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Some Government Servants in Jaffna Working for TNA Racist Politics
- Kumar Moses
There was a big hullabaloo at the last general election about the ruling party misusing state property and government servants for its election work. Sadly this has always been a practice in the island. However, there is a bigger danger in the northern district of Jaffna where government servants are using their position, influence and power for political work not of the ruling party but of TNA. Not just this is a very dangerous development but also throwing a spanner in the works.  At the recent local government elections, postal voting results were not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—12 -An example of BJ at the global level
Commentary by Shelton A. Gunaratne, professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead
 The following story is an excellent example of process reporting. With some editorial touches, a journalist can convert it to Buddhist-oriented journalism (BJ). It does pass muster the principal BJ criterion of reducing or controlling dukkha (sorrow/ unsatisfactoriness).   I will comment on and analyze the story in parenthesis using the Four Noble Truths (FNT), Noble Eightfold Path (NEP) and the principle of dependent co-arising  (paticca samuppada) as my framework. Andrew Sheng wrote this 1,000-word essay for the Asia News Network. Sheng is the author... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/11)

What you should know about arsenic in Drinking water- the truth
Arsenic contamination is becoming an increasingly common problem not only in the developing world, but also in the most industrialised nations. Any urban water distribution system in Sri Lanka may contain arsenic in the pipe water. Well water may also contain high arsenic content depend upon the location and hardness of water. The content will not be known until proper tests are carried out. Bottled water is not necessarily any safer than tap water. Often, it is nothing more than tap water that may or may not have been filtered. Arsenic poisoning brings with it other complications: liver and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/11)

An appeal to my Congressman on behalf of Sri Lanka
Anjalika Silva USA
Congressman Van Hollen, As one of your constituents originally a Sri Lankan and now a voting American, I was offended by the support given by Congress for screening a disputed piece of video sponsored by Channel 4 --"Killing Fields in Sri Lanka" which was not prevented by any quarter of the congress.  Your constituents and Sri Lankans who are offended by this kind of misrepresentation to discredit a sovereign nation prevailed on Congressman James McGovern.  His phone lines appeared to have been deliberately staffed by incompetent interns who gave us wrong contact information for him.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/11)

Appraising the terrorist - A strategy doomed to failure
By  Paul Harris For the WAPS Conference, Oslo, August 20 2004
 [Submitted by Hela Puwath:  This paper has been widely published in the past few years, but we believe we should re-read it as  a reminder to assess what has (not)changed since Paul Harris’ speech.  We are eternally grateful to our great leaders, and the brave Sinhela youth who gave their life to reclaim the only country we can call our own.  But we should be reminded that the danger still exists, in a different and more insidious form – Tamils backed by our former enemies in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/11)

 Sri Lanka is one of the few model democracies in the world having obtained adult franchise in 1930’s.  She continues to be a democratic nation to date.  After the peace is dawn the “Nation” is blessed with emerging and vibrant economy, booming tourism, stock market on the rise and one of the most stable and peaceful nations in the world as one of the most sought for tourist destinations which is famous for smile, friendship and hospitality.  This article deals with foreign policy, Indo-Sri Lanka Relations, connections and dealings with India, difficult... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/11)

Teach Animal Law & Ethics at Colombo Law Faculty
-Senaka Weeraratne
July 30, 2011, 6:58 pm Mr. Senaka Weeraratne, Attorney-at-Law and Buddhist activist, has urged that a course in ``Animal Law and Ethics’’ be started at the Faculty of Law or the University of Colombo. He says in a letter to Mr. N. Selvakumaran, Dean of the Faculty of Law, that this is a field that law schools in developing countries such as Sri Lanka can no longer avoid or ignore. The subject of Animal Law is currently taught in nearly 80 law schools around the country in USA. This field has grown substantially in the past decade,... -Full Story-
(The Island - 31/07/11)

Introduction of Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham in Kelantan
... -Full Story- ( - 31/07/11)

No votes or peace in appeasing West and Jaffna jingoism
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The most pragmatic solution to the Vadukoddai War waged relentlessly by the Tamil Tiger terrorists was prescribed by the London Times on August 10, 1995. (Please note the date). In a telling editorial it said: “The elimination of one man, Prabhakaran, could fashion a miraculous change in the island’s politics of conflict. An exhausted Tamil population, in the north and east of Sri Lanka, is in the evil grip of one man and his army of fanatics. Mrs. Kumaratunga must continue to try to liberate them, both by the force of arms and by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/11)

To Howard Berman, Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki Moon, UK Channel 4, and others seeking to accuse Sri Lanka armed Forces for War Crimes.
By Charles.S.Perera
 “………..It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/11)

Channel 4 latest video on Sri Lanka with Phantom accuser
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
30 July 2011  OPEN LETTER to Johnathan Miller and Channel 4 Producers of Sri Lanka Attack videos  124 Horseferry Road, Westminster,   London, SW1P 2TX, UK   Dear Johnathan Miller and Channel 4 Producers:  This is getting ridiculously exciting! Your latest foray into – WE GOTCHA SRI LANKA WAR CRIMINALS – trying to get by the short-curlies of Major General Shavendra de Silva by producing a phantom voice speaking over a ghost image is intriguing.  But is it enough to get this army man Shavendra... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/11)

Terrorist violence: The Sri Lankan experience, Norway and New Zealand
New Zealand Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka United Sri Lanka Association ( Auckland Branch)
At a recent session in the New Zealand Parliament, the Green MP Keith Locke vehemently opposed the Prime Minister John Key‘s rejection of the appeals of Tamil boat people, to come to New Zealand. Keith’s point was that it was against the New Zealand character to be so heartless to people who have probably experienced great tragedy in their lives and are fleeing ongoing persecution. We agree with MP Keith Locke that New Zealanders are kind hearted and compassionate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/11)

Susantha Wijesinghe.
  It is ashame to see a Channel 4 pervert journalist, accosting our Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Major General Shavendra Silva, on the PAVEMENT. That Journalist of Channel 4 appeared like a Street Urchin asking totally irrelevant questions from a Diplomat, a Deputy Ambassador of the United Nations, which is tantamount to intimidation and humiliation, in a Public Place. When the Deputy Ambassador politely asked " who told you " the street urchin Journalist said, '" I cannot tell you '" which is arrogantly impudent. It is a very clear that the Channel 4 Journalist is attempting to insult... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/11)

Whether we like it or not, one way or the other, we all daily eat and drink aluminium, is that true?
Dr Hector Perera   London
 No escape from Aluminium Aluminium toxicity occurs in many ways, food, medicines, water and air.  Aluminium is found in beverages such as tea, coffee and soft drinks then in simple day to day food such as in rice, flour, bread, oat meals, cakes, puddings, biscuits and in breakfast cereals. Is that all, not really, present as aluminium salts in food bleaching agents, even in table salt, then in most E number food additives, then who knows in many more ways we get aluminium into our body. Foods and additives with Aluminium When you buy packets... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/11)

Helplanka successfully continues to help more rural school children and special needs children with UK volunteer Programme in Sri Lanka July 2011.
Organised by Helplanka UK annually a group of 13 volunteers including 3 teachers from Barry South Wales visited Sri Lanka in July to teach English, music, drama and sport at Siviraja Deaf and Blind School Mahawewa NWP, Ragama Convalescent Home for Children, Leonard Cheshire Home  Katana Negombo and also at Ihala Yagoda Vidyalaya  Gampaha  The highlights for the group  were visiting the special needs centres  where parties were organised, face painting and games were the order of the day and toys, educational equipment , computers , books ,cuddly toys electric organs , hearing aids  and school bags... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/11)

Public Protest in Melbourne on telecast of unethical and doctored fiction clip titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” in Channel 4-UK and ABC
News items related to the "doctored" video clip in Channel 4 in UK .................. -Full Story- ( - 30/07/11)

Cables show NATO’s intervention in Libya is all about oil
The cables also refer to Libya’s “hydrocarbon producing potential” and the “high expectations” among international oil companies. According to a September 2009 cable, then acting head of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), Ali Sugheir, told the US Embassy that major “sedimentary basins with oil and gas resources had been discovered in Libya,” with seismic data indicating “much more remained to be discovered across the country.” The scramble by dozens of international oil and gas companies to cash in on the lifting of sanctions, however, soon produced the problems, in the words of a November 2007... -Full Story-
( - 30/07/11)

USA Bankrupt
... -Full Story- ( - 30/07/11)

Marie had a little blank…….
Dr Bandula Kothalawala London N7
C4 is determined to continue its crusade against Sri Lanka. Reinforcements have already been brought in with “two Sri Lankan soldiers” and an award-winning journalist – Marie Colvin – drafted in! It is not possible to assess the credibility of “the soldiers”, as they are portrayed as little more than nameless, faceless and voiceless ghosts. However, Marie is indeed a star witness. Marie is no stranger to Sri Lanka. Her coverage of the conflict in the Times has won her fame, and, perhaps, a small fortune, though, tragically, it cost her one eye. Marie... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/11)

Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Bleeding Heart and its strange insensitivity to the anguish of the autochthons of Lanka.
chandrasoma rajapakse
In a recent lecture to the Westernized bourgeoisie of Colombo, the former President of our troubled country shed many a tear in reflecting on the sorrowful plight of the minorities dwelling therein. It was the hubris of the majority race and its unscrupulous exploitation by politicians - who placed political success before fairplay and moral rectitude - that led to the vast tragedies of recent memory. This was the pith and substance of her oration. That Sri Lanka passed through a period (now happily over) of violence, misery and political gerrymandering on a shameful scale cannot be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/11)

The Right Way Forward!
Janaka Yagirala
 The move to reduce the number of parliamentary seats of the Jaffna District from 10 to 6 is a commendable act done by the government. For those NGO pundits barking for the anti-national agenda (for western dollars!) who may start ranting about bogus “fairness” and “equality”, just consider this. In the 2004 General Election, the TNA got only 633,654 votes while the JHU got 554,076 votes. Both got 2 seats from the national list but thanks to the disproportional allocation of seats based upon bogus election lists the traitors of the TNA got 22 seats while the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/11)

“Uthuru Wasanthaya” – “Dakunu Wasangathaya”?
by hela puwath
[The following short paper was sent to Lankaweb in April 2010, but was never published, perhaps because it may have offended, or embarrassed our government in its attempt to woo the Tamils of the north - forgiving their three decade long mayhem.  So now, after the elections, that we have learned what the Tamil “aspirations” are, shouldn’t the government now find out if the Sinhelese have any “aspirations”?  Tamil aspiration is to get all they can, and keep the Sinhelese out of the north and east.]  That is the kind of slogan (“Uthuru Wasanthaya”– “Dakunu Wasangathaya”?)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/11)

Hillary Clinton’s wagging tongue
Malin Abeyatunge
The Island’s Special Correspondent S Venkatanarayan reported on 19/7/11 that Ms Clinton has said: "We do not believe that there are any terrorists who should be given safe haven or a free pass by any government, because left unchecked the consequences of that kind of terrorist activity or intimidation can become very difficult to manage and control.". Mark the highlighted words. How about LTTE? While Hillary Clinton is uttering the nonsense, USA has made a safe haven  and a free pass for the LTTE terrorist rump which is still  a banned terrorist outfit. Is the ban for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/11)

President Mahinda calls for the establishment of a Common Fund for the Development of Aquaculture in the Asian Region.
 President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurating the 5th FAO Asia Pacific Region Ministerial Meeting on Aquaculture Development for Food Security, Nutrition and Economic Development has called for the establishment of a Common Fund for the Development of Aquaculture in the Asian Region.  He emphasized that the challenges being faced by the aquaculture development and the fishing industry at present, it is necessary to have political dedication of the Asian region.  The President said that in order to protect our fishermen it is necessary to have policies on strong marketing standards, relax of taxes and duties and implementation of reasonable trade... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—11-Starting BJ as worldwide project: Sri Lanka Buddhist organizations can be catalyst of new genre
By Shelton A. Gunaratne © 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead
 In the previous 10 essays in this series, I developed in considerable detail the reasons why a Buddhist-oriented Journalism should emerge in the cotemporary world to coincide with the impending collapse of the tottering capitalist system and the potential establishment of a more equitable world system that will reflect the Dhammic (Indian) and Daoic (Chinese) approaches, which will reduce dukkha (discontent) both individually and socially by recognizing craving (tanha/trsna) and the related conditional factors as the causes of dukkha. Let me recapture some of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/11)

President Barrack Obama promised Hope and Change with his audacious Yes We can, but has he kept his promise ?
By Charles.S.Perera
From Sri Lanka’s point of view  American State Department  interfered in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs interposing its boring insipid Ambassador  Robert O’Blake parroting ad nauseam  to find  a political and not  a military solution to terrorism , even in the face of Sri Lanka gaining victory over  terrorism through its military solution. Robert Blake even rounded up anti-Sri Lanka Foreign Ministers from the International Community, along with Hillary Clinton with her harangue about “you cannot put all terrorists in to the same basket”, to save the terrorist leaders from being eliminated. Had we listened to Robert O’Blake... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/11)

Great Power Insecurity and anomalous alliances - Why Hillary Clinton cozens the Fat Lady of Tamil Nadu

R Chandrasoma
It is an indubitable truth that the greater the power, the greater the fear of overthrow and dispossession. This is a characteristic feature of both individuals and nation-states. Following victories in the Second World War, the United States of America became a domineering super-power in a world that accepted its warrant as beyond challenge. The Soviet Union rose and fell but the might of the USA remained largely unfazed by the tumult in the world. Recently, this long-held suzerainty has been challenged in a novel way by the rise of commercial empires that seek to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/11)

Norway - Open Questions on the Breivik
Prof. Hudson Mclean
Just when the Tamil voters in the North are rejecting the Gift of Friendship offered by HE Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sinhala population, a massive bomb explodes in Oslo Norway, combined with a massacre of innocent youth and children at a Youth Rally. This picture aptly reminds and brings back the horrific memories in Sri Lanka where Buildings, Airport, Army camp were destroyed,  innocent village peasants fast asleep on their floor mats when the LTTE Tiger Terrorists slayed entire families. Except in the Sri Lankan national media, there were no significant coverage of several such events... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/11)

Carlos Canino, the ATF attache says 'officials in Mexico who already think the U.S. is indifferent to Mexican violence and death'.
"It infuriates me that people, including my law enforcement, diplomatic and military colleagues, may be killed or injured with these weapons," said agent Carlos Canino, the ATF acting attache to Mexico testifying before  the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, describing the Fast and Furious program as "insane" and adding that he was unable to defend it to government officials in Mexico who already think the U.S. is indifferent to Mexican violence and death ... "hundreds and quite possibly thousands of guns have been allowed to reach the hands of organized crime." said Jose Wall, senior ATF... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/11)

Vladimir Vysotsky the Russian Bob Dylan
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge  
I still recall the words of one of my teachers Mr. Vethali Ivanovich who introduced me to the songs of Vladimir Vysotsky in 1986. He said “if you want to learn the Russian soul listen to Vysotsky”   Indeed Vladimir Vysotsky was the ultimate reflection of the Russian soul. A poet, songwriter and actor, Vladimir Vysotsky was the most famous Russian bard. He was adored by millions of fans and still respected for his charismatic voice and singing style. His music had enduring effect on Russian culture.  Vladimir Vysotsky, who began performing in the 1960s,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/11)

නලින් ද සිල්වා නම් වු විශ්ව කර්ම ප්‍රාඥයා
ඉන්දික ප්‍රසාද් කුමාර
නලින් ද සිල්වා ගුරුපියාණන් ගැන සටහනක් තැබීමට සුදුසුම කාලය පැමිණ ඇතැයි මා හට හැඟේ. මහඇදුරු නලින් ද සිල්වා 1944 ඔක්තෝම්බර් මස 20වන දින පානදුර, වෑකඩ ප්‍රදේශයේ කෝවිල් ගොඩැල්ලේදී උපත ලැබීය. එතුමාගේ දෙමව්පියන් පාසල් ගුරුවරුන් දෙපළකි. එතුමාගේ කුඩා කාලයෙද් ී විදුහල්පතිවරයකු වූ සිය පියාගේ මඟ පෙන්වීම යටතේ පාසල් වේලාවෙන් පසු සහ පාසල් නිවාඩු දින වලදී ගමේ පන්සලේ පුස්තකාලයට ගොඩ වැදී බෞද්ධ පොත් පත් කියවීමට අවස්ථාව ලැබී ඇත. එය කුඩා කල සිටම එතුමාගේ බුද්ධ ධර්මය පිළිබඳ දැනුම සහ ශ්‍රද්ධාව වර්ධනයට හේතු වූ විශේෂ කාරණයකි.  අනතුරුව එතුමා වයස අවුරුදු 15ක පමණ කාලයේ පටන් විද්‍යා විෂයන් හැදෑරීමට විශේෂ උනන්දුවක් දැක්වු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/11)

