders of former colonies have found an easy scapegoat in the selfish American establishment policy of exploiting other countries’ resources. For example, American state department is not like Sri Lankan foreign office or any other office. Presidents will come and go, ministers will change of green to blue or red to blue but the caravan called the establishment’s department passes. Until recently, even India had such a system of stability and short and long-term consistency. Any third world country idiot who comes to power should realize that America like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

‘Distorting history could lead to dissension’
By Janaka Perera
Distorting Sri Lanka’s history could lead to dissension, warned speakers at a meeting held recently at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo.  The occasion was the launch of a book titled, The Story of Sigiri & Pre-Portuguese Christianity in Sri Lanka?   Professor Nimal de Silva, Professor Emeritus of the Moratuwa University, former Head of the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeological Research (PGIRA) affiliated to the Kelaniya University and former Director General of the Cultural Triangle has edited the book published by the Centre for Buddhist Action which organized the well-attended meeting. Its focus was on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

Indian War Crimes in Sri Lanka: IPKF Massacre of Tamil Doctors and Nurses inside Jaffna Hospital
 Shenali D Waduge
"This massacres is worse than My Lai. Then American troops simply ran amok. In the Sri Lankan village, the Indians seem to have been more systematic; the victims being forced to lie down, and then shot in the back’. This was the editorial of the UK Daily Telegraph in August 1989 describing IPKF massacre of over 50 Tamil civilians in Velvettiturai. We really do not know how many Tamil civilians the Indian Army killed in 3 ½ years of occupation in Sri Lanka. However, more and more we are beginning to realize that the emphasis of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

UNHRC and the Will of the People of Sri Lanka
– S de Silva – London
What must we do at the UNHRC to challenge the much talked about investigation against Sri Lanka, proposed and supported by the US,UK,EU and abetted by Navi Pillai? The answer is to secure a powerful majority vote in the Sri Lankan parliament that SL will NOT accept a unilateral (= one sided) accountability investigation confined to Sri Lanka. Instead, the publicly stated Sri Lankan position of the GoSL to the UNHRC and the rest of the world and ratified by the Sri Lankan Parliament must be that “ANY investigation must include ALL parties... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

War crimes of US and its allies
S. Akurugoda
Addressing a gathering  in Mathugama, President Rajapaksa has said " If one were to probe the last days of Wold War II, you could bring war crimes charges" referring to efforts by the US to move a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. President's reference to  the days of Wold War II has quite correctly expressed the silent question of the right thinking people, living anywhere in the world,   have in their mind although many of the new generation may not aware of the devastation caused by the US bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

NPC ATTEMPTS TO INTERFERE WITH FOREIGN POLICIES OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
 Malin Abeyatunge
NPC has last week passed resolutions to the effect calling for an international inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the last stage of the civil war in attempt to interfere with the Foreign Policies of the Central Government. The NPC Councilor Ananthi Sasidharan. wife of ex hard core LTTE terrorist supporting these resolutions has also called for an international inquiry into the Mannar mass grave site, alleging that the census carried out by the Census and Statistics Department into the casualties during the war was wrong. Well, the investigations that are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

R-Day: Northeast defies diktat of separatist militants
NJ Thakuria, Guwahati, northeast India
Whenever the Republic Day or Independence Day (of India) approaches, the separatist rebels of northeast India issue boycott calls to the residents of the region. The 65th R-Day also came with the same diktat from a host of militant outfits based in the troubled part of India. The banned outfits, who are fighting against Indian Union government for independence to self-rule for years, issued a press statement informing about the imposition of a general strike in the entire region starting from 1 am to 5 pm of January 26 with relaxations to the media,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

MPs urge Nazi rehabilitation ban after nationwide scandal
Courtesy RT-Published time: January 31, 2014 10:25
Irina Yarovaya (RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov) United Russia, the parliamentary majority party, is urging preventative measures against the possible revival of Nazism and militant nationalism after a controversial TV poll that split the community. Despite the fact that Russia suffered the heaviest casualties in the Second World War, it has not yet introduced a law against those who attempt to justify Nazism, said the head of the Duma Committee for Security, Irina Yarovaya. She noted that similar laws exist in other countries, such as Germany, Austria and Belgium... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/14)

‘Ukraine police show incredible restraint, US officers would respond with deadly force’
RT
To protect their own lives and people caught in the unrest, US police would respond with deadly force if confronted by violent rioters like those operating in Ukraine, Chuck Joyner, an ex-CIA and FBI agent told RT, sharing his professional assessment. RT: Footage of the violence in Kiev has been broadcast around the world. As a consultant to law enforcement on the use of force, how would you react in such a situation? Chuck Joyner: The videos that I saw were very disturbing, and the police officers, in my mind showed incredible restraint. In the United States, in that... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 02/02/14)

