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News Archive for Mar 2012

INDO-US STRATEGY: LASSO AROUND OUR NECK
By   Gomin Dayasri                      
There is a time to criticize and a time to be constructive. Country is being systematically throttled with a lasso thrownaround its neck by an alien fist.  Reconstruct is the proper term. Lets stand firm and heave the wretched curse of the albatross stuck around our neck andbreathe again like a free nation.Country is in the dock withthe men who won the war, providing the space to inhale freely, being targeted by the West for punishment and by India designingto bring the full impact of its fissiparous 13 Amendment. This is a government, successful in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/12)

Thirteenth Amendment should be repealed without delay
Asada M Erpini
13th Amendment (13A) to the constitution of the sovereign Republic of Sri Lanka and implementing it by the Sri Lankan government – according to some, even going beyond the 13th Amendment – constitute the catchphrase of the day for all those outsiders who think that they hold the magic wand that will solve all Sri Lanka’s problems. The stance taken by the proponents of 13A seems to be that nothing in the country will succeed unless and until 13A is implemented fully, and that once it is done, the island nation would flow in milk and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/12)

Tamil Grievances – how real are they?
 Shenali Waduge
In a country as small as Sri Lanka where over 14.8m of the 20m population are Sinhalese and possibly less than 10% are Sri Lankan Tamils, a question never answered is what are these grievances that the Sri Lankan Tamils finds exclusively to be theirs and how much of these grievances are relevant to the present.  We need to first identify how many of these oft-quoted Tamil grievances are now non-existent though quoted for convenience, how many of these grievances are being quoted by those living overseas who have no understanding of what the Tamils in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/12)

Ten Conditions of Initiation (Bai’at) in Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as explained by its Founder.
By A. Abdul Aziz,Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
(Given below is an excerpt the Friday Sermon of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered on 23rd March 2012 at ‘Baithul Futhuh’, London, U.K., gave a discourse on Ten Conditions of Initiation in Ahmadiyya Community as explained by its Founder Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian to mark the Promised Messiah Day – March 23. Ahmadiyya Khalifa said with the grace of God today is an extremely happy and blessed day for the Community and it has the added blessings... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/12)

OPEN LETTER TO JAYALALITHA, CHIEF MINISTER, TAMIL NADU, & KARUNANIDHI, EARLIER CM
Harvey Perera
March 2012 Ms. Jayalalitha/Mr. Karunanidhi, You have launched a campaign against Sri Lanka and the Sinhala people in particular.  This has been going on a long time through various Tamil leaders.  However, of late, due to the activities of Navi Pillai of the UNHCR who is now trying to launch a Resolution against Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu politicians are working over time to hammer Sri Lanka to the ground. People like you are so immoral and stupid that words fail me.  Ms. Jayalalitha, you first got your foot into politics there by becoming a consort of M.G.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/12)

TNA WANTS USA OR EU GOSL DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE TNA
By Stanley Perera
Suresh Premachandra tells TNA to agree to a third party either USA or EU to negotiate with the Government of Sri Lanka.  GoSL must not fall into this trap again.  GoSL must remember how the LTTE took GoSL for a ride during the 27 years of TERRORISM.  TNA being the sole representative of the LTTE, TNA is trying the same old trick that LTTE played on the GoSL.  When there are no Tamil grievances outlined by the TNA what are the negotiations for?  Did the GoSL ever aske the LTTE or the TNA to outline what their Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/12)

IT IS EXPUNGED AND NOT DEROUGED
By Stanley Perera-Sri Lanka
When the Tamil Tiger Terrorist leader Veloopillai Prabhakaran appointed 22 TERRORIST to the Sri Lanka’s parliament as the sole representative of LTTE, Sivajilingam in his maiden speech threatened the Government of Sri Lanka to send the 4000 Sri Lanka army personnel based in Jaffna in body bags to Colombo.  The Speaker of the house at the time W.J.M.Loku Bandara EXPUNGED Sivajilingam’s maiden speech at the parliament from the Hanzard.  It is the speaker of the house who has the power to expunge a parliamentarian’s speech from the hanzard. The writer on a numerous occasions wrote... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/12)

ERIK SOLHEIM STRIPPED OF HIS MINISTERIAL POST ON A DAY!
 Mahinda Weerasinghe  & Ranjith Soysa
Erik Solheim has been stripped of his Ministerial titles of, both environmental issues and foreign aid; it has been reported by the Norwegian media. The world reacted with shock!  Kjell Magne Bondevik,   Jon Westborg, Erik Solheim and Arne Fjørtoft’s were comrades in arms, knew each other well, and were covering for each other’s backs, and were Christians to boot. They were in cohort with the Catholic Tamils and conspired to destroy the Sinhala Buddhists nation.  Solheim, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Jon Westborg and Prabhakaran must have agreed around 2000 or there about; that they should coordinate and cooperate their activity... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/12)

Sri Lanka should not be lackadaisical in the face of LTTE referendum plans
Asada M Erpini
There are media reports that the LTTE activists in the West are moving to push for a referendum in the North and East of Sri Lanka for a re-merger of the two provinces. Buttressing that call is the statement by the Eastern province Chief Minister that it is not the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) but the people in the Eastern Province who should decide whether they wish to join with the Northern Province to form a North-Eastern Province.  It is only the military wing of the LTTE that was decimated by the armed forces of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/12)

TAKE HEART SRI LANKA: ALL IS NOT LOST
By Gamini Gunawardane
We need not loose heart over the outcome at Geneva though the LTTE supporters abroad may be dancing for joy as if they had won their eealm ‘war’. They have had several set backs. So this may be some consolation and justification for continuing their ‘struggle’ and collecting funds from their deluded fans. If one were to a take step back take a sober look at this whole episode, one could not fail to see several positives in this outcome. Firstly, it was a case of contest between a David and Goliath. US are a super... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/12)

Sri Lanka: a response to Kubes Navaratnam
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
29 March 2012 The Editor THE EMBASSY, Ottawa  Editor Kubes Navaratnam in his Opinion essay Post-conflict Sri Lanka needs Canadian R2P, seems confused and is unable to see the forest for the trees.   He says that Sri Lanka has used the notion of sovereignty “to shield a state from fulfilling its obligations to its citizens.” Perhaps he may want to reassess his statement in lieu of the fact that it was Sri Lanka’s obligations to its citizens that made them determined to eliminate the most ruthless... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/12)

PLANS ARE AFOOT TO SEND AN ALL PARTY DELEGATION TO LANKA. my foot.
Susantha Wijesinghe   
There is a news item, that New Delhi  plans to send an all-Party Delegation to Sri Lanka, led by Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, in April, to press for stopping all atrocities against Tamils, and also to look into their living conditions, after the end of LTTE.   Who says there are ATROCITIES.? Playing with words Eh ? What about the living conditions of the poor Sinhalese Villagers ? Its al about Tamil, Tamil, Tamil.  Nothing for the Sinhalese. S.M Krishna has welcomed this decision in the Rajya Sabha, and later made a statement in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—9 RATAGIYA MAHATTAYA: A HALFWAY INTELLECTUAL
 Arcadius
The poor villager stood at the doorway of his thatched dwelling.  He watched the flowering medium-sized murunga (billygoat plum) tree, which he had planted in the front-yard not too long ago. He absorbed the elegant beauty of its small, creamy-white flowers that dotted the spikes of its leaves. This murunga tree provided the man with all the means for his meager ascetic-like living. He used the murunga pods to prepare a tasty dish for his own consumption.  He also took the pods to market to exchange for rice. The man thought that on this occasion he would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/12)

YOU SCRACHED MY BACK AND I SCRACHED YOUR BACK SO SAYS THE CORRUPT WOMAN
By Stanley Perera
It was during the last Presidential election campaign, the Terrorist Organisation LTTE    made a huge financial donation to Hillary Clinton.  Soon after this donation Hillary Clinton announced that there are good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists insinuating that LTTE Terrorists are good Terrorists because they made a financial donation to Hillary’s election campaign.  SO LTTE TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS SCRACHED HILLARY CLINTON’S BACK. Having lost the Presidential election, Hillary Clinton decided to accept a lower position with Barack Obama which is seen to be a demeaning situation and the total integrity of Hillary was shattered. Since Hillary became... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/12)

Depleted Uranium Contamination: A Crime against Humanity
by Dr. Arun Shrivastava
Depleted Uranium or DU [1] encased bombs that have been used since 1991 by US and NATO forces knowing well that the use of DU weapons is illegal being weapons of mass destruction [WMD] and amounts to War Crimes. These weapons were used in Gulf War 1 against Iraq, then in the Balkans and later, after 9/11 events, in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, Libya and now being used in Drone bombings in Pakistan. “When 20 years ago I stated at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro that a species... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 30/03/12)

LTTE FIGHTERS WHO FLED THEIR MILITARY DEFEAT TRAINING MAOISTS
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles
The recent statement that some cadres of  Sri Lanka’s crushed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have joined Maoists of the Sothern Indian state of Karnataka is a process that continued to happen without any break with the fall of the movement back in 2009 by the Sri Laankan military according to Indian intelligence sources . According to Karnatak state sources the foreigners were part of a flow from the adjacent  Tamil Nadu state where they were already enoying a safe haven. Karnatak Home Minister R.Ashok told the state assembly last week... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/12)

Postmortem on India-and our self respect
L. Jayasooriya
The postmortem on India is still not over. Yesterday on March 26th Minister GL Peiris at a televised news conference using the most scathing words possible against India in the politest possible language and tone stated what Sri Lanka felt about India. That gives us some self respect which this government has denied us all these years by making themselves available to New Delhi at their beck and call as if we are a vassal state of India. Indeed that is what Rahul Gandhi made clear at the start of his election campaign when he said that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/12)

Was English Common Law, French, US and International Law Derived from Sharia Law?
Hameed Abdul Karim
  When you think of the word ‘law’ the images that come to your mind are of a stern looking judge seated on an elevated position in the centre of a court house flanked by a grim looking, if not frightened, members of a jury, lawyers dressed in their flowing robes quarrelling among each other to impress their respective clients, wicked criminals and many more such images. But think the word ‘Sharia’ and what are the pictures that pop up in your mind? Chopping of hands and stoning to death for adultery.  Don’t blame yourself. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/12)

What happened in Geneva?
By Gunadasa Amarasekera-Courtesy The Island
On 2nd March 1815, we ceded our sovereignty to the - greatest empire at the time-The British Empire- of which it was said ‘the sun never set’. On 22nd March 2012 we were intimidated into taking the first step to cede our sovereignty to the most powerful empire of today—the US. Though separated by 200 years, these two events have many similarities, except for one. At that earlier event, the enemy was there in person, while at the latter it was only his hand that was visible. Nevertheless, it does not guarantee that he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/12)

Congressional report: attack on Iran would be a failure
RT
A new Congressional report affirms that a potential US or Israeli strike on Iran would be useless since the Islamic Republic could recuperate from it within a six month time frame. The report sparked by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s remarks claiming he “believes” Israel is “likely” to attack in Iran in either April, May or June, says although US and Israel aren’t certain of the precise location of the nuclear sites, the facilities may be spread out in a way that an attack would result in failure. Bloomberg described the report stating it is “unclear what the ultimate... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 29/03/12)

Israel gauges fallout from Iran strike
By Victor Kotsev
Amid the ever-growing diplomatic noise and military buildup in the Persian Gulf, a key issue has received insufficient attention: the dual problem of possible radioactive contamination and civilian casualties resulting from an operation against Iran. Strikes on nuclear facilities carry enormous stigma; those directed at peaceful installations, specifically, are considered a grave violation of international law. Although a persuasive legal argument could be made that the Iranian nuclear program is anything but civilian (something that the Islamic Republic denies), many of the moral constraints against attacking installations loaded with thousands of tons of dangerous... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 29/03/12)

War porn: The new safe sex
By Pepe Escobar
(This is the much-abridged version of a conference at the XII Seminar of Political Solidarity at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, March 27, 2012.) The early 21st century is addicted to war porn, a prime spectator sport consumed by global couch and digital potatoes. War porn took the limelight on the evening of September 11, 2001, when the George W Bush administration launched the "war on terror" - which was interpreted by many of its practitioners as a subtle legitimization of United States state terror against, predominantly, Muslims. This was also a war OF... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 29/03/12)

Home for the aged club of ex politicos afflicted with dotage, now tendering unsolicited, gratuitous advice
By Mario Perera, Kadawata
 Unsolicited gratuitous advice is now being tendered to Sri Lanka by members of an exclusive Home for the Aged Club. This self constituted club comprises former Heads of State of certain nations. They all bear the label EX. One of them is Nelson Mandela. He is an ex in more senses than one. Ex-president of South Africa for sure, but also ex-husband of Winnie. His consort is also the ex-wife of another African Head of State. That is all fine and no one objects. The aged have every right to become ‘ex’ and also to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Sri Lanka, beware of the American Trojan Horse!
Asada M Erpini
After delivering a body blow to Sri Lanka at the 19th Sessions of the UNHCR in Geneva on 20 March 2012 on alleged human rights violations, the US is now sending a team of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors to Sri Lanka to enhance bilateral economic relationships.  Investors in business concerns are not generally concerned about bilateral relationships: what they want, quite rightly, is their investments to produce good returns that go in their direction. The Americans cannot be any different from these.  Sri Lanka has suffered immensely at the hands of the economic entrepreneurs and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Lessons Learnt at UNHRC
Ranjith Soysa
In interpreting and understanding the defeat suffered by Sri Lanka at the UNHRC any fool will be able to conclude that the US led West prefers a weak and unstable Sri Lanka in order to meet the objectives of their geo-political strategy in South Asia. India too needs a weak Sri Lanka embroiled in the internal divisive issues so that it can intervene even using armed forces to preserve her hegemony in the Indian Ocean region, and to win the support of Tamil Nadu politicians who always tend to forget that Sri Lanka is not an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Sri Lanka: Cabinet Minister Says Caritas Wants Anarchy
March 28, 2012
 Caritas yesterday dismissed allegations from a senior cabinet minister accusing the Church’s social arm of involvement in a major conspiracy to create anarchy within the country.  Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said Caritas members had organized recent farmers’ protests and had gone to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to speak against the government ahead of the war crimes resolution made last week.  “Caritas provided buses for the farmers to go to the protests and gave them food as well,” said Sirisena, who is also the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s general secretary.  “Trade union... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Sri Lanka vote has hurt India’s credibility
G Parthasarathy Courtesy: Daily Pioneer (India) March 28, 2012
Wars and conflicts are almost inevitably bloody and marked by huge civilian casualties which the Americans describe as “collateral damage”.  Estimates of the number of Iraqis killed after the American invasion of Iraq, avowedly in order to rid the country of nuclear weapons which never existed, vary from 66,081 (according to WikiLeaks cables) and 601,000 (according to an international study).  In Afghanistan, the number of civilian deaths caused by US military actions is estimated to be between 9,415 and 29,007. All this is apart from documented instances of torture of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Psychosocial Problems of the Sri Lankan Child Soldiers
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
 Abstract      Using children in armed conflicts has been reported in many countries around the world.  Various rebel groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America exploit children in their armed struggles against their respective regimes. Often these children are kidnaped from their parents and indoctrinated, given brief training and along with the adult rebel carders, sent to fight with the fully trained, fully equipped government forces.  Many child solders get killed in the war. Those who survive suffer deep physical and psychological traumas. These traumas affect their social and cognitive development.  Sri Lanka was one of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Sri Lanka to reject UN resolution, according to External Affairs Minister
Asada M Erpini
The media on 26 March carried a statement by Prof. G.L. Peiris that Sri Lanka will reject the resolution that was adopted at the UNHCR sessions in Geneva on 22 March. The statement is one of the most decisive and firm responses to the intrusive resolution that was spearheaded by the US, a country that has no moral right whatsoever to accuse Sri Lanka of human rights violations. The non-binding resolution should be rejected outright, and Sri Lanka should carry on with its restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure at a pace and within a timeframe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Never trust Indian back-stabbers
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 There was absolutely no moral or acceptable reason for India to abandon its immediate neighbours in the SAARC and Asian regions and rush to join hands with distant America and the West to back the US Resolution against Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. This attempt to target Sri Lanka in particular runs against India's established policy of not  voting for country-specific resolutions. On these two factors alone it can only be concluded that India's voting was meant to be an anti-Sri Lankan act that is as irrational, despicable and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/12)

Sonia Gandhi Exposed
... -Full Story- (indiaandswitzerlandbanksn.blogspot.co.uk - 28/03/12)

Restrictions Needed to Stop Tamil Nadu Brainwashing Local Tamils through Media
Dilrook Kannangara
It is no secret Tamil Nadu has emerged the sworn enemy of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans other than Tamils are threatened, attacked and humiliated in Tamil Nadu. Even Tamils with different political views to that of Tamil Nadu are subject to harassment. Pilgrims, politicians, film directors, academics and many others from the island nation have suffered in Tamil Nadu recently. Nowhere else in the world this happens with such consistency and deliberation. When USA indicated it will push a resolution against Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu was the only state or nation that vociferously supported it even going... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/12)

UNHCR Vote in Geneva - India opens a can of worms -Exposes operations of IPKF in Sri Lanka to criminal investigations and possible indictment for war crimes
By Senaka Weeraratna
In calling for accountability for alleged war crimes on the part of Sri Lankan military personnel in the closing phase of operations against LTTE terrorism which were combined with humanitarian rescue of thousands of civilians trapped in LTTE controlled areas, India has opened a Pandora’ s Box.     It is unlikely that any investigation of alleged war crimes can be confined only to a particular period of time lying at the end of a continuum of hostilities covering a period of a nearly thirty years.   Sri Lanka’s Constitution does not permit it. In Chapter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/12)

Geneva Outcome 2012: questions to the step-father of 13A+ in Sri Lanka
C. Wijeyawickrema
There was a bakery owner that I knew who voted for AnandaTissa de Alwis in 1977. He was a Buddhist. One dayI told him thatATdeA was not a Buddhist. He could not believe that a Christian could have two very highly Buddhistfirst names and would not have voted for him had he knew the truth. When I first heardthe name VishakaKumariJayawardena I thought she was a Buddhist. Later I came to know that she grew up in London with her English mother. Rosy Senanayakewants to remove the “Buddhist social foundation” in the island and there is no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/12)

Silence of UN, NATO’s killing of civilians & future of nations
Shenali Waduge
Libya extends over 1759540 square kilometres (679362 sq mi) and is home to 6.4million people. On 17 March 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 on Libya proposed by France, Lebanon & UK. Regime change in Iraq took 8 years and trillion dollars, the Liberating Libya took just 7 months but NATO is accused of thousands of civilian deaths which they refuse to admit or compensate. Are we looking at a future of military interventions by powerful nations (international gangsters) that falsely create the ground situations in these targeted countries and then officially obtain the mandate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/12)

The Passing of US Resolution At Geneva A Mere Response To Sri Lanka's Bickering Adversaries Mostly To Appease Them But There Are Dangers!
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
March 28th 2012 There seems to be some celebrations in global Tamil Diaspora circles  that the US resolutions against Sri Lanka which was approved by a majority count of 25 to 14 at the UNHCR in Geneva was a big deal but in reality it is nothing worth crowing about! Tamil nadu in particular shouls make a note of this as the likes of Mr Karunanidhi seem to be tripping over their dhoties in the process of jumpimg up which could result in serious injury if not to pride even their physical well being! and a message to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/12)

Geneva and its aftermath for Sri Lanka and India
March 27, 2012, 12:00 pm - Island  By Neville Ladduwahetty
The US backed resolution on "Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka" was passed in Geneva with Indian support as a result of Tamil Nadu compulsions. To save face for this reversal from its original principled stand not to support the resolution, India threw a lifeline to Sri Lanka by modifying the last paragraph in the resolution to include "in consultation with and with the concurrence of the government of Sri Lanka". This demonstrated with stark clarity the following: (1) Influence of Tamil Nadu on Sri Lanka/India relations. (2) Power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/12)

Professor Chitra Weddikkara – An academician with a properly assorted captivating inclination in the construction industry
By Dr. Chandana Jayalat
This article is to honor the yeoman service Professor Chitra Weddikkara rendered in the promotion and regulation of the Profession of Quantity Surveying in Sri Lanka. The Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka is scheduled to be held at JAIC Hilton Residencies in Colombo on 30th March 2012 where she will wish many happy returns to all its members. Affably known as Chitra amongst her peer contemporaries, Professor Chitra Weddikkara has been an internationally renowned academic and professional in the discipline of Architecture and Quantity Surveying. In Sri Lanka, she... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/12)

After Eliminating Shastri, Indira and Rajiv, Colonial West Gets Antonia Maino to Lead India
Dilrook Kannangara
Antonia Maino married Rajiv Gandhi in 1968. Her mother-in-law gave her the name Sonia. She shocked the world in 1990s by entering active politics following the assassination of her husband. Since then she had ruled India whenever Indian National Congress led governments came to power through reliable puppets. What contrasts her position of power against other western puppets is that given India’s strategic importance, western strategists didn’t want to trust yet another puppet like Mubarak or Huq to lead India. Instead they wanted one from their own stock - a westerner - to run it. India is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

The elusiveness of a Sovereign and Flagship State for the Dravidic Peoples of the Indian Sub-Continent will be a prime cause of future instability in the region.
R Chandrasoma
The word ‘Dravidic’refers to the Indic people who speak Tamil or a related language and are ethnically distinct from the peoples of the Northern parts of India who use ‘Aryan’ languages in their common discourse. They are generally fairer and finer in their physiognomy. From ancient times the two groups had an uneasy co-existence and the Dravidic people resented the assumed superiority of the Northerners – especially of the Brahamins or ‘Babunas’ who who practiced a kind of apartheid based on religion and superstition. Today, the Tamils have more than proved their worth as world citizens and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

Uncle Sam – mara—singhe lost in Geneva
H. L. D. Mahindapala, revealing the inside story at Geneva
It took the entire might of the West led by America and the last minute betrayal of India to defeat Sri Lanka in Geneva. It also took three resolutions – first in 2009, then 2011 and finally in 2012 – to score a victory against Sri Lanka. Winning two out of three resolutions against Sri Lanka in Geneva is a commendable record. If the contest in Geneva was for a world cup, winning two out of three contests means that Sri Lanka is entitled to the trophy. The final... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