Wishful Thinking By TNA Where The President's Unflappable Stance Needs No Criticism As The TNA Were And Still Probably Are An LTTE Proxy
Lankaweb Weekly Editorial
July 27th 2011 The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) may have swept the board in Saturday’s local council elections in the North but have no entitlements to demand equality with the Government if this is what they are seeking.They have said that it would be impossible to reach a political solution and bring about lasting peace, justice and democracy in the North without the devolution of police and land powers and perhaps a modicum of attention might have been in order towards these requests had they not been once supportive of the LTTE as there is always the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

Alex Neve - Channel 4 Sri Lanka's Killing Fields video
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
26  July 2011 Mr. Alex Neve  Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada Ottawa, Ontario  Dear Alex Neve: I have been privy to the letter sent to you by Ira de Silva of London, Ontario, dated 24 July, where she quite rightly questions why Amnesty International (AI) is taking upon itself the task of promoting Channel 4’s video Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, when there has been digital video experts and video forensic analysts reasoning that this video is a fraud, and  military commanders in the battle field identifying stills... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

The search for innovative and creative ideas
By Neville Ladduwahetty
The US Secretary of State during her visit to Chennai is reported to have stated that the US is looking at "some innovative and creative ideas to break the impasse over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue". The idea explored thus far to break the impasse over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue since 1987 has been a political arrangement based on the Indian model in the form of the 13th Amendment. Since this arrangement was brokered by India and advocated for Sri Lanka, it may be correct to conclude that this model has served India well. On... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

A Think-Piece drafted in May 2011
Michael Roberts, 23 July 2011
In May 2011, in the context of debate and emotions arising from the Moon-Darusman report and the anniversary of the final blow against the LTTE regime, I drafted a “Think-Piece” for my own edification. This was in point-form and as such lacked elaboration and comprehensiveness. It provided the foundations for my subsequent explorations in a series of articles (listed separately).These essays only surveyed some aspects of the issues raised by this Memo and were also informed by the ongoing discussions in print and cyber-world in May-June onwards.  Pirapaharan and Anton hold court... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

Outcomes from my Think-Piece … and Thoughts on Pictorial Imagery
Michael Roberts, 24 July 2011
Pic courtesy of Ministry of Defence — note that this image can be read in different ways according to subjectivity and degrees of partisanship.  The May 2011 “Think-Piece” posted a few days back in this site resulted in several  articles within the same site and/or in other web sites and newspapers. These are now listed below together with a listing of crucial sets of photographs in my Flickr site. Critical to any overview of the last stages of the war are whatever authentic images one can recover. I was first led to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

Sri Lanka elections & Tamil voter mentality
Shenali Waduge
Democracy in Sri Lanka accepts the right for political parties to contest & people to vote for their choice but in reality governance will fall into one of two parties only. That is the undeniable truth. The recently concluded local body election results were proof that delivering peace, offering freedom, providing development has no bearing on the minds of Tamil voters. It is important that the rest of Sri Lanka & the world read the message behind the results. Why would Tamils continue to vote for separatism?   The propaganda campaign championed by separatist activists both... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

Hotel California: What the Song is About
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
 The rock band Eagles released their super hit Hotel California in 1976 and up-to-date this song remains one of the popular songs that is adored by millions of fans around the world.  The hit song Hotel California is well written both lyrically and musically. This song contains a deep connotation and was written by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glen Frey. The song was an instant success. Many believe that Hotel California is not a place; it is a metaphor.   As the true interpretation of Hotel California, Don Henley told Rolling Stone magazine once... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

By Stanley Perera from Melbourne 
District Court in London made an order for the Petroleum Corporation of Sri Lanka to pay a foreign bank a sum of US$365 million. The writer is a patriotic writer and an ordinary lay person.  Not a legal eagle also.  A lay person’s view is British court order cannot be enforced in another independent country whether or not it belongs to the Commonwealth.  That hedging contract was entered in Sri Lanka.  Therefore any dispute arising on the contract must be argued and settled in a court of law in Sri Lanka. The Petroleum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

TourismConcern PRESS RELEASE
25th July 2011
 International calls grow for end to tourism land grabs in Sri Lanka  The Sri Lankan government and large tourism developers must stop forcibly displacing communities, destroying livelihoods, threatening food security, and wreaking havoc on the environment in the name of tourism, say Sri Lankan and international campaigning groups[i]. The groups, including participants of a recent International Fact Finding Mission, are calling for an immediate halt to the Kalpitiya Integrated Tourism Resort Project on Sri Lanka’s western coast– the country’s largest tourism development to date[ii].  Herman Kumara of Sri Lanka’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/07/11)

UN Officials' Channel 4 Video Analysis
By Hassina Leelarathna
July 24 - (UPDATE: SL_USA) - Two high ranking UN officials hell-bent on using the disputed Channel 4 ‘Killing Fields’ video as a springboard for initiating an international war crimes investigation against Sri Lanka have misled the world and are getting away with it under the cover of ‘forensic science.’ An investigation into the background of the ‘experts’ the two officials, Special Rapporteur Philip Alston and Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns, commissioned to authenticate the disputed video has revealed some startling discrepancies and shocking professional lapses which question the validity and objectivity of their findings as much as... -Full Story-
( - 25/07/11)

Shame On You.wmv
A song that expresses our disappointment with organisations like the United... -Full Story- ( - 25/07/11)

Standard field testing kits for Arsenic
Help Sri Lanka
The following standard kits are considered acceptable in most countries and can be ordered through UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen. This list does not imply that UNICEF endorses these kits only, or that UNICEF endorses the brand. UNICEF is open to consider any new kit that comes on the market and to share information and experience with partners. When new kits are accepted, they will be introduced into the UNICEF Supply Catalogue.  1) 0005500 - Arsenic testing kit (liquid reagents) The arsenic test is suitable for measuring arsenic in water, soil extracts,  pharmaceutical products, prepared biological specimens... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/11)

Norway gets its due reward for supporting terrorism
By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.Former Government Agent, Matara District
 A bomb blast in a Norway office block gutted it with fire. A few minutes later a gun man opened fire on a youth congregation and this left 94 dead. Many are yet missing.  Retribution does come- sometimes in driblets and at times delayed and that is what the Superpowers do have to understand when they plan and implement forays into sovereign countries and become terrorists themselves in actual practice, though they function under the pretext of being peacenicks.  As F.Rovick of the Norwegians Against Terrorism has said, “ the time... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

North-East Tamils Selected Racism Instead of Peaceful Cooperation
- Kumar Moses
North-East Tamils said no to development and cooperation and instead voted for racism. Tamil racist political parties - TNA and TULF won most LG bodies in the north and in all Tamil majority areas in the east where the election was held. TNA canvassed on a platform of ultra Tamil racism and as usual they won the majority vote of Tamils. This is hardly surprising as Tamil racist political parties have regularly won elections in the north since 1947. They even won the most votes at the 2010 April General Election.  Danger signs on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—10-Comparing BJ news paradigm with alternative journalism forms that challenged the mainstream
By Shelton A. Gunaratne © 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead
 The five elements in the mainstream/ Western news paradigm began to take shape in 19th century America. Penny papers emerged as a cheap source with coverage of crime, tragedy, adventure and gossip. The inverted pyramid structure of writing news became formalized after the Civil War (1861-1865). Partisan journalism gradually turned into more objective and balanced reporting as newspaper publishing became another business activity aimed at maximizing profits. The larger the circulation of a newspaper, the more advertising it attracted. Thus, the event-centered news values... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Deepest Sympathies on the Tragic Loss of Life
Mahinda Gunasekera Honorary President
   By E-mail July 24, 2011  Hon. Jens Stoltenberg Prime Minister of Norway Oslo, Norway  Hon. Jens Stoltenberg,  Deepest Sympathies on the Tragic Loss of Life  We write to convey our deepest sympathies on the tragic loss of life in the City of Oslo and Utoya island caused by senseless violence apparently aimed at changing certain Norwegian government policies. We are deeply affected by the loss of life of so many innocent young people on Utoya island whose lives were snuffed out in the prime of their youth in this vain attempt to give a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Retribution with Arrears!
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya Melbourne
Minister for Messing Small Nations! Norway Erik Solheim  I am immensely disappointed that you were deprived of joining your bosom Terrorist General Velupulle Prbakaran in Hell! You under the pretext of a Peace moderator sent the best in the business of war strategy as instructors abusing the Diplomatic immunity to train the LTTE cadres to make them the Worlds renowned Terrorists! You and those sadistic butchers of LTTE derived their satisfaction in killing, maiming thousands of innocent Sri Lankans right across this tiny Island!    Around 800AD the barbaric Vikings terrorized the Mediterranean, if one were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Libya: NATO war crimes - Taking action
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
I allege that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has once again breached international law and has committed war crimes in Libya. The international community has the duty to take this matter seriously, investigate the allegations and begin legal proceedings to bring those accused before due legal process and justice.... -Full Story-
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Libya: Time for NATO to disengage
Timofei Belov
Information from the ground in Libya is very clear. Here is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: no conjecture, no myths and no propaganda. The fresh news, crystalline pure. No hype, no lies. Ladies and gentlemen, the corporate media have been lying about Libya. NATO's remit is to protect civilians from being attacked by the Libyan Armed Forces. There is not yet a shred of evidence that such was happening, indeed the evidence is that the terrorists who NATO is supporting perpetrated massacres (Google up Libya rebels + massacre) and then blamed them on... -Full Story-
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We cannot see, touch or feel these invisible molecular forces that dominate our day to day life.
Dr Hector Perera     London
Ventilation This is a gift we have; with or without your knowledge we understand certain things only by smell but not the common dangerous killer, carbon monoxide. When we cook, methane gets combusted in oxygen to form carbon dioxide. If less air is available for burning methane, then it is possible to form carbon monoxide.  methane + oxygen -----> carbon monoxide + water. 2CH4(g)  + 3O2(g)  ------>     2CO(g)   +   4H2O(l) Carbon monoxide is a very poisonous gas. It cannot be seen or smelt. Faulty gas fires or boilers may produce carbon monoxide and poison the air in a room without anyone knowing. Every year, people die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Next time, open the kitchen window for fresh air, before you light... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

“Canandapura “ Children’s Village, the great work of Ven.Pannasara thera of Brampton Buddhist mission Centre
    Claude Fernando,Brampton, Canada.
   It’s a significant milestone of Venerable Pannasara Thera of Brampton Buddhists Mission Centre, to have an opportunity to  open“Canadapura”Children’s village on July 10th 2011.              Indeed!  Dream came true. His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksha was the eminent guest who participated that exceptional moment with others to declare open this social establishment.               This institution has been constructed for destitute orphans who are living, one of the remote areas, named “Dabarayawatta” inTangalle electorate. . Venerable Pannasara Thera took a bravery step and initiated this difficult task in the honest and genuine intention of making a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Christian Terrorism comes to roost in Norway! Don’t cry for bogus human rights Scandinavia!
For over 30 years Sri Lanka suffered at the hands of the Racist Tamil Tiger Terrorist called the LTTE, butthe  Lynch Mob calIed International Community always justified the terror in Sri Lanka as those due to unspecified Tamil Grievances  or Aspirations and discriminations by the majority Sinhala Buddhists. The fact that terrorism is not the answer for unspecified and unsubstantiated accusations did not enter their minds as their plan was to dismember Sri Lanka to suit their geopolitical agenda for South Asia – balkanization of India!  The Norwegian Prime Minister said that his childhood paradise has been turned... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Of War Crimes, Accountability, Economic Blackmail etc
Dr Bandula Kothalawala
According to an AFP report, a US congressional committee has voted to ban aid to Sri Lanka unless the nation shows "accountability" over the bloodshed in the final stages of its civil war in 2009. Of late, strangely enough, US legislators have developed an incurable obsession with a newfangled concept - accountability. Even stranger still is the fact that the novel concept appears to apply only to the meek and the weak in the world. The impudent ringleader - Mr Howard Berman - has failed to give any clue as to why it does not apply... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

By Walter Jayawardhana in Los Angeles
Norwegian terrorist bombs that killed more than 90 people –mostly young summer vacationers in that country have been ironically made with fertilizer , a method popularized by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka during the heyday of the LTTE terrorism in the Indian Ocean island nation. Norway has allegedly become a safe haven for the ex-Tamil terrorists but there is no indication that the most recent bombing incident is directly connected with the Tamil Tigers who allegedly received the sympathy of the ruling Labor Party of Norway. In fact, the alleged sympathies of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Define A Terrorist, Freedom Fighters or a Lunatic!
Prof. Hudson McLean
Sad events in Oslo Norway, where a "right wing" sympathiser is branded conclusively  as a "Terrorist" without any investigation, when compared with the events during 30 years by the LTTE Terrorists were branded as "Freedom Fighters", just anything other than criminal terrorists, is considered unfair biased journalism. Erik Solheim International Development Minister of Norwegian Government was "Doctor Death" promoting Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka, supporting them with weapons and funds to commit death, destruction and annihilation of Sri Lankan population. Life does the Full Cycle. The gunman identified locally as Anders Breivik, 32, who is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Killer in Paradise? Really?!? While Norway has a history of supporting suicide terrorists?
Alastair Reynard
Reports by the research organization Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) have claimed that many Sri Lankan Tamils, including LTTE terrorist cadres, were able to come to Norway on documents and passports bought from corrupt employees of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. NAT has also shown that the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the Oslo Municipality have given millions to the LTTE terrorists through front organizations, notably the TRO (Tamil Rehabilitation Organization). TRO is a well know front for the Tamil terrorists!!! Others have attributed Norwegian involvement in Sri Lanka and support for the Tamil separatist cause to Norwegian politicians' interest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

The terrorists have attacked the Centre of Oslo. What has Eric Solheim got to say ?
By Charles. S. Perera
 The Global Tamil Forum of the Pro LTTE terrorist Catholic Father Emmanuel Joseph may have in his Global Tamil Forum,  experienced terrorists who may have one time or another participated in terrorism in Sri Lanka alongside Prabhakaran or his son Charles, and perhaps there are among its members experts in explosives and suicide bombers.  Many of them may be Catholics or just Christians , who knows there may even be fundamentalist Christians among them.  Father Emmanuel Joseph is in Germany where there are as many as 60 thousand Sri Lanka Tamils.  Norway has over 13,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Terrorist bombing in Norway
 Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Gove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 
23 July 2011  The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN  Sir: In reference to Norway's terror-bombing you said, "Nobody really needed to be reminded that terrorists can strike anywhere, any time. We all know that global terrorist networks or monomaniacs can find an excuse for violence in any nations policies and values." And Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemed this senseless attack in Norway that claimed 87 lives as a "barbarous" attack.  I now understand what the island of Sri Lanka went through in their 30 year war with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Norway gets a 'taste of terrorism'
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia
On 22nd July, the centre of Oslo had been rocked by a bomb blast by terrorists. Initial fears were that the Prime Minister was caught in the mess as it had been near govt quarters but he had escaped. Hundreds had been trapped in devastated buildings and at the time the death toll was not known. And people had been evacuated from the city.   One hour later there had been another powerful explosion and people had been fleeing from the city centre. Followed by this it was reported that a gunman dressed as a policeman had gone... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