Investigate Indian War Crimes in Sri Lanka : RAPE of Tamil Women
Shenali D Waduge
 In 2013 Indian Prime Minister decided to vote against Sri Lanka in Geneva because of India’s concern for the ‘dignity” and ‘self-respect’ of Sri Lankan Tamils. In 2014 that changed to India not wanting to hurt Tamil sentiment before elections (Indian elections). But what did India do to the ‘self-respect’ ‘dignity’ of these Tamil women from 1987-1990 during the 3 ½ years when Indian Army (IPKF) were raping up to an estimated 4000 or more Tamil women, killing and looting the entire Northern peninsula so much so that they became known not as the Indian Peace... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/14)

රෙජී රණසිංහයන් පිළිබඳ මගේ මතකය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
රෙජී රණසිංහ මහතා කොලඹ නාලන්දා විද්‍යාලයේ ගුරුවරයෙකු විය​. ඔහු ජාතික ඇඳුම ඇඳි ඉතා චාම් ගුරුවරයෙකු වූ බව මට මතකය​. ඒ කාලයේ ගුරුවරු බොහෝ දෙනෙකු ළමයින්ට දඬුවම් කිරීමේ ලා නම් දැරුවත් රෙජී රණසිංහ මහතා කිසිදු සිසුවෙකුට දඬුවම් කරනවා මා දැක නොමැත​. නාලන්දා විද්‍යාලයේ ගුරුවරු බොහෝ දෙනෙකු ගෙන් ගුටි කා තිබෙන මා රෙජී රණසිංහ මහතාගෙන් කිසි දින දඬුවම් විඳ නැත​. එම නිසා රෙජී රණසිංහ මහතා කිසි දිනක සිසුවෙකුට දඬුවම් කොට නැති බව මම විශ්වාස කරමි. රෙජී රණසිංහ මහතා අමුතු තාලයේ විශේෂිත ගුරුවරයෙකු විය​. ඔහු සිසුන්ට දැණුම බලහත්කාරයෙන් පොවන්නට ගියේ නැත​. එසේම සිසුන් ගෙන් ගරුත්වය ලබා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/14)

According to the US, " Sri Lanka had no right to wipe out terrorism..."
P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne
The UNHRC meeting is to be held on 3rd March. At this meeting a Resolution is to be introduced against Sri Lanka on war crimes led by the US. Basically, what they are saying is that, 'Sri Lanka had no right to wipe out terrorism'. So, only countries like the US, UK, Canada and so on has the right to decide which terrorists should be eliminated because according to them some are good terrorists, such as the LTTE. The reason is, LTTE funded politicians of the west.   For 3 decades, the people suffered from threats by the terrorists. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/14)

GoSL alleges US action strengthens hardliners, undermine national reconciliation
Courtesy Island
Biswal referres to ‘growing frustration’ in the international community due to Sri Lanka’s failure Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, met Prof.G.L.Peiris, Minister of External Affairs on Friday (31) at the ministry. Michele J. Sison, US Ambassador in Sri Lanka and Ms. Shenuka Seneviratne, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs also participated in the discussion. External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday told visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal that a section of the international community... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/14)

Mangala in offshore container scam?
Courtesy The Sunday Observer
Police Headquarters will initiate an inquiry into a case where former Port and Civil Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera is claimed to have accepted Rs.270million from Kamil Kuthubdeen to facilitate an offshore container port during the regime of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Ruwan Sugathadasa, one time Coordinating Secretary of late MP Sripathi Sooriyarachchi submitted an affidavit to the Inspector General of Police on Friday claiming that Mangala Samaraweera and his confidante Ruwan Ferdinandz had accepted Rs.270million from Kamil Kuthubdeen, who was charged as one of the main suspects of the biggest ever tax fraud in the country,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/14)

PHONEY: ICC EVADERS UK, WANT LANKA TO SUBMIT-Allegations of war crimes by British Forces in Iraq
Chaminda Perera and Dharmashri Abeyratne Courtesy The Daily News
UK, signatory of Rome Statute evading ICC-Talks big about Rule of Law, Good Governance
A British government spokesman said two days ago that UK will not go before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the allegations of war crimes committed by British Forces in Iraq, while Britian demands that Sri Lanka go before an international tribunal. Observers said the double standard is shocking. A spokesman of the British... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/14)


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