His Excellency The President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya,  Melbourne
Dear Mr.President On 25/03/12 at 07.11am early morning ABC National Radio broadcasted an interview that the journalist Richard Lindell conducted with the Sunday Leader Fredrica Janz. This link gives you the Audio of that interview. http://www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2012/s3462862.htm It was also mentioned “In a rare opportunity, correspondent Richard Lindell was recently granted a visa to Sri Lanka”. Its worthy of notice by the authorities who grant visa, how they have abused this even rarely granted permission to rubbish the country. This should be highlighted by the foreign ministry to the VISA aspirants as to why foreign journalists cannot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

Unholy India- America -Israeli Axis -Mahathma Gandhi’s India taken over by his RSS killers
By Latheef  Farook
The US sponsored United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution calling for a time bound implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, LLRC, was passed with 24 members in favour and 15 against which means more than half the member states were against the empire meddling in yet another non-White country.   America, the most powerful nation in known history, managed to muster only a simple majority vote despite all its political, economic, and military might.   This reflects rather negatively America’s standing in the world.  As expected Muslim countries like Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

INDIA AND US WHO CENSORED SRI LANKA AT GENEVA ARE WORST VIOLATORS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND PERPETRATORS OF WAR CRIMES SAYS TIMES OF INDIA
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles
 An article written in response to what the paper said was India’s U turn in foreign policy by voting against a close ally, Sri Lanka at a United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva  warned that the “Indian government might find itself in a very uncomfortable situation if the UNHRC turned the spotlight on India -- on the mini Camp X-rays that exist in police lock-ups and the secret safe houses, where people are kept in illegal detention.” The article also said the United States the main presenter of the resolution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

Can they decide our destiny?
S. Akurugoda
Apart from the United States of America and its Western allies, the other countries voted in favour of the US resolution against Sri Lanka are Benin, Moldova, Uruguay, Cameroon, Costa Rica Guatemala Libya Mauritius Nigeria Chile and India. The reason why US, its European allies and India voted against us is well known.  European allies of the US have a common interest. They are linked to each other by their culture, religion, skin colour and political motives.  They simply follow whatever US says whether right or wrong. India’s role, the creator and promoter of the terrorism to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

OPEN LETTER TO MANMOHAN SINGH-DEFEND LANKA GLOBAL PATRIOTIC FOUNDATION OUTRIGHTLY REJECTS YOUR OLIVE BRANCH
By Stanley Perera
My dear Manmohan, Having voted against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva you had the audacity to offer olive branch to Sri Lanka.  What an idiotic move is that? You are reminded Manmohan that the  tiny island nation your immediate neighbour and a member of the SARC Sri Lanka suffered enormously for the past thirty years through the TERRORISTS created by INDIA and the current crisis situation is as a result of the annihilation of that terrorist organisation by the independent sovereign nation Sri lanka single handed with the help of Pakistan, Russia and China... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

PM Dr. Manmohan Singh's love letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
25 March 2012 Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India South Block, Raisina Hall, New Delhi, India 110011 Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: I just read your Olive Branch Love Letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka after the fact when your India  purposely hammered one nail onto his right palm to crucify Sri Lanka on UNHRC's crucifix while encouraging the US to hammer another nail onto his left palm to attach Sri Lanka to the UNHRC crucifix and leave her hanging. Do... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/12)

A friendly neighbour's betrayal
By Swapan Dasgupta
From the late-1980s till the end of the long civil war in 2009, travelling to Colombo was both a joyous and deeply depressing experience. The happiness came from the warmth and generous hospitality of the Sri Lankans, particularly the residents of Colombo-7 who opened their doors to a Bengali. Legend has it that that Vijaya, the first king of the Sinhalese, came by sea from Bengal.... -Full Story-
(swapan-dasgupta.blogspot.co.uk - 26/03/12)

Too many powers wanted Gaddafi dead - NTC head
RT
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was wanted dead so his secrets would die with him. So insists Mahmoud Jibril, the man who led the NTC uprising to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi’s regime, in an exclusive interview with RT. ­“Too many parties who have real interests that Gaddafi doesn’t talk, that he should be silenced forever,” Mahmoud Jibril told RT, specifying he does not know who exactly killed the Colonel – a foreign entity or Libyans. “I would love to know who was behind [Colonel Gaddafi’s] killing,” he said. Jibril told RT the former ruler of Libya Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sent too many... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 26/03/12)

The Geneva resolution doesn't matter
Ajit Randeniya
The clamour about the UNHCR resolution on Sri Lanka and the gloating of US and British paid local agents should not be allowed to drown an accurate national understanding of the reality that this resolution means nothing to Sri Lanka: advice on human rights protection from those with as much credibility on the subject as Genghis Khan and Hitler combined, needs to go straight to the bin! The resolution is merely a part of the trickery used in the attempted neocon takeover of the world using the US’s military might. An insight in to the belief system... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

India was never a true friend of Sri Lanka
Asada M Erpini
The Indian Prime Minister is reported have said, “… the people of India have stood firmly by Sri Lanka in its struggle against terrorism” in a letter he has addressed to the President of Sri Lanka. In the address to the Lok Sabha before the unholy Geneva resolution passed at the UNHCR a few days back, the Indian PM went on to highlight the need for “a future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka that is marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect' . Never a day seems to pass without a high official of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

INCREDIBLE INDIA HAS BECOME DISGUSTING INDIA!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
By voting with the imperialist puppets at the United Nations, India has become a country with spineless leaders. It has no vision for the Region, it is dancing to the tune of yester-year famous dancer Jayalalitha. The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his government has no concern for Sri Lanka. It is only concerned about Tamils, Tamils and more Tamils. The Indian government has demonstrated its true colour at a critical moment by not supporting Sri Lanka, in spite of the fact that it was Sri Lanka that succeeded in eliminating the Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

ආසියාවේ නපුංශකයා
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
අපේ මාතෘ භූමියට එරෙහිව ඉදිරිපත්වූ මානව හිමිකම් කැඩීමේ යෝජනාව වැඩි ඡන්දයෙන්  සම්මත වී ඇත. එය අප අපේක්ෂා කල සිදුවීමකි. ඉතාමත් කල්පනාකාරීව, පසුගිය 22 දෙවෙනිදා ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයේ ජිනිවා නුවරදී සිදුවූ මේ සිදුවීම දෙස බලනවිට අපට පැහැදිලිවම දර්ශණය වන්නේ, කිසිවෙකුත් අපේක්ෂා නොකල මහා ජයග්‍රහණයක් ශ්‍රී ලං.කාව විසින් අත්පත් කරගෙන ඇති බවයි. අප රාජ්‍යය විසින් ලෝකයා ඉදිරියේ ලද මේ මහා ජයග්‍රහණය,, අප විසින් මනාව අවබෝධ කර ගෙන රැකගත යුතු අවස්ථාවකට අප රට පත්ව සිටී. ත්‍රස්තවාදය යනු බටහිර විසින් නිශ්පාදය කර ලෝකය මත ආරෝපනය කර මනාව පවත්වා ගෙන ආ වෙළද භාණ්ඩයකි. මෙය විවිධ වෙළද නාමයන්ගෙන් ලොවපුරා ප්‍රචලිතව පවත්වා ගෙන යන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

How meaningful are India’s love letters to President Rajapakse?
Shenali Waduge
The Indian Premier forewarned of India’s “inclination” to vote against Sri Lanka in Geneva on 20th March 2012. Just the day prior Sri Lankan President sends a letter to Indian Premier seeking India’s support. We know that India cared little for that letter though immediately after voting against Sri Lanka as damage control India sends President Rajapakse a letter explaining India’s stand. Yet, what is unforgivable is that a country that gave us Buddhism was to eventually give us 30 years of terrorism and continues to attempt to destabilize us.  What was it that India said it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

India lets down a friend-Manmohan Singh commits foreign policy blunder
Author:  pioneer (Courtesy: Daily Pioneer, India)
With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh deciding to place his interests as also those of the Congress above our national interest, India has committed one of its worst foreign policy blunders by voting for the US/EU-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Thursday’s vote marks a sharp departure from India’s long-standing principle of not voting in favour of country-specific resolutions at the UNHRC. On March 1, India abstained from voting on a resolution targeting Syria, a country in which we have little or no stake and where recent developments have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

India's Relationship With Sri Lanka
Ira de Silva London, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi, India-110 011   Dear Sir:   I refer to the statement made by your representative in Geneva on behalf of the Government of India and news reports that claim that India did Sri Lanka a favour by voting for the resolution with changes when the whole world knows that far from doing Sri Lanka a favour India supported the US for it's own benefit. It puts other countries in Asia and particularly India's neighbours on notice that India will turn against them at any... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

Lakshman Kiriella and Somawansa Amarasinghe should both keep their mouths shut.
By Charles.S.Perera
 We have enough of media men, local NGOs , leaders of trade unions, America and other  foreign interferers  to mess up development, progress,   peace and  security of Sri Lanka without adding to it the failed politicians of the UNP and the JVP such as- Lakshman Jayakody and Somawansa Amarasinghe to name just two of them.   They are failed politicians because they did not contributed to the elimination of terrorists,  to the infrastructure  development of the country, to bring together a nation that was divided through terrorism, or in the creation of a strong  nation of people who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

How India created Bangladesh & lessons for Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge
With a population of 1.2billion living across a landmass of 2973190 square kilometers there is no denying India’s power. Yet, if not for its inferiority we cannot comprehend why India would desire to adopt a consistent policy and go to great lengths to destabilize each of its neighbors whilst pretending to be their friend. Diplomacy is one thing but to know that men and material are being used to destroy a neighboring nation simply does not justify any of the excuses India gives purely to deceive the masses and gain international prestige for itself.  The example of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

Capitalism: A Ghost Story
by Arundhati Roy
Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare.... How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests? The corporate or Foundation-endowed NGOs are global finance’s way of buying into resistance movements, literally like shareholders buy shares in companies, and then try to control them from within. They sit like nodes on the central nervous system, the pathways along which global finance flows. Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace,... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 25/03/12)

India's explanation why she voted for the US resolution against Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
24 March 2012 Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India South Block, Raisina Hall, New Delhi, India 110011  Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: Your statement explaining why India voted for the US resolution against Sri Lanka on March 22, 2012, at the UN Human Rights Council’s deliberations in Geneva was pathetic and a joke.  Did you really know what you said?  Here it is: “as a neighbour with thousands of years of cordial relations with Sri Lanka, with deep rooted spirituality and cultural ties, it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/12)

The Double Standards in Human Rights: People in Glass Houses throwing stones!
Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State) Former SLAS. Officer
It is just reported that a US soldier, a sergeant at that- an experienced officer- not a rating has run amok going from house to house in a  village in Afghanistan killing sixteen innocent civilians, mostly children. The number injured in the shooting would  be far more. Now it is reported that the officer  is said to be having psychological problems- is mentally deranged.  This is the easiest  method of not punishing him for this atrocity! He has also been air lifted out of Afghanistan.  One can compare this to what did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Over to you, Mr Savage!
Dr Bandula Kothalawala London N7
Mr Bernard Savage, EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, according to the Island of 21 March 2012, has claimed that the grouping “promoted and defended human rights ‘both within its borders and when engaging in relations with non-EU countries”. Understandably, Mr Savage’s intervention was carried through the electronic media. I have not seen hard copies, anyway. Maybe, it is not worth the paper it is written on. This is not Mr Savage’s first attempt to occupy moral high ground on behalf of his political masters in Brussels and elsewhere. Perhaps, not many... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka advocates implementing 13A
Mahinda Gunasekera Canada  
Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka has once again advocated that Sri Lanka should implement the 13th Amendment in his article published in the Island newspaper on March 23, 2012.  He believes that it is the best way to countervail and neutralize the opposition from the anti-Sinhala extremists in Tamilnadu and the Diaspora and win the support of India. He goes on to speak of  " The balanced solution of fullest autonomy within a unitary framework ...", but does not define what he means by 'fullest autonomy', except to say that he is confident that the extremist forces within the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—8-VEL VIDANE: ‘LORD’ OF THE RICE-PADDIES
Arcadius
It was perhaps the best of times. The best of times, I mean, for the Vel Vidane (Irrigation Headman). In a general sense, Pathegama was self-sufficient in paddy, and the Vel Vidane was more self-sufficient in the commodity in a particular sense. For this achievement was not the result of persevering industry involving his own labor, but rather the result of his astonishing skills in the use of craftiness, Therefore, his self-sufficiency so achieved was entirely a matter of cunning.                         As the headman in charge of the rice paddies, the Vel Vidane had a responsible job... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

SL rejects claim of Indian ‘helping hand’ in Geneva
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
March 24, 2012, 7:15 pm  Sri Lanka yesterday strongly dismissed claims that India had intervened on behalf of the government  to thwart UN intervention by amending the US-sponsored United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution captioned ‘promoting reconciliation and accountability is Sri Lanka’, though it voted with the US-Norway grouping.  The resolution received the backing of 24 countries, while 15 opposed. Eight abstained, including Malaysia.  Authoritative officials told The Sunday Island that in line with the rules and procedures of the UNHRC, technical assistance was based on the principal that it could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

ICT Industry Special Interest Groups (SIG) Take a New Leap in Sri Lanka
PRESS RELEASE
The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL - www.cssl.lk) is organising many events and activities to support special interests within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. The CSSL has formed multiple Special Interest Groups for this purpose. Special Interest Groups (SIG) are organised around different topics, areas or technologies within ICT to support the professionals in their career and professional development. SIGs will help to grow the special interest domains such as Software Development, IT Enabled Services, IT Research, Gov 2.0, Free and Open Source Software, Human Resources in ICT, Software Quality Assurance (QA) and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

PEACEFUL CANADIAN SRI LANKANS HOLDS UNIQUE SOLIDARITY PROTEST
MEDIA RELEASE REPORT FROM CANADIAN SOUTH ASIANS FOR PEACE AND UNITY FORUM
CANDIAN SRI LANKANS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS HOLDS A LARGE PEACEFUL SOLIDARITY PROTEST RALLY FRONT OF THE USA CONSULATE IN TORONTO, CANADA ON FRIDAY MARCH 16 2012. [PICTURES ATTACHED] – 2nd Update: March 24

2:00 pm. Canadian Sri Lankans from across the country along with prominent Sri Lankan community organizations, joined by African, South Asian, and South American community leaders held a non partisan large protest rally front of the USA Consulate in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Friday March 16 2012 starting from 2pm to 5pm in solidarity with the island of Sri... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

UNHCR vote in Geneva - Inquisitorial mindset still governs the Western countries
By  Senaka Weeraratna
The US and European Union sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva on March 22, 2012 was adopted with 24 countries voting for the resolution and 15 against it. Eight countries abstained from voting. An analysis of the voting pattern at Geneva (with exceptions like India, a largely Hindu nation, and subject to domestic compulsions, and a few African countries subject to blackmail of withdrawal of foreign aid and technical assistance) shows that the overwhelming majority of countries that voted against Sri Lanka are predominantly Christian countries.  Eighteen (18) of the 24 countries... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Too little too late in Geneva
By Gomin Dayasri
 Losing in Geneva partly caused by our own undoing makes it imperative now to stand firm in safeguarding our sovereignty and protecting Sri Lanka from foreign interventions.  Message is short – defy it diplomatically. No unwanted interference is permissible in our domestic sphere. Now is the moment for Sri Lankans to stand up for the country against the impending foreign peril. Mahinda Rajapakse has to rally the country and give leadership; foreign footprints of a regime change are getting closer home.  President must clean his stables and put the house in order because the West... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

US sponsored Resolution against Sri Lanka passed – what next
Shenali Waduge
The world’s worst perpetrator of war crimes & crimes against humanity went to great lengths to canvass nations to support a Resolution on “accountability” against a UN member state that has been the only country in the world to eliminate terrorism. That Resolution was passed with 24 countries favoring, 8 abstaining & 15 voting against. If India could vote against US on Iran why did India not vote in favor of Sri Lanka? If India’s excuse is the concern of Sri Lanka’s “accountability” we next need to remind India & tell the world that Sri Lanka’s terrorism... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

CLOWNS WHO HAD FOGOTTEN THIER HISTORY
 Mahinda Weerasinghe
The bullet-ridden body of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s son has caused great pain in the hearts of earlier colonialists, whereas when Bin Laden was executed in front of his own daughter, by the invading US commandos to Pakistan it ‘was greeted with wild jubilation’. Can anyone figure out where is the logic of this situation? Footage of the “Ruthless – LTTE’s final crimes against humanity”, which documents how hundreds of innocent children were forcibly abducted to be used as cannon fodder by the catholic terrorist did not get even a crocodile tear from the same lot! Most people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

‘Indo-Lanka ties cordial despite Indian shift over resolution’-Gotabhaya Rajapaksa- A Reply
Ananda -US
CORDIAL ties with the USA & India to remain INTACT? You have GOT TO BE KIDDING! The USA is reigniting terrorism in Sri Lanka by giving oxygen to the separatists, and India, which initiated, funded and fostered Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, just STABBED US IN THE BACK … AGAIN … in Geneva! And we are to “maintain cordial ties” as if nothing happened? BLOODY NONSENSE! Instead, Sri Lanka should batten down the hatches, man the guns on the ramparts, gird up our loins, and prepare to OVERCOME TOUGH TIMES AHEAD without handing over our sovereignty to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Resolution influenced by the Western Mafia
Jay Deshabandu
 India’s willingness to support the bogus resolution against its back door neighbor Sri Lanka is not a surprising act to anyone that has an iota of intelligence. Our leaders should come forward; and, say loud and clear the same thing that other Western leaders usually buzz: “The government is duty bound to protect its all citizens in all forms of threats, local or international.” No government has any right to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation and it is capable of solving its own issues.  Our leaders should learn to say that we as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

The Search for Mythical Prince Diyasena
Anil Perera
“A great king named Diyasena will be born in Sri Lanka after a lapse of 2500 years from the birth of Lord Buddha to preserve the culture, country and religion of the country” says a myth believed to have originated in Kotte era. We Sri Lankans have been hoping to have a ‘Prince Diyasena’ to guide the country to peace and prosperity. We thought a great leader like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Mahathir Mohamed of Malaysia or Park Chung Hee of South Korea would someday come forward to lead our nation out of the abysmal mess... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Time to Exterminate the Killer Mosquito ( Bajaaj)
Ananda  also from US
With the rising pressure from India and US, Sri Lankan government should take immediate initiative to safeguard all its citizens, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher from easily avoidable death traps   set up by the Bajaaj. First step is to appoint a Lessons Learned and Safegurad (LLSC) commission to investigate how to get rid of the dreaded Indian made killer vehicle. The first company to produce a three wheeler vehicle is the Italian Paiyakggio company. British company Reliant too produced three wheeler cars until the end of previous century. Most dreaded of all is the Indian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Defeat As Good As Victory - March 23,2010
Ira de Silva Canada
The Editor The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka   Dear Sir:   It is correct that the anti-Sri Lanka campaign is over in Geneva but those who carried out the campaign have got a taste for the "badgers" blood and it will be an impetus to go for a kill. While it is heartening that there are countries capable of standing up to the U.S. and acting on principle, the vote against Sri Lanka by India has once again shown that India will always sacrifice Sri Lanka for it's own benefit.    India was the only country in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

ANGLO SAXONS WEST CAN’T DESTROY SRI LANKA.
Malin Abeyatunge
As I mentioned in my short letter titled “American money trees fluttering with dollars  ”  published in many patriotic websites, had come true as the Anglo Saxons won the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka by 24 to 15. Those non-white countries who voted in favor of this American resolution had betrayed their country’s sovereignty for American dollars. Time will come very soon that these countries will be exploited/invaded/regime changed by the west led by US and then Sri Lanka would be sarcastically laughing at some of these African and Latin American countries (some are third world countries)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Karunanidhi's Transparencies Seem To Surface At An Opportune Time For Sri Lanka.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
March 23rd 2012 Well Well !! Mr Karunanidhi of the DMK wants Eelam he says ! Pity aint it ? as he seems to have missed the bus. Had he joined the psychotic Velupillai Prbhakaran's entourage some time ago he would now probably be inthe Eelam land of his dreams anywhere but Sri Lanka and perhaps in Hades' where the monster VP truly deserved to be, paying for his sins as the chief perpetrator of real crimes against humanity in the 26 year long internal armed insurrection that was smashed up and dispersed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. The man can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

"YOU NEED TWO TO TANGO"
Hiran Cooray
S J Chelvanayagam as quoted in the Hansard 1948----if Ceylon can become independent from the British why can’t we the Tamils  secede from the rest of Ceylon. It is also recorded by him the following “it is better for us minorities to have our own country rather than to live on the benevolence of the Sinhalese”And in addition  he said it is unfair to award a country to just 6 million uneducated Sinhalese when 50 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu in India had no country to call their own.-  These are the racists Tamil politicians we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

Hindu says UN resolution was tweaked by India in favour of Sri Lanka
By Walter Jayawardhana
 The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka was not passed in its original form but tweaked by India so that the wording to say that the implementation of its assistance that the UN Commissioner will provide must be with the concurrence of Sri Lanka said the Hindu newspaper in its editorial March 23.  Yet the newspaper warned, Colombo must not misread the concession and the passage of the resolution and the world will not be guided by Sri Lanka’s claims that it will carry out its own probes into the violations.  Reminding about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

THE TRUE SPIRIT OF SAARC
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
 Though this world of today has to bear the blame of being very much complicated, intricate, self-centered and to some extant knotty and thorny because of its over-mechanized and ultra-computerized ways and manners but still we find in abundance a very strong urge and undefeatable passion of serving the suffering and ailing humanity from east to west and from north to south. It is something very much positive and appreciable that in spite of so many individual internal and external problems of their own, the member countries of the SAARC organization and our friends in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

When is the UN going to Bring real justice to the Palestinians?
Sri Lankan
Christians Countries you're cowards. You have voted against a country that fought and defeated the most ruthless terrorists ever. You have condemned Sri lanka. If you are honest with yourself bring War Crimes against Israel. The British and the American are untrustworthy liars. A list of UN Resolutions against "Israel"
Here is a list of UN resolutions that Israel has not complied with, far more than Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria. Note that she has also illegally developed nuclear weapons. Further, the situation is far worse than would at first appear, it involves the serious distortion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/12)