Malin Abeyatunge
I have quoted a below a part of a letter I sent to media soon after the bomb blast in Bombay saying that we should not condemn any bomb blasts killing innocent civilians in the countries who have been supporting the LTTE by providing safe haven, assisting financially and propagating their Eelam Agenda. Quote “Sri Lanka is the most affected country in the world by terrorism. We have seen how the LTTE terrorists have killed thousands of innocent civilians, destroyed remote villages killing of thousands of innocent villagers, bombing of public establishments including tourist hotels, Central Bank,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

F. Rovik Retired crusader against terrorism
Friday 22nd July 2011 will be remembered in Norwegian history as one our worst tragedies. During my years working for NAT I could say to the Norwegian Government ?we told you so? to the Norwegian politicians. Instead I am very sad we were not able to communicate to Norwegian politicians about the dangers of providing a safe haven for terrorist and fund terrorists. Norwegian nationalists hate the Norwegian foreign policy and mismanagement of Norway?s huge oil wealth. Nationalist are in all political parties and most of them are use peaceful methods to get... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/11)

A Killer in Paradise: Inside the Norway Attacks
William Boston
In a moment of national tragedy, people tend to huddle together. That instinct, the need for community to gather and console one another in a moment of collective shock and pain, was Anders Behring Breivik's most insidious weapon in the arsenal he carried onto the tiny island Utoeya, a wooded retreat in Tyrifjord lake about an hour's drive from Oslo.... -Full Story-
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President Mahinda’s UPFA takes early lead in the 2nd round of Local Government Elections held today.
 Results are being announced in the 2nd round of local government elections held in Sri Lanka today.  Elections were held for 65 Local Government Institutions which were postponed due to pending Court cases following rejection of nominations by the Elections Commissioner’s Office.  There was a great enthusiasm throughout the country in today’s election.  The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken a lead and the in the first result announced, the Talawakele Village Council has been won by the UPFA.  Candidates of UPFA is also reported to be leading in other LG Institutions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/11)

Hillary Clinton should not have discussed Sri Lanka’s internal affairs with a Chief Minister of an Indian State harbouring supporters of Sri Lanka Terrorists banned in USA.
By Charles.S.Perera
League of Nation was set up immediately after the second world war to stop  military confrontation  of Nations against nations, and instead to provide a world forum where differences between nations could be  resolved in dialogue.  Later on as more and more countries became Independent from colonial rule, the League of Nations was replaced by the UNO, still with the same noble intention to allow Nations to settle their  differences in dialogue in the forum of Nations where all  Nations met as equal members of the UNO. But to-day despite the good intention of the “fathers” of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/11)

Malin Abeyatunge
Today's Island (21/7/11) reported that a senior cadre of Eastern Province Chief Minister S. Chandrakanthan’s party TMVP was arrested yesterday by the CID at Wennappuwa for masterminding the robbery of Rs. 160 million cash and Rs 15 million in jewellery from the People’s Bank branch at Puttur two weeks ago. When a criminal of a close associate politician is caught, it’s more than usual for a politician to disown such criminal. It is alleged that S.Chandrakanthan a.k.a Pillayan has disowned TMVP criminal as a close associate who has been arrested for the above robbery. It is also... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/11)

A Golden Opportunity for Northerners to Shed Racist Politics and Embrace Development
Dilrook Kannangara
Although the remaining Local Government elections are a minor event in the election calendar compared the General Elections, it is a good opportunity to shed racist politics that plagued the north since 1947 and open a new chapter in inclusive politics and development. It is an opportunity not to be missed. For most northerners who have lived through the horrors of racist politics of riots, satyagrahas, threats of racial violence, death and destruction, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If they miss this opportunity, they may not get any in their lifetime. Northerners need... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/11)

ICG has put out yet another executive summery and recommendations.
Herold Leelawardena
Going through the latest executive summary of recommendations of the International Crises Group, one particular sentence had stuck in my mind. That is; “The regime destroyed the Tigers by rejecting the more conciliatory approach of prior governments and adopting the insurgents’ brutality and intolerance of dissent.” Now, there is no doubt that anyone could assemble the stance of the entire ICG outlook from that single sentence.  To be fair in the first instant, ICG should have enlightened us whether the said conciliatory approach by prior governments had persuaded LTTE to come to sense of negotiations or had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/11)

India's Sri Lanka Problem - July 20,2011
Ira de Silva London, Canada
The Editor, Wall Street Journal Asia, Hong Kong.  Dear Sir:  Reference the Op-Ed by S. Dhume which reads "India's Sri Lanka Problem" my initial reaction on reading it was that perhaps it should have read "Sri Lanka's India Problem".  It was to satisfy India's policy during the period of Indira Gandhi's premiership of "ruling" the Indian ocean referred to as the "Indira Doctrine" that India developed the LTTE terrorist group to destabilise Sri Lanka because India did not "approve" of Sri Lanka's friendship with the U.S. At that time India favoured a close relationship... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/11)

Time to identify enemies within
S. Akurugoda
According to media reports, Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa warned the public to be cautious of some elements working inside the government to destabilise the country. The Minister noted that while the country was now moving forward after the end of the war, there are attempts by some groups overseas to target the economy. Addressing a meeting at Homagama the Minister has said that these groups have the support of some elements in the government who are working with sinister agendas. The ruling coalition consists of parliamentarians with different interests. There are hardcore supporters of 13th... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/11)

A tribute to Dingiriamma -How many roads must a man walk down
By Capt Elmo Jayawardena
The journey has been long, very very long. It started in a little village called Dandu Bendi Ruppa in Nuwara Kalaviya when Dingiriamma rolled Jayathilaka in a ‘borrowed’ wheel chair for his first day in the village school. “Hodatama Wahinawa Mahaththayo” she told me, the skies were gray and raining and the distant clouds were coughing thunder. She had covered her 10 year old handicapped son with a plastic sheet and pushed him on rickety old wheels which were gifted to them when some old man died in the next village. Such was the beginning....... -Full Story-
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 It is nothing difficult to estimate that the arrest of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, the Executive Director of the US-based Kashmir American Council is the result of American extremism and narrow mindedness against Muslims as well as an attempt to please the government of India during Hillary Clinton’s visit to New Delhi. It is also very much obvious that the US policy makers’ have tried to settle their old scores with Pakistan under the cover of this arrest. Whatever be the reality, the arrest of Dr.Fai would add another strain to the already worsening relationship between... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/11)

Louise Arbour: The ICG's comment on Sri Lanka's "triumphalism"
Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
21  July 2011 Ms. Louise Arbour President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group  149 Avenue  Louise, Level 24, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium   Dear Louise Arbour: I just read the ICG statement in an AP report which said: “Sri Lanka’s postwar policies are a hindrance to reconciliation between country’s embittered ethnic communities, two years after the end of a civil war, and international think tank has said.  Belgium based International Crisis Group said in a report published Monday that “the government’s intransigence and triumphalism”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/11)

Without a doubt Tamils are today happier without the LTTE
Shenali Waduge 
Connotation for happy will have mixed results. In a Tamil population of just 2.4million wherein 1million are already domiciled (legally or illegally) overseas it is easy to fathom who are likely to be unhappy & happy. In determining who is happier without the LTTE, we need to place the feelings of the North & Eastern Tamils far ahead of others. It is they who suffered the bulk of LTTE terror & it is their lives that have stood still throughout the 3 decades of LTTE terror campaign.  Whatever Tamils may say today, those living in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/11)

Why the Tamil voters in North and East should support the President Mahinda Rajapaksa ?
By Charles.S.Perera
 The elections in the North and the East set for the 23rd July would be a deciding factor for  Sri Lanka’s future development, progress and un-interfered existence as a unitary Nation.     For 30 years the North and East of Sri Lanka had remained in a state of paralysis  while the world around advanced forward. Now that the terrorism that had put the people of the North and East  into a mental stagnation for 30 years has been eliminated, the Tamil people of these  two Provinces  have   to be awakened to actively participate in  the present post... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/11)

Sarath Wijesinghe LL.M (London) Solicitor-Attorney-at-Law
Justice is a  concept of moral rightness based on ethics, nationality, law, natural law, religion , equality along with the  punishment of the breach of the commitment.  The most important part in this definition is the punishment and the mode of punishment.  Different societies and religions have defined and given guidelines for mode of punishment and reparation for justice.  Justice is synonymous with fair play, reasonableness and compassion.  Utilitarianism is a form of justice justified by the ability to achieve future social benefits resulted in crime reduction and retributive justice is in response crime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/11)

71 කැරැල්ල 45 කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
 විල්ෆ‍්‍රඞ් ඇන්ටනි 71 කැරැුල්ල පිළිබඳ අර්ථකතන වලදී  එය ග‍්‍රාමීය, බොදු තරුණයන්ගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන් සිදු වූ කැරැුල්ලක් බව කියවේ. නමුත් කැරැුල්ලට කතෝලික ආගමේ සාමාජිකයන් සුළු ප‍්‍රමාණයක්ද සහභගි වූ බව බොහෝ දෙනා නොදනී. ඒ පිලිබඳව මෝදර විල්ෆ‍්‍රඞ් ඇන්ටනි ප‍්‍රනාන්දු මහතා වඩාත් හොඳ විග‍්‍රහයක් මේ අයුරින් කරයි.  මගේ ගම මෝදර. මම සිංහල කතෝලික. 1970 අගදි ඞී. අයි. කොම්පැනියේ පොඩි සොයිසාගේ මිත‍්‍රත්වය උඩ මාව ඞී.ඒ. ගුණසේකරට සම්බන්ධ කෙරෙනවා. එ අනුව තමයි මම ව්‍යාපායරට යොමු වෙන්නේ. මට පන්ති පැවැත්තුවේ කෝට්ටේ කණ්ඩායමේ පේ‍්‍රමපාල මට්ටක්කුලියේදි.  මට මතකයි 1971 මුල් කාලයේදි එස්.ඞී. බන්ඩාරනායකගේ කොල්ලූපිටිය ගෙදරදි සාකච්ඡුාවක් පැවැතුනා. ඞී.ඒ. ගුණසේකර, පේ‍්‍රමපාල , සොයිසා හා මාද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/11)

Why Buddhism Is Catching On In The Land Of Its Birth
Not perhaps since Buddhism's heyday, some 2,200 years ago, did such a power crowd gather to pay their tribute to Gautama Buddha in the land of his birth. Among the 6,000 of India's well-heeled and well-connected who assembled at the opening of the country's grandest monument in recent times to the Buddha—the Rs 100-crore Global Vipassana Pagoda, "the largest dome in the world"—in Mumbai's Gorai island last Sunday were the President, a governor, several central and state ministers, an industrialist, a media baron and the Buddha's star new-age disciple, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Like Priyanka, there's a new wave of Indians—affluent,... -Full Story- ( - 21/07/11)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Convention begins in U.K. Around 30,000 representatives from all over the world expected to attend
By A. Abdul Aziz,  Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at will be holding its International Annual Convention on 22nd, 23rd and 24th  July, 2011 at Hadeeqa-tul-Mahdi in Alton, Hampshire, U.K. Dignitaries from all over the world including Sri Lanka are expected to attend. The Convention will commence with Friday Prayers led by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the World Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  Renowned Muslim scholars will address this UK convention on topics, which are of grave importance to humanity. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/11)

වත්මන් සමාජයට මුහුණ දෙන්න අපි සමත් ද?-දැක්ම 113
 කුමාර ධම්මික
  2011.07.21 අපරාධවලින් බේරෙන්න විසඳුම් හොයන, උපදෙස් පතන වටපිටාවක් නේද අපට ඕන. කෝ මිනිස්සු ඒවා හොයන් යනවා. එහෙම දේවල් පත්තරවල වාර්තා වෙන්නේ නැහැ. වාර්තා වෙන්නෙම අපරාධ, ස්තී්‍ර දූෂන, මත්කුඩු, ජාවාරම්, මිනීමැරුම් පැහැර ගැනීම්, මංකොල්ලකෑම්.ගණිකා නිවාසය තියෙන තැන ඒවාට සම්බන්ධ අයගේ නම් ගම් ඇතුලත් සිද්ධි පෝෂනය කරන පුවත්. එහෙම නේද? බලන්න මේවගේ ඒවා තමයි අපේ සමාජයට කිසියම් වටිනාකමක් එක් කරලා තියෙන්නේ.  සියලූ ආකාරයේ අපරාධවලට පවතින්නට අවශ්‍ය පසුබිම නිර්මානය වෙලා තියෙනවා. මේවාට විකල්ප පියවර ගත යුතු වගකිවයුතු උදවිය ගත් කි්‍රයා මාර්ග වාර්තා වෙන්නේ නැහැ. මේ තත්ත්වය සාමකාමි සමාජ පරිසරයකට එතරම් ප්‍රතිපලදායි නැහැ. ඒ විතරක් නොවේ, යහපාලනයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—9-Examples of BJ picked from current paradigm show its feasibility to take off as new genre
By Shelton A. Gunaratne © 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead
 When a namarupa consciously writes a news story or a feature from the Buddhist perspective as elaborated in this series, it results in BJ. The Lankaweb, a nonprofit online Web site, has demonstrated the ability of a news medium to function without being at the mercy of conglomerate advertising.  Lankaweb exists on the news feed of a team of citizen journalists, who constitutes its readership as well. The vision of Dharmasiri Weerasinghe, who has run the Lankaweb for more than 15 years, has provided... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/11)

Sanity vs Insanity
Dr. Ruwan M Jayatunge  M.D. 
Insanity is the only sane reaction to an insane society  -Thomas Szas  Although sanity refers to the soundness, rationality and healthiness of the human mind there is no clear demarcation between sanity and insanity. Some view the difference between sanity and insanity as a few nanometers and measured by success. The causes for insanity are multifactorial. Genetics, life stressors, infections, injuries to the central nervous system, drug abuse and even society and culture can contribute to the progression of different mental disorders.  Chemical Imbalance of the Brain Deficits or defects in the structural or functional integrity of the nervous system could lead to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/11)

Darusman Report & Chanel 4 Video
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
18  July 2011 Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP for Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Rathika: I am still amazed, baffled and shaken that you have taken upon yourself to do your little Song and Bharathanatyam’s Alarippu Dance with your conspicuously selective anguish about the war-violence in Sri Lanka during the last five months of the Tamil Tiger terrorist Eelam War not realizing that the bloody war had been going on for 30 long years, which saw over 100,000 people dead, the majority were my... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/11)

Professor Nalin De Silva
Akila Weerasekera, M.S
Recently 49 academics of the Science faculty of University of Kelaniya have signed a petition against Professor Nalin De Silva, the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Kelaniya. Also, the Sri Lankan Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) has labeled Professor De Silva as a pseudo scientist and issued a warning to the members of his group regarding their future as Scientists. Apparently the primary reason for this is the methodology which was used to find the cause of Rajarata Kidney disease. They claim that Professor De Silva and his team... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/11)

Berlin Vihara - Beacon for the spread of Dhamma in Europe
by Rajitha Weerakoon
 Asoka Weeraratna, a former leading importer of Swiss watches to Sri Lanka was on his business visits to West Germany in the early 1950s when his attention was drawn to a growing hunger taking place in that war-weary country. People in West Germany, recovering from the devastations of World War II, were looking towards the East for a moral and spiritual philosophy focused on peace and non-violence.  New vistas in the meantime were opening for Sri Lanka after 450 years of colonial rule. The re - awakening had boosted confidence in Sri Lanka to play a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/11)

Can someone explain the secret of these two events in Sri Lankan history?
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara
 15.7.2011 This is a big question I would like to pose specially to those who are at times cynical about some widely accepted socio-cultural and religious values of this Island nation even though they accept the common axiom that history repeats itself. This question is associated with an extraordinary experience I noticed in a recent visit (26.6.2011) to the Seruwila sacred area. We all have heard the often quoted axiom ‘history repeats itself’. But isn’t it strange that the same incident Sri Lanka had occurred on the same soil twice in history. The incidents I am... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/11)

