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5 years post-LTTE defeat those who ‘counted’ the 40,000-125,000 ‘dead’ are yet to name them
Shenali D Waduge
Its been 5 years now and while there’s no shortage of people coming forward to make their predictions on the number of dead during the last stages of Sri Lanka’s war on terror, what they have failed to do is to find a single name for the dead. If they can count them, surely they should be able to name them! The accusations are endless and made with such viciousness using every form of media channel and all we can do is to re-quote US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Congressman Eni F H Falemavaega who posed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/14)

මුඛයෙන් හා අධොමුඛයෙන් කතා කරණා ඩේවිඩ් කැමරන්
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
   චෝගම් බොරුව සඳහා ලංකාවට පැමිණ, දෙමල ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් උදෙසා කඩේ ගිය කැමරන් ගොයියා ගේ පිටිපස්ස රත්වී ඇත්තේ ඉරාකයේ ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් ඇමෙරිකානු ජාතික ජෝන් ෆෝලි ගේ බෙල්ල කපන ආකාරය දැක්කාට පසුවය. මීට කාලයකට පෙර වියට්නාමයේ හාමුදුරු නමක් ධ්‍යානයට සම වැදී ගිනි තියා ගත් අන්දම දැක ජෝන් කෙනඩි වෙව්ලා ගියේ ය. ඩින් ඩියම් අවසන් ගමන ගියේ ඊට පසුවය.  සුළු ජන කොටස් වල මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් යන බොරුව ඉස්සරහට දමා මේ සුද්දන් කරන්නේ නව රිමෝට් කොන්ට්‍රොල් යටත් විජිත පාලන ක්‍රමය බේරා ගැනීමට වලි කෑමය. සර්‍වාගමික පූට්ටුව, බහු ජාතික සමාජයක් යන කොඩි එල්ලා ගෙන පණ යමින් සිටින සුදු අධිරාජ්‍යවාදයට දුප්පත් රටවල කළු සුද්දන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/14)

The Metta of Meals
Buddhistdoor International Lulu Cook
2014-08-15 What would the practice of metta look like if we applied it to eating? The cultivation of an attitude of unconditional friendliness, or metta practice, is foundational to Buddhist teaching. It is often practiced on the cushion, using particular phrases and other techniques to generate a sense of open-hearted caring for oneself and others. It is sometimes taught as an action-oriented practice, used to underpin the busy-ness of our day, such as by wishing well-being to all those we may pass on our commute. This intention toward caring is also uniquely appropriate to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/14)

This Is Thisara Perera! Who Almost Retired From International Cricket.
Top Spin By Suni
August 30th 2014 Just recently, prior to his recall into the Sri Lankan ODI squad  there were news reports that Thisara Perera Sri Lanka's brilliant allrounder was contemplating retirement from the international game and what an opportune thing it seems to be for Sri Lanka that he was talked out of it ( It has been learned that the President was his most compelling influence to change his mind ~ Thank you Mr President!) and that he proved his mettle whilst contributing to the manner Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the ODI Series after... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/14)

THREATS TO ANCIENT BOROBUDUR ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka
... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/14)

Sri Lanka to rebuild iconic Bridge On The River Kwai that starred in Oscar-winning film (and this time it won-t be blown up)
It is perhaps one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time - the moment the bridge on the River Kwai is blown up in the 1957 film about prisoners of war in World War Two. Now, 57 years after it was destroyed, the Sri Lankan authorities plan to rebuild the wooden star of the Oscar-winning film The Bridge On The River Kwai.... -Full Story- (dailymail.co.uk - 31/08/14)

Cong Fumes as UT Left Out of Indo-SL Talks
The Union Territory of Puducherry has not been invited by the BJP-led Central Government to participate in the official level talks on the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka, which began in New Delhi on Friday.... -Full Story- (newindianexpress.com - 31/08/14)

Is LTTE trying to regroup in Australia?
S. Murali
The arrest of four human traffickers while trying to transport six Sri Lankans to the land of Kangaroos through the Prakasam coast earlier this week has led to a suspicion among sleuths that the LTTE may be trying to revive itself after lying low for five years.... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 31/08/14)

International Ahmadiyya Convention in United Kingdom concludes.
by A. Abdul Aziz.
 The 3-day Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) which began on Friday, 29th August, 2014, at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Hampshire, United Kingdom, concluded yesterday (Sunday) with closing address of Ahmadiyya Khalifa Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.  Earlier on Saturday, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered an annual report of the global activities and progress of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  During his report, His Holiness announced that more than 550,000 people had joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the past year. He also announced that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/14)

The Pentagon’s Strategy for World Domination: Full Spectrum Dominance, from Asia to Africa
By Bruce Gagnon
In May 2000 the Washington Post published an article called “For Pentagon, Asia Moving to Forefront.” The article stated that, “The Pentagon is looking at Asia as the most likely arena for future military conflict, or at least competition.” The article said the US would double its military presence in the region and essentially attempt to manage China.... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 31/08/14)

The EU-s ugly kindergarten of intellectually challenged clowns
SAKER
In my previous post, I mentioned that western leaders are going through a clear phase of self-delusion and panic. I want to add a short comment about the self-delusion part. I am amazed, absolutely amazed, at the fact that EU politicians, and the MSM which serves them, are still seriously discussing the adoption of even more sanctions against Russia when it is absolutely, totally and undeniably obvious that: a) there is no proof of a Russian intervention, nevermind invasion, of the Ukraine. b) that there is exactly zero chance that EU sanction will even marginally impact the Kremlin-s... -Full Story-
(vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk - 31/08/14)

No Signs of Russian Invasion in Ukraine’s Novoazovsk, Situation Peaceful – CNN
... -Full Story- (en.ria.ru - 31/08/14)

Putin Calls for Talks Inside Ukraine, Not Giving Statehood to Novorossiya - Spokesman
... -Full Story- (en.ria.ru - 31/08/14)

Investigation against Sri Lanka – then what?
Shenali D Waduge
It does look a bit odd that a UN existing since 1945 having done nothing to put an end to 30 years of LTTE terror, suddenly gears into action under the stewardship of the outgoing UN Human Rights head who is spearheading an ‘accountability’ exercise after the terror group has been vanquished. With the leadership of the terror side eliminated the new ‘both sides to blame’ scenario does raise some eyebrows given the context of hypocrisy in ‘accountability’ that prevails by UN and its officials. There are some things that we need to first make clear.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/14)

The Financial Missiles of the IMF that made sovereign countries indebted..
By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University)
 Argentina is in the dog house once again. This time it is hounded by the “Vultures”- the Hedge Funds  who have obtained a ruling from the US  Supreme  Court that the debts amounting to $ 1.5 billion on bonds has to be paid at full value immediately.  That decision made the Argentinian Economic Minister Kicillof remark that the Hedge Funds were Vultures as they refused to negotiate terms for payment and instead obtained the Court Order.  Back to 2001,  Argentina  had a massive debt of $ 132 billion and failed to pay up.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/14)

CALL FOR PAPERS -10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON BUDDHIST STUDIES
CALL FOR PAPERS
 10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON BUDDHIST STUDIES Friday 26th  – Saturday 27th December 2014   Invitation to members of the public organised by The Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenapura in association with The Buddhist Times Trust  Academics and researchers are invited to present papers relating to Buddhism from a variety of disciplines such as Philosophy, Civilisation, History, Psychology, Sociology, Buddhist Textual Languages and Literature and other related disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences. They can be presented in either English or Sinhala. Abstracts of research papers should not exceed 350... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/14)

Third term of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the President
Nalin de Silva
It is clear by this time the opposition has realised that they have no ability to field a candidate who can win at the next Presidential elections whenever it is held. They have failed to find a so called common candidate and Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera can campaign for abolition of executive President until the Presidential election is announced and then find that no political party is prepared to nominate the Thera or anybody else as the common candidate. There will be a number of candidates from the opposition and their best hope at the elections... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/14)

හිවලුන් වූ සිහලුන් දැ න ගැනීමට අකමැති ඇත්ත
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න  විසිනි
තිරිකුනාමල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ  සහකාර ආණ්ඩුවේ ඒජන්ත තැන  වූ  ලුෂින්ටන්  1898 වසර පරිපාලන වාර්තාවේ  පළමුවන කොටස පිටුව  17 -----දිවයි න  ලිපිය--- ""කඩ් ඩු කුලම් පත්තු ප්‍රධාන ගම්මුලා දෑ නි  කොට්ඨාසය -------------------------------------------------- ත්‍රිකුණාමල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මෙමෙ කොට්ඨාසය  තුල උඩරට  සිංහලයන්ගෙන් පැවතෙන අය  වාසයකළහ.. මෙම ජනකොටස අහිතකර බලපෑම්  වලට ලක්වන බවද කරයෙන් අභාවයට  යන බවද පෙනේ.අත්හැර දමනලද හෝ පිළිසකර කරනලද  වැව් වලින් ගැවසීගත් මෙම පළාත සිත්ගන්නා සුළුය.  ගැමියෝ උඩරට පාරම්පරික සිරිත් බොහොමයක්  තවමත් පිළිපදිති . එසේවුවද ඔවුන් වේගයෙන්  දෙමල කරණයට පත්වෙන බව පෙනේ  . මෙය නම් කනගාටුවට  කරුණකි .ඔවුහු දෙමල ජනයා සමග ආවාහ විවාහ වෙති .. බොහෝදෙනෙක්  දෙමල භාෂාව මෙන්ම සිංහල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/14)

Life Abroad - Part 93 INTERACTION WITH THE GOD'S MEN IN CLOTH - Part 1 of 3
Dr.Tilak Fernando
 At the height of the LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka, a delegation from the Council of Churches in the UK visited home on a peace promoting exercise. Upon their return, Sinhala expatriates in London had an inter-action meeting with the team that visited Sri Lanka, which turned out to be a vociferous confrontation. To counter the myth that dominated at home at the time to the effect that 'the expatriates' involvement or contribution to help their mother country was much to be desired, the meeting that took place in June 1999 was published in a Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/14)