STATEMENT BY PROFESSOR G.L. PEIRIS, MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
STATEMENT BY PROFESSOR G.L. PEIRIS, MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS - PRESS RELEASE
It is a matter of great satisfaction to us that 15 countries voted withSri Lanka, despite the intensity of pressure, in a variety of forms, exerted on them all.  We convey to them our warm thanks and deep appreciation.  We also thank sincerely the 8 countries which, by abstaining, declined to support the Resolution.  With 15 countries voting withSri Lanka, and 8 countries abstaining, the final result was that 23 countries, out of a total of 47 members of the Human Rights Council, did not support the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/12)

ERIC SOLHEIM STRIPPED OF HIS POWER AND FIRED FROM CABINET IN NORWAY
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles
The Norway Broadcasting  (NRK) reported  the country’s UN special envoy to Sri Lankan peace process and the powerful leftist politician Eric Solheim has been stripped of his Ministerial titles-both of environmental issues and foreign aid and replaced by younger ones in the party in the country’s coalition government. In Sri Lanka his “peace process”  never won the confidence of the majority Sinhalese people and had been openly accused of being partial to the LTTE leadership. The late Anton Balasingham  ,a fellow leftist traveler like him had high praise for him and a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/12)

UN to probe West Bank settlements-Netanyahu slams UN Human Rights Council as “hypocritical” after the passage of 5 resolutions condemning Israel
By ILAN BEN ZION and RAPHAEL AHREN Courtesy The Times of Israel
UN Human Rights Council passed five resolutions against Israel on Thursday, including one resolution calling for a UN investigation into Israeli settlements, triggering fierce reactions from Israeli and American diplomats. Thirty-six countries voted in favor of the resolution condemning Israel’s settlement policy and calling on Israel ”to reverse the settlement policy in the occupied territories,” as a first step towards dismantling all of the Jewish communities in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights. The resolution also called upon the Israeli government to adopt stricter measures... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/12)

US resolution has set a very dangerous precedent - SL
Courtesy The Island March 23, 2012, 10:11 pm
Sri Lanka has, in a note prepared by Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam for the African group, as requested by External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris, warned the UNHRC members of the dangers of the US resolution on Sri Lanka. Working with an initial draft provided by the Advisor to Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, she was able to get this done late March 19 night, so it was also available for distribution the next morning to a meeting of the South American group, which was addressed by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha along with Jeevan Thiagarajan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/12)

After Geneva
The Island Editorial
No sooner had the US resolution on Sri Lanka been passed than the UNP asked the government to get cracking with the LLRC recommendations. Addressing the media yesterday morning, UNP spokesman Lakshman Kiriella warned that non-compliance on the part of the government would pave the way for an international probe. He is known for crying wolf, which seems to be his favourite pastime, and one may not take his prophesies seriously. But, the general consensus in this country is that there is an element of danger in the resolution, though India has tweaked it to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/12)

Massacre a revenge promised by US soldiers?
Courtesy RT TV News
The Pentagon now has to deal with accusations by Afghans that it was not an accidental shooting committed by a possibly mentally-unstable soldier, but rather a planned revenge by US troops. Residents from the villages where the rampage took place claim soon after a roadside bomb accident that happened on March 7 or 8, some US soldiers came and threatened that the habitants would be punished for what they called “supporting anti-US forces”. "The soldiers called all the people to come out of their houses and from the mosque," Ghulam Rasool, a tribal elder from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/12)

Friends, Foes, Eunuchs and Lackeys
Janaka Yagirala
Before anything, the most sincere gratitude to all nations that voted against the US and EU (aka axis of evil) resolution against our motherland. Russia and China have always been our true friends. Same has to be said about brave little Cuba, living in the shadow of the Yankee empire. Heartiest thanks to Bangladesh, Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mauritania, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Uganda. The word eunuch best describes all countries that didn't vote. Such feckless countries are no better than discarded dental floss. When a bully tries to meddle in their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

US/UNHRC Resolution against Sri Lanka & India s(h)itting Vo(mi)ting with USA.
by mahinda karunaratne
 In an unexpected scenario India decided to vote with USA against the resolution and it is more than clear that Sri Lanka lacks the number of votes needed to defeat it, at the US Thuggery on member countries to vote with them.  It’s now well known to all and every sector of the society here in Sri Lanka and other places that the US hegemony prevails regardless of injustice. Why USA brings in resolution is also well known. The dramatic outcome is that India even betrayed Rajiv who was murdered by US/CIA /LTTE alliance and standing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

Colossus Philip Gunawardena shows us the way
by Garvin Karunaratne
Half a century ago I was privileged to be one of the youngest lieutenants handpicked to implement the Paddy Lands Act, the magnificent piece of legislation devised by the visionary leader Hon Philip Gunawardena to allay all the ills of peasant agriculture in Sri Lanka.  It was a time when our country, basking in the early glory of independence, was seeking new roots to serve the people. Hon Philip Gunawardena was a man of the people, loved by the people and admired by all who worked under him. With a background of academic expertise gained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

'Indo-Lanka ties cordial despite Indian shift over resolution'-Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
Published: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012, 21:51 IST | Updated: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012, 22:40 IST Place: COLOMBO | Agency: PTI
  Sri Lanka's ties with India remains cordial as they have been at all times, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said here on Wednesdau, as he pointed to "domestic political compulsions" for New Delhi's change of stance on a US-sponsored resolution on alleged rights abuses. Rajapaksa, the powerful younger brother of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, was responding to India's change of stance regarding the resolution sponsored by the US to censure Colombo for alleged human rights violations at the ongoing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Your Statement in Lok Sabha-Inclination to Vote for the US Motion at the UNHRC
Mahinda Gunasekera Canada
 Dr. Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India New Delhi, India Dear Prime Minister,  Your Statement in Lok Sabha-Inclination to Vote for the US Motion at the UNHRC
 I refer to your statement made in the Lok Sabha on March 20, 2012, about the Indian Government’s inclination to vote in favour of the US Motion at the UNHRC which aims to allow the international community to intervene in Sri Lanka’s domestic process of healing the conflict and reconciling the constituent communities within the island.  You had also intimated that you hoped that such a move... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

G.L.PIRIS IS FULLY RESPONSIBLE- MIGHT IS RIGHT
By Stanley Perera-Kandy
Although USA is bankrupt, $140 million was spent in buying votes at the UNHRC.  Eight voters were kept silenced. Twenty four voters supported the resolution against Sri Lanka including the world’s most unreliable and untrustworthy Indians.  Those Indians must realise first and foremost that Sri Lanka is faced with the current situation created by Indian made TERRORIST group LTTE.  When India is wholly and fully responsible in creating the Terrorist outfit and India voting against the country that wiped out the LTTE terrorists what should the world call Indians?  It is un-imaginable how mean, cruel and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

Manipulation of the body of young Balasinghman-Further excesses of Channel 4
by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP-Courtesy The Island
March 22, 2012, 8:44 pm In dealing with the allegations made by Channel 4, one needs to look carefully at what they present as their most damning evidence, the pictures of the dead body of Prabhakaran’s son. The killing of a child is always shocking and, unlike the celebrated Elie Wiesel, who excused the killing of members of Osama bin Laden’s family on the grounds that ‘it was bin Laden himself who placed them in harm’s way’, I do not think that is in any sense an excuse. We must... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

American resolution nothing but a Trojan horse
By Bandu de  Courtesy The Island
Jehan Perera writing in The Island of 12th March 2012 seems to propose a conciliatory attitude towards the amended US Draft Resolution (D/R) now before the UNHRC. His reasons seem to be that the amended D/R differs in a significant area of its concern from the previous draft that had been in circulation; that the present draft no longer specifies the issue of serious violations of international law and prosecutions for them as in the previous draft…..instead it seeks to provide for an international role in monitoring the implementation of the resolution and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

LLRC, USA resolution,reconciliation and sovereignty – II
By Nalin de Silva Courtesy The Island
 March 20, 2012, 5:26 pm
 Now what is the record of the western countries as far as reconciliation is concerned. Do the Afro Americans enjoy the same privileges as the European Americans? Obama follows the white Anglo Saxon Protestant (WASP) culture irrespective of the colour of his skin and he is only a token just as much the Afro American characters in the US television shows are there to show the world that the blacks are enjoying very high standards of life. Can Robert Blake come with statistics on poverty... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

What are the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables?
DR  Hector Perera    London
Due to their nutritional and health benefits, it's recommended that fruit and vegetables form the basis of our diet, with a minimum intake of five portions each day that is about a third of our daily food consumption. My mind went back to Sri Lanka, those days we never thought about the importance of these fruits and vegetables, just ate simply because they were available in plentiful. I lost count the varieties of fruits and vegetables available in the market. Some of these fruits were plentiful or available only in certain time of the year... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

A New Heaven and Earth for Global Peace – Ahmadiyya Founder’s Day – March 23.
By A. Abdul Aziz
 Islam, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the Holy Qur’an: Islam means ‘Peace and submission to the will of Allah’. It was the message brought by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah upon him). Muhammad (PBUH) received a revelation from Allah in which he was told that Allah alone was worthy of worship and nothing else was equal to Him and that Islam was the final and complete religion for mankind. Muhammad (PBUH) helped the poor, liberated slaves and established equal rights for women. He told his followers to be patient during hardship and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/12)

Is America trying to “murder” UNO with the resolution against Sri Lanka, to facilitate interfering into internal affairs of Sovereign States ?
By Charles.S.Perera
 What America tries to enact by its resolution  against Sri Lanka is virtually the elimination of the role of the UNO with its Security Council Sanctions, to enable for it to intervene along with its western allies to  interfere into the internal affairs of the Sovereign States of the Developing countries.  Therefore the African countries still not decided about the vote on the 23rd March, in Geneva on the resolution of America have to wake up before it is too late to stop the manoeuvres of America to facilitate the implementation of  its new “doctrine” of regime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

Whatever UNHRC decides – Sri Lanka remains united
Shenali Waduge
The spate of civil unrest that was artfully staged to create regime change throughout Middle East and other parts of the world has been somewhat hard to come by for foreign intelligence coup operators in Sri Lanka. It is because these countries have vested faith and money in local mouthpieces that locals know to be misfits of society who are being paid to vocalize gibberish. Sri Lanka will not fall like the other victims.  Across the world there is a message in all the demonstrations taking place – it is to show solidarity of a nation that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

ජයග්‍රහණය!
චන්ද්‍රසේනපණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
දිනුවද පැරදුනද සතුරගෙ රජ               දහනේ මේ බිම තුල තිබෙන හැම අපහට          ඔනේ පරබලු බැල්ලියන් සිටියද උන්            යහනේ නුඹ බිය නොවන් පුතු මම  වෙමි නුඹෙ  සහනේ රජබව ලැබව මේ බිම් විකුණන්             කෑව පරබලු කමට සතුරන් හා එක්                 වූව ජනපතිනියන් බිරුවට සිට උන්                ගාව දියණියෙ නුඹ වෙයන්         රට  සුරකින  දේව සතුරා සමග එසවෙන අ ත් දෙස බල මින්නේ මිතුරා කවුද යන බව අපසැම දැන   ගන්නේ මතුරා විනය සතුරා වෙතු විසි   කරමින්නේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

OPEN LETTER TO MANMOHAN SINGH-MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS
By Stanley Perera-Kandy
My dear fellow Singh, I read in the news media that you are siding with the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka a member country of UNO.  You have forgotten the fact that Sri Lanka is faced with the consequences for annihilating the separatist, racist and terrorists Tamil Tiger Terrorists created by your India.  The root cause of the problem is India.  Are you trying to forget this fact? Are you trying to forget the fact that India is the only country in the world where cast discrimination is rampant like a plague? Are you trying to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

AMERICAN MONEY TREES ARE FLUTTERING WITH DOLLARS
Malin Abeyatunge
American money trees would be  fluttering with dollars (when thousands and thousands Americans are homeless and starving) in some of the African, Latin American and Middle eastern countries to entice the dollar greed nations to pick the dollars up in return to support the USA’s resolution against Sri Lanka. These Dirty  Dollars will continue to flow to these countries until the date of the resolution is to be brought against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC, may be on the 22 or 23 March 2012. Those nations from Africa and Latin American countries who would fall for American... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

“All forms of extremism run completely contrary to the real teachings of Islam”. – Ahmadiyya Supreme Head.
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
 According to our Press Department, U.K., on 17 March 2012, The World Muslim Leader Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Jama’at) in Islam inaugurated the new Baitul Atta Mosque in Wolverhampton, which is a major city, in the West Midlands, U.K. Upon arriving at the premises, His Holiness officially inaugurated the Mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and then offering a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty. Thereafter a tree was planted by His Holiness to further mark the occasion. After... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

TOWARDS WONDER OF ASIA WITH REGIONAL AND WORLD PEACE-Unity is Strength: Let us Unite as a Nation and a Group of Likeminded Nations in the World
Sarath.Wijesinghe  LL.M ( London) Solicitor & Attorney-at-Law - Ambassador of Sri Lanka to United Arab Emirates, former Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority
 Sri Lanka is a Senior Member  Sri Lanka is a senior member of the world family maintaining high standards of Human Rights on international standards which is not an alien system to us. Our culture is based on amity, goodwill and loving kindness. Sri Lankans are famous for friendship and warmth where all ethnic groups live in harmony for thousands of years until the Western domination and invaders disturbed our long cherished values and culture.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

Business chambers issue strong statement; corporates stage walk out protesting US-led resolution in Geneva
The private sector yesterday in unison joined the growing chorus across the country against the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva planning to move a resolution against alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. “The joint chambers of commerce of Sri Lanka express concern over the resolution to be tabled at the UNHRC against Sri Lanka,” the private sector grouping said in a statement yesterday. It stressed that the Government of Sri Lanka had on numerous occasions expressed its commitment to fully implement the LLRC proposals in an expeditious manner. “The business community will fully support... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

BREAKING NEWS - Kotte Murders,Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera targeted by unidentified gang.
Mahinda Gunasekera Toronto
We have been commenting on the breakdown of law and order, politicians being above the law, politicization of the Police Service, the non-application of the rules of law equally to all citizens, and a general feeling of lack of security prevailing in the minds of the people.  The Island Newspaper too carried an editorial on this subject asking the political leaders to wake up to the ugly situation and to crack down on crime, drug trafficking, and politicians riding roughshod and getting away with no penalties. On our last visit to Sri Lanka, four of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/12)

GENEVA UNHRC: US-EU flutists and Indian cobra dance
By Mario Perera, Kadawata
What the world is made to watch is a scene of US-EU flute blowers and the Indian Sikh cobra (called our ‘relation’) now come in to the open, twisting and turning to the tune, in a dance akin to that of Salome’s seven veils. The only difference being that the Sikh has so little to shed and only his disgrace to display. History it is said repeats itself first as a tragedy and then as a farce. The Geneva Resolution it would now appear, is a re-enactment in its aspect of a farce, of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

‘Breaking India’ and the fight at UNHRC about the LLRC Report
C. Wijeyawickrema
 Introduction             American and European politicians who got humiliated after failing to rescue Prabakaran from the battle filed in May 1910, are now trying in Geneva for the second time to put Sri Lanka on the separatist trap by intimidating Sri Lanka to allow one or two of their agents to sit at an office in Colombo in “helping” in implementing the LLRC report. From their point of view this innocent-looking plan is possible and workable because Colombo is replete with Eurocentric politicians and officers who are for the 13-A plus game. Even the cabinet has a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

Fighting the US-India Resolution Starts with the Economy
Dilrook Kannangara
The US-India resolution has nothing to do with human rights. It is all about creating a platform for US-Indian military and political presence in the island for their geopolitical needs. Sri Lankan government is unable to say no to India. If the Indian government is against any policy, the Sri Lankan government retracts it. India’s anti-Sri Lanka policy is as clear as clarity can be but there is absolutely nothing the government can do about it. India as it is comprises only part of the problem. The economy is in the hands of Indians and most exports... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

Sri Lanka is aware of India’s “inclinations”
Shenali Waduge
 “As regards the issue of a draft resolution initiated by the United States at the on-going 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, we do not yet have the final text of the Resolution. However, I may assure the House that we(India) are inclined to vote in favour of a Resolution, that, we hope, will advance our objective, namely, the achievement of the future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka that is marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect.” Thus spoke India’s Prime Minister on 19 March 2012. Was there anything to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

Shadow Government – freemason’s agenda of one world order programme – (This is the Truth)
By  S.T De Silva
Many people are not aware of this term “shadow government” or even if they are they would certainly keep hush about the topic. But if you are a true patriot, liberty loving soul you certainly would  want to reveal  the hidden agendas of the  shadow government and  fight against the one world government. There is enough proof to enlighten a person with regards to their agendas namely the incidents taking place in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Libya, or rather the Middle East, Africa and now in Sri Lanka from the south East Asian region. Especially in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

Indian Prime Minister's "inclination" statement on the US Resolution on Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
20 March 2012 OPEN LETTER  to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh of India    South Block, Raisina Hall, New Delhi, India 110011 Dear Prime Minister: I just read your “inclinations” on voting on the Resolution on Sri Lanka in Geneva.  You said. “As regards the issue of a draft resolution initiated by the United States at the on-going 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, we do not yet have the final text of the Resolution.  However, I may assure the House that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

While The Indian PM Ponders Over Supporting The US Led Accusations Against Sri Lanka At the UNHRC In Geneva, Some Indian Politicians Condemn It Justifiably And Rationally.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
March 19th 2012 Breaking News from India suggests that while the stand of the Ruling BJP relative to the US led finger pointing at Sri Lanka At The UNHRC sessions in Geneva appears to be supportive and in favour of the accusations, one of the Opposition parties the RSS has said on Sunday that India should not support the US-sponsored resolution in the UN against the Sri Lankan government on alleged human rights violations, calling it an attempt by the West to dictate to a democratic government.  While demanding that the Indian government should make... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

NO FIRE ZONE WAS DECLARED ONLY FOR CIVILLIAN USE
Members of Sinhala Nation
One of the issues raised at the 19th Geneva session in regard to Sri Lanka is the question of SL Army’s shelling the NO FIRE ZONE (NFZ) during the last few weeks or days before the conclusion of the LTTE terrorism. Let’s assume for the sake argument that the SL Army actually did shell the said NFZ. The declared area of the NFZ was about 25 sq kms. When it was declared by the GOSL, the civilians as well as all the LTTE terrorists including their leader went into the NFZ and they were there... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/12)

Iraq and the limits of US power
By Paul Mutter
Indeed, with Iran now able to meddle in Iraq in ways it never could have with Saddam Hussein in power, the country will be more able to contest US-Israeli hegemony in the Middle East. The grim irony, notes Ted Galen Carpenter, is that by invading Iraq in 2003, "the United States has paid a terrible cost - some $850 billion and more than 4,400 dead American soldiers - to make Iran the most influential power in Iraq". Few, if any, of the war's architects and boosters will now concede this, even as they raise alarm... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 20/03/12)

Muddying the waters, the Indian way
The Island Editorial March 19, 2012, 12:00 pm
India continues to blow hot and cold about the US resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva. Its gobbledygook defies comprehension, to say the least. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday told the Lok Sabha that India was inclined to vote for it if it covers 'our objectives namely the achievement of a future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka that is based on equality, dignity, justice and self respect'. It was only the other day that the Indian government made it very clear that it was opposed to any country-specific... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

LTTE fabricated videos to gain propaganda advantage: ex-rebel
PTI
Colombo, Mar 19 (PTI) The Tamil Tigers fabricated video footage to demonise Sri Lankan military and distributed them among international media to gain propaganda advantage, the now defunct LTTE's former media co-ordinator has claimed. Velayudam Dayanidhi alias Daya Master told state-owned ITN television that fabricated footage produced in 2002 during the ceasefire with the army was distributed internationally. "The footage used by Channel 4 are those fabricated footage issued by the LTTE," Daya Master said. The British Channel 4 television telecast video footage titled 'Sri Lanka killing fields 1 and 2' and 'Sri Lanka killing fields - war crimes... -Full Story-
(moneycontrol.com - 19/03/12)

Loose Lips Sink Ships – The Statement that Snowballed into Absurd War Crimes Allegations
Dilrook Kannangara
On July 10, 2009 a facilitation ceremony was held at Dharmashoka College, Ambalangoda for General Sarath Fonseka. There is no doubt General Fonseka was at the forefront of winning the war. However, it was a statement he made in Ambalangoda that caused immense trouble for Sri Lanka. The current UN resolution quagmire cropped up based on that statement and its subsequent snowballing. Quote: I managed the war like a true soldier. I did not make decisions from A/C rooms. I was under pressure to stop the war even during the final phase. I got messages not to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

Channel 4 News must choose between journalism and advocacy propaganda regarding Sri Lanka
Engage Sri Lanka Press Release
Engage Sri Lanka’s media monitoring project, Sri Lanka Media Watch, has called upon Britain’s Channel 4 News programme to choose between legitimate journalism and advocacy propaganda in its focus on Sri Lanka. In its most recent programme, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished”, screened on 14 March 2012, Channel 4 News sought to make new claims regarding the last few weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war, fought between the government and LTTE rebels, which ended in May 2009. This was the second hour-long programme made by Channel 4 News on the subject.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

India to vote against Sri Lanka: PM
The Island
India likely to back the US resolution to the UNHRC on accountability and reconciliation issues in Sri Lanka, to be taken up in Geneva this week, the government says that it is opposed to external monitoring of the implementation of the LLRC recommendations.   Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday told a joint sitting of parliament that his government was "inclined to vote in favour of the US Resolution if it covers our objectives, namely the achievement of a future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka based on equality, dignity, justice and self respect."   "We... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