Helualizing Bias and Accountability of the Darusman’s Report
By Dr. Chandana Jayalath
At the outset, the decision to appoint a panel is clearly a violation of the authority under which the Secretary-General of the UN is expected to function under Article 100, Clause 1 of the UN Charter. The Article 100 stipulates that in the performance of their duties the Secretary-General and the staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any other authority external to the Organization. However being fundamentally in breach of this Article, the UN Secretary General has acted ultraviors. Therefore, the Darusman Report is NOT an official UN Report... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—8-Five elements of Western news paradigm clash with goals of Buddhist journalism
By Shelton A. Gunaratne © 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead
 Let me begin by recapitulating the traits of mainstream/ Western journalism (WJ) in relation to the goals of Buddhist-oriented Journalism (BJ).  Traits refer to the characteristics evident in the day-to-day practice of journalism, warts and all. Goals refer to the ideals of journalism that practitioners should strive to reach. Thus, by definition, there will always be a gap between traits and goals. The purpose of BJ is to narrow down this gap. We can analyze WJ in terms of the five elements of its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/11)

Honorable Congressman Heath  Shuler (11thCongressional  District) Washington,  DC Office 422 Cannon House Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20515.  Dear Honorable Congressman, Heath Shuler,  It is with great deference that I wish to compliment you, on your  intellectual attitude, on the subject of Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International-USA screening a controversialdocumentary about Sri Lanka.  All beautiful Sri Lankans appreciate your profound understanding of,the great deal of mis-information and debate about what occurred during the final days of the Sri Lank’s War. Suffice to say, it is the floating rump of the LTTE Terrorists and Terrorists Sympathisers  around the major... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/11)

ICC Presidency
ICC president post is currently rotated among blocks of countries and Sri Lanka is paired with India. Bangladesh who is paired with Pakistan has objected to change of the policy at the recent ICC meeting until their turn begins. It is disappointing that a much newer member of the ICC is going to have the honour and the privilege of this post, Sri Lanka never had.  Will Sri Lanka ever be given an opportunity to hold the privilege in future by India when the rotation returns? Has the Sri Lankan boardmade a covert agreement with BCCI not to ever claim the post in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/11)

Buddha Geete- Chalo utho ye bauddho
A song from hindi Buddha geete album called Angulimala. Video contains some of the location near Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya.... -Full Story- ( - 18/07/11)

Every human being has a vision and a mission on earth
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Two unusual emails struck me recently, one was written in lighter vein and the other in all seriousness. The one on the subject of ‘More on Management’ read: “Change can’t be given to you every time, you must bring the change!” ...........Scrolling seriously down to find the answer, it read, “Albert Silva, Bus Conductor, Route 154, Dematagoda, Kiribathgoda, Colombo 9. In contrast, the second mail was from my friend Shamila all the way from the Middle East who wanted me to mull over on a subject which is more controversial and even surprising - emerging from a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/11)

Punishing Pakistan and Challenging China Pakistan in Pieces, Part 2
by Andrew Gavin Marshall
As Senator Obama became the President-elect Obama, his foreign policy strategy on Afghanistan was already being formed. In 2007, Obama took on veteran geostrategist and Jimmy Carter’s former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski as one of his top foreign policy advisers,[1] and he remained his foreign policy adviser throughout 2008.[2] On Obama’s campaign, he announced that as President, he would scale down the war in Iraq, and focus the “War on Terror” on Afghanistan, promising “to send in about 10,000 more troops and to strike next-door Pakistan, if top terrorists are spotted there.”[3]... -Full Story-
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Imperial Eye on Pakistan -Pakistan in Pieces, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall
As the purported assassination of Osama bin Laden has placed the focus on Pakistan, it is vital to assess the changing role of Pakistan in broad geostrategic terms, and in particular, of the changing American strategy toward Pakistan. The recently reported assassination was a propaganda ploy aimed at targeting Pakistan. To understand this, it is necessary to examine how America has, in recent years, altered its strategy in Pakistan in the direction of destabilization. In short, Pakistan is an American target. The reason: Pakistan’s growing military and strategic ties to China, America’s primary global strategic rival.... -Full Story-
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People living off NGOs ruining Sri Lanka – President
Dharma Sri Abeyratne
Everyone experiencing peace, freedom... -Full Story-
(Daily News - 18/07/11)

Hedge Fraud: When SCB Misselling Met CPC Corruption
Dilrook Kannangara
It was a meeting destined to happen. On one hand there is the unethical practice, especially in financial markets, of misselling that is spreading like a cancer around the world and on the other hand there is the CPC laden with corrupt and incompetent officials. Those who love the nation cannot and shouldn’t keep silent over this. This is outright robbery of public funds. Now the default dues with interest stand at over US$300 million. Given the total oil import bill of US$2 billion a year, US$300 million is 50 days’ oil bill! In other words... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

Malin Abeyatunge
Keheliya Rambukwella has alleged to have said at a cabinet briefing that KP is somewhat fully rehabilitated (.  (The Nation ; 10 July 2011).  To the extent beyond somewhat border line. he is still a hard core terrorist with blood in his hands. Can we trust him? No. there is saying among the Tamils that “only Tamil that can be trusted is a dead one and one in a photo”.  (not  mean to insult)  Kumaran Pathmanathan with so many aliases and most popularly a.k.a  KP in the LTTE circle is not an ordinary person but clever (to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

Another News Channel emerges from Northeast India
Nava Thakuria
Another new television channel ‘News Network’ is emerging from the northeastern part of India. Scheduled to be launched in the first half of August, 2011, News Network will be the eighth electronic media organization in Guwahati, the virtual capital of Northeast India. The new channel will try to cater the need of the entire populace of Assam in addition to thousands of non-resident Assamese families around the world through cable and internet communication, informed Rana Zaman, the CMD of News Network. The office of the channel is located at Ulubari in the city, where from it will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

Sri Lanka,The Only Democracy That Defeated Terror - US Congressman
Courtesy of the Sunday Observer 17thJuly 2011
US congressman Heath Shuler in an open letter to his fellow colleagues in the House of Representatives has emphasized that the US future policy towards Sri Lanka should be focused on supporting the country’s reconciliation efforts and engagement with the US. The member for North Carolina and a member of the Steering and Policy Committee, Shuler, who visited Sri Lanka in May 2009, just days after the operations against the LTTE concluded, begins his letter ‘Today, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International-USA are screening a controversial documentary about Sri Lanka. There is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

British Sri Lankans take to streets accusing Channel 4 TV of inciting race-hate:
Sri Lankans in the UK
Condemn Channel 4 TV’s anti-Sri Lanka campaign as biased, and a disgrace to British media  Over 2000 British Sri Lankans of different ethnicities and political hues met in London in Sunday evening to stage a massive demonstration against the Channel 4 TV, which at present is going around the world with a “documentary”, named “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”.  The protesters condemned the controversial documentary as malicious and accused the Channel 4 TV of inciting racial hatred between Sri Lankan communities in the UK, including the younger generations, and thereby playing into the hands... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

NATO will be Defeated in Libya-The Libyan Resistance Movement. A Defining Moment for Africa
by Gerald A. Perreira
The argument in Libya has been won by the Al Fateh revolution. There is now a glaring truth confronting the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization (NATO) – Muammar Qaddafi has handed out over one million kalashnikovs to the Libyan people. If he was the brutal dictator that NATO would have us believe him to be, then the armed population could have turned their guns on him and the revolutionary armed forces by now, especially as they would have NATO’s full backing if they did so. Instead, on July 1st, more than a million Libyans, were in Green... -Full Story-
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How Convincing is CTC’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Rohan Gunaratna?
Convicted LTTE operative is former CTC director
July 12 – (UPDATE: SL-USA) - Will the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), which has filed a defamation lawsuit against terrorism expert Dr. Rohan Gunaratna for alleging that it is an LTTE front, be able to present a convincing case given that one a convicted LTTE operative currently serving a prison term in the US was its director of communications in 2005? Sahilal ‘Sahil’ Sabaratnam is serving a 25- year prison term in the US in connection with a plan to purchase almost $1 million worth of high-powered weaponry for the Liberation Tigers... -Full Story-
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How to Share Your Faith with Buddhists
The gospel can be appealing to Buddhists if witnessing focuses on areas of personal need where the Buddhist belief system is weak.
Buddhists regard the United States as a prime mission field, and the number of Buddhists in this country is growing rapidly due to surges in Asian immigration, endorsement by celebrities such as Tina Turner and Richard Gere, and positive exposure in major movies such as Siddhartha, The Little Buddha, and What’s Love Got to Do with It? Along with other eastern religions, Buddhism is influencing the New Age movement. Certainly Buddhist growth is benefiting from... -Full Story-
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Why Buddhism Is Catching On In The Land Of Its Birth
Smruti Koppikar , Sheela Reddy , Dola Mitra , Harsh Kabra , Pushpa Iyengar
•Appeals to the rational urban Indian fed up of organised religion and its rituals •Provides a moral and ethical framework suitable to modern times •It's highly individualistic, not requiring you to bow down to any god •Makes you responsible for your own happiness •It provides a community and support system to fill a vacuum in city life Not perhaps since Buddhism's heyday, some 2,200 years ago, did such a power crowd gather to pay their tribute to Gautama Buddha in the land of his... -Full Story-
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Tamil Tiger Propaganda Photos Becomes Channel 4 Fact
The questionable Channel 4 video titled 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' screened in Geneva on June 6, 2011 during the UN Human Rights sessions and later broadcast in the UK on June 14th with subsequent airing by PBS and ABC Four Corners has been done irresponsibly without determining the factual position, with the sole intention of shaming and blaming the Sri Lankan government, the security forces and the people of that island nation.  The accusatory tone, and misrepresentations made by the narrator Jon Snow does not in any way make the unverified pictures submitted by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

Tigers re-grouping abroad-French magazine
Courtesy The Island 
ASIES, a French current affairs magazine in its inaugural issue says the LTTE has set up new networks in Tamil Nadu, Canada and Europe and is in the process of re-grouping for another war. The following is a translation of the ASIES piece made available to The Island by the External Affairs Ministry: The prodigal son of the North-Korean dictator and the tattooed members of the Chinese mafias are not the only ones to launder dirty money in the "great boiler" of the Macao and Hong Kong casinos. Members of the LTTE, the separatist organization of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

Publicity In French Magazine Towards The Possible Revival Of The LTTE Could Easily Be Interpreted As A Ploy By Supportives To Rekindle A Dead Concept Rather Than Reality!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
16th July 2011 It can only be treated as a ploy by a Terrorist Organizations'  disgruntled supportives around the world that there is publicity being given to an anticipated revival of the Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam which organization is categorically finished , laid waste , done and dusted and no amount of media hoopla and hype would realistically ever see them surfacing whether it be based on cells in Tamil Nadu. Canada, Europe or Timbuctoo  for that matter as the Present Administration of Sri Lanka which saw to its annihilation in the first place is simply not going... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

The techniques of scientific cooking.
Dr Hector Perera  London
Why some footballers, golfers, racing drivers, tennis players or even television presenters are highly paid because they know the technique of the task they are entrusted. I am sure they got the technique of whatever they are doing after years of dedicated practice, how about scientific cooking? There are plenty of advantages of scientific cooking if one applies the proper techniques.   Anybody would like to try out the following dish then please let me know whether it worked or not? Cut the following vegetables into small pieces and put into a cooking pan, four... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/11)

Crucifixion of Prof. Nalin De Silva
Janaka Wansapura, PhD
As a physicist and a student of Prof. Nalin De Silva I strongly condemn the action taken against him by a group of science faculty academics at the University of Kelaniya and the Sri Lankan Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS). According to the media reports, SLAAS had virtually threatened the members of his research group to dissociate themselves from Prof. Nalin De Silva, while the Science faculty academics has sought intervention from the vice chancellor to put an end to his work on the Rajarata Kidney Disease. What these two groups have done is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

Fake Channel 4 video to be shown in US Congress
Message from Sri Lankans
To: Congressman Jim McGovern 438 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman McGovern, We Americans are shocked to hear that you have decided to show the fake British Channel 4 video "The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka" this Friday in the Congress. We do not want you to show this fabrication of facts in the United States Congress. In fact, as an American we need you to bring charges against the Tamils who supported the Tamil terror group LTTE for war crimes. Don't you think it's time we enforced anti-terror laws on American soil? We... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

HRW says “No Double Standards” Oh! My Foot!
Malin Abeyatunge
According to print media, “quote Human Rights Watch (HRW) latest report  has urged US President Obama to investigate into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by former President George W. Bush and other senior officials, same as the US call for inquiry against international crimes that are committed in places like Darfur, Libya, and Sri Lanka” unquote. This turn of the events by HRW is unbelievable and incomprehensible. HRW along with Amnesty International, ICG etc have been blamed and criticized by many countries for being “acting with Double Standards”. Is this a subtle attempt to avoid being... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

US House of Reps Screens Channel-4 Compilation regarding Sri Lanka
Mahes Ladduwahetty Maryland
Dear Editors: The notice below refers to the screening of the UK's Channel-4 film titled"Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" in Washington DC. It is termed a "Documentary" and is hosted by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and co-hosted by HRW, AI-USA, ICG and OSF.  This film is a compilation by Channel-4's journalists in the UK and even they were careful to qualify the footage as a basis for "allegations", and did not state the events as fact. Although many protests have been made regarding the inconsistencies, evidences of editing, and tampering of the video recordings and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

Jayantha Pathbey from USA
Attached is a news item from “the Telegraph, UK dated  Wednesday 13 July 2011              'Blood diamond' trial: the case against Charles Taylor Charles Taylor has spent the last three years on trial before the war crimes tribunal in The Hague over accusations that as Liberian president he funded years of atrocities in neighbouring Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds". Doesn’t this remind us of the role played by the tamil diaspora spread all over the world like a cancer that helped LTTE and still continues in  its attempts to break up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

Sri Lanka needs a National Animal Welfare Board
Senaka Weeraratna
Sri Lanka needs a National Animal Welfare Board to promote animal welfare work and develop policies, and strengthen and expand the existing enforcement machinery. It should be modellled on the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)   Among other things, the AWBI organises an Animal Welfare Fortnight which is celebrated throughout India.   During this period Animal Welfare issues are highlighted and addressed thereby motivating more and more people to join the Animal Welfare movement in India. For more information, please see below ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD OF INDIA Sub :Celebration of Animal Welfare Fortnight 2011 The Animal Welfare Fortnight, 2011 will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

Canadian Human Rights Voice (CHRV) event of June 12 at Scarborough Civic Center
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1  Canada
14 July 2011 Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP for Scarborough-Rough River, Ontario  House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Rathika: I was informed by a  ‘moderate’Tamil in Toronto that you were in attendance at the Canadian Human Rights Voice (CHRV) event on July 12 held at the Scarborough Civic Center, rapping  about the Darusman Report and the Channel 4 video ‘Killing Fields in Sri Lanka’, and  trying to figure out Canada’s responsibilities to respond to the violations of humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka. I wasn’t there,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

“Dan Sela” for other sentient beings in “Maha Mevuna Uyana” in Anuradhapura on Esala Poya Day
Yesterday, a different type of a “Dan Sela” was held in “Maha Mevuna Uyana” in Anuradhapura by the Buddhist devotees on account of “Esala Full Moon Poya Day”.(Photo courtesy: Lankadeepa online)... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජනතාවනි, ව්‍යාජ ග්‍රීන් කාඩ් ඒජන්තවරුන්ට අසුවී ඔබ සතු මුදල් විනාශ කර ගන්න ඒපා. Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
හරමානිස් අප්පුහාමි -Harmanis Appuhami
ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය වාර්ෂිකව ලොව පුරා සිටින ජනතාවගෙන් 50,000කට ආසන්න පිරිසකට එම රටේ වාසය කිරීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය වාතාවරණය ගොඩනංවා දෙයි. මේ සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය පුරවැසියන්ටද අවස්ථාවක් ලැබෙන අතර, එම පුරවැසි බාවයන් ලබාගැනීම සඳහා මෙරට ජනතාවද අයදුම් කිරීමට පුරුදුව සිටී. මේ ජනතා අවශ්‍යතාවය තමන්ගේ මඩිය තරකර ගැනීම සඳහා උපයෝගී කර ගන්නා නරුම, මිනිස් කැලක් ජාත්‍යන්තරය පුරාම විසිරී පැතිරී සිටී. එහි ප්‍රතිපලයක් වශයෙන් මෙම පහත් මනිස් රෑන මෙම ලිපිය ලියන මටත් ග්‍රීන් කාඩ් ලොතරැයිය යටතේ ඇමරිකානු පුරවැසිභාවයට අමතරව තවත් පහසු කම් ගනනාවක් හිමි කරදී ඇත. මෙවන් ලිපි හරහා ඇමරිකානු රජයටත් එහි ජනතාවටත් මහා අපකීර්තියක් උරුම කරන අතර,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/11)