Self-delusion and panic in the West
SAKER BLOG
It is actually quite amusing to observe the reaction of Ukrainian and European leaders these days. After feeding us fairy tales about how the Ukrainians were "winning" the civil war, they suddenly made a 180 degree turn and are now in the full panic mode. I might shock many of you, but I sincerely believe that, at least in part, the following is happening.... -Full Story-
(vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk - 30/08/14)

Madoluwawe Sobita Hamudurwo and the Executive Presidency
By Charles.S.Perera
 Madoluwaw Sobita Hamudurowa is known for his  Buddhist sermons and not for his political views.  We had monks from JHU , who tried their best to  make political changes  to help people live peacefully in a political environment  appropriate to a Sinhala Buddhist Culture.  These monks of the JHU saw for themselves  how difficult it is to bring about political changes to make Sri Lanka follow Buddhist principles  making it a country where every one  may live together in peace and contentment.    Unfortunately they could not even pass  legislation against conversion, against cruel meaningless killing of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/14)

Professor Nalin de Silva and the Bodu Bala Sena
C. Wijeyawickrema
Why this essay           We can handle a Dayan Jayatilaka or C. A. Chandraprema or a Kumar David. We can ignore Tisaranee Gunasekara or the Colombo Telegraph website.  We can confront a Bahu or a Vasu.  But how can we deal with a Prof. Nalin, when he writes that Bodu Bala Sena is an extreme organization?  It is difficult because it is as if “pani waraka gahata hena gahuva wage,” (lightening thunder bolt on the sweet jack fruit tree).  Anyway, I have decided to give it a try using the Buddhist Path to respond to him—The Come... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/14)

Sri Lanka and Pakistan agree to enhance defense cooperation
Janaka Alahapperuma
Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Defence Secretariat in Colombo this morning (August 29) and discussed ways to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting, a cordial discussion was held between Secretary Defence and Air Chief Marshal Butt on matters of bilateral cooperation and mutual interest. Mementoes were also exchanged between Secretary Defence and Pakistan’s Air Chief to mark the occasion. Commander of the Sri Lankan Air Force Air Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake, Air Commodore Hamid Rashid Randhawa and Defence Attaché... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/14)

Sri Lanka: OHCHR Investigation per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Sri Lankan (Sinhalese)-Canadian  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada
24 August 2014 Hon. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York  Hon. Ban Ki-Moon: Re: OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1 of March 2014 & 'UN Chief encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international inquiry' It does seem that the UN has still not come out of the day-dreamer’s silly season when dealing with the sovereign nation of Sri Lanka. Just too bad! What stymied me was to read what was reported from New York in ColomboPage :... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/14)

"Anything US touches turns into Libya or Iraq": Top Putin quotes at youth forum
... -Full Story- (rt.com - 29/08/14)

Ukrainian Military situation on the ground
Saker
The Ukies are losing, badly. All the reports from Novorussian sources agree that the Ukie forces are either surrounded or in full retreat. But Ukies sources also confirm this. In Kiev, angry demonstrations by nationalists accuse the military high command of minimizing the real casualty figures, of having abandoned the forces fighting in the Donbass. Even Oleg Liashko has stated that the Ukie forces have been "betrayed". Demonstrations have taken place in from of the Ukie General Staff which many Right Sector protesters which are demanding the creation of a "generals battalion" which would be formed of only generals... -Full Story-
(vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk - 29/08/14)

"Manifest" by Andrey Avramenko, Kharkov
I envy the Russians, I envy these "katsaps" and "the Moskals"! I envy their Olympics and their army. I have many friends and relatives in Russia. I see how they change and grow. They believe their President. They believe in their army. They are proud of their great history, achievements and victories. It was once our common history ... victories and achievements. Not so long ago. They have found their ground. They don’t care about the West we worship. They move on and grow, despite of what we are told on our TVs and various social forums. I know that... -Full Story- (vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk - 29/08/14)

Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS
Aaron Klein
Secret Jordan base was site of covert aid to insurgents targeting Assad.JERUSALEM – Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.... -Full Story-
(wnd.com - 29/08/14)

U.K. town turned blind eye to sex abuse of more than 1,400 children over 16 years, damning report finds
Martin Evans, The Telegraph
London — More than 1,400 children were sexually abused over a period of more than 16 years by gangs of pedophiles after police and city council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist, a damning report has concluded.... -Full Story-
(news.nationalpost.com - 29/08/14)

Why Would Officers Handcuff a Dead Man?
Alexandra Bruce
The entire event of the almost-point-blank-range killing of Kajieme Powell, 25 on August 19th by "peace officers" who are paid to protect the communities they serve, not to kill its members was recorded on video by a cellphone. In a city still reeling with revolts over the police killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, 18 just ten days earlier, these events certainly prove that the local police had learned nothing, after ten days of outrage and revolts. - See more at: http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/police-state/powell-shooting-cell-phone-camera.htmlsthash.GxVTC4AM.dpuf... -Full Story- (forbiddenknowledgetv.com - 29/08/14)

Reporter Terry Glavin on Sri Lanka's ethnic cleansing of Tamils
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove, Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
  28 August 2014   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Dear Editor: How wrong Terry Glavin  was when he said, "Let's say, too, that the reason Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth conference in Sri Lanka last November was mostly because 300,000 Tamil-Canadians have had to watch helplessly as their families back home were being subjected to ethnic cleansing", in his essay 'Look to our  diasporas for foreign policy in put '.   This is utter nonsense and how wrong he is.  When 27,000 Sinhalese who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/14)

The world does not need ISIS.
by A. Abdul Aziz.
 The news of the beheading of American journalist James Foley is another outrageous addition to the list of atrocities ISIS has committed in the last few months. I am appalled by its behavior not only as a human but also as a follower of Islam that it has been continuously and repeatedly abusing by its unjust, inhumane and cowardly actions. It has created a so-called caliphate that does not and cannot represent true Islam. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I want the world to know about our spiritual leader, the true Khalifa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/14)

A traitor can be noticed!
Vernon Botejue Senior Attorney at Law
It is extremely distressing and regrettable, to note, under caption “UPFA Govt. a threat to peace-loving people - Sajith” an article published in the Daily Mirror at page A4 of Wednesday August 20, 2014   The news report elaborated; “the people in the country were totally confused as to from whom Sri Lanka should be saved, when all Ministers and the President go round the country saying that the country has to be saved from ‘extremists and anti-nationalists’ requesting to help the government to eradicate them. UNP stalwart, Hambanthota District Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/14)

Banning Glyphosate - Shooting the sentinel to coveer the culprit?
By Chandre Dharmawardana.
A news item states that the Task-force on Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDU) has got the government to ban Glyphosate, a harmless herbicide, in agricultural provinces like Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Badulla. “Doing something” about CKDU has become a political necessity. But glyphosate is the sentinel that stands guard against weeds clogging up our plantations. Minister Abeywardena says that according to agricultural experts “the country’s economy would collapse if glyphosate was banned”, but “the loss of a life could not be measured in terms of money”. What proof lives will be saved? Unfortunately, not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/14)

Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let blocked Kiev troops to cross into Russia
RT
President Putin has called on the self-defense militias in Ukraine to provide Kiev-s military units blocked in the east of the country with a safe humanitarian corridor to cross into Russia.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 28/08/14)

Obama threatens Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine
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"No Russian troops in Ukraine": Moscow-s OSCE rep responds to Kiev-s claims
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Minsk meeting: Russia stands tall and proud
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Russia denies rumors of "invasion" of Ukraine
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Donetsk militia drive 7,000 Ukrainian troops into three mousetraps
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Russian Defense Ministry Says List of Russian Military Units in Ukraine ‘Hoax’
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Ukraine president blames military failure on deserting commanders
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Kiev loses control of Novoazovsk, rebel troops advance in southeast Ukraine
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Death & lies: The only truth of flight MH17
RT
It is over a month since the biggest ‘shoot-down’ incident in air passenger history, and this is what we know for sure. Whatever happened in the skies above eastern Ukraine on July 17, we’ve been set on a reactionary course charted by either fools or the adjunct henchmen of some unseen game.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 28/08/14)

Can North Rule Sri Lanka? – Possible.
By  Gomin Dayasri
 Election procedure is flexed in such a manner the day is not too far away, when the Northern Province determines the declaration of the next President of Sri Lanka. Token assistance will be required from the Eastern Province to make it definitive and that will be forthcoming.  This would have been conclusively established in 2005 if Prabhakaran did not prevent the people of the north from exercising their franchise. That was the election that Mahinda Rajapakse won by a whisker. He obtained a mere of 0.2% above the required 50% of the valid vote. At that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/14)

අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපකෂ මහතාගේ ඇමරිකානු සංචාරය.
Chandrasena Pandithage
මේ වනවිට අතිගරු මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා, ඇමරිකාවේ සංචාරයක් සදහා පිටත්ව ගොස් ඇති බවට පුවත් පලව ඇත. මේ සංචාරය දෙස මෙරට ජනතාව විවිධ කෝණ තුලින් බලා තම තමන්ගේ මත පල කරමින් සිටී. ජනතාවගෙන් යම් කණ්ඩායමක් එතුමාගේ සංචාරයට හේතුව, බරපතල අසනීප තත්වයක් හේතු වෙන බව පල කරන අතර, තවත් කණ්ඩායමක්, මෙය එතුමාගේ පෞද්ගලික සංචාරයක් බව ප්රකාශ කරයි. කුමන තත්වයක් යටතේ හෝ මෙය, නිල මටථටමේ රාජ්ය සංචාරයක් නොවෙන බව පැහැදිලිය. මෙය නිල මටටමේ රාජ්ය සංචාරයක් නොවෙන බැවින්, ඊට පසුව ඇත්තේ නොනිල මට්ටමේ රාජ්ය සංචාරයක්ද එසේ නොවේ නම් ඒ මහතාගේ පෞදගලිකවූ සංචාරයක්ද යන දෙකරුයි. මේ කරුුණු දෙකෙන් මොන කරුණක් සදහා හෝ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/14)