සාම - ඇගයීමේ ඉත්තෝ සහ නොම උගත් පාඩම්
Mahinda Weerasinghe
ඹෘ - නෝර්වීජියානු විදේශ කාර්යාලය ීඛඵඵ  - ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා විපරම් මෙහෙය ඨධීඛ  - ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා රජය  ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ සාම පහසුකම් සැලසුම්කරු ලෙස 2002 - 2009 අතර කාලයේ ර`ග පෑ නෝර්වේ රට. ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ‘උගත් පාඩම්’ වාර්තාව ඉදිරිපත් කිරිමටත් පෙර උපක‍්‍රමික ලෙස වැට පැන්නේය. එසේ කලේ සිය ව්‍යසනකාරී භූමිකාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් ව්‍යාකූල බවත් ඇතිකිරීමේ හා සාවද්‍ය තොරතුරු ම`ගින් රැුවටීමේ අදහසිනි. ‘සාම ඇගයීමේ ඉත්තෝ’ යන මාතෘකාවෙන් හැ`දින් වූ මෙම වාර්තාව, හීන බුද්ධික නෝර්වීජියානුන්කිහිපදෙනෙකු හැර වෙන කිසිවෙකු නොම`ග හැරීමට සමත් නොවීය.  ‘ඉත්තන් ........’ පිළිබ`ද අපූරු දේ නම්, බොහෝ නෝර්වීජියානුන් එවැන්නක් තිබු බව වත් නොදැන සිටීමයි. ජනප‍්‍රිය මාධ්‍ය ම`ගින් මේ පිළිබ`ද කිසිවක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

bid to ‘divide and rule’
Written by  Arthur Wamanan, Sandun Jayawardana The Nation
The documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished”, was aired by Britain’s Channel 4 on Wednesday (14). The documentary is a follow-up to last year’s controversial documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”. The new documentary, made by the same team reiterates accusations on “War Crimes” during the latter stages of the conflict. It also makes new accusations on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself to indiscriminate killings of civilians and summary executions of captured LTTE fighters. The film was released at a time when Sri Lanka finds itself... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

Channel 4’s - A Review
Written by  Indi Samarajiva-The Nation
What really happened was the Sri Lanka’s forces rescued thousands of people who were cornered by the LTTE at gunpoint to protect from its impending defeat Channel 4’s new doc is still malicious agitprop, wrapped around a seed of truth. People suffered and died, but Channel 4 – like Kony 2012 to a degree – is too quick to use that suffering to further a simplistic agenda. They completely ignore the history and context of Sri Lanka’s civil war and instead offer up war porn, strategically staged by the LTTE, proposing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

Rajpal Abeynayake countered well the claims made about media freedom by Nimalka Fernando
Several NGO personalities are currently in Geneva, supporting the US Resolution, along with key members of pro-LTTE groups in the West such as Fr. Emmannuel of the London-based Global Tamil Forum and representatives of Amnesty International (Peter Splinter) and Channel 4 (John Snow). The Sri Lankan delegation as well as others have taken these individuals head-on in various side events in Geneva and countered their claims. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu (CPA), seen together with Fr. Emmannuel, who openly praised him (Saravanamuttu), remained silent when Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha strongly countered criticism against Sri Lanka. There has been much reference to the latest Channel... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

Rebuttal – the latest Channel 4 Video
By Siri Hewawitharana Asian Tribune
Somehow Channel 4 is recycling old footage as new evidence with compliant forensic pathologist called Prof Derrick Pounder to evaluate photographic evidence, but without a body. This goes against all forensic science and he was caught before trying to assertion time of death in a criminal case so that his findings will fit the police report. He was challenged by a reputable forensic expert in Scotland, Professor Busuttil. (Link below) Fortunately for the accused, due to Professor Busuttil intervention man who was convicted due to Prof Derrick Pounder’s dark science walk free.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

Killing spree continues in Syria City of Homs a virtual ghost city
By Latheef Farook
 Rivers of innocent people’s blood, especially in and around the Sunni Muslim city of Homs, flow while indiscriminate bombing turned Syrian cities and villages into virtual graveyards causing untold misery to harmless people.    Senseless bombing and destruction of infrastructure deprived people of food, water, electricity and shelter forcing them to abandon their homes and flee for safety, leaving all their belongings, and languish in refugee camps in appalling conditions in neighboring Turkish and Lebanese villages.  Since the peaceful demonstrations began a year ago in Syria more than 8000 people were killed and tens of thousands... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

Toxicity of Vitamins
By, Dr. Nishan Wijesinha (Consultant/Director) MIS Services 107, St. Antony's Road, Colombo 3
When people start to look around for supplements they naturally are looking to get the most for their money. That is only natural. And of course the companies that sell vitamins try to get your attention by printing in large print how much each capsule or pill contains: this one has 400 IU´s, another 4000, and a third 10,000 IU. The use of supplements is increasing and so is the number of fortified foods. The question that arises, is whether we need to worry about getting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/12)

One for the Goose & None for the Gander - The Double-Faced Strategy of the West Against Sri Lanka
Prof. Hudson McLean
 Many a patriot as well as sane writers have published their opinions in LankaWeb on the USA-Western assault on Sri Lanka for destroying terrorism of LTTE Tamil Tigers.  However, the Americans and the West have decided that Sri Lanka which is placed in the strategic maritime lanes between the West and East, should be the "whipping-boy", since their old target USSR, Iraq, Osama bin Laden, Libya are no more.  It was pointed out that -; Example One: The bullet-ridden body of the son of LTTE Terrorist Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was displayed, with wounds of bullet holes,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for the Panjwai massacre
Ajit Randeniya
 The ‘Panjwai massacre’ in Afghanistan last week by an American Army Staff Sergeant named Robert Bales, and possibly others, came in the wake of a string of war crimes committed by US troops there, including the burning of Qurans, Marines urinating on dead Afghan bodies, and murder of civilians by soldiers formed in to ‘kill units’.  Washington so far has offered the civilised world nothing other than the usual deluge of predictable outpourings of feigned sympathies and promises of’ investigations’: Obama phoned the Afghan puppet Hamid Karzai and offered condolences and described that the massacre as “outrageous... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

Words of Advice to UNHRC members wanting to remain “sovereign”
Shenali Waduge
The games have begun at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. More significant than the US resolution against Sri Lanka is the methods being used to target a tiny nation in South Asia. Middle East conquest by US and its cohorts is almost over; the next region will be Asia. Maldives was one such victim. There is a steady pattern in all the maneuverings taking place. The UNHRC members comprise sovereign nations of which only a handful are diehard US worshipers. UNHRC member countries must realize the logic behind any resolution where the country is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

First Nations appeal = Sri Lankan Appeal to Canada
Asoka Weeerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
18 March 2012 Hon. John Baird, PC. MP. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada House of Commons, Ottawa.  Dear John Baird: What is this that I read that “Manitoba First Nations’ bid for housing help from Iran slammed by Ottawa".  The news item  also said, “The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record”, said Joseph Lavoie, spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Wow! Wow!!  John, you certainly don’t ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

DEFEND LANKA PATRIOTIC FOUNDATION- POLITICALLY UNAFFILIATED
By Stanley Perera-kandy.
Recently formed DFEND LANKA PATRIOTIC FOUNDATION is totally un-affiliated with political parties.  The independently operating organisation’s prime objective is to take class action against TNA.  Thereafter pursue on  Pillayan and Rauf Hakeem. The author of the organisation views Spanish private litigation as an example.  Judge Balthazar Guzone was barred for 20 years by a private litigation filing action in Spanish Court.  Precedence has been set now worldwide that all litigations need not be taken up by the government.  Not knowing about this litigation matter the author of the Defend Lanka Patriotic Foundation was formed to take... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

DS Senanayake
Senanayake played an active role in the independence movement first supporting his brother Fredrick Richard Senanayake and after his death in 1926, D. S. took his place Legislative Council and lead the independence movement. In 1931 when he was elected to the State Council, and went on to become Minister of Agriculture and Lands. He combated Ceylon's agricultural problems effectively, and established the LDO, an agricultural policy that countered Ceylon's rice problems. This policy earned him respect, and he continued to be a minister for fifteen years. He also enforced "Agricultural Modernisation", which increased production output. During World War II... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

ගල් පල්ලියේ ශාපය!
චන්ද්‍රසේන  පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
කොල්ලුපිටියේ, පොල්වත්තේ, ශාන්ත මයිකල් දේවස්ථානයේ වැඩසිටින්නාවූ දෙවියන්වහන්ස, කුඩා කල පටන්ම ඔබ වහන්සේගේ  සෙවනේ හැදී වැඩී, පෝෂිතවී, ඔබ වහන්සේගේ දේව මහිමයෙන්ම, ශිල්ප ශාස්ත්‍ර හැදෑරීමට බිෂොප් විද්‍යාලයට ඇතුලත් වී අධ්‍යාපනය ලද ඒ කුඩා දැරිවියගේ වර්තමාන ක්‍රියා කලාපය සම්බන්ධව කරුණු කියා සිටීමට ඔබවහන්සේ තරම් සුදුසු අයෙක් නැතැයි මම තරයේ විශ්වාස කරමි. එම කුඩා දැරිවිය, මව්පිය සෙවනේ හැදී වැඩෙන විට අප දුටුවේ මේ රටට අනාගතය සුන්දර කරන්න සුපිපි මලක් සේය. මවගේ ආදරය, පියාගේ රැකවරණයට අමතරව ඇය සමග දිනපතාම පාසල වෙත ගිය රැකවලාද අප මතකයේ මනාව සටහන්ව තියේ. මේ දැරිවිය සැබෑ ලෙසම ත්‍රිකෝණගත ජීවිතයක් ගත කල සැබෑ සුන්දර යුවතියක්ව සිටියාය. නිවස,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

United States war crimes
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The armed forces of the United States of America have committed war crimes sporadically throughout their history. Most, but not all contemporary war crimes are defined by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Geneva Conventions, and the associated laws of war under international law.[1] War crimes in the United States can be prosecuted through the War Crimes Act of 1996 but the US government does not accept the Jurisdiction of the ICC over its military forces.[2] United States violations of the laws of war falling under the rubric of jus in bello are discussed in... -Full Story-
(en.wikipedia.org - 18/03/12)

Pages in category "Massacres committed by the United Kingdom"
The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).... -Full Story- (en.wikipedia.org - 18/03/12)

DS Senanayake
Senanayake played an active role in the independence movement first supporting his brother Fredrick Richard Senanayake and after his death in 1926, D. S. took his place Legislative Council and lead the independence movement. In 1931 when he was elected to the State Council, and went on to become Minister of Agriculture and Lands. He combated Ceylon's agricultural problems effectively, and established the LDO, an agricultural policy that countered Ceylon's rice problems. This policy earned him respect, and he continued to be a minister for fifteen years. He also enforced "Agricultural Modernisation", which increased production output. During World War II... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 18/03/12)

Political estimations and minimax strategies in Indo-Sri Lanka relations
R Chandrasoma
India will gain the most if it can make Sri Lanka a ‘client state’ and thus treat the Island Nation as a protege that will always act in ways favourable to its larger and more powerful neighbor. This strategy of imposed subservience will be stoutly resisted by Sri Lanka as it is patently a bad deal in in terms of trade and foreign policy– leaving aside the affront to its dignity as an ancient and independent nation. It is clear that such a policy if pursued by India will not only result in failure but can have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

Defence Secy. responds to C4 allegations Defence Secy. responds to C4 allegations
By Shamindra Ferdinando-The Island
March 16, 2012, 9:37 pm Having failed to throw a fresh lifeline to the LTTE, an irate former British Foreign Secretary David Wright Miliband called President Mahinda Rajapaksa and senior Sri Lankan political and military figures liars. ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields II: War Crimes Unpunished’ telecast on Wednesday in support of the US-led bid to move a resolution at the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) targeting GoSL, quoted Miliband as having made the remark during a discussion with US Diplomats in Colombo. Miliband’s remark wouldn’t have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

Sri Lankan war crime ..pls watch, sri lanka killing filed - please foward as many as you can-Reply to Greening Globe (A Green Future)"
Tilak Dissanayake
I am not sure who you are, but please don't get suckered by the LTTE Diaspora who wants to see the war continue on so that they can realize their dream of a mono-ethnic Tamil separatist homeland.  Please look at Israel as living proof of how wrong this aspiration is.  Most people who live in Sri Lanka (Tamils included), other than the LTTE diaspora, are delighted that the war is over militarily. Is there discrimination in Sri Lanka?  Of course.  Is there discrimination in other countries?  Of course.  Just ask the African American Harvard professor who was arrested by a Caucasian policemen in Boston while... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

Blake's Doublespeak - March 16,2012
Ira de Silva London, Ontario.Canada
The Editor The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka Dear Sir: It is not only Blake that does "doublespeak". What about the spokespersons of the U.K., Canada, EU and Australia? No doubt as seen at the UN in Geneva at the present sessions, it is the U.S. that has spearheaded the resolution, which is a veiled attempt to interfere in the internal matters of a sovereign country. It is these same countries that brought the resolution against  against Sri Lanka in 2009 fully supported by the Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. The irony is that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

In the light of the following report with regard to the Amnesty International
Malin Abeyatunge
In the light of the following report with regard to the Amnesty International’s recent attempt to humiliate Sri Lanka for having defeated the most brutal terrorist organization-LTTE, I thought it would be appropriate to reproduce the letter I wrote and published in many patriotic websites on 1 March 2012..  Quote”Ahead of a crucial vote in the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva seeking to censure Sri Lanka on alleged war-time human rights violations, Amnesty International on Tuesday raised the pitch, saying the world body must support an independent international investigation into Sri Lanka’s accountability issues, according to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/12)

In America, TV watches you: CIA to spy on people through household items
RT
With a growing number of ‘smart gadgets,’ spying on homes may start to become much easier. In fact, CIA Chief David Petraeus admitted that Americans were effectively bugging themselves and making it easy for spy agencies to peek in on their lives. ­Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, Petraeus noted that new devices that link ‘dumb’ home appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and lighting systems to the Internet could “change our notion of secrecy.” “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies, particularly to their effect on... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 18/03/12)

Kandahar slaughter preplanned, executed by squad – Afghan top brass
RT
The Afghan Army Chief of Staff says the slaughter of 16 civilians, including nine children, in Kandahar province was a premeditated assassination carried out by a number of servicemen, RIA Novosti reports, citing Afghan media. Lt. General Sher Mohammad Karimi’s harsh condemnation of the March 11 mass murder flies in the face the version of events posited by the NATO-led security mission. The Top command of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) insists that the butchery was carried out by just one man – Staff Sgt. Robert Bales – who went on a killing spree for unknown reasons. Lt.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 17/03/12)

Reject US Sponsored Resolution – A Response to Jehan Perera
Dilrook Kannangara
Writing to The Island, Jehan Perera says, “use conciliatory diplomacy with US sponsored resolution”. His analysis is flawed on a number of counts. Trying to compare the US sponsored resolution at the UNHRC to a previous incident that isn't even remotely comparable to the current crisis lays bare one main flaw in the analysis. Further, he totally ignores geopolitics that is at the heart of the matter. Geopolitics in the region made a U-turn since 1991. New realities must be appreciated in order to understand and respond to emerging issues. Diplomacy is not about a diplomatic surrender... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

LTTE leader killed his child copying Magda Goebbels
- Kumar Moses
Magda Goebbels wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, out of loyalty towards the cause and to avoid humiliation poisoned six of her children to death. It was eerily similar to the predicament the LTTE leader was in. Although the battle strategies were different, the Sri Lankan army was closing in on his ever shrinking area of control just like the Soviet Army closed in on Hitler’s shrinking Berlin. It was crystal clear to both Hitler and Prabakaran, and their closest loyalists that their game was up. A humiliating defeat and uncertainty was laughing on their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

The US involvement in pushing for War Crimes Investigation against Sri Lanka
Anjalika Silva – A Sri Lankan American registered Democrat voter from Maryland USA
To The Honorable Hillary Clinton  Secretary of State Madam Secretary, as a US Citizen of Sri Lankan origin who supported you and contributed to your campaign in 2008, with a steady voting record as a Democrat, I am disappointed and shocked at the risks you are taking to push Sri Lanka into a corner for achieving what the US has not been able to do for many years.  My disappointment borders on anger at what the Sri Lanka issue is doing to divide the people in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

Israeli war crimes on Palestinians UN ignored its own reports and resolutions?
By Latheef Farook
 Why does the United Nations remains silent on its own report on Israeli war crimes   on dehumanized and starving Palestinians in Gaza? Where are United States and its UNHCR resolution on Israeli war crimes?  These are questions no one dare ask. Raising such questions means paying heavy price- be it UNHRC Commissioner Navi Pillay, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon or even US President Barack Obama-as former US President Bill Clinton paid his price in the form of Monica Lewinsky scandal when he confronted the Jews during his so called peace talks between Palestinians and Israel.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

One sided Channel 4 film ‘ Killing fields ‘
Ben Silva
Channel 4 footage appear to show dramatised material, with the view of creating an anti Sri Lankan sentiment with viewers. This massively biased video footage has only one objective and this is to harm the image of Sri Lanka, that liberated itself from terrorism, that was funded by sources from the West. The video footage is expertly and carefully crafted to mislead the viewers, completely ignoring the fact that LTTE was the deadliest (FBI), cunning, ruthless terrorist outfit in the world. It has to be mentioned that LTTE killed two leaders of democratic states. Further, LTTE killed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—7 ATHA KOTA: ROBIN HOOD OF GALAGAMULLA
by Arcadius
Atha Kota (Man with Lost Hand) and his five younger sons lived a “primitive” life of hunting and gathering in an idyllic spot called Galagamulla on the foothills of Maligakanda. Kambura, the toddy tapper, was their closest neighbor. No wonder that the two families regaled themselves with a steady supply of toddy so much so that sobriety was the exception than the rule in their lives. They often killed the local fauna—porcupines, iguanas, wild boar and rabbits—and raided the backyard nurseries of others to gather food for their enjoyment even though manioc and banana plants grew in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

ආඩම්බරයි! ශ්රී ලංකා මාතාවණි ආඩම්බරයි!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
ඇමරිකාව ලෝකයේ සිටින බලවත්ම රාජ්‍යයයි. මේ බලවත්ම රාජ්‍යය ලෝකයේ තවත් ප්‍රබල රාජ්‍යයකට එරෙහිව ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයේ ජීනිවා නුවර පිහිටි මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සලයහි යෝජනාවක් ගෙන ඒමට සූදානමින් සිටී. ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තය යනු ලෝකයේ ප්‍රබලම ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ට රැකවරණය සපයන රාජ්‍යයයි. මෙම රාජ්‍යය ලොව පුරා සිටින සියළුම ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ගේ ගනු දෙනු සිදු කරන කේන්ද්‍රස්තානය වන අතර, ඇමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියන ගනනින් සිදුවෙන මේ මුදල් ගනුදෙනු හරහා ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයේ ආර්ථිකයට සුබ සාධක රාජ්‍යයක් මුහුණුවර ආරෝපිතව තිබේ. සුබ සාධක රාජ්‍යයට ත්‍රස්තවාදය, මත් ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම හා මිනිසුන් නීත්‍යානුකූලව ඝාතනය කිරීම හරහා විශාල ලෙස ආදායම් ලබන රටක් බවට පත්ව තිබේ. ලෝකයේ මහළු මිනිසුන් නීත්‍යානු කූලව මරා දැමීම සදහා සුපිරි ඝාතකාගාර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

Karzai blasts US over massacre probe: ‘I’m at the end of the rope’
Afghan President Hamid Karzai slams Washington for its lack of cooperation over the probe into the killing of 16 Afghan civilians who were shot by at least one US soldier on Sunday. Karzai says the US stance has put him "at the end of the rope." ­President Karzai says the Afghan delegation he has sent to look into the incident has not received the cooperation Kabul expected from American officials, reports the Associated Press. "The Afghan government didn't receive cooperation from the USA regarding the surrender of the US soldiers to the Afghan government. This (civilian casualties) has been going... -Full Story- (rt.com - 16/03/12)

Afghan massacre suspect on flight to US
RT
An American soldier suspected of shooting 16 civilians in Afghanistan on Sunday is being moved to a military base in Kansas, US officials say. ­Kuwait confirms the combatant suspected in the Afghan killings has left the country after a stopover. The soldier is expected to arrive at Fort Leavenworth on Friday afternoon, says his civilian attorney, John Henry Browne. According to Browne, his defendant could be tried at any major US garrison, but Afghanistan as an option is ruled out.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 16/03/12)

Up to 20 US troops behind Kandahar bloodbath - Afghan probe
RT
An Afghan parliamentary investigation team has implicated up to 20 US troops in the massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar early on Sunday morning. It contradicts NATO's account that insists one rogue soldier was behind the slaughter. ­The team of Afghan lawmakers has spent two days collating reports from witnesses, survivors and inhabitants of the villages where the tragedy took place. “We are convinced that one soldier cannot kill so many people in two villages within one hour at the same time, and the 16 civilians, most of them children and women, have been killed by the two... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 16/03/12)

US resolution criticises, surges beyond LLRC
by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka
 It is almost a crime to lie to the people and mislead them on a matter of vital national interest. When it is committed by politicians it is an act of unconscionable opportunism. When it is perpetrated by so-called intellectuals belonging to civil society, it is a counterfeiting of the currency of the intellect and the function of the educated, which is to educate the public.  One of the rankest untruths in the public domain today is that theUSresolution is innocuous and unobjectionable because it only seeks to commit the government ofSri Lankato implement its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

TERRORIST FRONTS IN CANADA TRAPS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Ministry of Defence and Urban Development - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) contributed C$ 50,000 to Amnesty International (AI) in Canada in January 2012. The CTC is a Front of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a ruthless terrorist group defeated in Sri Lanka. After supporting LTTE's terrorist agenda for a decade, CTC is today seeking to manipulate the Human Rights agenda. Fundraising campaign of pro – LTTE elements in Canada to raise funds for Amnesty International Amnesty... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

WHERE WERE THESE MUSLIM LEADERS DURING THE LAST THREE DECADES?
Malin Abeyatunge
Today’s Daily News (15/3/2012) reports that some Muslim leaders have lashed out at LTTE terrorism. Though it’s coming from the horses mouth, it is still  too late for the UNHRC to know how the LTTE  treated Muslims- another minority community in Sri Lankan conflict. When Muslims were evacuated from Jaffna within 24 hours by LTTE, the so called Muslim leaders never uttered a word against LTTE  and the poor Muslim people were totally left betrayed. When the LTTE started  ethnic cleansing of Muslims and Sinhalese villagers, Muslim leaders kept mum whilst the Sinhale leaders, journalists, Sinhala... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/12)