Media and the suffering of the Tamil people
By Noel Nadesan Courtesy Daily Mirror
As a Tamil domiciled in Australia I served the Tamil community by editing the only Tamil community newspaper, UTHAYAM. I ran it for 14 years My experiences in dealing with the Tamil community, both in Australia and in Sri Lanka, make me feel sad about the callous way in which the media is exploiting the suffering of our Tamil people for self-serving ends. I think I could speak as an independent voice with no allegiances to the politics of either community or political parties. My main concern has been to help our Tamils... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—7-Buddhist model will slash sleaze,use news to promote social good, and cut dependence on advertising
By Shelton A. Gunaratne © 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 Namarupas labeled Ben Antao and Janaka Perera have asked me to provide examples of Buddhist-oriented journalism (BJ), which I repeat is not exclusively a religious journalism but one based on the philosophical framework of Buddhism. That framework has much in common with the worldview/cosmology of the Dhammic philosophies of South Asia and the Daoic philosophies of East Asia because Buddhism served as the link between the two for 20 centuries.   I have already discussed the differences between Asian/Oriental cosmology and Western/ Occidental cosmology... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/11)

A threat to the credibility of the University of Kelaniya
Academics of the Faculty of Science,  University of Kelaniya
Vice Chancellor University of Kelaniya Kelaniya  Dear Sir, A threat to the credibility of the University of Kelaniya The Faculty of Science of the University of Kelaniya is well known both nationally and internationally as a center of excellence which dispenses knowledge of Science by producing a large number of eminent scientists since its inception in 1967.  It has been accepted practice of the researchers of the faculty to publish their findings at academic conferences, seminars and in internationally accepted peer reviewing journals. It is a known fact that these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/11)

No final decision that decides the future destiny of the nation should be reached without the approval at a referendum of the whole country.
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara President Mahanuwara Sinhala Bauddha Sanvidhanaya
 14.7.2011. The ugly and awesome ghost that is the 13th Amendment that was based on the Indo-Sri Lankan Agreement of July 29th 1987 which I would call a veritable symbol of Indian imperialism, expansionism and naked diplomatic ‘invasion’ has again begun to hover all over the skies of our beloved Motherland echoing fear, terror and disaster. In the wake of this dreadful threat it had been reported in the press that the President has decided to go for a Select Committee of Parliament to evolve out a political solution to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/11)

LTTE Front Organizations to be held accountable for war crimes !
One sri Lanka Peace Action Notification
LTTE front organizations around the world are putting pressure on western countries and various human rights organizations to take action against Sri Lanka over alleged “war crimes”. It is a well known fact that these were the same organizations that had been the lifeline to the LTTE during its three decades of terrorism. Exploiting the liberties offered to them in the western countries these front organizations used many illegal and legal methods to raise funds for the internationally ban terrorist organization. The terrorist activities by the LTTE include heinous crimes such as genocide,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/11)

Response to Elaine Pearson, Deputy Asia Director, HRW
by Neville Ladduwahetty
The issues raised by Deputy Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, Elaine Pearson in "Sri Lanka's Diplomatic Initiative Won't Make Killing Fields Disappear" are based on Channel 4's video and the report by an expert panel set up by the UN Secretary General. Two commentators in the Channel 4 video namely, Steve Cranshaw and Prof. William Schabas have judged the actions of the Sri Lankan Government by the "Rules of War". Therefore, this response is addressed from the perspective of "Rules of War".  1. The issue of 40,000 civilians killed.
Elaine Pearson has drawn from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/11)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and AsthramanthraJātaka Story
DrRuwan M Jayatunge
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. - Fyodor Dostoevsky There are many similarities between FyodorDostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and the AsthramanthraJātaka storyof the TheBuddhist KhuddakaNikaya, or "Collection of Little Texts" that were compiled in the period of the  3rd Century B.C. to the 5th Century A.D. Bothstories describe the sexual craving and indulgence in the old age violating social and moral norms. Both stories profoundly analyze the inner mental conflicts reveling the darkest side of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/11)

Killing fields are what we eat!
By Shenali Waduge
It is estimated that a billion people go hungry each day. With population growing by 2045 the world population is expected to reach 9 billion and the big question is how do we feed everyone? People are hungry today not because there is no food. They are hungry because the food is too costly and because of the variances in its distribution More concentration needs to be put towards agro ecology & preserving the biodiversity & increase food productivity. With enough emphasis they will be good alternatives to high tech, expensive unsustainable models known as “green... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/11)

මොන්ට්‍රියෝල් නගරයට ගිම්හානය ඇවිල්ලා
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
  මොන්ට්‍රියෝල් නගරයේ පටු මාවත් දිගේ  අප ඇවිද යන්නෙමු අතිනත් අල්ලාගෙන  දහසකුත් වූ මිනිස් ප්‍රාණීන් අතර කෙනෙකු නැත ඇස ගැටෙන   තවත් දිනයක් උදාවී හිරු එලිය සිප ගනියි කළු ගලින් කල මංමාවත් රැගෙන එයි උණුසුම් සුළඟ ගිම්හානයේ සම්ප්‍රාප්තිය පිලිබඳ පණිවිඩය    කහ පැහැති ටියුලිප් මල් සෙලවේ  ගිම්හාන සුළගේ තාලයට  ගයයි ගීතයක් කුරුල්ලෙකු  උසැති මේපල් ගසක අත්තක සිට  සුමුදු විලසින්  නිල් අහස නරඹයි නගරයක අසිරිය  රාත්‍රියේ සඳුට කියා දෙන්නට    වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/11)

Radhika stabs Sri Lanka in the back again
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Under-Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict, was caught red-handed once again engaged in anti-Sri Lankan activities. UN staff were shocked to find a daily press review issued from her office propagandizing the controversial footage of Channel 4 titled “Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”. In her daily press review which she circulates within the UN she has gone out of her way to announce that this video was going to be aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – a deliberate move to propagandize the ant-Sri Lankan footage among the UN and other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

Navi Pillay coughs again for dollars
Malin Abeyatunge
UNCOHR Ms N. PILLAY UMMASKS HER TRUE IDENTITY When I first read the news that one Ms Navenetham Pillay (Navi Pillay) from South Africa has been appointed as UN Commissioner for Human Rights, I was skeptical thinking another LTTE supporter in the UN to back LTTE appeasing Ms Radhika Coomarswamy who is the special representative for children and armed conflict. I was skeptical because name Pillay sounded Tamilish (I am not a racist in any way but anti LTTE) and she hails from South Africa a haven which has a strong support base for LTTE activities from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

“The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”is proved a fake
 by Garvin Karunaratne, former Government Agent, Matara District
Channel 4  in an attempt to haul the leaders of Sri Lanka  before the International War Crime Courts, had produced a film “ The  Killing Fields  of Sri Lanka” which was shown on UK Television and given ample publicity, shown at Geneva, New York and Australia, supported by Amnesty International and Human Rights Organizations.,    How the BBC was silenced by Tony Blair   Let us see what happened in Zimbabwe and how the BBC failed to portray the true picture  when Prime Minister Tony Blair reneged on the Agreement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

The Channel Four video has brought forth immense disrepute to Sri Lanka and her people. It has depicted Sri Lanka and its people as brutals. This is an unfortunate situation. There had been worldwide condemnation of Sri Lanka. Based on this video Governments have proclaimed their foreign policy on Sri Lanka (such as the UK and Australia).  Sri Lankan Government has vehemently maintained its stand that its forces did not commit such brutal, horrendous crimes and the video is unauthentic. We have shown  58 situations that very clearly show that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

71 කැරැල්ල 44කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
 නන්දන මාරසිංහ-නන්දන මාරසිංහ 71 කැරලිකරුවන් අතර සිටි සුවිශේෂී චරිතයකි. රැඩිකල් දේශපාලන ව්‍යාපාරයක් වෙනුවෙන් කැපවී තම ශ‍්‍රමය කාලය ඒ වෙනුවෙන් පරිත්‍යග කොට අවසානයේ දී  ඒ දේශපාලන ව්‍යාපාරය විසින්ම මරා දැමූ නන්දන මාරසිංහ ආයුධ සන්නද්ධ ජනතා ව්‍යාපාර විසින් බිහි කරන ඛේදවාචකයන් සපිරණු රික්තකයන්ට එක් උදාහරණයක් ලෙස පෙන්වා දිය හැක. ඔහු පිලිබඳව අතීත කරුණු කියන ලද්දේ මාරසිංහගේ බිරඳ වූ පද්මා මාරසිංහ විසිනි. ඇය මෙසේ පවසන්නීය.  ‘නන්දන මාරසිංහගේ පියා විදුහල්පතිවරයෙක්. නන්දන අධ්‍යාපනය ලැබූවේ අනුරාධපුර මධ්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයේ. ඔහු දක්ෂ තබ්ලා වාදකයෙක්. පාසලේ විවිධ ප‍්‍රසංග වල දි කැපී පෙනුන චරිතයක්. ලක්ෂ්මන් විජේසේකර ඔහුගේ පාසල් මිතුරෙක්. ඔවුන් එකතු වී චූටි කුරුල්ලො... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

A roadway crammed with history: Jaapanaya (Jaffna)-Athuruvaella (Atchuvel)-Vakthuduva (Point Pedro)
Chandre Dharmawardana
A new item carried in several  newspapers (12-July-2011) says that the "Jaffna-Atchuveli-Point Pedro route was re-opened to the public yesterday after 28 years. It was closed for general traffic from 1983 after terrorists destroyed the Thondaman Aru bridge." The Thondaman referred to in "Thondaman-aru" was Karunagaran Thondaman, a Chola minister who explored the possibility of exporting salt from North Sri Lanka to the Chola Kingdom. Most people are aware that the name "Jaa-panaya" originally signified the Javanese village that came into being after Chandrabhanu  a Javanese ruler from Tambralinga invaded Sri Lanka in the 13th Century CE.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

Dear Sanga
C.Seneviratne UK
We  were all thrilled to hear the rare honour bestowed  upon Sangakkara to deliver the MCC Cowdrey lecture.Deliver he did to receive a standing ovation at the end.He spoke at length of the long journey of Sri Lankan cricket through the trials and tribulations of the country.He delved into the proud history of Sri Lanka over 2500 years though failed to mention about the inspiration he and certainly the country got from Buddhism.   No Sri Lankan would disagree with the corruption and fraud allegations against the Sri Lankan Board but the fact Sanga deliberately avoided naming BCCI or IPL where such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

What is this Power Crisis?
With the commencement of the Lakwijaya power station in early 2011 power generation capacity was lifted to a higher level like never before in Sri Lanka. Accordingly the installed capacity of the power plants is now increased to 2700 MW. Currently the peak power load in the country is less that 2000MW. Therefore taking the installed capacity of power plants into consideration there cannot be a shortage of power. At the beginning of 2011 there was ample water in the reservoirs in the catchments areas. During the first three months adequate rain was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/11)

Celebrating peace! Libyans dancing in the streets
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
Pravda.Ru sources inside Libya have confirmed that the people of Tripoli are dancing in the streets in joy, celebrating a great victory, because NATO has ceased its bombing campaign. Sources in Libya state that negotiations are ongoing with France and meanwhile there has been a cessation of hostilities. The beleaguered people of Libya have every reason to celebrate this situation, if it holds. The sources used in this article are reliable and are based inside Libya. They will not be named until they give their permission to do so, however, the information has been passed to Pravda.Ru for... -Full Story-
( - 12/07/11)

See what the Libyan "rebels" are like
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
We present proof that the Libyan "rebels" are armed terrorists, we present proof that the UNSC resolutions were based upon false flag events, we present proof that NATO is on the wrong side. If after reading and seeing this, you see that NATO is indeed wrong and see for yourself that the "rebels" are not unarmed civilians, do something. See for yourself in this documentary, filmed by Flavio Signore and Leonor Massanet in Libya recently and passed to Pravda.Ru, what the Libyan "rebels" are and ask yourselves if these are unarmed civilians being attacked by government forces. Then,... -Full Story-
( - 12/07/11)

Information Clearing House Newsletter News You Won't Find On CNN
July 08, 2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Everything that everyone is afraid of has already happened: The fragility of capitalism, which we don't want to admit; the loss of the empire of the United States; and American exceptionalism. In fact, American exceptionalism is that we are exceptionally backward in about fifteen different categories, from education to infrastructure. But we're in a stage of denial: we want to re-establish things as they used to be, to put the country back where it was." - James Hillman... -Full Story- ( - 12/07/11)

“Libyan campaign was staged to start conquering Africa
”Russian Television
The NATO-led intervention in Libya and the unrest in Syria are both steps in a decades-long plan by the US and its allies to completely reshape the face of Africa, believes independent journalist and peace activist Thierry Maysan.“It’s quite obvious that the USA wanted to enter war at the same time with Libya and Syria. That wish was made public by John Bolton in 2002. The plan was passed over to France and Britain, who decided to bring it to life in November last year,” the author believes.What is called public uprising of the free-loving people are actually... -Full Story-
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The West distributes monstrous lies to destroy Syria's Assad
Sergei Balmasov
The rallies of the opposition against President Bashar al-Assad are ongoing in Syria. Now the important events are unfolding in Hama, where the American ambassador to Syria came to support the Islamists. The information war against the country continues. Russian Arabist Ankhara Kochneva stationed in Syria talked about the situation in the country in an interview with "According to "Al Jazeera", "Al Arabiya" and the western media something terrible is happening in Syria. They say that Assad is physically eliminating the opposition that is only demanding reforms and improvement of life."... -Full Story-
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‘Libyan solution is taking shape’
Tripoli - Emissaries from Libya's Muammar Gaddafi have been in contact with Nato members to say he is ready to leave power, France said on Tuesday, the latest sign of a possible negotiated end to the crisis. “A political solution is more than ever indispensable and is beginning to take shape,” French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said in Paris. Nato powers have until now been focused firmly on airstrikes and backing the rebels trying to overthrow Gaddafi. But five months into the insurrection and with no sign of a breakthrough, attention is switching to a political solution.... -Full Story- ( - 12/07/11)

US offers to back Russia deal
WASHINGTON: The US will support Russia’s bid to resolve the conflict in Libya provided Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi steps down, President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. Obama thanked the Russian leader “for Russia’s efforts at mediation in Libya” and said he looked forward to welcoming Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, a White House statement said on Monday. “President Obama spoke with Russian President Medvedev today to discuss a range of bilateral and international issues and to express his condolences on the tragic sinking of the MS Bulgaria,” the statement said.... -Full Story- ( - 12/07/11)

Kumar Sangakkara a greak Cricketer, and his Collin Cowdrey Lecture..
By Charles.S.Perera
 The media lost no time to praise Kumar Sangakkara’s Collin Cowdrey Lecture at Lords hoping the government of Sri Lanka to react against Sangakkara so that they could  make an issue of it to draw  the anger  of the people towards the government and bring another wave of  disapproval of the government by the International Community.   But it ended  in no-event disappointing miserably the  anti government media, and others who were  hoping to profit from the situation.  Kumara Sangakkara delivered a commendable lecture in exemplary lucidity and a display of  un-affected sincerity.   He was able to keep... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/11)

The Merits of the Sangakkara Address At Lords As Depicted By The Defence Secretary By Far Overides The Negativities Portrayed By Some Of His Critics.
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial   
July 11th 2010   While opinions are divided about Kumar Sangakkara's "Cowdrey Speech" at Lords recently, some in favour of and others harshly critical, it has been acolladed by a significantly noteworthy source and none other than Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary the Hon.Mr.Gotabhaya Rajapaksa himself who has praised national cricketer Kumar Sangakkara for solidly backing the country’s successful war effort against the LTTE at a time a section of the international community is targeting the Sri Lankan military over accountability issues and part of his speech may have done much to contradict it in a very convincing manner and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/11)