Dr. Ruwan Jayatunge Explores Near Death Experiences
Written by:  Janice L. Ponds; M.A., LADC, CBIS
Ruwan M. Jayatunge, M.D. describes Near Death Experience (NDE) as a subjective experience with many NDEs depending on the individual’s education level, cultural factors, and religious beliefs.  Although NDE is not defined as a universal experience, it does have common elements associated with it.  These elements include characteristics such as out of body experience, traveling through a tunnel, floating, levitation, and seeing a light.  This phenomenon certainly warrants more scientific investigation by researchers. Dr. Raymond Moody coined the term NDE in his famous bookLife After Life.  Dr. Moody documented... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/14)

Ananda Guruge: chronicler of the Buddhist revival
Susantha Goonatilake
When Dr. Ananda Guruge died several days ago, the Buddhist revival of Sri Lanka which he chronicled, and its international spread were reaching the desired effects in the West. Beginning in the 1950’s, yoga started to take hold among the white middle classes in the West to become today a key element of Western physical culture. Currently Buddhist vipassana meditation is following suit as both psychology theory and therapy. But amidst this success is a counter narrative in that colonial field of anthropology which has falsified and vilified the Buddhist revival. For those who want to know... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/14)

So-called NGOs are not innocent
By Nalin de Silva- Courtesy Island
 There are attempts by some people who are mainly interested in maintaining the western Christian hegemony to paint a rosy picture of the Western Governmental Organizations in the country as innocent outfits. These organizations are referred to as NGOs the name given by the westerners themselves, and our so called intellectuals who can imitate but not create any knowledge, continue to use the tag the Non Governmental Organizations. The moment one identifies the WGOs as NGOs their structures are covered and the people get the impression that these organizations are innocent civil society... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/14)

A few reasons that are shocking to hear about beef industry.
Dr Hector Perera         London
However much it is stated that beef is unhealthy to eat due to a number of reasons, still people eat beef in their daily diet. It may be in the form of beef burgers, also called hamburgers, stakes, roast or cooked. The number of reasons why beef is unhealthy to eat are far too many to mention here but a few are as follows. Sometimes the supermarkets sell beef in attractive prices to keep the business going and the customers find it is too difficult not to buy beef for their daily meals. Far too... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/14)

Invitation: Canadian Sri Lankan Student Alliance SLSA Cricket Carnival & After Party - Saturday August 30th 2014
Toronto SLSA team
Dear Canadian Sri Lankan Community, Leaders & Friends, Sri Lankan Students Alliance which was established in 2003 at York University have now grown Canada wide with over 20 SLSA Alliances.  Toronto Sri Lankan Students Alumni Alliance EST. 2010 [AKA Toronto SLSA] which is an independent parent body of SLSA is hosting a cricket carnival starting at 8:30 am to 7:30 pm and an after party at night starting at 10:30 pm to fundraise for a school infrastructure project in Sri Lanka this coming Saturday August 30th at Simeon Private Park in Stoufville, ON (30 minutes north of Toronto on 404). This event is a first... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/14)

Anagarika Dharmapala -Greatest Sri Lankan of the 19/20 centuries
Chanaka Bandarage
Why Dharmapala is Great? Adversaries may say Dharmapala only fought for the Sinhalese Buddhists. This is wrong. When Dharmapala fought against the British imperialists, he fought for all Sri Lankans. True, Dharmapala spoke largely for the Sinhalese Buddhists. Sri Lanka is a country where its base (foundation) is Sinhala Buddhist. The nation was founded soon after the demise of Lord Buddha, where Vijaya , a Prince from northern India (Sinhapura Village in Wanga Land of Lata Nation, located in Bengal ) landed in Sri Lanka (Thambapanni). During his massive campaigns against meat and liquor consumption –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/14)

දංගෙඩිය , වංගෙඩිය ,හා කෙං ගෙඩිය
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න 
ප්ර භා  මරාදැමු  මහින්ද  දෙමල ජාතිවාදයත් සහමුලින්ම අවසන් කිරීම සඳහා  13අ සහ පළාත් සභාත්  වහාම අහෝසි කරනු අතය්  ජාති හිතෛශීහු අපේක්ෂා කළහ. මේඅ  යට  දැන් ඒ ගැන විශ්වාශයක් නැත. එනිසා මහින්ද   ගැන තිබු ප්‍රසාදය දැන්  ක්ෂය වී ඇත, 75% පාවාදුනහොත්  පිටර ට  අ  ය නොව රටේම අ . ය මහින්ද දන්ගෙඩියට දක්කනු ඇති බව ඔවුන්ගේ විශ්වාශයය්. ප්‍රභා මරණ සටනේදී වත් 40% ක පමණ  ඒ.ජා  පාක්ෂිකයෝ සහයෝගය දුන්නේ නැත,. බටහිරයොත්  සමසමාජ කාරයොත්  මෙහිදී මහින්දට විරුද්ධව සිටියහ .මේ  කරදර අස්සේ ඔහු උතුරත් නැගෙනහිරත් වෙන්කළේය .ඉන්දියාව සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අමනාපකරගෙන තම සතුරන් මැද්දේ  ගෙදර යන්නට වුවහොත් යන බය ඔහුට තියෙන්නේ  75%... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/14)

Seek Allah through Obedience to The Prophet (PBUH).
By A. Abdul Aziz.
 (Given below is an excerpt of the Friday Sermon delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, on 15th August, 2014, at ‘BaithulFuthuh’, London, U.K. gave a discourse on seeking Allah through Obedience to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).  Ahmadiyya supreme Head (Khalifa) started by reciting the following Quranic verse: God states in the Holy Qur’an: ‘O ye who believe! respond to Allah, and the Messenger when he calls you that he may give you life…’ (8:25) Indeed, God sends His Prophets to give spiritual life to people and through... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/14)

Tamil Parents continue to demand their missing children from TNA’s Ananthi Sasistharan
Shenali D Waduge
Ananthi Sasitharan is a TNA elected member of the Northern Provincial Council. She is also the wife of LTTE leader Elilan. Elilan was responsible for forcibly conscripting large numbers of Tamil children during the final stages of the war. Ananthi however, filed a court case and went global, crying over her ‘missing husband’ and projecting herself as a voice of ‘missing Tamil children’. On 5th June 2014 was a day when the ‘hunters became hounded’ and Ananthi had to face a barrage of protestors demanding from her the whereabouts of their missing children. The same protestors... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/14)

UNHRC Investigation – If LTTE is found guilty….who among the living will be held accountable?
Shenali D Waduge
 This question needs to be asked and answered some time or the other and sooner the better. We are well aware that the LTTE ground leadership is no more including the LTTE leader – V. Prabakaran. However, over the years there have been a host of people living in Sri Lanka, living overseas who have been directly and indirectly part of the LTTE. Unless these names are out in the open identified as ‘members’ of the LTTE Eelam ideology and declared LTTE partners in crime, the entire UNHRC investigation is nothing but a sham and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/14)

CrossTalk: Russia-s Worldview (ft. Ray McGovern)
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The five deadly sins of US foreign policy Is the US starting to resemble the Middle East?
Stephan Richter
The events in Iraq and the wider Middle East make it plain that the US is incapable of handling all the elemental forces that it has awakened.While Americans fancy themselves Hercules-like, single-handedly holding up the entire world, in actuality they suffer from ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder... -Full Story-
(aljazeera.com - 25/08/14)

National Lawyers Guild, Urge International Criminal Court to Investigate War Crimes by Israeli, U.S. Leaders
By Marjorie Cohn
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists (Asociacion Americana de Juristas) sent a letter on Friday, August 22 to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to hold individuals criminally accountable for the most serious of crimes.... -Full Story-
(informationclearinghouse.info - 25/08/14)

BADULLA DISTRICT READY RECKONER FOR UNP
BY  Gomin Dayasri
  Landscape in the district of Badulla fits an archetypical UPFA groove. Yet, Ranil Wickremasinghe emerged a comfortable winner in 8 of the 9 constituencies in the Badulla district- [Mahiyanganaya, Passara, Badulla, Hali Ella, Uva Paranagama, Welimada, Bandarawela and Haputale] - at an election where Mahinda Rajapakse scaled the required barrier by a thin 0.2% margin in 2005. After 9 years as the leader of the opposition he cannot afford to look weary or his party slender.  Mahinda Rajapakse vaulted over the solitary Wiyaluwa seat in the Badulla district with a slim majority of 380 votes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/14)

Mitigating Droughts in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. A Point of view
Dr Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS) Retired Secretary to Prime Minister Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and President Senior Citizens Movement MAhanuwara. 22. 8. 2014.
It is with much interest I read the article by my friend Ranjit Mulleriyawa in the Island of 8th August under the caption, ‘Preparing to meet future drought situations’. Though the heading as well as the content of his article looks covering a broader aspect of drought, I think he is specifically talking about the drought in the dry Zone. Nevertheless it is a piece everyone concerned with this subject should read. My focus in this discussion is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/14)

The American Nightmare
RANJITH SOYSA
The latest civil riots in Ferguson, Missouri underscored the fact that all is not well in the criminal justice system and police action in the USA. In a survey conducted recently around 75% of the Afro- Amercan and Hispanic people expressed that they do not have the confidence in the investigation process of the Police in relation to any incident in which non-whites are involved. This figure has not seen any appreciable change for last 25 years while the Americans have been boasting of increased social mobility. Restricting our scrutiny to last 25 years we witness the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/14)

WAR CRIMES IN SRI LANKA?????
ALI SUKHANVER
A few years back, I remember, I penned down an article, ‘Sri Lanka Thanks Pakistan’; the article was published in various national and international papers and magazines. The background of this write-up was Sri Lanka’s achievement in wiping off the LTTE terrorists and throwing them away from the Sri Lankan lands. In response to my write-up, a professor from some Sri Lankan university mailed me a letter in which he categorically stated that without moral and military support of Pakistan, the LTTE terrorists could have never been defeated. He had further stated that the Sri Lankan nation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/14)

Dr. Ananda W P Guruge – the ‘Smiling Brown’ Kalyana Mitta: A Personal Tribute
Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri (writing from Canada)  Courtesy Island
August 23, 2014, 6:21 pm     It was with a deep sense of loss that I read two emails the day following the passing away of Prof. Ananda W P Guruge. On the move always in the service of Buddha Dhamma, he died on the move, traveling, as reported. Way to go, my respected friend! When he writes to me about his travels here, there and everywhere, I once thought of inviting him to take it easy. I may even have said so when told of how... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/14)