VIDEO: Ruthless – LTTE’s final crimes against humanity
The Defence and Urban Development Ministry today released a video titled ‘Ruthless – LTTE’s final crimes against humanity’. In the two part video series the first part depicts how the LTTE abducted 600 children from the St. Mary’s Church in Valayanmadam and shelling the church compound in March 21, 2009. The second part is of the massacre of disables, wounded cadres and civilians by the LTTE in Mullaivaikkal on 17 May, 2009.... -Full Story- (adaderana.lk - 16/03/12)

Response to the Channel 4 film on Sri Lanka on 14 March 2012
PRESS RELEASE-High Commission of Sri Lanka  London
The High Commission of Sri Lanka regrets that, once again, Channel 4 chose not to share the video footage or any of the other material upon which it purports to have relied, prior to broadcast. This denied the High Commission of Sri Lanka and the Government of Sri Lanka the rightful opportunity to address any concerns raised. This appears to be a continuation of the approach adopted by Channel 4 in its broadcast last year. That broadcast was severely criticised by many including the Sunday Times UK, which described the commentary to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/12)

Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation Counters Channel 4 Film
Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation,
In a statement from Geneva, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation, responded to claims in the latest Channel 4 film on Sri Lanka. Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha is currently Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and was re-elected leader of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka. Responding to Channel 4’s recent claims, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha explains that “[…] the deaths of civilians occurred largely because of the strategy of using civilians as human shields, and then fighting from amidst them. […]We did keep asking the ICRC to tell the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/12)

Sri Lanka asks: Why is Prabakaran’s son death any different from Children killed by LTTE?
Shenali Waduge
We ask the international community just one question. Why does international media, NGOs & Human Rights Groups and UN members attention get diverted ONLY towards a picture of a dead terrorist leaders son ignoring footage of innocent civilians & children killed by LTTE strikes over 30 years and not a single foreign documentary was released accusing LTTE of war crimes to seek justice for these killings? As expected sponsors have guaranteed Channel 4 another sequel to Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields which shows an image of Prabakaran’s son killed on 18 May 2009. No sooner it hit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/12)

A Good explanation of why Channel 4 are producing documentaries about Sri Lanka Called “ Sri Lanka Killing Fields” Using UK tax payers money .
The BBC reported http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12216603 Channel 4 will take more risks in an attempt to find new hit shows to fill the gap left by Big Brother, its chief executive has pledged. David Abraham said money previously spent on the reality show was now available for experimental new shows. Money has gone into "documentaries and factual as well as entertainment and drama," he told the Nations and Regions Media Conference in Salford. He added that advertising revenue had also "picked up reasonably robustly". The long-running reality game show, which came to an end in September, had been a summer staple on... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/03/12)

Blake’s doublespeak
Editorial Island News paper in Sri Lanka
"Experience in many civil conflicts around the world has shown that countries that don't take adequate measures to addres reconciliation and accountability frequently experience a regeneration of the insurgency that they faced. We could see very much that similar situation in Sri Lanka." Thus spake President Barack Obama's point man for South Asia, Robert Blake, the other day in an interview with the Associated Press. If the situation is so bad in Sri Lanka as Blake claims, why on earth has the US called for the withdrawal of military from the former... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/12)

Russian MPs tell EU to butt out
RT
Russian lawmakers have expressed their dissatisfaction with a European Parliament resolution, which labeled Russia's presidential election of March 4 “neither free nor fair.” The resolution, passed at a session of the European Union legislature in Strasbourg on Thursday, cited a declaration issued on March 5 by observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Russia's Central Election Commission (CEC) has come out in heated condemnation of the European Parliament resolution. "This is a super tendentious and groundless statement,” says CEC Deputy Chairman Stanislav Vavilov. “Everything is just the opposite – the election was free and fair."... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 15/03/12)

Bite your tongue: Russians wearying of Western criticism
RT
The next time you want to slam Russia, consider this: according to the results from a national poll, Russians are increasingly opposed to outside (Read: Western) disapproval of their internal situation. The Levada Center, a polling agency, released data on a nationwide survey taken in February that shows a marked trend toward domestic opposition to outside criticism – from the West in general, and the United States in particular. The percentage of Russians who believe that Moscow should stop paying attention to criticism from the West has surged five percentage points in the last two years, jumping from 45... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 15/03/12)

THE ROVING EYE War, Pipelineistan-style
Pepe Escobar
United States Secretary of State Hillary "We came, we saw, he died" Clinton's message to Pakistan was stark; try to go ahead with the IP (Iran-Pakistan) gas pipeline, and we're going to take you out financially. Islamabad, its economy in tatters, living in power-cut land, and desperate for energy, tried to argue. Pakistan's top official in the Petroleum and Natural Resources Ministry, Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, stressed that the 2,775-km, $1.5 billion IP was absolutely crucial for Pakistan's energy security. That fell on deaf ears. Clinton evoked "particularly damaging" sanctions - tied to Washington's push to isolate... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 15/03/12)

Obama hangs tough on Syria
By M K Bhadrakumar
The extraordinary Op-Ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday, "An alliance the world can count on", co-authored by the United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on the eve of the latter's visit to the US, announced beforehand that their talks would largely focus on Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, although there is no dearth of engrossing topics they could discuss - ranging from G-8 and G-20 to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria and saving lives in Somalia. So, what's the take? The Obama-Cameron joint press conference Wednesday... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 15/03/12)

Geneva Resolution: Sting is in the Tail
By Gomin Dayasri
Once deemed unthinkable may become inevitable if the Human Rights Council by a majority vote endorses the resolution proposed by the United States of punishing Sri Lanka for successfully eliminating terrorism comprehensively. The danger zone of the resolution lies in the final clause, which reads: - “Encourages the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, and the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above mentioned steps, and requests the Office of the High Commissioner to present a report... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

Member States of UNHRCouncil should understand the dangerous implication of USA resolution against Sri Lanka on Developing Countries.
By Charles.S.Perera
 Can the 47 Member States participating in the UNHuman Rights Council Sessions after the news of the massacre of 16 young and old Afghan Villagers by a  Soldier of the USArmed forces still want to be  fooled by America’s  pretended respect for human rights  by moving a resolution against Sri Lanka ?  America is incapable of  maintaining discipline of its own Soldiers serving in Afghanistan who kill Afghan Civilians for fun and cut off fingers as mementos, or  run into villages and kill young and old Afghans. Today America takes the lead as the country which has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

How US topples its Puppets
Shenali Waduge
In this day & age when no one is to be trusted there is greater urgency to be informed and more importantly to be able to filter what one sees, hears or reads about. It is the people who become the ultimate tool for the coups that take place by powerful nations and they enjoy using the “masses” to advance their agendas.  We all know that countries that utilize covert regime change strategies outsource these roles to intelligence units who spend at times years to build the foundation towards that change. So when a seemingly popular government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

LLRC, USA resolution, reconciliation and sovereignty
By Nalin de Silva-
The much-awaited US resolution on Sri Lanka was brought before the UNHRC last Wednesday. It made the opponents of the government, who propagated the lie that the latter has created a gonibilla to divert the attention of the people from fuel prices, bus fares, electricity bills etc helpless. It exposed them to such an extent they now state that the US and its allies in the west are against the government and not against the country. In Sinhala they say kata boru kiwwath diva boru kiyanne nehe, and this statement is an excellent example... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

My comments to the Daily Mirror of 14/03/12
S de Silva  UK
HE The Ambassador in the UK for Sri Lanka, “.....Sri Lankans are NOT objecting to the UN resolution because SL is  ‘afraid’ of investigations into the conduct of its Forces as implied by the writer. It is the crass double standards on a monumental scale that infuriates most Sri Lankans.  If SL forces have to be investigated so must the LTTE be investigated simultaneously. While nominally that is also vaguely stated in the UN resolution, the amazing unstated excuse is that all the LTTE leaders are no more and no further action is practicable on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

Rathika Sitsabaiesa: Tamil MP for Scarborouh Rouge River
From Asoka Weerasinghe
Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP for Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario (First Sri Lankan-Tamil elected to Canadian Parliament.) Oh! No, Rathika.  What's going on?  Your leader Velupillai Prabhakaran must be turning in his grave  After all you shocked me when you displayed the Tamil Tiger flag in your Facebook pages after you won your riding.  Brave women, I thought, displaying her Tamil Tiger stripes so prominently.  I see the problem in your lot, is that you cannot divorce from your Jaffna-Tamil mentality, isn't it. Tough.  But take care. Asoka Weerasinghe A CBC... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

OPEN STRATEGIC FORUM ON UN HINDERING SRI LANKA’S PEACE, STABILITY, RECONCILIATION & RELATED CURRENT AFRICAN EXPERIENCE
[Report Updated: March 14 2012
1:00 pm - Forum Pictures Below]

Friday evening, March the 2nd 2012 a discussion forum was organized by the Canadian South Asians for Peace & Unity in Toronto, Ontario. The discussion theme was based on Sri Lanka and specifically about UN Hindering Sri Lanka’s Peace, Stability, Reconciliation & Related Current African Experience. Many organizations and community leaders young and old took a seat in the audience anticipating a productive night. This amounted to more than 15 organizations that had interacted with the motherland in the provision of their services and assistance to... -Full Story- (canadiansouthasiansfpau.wordpress.com - 14/03/12)

Asia Cup Timing A Poor Choice By The ICC Which Will Probably Be Detrimental To Sri Lanka As Some Signs Are Indicative Already!
Top Spin By Suni
March 15th 2012 The ICC surely plays a role towards the absurdity of Sri Lanka's current international schedule as Sri Lanka's itinerary over the past few months which included tours of South Africa and Australia, and shortly after the Asia Cup the effects of which are already showing in the form of injuries to Angelo Matthews, Thisara Perera ande Lasith Malinga and could have dire reprisals with more adversities to come should this trend continue. So what is the ICC trying to accomplish with all this ludicrous scheduling one might ask and aren't the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

Context M.I.A. M.I.A. may not get her story straight—but neither does Lynn Hirschberg
By V.V. Ganeshananthan
This week’s New York Times Magazine left lots of readers thinking that controversial recording artist M.I.A. doesn’t always know what she’s talking about when it comes to politics. That happens to be true. What fewer people realize: neither does profile writer Lynn Hirschberg. Hirschberg’s sloppy contextualizing of the politics of M.I.A.’s actions swings between flat-out wrong and incomplete. The profile also misses some of its meatiest material by not discussing the occasions on which the singer specifically chose to make statements about her native Sri Lanka—and sometimes seriously flubbed them.... -Full Story-
(cjr.org - 14/03/12)

The geopolitical matrix of Sri Lanka's conflict
Island
March 13, 2012, 12:00 pm On 6th March 2012, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka participated as a special guest lecturer at a seminar organized by Prof. Michel Korinman, professor of geopolitics at Sorbonne University (Paris IV). Prof. Korinman is also the editor of Outre-Terre a French periodical on geopolitics. Among the participants present were French officials, journalists and academics. Following is the full text of presentation by Ambassador Jayatilleka. I am appreciative of the fact that this is a seminar on geopolitics. I think geopolitics has been underestimated; perhaps overestimated earlier and then there was a reaction, the pendulum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/12)

‘No independent journalism anymore’ – ex-Al Jazeera reporter
RT
Television channels have turned into political parties, pushing the agenda for some outside forces, former Al Jazeera correspondent in Beirut, Ali Hashem, told RT. Hashem has come in spotlight after resigning from the television citing its bias. In emails leaked by Syrian hackers, Ali Hashem vented his anger over Al Jazeera's one-sided coverage of Syria and its refusal to cover the events in Bahrain. In an exclusive interview with RT, the former Beirut correspondent Hashem refrained from discussing his resignation, but stressed that these days, independent media is a myth. “There is no independent media anymore. It is whose... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 14/03/12)

Western media ‘selective’ in Syria reports
RT
Reports about hundreds of dead and wounded coming from Syria on a daily basis has become commonplace in Western media, while the sources of such information often are not verified properly, investigative journalist Asa Winstanley told RT. According to Winstanley anti-Assad media willingly cite unconfirmed information from sources on the ground in Syria or Iran because the govts of each “are seen as anti-Western regimes.” But when reporting on Israeli military actions in Palestine, the same media use activists on the ground far less regularly. “The media seem to be quite selective of the pass [of information],” Winstanley claims.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 14/03/12)

Please note that due to some server problems Lankaweb experienced a few interruptions during last 24 hours
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(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

Channel 4: Prabhakaran's son's killing
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
13 March 2012 Callum Macrae Film Producer, Channel 4 Horseferry Road, London SW 1, UK Dear Callum Macrae: Once upon a time, as a young Geology student at the University of London, walking into the Geology Museum at South Kensington, and being met by display case after display case of Ceylon gems and geological structures, my blood curdled with resentment towards colonial Britishers for plundering the geological wealth from my Ceylon, and I always preambled my description of these British colonial ‘whites’ as “Those damn... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

Accept LLRC Report in Full or Dump It Completely, No Selective Acceptance
Dilrook Kannangara
If the UNHRC doesn’t accept the LLRC Report completely, it should be dumped and a fresh process should initiate. The LLRC report has its own balance and wholeness which can be retained only if it is accepted fully. Accepting what USA agrees to and rejecting what USA disagrees will render the entire report useless. This is the stand Sri Lanka should take up in Geneva. If the UNHRC doesn’t accept the report in its entirety, Sri Lanka should declare that it will initiate a fresh process to come up with a new report instead. Otherwise it ends... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

ARE THE LTTE TERRORISTS FREE AT LARGE AND FREE AT LAST IN GENEVA?
S.M.M.Bazeer
“Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves but the only shot that people remember is the one that gets past you.” PAUL WILKINSON, London Daily Telegraph, Sep. 1, 1992 It is ironic that the rumps of the LTTE, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the European Union and the USA, have staged a protest against Sri Lanka on 5th March 2012 at the precincts of the UN Office in Geneva.  The tiger protesters called for an international intervention by passing the USA initiated resolution against Sri Lanka and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

Is Ranil W A Patriotic Sinhalese Or A Two Timing Opportunistic Stooge Of The West? And Bravo Sajith!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
March 13th 2012 The leader of the opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe in all probabilities has been tolerated in his status as an MP and leader of the opposition purely through the democratic process and none other. A chameleon who changes colours to suit his circumstancial needs, accused of being an apparent former colluder with the now defunct LTTE  as well as many of Sri lanka's adversaries towards his own advantage and one of the biggest political bunglers in the history of Sri Lankan politics he is most unfortunately still around in Sri Lanka's political arena doing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

I pray for a cure for Cancer
Dr. Tilak Fernando
Friday, March 15, is The world Cancer day. This morning ( Tuesday) I received an email with a compassionate ‘ request’ to circulate among everyone I knew. The subject on the mail itself touched my heart which said:  “Dear God, I pray for a cure for Cancer  Immediately I circulated  it to all my friends (with of course adding them in the BCC folder). By evening I received  an equally appealing request from my good friend Joe  De Livera, who sent me a true to life account on  his cousin Dr. Cynthia Jayasuriya, who has gone... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

An address by Dr. Ifthikhar Ahmad Ayaz at Poland.
By A. Abdul Aziz,
  (Given below is the gist of the speech delivered by Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Ayaz, O.B.E. at:  Tichner European University, Krakow, Poland, recently.)  Dr. Ifthikhar Ahmad Ayaz, OBE 1.(Officer of the Excellent Order of the British Empire) 2. Consul General of Tuvalu Island in the United Kingdom 3. Senator World Nations Congress 4. Ambassador of Peace appointed Universal Peace Foundation 5. Recipient of International Peace Prize 6. Member UN Human Rights Council Committee in the Rights of     Minorities – Rights of Woman / Rights of Children 7. Member World Poverty Alleviation Forum 8. Honored... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

Résolutions: Attention, ca n’arrive pas qu’aux autres!
Dr Bandula Kothalawala Londres N7
La Brigade droits de l'homme de l’Oncle Sam vient de se déplacer vers le front et de passer la vitesse supérieure et s’apprête à occuper le devant de la scène avec une résolution, en apparence, inoffensive contre le Sri Lanka. La résolution des États-Unis est un texte habilement rédigé et codé dans un langage apparemment anodin pour en dissimuler la vraie intention sinistre. De surcroit, elle porte la marque de l'hypocrisie, la turpitude morale et de la décrépitude intellectuelle d'un gendarme international qui guette incessamment son élusive proie. Il s’agit, bel et bien, d’une tentative insidieuse par les États-Unis et ses alliés de jeter de la poudre aux yeux des pays en développement et d'autres au... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (UNHRC) RESOULUTION
Janaki Chandraratna Perth, Australia
The United States backed UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka was recently amended with the intention of appeasing the prevailing attitude of delegates to the original draft. In presenting the amended version, Donahue stressed the continued ‘solemn desire’ to assist GoSL to achieve its own LLRC report recommendations and provided an option for non members to be co-sponsors so that US backers like Britain, Canada and Australia can be actively involved with the resolution.   The amendments were only cosmetic mainly to soften the earlier approach and did not alter the original content in any significant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

කෙමරූජ් භිෂණය 7
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
පන්ති අර්බුදය පොල්පොට් දුටු අයුරු පොල්පොට් විග‍්‍රහ කළ  ආකාරයට විප්ලවයට පෙර කම්පුචියාව පන්ති පහකින් සමන්විත විය. එනම් ගොවීන්, කම්කරුවන්, බුර්ෂුවා කොටස්, ධනපතියන් හා වැඩවසම් ක‍්‍රමය ව්‍යාප්ත කළ ඉඩම් හිමියන්ය. මෙම පන්ති ක‍්‍රමය නැතිකර දැමීමට පොල්පොට්ට අවශ්‍ය විය. ඔහුගේ වෑයම වූයේ පියවරෙන් පියවර නොව කෙළින්ම කොමියුනිස්ට් සමාජයක් කම්පුචියාවේ ඇති කිරීමටය. එය එක්තරා ආකාරයක අත්හදා බැලීමකි. ඒ සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු වන්දිය පිළිබඳව පොල්පොට්ට අවබෝධයක් තිබුනේ නැත. පොල්පොට් ඔහුගේ ඵදබ්රජයහ දර ෘැපදජර්ජහ පොත මගින් කම්පුචියාවේ ගරා වැටෙන රජ පෙළපත පිළිබඳව කරුණු දැක්වීය. එසේම පන්ති අර්බුදය අවසන් කරන අයුරුද ඔහු පවසයි. 1975 අපේ‍්‍රල් 17 දිනෙන් පසු දේශපාලනික වශයෙන් සැකයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/12)

A Response to the letter from Ravikumar Govindaraman
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 12 March 2012 His Excellency Mr. Rodolfo Reyez  Rodriguez Permanent Representative of Cuba in Geneva Chemin de Valeries  100 1292 Chambesy,Geneva, Switzerland  Your Excellency Mr. Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez: Re: Letter by Ravikumar Govindaraman seeking help to preserve Tamil culture and justice to the people affected by the war in Sri Lanka You have read the TAMIL TRUTH by Ravikumar Govindaraman in his letter to you dated February 20, 2012 on behalf of Nam Tamilar America Inc. seeking help to preserve the Tamil culture and identity across... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/03/12)

Ambassador Kunanayakam warns external pressures threaten Sri Lanka’s right to development
Sri Lanka Embassy Paris
Taking the floor under the general debate of Item 3 (Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development), Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam affirmed that if the ‘Council is to remain credible, it must give equal attention to economic, social and cultural rights as to civil and political rights; to the collective dimension as to the individual dimension; to the international as to the national.’ She regretted that more than 25 years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development and the consensus achieved,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/12)

Dear Sri Lankans and Friends:Protest Demonstration opposite the US Consulate FRIDAY, the 16th of March 2012 from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
SLUNA
SLUNA has taken the lead along with other friendly organizations to hold a Protest Demonstration opposite the US Consulate located at 360 University Avenue Toronto (nearest Subway is St. Patricks) as detailed below: We are objecting to the USA's attempt to interfere in the internal democratic process of National Healing and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka based on Sri Lanka's own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations, through a Redundant Resolution proposed for adoption by the UNHCR in Geneva, when Sri Lanka has already taken steps to implement the LLRC Report. We oppose  outside interference in Sri Lanka's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/12)

Pakistan’s cultural treasure documented by Japanese archaeologist
Courtesy:  Buddhist Channel
Islamabad, Pakistan -- A renowned Japanese professor and archaeologist, Prof. Koji Nishikawa has spent more than two decades to come up with an excellent publication on Pakistan’s brilliant chapters of cultural history, titled ‘Ranigat, a Buddhist Site in Gandhara, Pakistan, surveyed 1983-1992’. The comprehensive report, based on two volumes, is a fine photographic record of the excavations at Ranigat, one of the largest Buddhist sites in Gandhara, illustrating some 2000 rare photographs of excavated objects including sculptures, stone objects, stucco, terracotta, stone reliquary, and stone lamps. Along with rare photographs and scientific research, the Report, illustrate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/12)

SRI LANKA NAVY DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF ATTACKS ON INDIAN FISHERMEN
Press Release Sri Lanka High Commission New Delhi
Sri Lanka Navy has made a thorough investigation into the allegation of harassment/assault of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters on 9th March 2012 and found out no such incident has taken place. The alleged incident was telecast/published in several Indian television channels and newspapers and the Navy found out that it was based on inaccurate, hearsay reports without any evidence or credible proof. There is a deep concern that such malicious allegations against the Sri Lanka Navy are disguised attempts to harm the friendship, cooperation and the excellent understanding between... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/12)

'Several drunk troops behind bloodbath, laughed on shooting-spree, burned corpses'
RT
Gruesome new details are surfacing after 16 Afghan villagers including nine children were shot in their houses by at least one US serviceman. Witnesses to the atrocity now say that several drunken American soldiers were involved. ­Neighbors at the village where the killings took place said they were awoken past midnight by crackling gunfire: "They were all drunk and shooting all over the place," Reuters cites Agha Lala, a villager in Kandahar's Panjwayi district. Lala's neighbor Haji Samad lost all of his 11 relatives in the rampage, including children and grandchildren. He claims Marines “poured chemicals over their dead... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 12/03/12)

Concrete message: Iran 'supershield' to thwart US 'superbomb'
RT
Pentagon’s joy at getting tons of money for a bigger, badder bomb was, apparently, premature. Iran claims to have invented “super concrete” – of a type that will stop the Massive Ordnance Penetrator from penetrating…well, anything. ­Iran is known for being one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. As a result, their scientists have gotten really good at creating ultra-high performance concrete, or UHPC, which is one of the toughest and most rigid building materials in the world. And like any dual-use technology, it can have military applications as well – something the Iranians are keen to... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 12/03/12)