Subject: Eradication of Dengue by enacting Laws and Bi-laws against the UDA
R. George Manuelpillai, Former Assistant Director, Ministry of Planning and Economic AffairsColombo 05
R. George Manuelpillai,  CP Ag/SS   JawathaGardens Colombo 05  July 11, 2011 Mr. N.K. Illankakoon Inspector General of Police York Street Colombo  Dear Sir, Subject: Eradication of Dengue by enacting Laws and Bi-laws against the UDA                             The National Mosquito Eradication Week (NMEW) conducted by the Health Ministry, covering 305 MOH Divisions, revealed that more than 16,000 dengue breeding sites had been detected/identified, and over Rs.2.1 m in fines on mosquito breeders. The Health Ministry plans to take Legal action against all the mosquito breeder offenders under the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/11)

Final nail into raggers’ coffin!
Dr. Tilak Fernando
Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake’s firm stand to put an end to ragging in Sri Lankan universities guaranteeing that the ‘government will not allow any newcomers to be harmed within any state university premises as a result of ragging’ will be a consolation to many parents and students who have been deterred and deprived of a university education due to apprehension. A one-man commission (V.W. Kularatne) appointed by the state some years back revealed that, “even after 20 years, perversion and sadism persisted at our seats of higher learning”. Even today what we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/11)

Cosmology Vedas interlinks-Knowledge base
Vidyardhi Nanduri
COSMOLOGY VEDAS INTERLINKS-BOOKS INFORMATION May 2011 THE SCIENCE OF COSMOLOGY-VEDAS: UNITY IN DIVERSITY[COSMOLOGY WORLD PEACE]- Dr Vidyardhi Nanduri promotes the Unity in Science and Philosophy through Cosmology Vedas Interlinks PURPOSE OF INTERLINKS: 1. The Science of Philosophy: Divinity, Vedas, Upanishads, Temples & Cosmos Yoga 2. Philosophy of Science : Plasmas, Electro-magnetic fields and Cosmology 3. Resource : Reflectors,3-Tier Consciousness, Source, Fields and Flows 4. Noble Cause : Human-Being, Environment, Divine Nature and Harmony BOOKS BY VIDYARDHI NANDURI [1993-2011] 1.PLASMA VISION OF THE UNIVERSE-1993 (Reg No: TXU 729718 ) (No Pages- 95, Figures 58) 2.THE VISION OF... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/07/11)

Next move: go forward or back to 1976 Vadukoddai?
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Wars are evil exercises that must be avoided at any cost. But history tells us that wars are also unavoidable. From time to time, wars occur to win over-ambitious goals going beyond established political and territorial borders or to eliminate or neutralize enemies that threaten national interests. This is the short term goal of wars. The long-term objective of wars is to define and reinforce national identities, boundaries and values. The Sri Lankan government launched a counter-terrorist war to reinforce the national identity, territorial boundaries and the democratic political values. The Jaffna Tamil leadership which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha on HARDtalk .
 He talks about the similarities between the charges made, and the shifting claims, including the admission that the date originally alleged by Channel 4 was false. The Experts commissioned by the UN have also revealed that the video has been edited and sections transposed, though Channel 4, whilst citing the experts, will not admit to this themselves. Further issues discussed include what seems the efforts of some Western politicians, in particular British ones, to cater to their electorates without thinking of the interests of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Issues regarding current efforts at reconciliation, and the need to move forward,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

‘My lords, ladies and gentlemen’ has ganged up against Sri Lanka.
Herold Leelawardena
In a press statement issued following the APPGT/GTF parliamentary reception this week Chairman for the British all party parliamentary Group for Tamils, Lee Scott MP, said “the event was a great success, attended by over 40 Members of Parliament including Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Lords, representatives of NGOs and High Commissions”.  This kind of statement from ‘my lords, ladies and gentlemen’ in the UK is of no surprise for us for they were the very people that invented the word 'good-terrorists' to separate their boot licking sycophants killers and suicide bombing  inventors like Annai Bala and his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Anjalika Silva USA
It was not long ago that the Government went all out to woo the expatriate populations overseas to invest in Sri Lanka in Tiera D accounts tied to a reward of dual citizenship on different terms.  It used to be that dual citizenship could be bought with one payment equivalent to US$2000 at the discretion of the President and that was the main criteria considered. There was no reference to a reason for seeking dual citizenship or whether this payment was made with legitimate earnings made by anoverseas resident who had taken the nationality of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—6-Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism intermingle to produce basic elements of a non-Western news paradigm
By Shelton A. Gunaratne© 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus at  Minnesota State University Moorhead
 I begin this essay with an attempt to document how Buddhism itself experienced the three features of existence—anicca (impermanence), anatta (no self/interdependence) and dukkha (unsatisfactoriness)—over the last 20 centuries from the time of its introduction to China in the 1st century. To do so, I examine Buddhism as a force that became interdependent, interconnected and interactive with Confucianism and Daoism, the two major thought patterns, as well as the minor ones like Mohism and Legalism, prevalent in China. Confucianism v Buddhism
Confucianism was based... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Congratulations on the Announcing of the Carbon reduction Package!
VajiragnanaWarnakulasuriya, Melbourne
To the attention of the the Pirme Minister Ms.Julia Gillard, Cabinet & Parliamentarian MP's.  My sincere Congratulations on the Announcing of the Carbon reduction Package!  I am an Australian of Sri Lankan origin. I have a weakness of writing almost to all Parliamentarians on Sri Lankan issues when they talk, having listened to one side of a distorted story and passing judgments, although that country’s administration has some weakness, their justice system listens to both side of the story before passing a judgment. This is just a passing comment!  Today my say to you is about the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Anil Perera
 Gordon Weiss’s book is well written.  He has used his skills as a journalist to sensationalise and present his version of the ’Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of Tamil Tigers’ in a readable and interesting manner to achieve his purpose – to vilify Sri Lanka and Sinhalese and at the same time promoting a number of ’40,000 civilian deaths in the last stages of the conflict’, not by giving any information on how he arrived at this fictitious number, but by leading the unsuspecting readers through a number of chapters vilifying Sinhalese and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

The Channel Four video has brought forth immense disrepute to Sri Lanka and her people. It has depicted Sri Lanka and its people as brutals. This is an unfortunate situation. There had been worldwide condemnation of Sri Lanka. Based on this video Governments have proclaimed their foreign policy on Sri Lanka (such as the UK and Australia).  Sri Lankan Government has vehemently maintained its stand that its forces did not commit such brutal, horrendous crimes and the video is unauthentic. We have shown  58 situations that very clearly show that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Malin Abeyatunge
Britain’ News of the World scandal has been most spoken topic in the west these days. It exposes how the media operates to achieve their own agenda, whom they buy, spying and preying on individuals, corruption among the media moguls, journalists, the police, politicians etc. at the expense of the so called freedom of expression in a democracy”.  The latest NOTW scandal shows to what extent the media has denigrated in UK. This is not only true with the print media but electronic media in UK as well. The case in point is the latest screening of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

In praise of Kathmandu's Sweta Kali
By Romesh Jayaratnam Kandy, Sri Lanka
 Background  Existence is one according to Hindu Advaita philosophy. The conceptual categories of space and time explain the relative plurality around us. Divinity is one with several manifestations as per Vedanta.  The Goddess Kali represents one aspect of divinity. Often situated on the margins of high Hinduism, she remains much sought after by those in distress. Her petitioners include women and men in all walks of life, throughout the Hindu world be it in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka or overseas. Kali negates conventional day to day morality and responds to the instinctive pleas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

By Shirley P Tissera
Soma Maha Thera was born on 23rd December 1898 in Kotahena, Colombo, his father was Emmanuel Marian Pererapulle and his mother Theresa Rodrigo Babapulle, his name was Victor Emmanuel Pererapulle. He received his entire education at St Benedict’s College, Kotahena, which is the premier Catholic school in Colombo and a school that also produced such great Buddhist leaders like Anagarika Dharmapala and Ven Narada Nayake Thera. He belonged to the Colombo Chetty Community. The Colombo Chetty Community known historically as Situ, Sitana or Setthi originally inhabited areas in and around Coorg and Benares, their involvement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Transparency, the nagging irritant, pivotal for democracy
By Philip Fernando
Transparency in a democracy invokes the people’s right to see and know how public business gets transacted in their name. None dare dent that sacrosanct public mould even though the inclination to dismiss it as a nagging irritant surfaces with recurring frequency in many parts of the world.  That said, transparency faces periodical setbacks beyond the "pesky feel" politicians have for the subject due to underlying causes that deserve wider review as examined below. The subject dominates three of the major economies of the world—USA, China and India—each with their distinct local flavor.   The post-9/11... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

How clean are the hands of USA, UK, and France threatening to take Sri Lanka Armed Forces before a tribunal for war crimes, for the elimination of terrorism?
By Charles.S.Perera
 UK Channel 4, with the blessing of the Navi Pillai UNHCHR , Tamil LTTE diaspora, the Human rights activists, the Anti Sri Lanka Western Countries, Milliband, Kouchner, Ban Ki Moon and his panel, have presented to the viewers in UK and sold their infamous doctored document « Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields » to naive governments of the world to convert them to the side of those who claim Sri Lanka Armed Force has committed war crimes in the elimination of terrorism.  Do they the International Community led by USA, UK and France really know what it is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Lest We Forgot!
Dr.Chandana Jayalath
Starting from Thimpu discussions far back in the mid of 1980s, every government that came into power since then made serious efforts to address whatever issues concerning politics of the country through a series of comprehensive dialogue. Unfortunately, the history is full of collapsed talks and the true intention of talks has always been disputed fundamentally because there was no participation in good faith by the LTTE. Instead, a ceasefire was always a gainful period for LTTE to recapture its lost strengths, that paved a way for the next massacre. We remember even after the signing of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Thanks for Snagas leadership- but he should have gone further.
Many critics are sceptical about Sangakkaras speech at MCC that it would aversely affect defence of C4 allegations. But to any sensible person, his clear and precise explanation of horrors of LTTE terrorism to a British audience is timely and honest. He also paid his tribute to our real heroes, the humble soldiers, without whom cricket would have been impossible during the past 40 years. The very heart of C4 allegations is to discredit our boys who won a difficult, if not impossible war with minimum brutality and causalities to general public, which then can be used... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Games Western Embassies Play
By Gomin Dayasri
Human rights, war crimes, accountability, judicial intervention are the modern mittens in the post war ring after democracy, transparency, good Governance and Corruption was dumped as discarded gauntlets from the war phase. Why the change of gloves? An Opposition too feeble and splintered to pound on a gifted punching bag, left it to the foreign funded NGO set, reputed for aiming poison darts at spider targets. They naturally failed to score a bull’s eye, being too alienated and lacking in credibility. The wrong people entrusted with the right issues, turns it into dust. It was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

SL police arrests Briton in connection with Channel 4 video
Sri Lanka News
Sri Lankan police has arrested a British national for allegedly providing ''false video footage'' to a British TV channel to produce a documentary that accused Lankan troops of war crimes. The court was told that 71 DVDs were recovered from his residence in Kandy, and were being probed.  A Colombo magistrate on Friday agreed to a police request to detain the suspect, a British citizen of Sri Lankan origin named Kandanam Jegadishwaram in connection with the case, for a month and question him, the local Daily Mirror newspaper said. The magistrate allowed the detention of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Sri Lanka Killing Fields
A. Hettiarchchi,
Dear Sir, A video showing some men in army uniforms shooting naked persons looking very much like Europeans is being telecast all over the world these days. I remember this video came out about six months ago and they alleged that this was  the work of Sri Lankan army. The government did nothing about it and now the same is coming  out with new vigour with war crime charges. There must be many ways to disprove it.  Take an average cross section of LTTEers in detention and show  the world that our tamil ‘boys’ are not that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Some scientific explanations about cooking and saving gas.
Dr Hector Perera London
Adding flavours to food.
When we add ten or more different spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, clove, coriander, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, black pepper, green chilies, curry leaves, ginger, garlic, chilly powder to some chicken along with salt, vinegar, olive oil or coconut oil, would you not agree that there are a number of chemical reactions taking place? It is possible to have reactions at ordinary temperature, then more reactions and chemicals are formed as we cook gradually by increasing the temperature? Heat is a driving force to cook the food and get flavors... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/11)

Full Analysis
The time difference between the gunshot sound and the appearance of the image is 0.296 sec. Hence the victim should be (considering the speed of sound) 102 meters away. But the victim is only a few feet away in the picture. A plausible explanation was found by the SL Army CRD by a field experiment... -Full Story-
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Fellow Tamils! Open your eyes (and mind) and see for yourselves!!
 Ganapathy Moorthy
I am a SriLankan Tamil, have visited many places in the North of Sri Lanka and spoke to people who had been trapped and used as human shield by the LTTE with the dual purpose of saving their (LTTE) existence and to engage in a propaganda using the deaths of innocent people caught in the cross-fire, and shelling in the last stages of war. At least seven families of my close relatives who also had lost children by being caught in the fights testified themselves and all of them put the blame for their misery on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/11)

Reconciliation in the Context of Channel 4 allegation
Text of a presentation by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP
London, July 5th 2011  The last few months have seen an astonishing spate of attacks on the Sri Lankan government. These began with the publication of the Darusman report, by three individuals who were tasked to appoint the Un Secretary General on accountability issues but instead sat in judgment on the Sri Lankan state and its armed forces. Immediately those who had in any case been attacking the government previously now used this as a tool.  That episode was followed by a book by a man called Gordon Weiss, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/11)

Addressing a seminar at the UN in Geneva on June 9, 2011, the British parliamentarian George Galloway said, “Eighty thousand had died in the more than twenty year freedom struggle in the Indian held valley of Kashmir. Uncountable numbers had been wounded and maimed, mass imprisonment and exile and even the use of rape as a tool of occupation had been the lot of the Kashmiris and yet the only demand of the occupied people of Kashmir is for the right to vote.” The topic of this seminar was, “Defending the Democratic Processes.” George Galloway further... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/11)

Drive-in, drive-out facility offered between India and Sri Lanka
CHENNAI: Drive in your car or SUV on board a Colombo-bound ferry from Tuticorin and drive it out in the streets of that city - that's a new service for tourists to scenic Sri Lanka, courtesy a ferry service. This drive-in, drive-out facility will be on offer for passengers on board "Scotia Prince", a service launched between the two-countries last month, Flemingo Liners General Manager V Ponnappa said. He said passengers owning a car or a Sports Utility Vehicle should obtain the mandatory "Carnet de Passage" document from Automobile Association of India (AAI), costing around Rs 5000. "After reaching Sri... -Full Story- (Times of India - 08/07/11)

Qadhafi says regime will not fall, NATO must pull back
TRIPOLI: Embattled Libyan leader Moamer Qadhafi said in an audio message relayed to supporters on Friday that his regime will not fall and told NATO to stop attacking his troops. "The regime in Libya will not fall -- it is based on the people, not on Qadhafi. NATO is wrong if it thinks it can topple the regime of this country," he said in the message to thousands of supporters in Sabha, some 750 kilometres south of Tripoli.... -Full Story- ( - 08/07/11)

Obama Administration Shuts Down Investigations Into Bush-era Torture
by Tom Carter
As part of its cover-up of Bush administration war crimes, the Obama administration announced June 30 that it would shut down 99 investigations into deaths of prisoners in US custody during the so-called “war on terror,” leaving only two investigations with the potential to develop into criminal prosecutions. The announcement underscores the fact that the anti-democratic policies developed during the presidency of George W. Bush continue unchallenged under President Barack Obama, who is doing everything in his power to keep the lid on the crimes of his predecessor. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the... -Full Story-
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Channel 4 video on Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
 7 July 2011 Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP for Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario House of Commons, Ottawa  Dear Rathika: I wrote you  on June 24 referencing to your comments on the Channel 4 video ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ which was in the NDP Press Release of June 14, 2011 in which you were quoted as saying, “We’ve heard allegations of war crimes before, now we’ve seeing the horrible visual evidence of it,” said Sitsabaiesan.  “Sustainable peace can only be achieved if these allegations are investigated and perpetrators are brought to justice.”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/11)