කාලගුණ විපර්යාස වලට පිළියමක් නොයෙදුවහොත් මතු පරපුරට මහත් ආර්ථික විනාශයක් වේවි -ඇමති පාඨලි චම්පික රණවක-
 මාධ්‍ය අංශය තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යංශය
   උණුසුම වැඩිවීම හා කාලගුණ විපර්යාස වලට පිළියම් යෙදිමට දැන් සිටම තිර ආයෝජනයක් සිදු නොවුනහොත් ජලය, ආහාර හිඟවීම හා ලෙඩරෝග ආදිය නිසා අද උපදින දරුවනට ආනාගතයේ මහත් විනාශයක් සිදුවීමට ඉඩ ඇතැයි තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍ය පාඨලි චම්පික රණවක මහතා ^ 23 & පැවසීය. ප්‍රෝෆුඩ් ප්‍රෝපැක් නමින් බණ්ඩාරනායක සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලාවේදී පැවති නැනෝ තාක්ෂණය මගින් ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතාව ඇතිකිරිම පිළිබඳ සම්මන්ත්‍රණය හා ප්‍රදර්ශණයට සහභාගි වෙමින් ඒ මහතා මේ අඳහස් දැක්විය.  තවදුරටත් අඳහස් දැක්වු ඒ මහතා මෙසේ ද පැවසීය.  ලෝකයේ සීඝ්‍රයෙන් ව්‍යාප්ත වන තාක්ෂණයක් වන්නේ නැනෝ තාක්ෂණයයි. ඉතා කුඩා ලෝකයකදි ද්‍රව්‍ය වල ගුණාංග වෙනස් වන නිසා මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/14)

‘US realizing that ISIS getting stronger is bad alternative to Assad’
RT
There is a massive contradiction in US policy against ISIS. On the one hand the US since August 8 has been militarily involved against ISIS in Iraq with 90 airstrikes providing some light weapons to the Kurds and the Iraqi federal forces. And yet the contradiction is that the majority of ISIS fighters are actually not even based in that country. They are based in Syria. And so far the United Stated has done nothing to combat the growth of ISIS in Syria. I think people are increasingly realizing that this is an unsustainable policy. ISIS has gotten stronger... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 24/08/14)

OSCE Chief Urges Kiev to Address Concerns of Russian Minority in Ukraine
RT
OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier urged Ukraine on Sunday not to discriminate against ethnic Russians living in Ukraine, since it was the attack on the Russian language, among other things, that snowballed into a full-scale armed conflict in the country’s east.... -Full Story-
(en.ria.ru - 24/08/14)

Anti-govt forces ‘circle 1000s of Kiev troops, capture 2 tank battalions’ in E.Ukraine
RT
After sustained defensive combat against Ukrainian troops in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk during August, rebels are now reporting of entrapping two large groups of Kiev troops and seizing military hardware in a counteroffensive.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 24/08/14)

Navi Pillai suffering from a sadistic personality disorder * is attempting to convert UN Human Rights Council to a Secret Society like the Ku Klux Klan to lynch Sri Lanka.
 By Charles.S.Perera
The UN System is an organisation for a collective Member States.  Its actions should therefore be open and transparent as Member States are partners of its activities.  There cannot be hidden and secretive functions assigned to commissions appointed by the UN, its agencies, or organisations. All funds spent on activities undertaken by it are accountable and should be made available for public scrutiny. The UN at the instance of USA prepared   a  UN Transparency and accountability Initiative the purpose of which is described as follows: “The purpose of UNTAI is to improve organizational performance by increasing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

OHCHR INVESTIGATION ON SRI LANKA (OISL). –WHAT WE, PATRIOTS, CAN DO
Chanaka Bandarage, Lawyer
Establishment of OISL – first step towards creating the Eelam? As pointed out by us in previous articles, the final objective of the West, who are heavily indoctrinated with false accusations against Sri Lanka by the most powerful Tamil Diaspora and their allies, wishes to split Sri Lanka into two and create a Tamil Eelam in the North and East. The establishment of OISL can be seen as a further step towards that direction. OISL in its report may falsely say that Sri Lanka is not safe for Tamils, the Sri Lankan Government continues to violate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

අපි කුමක් කල යුතුද ---විස්තර
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
1883 දී  ලංකාව පළාත් 5 කට  සුද්දා විසින් බෙදුවේ  ඔවොන්ගේ පහසුව සැලසෙන පරිදි මිස රටට ගැලපෙනසේ නොවේ.==='''උඩරට රාජධානියේ සමගිය හා බලයද සම්බන්ධතා හා චාරිත්‍ර වාරිත්‍රද  කඩා බිඳ දැමීමේ අවශ්‍යතාව  නිසා රාජධානිය පරිපාලන කොටස් වලට කදීය යුතුය.''''''1845දී  ටොරින්ටන් ආණ්ඩුකාරයා විසින් බ්‍රිතා න්න්ය නියෝජිත මණ්ඩලයට ඉදිරිපත් කල  අංක 568xx v 1 සැසි පත්‍රිකාව --- අපට තිබුනේ රුහුණු   මායා පිහිටි  යන ත්‍රී සින්හළේය. නැවත පළාත් බෙදීමේදී මද්දුම බණ්ඩාර  සහ වෙනත් අය විසින් පෙන්වාදී ඇති  ක්‍රම ගැන අවධානය යොමුකර නැවත  සුලුවාර්ගිකයන්ට  රට බෙදීමට හෝ'' නිජබිම්'' ගැන කතා කල නොහැකිවනසේ එය කල යුතුය. සුද්දා ගේ බෙදීම්  තවදුරටත් තබා ගැනීම නින්දා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

TNA Provincial Council members appeal to UNCHR
S. Akurugoda
As per a news item appeared in The Island, in a letter addressed to outgoing UNHRC Chief Navanethem Pillay, 33 members of the North and East Provincial Councils (PC) consisting of ITAK, TULF, TELO, PLOTE and EPRLF (all representing TNA) have urged the UNHRC to expand its ongoing inquiry to investigate atrocities committed by successive governments against Tamil speaking people since 1974. The news item identifies former members of parliament Dharmalingham Sithadthan, Gnanamuththu Krishnapillai and M. Kanagalingam Shivajilingam and Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan, wife of one-time hardcore LTTE cadre in charge of Trincomalee district Velayutham Sasitharan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

Food Additives to avoid but not always possible
Dr Hector Perera London
Herbal, natural food flavouring are added in most of the Asian food such as in fish, meat and vegetable curries. Usually curry leaves, pandam leaves, lemon grass, cardamom, clove and cinnamon are some common herbal food flavourings. Apart from that cumin seeds, coriander, mustard, pepper and chillies are also added in correct proportions to bring out the flavour to foods. I have my doubts if anyone shown any allergic reactions to any of these natural herbal food flavourings. It is reported there are about 14,000 manmade chemicals added to American food supply and one cannot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

Kosovo and Ukraine: Compare and contrast
Neil Clark
There have been at least two countries in Europe in recent history that undertook ‘anti-terrorist’ military operations against ‘separatists’, but got two very different reactions from the Western elite. The government of European country A launches what it calls an ‘anti-terrorist’ military operation against ‘separatists’ in one part of the country. We see pictures on Western television of people’s homes being shelled and lots of people fleeing.... -Full Story-
(neilclark66.blogspot.co.uk - 23/08/14)

India is not insisting on 13th Amendment - Subramanian Swamy
... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 23/08/14)

The Sergei Glaziev Interview -- Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes
By Mike Whitney
If you want to understand what is going on in Ukraine, then you need to watch this 15 minute video with Putin advisor and friend, Sergei Glaziev. Glaziev explains how structural changes in the global economy and a shift to Asia have precipitated a desperate attempt by US policymakers to maintain their grip on power by instigating a war in Europe. Whether readers agree with this analysis or not, they will find Glaziev is brilliant, erudite and passionate in his beliefs. For that alone, the video is well worth the time. I transcribed the video myself,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

Post navigation ← Previous Next → “Free-Trade:” A Death Economy Next Door
By John Perkins
For upcoming events and trips, please see the notes at the bottom of this newsletter. I am in Ecuador, having just spent nearly three weeks deep in the Amazon rainforests as one of the leaders of trips sponsored by Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance. In addition to all the concerns in this country over the devastation caused by oil and mining companies, I’ve heard a great deal about the crises in Central America. Central America is far from peaceful and prosperous; the problems there are brought home to us in the US very vividly in... -Full Story-
(johnperkins.org - 23/08/14)

The Powerful "Groupthink" on Ukraine
By Robert Parry, Consortium News | News Analysis
When even smart people like economist Paul Krugman buy into the false narrative about the Ukraine crisis, it-s hard to decide whether to despair over the impossibility of America ever understanding the world-s problems or to marvel at the power of the U.S. political/media propaganda machine to manufacture its own reality.... -Full Story-
(truth-out.org - 23/08/14)

The President’s Dilemma: A response to Welfare Crisis and Public debt (?) under the Current Regime.
Dr D.Chandraratn Perth.
 Recently in a National daily there was criticism of the President’s apparent trimming of the welfare budget and the increase in the public debt resulting from massive infrastructure projects undertaken, allegedly detrimental to public good aimed singularly at election victories. Obviously associated with these (or any other matter) two infamous issues were also mentioned and they are directly from Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe’s book; Family lordship and swindling public monies from mega projects. Since I have no concrete evidence of the latter even from the people who ought to know better to raise it under privilege in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

ROVING EYE- The killer on the (Saudi) king-s highway
By Pepe Escobar
Then the sartorially composed Man in Black beheaded American photojournalist James Foley.This is the way Shock and Awe morphs into "Assad must go" morphs into Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, morphs into The Caliph-s Black Britannia goon responding to "humanitarian" bombing... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 23/08/14)