The drumbeats for war against Iran is a crime against world peace
Ajit Randeniya
A columnist for the progressive Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israel Harel recently made the point that the instinctive and uncontrolled ‘hatred’ of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amongst Israelis prevents a rational discussion of a possible military attack on Iran. The primary observation that Netanyahu is a ‘hated’ figure in Israel, made albeit in the context of Harel’s support for Netanyahu’s conduct during the recent US visit, is a valid one: people dislike him intensely due to his arrogant warmongering and his blatant disregard for human life; his belligerent ‘war talk’ during the US visit last week further contributed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/12)

Demands for accountability in Sri Lanka? Yes, the starting point is LTTE
Asada M Erpini
“The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) should be made accountable for its actions during the last stages of the Eelam VI war”. That is the mantra that is being chanted incessantly today at gatherings in the rich countries, irrespective of whether the members of such groups are those who have the licence to meet in the hallowed precincts of the UN in Geneva or banner-carrying or tiger flag-waving Tamils who left Sri Lanka on various pretexts. The saddest aspect of all these demands to pillory the so-called violators of human rights – the political leadership of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/12)

DEVOLUTION OF POLICE POWERS : A RESPONSE TO MR. SUMANTHIRAN MP
By, Gamini Gunawardane Rtd. Snr.DIG (Published in the ‘Nation’ of 11th March 2012)
 This response is in reference to the article by Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran MP published in ‘the Island’ of 10th February. It is indeed a good thing that this vexed issue is opened for discussion in the public domain. We must be thankful to him for expressing his views as it enables public scrutiny of these ideas. It is unfortunate that Mr. Sumanthiran ( MAS) and his ilk see the so called national problem only form their point of view. Naturally what they see is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/12)

ISRAEL: KHALIFA OF ISLAM WARNS ISRAEL AGAINST ATTACK ON IRAN, STARTING WORLD WAR - III
This time the war will not remain just between Israel and Iran; bit it will force all countries of the world to fight each other” Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad wrote in his letter according to the report. Hazrat (His Holiness) Mirza Masroor Ahmad who lives in London and Heads the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, has warned Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran that their conflict this time poses dire consequences for the entire world. According to the Television Report a letter was sent earlier this week to Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Ahmadinejad.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/03/12)

16 civilians killed by US Soldier in Afghanistan
M.Azath S. Salley
16 civilians killed by US Soldier in Afghanistan where is justice M.Azath S, Salley MMC Former Deputy Mayor of Colombo further states Human rights violation or a heroic move by the US what is the UN doing with regard to all the crimes done specially in the middle east,they speak about other countries to divert the attention regarding the atrocities and crime committed by them UN must be a place for justice and equality to all human bien world must unite for justice  At least 16 civilians were reported killed in an apparent shooting by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/12)

Indian Opportunistic Exploitation of Lanka and How India and USA Exploit Iran
Dilrook Kannangara
Making use of US pressure on Lanka, India exploits the island nation politically and economically. In the backdrop of US calls for war crimes investigations, India is pushing Indian made 13th amendment on Sri Lanka and expects even more. It further finds it the opportune time to force CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) disaster on Lanka. If implemented, this would wipe out the entire national economy and make the island an economic slave of India. Thirdly, India has demanded Sri Lanka hand over oil exploration rights in the north of the island’s sea to India and not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/12)

Why some children go hungry to school in the morning?
Dr Hector Perera        London
There was an article in a leading news paper in Sri Lanka, reporting that some children fainted at a school. First they suspected due to a bug or a food poison but with more investigation, the police found out that none of the children had any regular breakfast. Studies show that children who eat breakfast perform better on cognitive tests and in school. Maybe it works that way for adults too. In any case, skipping breakfast is probably a bad idea. Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for people who are trying to lose weight, but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/12)

God bless America, or God damn America?
H. L. D. Mahindapala, reporting from Geneva
 America claims that it has tabled the resolution on “Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka” at the 19th session of the UNHRC for the good of the people of Sri Lanka. Mario Otero in her speech told the Council: “Action now in this Council will sow the seeds of lasting peace on the ground.” At the same time, the US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahue, told a press conference that “….it’s a very challenging thing to figure out what will actually work in the present in Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/12)

Resolutions: It could well be you, next!
Dr Bandula Kothalawala LondonN7
Uncle Sam’s Human Rights Brigade has moved to the front and shifted into top gear, ready to occupy the centre stage with a seemingly innocuous resolution againstSri Lanka. The US Resolution is a craftily worded text wrapped in apparently anodyne verbiage to conceal its truly sinister intent, but bears the hallmark of sheer hypocrisy, moral turpitude and intellectual decrepitude of an international gendarme aiming at an elusive quarry. The maliciously brewed concoction, without a shadow of doubt, is an insidious attempt by the US and its stooges to pull the wool over the eyes of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/12)

How the Nation Benefits from Legal Action against TNA
Dilrook Kannangara
Hope of peace, prosperity and harmony lit up throughout the island in May 2009 following the elimination of world’s most ruthless terrorist organisation which is still banned in over 32 nations. Most appropriately the president declared that there aren’t anymore ethnic majorities and minorities. He further stated that there are only two groups of people – those who love the Sri Lankan nation and those who don’t. His new vision based on inclusiveness was praised by most Sri Lankans. However, Sri Lanka lost its way thereafter. Three years later, although people enjoy better security, absence of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/12)

The right to development should not be seen as a divisive concept, but as the means by which the human person, individually and collectively, can become the principal actor of his or her own destiny, said Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam.
Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam
Geneva, 09 March:  The right to development should not be seen as a divisive concept, but as the means by which the human person, individually and collectively, can become the principal actor of his or her own destiny, said Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam. Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam, who is the Permanent    Representative of Sri Lanka Mission in Geneva, is also the Chairperson – Rapporteur of the Inter-Governmental Open-Ended Working Group on the Right to Development. The 12th session of the Working Group took place last year when the international community commemorated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/12)

President Obama and His Key Advisors are a Gang of War Criminals
by: Dave Lindorff
If a bunch of street toughs decided to gang up and beat the crap out of some guy in the neighborhood because they feared he might be planning to buy a gun to protect his family, I think we’d all agree that the police would be right to bust that crew and charge them with conspiracy to commit the crime of assault and battery. If they went forward with their plan and actually did attack the guy, injuring or killing him in the process, we’d also all agree they should all be charged with assault and... -Full Story-
(thiscantbehappening.net - 10/03/12)

A Sri Lankan Response to Ms. Julie de Rivera, Human Rights Watch, Item 2: General Debate – Thematic reports of the Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights, 15th meeting 19th Session of the Human Rights Council
Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth, Australia
In her statement, Ms Rivera opined that the report of the Sri Lanka Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission falls short of the comprehensive accountability process recommended by the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts and encouraged the Council to consider the matter. These are baseless allegations.  The report of the expert panel is a document made from the anecdotal evidence given in secret to the committee who made no attempt to check the credibility of the allegations. If the HRW is an organization which is committed to impartiality and truthfulness surely it cannot allow this lady... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/12)

What will UN do about Human Rights Champions funding Terror?
 Shenali Waduge
Question: How can countries let alone the UN solve the problem of terrorism when the nations preaching human rights fund rebels & terrorists and diplomatically embarrass Governments for their inefficiency to curtail terrorism?  Answer: Terrorism is not meant to be solved, stupid! Wars generate money & opportunity even the undertaker is a happy man! Terrorism is the perfect tool to exert pressures upon Governments and provides the perfect cover-up for hidden agendas!  The simple truth is that Terrorists exist because they are being armed & diplomatically supported to exist. If there had been honest and genuine unity... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—6-KAMBURA: THE TODDY TAPPER
Arcadius
Legend has it that Andare, the court-jester who served during the reign of  KingRajadhi Rajasinghe (1782-1798), was once ambling along a footpath when he saw the village toddy-tapper guzzling a potion of liquor (palm wine) down his bulgy throat. Andare had smacked his lips and pleaded with the tapper for a draught to quench his thrist. This pleading having gone on deaf ears, the fun-poker had expressed a wish, in verse, to see the toddy-tapper falling down from the heights of a coconut tree. The tapper, who was highly sensitive to the effects of the evil mouth, had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/12)

‘Libya to see endless war of tribal feuds’
RT
As Libya’s eastern region of Cyrenaica declares its semi-autonomy from the central government, political analyst Pepe Escobar says no one will be intervening this time to stop a war among Libyan tribes should it kick off. ­The Cyrenaica region, with its center in Benghazi, the cradle of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, declared its intention on Tuesday. The new state, to be known as Barqa, will have its own parliament and police force, and wants to run its affairs independently from Tripoli. Tribes in eastern Libya have been antagonizing Tripoli for decades now, remarks Escobar. The new leaders,... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 09/03/12)

EU: 'Military intervention in Syria would be disastrous'
RT
EU foreign ministers have united to speak against military intervention in Syria, saying sanctions appear to be working. Meanwhile the UN humanitarian mission is slowly making its way in the troubled country. On Friday EU foreign ministers gathered in Copenhagen for an informal meeting in which the issue of Syria topped the agenda. Germany’s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, said any talk of military intervention was “counter-productive,” adding that “large-scale fire” would bring “really disastrous consequences for the region, the people, and the world.” His position was echoed by Luxemburg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn. “We must be patient,” he... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 09/03/12)

Kuchchaveli PS condemns US resolution
The Kuchchaveli Pradeshiya Sabha in a motion passed on February 28, condemned the proposed resolution sponsored by the US against Sri Lanka. The motion also addressed to the US ambassador in Sri Lanka inter alias states: "Our country was on the verge of collapse for three decades, because of the internal conflict. When our great leader President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power he was able to finish the internal war successfully. As a result, all the people of our country live in peace and independence. "Now our country is engaged in development under the Mahinda Chinthana and also all the... -Full Story- (Daily News - 09/03/12)

The New Food Wars: Globalization, GMOs and Biofuels
by grtv
Across the world, food riots are taking place. Scientist and activist Vandana Shiva explores whether the future will be one of food wars or food peace. She argues that the creation of food peace demands a major shift in the way food is produced and distributed, and the way in which we manage and use the soil, water and biodiversity, which makes food production possible.... -Full Story-
(tv.globalresearch.ca - 09/03/12)

NGOs: The Missionaries of Empire
by Devon DB
How can one write a report with any amount of authority if their only sources are through second-hand sources that may or may not have a bias or an agenda to push? How can you write a report using sources whose information has no way of being verified? It is reminiscent of the media war against Gaddafi, where it was reported in the mainstream media that he was bombing his own people and had given Viagra to his soldiers as so they could rape women, but absolutely none of this was verified.... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 09/03/12)

An Open Letter to His Eminence Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith On the Role of Leaders of Catholic Faith in a Sovereign State.
Prof. Hudson McLean
 Your Eminence   As a Catholic, with a deep respect and a feeling of patriotism towards Sri Lanka, I respectfully address the issue, with regret,  on the behaviour of Bishop of Mannar Dr. Rayappu Joseph, acting as a racist and openly supporting anti-Sri Lankan sentiments, supporting Division & Terrorism.   Furthermore, as a Tamil Nadu immigrant, Bishop Rayappu Joseph is demonstrating exactly the opposite of Catholic principles, setting a poor example to Catholics in his Diocese. The fact that the visiting Catholic delegations from Tamil Nadu, turned their religious pilgrimage into a Racist Rally on Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/12)

US Draft Resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC ignores LTTE war crimes
Shenali Waduge
We are all in agreement that the West & India is culpable for making a banned terrorist movement into a semi-legitimate movement. This “legitimacy” was totally uncalled for. The interference, the intervention, the mediations & involvement of the West & India only served to lengthen LTTE’s terror acts and result in the denial of the right to life with freedom for Sri Lankan citizens. Therefore not only the LTTE but the West especially Norway, US & UK, the UN, the Office of the Human Rights Chief & India are all accountable for Sri Lanka’s suffering & we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/12)

Facts are sacred - comment free!
Dr.Tilak Fernando
The UNHRC with the backing of USA and its stooges’ persistence to probe Sri Lankan affairs is a clear cut indication to destabilise one of the fast developing countries in South East Asia. It is apparent that supporters of this dubious claim is due to nothing but bruising of their ego from the time Sri Lanka created history in decimating the LTTE, a ruthless terrorist organization that displayed high level of barbarism. It butchered all its rivals, gunning down moderate Tamil intellectuals, suppressing democracy, killing innocent Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim civilians, decapitating mothers and infants simultaneously, executing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/12)

HANDS OFF SRI LANKA !!-Double standards operated by West-dominated UN
What is happening?
 The self-styled ‘International Community’ – actually a small group of White, Christian, Western (ICWCW) nations – and the UN Sec-Gen BANKI MOON (Also a Christian), have preposterously accused Buddhist Sri Lanka of ‘War Crimes’ and ‘Human Rights violations’ !  1. So, hasn’t Sri Lanka committed any ‘War Crimes’ and ‘Human Rights violations’?  Sri Lankais a Buddhist country which, throughout its 2,600-year documented history, has never waged war against any other country and has never invaded any other country and whose Buddhist people never deliberately harm any innocent living beings – even tiny insects!  2. And what... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/12)

Why Putin is driving Washington nuts
By Pepe Escobar
Forget the past (Saddam, Osama, Gaddafi) and the present (Assad, Ahmadinejad). A bet can be made over a bottle of Petrus 1989 (the problem is waiting the next six years to collect); for the foreseeable future, Washington's top bogeyman - and also for its rogue North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and assorted media shills - will be none other than back-to-the-future Russian President Vladimir Putin. And make no mistake; Vlad the Putinator will relish it. He's back exactly where he wants to be; as Russia's commander-in-chief, in charge of the military, foreign policy and... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 08/03/12)

Why Did The Sri Lankan's Squander The Game Against Australia and the CB Tri Series? Some Reflections In Retrospect !
Top Spin By Suni
March 9th 2012 Perhaps the eternal unanswerable question as far as Sri Lanka cricket goes is paradoxically a very simple one relative to the team selection although the final answer must hinge on burnout and fatigue as playing a series to this intensity practically every other day seems to have taken its toll on both Sri Lanka and Australia where the casualty list was quite indicative by sheer statistics. However it was a game once again squandered by Sri Lanka who seem to have a penchance for close calls throughout the series as having swept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/12)

Draft resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC
The Colombo Municipal Council has unanimously passed a resolution condemning US and the EU of tabling a resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva. This resolution was proposed by Mr. M. Azath S. Salley (MMC). Azath Salley (JP, MMC)... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/03/12)

AHMADI MUSLIM MARTYRED IN PAKISTAN
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary' Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
 According to our Press Department, U.K., on 7th of March 2012, a well known and respected Ahmadi Muslim, Mr Maqsood Ahmad (58), was martyred in Nawab Shah, Sindh after a sectarian attack. This latest attack comes just days after another Ahmadi Muslim, Mr Chaudhury Muhammad Akram was also martyred in Nawab Shah.  Just after 2pm local time Mr Maqsood Ahmad was stopped by unknown assailants in the Mohni shopping area and they started firing at him. Due to the severity of the attack, Mr Maqsood Ahmad died instantly.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/12)

British MPs: Drunk on power or just drunk?
RT
British drinking culture is famous worldwide, being successfully exported abroad with countless pubs in seemingly every city. Mixing alcohol with political tradition, though, is something Britain mercifully reserves for internal use. ­British MPs are elected to solve the UK's pressing problems, but some of them are in true need for some help to counter a certain vicious habit. Quite possibly there is an elegant explanation to why there is so much shouting and jeering in houses of British Parliament. Some Parliamentarians are said to be drinking their way through life at bars in Westminster.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 08/03/12)

Russia blasts NATO over Libya - and Libya over Syria
RT
Russia says that NATO should apologize for causing civilian casualties during their air raids in Libya in 2011 and pay compensation. Moscow has also accused Libya’s new government of training Syrian rebels and instigating terrorism. ­Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin issued his sharp criticism while speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the UN Security Council. It is notable that this is the first time the UNSC has met to discuss the role of NATO air strikes during last year's military intervention in Libya which toppled Colonel Gaddafi. “We expect NATO to acknowledge that its air raids caused civilian casualties, to... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 08/03/12)

Leaked: Bin Laden not buried at sea, body moved on CIA plane to US
RT
The body of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not buried at sea, according to leaked emails of intelligence firm Stratfor, as revealed by WikiLeaks. Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence, Fred Burton, believes the body was “bound for Dover, [Delaware] on [a] CIA plane” and then “onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda [Maryland],” an email says. The official version is that the body of Al-Qaeda’s top man, who was killed by a US raid in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, was buried at an undisclosed location at sea in a proper Muslim ceremony.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 08/03/12)

Techno-disaster alert: Massive sun storm reaches Earth
RT
The strongest sun storm in six years has reached Earth early Thursday, endangering the operations of satellites, power grids and navigation systems. ­The storm was unleashed by two massive solar flares earlier this week, rated X, the strongest type on scientists’ scales. The flares hurled a wave of solar plasma and charged particles into space. As a result of the solar tempest the Northern Lights may be visible at lower latitudes than usual. The beautiful atmospheric phenomenon is caused by the collision of charged particles with our planet’s magnetic field. However, the consequences of the storm are not limited... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 08/03/12)

UNP and JVP pawns on the political checkerboard of American CIA for a Regime Change in Sri Lanka
By Charles .S.Perera
 People of Sri Lanka should be warned  that JVP and UNP are playing a role in favour of USA and the anti Sri Lanka Western Countries to destabilise the government and a possible regime change.  Both UNP and JVP  have the fear that if the government becomes more popular with the people  they may have to wait for a long time to gain political power into their own hands.  UNP and JVP had been hell bent to take the people away from their allegiance to the President and the Government, using the high cost of living... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/12)

Those who commit Human Rights abuses cannot preach to Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge
Sri Lanka’s delegation presently at the Geneva sessions of the UN Human Rights Council are facing a barrage of onslaughts on the theme of “accountability”. For a country that has become the only nation to defeat terrorism and put an end to sporadic acts of terror with bombs, suicide and assassination this is an achievement no other nation is likely to achieve. Instead of bouquets Sri Lanka receives bricks – why because Sri Lanka jerked the happy existence of too many factions benefiting from the prevalence of terror. The whole “accountability” sing song is just a gimmick... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/12)

Sexual assault allegations by female marines at Washington DC barracks
Asada M Erpini
The Daily Mail of the UK on 07 February has a story headlined, “They threatened me with death and raped me”. Eight female marines at the Washington DC Marine Barracks accuse their colleagues of sexual assault, adding that there were little or no punishments for the alleged rapists – the “they” referred to in the story title. The sad state of affairs is that all these incidents are alleged to have occurred at one of the most prestigious bases in the US.  The compelling aspect of the allegations is that the newspaper story carries photographs of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/12)

Why the resolution isn’t right Second showdown in Geneva
by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka
 The US resolution at the UN HRC in Geneva has deepened the schisms in Sri Lankan society. That resolution will have the same polarising function as did the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA), in defining each political tendency in the popular mind for a while to come.  Today the country is tragically dividing between those who accuse the Government of mounting protests against the US resolution at the UN HRC resolution against Sri Lanka as a diversion from issues of the rising cost of living, and those who claim that the demonstrations against the rising cost of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/12)

Amnesty International Calls Cops To Quash Questions About Ties To Terror Supporters – OpEd
By Hassina Leelarathna-CourtesyEurasia Review
“It looks very much as if Amnesty’s leadership is suffering from a kind of moral bankruptcy, and has lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong.” Salman Rushdie wrote those lines in 2010 when he weighed in on the controversy that erupted when Amnesty International (AI) fired, Girta Saghal, the much-respected head of its Gender Unit, for questioning the rights group’s ties to Moazzam Begg and the Cageprisoners, a pro-Taliban group Begg founded. Saghal in a public statement following her firing accused AI of not being troubled by terrorism and of actually supporting jihadism as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/12)

Charge laid in massive human smuggling operation
Postmedia News
A large-scale human smuggling incident in B.C. that saw nearly 500 illegal immigrants enter the country on a cargo ship has resulted in charges against a Sri Lankan man, who remains at large. Thayakaran Markandu is charged with organizing entry into Canada — an offence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act — following the August 2010 incident involving the MV Sun Sea, which docked at CFB Esquimalt on Vancouver Island. RCMP said a Canada-wide warrant is out for Markandu, but he is thought to be living outside the country. In a news release, Supt. Derek Simmonds... -Full Story-
(ottawacitizen.com - 07/03/12)

Woman fined 8 cents for prostitution in Lanka
A Chinese woman who pleaded guilty to prostitution was fined Rs10 (eight US cents) by a magistrate in Sri Lanka, the maximum punishment under an 1841 law, a report said yesterday. The woman was arrested and charged under the British colonial-era Vagrants Ordinance against prostitution, the Colombo-based Financial Times newspaper said. “After taking into consideration the provisions (of the law) Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne ordered her to pay a fine of Rs10,” the paper reported. Police Chief Inspector Mangala Dehideniya told AFP that the fine was “ridiculous” and was far outweighed by administrative costs of the arrest and the court hearing.... -Full Story- (Gulf Times - 07/03/12)

2ND OPEN LETTER TO RAYAPPU JOSEPH RACIST RAYAPPU STRIKES AGAIN
Stanley Perera writing from Kandy
My dear rayappu, You rayappu with 30 others wrote to UNHRC criticising Sri Lanka’s Human Rights record. The writer is 33% Buddhist, 33% Catholic, 33% Hindu and 1% other religions which means Religion wise the writer is well balanced. It is the general feeling of the peace loving Sri Lankans that you rayappu are notoriously anti Sri Lankan siding and sympathising the separatist, racist Tamil Tiger Terrorists. During the war with the Tamil Terrorists you won the title of” RACIST BISHOP OF MANNAR” when you handed over our most precious MADHU STATUE to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/12)

World Muslim Leader calls on the media to utilise its influence with responsibility and justice
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
 According to our Press Department, U.K., the Fifth Khalifa and the World Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Jama’at) Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the new Baitul Aman Mosque in Middlesex on 4 th March 2012. This was the third in a series of mosques being opened by His Holiness in the UK this year.  The opening of the Mosque was also attended by a number of local dignitaries and guests, including John McDonnell, MP for Hayes & Harlington and Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall.  Upon arriving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/12)