Subsequent to the lop-sided public outbursts by Kumar Sangakkara at Lords, some international media personalities are now sharpening their old knives to attack and bring down the government of Sri Lanka.. Charles Haviland of BBC is well known for his adverse comments against Sri Lanka for a long time. He seems to write more about Sri Lanka’s social and economic ills, instead of writing about the on going disastrous economic and financial crisis in England and rest of the Europe. Using the ammunitions provided by the Old Boy of Trinity College of Kandy, Charles... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/11)

With this film, the Tamil Diaspora (LTTE affiliated) has again misled the world including the Australian public. After the ABC Four Corners, even the Sinhalese people living in Australia have murmured to the other “why did our Army commit such atrocities”. This shows the success of the Channel 4’s deception. We say that some scenes of the film had been shot with actors (and they are fine actors indeed). Most likely, some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/11)

Australian Government to support an international call for an independent investigation into war crimes committed by both the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne
Senator Mr,Bob Brown, Federal Senate of the Parliament of Australia Canberra  Dear Mr.Senator,  In response to your speech on 5/07/11 at the Senate sitting, I submit my defence for Sri Lanka.  Australian Government to support an international call for an independent investigation into war crimes committed by both the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.  Referring to your speech to the senate on the 5/07/11, I wish to present before you a different perspective than what you were made to believe. At the outset let me comment on your “quote, investigation into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/11)

I watched with great frustration and disappointment the manner in which the Channel 4 video titled ‘Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’, relayed in the ABC Four Corner’s Program on 4 July 2011. My deep concern was that a veteran journalist like Kerry O’Brien chose to relay the program knowing very well that the video was controversial, biased, unauthenticated and its credibility is under investigation by the British Media Regulatory Authority. Also, several Sri Lankans including the High Commissioner had presented reasons as to why the video should not be relayed. Not only did the video... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/11)

Aamisa Pooja held at the Sri Maha Bhodiya pleading for timely rain,
Offering water obtained from reservoirs offered to the Sacred Sri Maha Bhodiya.
 The annual Pan pooja  urging  timely rain held by the Ministry of Power and Energy headed by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was held yesterday at the Jaya Sri Maha Bhodiya.  The Ministry of Power and Energy said that the intention of this yearly ritual is to ensure the rains are consistent throughout the year enabling the uninterrupted power generation at the Hydro power stations. On the instructions of the Atamasthanadhipathi Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa thero 11 pots of water collected from Maussakale, Castlereigh, Victoria, Kothmale, Randenigala,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/11)

Torture crimes officially, permanently shielded
By Glenn Greenwald
In August, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder -- under continuous, aggressive prodding by the Obama White House -- announced that three categories of individuals responsible for Bush-era torture crimes would be fully immunized from any form of criminal investigation and prosecution: (1) Bush officials who ordered the torture (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld); (2) Bush lawyers who legally approved it (Yoo, Bybee, Levin), and (3) those in the CIA and the military who tortured within the confines of the permission slips they were given by those officials and lawyers (i.e., "good-faith" torturers). The one exception... -Full Story-
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We've Attacked Libya With $368 Million Worth of Bombs
The Pentagon is asking Congress if it can move money around in its budget to replace the spent ordnance Before the Senate cancelled its vote on the war in Libya, having decided that it's more important to focus on budget negotiations, Republican Richard Lugar of Indiana gave a 25-minute speech excoriating the Obama Administration. "Defining these actions as something less than hostilities requires extraordinary legal contortion," he said. "The fact that we are leaving most of the shooting to other nations does not mean that the United States is not involved in acts of war." There's ample evidence to support... -Full Story- ( - 07/07/11)

Widespread NATO Use of Depleted Uranium Munitions in Libya
By Stephen Lendman
Widespread NATO Use of Depleted Uranium Munitions in Libya - by Stephen Lendman As part of a Libya international observer team, Middle East analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya headlined his July 5 Global article, "NATO War Crimes: Depleted Uranium Found in Libya by Scientists," saying: Sites targeted include "civilians and civilian infrastructure." Scientists from the Surveying and Collecting Specimens and Laboratory Measuring Group confirmed "radioactive isotopes (radioisotopes) at bombed sites" from field surveys conducted. Scientific analysis was conducted at the Nuclear Energy Institution of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.... -Full Story-
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One Third of Libya Turns Out to Support Qaddafi in World Largest March Ever
Mathaba Independent News Agency
1.7 million people, or around 95% of the population of Tripoli, one third of the entire population of Libya, have turned out in perhaps the largest demonstration ever in world history last Friday, to demand an end to the NATO bombings of Libya.The entire premise of NATO bombing Libya, in fulfilment of George Orwell's 1984 "War Is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength" slogan, has been that Colonel Qaddafi is attacking the Libyan population. First this was shown to be a lie when the Russian military, for the first time publicly displayed video footage... -Full Story-
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US House votes to bar military aid to Libyan rebels
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted Thursday to forbid the Pentagon from providing military equipment, training, advice or support to Libya's rebels. By a 225-201 margin, lawmakers debating an annual Pentagon spending bill adopted an amendment restricting Washington's ability to help fighters looking to overthrow longtime Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi. Republican Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma introduced the measure at a time when many US lawmakers have expressed anger at President Barack Obama's handling of the conflict, which is unpopular with the US public.... -Full Story- ( - 07/07/11)

Hats Off to Sanga for the Courageous Speech
Dilrook Kannangara
There are two types of people in the island nation – those who love Sri Lanka and those who don’t. This is the proper yardstick to measure all action, demands and aspirations individuals and groups engage in. Where does Sanga stand in this continuum? Obviously he belongs to the first category of those who love Sri Lanka. Cricket in particular. It has an added significance. In most cases, there is a blurred area between loving the nation and loving the regime. They are not the same but the regime and many arms of it try hard... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/11)

An Independent Opinion About Kumar Sangakkara's Criticism Of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board By Far Outweighing Those Who Criticise Him.
Credits to Peter Roebuck Former Captain of Somerset and now a Features Writer residing in Australia and Courtesy of Cricinfo
Presented by ~Top Spin By Suni July 6th 2011 Sangakkara's challenge to cricket His speech at Lord's should serve as a wake-up call to administrators to use the game to serve people, and not for selfish gains Peter Roebuck July 5, 2011 Kumar Sangakkara has made the most important speech in cricket history. Brushing aside the twin temptations of romance and sentiment, the erudite Sri Lankan has dared to confront the truths about cricket in his country. Along the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/11)

War against Libya: an economic catastrophe for Africa and Europe
by Thierry Meyssan
One of the motives for the war against Libya is to stop the development of the black continent, to enable the setting up of an AfriCom military base in Cyrenaica and to begin the colonial exploitation of Africa for the benefit of the United States. In order to understand this hidden agenda, Voltaire Network interviewed Mohamed Siala, Co-operation Minister and Manager of Libya’s sovereign wealth fund.... -Full Story-
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NATO War Crimes: Depleted Uranium found in Libya by scientists
by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
In April 2011, a US Air Force Spokeswoman denied rumors that DU-loaded ammunition was being fired in Libya, but preferred not "to speculate on what may or may not be used in the future." The future is now. The use of DU in Libya has been certified by a group of independent scientists on the spot, as reported by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya. It can now be added to the list of criminal acts perpetrated by NATO allegedly to protect the civilian population... -Full Story-
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කවියක් සහ එගැන ගෙතුමක්-[කවියක පුරා විද්‍යාව..]
හෂිත අබේවර්ධනගෙන්
මිනිස් ඉතිහාසය සූත්‍රගත කිරීම සියලු දාර්ශනිකයන් හා ආගමික නායකයන් මුහුණ දුන් අභියෝගයකි. 'ඒ කෙසේ විනිද ස්වාමිනී?' නම් ගැටළුව මිනිස් වග සදා පෙලයි. අපි කොයිබින් ආමු ද? කොයිබ යන්නමෝද? යන අගාධ අනෝම ගැටළු විධිමත් ව ලිහීමට උත්සාහ දැරූ අවස්ථා මිනිස් ඉතිහාසයේ දුලබ නැත, සුලබ ද නොවේ. රුවන් ජයතුංග පීතෘ භූමිය නමින් 'කවියක' මේ ගැටළු දෙක බහා ලයි.  අග්ගඤ්ඤ සූත්‍රය විසින් අපි කොයින් ආමු ද? යන ගැටළුවට දුන් පිළිතුර ආචාර්ය චන්ද්‍රා වික්‍රමසිංහ හා ශ්‍රීමත් ෆ්‍රෙඩ් හොයිල් විශ්වශුක්‍රයක [Panspermia] න්‍යාය ලෙස නූතන විද්‍යාවට අනුගත කළහ. වාසෙට්ඨ හා භාරද්වාජ දෙනම වෙත තථාගතයන් ගෙන පෑ පිළිතුර සිංහල කවියෙහි මුල් වරට යොදා ගත්තේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/11)

පීතෘ භුමිය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග   
හිරු රැසින් නැහැවුන මිටියාවත  කඳු මුදුන් සිට ගලා හැලෙන දියඇලි ගීත ගයමින් ගලා යන ගංගා  සියොතුන් පියාඹන නිල් අහස  වීය අප සැමගේම පොදු වස්තුවක්  කිසිවෙකුට අයත් නොවූ භුමිය  වීය සැමදෙනාටම රක්ෂා ස්ථානයක්  සැමදෙනා සමගිව සිටියෙමු  භුමියේ වැඩෙන ගස් වැල් ලෙස  කාලයක් මෙලෙස ගිය විට  ඇතැමෙකු භුක්තියට ගත්හ භුමියේ සරු ඉඩම්  බෙදා වෙන්කර ගනිමින් මගෙයි මගෙයි කියමින්  භූමියට කුරිරු ලෙස වධ දී  උපයාගත් රන්මසු වලින්  මිලට ගත්තෝය වහලුන්  කඹුරන්නට උන්ගේ ජීවිත යමින් බැඳ  බෙදා වෙන්කරගත් භුමියේ  පහල විය නීති රීති  ගරු කල යුතුයි දේපලට  අසල්වැසියාගේ  නීතිය කැඩුවන් කුදලාගෙන ගියහ නිරී සතුන් සේ  සින්දෝය ඇතැමෙකුගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/11)

UNSG should take action against Darusman and panel members
Albert J. Fernando Edmonton, Canada Edmonton, Canada. UNSG should take action against Darusman and panel members
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General should take action, not against Sri Lanka, but against his own Advisory Panel headed by Darusman, for providing a report consisting of hearsay, inaccuracies and lies. As Daily News reported on July 1, 2011, even Yasushi Akashi, Senior Advisor on Foren Policy, Japan has noted that, "the professional study of the report submitted to the Secretary General, when compared with the documents of relevant INGOs would show that there were much copying and passing off other people's writings... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/11)

Rajiva Wijesinha @ BBC HardTalk
Prof. Hudson McLean
Hats Off to Dr. Rajiva Wijesingha on his performance on BBC HardTalk with Stephen Sackur tonight 5th July 2011. BBC, as usual, trying to dig into old "gaveyards" to throw some boney muck around, when there are much better positive subjects on Sri Lanka to discuss. As Rajiva said, "Why cant USA, UK, EU give some credit to the Sri Lankan government on the way the government has rehabilitated the displaced (and  the Tamil Tiger Terrorists) during the past two years?" Dr. Wijesinha defended Sri Lanka admirably well, "Giving Stephen Sackur, as Good as He Got!"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

Shoddy and suspicious details in UN Panel Report
I have not yet seen the full report issued by the panel appointed by Ban ki Moon, but the Sunday Island of the 17th carries a fascinating extract - “In the early morning hours of January 24, hundreds of shells rained down on the NFZ. Those with access to the United Nations bunker dove into it for protection. But most IDPs did not have bunkers and nowhere to take cover. People were screaming and crying out for help. The United Nations security officer, a highly experienced military officer and others present discerned that the shelling... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

Notes on Buddhist Journalism—5-Buddhism bridges gap between ‘Hindu’ and ‘Sinic’ philosophies
By Shelton A. Gunaratne© 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead
 In this essay, I argue that Buddhism is the link that unites India’s  “Hinduism” (Sanātana Dharma) with Sinic philosophies. “Hinduism” was a label that the foreigners used to describe several streams of thought that were native to India dating back to well before 6500 BCE, when the Rig Veda, believed to be the earliest scriptures, was composed. It’s best defined as a way of life indigenous to India, rather than a religion, based on the teachings of ancient sages and scriptures like the four Vedas—Rigveda,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

ABC-4 CORNERS telecasts unethical Channel 4-UK an unauthenticated manufactured fiction clip titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”
Malin Abeyatunge
Amidst hundreds of oral and written protests by the Sri Lankan community in Australia, It’s appalling that the ABC telecasted the fiction film clip titled “Sri Lanka’s killing fields” borrowed from an unethical broadcaster from UK- Channel 4. Even though the Channel 4 is a public TV funded by the Tax payers, Channel 4 is alleged to be in the edge of bankruptcy and telecasting this clip would have bought them out of the RED presumably by LTTE funding. The clip which was broadcasted by the ABC is controversial and contentious for the following reasons:  · This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

Statements on Sri Lanka Urging International Investigations
Ira de Silva London, Canada
 Ms. Navanetham Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights  Geneva, Switzerland   CC: Hon Ban ki Moon, Secretary General    Dear Madam,   I read a news report on your latest statement on Sri Lanka dated June 30,2010 which reflects your continued  aggressive, biased, vindictive attitude towards Sri Lanka. At the sessions in Geneve in June this year, commenting on Sri Lanka you made a statement that the war was fought under the "guise of terrorism". The implication is that a) you have minimal knowledge of what had taken place in Sri Lanka and of  LTTE (Tamil)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

Call to Probe the Appointment of Chris du Toit as UN Security Chief in Sri Lanka
By E-mail July 4, 2011  His Excellency, Ban Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary General UN Headquarters, New York  Your Excellency,  Call to Probe the Appointment of Chris du Toit as UN Security Chief in Sri Lanka  We are deeply perturbed by the appointment of Chris du Toit as the UN Security Chief in Sri Lanka, knowing full well his background of having trained and advised terrorists in Angola on behalf of the former South African apartheid regime. It has now been revealed that he had established a ring of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

I have read with absolute disgust the speech of Kumar Sangakkara at the 11th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s in England on 4 July, 2011. A current contracted player with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board has tarnished the image of Sri Lanka in front of bunch of Westerners and international media . Sangakkara should have used a proper forum to express his view points to the relevant authorities, instead of washing dirty linen in public. He could have written to Sri Lankan Cricket Board with details of his allegations. If he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

Kumar Sangakkara'S Disclosures About Sri Lanka Cricket Needs Applause Not Reprisals!
Top Spin By Suni July 6th 2011
He's shown the fine mettle he's made of and has not held back what many have been aware of yet no one as high profile as Kumar Sangakkara himself daring thus far until now to speak up and an act of courage and assertion displayed in his speech which needs to be applauded inasmuch as the standing ovation he recieved when he delivered it initially at the Mecca of Cricket, the Marylebourne Cricket Club ( MCC ) at Lords, England last Monday at the MCC Cricketer's Speech.. There have been rumbles that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

Re: Sri Lanka killing fields program
As a Sri Lankan I was horrified to see the images on four corners program yesterday, I think it is pointless to have a argument among Sinhalese and Tamils due to this program because we have been living in harmony until the blood thirsty group LTTE came to light and destroy the value of human dignity during the past thirty years in Sri Lanka. One of the most vital information missing on the program was highlighting major atrocities done by LTTE to all Sri Lankans (including Tamils) which I thought was very important. Just think about the child... -Full Story-
( - 05/07/11)