Why Washington-s war on terror failed
By Patrick Cockburn
This essay is excerpted from the first chapter of Patrick Cockburn-s new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, with special thanks to his publisher, OR Books. The first section is a new introduction written for TomDispatch... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 23/08/14)

Obama buggers Europe: Sanctions deepen the recession
By James Petras, Axis of Logic
The Obama Administration actively pressured Europe to impose harsh sanctions on Russia in order to defend the violent takeover (‘regime change’) in the Ukraine. England, France, Germany and the rest of the European regimes gave in to Washington’s demands. Russia responded by imposing reciprocal sanctions, especially on agriculture goods, and is establishing alternative trading partners and increasing trade with China, Iran, Latin America and Africa.... -Full Story-
(axisoflogic.com - 23/08/14)

Extension of the mandate given by Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/25/1- OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka
SPUR (Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc)
To High Commissioner for Human Rights 21 August 2014 Extension of the mandate given by Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/25/1 OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka We notice with concern and alarm that the Time Frame referred to in the Terms of Reference for the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka, guided by UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1, has been arbitrarily extended. We urge you to rectify this matter immediately as this level of deceitfulness neither improve the image of the anti Sri Lankan biased behaviour of the retiring... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

අපි කුමක් කල යුතුද
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
අපට වෙච්ච දේ මොහොතකට නවතා  අපි කුමක් කල යුතු දය  බලමු.  දෙමල ත්‍ර ස්ත තවාදය විනාශ කලත් දෙමල ජාතිවාදය පරදවා  නැත. එය කරන පාටකුත් නැත. .මියෙම්වා රැකෙම්වා  කියා රට රැක්කේ එදා රජවරුය  අද එහෙව් අ ය නැත. ඉඟුරු දී මිරිස් ගන්නවාට වඩා  ප්‍රභා මැරූ  මහින්දට තව  තල්ලුවක් දී  හෝ ඒ වැඩ ය කර ගත යුතුය.75% ක සිංහලයන් ඒකරාශිවී එක මුතුවී  ඔහු වටේ සිටින බවට  ඔහුට පසක් කළහොත්  ඔහු එයද  කරනු ඇත. නැතිනම්  කල් මරමරා බ ලයේ රැඳෙනු ඇත.මහා සිංහල බලවේගයක් තමන් ආරක්ෂා කරන බව ඔහුට ඒත්තු ගැන්වීම අපට අයත්  විශේෂතම කාර්යයය්.ප්‍රභා මැරූ  පසු  අප ඉගෙනගත් පාඩම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/14)

ON THE TAMIL PROBLEM
Nalin de Silva
The days when it was claimed that there was an ethnic problem in Sri Lanka are over. It appears that India is of the opinion that the problem in Sri Lanka is linguistic and not ethnic. There were others who said that there was a conspiracy (kumanthranaya) by the West and it was the work of Uncle Sam. Though USA is in the forefront of the activities against Sri Lanka it is not that country that initiated the problem in Sri Lanka. The conspiracy theorists, they are not theorists in any sense of the word as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/14)

JFA condemns scribe’s beheading in Syria
 By NJ Thakuria Guwahati:
The abduction and murder of a foreign journalist in Syria by the militants and later publicizing the crime through the online video have shocked the conscience of media world. Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) from the eastern part of India has also expressed shock at the incident and urged the media fraternity of the globe to come one and all condemning the brutal act. International media reports disclose that James W. Foley, an American photo-journalist was abducted in November 2012 from somewhere in Syria and later he was beheaded by an Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/14)

US exerting pressure on ICC not to open war crimes probe against Israel
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The US and other western powers have exerted pressure on the International Criminal Court at the Hague to prevent a war crimes probe of Israel-s operation in the Gaza Strip, The Guardian reported on Monday, quoting former court officials.... -Full Story-
(jpost.com - 22/08/14)

The significance of the Russian decision to move the humanitarian convoy into Novorussia
... -Full Story- (vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk - 22/08/14)

US and UK should back Assad to defeat ISIS - senior UK MP
RT
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, one of the UK’s most senior MPs, told the Financial Times (FT) in an exclusive interview that the horrific murder of American journalist, James Foley, highlights the urgent need to take action against the extremist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), whose swift rise to power in the Middle East has remained largely unchecked by Western intervention.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 22/08/14)

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?
By Niles Williamson 18 August 2014
The deafening silence of the US media and government about the investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 one month ago reeks of a cover-up. In the hours and days immediately after the crash, without a single shred of evidence, US officials alleged that the passenger jet was shot down by an SA-11 ground-to-air missile fired from pro-Russian separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. They launched a political campaign to obtain harsh economic sanctions against Russia and strengthen NATO’s military posture in Eastern Europe.... -Full Story-
(wsws.org - 22/08/14)

Billionaire Branson, fellow business leaders offer support to end violence in Ukraine
RT
Billionaire Richard Branson and fellow business tycoons have offered “whatever support we can” to end the conflict in Ukraine and prevent the return of the “cold war misery of the past.” Branson posted an open letter on the Virgin website appealing for a peaceful solution to the crisis in the Ukraine.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 22/08/14)

IS, latterly ISIS, formally ISIL, previously, Al-Qaeda, beforehand, Taliban, originally CIA – lose ground
... -Full Story- (4bitnews.com - 22/08/14)

A Lesson from Dr. Subramaniam Swamy to Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils and Muslims
Shenali D Waduge
Known for his candid demeanor and straight talk, Dr. Subramaniam Swamy did not mince his words during his eagerly awaited speech at the 4th consecutive Defense Seminar held at the Galadari Hotel from 18-20th August 2014. Encapsulating the gist of Dr. Swamy’s message was the need for minorities in particular the Sri Lankan Tamils to become stakeholders of the Sri Lankan nation and not think themselves separate entities needlessly inclined towards voting for their own only or expecting and appealing for external parties to come to their aid. What was made clear through reference to Rajiv... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

'LANKA'S VICTORY, OUR SECURITY' - Dr. Subramanian Swamy
CHAMINDA PERERA Courtesy The Daily News
India will not accept any inquiry against SL
Sri Lanka's issue not ethnic, but linguistic
Chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Committee for Strategic Action and Leader of the Janatha Party Dr. Subramanian Swamy yesterday said Sri Lanka's victory over terrorism helped ensure the security of India too. "Not only that Sri Lankans have started to live in normalcy without fear but a major national security goal of India was also achieved as a collateral gain by Sri Lanka's victory over the LTTE," he said. Swamy added that reconciliation will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Ambassador Aryasinha Identifies Global Challenges to Sri Lanka as a Rising Nation
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Geneva
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinhahas said, "while we have defeated the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the organization, its ideology and its operations are very much alive in a number of Western countries. Immediately, this remains a challenge to speeding up the pace of reconciliation in Sri Lanka, and eventually, a potent danger to Sri Lanka as a rising nation". Addressing the session devoted to the global challenges to Sri Lanka as a rising nation at the Army Seminar 2014, he said "besides the socio-economic challenges to Sri Lanka that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

අපි කවුද ..........අපට වෙච්ච දේ .........තවත් ටිකක්
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
මහනුවර මඟුල් මඩුව ක්‍රිස්තියානි පල්ලියකට පරිවර්තනය කිරීමට  හෝටන් ආණ්ඩුකාරයා  එංගලන්තයෙන් අවසර ඉල්ලා සිටියේය --1826  02  26  ලිපිය.සිංහලයන් බල වත් ලෙස විරුධ්ධවේයය් බියෙ න්  එය එංගලන්තයෙන් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප විය. ---බෞද්ධ කොමිෂන් වාර්තාව්වේ 66 . පසුව ඒ වෙනුවට පන්සල් ඉඩමකම බෞද්ධ මුලින්ම  ශාන්ත පෝල්  පල්ලිය ඉදිකරන ලදී. එම් .f ප ගසන් ගේ "ලංකාව  1903 දී """. 1903 9 12-------"යම් කිසිවෙකුට රක්ෂාවක්  දීමට පෙර ඔහු විසින් ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආගම පිළිගත යුතුය"' යන ප්‍රතිපත්තිය නිසා ස්වදේශිකයන් තුල වංචනික ගති ඉක්මනින්ම තහවුරු වී වංක ජාතියක් ඇතිවීමට  කොතරම් හේතුවීද යත් ලංකාවේ සමහර පෙදෙස්වල"'ආණ්ඩුවේ ක්‍රිස්තියානි"" හෙවට් ''බෞද්ධ  ක්‍රිස්තියානි  යන නාමය මෙකල පවා ව්‍යවාහාරයෙහි පවතී "''---බෞ ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

වාරියපොලදී ගුටි කෑ සෙල්වා පොලිස් අත්අඩංගුවට
Courtesy http://lankacnews.com
පසුගිය සෙනසුරාදා වාරියපොල බස් නැවතුමේදී තරුණියක් විසින් තරුණයෙකුට පහු දෙන අයුරු අන්තර්ජාලය පුරා වේගයෙන් පැතිරී ගියේය. සිද්ධියට සම්බන්ද මධු නමින් හඳුන්වා ගත් තරුණිය තිලිණි ඉමල්කා, තරුණයා පී. චන්ද්‍රකුමාර නොහොත් සෙල්වා හා අසල සිටි පුද්ගලයා වූ බස් නැවතුමේ වේලා සටහන්කරුවෙකු වන ඩබ්. ජයසිංහ මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පල කරයි. සෙල්වම් අදහස් පල කරන්නේ මෙසේය. “මම රැකියාවට නගරයේ කුලී වැඩ කරනවා.එදත් මම කුලී වැඩක් බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් බස්නැවතුම්පොල අසලට වී සිටින විට මට පහර දුන් තරුණිය තවත් යාළුවෙක් සමග වැසිකිලියට ගොස් එමින් සිටියදී මට හමු වුණා. ඇය ඇඳුම් ඇඳ සිටියේ ඇඟටම තද වෙන ආකාරයට ඩෙනිම් කලිසමක සහ අත්වල කොටසක් පෙනෙන ආකාරයට පෙනෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