Mossad, CIA and Blackwater operate in Syria - report
RT
A security operation in Homs reveals Mossad, CIA and Blackwater are involved in the military violence in this part of Syria, as over 700 Arab and Western gunmen and Israeli, American and European-made weapons were detained in Baba Amr district. ­Syrian security forces got yet further proof of Western powers’ military involvement in Syria’s internal conflict, reports Al-Manar, a news agency, affiliated with Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militant group and political party. Around 700 gunmen were recently arrested in the former rebel stronghold of Babar Amr. “The captured gunmen held Arab nationalities, including Gulf, Iraqi, and Lebanese. Among them... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 07/03/12)

The Russian Presidential Election and Foreign Intrusion
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
Was the Declaration from the OSCE written before the election process took place? One asks because it seems to be the mirror image of the petty accusations of intrusive third parties who seem to think they have a God-given right to give Russia lessons in how to conduct elections. And has anyone read the independent CIS report? No, I thought not... The declaration from the OSCE Panel of Observers on the Russian Presidential Election on Monday morning was very clear: Vladimir Putin is the clear winner in an election with a great number of actively engaged observers.... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 07/03/12)

Open letter to David Cameron
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
Rt. Hon. David William Donald Cameron, MP Dear Mr. Prime Minister, After the involvement of the United Kingdom as part of the FUKUS-Axis (France, UK, US, Israel) in the travesty of international law (... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 07/03/12)

UN Syria draft: US attempts to get Russia and China aboard
RT
The United States is pushing for a new UN resolution to resolve the Syrian crisis. A draft version for the first time addresses both the Assad government and armed opposition groups. Russia says the document requires further balance. Despite the growing outrage in the Western world over the bloodshed in Syria, UN envoys have ruled out a Libya-style military intervention, saying it could trigger wider conflict in the Middle East. The draft, debated on Tuesday by the Security Council demands "unhindered humanitarian access" and "condemns the continued widespread, systematic, and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 07/03/12)

Stratfor leaks: NATO commandos in illegal special ops in Syria
RT
Undercover NATO troops are already in Syria despite denials from their parent governments, according to a leaked brief from a highly-placed analyst. ­ The information comes from a hacked email from leading private US intelligence agency Stratfor, whose correspondence has been released by Wikileaks since February 27. The email appears to be written from the address of Reva Bhalla (bhalla

stratfor.com), the company’s director of analysis, for internal use, and details a confidential Pentagon meeting in December. The consultation is alleged to have been attended by senior analysts from the US Air Force, and representatives from its chief allies, France... -Full Story- (rt.com - 07/03/12)

Firewall against Geneva Syndrome
By  Gomin Dayasri                                                       
 Events unfolding in Geneva calls for a rational stock taking exercise at home. The country is sliding down an economic precipice, more a home made disaster locally fabricated. Had it being skillfully managed, it could have been marginalized. Alongside is the LLRC Report, universally acclaimed with a few passing reservations,not diligently pursued on a fast track?  Being within our control is the sunny side of a sad story of not progressing ahead diligently on both counts.  Uncle Sam and Aunty Pillay will not halt in Geneva in their quest to disembark in Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

After burning Holy Korans, and urinating on Dead Afghan Talibans, USA Champions Human Rights in Geneva.
By Charles.S.Perera
 That is the irony of USA and the West.  They do all the violation of human rights, and war crimes  and put the blame on others, pretending to be  “ peace loving Nations which Stand for Democracy, justice and fair-play.”  Who are they trying to fool ?   Are there Countries naïve enough to believe them and blindly follow them ?  I hope not. Kneeling to power and aggressive talk is over.    Of course the Western Countries and European Union equally blind to the true meaning of Human Rights may vote for the anti Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

Protests by Tamils in Europe are expected
Asada M Erpini
Lankapage on 06 March reports, quoting AFP, that over 2000 Tamils from Europe protested opposite the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, demanding a trial for war crimes in Sri Lanka. They had also “denounced the use of Tamil children as sex slaves and the imposition of the Sinhala language and Buddhist religion on Tamils”.  The manipulations and the lies behind these demands and accusations are legion.  In 1990s Switzerland had the largest relative Tamil population in Europe, which has grown to at least 50,000 today. Canada, which welcomed the Tamils who left Sri Lanka on various grounds,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

Is Sri Lanka being turned into an Indian colony?
Shenali Waduge
For a country that continues to withstand global pressures in an united effort to say Sri Lanka cannot be punished for eliminating a terrorist movement, for rehabilitating former LTTE cadres, for being magnanimous not to charge LTTE child cadres, for resettling Tamil civilians held by LTTE as hostages & human shields and for taking massive loans to develop areas that had been neglected by the LTTE for 30 years seems to be totally unaware that it is been subtly engulfed by India leading to Sri Lanka becoming another Indian colony before long.  What reasons does Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

“The battle will have to be fought to the very last minute” -– Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam says from Geneva

In a wide ranging interview H.E. Tamara Kunanayakam, Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, explained the motivations of the West and mostly the United States for pushing a resolution against Sri Lanka: “What, in fact, are the US trying to tell us with their draft resolution? They are not saying that our LLRC report is bad. They are not saying that there is gross and systematic violations of human rights in Sri Lanka. What they are saying is that they don’t have confidence that we will implement the recommendations. […] They are judging our intentions,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

A comment on "some findings in the Ampara district"
by Gam Veddah- Courtesy Island Newspaper,  Tuesday, March 6th.
March 5, 2012, 7:22 pm by Gam Veddah Mr. K. S. Sivakumaran (KSS) has drawn attention (The Island, 29th February) to the writings of the Thinakkural writer ‘Vaakarai Vaanan’ (VV) regarding the Ampara district. Mr. Sivakumaran is reporting what VV has written without claiming that "all what VV has given is factually proved correct". This reticence is prudent since  ‘facts’ become more and more misty as we go back in time. According to VV,"the Chinese word for a boat is `Samban’. It was because such a boat anchored in one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

සත්ව හිමිකම් සුරකීමේ කවුන්සලේ !
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
"අනේ සතුන්ටත් සාධාරණ ලෝකයක් ඕනෑ!" වනාන්තරේ බොහෝමයක් සත්ව මුඛයක වූ පොදු වදනක් බවට මෙය පත්ව තිබේ.. "සාධාරණ ලෝකයක් ! කොහේද එහෙම ලෝකයක් තියෙන්නේ ?"  සතෙක් දෙන්නෙක් විචාලහ. "කඩා කප්පල්කාරයෝ හොද දෙයක් ආරම්භ වෙනවා මුන්ට පෙන්නන්න බැහැ" තවත් අයෙක්  පල කල මතයයි ඒ. 'අපි සාදාරණ ලෝකයක් උදෙසා එක්සත්ව සත්ව හිමිකම් සුරකීමේ කවුන්සලයක් බිහි කරමු!.' "ජයවේවා!  සියළු සතුන්ට ජයවේවා!" සතුන් එක හඩින් වා තලයට මුදා හල නාදය එය විය. " මුන්ට පිස්සු! ටිකක් නෙමෙයි හොදටම පිස්සු!" තවත් අයෙක් මතයක් පලකලහ. "කඩා කප්පල්කාරයෝ හොද දෙයක් ආරම්භ වෙනවා මුන්ට පෙන්නන්න බැහැ" තවත් කිහිප දෙනෙක්  පල කලහ. "සතුන්ගේ ඒකාබද්ධ වීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

JMO's office Colombo-(Updated)
Mohamed Azath Sanoon Salley
The Editor, Today JMO's office Colombo has released a body to the kupiyawatha  Muslim  burial grounds. where the body has been postmortem and handed over without stitches , this has been the second time it has happened and even two weeks before , we heard the city corner Edward ahangama also talking regarding this two weeks ago stating that there was a body released after the postmortem was  done  without stitches as the relatives of the diseased did not pay any money to the laborers  of the JMO's office.    This must be the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

Life as a trans-cosmic epiphenomenon unlikely – Strange complexity must be the rational expectation in the vastness of space and time.
R Chandrasoma
The late Fred Hoyle and his Sri Lankan colleague Chandra Wickremasinghe are known across the world for their unorthodox views on life and the cosmos. With regard to life and its evolution, their view is an updated form of the ‘panspermia hypothesis’ originally introduced by Arrhenius in the late 19th century. The gist of this theory is that life as we know it on Planet Earth is the result of a ‘seeding’ of the Early Earth by by ‘sperm’ or ‘seed’ that is a universal presence in interstellar space. It follows that life on Earth is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

Malaysia's second richest man's only son is a Buddhist monk
Bro James Attygale.
Take a moment to view this video of a simple talk delivered by Ajahn Siripanno, the only son of Malaysia's second richest man who is Ananda Krishan, who is second generation Sri Lankan Tamil. His mother is Thai. The then youngster refused opportunity to work with his father to expand his father's empire (personal fortune more than USD 8 billion) and instead walked the path of the Thai forest meditation tradition about 13 years ago. His ancestral home, which is preserved till today in Jalan Berhala as a family heritage, is just accross the road from the Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields, besides the Klang river bank. He wanted to test... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/12)

West sends muted reaction to Putin’s victory
RT
As Vladimir Putin won a landslide majority of votes in Russia’s presidential election Sunday, Western leaders seem to be reluctant to congratulate the president-elect, while Western media takes a critical stance. The United States congratulated the Russian people on the completion of the presidential election, but hesitated to congratulate Putin personally. "The United States congratulates the Russian people on the completion of the Presidential elections, and looks forward to working with the president-elect after the results are certified and he is sworn in," says the statement issued by State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland. Amid allegations of vote-rigging, the US... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 06/03/12)

Eastern Libya declares autonomy
RT
Cyrenaica, the eastern region of Libya, has elected a regional congress and declared semi-autonomy from the capital Tripoli. The “blatant call for fragmentation” of the country was condemned by Libya's ruling NTC. Thousands of major tribal leaders and militia commanders attended a celebratory ceremony in the region’s center Benghazi on Tuesday. The congress stated that Cyrenaica had suffered decades of marginalization under the ouster ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Now the oil-rich region extending from the coastal city of Sirte to Egyptian border is taking its fortunes into its own hands. The congress appointed Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed, who was a political... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 06/03/12)

Russian opposition: Too many words and no action
RT
Opposition activists, who organized a rally in the center of Moscow yesterday, looked miserable against the background of previous protest meetings held in December 2011 and February 2012. They looked even more miserable against the background of the meetings in Putin's support that gathered nearly 200,000 people. The meeting "For honest elections" on Pushkinskaya Square gathered nearly 14,000 people, officials with Moscow law-enforcement agencies said. The data from opposition organizations do not differ much from the officially provided information. Vladimir Ryzhkov, the meeting host, said that there were 20,000 people participating, including those, who could not get into the... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 06/03/12)

Putin wins in landslide victory, opposition surrenders
RT
Sitting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won the presidential election in Russia. He received the votes from 63.82 percent of electors, who took part in the voting on March 4th. Gennady Zyuganov, the head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, comes second with 17.18 percent. Ninety-nine percent of ballot papers have been processed so far. Mikhail Prokhorov takes the third place with 7.77 percent. Vladimir Zhirinovsky comes next with 6.23 percent. Sergei Mironov comes last with only 3.84 percent. Thus, Vladimir Putin has received the support from over 44.9 million people. Gennady Zyuganov enjoys the support from over... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 06/03/12)

Sri Lanka’s L.L.R.C. Report and U.K.’s “Bloody Sunday” Report
By Albert J. Fernando, Canada
Britain, out of the various Western countries, had taken a leading role in criticizing and condemning Sri Lanka for alleged human rights abuses, and alleged war crimes, including alleged shooting down unarmed civilians. Before the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (L.L.R.C.) was appointed, it asked Sri Lanka why there is no such inquiry panel appointed; but when it was appointed, London was worried that the Commission was taking a long time to complete the hearings and issuing the report. After the Report was issued, British Government, while thanking the Sri Lanka Government for making... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/12)

Treatment of Sri Lanka's Representative, Maj. General Shavendra by Madame L. Frechette at the U.N.
Ira de Silva London, Ontario Canada
To;Ambassador Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan Ambassadoe Henry Anyidolo of Ghana Ambassador Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz of Brazil Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt Ambassador Hardeep Sing Puri of India Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon of Pakistan Ambassador Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor of Nigeria Ambassador Jun Yamazaki of Japan Ambassador Jean-Marie Guehenno of France Ambassador James Dobbins of the United States Ambassador Paul Johnston of the United Kingdom Ambassador Jose Luis Cancela of Uruguay Ambassador Hans-Joachim Daerr of Germany Ambassador Kamau of Kenya Ambassador Andrii Taran of Ukraine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/12)

Response to Op-Ed of Mar 2,2012 by UNSG's Panel
By Mahinda Gunasekera
The Editor New York Times New York, NY  Dear Editor, Op-Ed Column of March 2,’12 by M.Darusman, Steven Ratner and Yasmin Sooka
 It is not surprising that the same three members of the so called Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka should team up again to try and sway the thinking of the delegates attending the UNHRC sessions in Geneva, hoping for the adoption of a punitive motion against Sri Lanka which successfully brought an end to 33 years of Tamil Tiger terrorist violence including suicide terrorism in May 2009.  By eradicating the military... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/12)

Human Rights Hypocrisy
By Padraig Colman Courtesy The Island 
March 3, 2012, 4:35 pm  My friends in the UK are asking me what is happening to Sri Lanka as they read about the Commons debate and the shenanigans in Geneva. This is what I told them.  On February 22 2012, the House of Commons witnessed one of its periodic orgies of self-righteousness. The Pecksniffery was ecumenical – opposition MPs eagerly lined up to offer their unsolicited support for the government line. The issue that united so many diverse humbugs was the human rights record of the Sri Lankan government. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/12)

Dual Citizenship applications to resume
Anjalika Silva USA
It is a relief to learn that dual citizenship applications will be resumed shortly as stated by the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera.   It has taken too long already.  In the first place the lack of thought and planning with a vision for preventing exploitation was totally lacking at the time the system was put in place under Chandrika Kumaranatunge.   The big idea to offer dual citizenship with a huge price tag when she saw the dollar signs coming with the applications was a joke.    At the end of it the dirty brown... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/12)

CKDu and Arsenic Hypocrisy: Response
By Prof.  Mala Amarasinghe and Dr. K. S. Dahanayake Courtesy The Island 
March 4, 2012, 7:25 pm   It is pathetic to read what Registrar of Pesticides (RoP) has written in his article on arsenic and pathological science to The Island on 1st March 2012. Obviously, he has written about how pathetically he dealt the arsenic issue as the official responsible for controlling importation of pesticides to the country. When presence of arsenic and mercury in pesticides was first made known to the public and concerned authorities in April 2011, without carrying out a single test... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/12)

13 undercover French army officers seized in Syria – report
RT
Thirteen French officers have been captured by the Syrian Army, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper. It claims it received the information from a pro-Syrian Palestinian in Damascus. ­According to the source, the officers were taken captive in the city of Homs – the heart of the internal conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and insurrectionists – and are being held in a field hospital there. The source claims the French and Syrian governments are locked in negotiations over the fate of the men. If confirmed, it would be an embarrassment to France. However the French Foreign... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 05/03/12)

Webcam vote sensation: Poll dance, moonwalk & fitness (VIDEO)
RT
A joyful pre-election disco at a polling station, or a voter doing the moon walk - webcams set up in polling stations across Russia to monitor presidential elections revealed more than just ballot-casting. ­Over the past 48 hours, cameras at 91,000 polling stations – set up to observe presidential elections non-stop, ensuring they would be the most transparent Russia ever had – caught not only Russians voting, but also Russians living their ordinary life. The polling stations recorded over 500 years' worth of live video, with some real jewels among them. Hilarious “a day of Russia voting” videos have... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 05/03/12)

UNHRC resolution is a diversion: Blake's real target is the rupee and the economy!
Ajit Randeniya
Those who ought to be keeping an eye on that shifty neocon agent Robert O Blake’s conspiracies for Sri Lanka need to be awake to the possibility that the ridiculous move through his off-sider Maria Otera at the UNHCR and the rapid slide of the Sri Lankan rupee at the same time may not be sheer coincidences. It is likely that Sri Lanka will be able, with the help of the real ‘international community’ of the non-aligned countries and the 53 member Islamic nations group, to laugh away Blake’s suggestions that Sri Lanka owes some kind of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

War mongers threaten SL’s peace
TAPROBANE 
‘As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today.  I do wish he’d go away’. (Anon)  The UNHRC now meeting in Geneva has once again been inveigled by the USA and its poodles to accuse SL of HR abuses limited to the final phase of the 30 year conflict, cunningly blanking off the crimes of the LTTE. In autumn 2011 a similar motion was defeated. This time the USA, whose President Obama is not bound any more by Jim Crow laws, is going flat out to pin some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

USA Isolating Russia in order to Attack and Overpower
- Kumar Moses
 Evil prevails not because of the evil deeds of a few nations but because of the silence of the many good nations. Needless bloodshed has been caused in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Pakistan and elsewhere. Non-Muslim nations have allowed it to pass not knowing they will be the next to face US expansionism which must be stopped at all cost. US plan is to target all neutral and pro-Russian countries; isolate Russia and then take on the nation with vast economic and military potential for USA. Then there will not be any resistance to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

Sri Lanka needs benevolent ‘dictators’: Not Westminster-style democracy
Asada M Erpini
A coterie of affluent, Western countries, donning the cloak the international community, keeps remindingSri Lanka on the importance of democracy in the country. Our former colonial masters would be referring to theWestminster style democracy that they are supposed to have bequeathed onSri Lanka on their departure. Not to be outdone, a motley collection of groups and individuals inSri Lanka, too, with widely differing backgrounds, strategies and political hues, keep emphasising that the restoration of democracy is the need of the hour.  The incessant calls for the restoration of democracy would naturally lead one to believe that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

Maria Otero, US Under Secretary wants to undermine Sri Lanka at te UNHRC Sessions
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
4 March 2012 OPEN LETTER Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520, US Dear Maria Otero: I just read a news item in ColomboPage which said “Time is slipping away in Sri Lanka for lasting peace, US concerned.” You Yankees amaze me.  Having killed over 1.2 million innocent Iraqis who wanted to wake up and smell the roses the following morning, but you Yankees snuffed their lives having... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

Class Action against TNA.
By Charles.S.Perera
 “It is happening “, says Mr.Stanley Perera who mooted the idea of a legal action against TNA. He  is now in Sri Lanka, making arrangements to contact two leading constitutional lawyers Gomin Dayasiri and H.L.Gunasekara to get their legal advice as to the possibility of filing a private action against the TNA.  Before actually briefing the Lawyers he considers  that it would be important to consult  politicians such as Mr.Wimal Weerawnsa,   Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara and some of the known patriotic Buddhist Priests, to find their views on the move under consideration.  Stanley thinks that it would also... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

Sri Lankans: Let Us Unite Against Proposed UN Resolution Undermining Sri LankaÂ’s Reconciliation Process !
DON WIJESINGHE
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that the United States will support a resolution in the United Nationals Council on Human Rights meeting this month directed against Sri Lanka. The resolution will call for Sri Lanka to adopt the recommendations made recently by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). This resolution will undermine the domestic process towards progress on all issues related to post-conflict development, reunification, accountability and healing upon which Sri Lanka intends to make progress in the coming months and years. What we now need from the international community is their support... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

”BRIKKER I FREDS-EVALUERINGEN” OG LEKSJONER IKKE LÆRT!
Mahinda Weerasinghe
Taktiske Norge skjulte Sri Lankas  "Lessons Learnt Commission’s (LLRC) rapport, for å forvirre og distrahere hennes katastrofale fred tilrettelegger rolle (2002-2009) i Sri Lanka. Tittelen "Brikker i fred-evalueringen", villedet ikke noen, kanskje bortsett fra noen få naive nordmenn. Nysgjerrig ting om 'Brikker ... " er at nordmenn flest er uvitende om dens eksistens. Den ble  ikke nevnt i den populære media, noe som er påfallende uvanlig!
Vi husker da terrorist vennlige SLMM var på sitt operative beste; den minste fis fra en Jaffna Tamil ble rapportert om i norsk media. Bør vi derretter anta at; denne... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

US begins ‘Operation Monsoon’
Written by  Patali Champika Ranawaka-Courtesy Nation 
    The entire country’s attention is right now focussed on the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is due to the United State’s claim that it will bring a resolution against Sri Lanka regarding the killings that are alleged to have occurred during the war against terrorism. According to reports received thus far, among other things, the resolution will urge the setting up of a mechanism to implement recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the announcement of a specific timeline... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

Ambassador Wickramasuriya Calls upon Sri Lankan Americans
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington, D.C.
In this month’s webcast Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya provides an update on the situation regarding Sri Lanka at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 19th Session in Geneva.The United States has stated that it will support a resolution that might be brought against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.  Ambassador Wickramasuriya explains how and why such resolution can jeopardize Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process that is already underway.  Moreover, he articulates what Sri Lanka expects from her sons and daughters now living in the United States, in communicating these serious concerns to the concerned U.S. authorities.  The Fact Sheet below shows... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

Life predated the Earth – its origins go back very close to the start of the Universe itself
By Walter Jayawardhana  reporting from Los Angeles            
 Over the past two decades astronomers and space scientists have discovered vast quantities of organic molecules everywhere in the universe – in planets, comets and moons of our solar system, in clouds of gas and dust that are the birthplace of stars, and even in the most distant galaxies.  Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology (Univesity of Buckingham, UK), working in collaboration with Rudolph Schild (Harvard University) and Carl Gibson (UCSD) recently published a theory that argues for the first microbial life in the Universe originating in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

India lost Buddha to China: Rector
Courtesy:  Buddhist Channel
Mumbai, India -- “Indians, over centuries, have lost their Buddhist culture to countries like China,’’ said Charles Willemen, Rector, International Buddhist College, Thailand. Willemen was present at the Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies where the Buddhist Studies Series was inaugurated with the release of first volume, Outlining the Way to Reflect - a book by Willemen which explains the basic modules of meditation from the ancient Buddhist culture. With the series, the institute aims at introducing the young generation to this ancient culture, which originally belonged to India. Willemen said, “Buddhism originated in India, but the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