71 කැරැල්ල 43කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
 එම්. එච්. ෆැන්සිස් එම්. එච්. ෆැන්සිස් හෙවත් පැන්ටිස් දකුණේ උපන් අයකු වූවත් දැන් ජීවත් වන්නේ හලාවත. එබැවින් ඔහුව හලාවත පැන්ටිස් යන නමින්ද ඇතැමෙක් හඳුන්වති. දැනට විශ‍්‍රාමික විද්‍යා ගුරුවරයෙකු වන පැන්සිස් හෙවත් එම්.එච්. ෆැන්සිස් මහතා 71 කැරැුල්ල හා ඔහුගේ සහ සබඳතාව මෙසේ හෙලි කලේය.  1969 - 70 අතර කාලයේ මම මහරගම ගුරු අභ්‍යාස විදුහලේ පුහුණුව ලැබුවා. ඒ කාලයේ මහරගම ටේ‍්‍රනින් කොලේජ් එකේ හිටියා සෝමපාල ගුරුසිංහ. ඔහු තමයි මාව ව්‍යාපාරයට කැඳවාගෙන ගියේ.  මට පන්ති පැවැත්තුවේ කෑගල්ලේ සරත් විජේසිංහ. මම පන්ති 5 ම නිම කළා. ඒ අතර වාරයේ ගුරු පුහණුුවෙන් පසු අනුරාධපුරය සිවලාකුළමේ පාසලට පත්වීමක් ලැබුනා.  මම වැඩ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/11)

NATO is fully aware of Russia's military weakness
Sergei Balmasov
The fate of the START-3 treaty is open to question. During the meeting in Sochi, Russia and NATO failed to coordinate the question regarding the missile defense system in Europe. The meeting in Russia's resort city virtually ended with no results. The only "achievement" was Anders Fogh Rasmussen's "promotion" as a Cossack. NATO Secretary General received a special Cossack cup during the ceremony. However, the gift did not change his views during negotiations.... -Full Story-
( - 05/07/11)

WikiLeaks picks Russian president
Darya Deryabina
While many people in Russia and in the rest of the world are trying to guess whether Dimity Medvedev and Vladimir Putin are going to run for presidency in 2012, WikiLeaks knows everything beforehand. The return of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin as Russia's President is inevitable. This is what Russian scientists of politics where sharing with American diplomats. It is already obvious that Russian voters will have to choose between one of the two main presidential candidates in 2012. The parliamentary opposition in the face of Gennady Zyuganov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and others will fly by and win their usual... -Full Story-
( - 05/07/11)

US looks on Libya as McDonald’s – Gaddafi’s son
USA looks upon Libya as fast food expecting a fast war and a quick victory, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader wanted by the ICC, told RT. But the West will never get what they want, he added. ­“Many countries, Iran and North Korea are among them, told us it was our mistake to give up, to have stopped developing long-range missiles and to become friendly with the West. Our example means one should never trust the West and should always be on alert – for them it is fine to change their mind overnight and... -Full Story-
( - 05/07/11)

Recrimination and Retribution to satisfy Western voters ignores interests of Tamils in Sri Lanka
Adviser on Reconciliation to the President, Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 early morning Today Programme. In dealing with the impact on reconciliation efforts of unbridled attacks on the Sri Lankan government, he pointed out how many of these supported each other without independent substantiation. The role of the shady South African Chris du Toit, who had advised the terrorist Jonas Savimbi in Angola on behalf of the Apartheid government in Pretoria was also highlighted.... -Full Story- ( - 04/07/11)

Bhante Wimala - Greetings from Sendai, Japan.
Bhante Wimala
Dear friends and students, Greetings from Sendai, Japan. Hello everybody, I am very glad to share a short massage with you again. It got a bit longer than I expected. I hope you will have time to read this. I send you my love and blessings and wish you good health and inner peace. Please be in touch. Last week I came to Japan on the invitation of the Japanese monk Ven. Iba. We both planed our visit to Japan in order to see what we can do to help those who were affected by the tsunami.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/11)

Evidence from the past -How the LTTE committed atrocities wearing Sri Lankan Army uniforms
Ramanie de Zoysa
The LTTE videos that are circulating widely showing men in uniform torturing, degrading and killing disrobed prisoners have had an enormous amount of currency among the gullible and uninitiated while the videos have been an enormous weapon against the country in the hands of the enemies of Sri Lanka.  For those who have a first hand knowledge of Sri Lanka and those who have been closely following the events in Sri Lanka for the past 30 years, the modus operandi of the LTTE has never been a mystery. It is a fact that the LTTE donned... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/11)

A reply to Suresh Premachandran of the TNA
By Charles.S.Perera
The TNA Mps were hatched  from the eggs laid by terrorist suprimo Prabhakaran. They cackled for the terrorists from the beginning being the spokesmen of the terrorists. They represented the terrorists and not the ordinary Tamils. It was through that fear of the terrorists that the Tamil people  in the North may have voted for the TNA. Though they keep strutting about cooing to all and mighty anti Sri Lankans and terrorist diaspora, they cannot give lessons to the government of Sri Lanka as they are still not the popularly acclaimed representatives of the Tamil people.  What... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/11)

UN War Casualty Figure is Made Up of Annihilated Tiger Brigades
- Kumar Moses
Casualties of the final phase of the war vary from 7,000 to 150,000 depending on who is giving away the numbers. Even the UN figure changed from 7,000 to 18,000 which is rather odd given the wide difference between the two. Claiming these to be civilian casualties does not make any sense. If they were civilian casualties, what was the LTTE casualty figure? Any estimate of casualties should have all three casualty figures for it to be complete - SLDF casualties, LTTE casualties and civilian casualties.  Strangely, the UN casualty figure directly corresponds to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/11)

Good Journalism Channel Four
by Chandrin Katuwawala
Channel Four's 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' is the most biased one-sided reporting of an international conflict I've seen in ages.  Sure I bet the Sri Lankan government forces aren't saints but there is a coordinated effort to rewrite what actually happened in this conflict which I followed to its end. Given the behaviour of the LTTE from corralling civilian human shields around heavy weaponry, shooting escaping civilians in the back, basing military positions next to make-shift hospitals and fighting to the death while holding hundreds of thousands as hostages there is no better label for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/11)

"Comments submitted on ABC Four Corners Web Page on July 3, 2011
 Mahinda Gunasekera
Main segment showing extra-judicial killings is a digitally altered video per experts with 17 frames and apparently dubbed Sinhala words not in sync with the rest. Inscribed date on the video is UTC 2009-07-15 13:17:23, which is after the war ended. The perpetrators, victims or place of the incident are not known, but John Snow asserts the victims are Tamils and the perpetrators are Sri Lankan Army soldiers.  A 2nd video of the same event with Tamil words spoken can be accessed at . It is well known that Tamil Tigers have carried out similar... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/11)

Chemical reactions of everyday life.
Dr Hector Perera  London
Cooking and many chemical reactions are known to people for long time but let me limit the list for example cooking rice and curries, hoppers, bread, pizza and brewing local beer or toddy, making vinegar or coconut and wine vinegar, making illicit liquors, making cider from apples, home made wine, making yoghurt or curd and many more practical things. When we make Sri Lankan pickles with small red onions, green papaw, carrots, green chilies, mustard, salt, coconut vinegar and a touch of turmeric, usually they keep the contents in closed bottles. This is because for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/11)

by Malinda Seneviratne Courtesy Lakbima News Paper in Sri Lanka
Say one thing, do something else. See certain things, but not others. Take umbrage at nothing and keep mum over the horrifying. Give a penny, take dollar (or Euro). Help and demand pound of flesh for services rendered. Sorry, 100 pounds of flesh, closest to the heart, blood and all. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the nutshell version of US foreign policy. It describes also the UK, France and other countries in the West. Sadly, our friends across the Palk Straits seem to have figured this is the foreign... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/11)

The Necessity for an Animal Welfare Act in Sri Lanka
Senaka Weeraratna  Attorney –at -Law, Dharmavijaya Foundation
Mahatma Gandhi said: “ The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated ” In Sri Lanka an Animal friendly cultural heritage developed beginning from the time of the very first encounter between Arahant Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa at Mihintale about 2300 years ago, where Arahant Mahinda declared: “ Oh! Great King, the birds of the air and the beasts have an equal right to live and move about in any part of this land as thou. The land belongs to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/11)

Ranjit Wickremeratne
"Sorry" is the word those western hypocrits use when ever they kill innocent civillians or innocent children. Every child is a child whether the child of a terrorist or of a president.These are all innocent human beings who doesnt know anything about war or peace. Why they kill innocent children? why dont they have any heart for these innocents. What kind of Animals are these western gun trotting gansters America, British and Nato? Dont they have any pity for these tiny little sleeping angels who die in their sleep when these cowards putting their heavy bombs on to them day... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/11)

Swarnavahini say footage was dubbed into Sinhala by Channel 4 to discredit the Sri Lankan Security Forces.
Sri Lankan authorities on Friday revealed that they were in possession of an original video which had been altered by Channel 4. This video was subsequently aired by Swarnavahini. The TV station said the footage was originally in Tamil and was dubbed into Sinhala by Channel 4 to discredit the Sri Lankan Security Forces.... -Full Story- ( - 03/07/11)

US looks on Libya as McDonald’s – Gaddafi’s son
USA looks upon Libya as fast food expecting a fast war and a quick victory, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader wanted by the ICC, told RT. But the West will never get what they want, he added. ­“Many countries, Iran and North Korea are among them, told us it was our mistake to give up, to have stopped developing long-range missiles and to become friendly with the West. Our example means one should never trust the West and should always be on alert – for them it is fine to change their mind overnight... -Full Story-
( - 03/07/11)

Sri Lanka military says real video of Channel 4 visuals found
Sri Lankan military today claimed that the real footage of the ''doctored version'' of the British television Channel 4 aired documentary has been found. "This video obtained by a private TV station shows the brutal killings of soldiers by the LTTE," military spokesman Major General Ubhaya Madawela told BBC. He said the real video's footage carry Tamil conversations opposed to the Sinhala conversations in the Channel 4's doctored video. "We know many of our soldiers were taken captive by the LTTE during the war. Only a very few of them were handed over via the ICRC," Madawela said. "Now we... -Full Story- (Deccan Herald - 02/07/11)

Africa may ignore Gaddafi warrant
The African Union has called on its member states to disregard the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, a move that could weaken the ability of the world court to hold the Libyan leader accountable for crimes committed against his people. The decision states that the warrant against Gaddafi "seriously complicates" efforts by the African Union to find a political solution to the crisis in Libya.... -Full Story- ( - 02/07/11)

SA lawfirm helps Gaddafi
The International Criminal Court did not have the jurisdiction to prosecute Muammar Gaddafi, a South African law firm claiming to represent the Libyan leader said late Friday. "The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya never signed or ratified the international treaty establishing the International Criminal Court," and therefore the treaty and the court did not apply to Libya, said a statement issued by Langa Attorneys in Johannesburg and Rome and sent to AFP in The Hague, where the court is based.... -Full Story- ( - 02/07/11)

Zuma: AU step closer to Libya solution
The African Union's framework agreement on a political solution to the crisis in Libya took Africa one step towards a political solution in that country, president Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. Zuma returned to South Africa on Saturday after attending the two day 17th African Union (AU) assembly session in Malabo Equatorial Guinea. The role of the AU in bringing a solution to the crisis in Libya was “matter of fact”, Zuma said in a statement. It was important for the AU Ad Hoc High Level Committee's final decision to be discussed at length so all parties were in agreement.... -Full Story- ( - 02/07/11)

Libyan Rebels Accept African Peace Plan
By Franz Wild
Libya’s National Transitional Council accepted an African Union plan for peace talks with the government it is battling to overthrow, saying it paves the way for a transition without Muammar Qaddafi. The 53-member union yesterday announced a plan for a cease- fire between Libya’s warring parties, coupled with negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which will forge a transitional administration and outline a plan for new elections. The proposal excludes Qaddafi from the talks.... -Full Story-
(Bloomberg - 02/07/11)

Libya: Unending American Hostility-The Anti-Empire Report
by William Blum
If I could publicly ask our beloved president one question, it would be this: “Mr. President, in your short time in office you’ve waged war against six countries — Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. This makes me wonder something. With all due respect: what is wrong with you?” The American media has done its best to dismiss or ignore Libyan charges that NATO/US missiles have been killing civilians (the people they’re supposedly protecting), at least up until the recent bombing “error” that was too blatant to be covered up. But who in the mainstream media... -Full Story-
( - 02/07/11)

Over looking NATO’s Killing Fields in Libya, UN warns Sri Lanka of action in absence of probe.
By Charles.S.Perera
 It is strange that  an ineffective UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon , submissive to the “powerful” , who lacked imagination to seek for the UNO an independent path of excellence in dispute management of its Member States, is being propelled back into the seat of  leadership for a second period.  The coming years promise yet another period  of UNO’s descent into another insignificant period of existence as an Organization expected to maintain peace in the world , but incapable to negotiate to stop political confrontations between Member States, stop interference by the powerful Member States into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/11)

An important message to the Australian Public-ABC TV’s Four Corners Program on Monday 4 July 2011 at 830 pm
Mr Kerry O’Brien is going to air the infamous UK Channel 4’s documentary – ‘Sri Lanka’s  Killing Fields’ on Monday 4 July 2011 on ABC TV Four Corners. This program alleges that Sri Lanka committed extra judicial killings of Tamil civilians and Tamil Tiger terrorists in Sri Lanka, in the last stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009.   We say that this program is filled with lies, deception and fabrication. It is reported that segments related to the alleged executions and several other images have appeared in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/11)

The original Channel 4 video clips before they were doctored by vicious elements are now with the Sri Lankan authorities - Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka News
 “The massive propaganda campaign carried out by treacherous elements in foreign countries against the country’s sovereignty and independence resulted in the controversial Darusman Report, the infamous video footage telecast by British Channel 4, among others,” said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa today in Sri Lanka. He said that the much talked about Channel 4 fiasco will face a natural death. The original audio and visual clip are now with the Sri Lankan authorities. The minister said Sri Lankan authorities had the original Channel 4 video clip before it was doctored by vicious elements involved against the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/11)

Could The UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillai Be Overplaying Her Role As She Continues To Intimidate The Sri Lankan Administration.
In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara
1st July 2011 It is becoming more and more obvious that despite all the credible responses by qualified analysts who have examined the 'evidence' presented towards accusing the Sri Lanka administration of human rights violations and war crimes none of it would ever hold up in any court of law as the tell tale characteristics pointing to the possibility that they were indeed fixed and doctored to suit the accusers objectives attests to skullduggery. While their conclusions alone are sufficient to discredit and trash it! yet the UN's Human Rights chief Ms Navi Pillai's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/11)

Darusman Report improper - Akashi
Daily News
Darusman Report improper - Akashi
* Int’l community should not create various issues * Any inquiry should be conducted locally * LTTE ruthless terrorist organization  “The Darusman Report though intended only to be an advisory report to the Secretary General of the UN, is improper,” said Senior Adviser on Foreign Policy in Japan Yasushi Akashi when he addressed the 16th Joint Committee of the Sri Lanka Business Co-operation Meeting held in Tokyo last week. Akashi was speaking on the subject of ‘Recent Political Developments in Sri Lanka’, as the keynote speaker at this meeting. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/11)

Tribute to Premakirthi De Alwis , an illustrious lyricist, eloquent wordsmith& superlative broadcaster.
By, Claude Fernando ,Brampton, Canada
I still remember that mournful day. It’s  my daily routine to listen to the news aired by SLBC.(National radio). The  particular day was  Feb.16th 1988. I turned on my radio, as usual to hear the mid day Sinhala news by 12.45 pm.  The newscaster(I don’t remember his/her name) suddenly interrupted the reading &remained  silence for about 2-3 minutes. I had an  curiosity, why the news reading was put on hold. Out of the blue another familiar voice broke the stillness. He Premakirthi De Alwis, who made a most sorrowful ,heart-breaking  announcement to the whole... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/11)

Sri Lanka: Recent accusations and some relevant facts
Published in June 2011 News Letter of New Zealand Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
A much publicized video titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, produced by Channel 4 of the UK, was screened on 14 June 2011 followed by rescreening of it by various national TV channels including those in New Zealand. According to the presenter, Jon Snow, the video represented devastating evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity believing that it supports a powerful case for bringing those guilty of these crimes to justice. There is no doubt that some of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/11)

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