අපි කවුද අපට වෙච්ච දේ ...... අමතර පැහැදිලිකිරීම්
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න 
හෙට්ටිආරචිචි  විසින  පෙන්වාදී ඇති  ආදී හෙළ වචන වල -------- බද   යන්න බඩ  විය යුතුය ගෛගර්  ලංකා ඉතිහාසය  ගැන කල ප්‍රකාශය 1908 දී ආනන්ද කුමාරස්වාම්ය් මධ් ය කාලීන සිංහල කළා  කෘතියේ පිටු අංක 2 දක්වා ඇත.උඩරට ගැමියාගේ අවංක භාවය   ගැන 19 පිටුව බලන්න.අනුරපුර සුදු දිසාපති වාර්තාව---එහිම 19 පිටුවෙත්  manual .north  central  province  43 පිටුව ... නුවර කලාවිය වැසියන් ශාන්ත බව ලියු brodi  ගේ සටහන ම .සිං . කලා  20 පිටුව හා රාජකීය ආසියාතික සමාගමේ ලංකා සඟරාවේ 111.  161 පිටුව .. පවුල් පිලිබඳ ඇල්ම   ගැන davi 1821 මුද්‍රිත ලියූ ලංකාවේ සංචාරණ   හි 289 පිටුව( ඩේවි  දුටු ලංකාව)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Gujranawala Attack: Press Point - 17 08 2014
This program speaks about the persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan and also the recent attack in the area of Kachi-Pump in Gujranwala, Pakistan in which 3 of its members, including a 7 year old child and an 8 month old infant, have been murdered by local extremists. They were martyred for the sole reason that they were Ahmadi Muslims, whilst local police stood by and watched the massacre. Government sponsored persecution is going on, against Ahmadis in Pakistan.... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 21/08/14)

Exposing the Lies: Why the ‘Joint Statement’ between Sri Lanka and UN Secretary General is continuously referred to
Shenali D Waduge
There is a reason why there is constant reference to a supposed ‘joint statement’ issued between Sri Lanka and the UN signed by the Sri Lankan President and the UN Secretary General. The effort is to create a notion that a ‘contract’ prevails as a result of that ‘joint statement’ binding enough to warrant the appointment of the Panel of Experts, to make public their report, to have that report form the basis for the Resolutions and provide the foundation on which the UNHRC head could carry out an investigation against Sri Lanka. Obviously, a lot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Gautama Buddha the Unique Psychotherapist
Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
 Many people interpret Buddhism as a religion and a philosophy (or a practical philosophy) known from antiquity. The Buddhism has a vast system of psychotherapy. The Buddhism offers mental healing allowing growth promotion. Buddhism is a method of mind training. Understanding of the function of mind has been recognized as the basis of Buddhist philosophy. In this context the Lord Buddha can be identified as a unique psychotherapist of all time. Psychotherapy is a wide ranging subject. In general Psychotherapy means a treatment of emotional, behavioural, personality disorders based primarily upon verbal or nonverbal communication.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL)-Monthly Public Lecture on Monday 25th August 2014 at 5.00 p.m.
Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL)   Monthly Public Lecture    "Some Observations on Mudliyar David De Saram’s Pin Pota"  by Prof. K. N. O. Dharmadasa Professor Emeritus, and the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya   on Monday 25th August 2014 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07   ALL ARE WELCOME... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Way Forward : China-India-Russia strategic geopolitical alliance
Shenali Waduge
Should the 3 powers of Asia combine to make a formidable global force? Its not a bad idea – in fact it’s an excellent idea and would provide Asia and inadvertently the world the balance of power and stability that is lacking. Against a declining West, Asia’s 3 formidable power houses are best placed to challenge USA’s supremacy but the only issue is India’s mixed signals and its colonial-servant attitude in bowing to Western dictates. Yet, given the current world scenarios, Russia, China and India should combine and together as a common block enforce their demands to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

TOWARDS THE UNBORN
by Suwanda H J Sugunasiri
(In honour of my Kalyana Mitta, the late Prof. Ananda W P Guruge) -------------------------- It was high-flying You decided to go, the Same way you Lived, for four score Plus years, seeking To pull everyone on your Path, to fuller heights, if Not to match yours, but To one’s own highest, living In this samsaric Quagmire, called the world.   You let no obstacle Stand in your way, in Taking the message Of the Dhamma, hoisting The Flag of beloved Lanka, the UNESCO, the academic portals, the public forum, all on your palm, inspiring... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

The Pathfinder Blueprint for Accelerating Economic Growth and Enhancing Prosperity for Sri Lankans
Pathfinderreform agenda to all political parties look for Presidential and Parliamentary election Manifestos
 Blueprint will be based on over 50 studies commissioned by the Pathfinder Foundation in the past with special emphasis on studies it has undertaken here some Sectorial Highlights Sanwada, Alert, Flash and Blast. - Growth momentum in Sri Lanka can only be sustained through implementation of a new cycle of reforms -Private participation in the SOE sector with appointment of competent CEOs; recruitment of qualified professionals for procurement, finance, human resource management and other key managerial positions can assist in Loss Making SOEs. - The public... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Life Abroad - Part 92 BRAVERY HAS NO BOUNDARIES
Dr. Tilak Fernando
James Emerson Tennent once described "Ceylon'' as "an Island in the world that has attracted the attention of authors in so many distant ages and from so many different countries". While I was a student in the UK, I made my first trip home after living in London for some years to experience the marvel of my motherland, as I had not travelled far and wide before embarking on studies abroad. In the bygone past, travelling was confined only to a few privileged sections of the society, even within the country; mostly villagers did travel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

The Buddhist Ideals of Government
Gunaseela Vitanage Bodhi Leaf No. 11 Buddhist Publication Society Kandy • Sri Lanka
Buddhist Ideals of Government
“Our ancient kings considered hitherto the practice of virtue as their only duty; they knew how to rule without being severe and honoured the Three Jewels; they governed and helped the world, and were happy if men practised righteousness. For myself I desire respectfully, in concert with the son of heaven, to magnify the Good Law in order to save beings from the evil of continued existence (in samsara).” Letter sent to the Chinese emperor by king Manasam of Ceylon... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

ගී සිළුමිණ - දෙවන කොටස​
Âsiri Bandara
සිංහල ගී කෙත සැරසූ ඔබ අප රසවිඳි අපූර්වතම හරවත් ගී සමුච්ඡයක රසය සහ ගීතයේ කතාව පිළිබඳව විවරණයක් සමඟින් ඔබට එම ගී තව තවත් සමීප කර වන්නට අපි ගන්න පුංචි උත්සාහයක් තමයි ගී සිළුමිණ.     මේ සඳහා දායක වන්නේ හෙළ ගී කෙත පෝෂණය කරන්නට තම නිර්මාන දායකත්වය නිර්ලෝභීව පුදන ගේය පද රචක සහ කාව්‍යය රචක ලන්ඩන් විහාර වාසී පූජ්‍යය කෝන්වැවේ අරියරතන ස්වාමින් වහන්සේ.    ගී සිළුමිණ මෙවර සංවාදයට ගන්නේ සංගීත විශාරද සුනිල් එදිරිසිංහයන් ගයන "වන්නි වනපෙතේ" නම් වූ අපූරු ගීයයි. බලන්න මේ ගීයේ පසුපස ඇති ශෝචනීය පුවතේ ඔබ අපි සැවොම අඩු වැඩි වශයෙන් හෝ කොටස් කාරයෝ නොවේද කියලා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

ජාතික පර්යේෂණ හා සංවර්ධන සැළැස්මට විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ආචාර්යවරුන්ගේ අදහස් විමසයි
මාධ්‍ය අංශය  තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යාංශය
පර්යේෂණ වලින් ආර්ථීකයට ලැබුණ ප්‍රතිදානය කුමක්ද යනුවෙන් අද සමහරුන් ප්‍රශ්න කරති. මෙයට පිළිතුරක් ලෙස තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ ඉදිරි ගමන් මඟ පිළිබඳව පස් අවුරුදු සැලැස්ම සකස් කර තිබේ. මෙය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමෙන් ආර්ථීකයට දක්වන දායකත්වය කොපමණද යන්න වසරින් වසර මැන බැලීමට කටයුතු කරන බව අමාත්‍ය චම්පික රණවක මහතා විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ආචාර්යවරුන් හමුවේ ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. රටට අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය සේවා ක්ෂේත්‍ර 10 ක් හඳුනාගනු ලැබූ අතර, ඒ ක්ෂේත්‍ර සඳහා මැදිහත්විය යුතු තාක්ෂණයන් පිළිබඳව තීරණය කර මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් කමිටු ගණනාවක් මේ වන විට පත්කර ඇත. එහි ක්ෂේත්‍ර 10 ක් හා මැදිහත්වීම් 10 තෝරා ගනු ලැබු අතර ක්‍රියාකාරකම් 100 ක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Russia to request MH17 probe report
Russia will request an official report in relation to progress of an investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine. "We will ask for a briefing by the UN Secretariat on the progress of the implementation of Resolution 2166," Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.... -Full Story- (presstv.ir - 21/08/14)

Unite against the west
By Nalin de Silva
What is the most important function of a government of any country? The governments whether elected according to western democracy or not have to look after the security of the state and maintain the sovereignty of the nation. The other functions of the governments include providing health, education, employment, food, childcare, and maintaining democracy, freedom of expression, individual rights are all secondary. What is the use of democracy if we can elect only stooges of the west as the Presidents, Prime Ministers etc.? It is unfortunate that we are all victims of western education... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

Expressing concerns
George Rupesinghe Sydney, Australia
HE the Ambassador of the USA to Sri Lanka The United States Embassy Colombo Sri Lanka Excellency I have noted, with some outrage, your recent expressions of concern in the statements on incidents such as disruption of meetings, alleged lack of press freedom etc in Sri Lanka. Is it appropriate that Sri Lanka's ambassador to the United States expresses the Sri Lanka government's deep concern at what is happening in Ferguson. Missouri? The shooting of an unarmed teenage African American by police has sparked violent protests, prompting a state of emergency and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/14)