The research says, since processed foods are loaded with synthetic chemical additives, they are technically drugs themselves.
Dr Hector Perera    London
 Any living person, animal or a plant needs food to live. The plants create food by the process of photosynthesis with the help of solar power. Then the question is what food? Food is any substanceconsumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The purpose of the food is for living or the continued life. When food is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth. When... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/12)

YES PRIME MINISTER OR SOMETHING AS SILLY
Underpala
Not everybody who calls him or herself Prime Minister is a prime minister. I mean one could say anything on a business card (or name card or calling card as some prefer to call them though what or who on earth they are calling we will never know). Well if you have a little moola to spare there is no problem getting your name and whatever else printed on it with few or no questions asked. If I went to some printer in Maharagama or Angunukolapalessa and gave my name as Nikolai Buggeroffski and my designation as the... -Full Story-
(lakbimanews.lk - 04/03/12)

Human Rights and the World's Bleeding Hearts
The Rajpal Abeynayake Column
It is time for the grind in Geneva. After the opening statement was made by the President’s Human Rights Envoy Mahinda Samarasinghe, at the first day’s high level sessions of the UN Human Rights Council —- the gradual process of countering the propaganda against Sri Lanka is underway in Geneva. This is no straightforward exercise with sessions going onto focusing on much more germane issues such as the ground situation in Syria for example.... -Full Story-
(lakbimanews.lk - 04/03/12)

India critisises “country specific” resolutions
Written by The Nation
In a move that should help Sri Lanka out at the 19th sessi¬on of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, India has said it is against “country specific” resolutions because they may weaken the constructive dialogue and cooperative approach of the UNHRC. The United States was expected to move a resolution at the UNHRC session, censuring Sri Lanka over alleged human rights violations. An Indian statement, read out by a delegate at Thursday’s session and published on UNHRC’s website, said the strength of UNHRC lay in its adherence to principles of “objectivity, transparency,... -Full Story-
(nation.lk - 04/03/12)

‘We won!’ Teary-eyed Putin proclaims victory (VIDEO)
RT
Vladimir Putin, set to win a third presidential term, declared his victory and thanked his voters for their support. Polling at over 64,7 percent with over half of the votes counted, victory seems assured. "We have won in an open and fair struggle," Putin said addressing 110,000 people, who gathered on Manezhnaya Square outside the Kremlin walls. He stressed that this victory signals a defeat for those who want to destroy Russia. “This was more than just a presidential election this was a very important test for us – a test for political maturity of our people and independence.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 04/03/12)

Russia’s new president and the transforming world
RT
The current economic crisis is symptomatic of a worldwide transformation. Writer and political scientist Igor Panarin believes Russia’s new leader should channel this global upheaval from controlled chaos towards constructive development. In the article below, professor Igor Panarin explains his view.­­­­ Many events of the year 2011 have explicitly demonstrated that the world has entered a phase of profound change and transformation with regard to politics, ideology, finance and economy. As the economic situation and social standards in the United States and Europe continue to deteriorate, the New World Order has been getting ever more blatant in engineering... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 04/03/12)

America suffers from ‘illusion of invulnerability’ - Putin
RT
With the US showing no sign of halting the construction of a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, Vladimir Putin says Washington’s single-minded quest for invulnerability is threatening prospects for lasting peace. ­Admitting that the Russia-US “reset” is “more than just a slogan,” the prime minister – who is running for president in elections on March 4 – said the program had failed to resolve the more serious problems hindering the bilateral relationship. It is disputable if the (reset) yielded results, Putin told editors of foreign media outlets on Thursday. “In missile defense plans, it gave nothing.” Putin said... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 04/03/12)

Won't hesitate to use force to defend US - Obama on Iran
RT
The US President said his country will do everything it takes to defend national interests, and that a military attack to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is possible. ­Addressing the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference, Obama quoted Roosevelt and said he would “speak softly, but carry a big stick”. At the same time, however, the President appealed to the powerful lobbying group, calling for more time to allow sanctions to further isolate the Islamic Republic. Israeli president Shimon Peres,who spoke before Obama, said that a nuclear Iran would be a menace to the world, not just... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 04/03/12)

Western shock: Libyans destroy NATO ally war cemetery (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
RT
Former Libyan rebels widely supported by the West in their fight against late leader Colonel Gaddafi are now turning against their allies, attacking their war graves and smashing Christian symbols with hammers. Deep shock and outrage are the reactions in the Western world after former Libyan rebels in Benghazi attacked and desecrated a WWII cemetery of those who “liberated” them from Gaddafi’s “tyranny”. A video apparently posted on the internet by the attackers shows them kicking and destroying tombstones of British and Italian soldiers who fell during the deadliest war of the 20th century.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 04/03/12)

Darusman Report, UNHCR, Otero and White flags
Asada M Erpini
It seems strange coincidence that on 02 February when some media reported Darusman and his panel members resurfacing, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights saying that the Sri Lanka’s LLRC Report is not up to UN standards and the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights of the US pointing out that “time is slipping away in Sri Lanka for lasting peace”. An interesting twist to all the accusations and warnings that poor Sri Lanka has to face for the ‘crime’ of militarily defeating a band of terrorists that violated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/12)

US hypocrisy and double standards undermines Council’s legitimacy, warns Ambassador Kunanayakam
Courtesy TheIsland  04-03-2012
In a persuasive right of reply to the Statement made by U.S Under Secretary of State, Maria Otero, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative Tamara Kunanayakam warned the Human Rights Council that the hypocrisy and double standards displayed by the United States in its treatment of countries such as Sri Lanka would, if encouraged, gravely affect the credibility of the Council and undermine its legitimacy.  She regretted that the Under Secretary had thought it fit to unilaterally develop and set forth values that would guide the workings of the Council, departing from its founding principles of universality, impartiality,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/12)

‘What concerns us and our people is the insidious attempt to selectively target Sri Lanka’ – Ambassador Tamara Kunanayaka
Courtesy TheIsland  04-03-2012
March 3, 2012, 6:23 pm Addressing the Human Rights Council under Agenda Item 2, Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam highlighted that a dangerous precedent was once again sought to be established by way of a debate on the recommendations of a domestic process. Referring to the High Commissioner of Human Rights’ reference to Sri Lanka, Ambassador Kunanayakam recalled that the LLRC Report reflected the emblemic parameters of rule of law strategies, which have been earnestly taken note of by the Government of Sri Lanka for implementation. She further asserted that ‘What concerns us and our people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/12)

Sri Lankans: Let Us Unite Against Proposed UN Resolution Undermining Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Process !
One Sri Lanka Peace Watch
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that the United States will support a resolution in the United Nationals Council on Human Rights meeting this month directed against Sri Lanka. The resolution will call for Sri Lanka to adopt the recommendations made recently by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).  This resolution will undermine the domestic process towards progress on all issues related to post-conflict development, reunification, accountability and healing upon which Sri Lanka intends to make progress in the coming months and years. What we now need from the international community... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/12)

A day important for the Sinhala Language,A day important for the Sinhala Language
K. A. I. Kalyanaratne Manager, Training & Publications Postgraduate Institute of Management-Courtesy The Island 
Isn’t the time ripe for a serious discourse on establishing a Standard Written Sinhala to arrest further deterioration of the mother tongue of the Sinhala nation: A similar exercise was undertaken forty-four years ago (in 1968) and the result was the compilation of the Standard Sinhala Committee Report. (සම්මත සිංහල කමිටු වාර්තාව) The Standard Sinhala Committee Report of 1968  While weighing the consequences of the interplay of the above circumstances on the fate of the Sinhala language it would seem proper to consider specifically... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/12)

No U.S. forces present,'Military on in Embassy in Sri Lanka'
The United States Embassy in Colombo has denied a report attributed to the Pentagon, which said the U.S. had special forces stationed in Sri Lanka. In a release issued in Colombo, the U.S. Embassy said: “References in the press to U.S. Special Forces being stationed in Sri Lanka are misleading. Members of the U.S. military are assigned to work in the U.S. Embassy in Colombo as part of the bilateral engagement between the United States and Sri Lanka. The Embassy Defense Attaché is the lead representative for the U.S. Department of Defense and those assigned to that office support programmes... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/03/12)

Blast it or paint it: Deadly asteroid bounds towards Earth out of the blue
RT
To avert a new apocalypse – this time set for February 2013 – scientists suggest confronting asteroid 2012 DA14 with either paint, or big guns. The tough part of either scheme is that time has long run out to build a spaceship for any operation. ­NASA confirms the 60-meter (197-feet) asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, has a good chance of colliding with Earth in eleven months.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 03/03/12)

PM's assurance to DMK on Sri Lanka issue
J. Balaji
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday reportedly assured the DMK that he would talk to External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and take appropriate action on a request of the party to support a resolution to be moved by the U.S., France and Norway against Sri Lanka in the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for “human rights violations.” DMK Parliamentary Party leader T.R. Baalu met Dr. Singh and presented a memorandum containing the DMK's resolution passed recently in this regard. He told The Hindu that Dr. Singh promised to get back to the DMK after discussing the issue with... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 03/03/12)

No US Special Forces in Sri Lanka: Military
Mar 03, 2012 | PTI| Colombo
Sri Lanka on Saturday rejected a top US military commander's statement that American Special Forces were deployed in the island nation. There was no American or any other foreign forces stationed in the country, Sri Lankan military spokesman Brig Nihal Hapuarachchi said. His remarks follow a top Pentagon commander's statement that the US Special Forces teams were stationed in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives as part of counter-terrorism cooperation. These teams, he claimed, had been deployed by US Pacific Command (PACOM) as part of its effort to enhance their counter-terrorism capabilities, in... -Full Story-
(Asian Age - 03/03/12)

Ambassador Maj. General Shavendra Silva at the UN
Asoka Weerasinghe (a Sri Lankan-Canadian) Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester  Canada
29 February 2012 Ambassador Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan;  Ambassador Henry Anyidoho of Ghana;   Ambassador Ellen Loj of Liberia; Ambassador Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz of Brazil; Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh;  Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt; Ambassador Hardeep Sing Puri of India; Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon of Pakistan; Ambassador Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor of Nigeria; Ambassador Jun Yamazaki of Japan; Ambassador Jean-Marie Guehenno of France; Ambassador James Dobbins of the US; Ambassador Paul Johnston of the UK;  Ambassador Jose Luis Cancela of Uruguay; Ambassador Hans-Joachim Daerr... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/12)

Prosecuting the LTTE / TNA & the LTTE Tamil Diaspora for war crimes
Shenali Waduge
The LTTE may not have status in international law in view of it being a terrorist organization but the TNA being the political wing of the LTTE can be prosecuted. If the LTTE could be banned by 32 countries & Sri Lanka, what is stopping Sri Lanka from banning the TNA? Its presence politically is posing a great threat to reconciliation. It is a party that strives only to recognize a Tamil homeland and guarantee its territorial integrity. TNA recognizes the inalienable right of self-determination of the Tamil nation and has always recognized LTTE as the sole... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—5, BANDARAWELA BAPPA TAKES ON MYNA
Arcadius
Ceylon was a Crown Colony during the World War II era. The colonized subjects of His Majesty George VI (1936-1952) of the United Kingdom felt jolly good because the coffers of the colony were the responsibility of the British governors—Andrew Caldecott (1937-1944) and Henry Monck-Mason Moore (1944-1948)—who represented the Crown. Not having to worry about budget deficits and national debts, the humble “native” subjects of His Majesty living within the territorial limits of Pathegama did not have too many things to grumble and complain about except perhaps the poor state of the communication link joining the town and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/12)

Purpose of House of Allah
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
(Given below is an excerpt the Friday Sermon of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered on 24th  February 2012 at  `Baitul Wahid' in Feltham [near London] U.K., gave a discourse on the subject of Purposes of Mosques. The New Mosque ‘Baithul Wahid’ was officially opened by His Holiness as he led the Friday Prayers at this Mosque with a sermon that was broadcast LIVE across the world on MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) International. Ahmadiyya Head recited the following verses... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/12)

Head-in-the-sand Washington Post defends Trucker-type Clinton
Pavda
So, the Washington Post has come out. Draped among its rainbow colors are posters of Hillary "War Zone" Clinton, complete with new "butch-style trucker" look, a foul snarl on a foul mouth which vomits insolence, arrogance and overbearance. Wow. It took them three whole days to come up with a disappointing hastily-written pile of drivel. It took the Washington Post and author Al Kamen three whole days to write part of a column on my article "Despicable is Hillary Clinton", published last Sunday in Pravda.Ru's English version, dubbed "over-the-top" in the piece "Pravda sticks it to 'trucker-type' Clinton" in... -Full Story-
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Libyan rebels cage black Africans in zoo, force feed them flags (SHOCK VIDEO)
RT
A shocking video has appeared on the Internet showing Libyan rebels torturing a group of black Africans. People with their hands bound are shown being locked in a zoo-like cage and allegedly forced to eat the old Libyan flag. ­“Eat the flag, you dog. Patience you dog, patience. God is Great,” screams a voice off-camera in the video uploaded to YouTube last week, which also made its way onto LiveLeak.com. The torturers are also shown making the group of captive black Africans stand up with pieces of green cloth still in their mouths and apparently forcing them start jumping.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 02/03/12)

US Ambassador Butenis’ underhand means of creating Communal disharmony.
By Charles.S.Perera
Ambassador Butenis says USA is not an enemy of Sri Lanka, but with friends like USA Sri Lanka need not have friends. Ambassador Butenis has started something called “ effective development” which is described as “means empowering communities and countries to chart their own future”.   An embassy of a foreign country is there to develop good relations between one country and another.  Therefore an Ambassador  has to work with the Government to which he or she is accredited, but not directly with any community or other Associations.  If a country is giving aid for a specific project  such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Sri Lanka’s problems are starting only now!
Shenali Waduge
For three decades Sri Lanka was battling a terrorist problem that camouflaged itself as “ethnic” primarily to buy time and made possible by inefficient political leaders & bureaucrats unable to give proper advice. We have succeeded to discard the “terrorist” element from the “ethnic” but we now return to square one – this “political solution” that we are being asked to draw up takes place amidst a feigned reconciliation maneuver that is all about a Tamil Eelaam. It appears that we have to finally pose this question to our Tamil brethren to answer. Do they really want... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Calls by International Community for accountability measures in Sri Lanka and stance of TNA
Asada M Erpini
The Thirteenth Amendment, and whatever that comes after that, is the catch phrase for solving all the problems of Sri Lanka, or so it seems to the TNA and its supporters of all colours based in the affluent countries. It is unpardonable that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) projects its own intransigence as the unwillingness of the Rajapakse government to “even implement the provisions of the Constitution vis-à-vis the Thirteenth Amendment”, as was reported in Hindu some time back, while its ‘MPs’ receive their monthly emoluments at the average Sri Lankan taxpayer’s expense. What is so... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Exclusion of Asia Pacific Group Nominee Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva from SAG
SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
 Madame Louise Frechette Chair of the UN Senior Advisory Group On Peacekeeping Operations 405 East 42nd Street UN Headquarters New York, New York 10016, USA  Dear Madame,  Exclusion of Asia Pacific Group Nominee Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva from SAG  We are shocked to learn that you have debarred Major General Shavendra Silva who was nominated by the Asia Pacific Group in accordance with standing procedures from participating in the deliberations of the UN Senior Advisory Group on Peacekeeping Operations.    You have not only abused your authority in denying a member state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

DRUG –TRAFFICKING IN CENTRAL ASIA
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
US Department of State says in one of its recent reports regarding drug trafficking in the Central Asian states, “The Central Asian states that border Afghanistan are facing a significant threat from illicit narcotic drugs transiting from Afghanistan. Violent extremist groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan threaten stability in the region, with drug trafficking providing a significant source of their funding. The United States Government is committed to partnering with Central Asia to counter these threats.” To put a check on drug-trafficking the US authorities have introduced a program with the title ‘The Central Asia Counter-narcotics... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Self-appointed revolutionaries shooting people in the streets – Homs eyewitness
RT
People have been left without water or electricity as rebels destroy water pumps and power converters. Civilians are forced to stay inside as snipers shoot from the rooftops. ­RT in Damascus managed to contact an eyewitness in Homs, who says self-proclaimed revolutionaries are killing civilians in the streets. Galina says leaving home is out of the question, as snipers “can shoot you in the back.” “They kill both young and old. They steal people from their homes and chop them into pieces, put them in plastic bags and throw them out!” She claims rumors are spreading of gunmen... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 01/03/12)

Syrian rebels pull out of besieged Homs
RT
Syrian rebels have been ejected from the Baba Amr district of Homs, promising revenge as they retreat. Syrian authorities allow humanitarian aid to those left in need in the city is to be delivered Friday. Most rebel troops were pushed out of the area by President Assad’s forces on Thursday, AP reports. The Baba Amr brigade says it pulled back in order to allow some 4,000 civilian residents who had remained in their homes during the siege to escape to safety, and warned that the government will pay dearly for “targeting the civilian population in Homs.”... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 01/03/12)

War crimes allegations against Sri Lanka
Herbert A. Aponso, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, University of Peradeniya-Courtesy The Island 
February 29, 2012, 7:34 pm A protest against the US resolution against SriLanka to be moved at the UNHRC session now on in Geneva. (File photo) The present situation regarding the alleged violation of human rights / war crimes has reached a crisis, and the time has come for the people of our country, of whatever complexion - political, religious, ethnic, etc – to stand against the tyranny of the mighty. We are reminded of our bounden duty to do so as challenged by great men... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Power devolution and control of land
By Dr. M. A. Mohamed Saleem & Arjuna Hulugalle Mahatma Gandhi Centre,  Sri Lanka Courtesy The Island 
February 29, 2012, 8:16 pm TNA MPs led by R. Sampanthan address the press. (File Photo) By Dr. M. A. Mohamed Saleem & Arjuna Hulugalle Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Sri Lanka Recently a number of articles drew attention to the merit and demerit of the periphery taking control of land. Articulating TNA position why land powers must be devolved, Mr. M.A.Sumanthiran, M.P reasoned (The Island, Saturday February 25th 2012)"…decisions over land must be made at a unit of governance that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

'Our lives in their hands'
Dr. Tilak Fernando
SriLankan Airlines recently awarded 'Wings' to a batch of cadet pilots after a stringent training programme. They obtained the CAASL licence (Civil Aviation Authority), a globally recognised certification. The Nations' flag carrier recruits two cadet batches each year for training and presently has a total strength of approximately 267 pilots serving in its cadre. With the commissioning of an A320 Full Flight Simulator facility at the Airlines' own Flight Academy, future trainee pilots with SriLankan will have the advantage of obtaining Flight Simulator experience. With plans for expanding the fleet size to 30 aircraft by 2015,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Failed teachers' wrong lessons
Editorial Island ( Sri Lankan Paper)
 Russia on Wednesday slapped the swashbuckling international bullies right across the face in Geneva much to the relief of their hapless victims. Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady M. Gatilov did not mince his words when he condemned sinister attempts by some countries to transform the UNHRC into a tool of political pressure to undermine others. He said Russia did not approve of attempts in some quarters to categorise countries as 'students' and 'teachers' or 'good' or 'bad' as regards human rights. Gatilov's no-holds barred attack on the newfangled Responsibility to Protect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Asia group of NAM backing Sri Lanka
Chaminda PERERA Courtesy The Daily News
Commission appointed to create closer amity between the communities:  Despite lobbying by the US and several Western states against Sri Lanka, the Asian group of the Non Aligned Movement yesterday expressed unreserved support for Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva. The members of the Sri Lankan delegation to the UNHRC session in Geneva yesterday met representatives of NAM’s Asian group and explained measures taken by the government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to promote reconciliation among the communities. They pointed out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

Let us know the president’s advisors
B S Perera Courtesy The Island 
We have seen many instances when some major thing happens in the country in a wrong way some used to say that president Mahinda Rajapaksha would not be aware of it and his advisors had not briefed him about the matter. It is a shame if the country’s President is not aware of something that even the man on the street knows. Whatever it is, can the public know the persons who have been appointed as advisors to the president and their contact details as they (the public) can then advise them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

US foreign policy driven by game-theoretic analyses not by morals or fair-play
by R Chandrasoma Courtesy The Island 
March 1, 2012, 7:44 pm Notice that vast areas of the globe that wallow in misery and strife are ignored because there is no security threat to the Global Leader. Mexico is a classic example of the social chaos caused by drug-dealing, rampant corruption and poverty-driven social chaos. Has the Great Power to the North done anything about this social breakdown in a nation at its doorstep? Has the poverty and chaos in large parts of Africa stirred the social conscience of the Great Powers that see Sri Lanka as an errant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

US holds back anti-SL resolution in Geneva
By Shamindra Ferdinando in Geneva Courtesy The Island 
The US yesterday held back a statement scheduled to be made on Sri Lanka.  Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero was earlier scheduled to speak at 10. 30 a.m. Geneva-based diplomatic sources expressed surprise at the eleventh hour cancellation of the US statement at the high level segment on the fourth day of the sessions, which would continue till March 23. A spokesman for the Government of Sri Lanka told The Island: "In fact in the wake of UK demanding UN intervention in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

POLITICIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL NOT IN THE INTEREST OF DEVELOPING WORLD - PROF PEIRIS IN DISCUSSION WITH FOREIGN MINISTER OF NIGERIA
Ministry of External Affairs
Countries emerging from painful conflicts and renewing their commitment to economic and social development after the eradication of terrorism, deserve understanding and sympathetic support from the international community, not judgmental attitudes buttressed by pressure which erodes the dignity and self-respect of developing nations, Professor G.L.Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, said in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Wednesday. He made these comments at his meeting with Mr. Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. He explained to his counterpart in the Government of Nigeria the gist of his arguments in Geneva during the last... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/12)

In Pictures, old Bible in Turkey contains Jesus prediction of Mohammed coming
Translated by Mohamed Gabal
A 1,500-year-old Bible written in Aramaic language has been found in Turkey, press reports cited British newspaper Daily Mail report. The bible contains Jesus prediction of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon Him) coming after him. According to the reports, Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly requested to examine the version, which has been hidden in Turkey for 12 years.... -Full Story-
(pk.msn.com - 01/03/12)

Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal
RT
Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it. The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. In the bill, Congress officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House, which, on the surface, seems not just harmless and necessary, but somewhat... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 01/03/12)


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