The Bogus ‘Joint Statement’ between President of Sri Lanka and Ban-Ki Moon
Shenali D Waduge
There is an underpinning effort made surreptitiously across the Panel of Expert report to give the impression that the 3 member team was appointed to ‘give effect to’ the joint statement made in 2009 between the Sri Lankan President and the UN Secretary General. Firstly, the Panel’s report makes a grave error in claiming that the UNSG arrived in Sri Lanka in 23 March 2009. The UNSG according to official records arrived in Sri Lanka on 23 May 2009. That was just 4 days after the LTTE was militarily defeated. The next argument is how the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/14)

Why President's Decision To Bar Entry To UN Investigators Appears Justifiable.
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
August 20th 2014 Although there is every likelihood that it will cause an international furore, the choice of the President to deny entry to the team of UN investigators seems justifiable on the simplest rationale that it has been instigated by biased former UN representatives such as Navi Pillai and others who have very openly as well as blatantly taken upon themselves to be adjudicators over their perceptions of human rights violations during the decades long internal armed terrorist insurrection some mistakenly label a War.Well for their information what the Government of Sri Lanka did as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/14)

President Barack Obama’s admission of torture by the CIA, and Navi Pillai’s International probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka.
By Charles.S.Perera
Barack Obama the President of USA has admitted that the CIA official who interrogated suspects after the 9/11 attacks “ crossed a line” into torture.  That is while the whole world knows that CIA spells not only torture but all sorts of criminal subversive activities in  Sovereign States at a global level.  His accepting CIA “crossing a line’ into torture after  the 9/11 attack does not mitigate or absolve the CIA from its Criminal activities of the past and the present. Barrack Obama added that, “ we did some things that were contrary to our values.” And... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/14)

Interview with Sergei Glaziev - Advisor to President Putin
The US military industrial complex with the help of its European poodle wants to start WW3 to write off trillions of it debts. Russia only needs to turn off the gas this winter to send the EU economy deeper into recession, even without fighting war yet! In the event of WAR, the EU economy will collapse, subjugated and indebted to the US for another half a century, and the 1% protect their ill-gotten wealth in the new world order that emerge. We European citizens need to open our eyes and reason quick, write to every MPs stating the obvious.... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 19/08/14)

අපි කවුද ............ තව අමතර විස්තර
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
වරිග පූරනිකාව අනුව එදා භාවිතාවූ  වචන කීපයක් අද වචන  සමග  -------1 -කමොතුලැ = කම්මුතු  2 ජන්ජලියාව ==ජංජාලය 3 කො විල=කුයිල හෙවත් දුගඳ  4 ගොම්මලේ = ගොම්මනේ හෙවත් සවස 5 හුටපටය = රණ්ඩුව හුටපටය 6 එල්ලිබහ=එලිබහිනවා , මළ පහ කරනවා  මහාචාර්ය හෙට්ටිආරච්චි  විසින්  ලංකා විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයීය  ඉතිහාසයේ දක්වූ   වෙනත් ආර්ය හෝ අනාර්ය කිසිදු භාෂාවක නැති එහෙත් සිංහල භාෂාවේ පමණක් ඇති වචන----ඇපය ,ඔලුව කකුල,කට, කලාව, කුල්ල, තොල, පැදුර, පොත්ත, බද, ලිඳ ,ලිප, විලුඹ  මේ වචන ආර්යාගමනයට පෙර භාවිථවූ  වචන වියහැකි බව එතුමාගේ අදහසය්. ........... මේවා  ටැමිල් මුන්ඩා  යය්ද   හෙට්ටිආරච්චි එසේ කියා තිබේ යය්  ද   බොරු කියමින්  1984 04 ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/14)

Dr. Ananda Guruge - Scholar, Professor, Historian, Diplomat, Patriot, Buddhist, Sri Lankan
A Tribute from Dr .Bhadant Rahulbodhi Mahathero (India)
Tribute  to  great scholar Dr. Prof. W.P. Ananda Guruge. Date of Birth:  December 28,1928  Date of Expiry : August 6, 2014  It is unbelievable very sad and shocking  news of our world renowned great Buddhist scholar in our Buddhist world  suddenly, unexpectedly  passed away on his way to USA. Everybody was very proud about his great knowledge and tireless contribution towards humanity and Buddhism .He was so much positive nature and very, very generous, very kindhearted person. His contribution to our world Fellowship of Buddhist is ever inspirable to everyone .He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/14)

OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1 of March 2014
Mahinda Gunasekera Agincourt, Ontario Canada
 August 17, 2014  Hon. Ban ki-Moon, Secretary General, UNO Copy to: President, UNHRC, Geneva Copy to: Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner  for Human Right, Geneva  Hon. Ban ki-Moon, OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1 of March 2014 I am writing to you as a Canadian of Sri Lankan origin who is at a loss to understand the high handed manner in which senior officials on the United Nations Organization act in violation of their mandates defined by the UN Charter and Specific Resolutions which outlines the limits of authority. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/14)

අපි කවුද අපට වෙච්ච දේ සහ අපි කුමක් කල යුතුද --1කොටසේ ඉතිරිය
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
රිටිගල පාලනය කල කිත්තිධීරගේ දුව වූද  ගිරිදේශයේ පාලක ගිරිභාද්රගේ  මෙහෙසියවූද  කවිලාශ පාලි හෙවත් රත්නාවලි පුන්න වෙළෙන්දාගෙන් බුදුගුණ අසා , බුදුගුනවඩා  සෝවාන් වී  පුන්න ලවා  බුදුහිමියන්  ට ආරාධනාකර  වැ ඩමකරවාගෙන  බන අස රහ ත් වුවාය. ඉන්පසු  යසෝධරා  මෙහෙණිය ගෙන් මෙහෙණවර ලැබුවාය. ය තම දුව වන  කුවේණි හෙවත් මහාපාලි  ට දහම් දෙසුවේ තමන්ට බුදුහිමියන් විසින් දෙසූ  විෂකුම්භන සූත්‍රය  ඇසුරෙන් සකසූ  නාරි විලෝක විෂකුම්භන සූත්‍රයෙනි  මහපාලියද පසුව මහන වී  තම මව ආරම්භ කල යසෝධර මෙහෙණවර තවත් වැඩි දියුනුකලාය . දුටුගැමුණු රජතුමා  රත්නාවලි  රහත් මෙහෙණියට ගරු කිරීම සඳහා  ය විසූ  ස්ථානයේ රුවන්වැලි සෑය  තැනුවේය..-----"" රත්නා =රුවන් -------වලී ==වැලි ------.සමහරු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/14)

Response to Senator Christine Milne: OHCHR Investigation into Sri Lankan War Crimes
Janaki Chandraratna - Perth Australia
Dear Senator Christine Milne Leader of the Australian Greens  Dear Ms. Milne  Investigation of alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka  I write in reference to your letter dated 3 January 2014 to the High Commissioner Navi Pillay requesting her to include Australia as a venue for the above investigation due to the presence of a large Sri Lankan Diaspora community. I guess you refer to the LTTE members rather than Sri Lankan Diaspora.  In support of your request you mentioned Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s report ‘Island of Impunity?’ as a source of Australian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/14)

The OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka
 Malin Abeyatunge
This letter was Emailed to Ms Sandra Beidas who is the coordinator for the Investigation against Sri Lanka to put on record that there is another side of the story. The OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka quotes the Resolution : In its resolution A/HRC/25/1 adopted in March 2014 on “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”, the United Nations Human Rights Council requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/14)

A Safe Pair of Hands – A Tribute to Mahela Jayawardene
Dilrook Kannangara
Seventeen years is a long time in Test Cricket. Lankan cricket fans grew up and grew old with Mahela. As he retires it feels like an end of a chapter in life for some of them. The slot he leaves void in the Test batting line-up will not be easily filled and the catches he used to take will have to find another pair of safe hands. With 11,814 Test runs, a whopping 205 catches and even six wickets, his contribution is one of the greatest. Batsman, fielder, bowler and captain were not his only roles. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/14)

Tribute To Mahela, Lanka's Beloved Stylist Who Wowed !The World From Many Perspectives, Not Just Cricket.
Top Spin By Suni Perera
August 19th 2014 As outpourings of tributes and compliments flow from around the globe for Mahela Jayawardena Sri Lanka's much loved stylist cricketer it wasn't all about cricket that drew admiration from his fans and all those who loved him. He was a man of humility, compassion, dignity and true class which when combined with what he gave to Sri Lankan cricket through performance and personality makes him one of the true greats of the modern game.  Irrefutably perhaps, the rating" the best Sri Lankan captain ever" rings out loud  and deservedly so where his adoring audiences... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/14)

INTELLECTUALS ON THE BUDDHA
Buddhism enlightened humanity twenty-five centuries ago and released from all bondages, superstitious practices.Buddha is honoured today by every cultured and intelectual man irrespective of whatever religion he may profess, while the founders of most of the religions are honoured only by their followers. Not only those who belong to some religions but also so-called free thinkers respect this world honoured Supreme Enlightened One. From the historical point of view there never lived any other Teacher who has ever given so much religious freedom as well as due credit to humanity. Before the advent of the Buddha, religion had been owned... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/08/14)

UNHRC Investigation on Sri Lanka – Revisiting Ban Ki Moons Panel of Expert Report
Shenali D Waduge
 The OHCHR investigation against Sri Lanka led by outgoing UN chief Navi Pillay will attempt to use the platform given to reinforce the dubious, contradictory and controversial reports that have been compiled against Sri Lanka. One such forming the basis of successive Resolutions and Navi Pillay’s own reports is the Panel appointed by UN Secretary General to advise him on the accountability during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. It is a good time to look through and analyse the contents of this report starting off with its Executive Summary The UN Secretary... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/14)

Investigation on Sri Lanka – a violation of the time frame given under UNCHR resolution
S. Akurugoda
As can be seen from the flowing facts, the ‘time frame’ covered under the UNCHR Resolution A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1 has been extended by the Navi Pillay’s controversial Panel by misinterpreting the time frame covered in the LLRC. Under the terms and reference of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka published in the web page http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx, , the ‘time frame’ of investigation is defined as “the period under investigation is that covered by the LLRC, that is, from 21 February 2002 until 15 November 2011, when it presented its report to the President of Sri Lanka”. Time Frame covered in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/14)

අපි කව්ද ,,අපට වෙච්ච දේ ,,සහ අපි කුමක් කල යුතුද -1 කොටස
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
අපි  කවුද වත්මන්  බොහෝ සිංහලයෝ  තමන් කවුදැ ය්  නොදනිති . අපට උගන්වා ඇත්තෙත්  අපි විජයගෙන් පැවතෙන්නන් ලෙසය. මහාවංශ කරුවාගේ සිට  ඉංගීසි ඉතිහාසඥයන් හා ඔවුන්ගෙන් ඉගෙනගත්  අපේම අයත්  කියන්නේ විජය එනවිට  අප රටේ හිටියේ  අමනුෂ්‍යයන් බවය් . කුවේණි යකින්නක් නම් ඇය  සමග රති සුව විඳි   විජය යකුන් කන පරා ක්ෂයෙකු විය යුතුය  . බුදු හිමි තෙවරක් අපේ රටට වැඩම කර ඇත එකල  සිටි යක්ෂ   , නාග  වැනි  මිනිස් කොටස් .. බුදු හිමි ස්රිමුඛයෙන්ම බන ඇසූ  අ  ය  වූහ .  විජය වැනි ආර්යයන් එන විටත්බොහෝ  වැසියෝ බෞද්ධ  වී සිටියහ . බුදු මුවින්ම  නිර්මල දහම ඇසූ  මොවුහු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/14)

එක්තරා මිනිසකුගේ සංඥා පද්ධතිය.
චන්දුසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
වසර ගනනාවක පුරා පලමුවන ලෝකයේ ජීවත් වූ ඔහු කටුනායකට ලගාවූයේ, බොහෝ කාලයකට පසුවය., උදෑසන මද ශීතල ගතිය ඔහුගේ මුලු සිරුරම පිනවන්නට විය. මහත් අමන්දානනයට පත් ඔහුගේ ස්පර්ශේන්ද්රියන් "ෂ්හ හරි සනීපයි" යන වදන පෙල නිකුත් කලහ. ඔහුඟේ සිතද මේ පිරිසිදු වාත දහරාව ඇලුම් කල බවක් පෙනිණි. ගමන් මහන්සිය, නිදිබර ගතියක්. සිරුරට ආරෝපනය කලද, ඔහුගේ දෑස් ඔහුට නිදා ගැනීමට අවසරයක් දුන්නේම නැත. රට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම වෙනස් වෙලා, මේ වෙනස බලා ගන්න ඕනි ඈස, ඔහුට බල කරන්නට විය. රථය මෙන්ම රියදුරාද, නව පනක් ලද දේශයට, අනුකූලව, නිර්මිතව ඇත. රියදුරු කථාවක ආරම්භයක් අපේක්ෂාවෙන් සිටී. නමුත් මේ මහ වෙනස, ඔහුට රියදුරු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/14)

Foreign Secretary Level Talks between India and Pakistan
By Afshain Afzal
 Despite all pressures and coercive measures to fail any dialogue between two potential defence allies, Pakistan and India are once again going to have Foreign Secretary level talks, tentatively on 25 August 2014. The military brass and secular parties are much aggrieved to see Prime Minister Mr. Narandra Modi and his counterpart, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif applying new theories of international politics and political science that as sovereign Muslims and Hindus neighbours, Pakistan and India are not threat to each other. In other words, all theories relating to religion as instrument of clash between civilizations are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/14)

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka condemns reported evictions of Christians by ISIL
Press Release -The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Muslims and the global Muslim community are shocked and dismayed by reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has ordered the forceful eviction of Christians in Mosul and Yazidee community and other provinces. This action is against the vehemently condemns this act of barbarism and calls upon the ISIL and other groups to desist from ethnic cleaning of non--‐Muslims in Iraq. There is no place in Islam to commit injustice against any people. The rights of all as per the teaching of Islam are unambiguously... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/14)

Forge Civil Society Activity Foiled in Sri Lanka
... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 17/08/14)

Pakistan anti-government protests draw determined crowd
... -Full Story- (Reuters - 17/08/14)

Pope warns Catholic clergy to be humble, not hypocrites
... -Full Story- (Reuters - 17/08/14)

Interview-“Muslims Pose A Threat In Sri Lanka”
Pranay Sharma Interviews Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara
Just like in Burma, the recent years have seen the unrest between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority on the upswing in Sri Lanka. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)—Sinhalese for Buddhist Power Force—actually claims to perceive an international Islamic conspiracy that aims at marginalising the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. He believes his organisation can unite all the Buddhists of the island and turn them into a nationalist force, thus countering this ‘foreseen’ Islamic threat.... -Full Story-
(outlookindia.com - 17/08/14)

India to Restore Rail Link to Jaffna by Mid-Oct: Consul Gen
By P K Balachandran
COLOMBO: India will be fully restoring the Colombo-Jaffna rail link by mid-October this year, said S D Moorthy, the Indian Consul General in Jaffna, in his Independence Day address at the North Sri Lankan Tamil town.... -Full Story-
(newindianexpress.com - 17/08/14)

Cops Gone Wild
Paul Craig Roberts
Update: I have received four or five emails from readers who complain that the person in the photo is not the person who the cops murdered in Ferguson. They might be correct. If so, the lesson is that not even the American presstitute media’s photos are reliable. The photo that heads my article, Cops Gone Wild, allegedly is a photo taken in Ferguson during the daylight when another goon thug squad pointed their military weapons at point blank range at another black youth with his hands up. Whether or not the media photo was a correct... -Full Story-
(paulcraigroberts.org - 17/08/14)

Disunited Nations Organisation.
By Charles.S.Perera
United Nations Organisation ceased to exist the day George Bush with false evidence of  an imagined Iraq’s stock pile of weapons of mass destruction provided by the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair stepped over UN to wage a war against Sadam Hussain of Iraq. The President Barrack Obama  did nothing to revive the UNO after  the debacle of George Bush. He instead made UNO an unofficial  Agency of the US State Department  making a  puppet of its Secretary General. The President Barrack Obama who every one expected would change the aggressive United States foreign policy,  made it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

The freedom with which Sri Lanka’s Media denigrates Sinhala Buddhists
Shenali D Waduge
The freedom with which Sri Lanka’s Media denigrates Sinhala Buddhists §  There are accusations that there is no media freedom in Sri Lanka. §  There are accusations that the majority are discriminating the minorities in Sri Lanka. §  There are accusations that the minorities are unable to voice their views in Sri Lanka.  The following headlines are for readers to decide if this is the freedom that is claimed to be denied.  The below specimen samples are just but a handful of hundreds of other online and even print name calling.  Buddhist monks have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

Buddhists, victims of HATE SPEECH and Media manipulation
Shenali Waduge
They say you cannot fool the people all of the time and the recent announcement by a Minister who thinks he is doing a favour to those he closely associates with is like a blessing in disguise for the real victims of hate speech and the likelihood that it is going to boomerang on the very authors of the proposed hate speech legislation is something they have not yet taken into consideration. Almost 50 years ago the Press Commission Report of 1964 revealed some startling truths on the conduct of the Press and its manipulative activities, which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka
 Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne Australia
UNOG-OHCHR The Chairman, Dear Sir/Madam Your mandated inquiry into alleged Human Rights Violations is for the period year 2002 to May 19th 2009. You have exceeded your authority by extending this period 15th of 2011, obviously your intention is to pry into internal affairs of Sri Lanka administration. It has been crystal clear since the conclusion of the brutal conflict in Sri Lanka all UN affiliated organizations have been parroting the concocted allegations against Sri Lanka word to word as they appear on the Tamilnet online forum!  Your obstinate decision without paying attention to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

MH17 - We know with 99% certainty who shot down MH17
SAKER
Though we don-t have all the answers (yet), there is already a great deal of evidence out there about what happened (and did not happen) to MH17. Martin John sent me this very well-made summary of what is known at this time and I hope that you will find this synthesis interesting. A big thank you to Martin John for this very well-made video!... -Full Story-
(vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk - 15/08/14)

THE ROVING EYE-Vanishing point
By Pepe Escobar
First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by "Putin-s missile" - as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle. Where-s Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again.... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 15/08/14)

In response to the news bulletin of the 12th Augest 2014 under the caption "Buddhist extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka"
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne
In response to the news bulletin of the 12th Augest 2014 under the caption "Buddhist extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka" I posted the following. http://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-buddhists-up-in-arms-over-papal-visit/71654 If the Holy See has been invited by the Government I don’t think non-Catholics have any objections to that. Buddhists are tolerant; they have been co-existing with all religious denominations in Peace and Harmony for many many years. Since of late it is becoming obvious that the minority religious groups have started to misappropriate the goodwill that existed between these two groups by capitalizing on the wrath that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගේ දෙවන කෙටි කතා සංග්‍රහය ජොනතන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය ඇතුළු තවත් කෙටි කතා
මංජුල වෙඩිවර්ධන ඇන්සි ප්රංවශය.
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගේ දෙවන කෙටි කතා සංග්‍රහය  ජොනතන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය ඇතුළු තවත් කෙටි කතා ගොඩගේ ප්‍රකාශකයන්   විසින්  මුද්‍රණද්වාරයෙන් එළි දක්වා තිබේ. මෙම කෙටි කතා සංග්‍රහය පෙරවදනක් සපයන මංජුල වෙඩිවර්ධන  මෙසේ අදහස් දක්වයි. .   රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග නම් වන දේශසීමා බිඳහෙලන චෙකොෆියානු සාහිත්යශකරුවා.  ස්වකීය  ෆ්රොවයිඩියානු සමාජ විශ්ලේෂණයන් යළි වරක් සාහිත්ය  සමාජය හමුවේ විනිෂ්චය පිණිස තබා ඇත.  පරිවර්ථනීය කෘතියක ධ්වනි නැංවෙන නාමයක් පෙරටුකොටගෙන ය.  « ජොනතන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය » කැටුවැවිත් සිංහලෙන් ජීවිතය ලිහා පහදන වෛද්යවරයා සිය වෘත්තියේ සිමා මායිම් පුළුල් වීමට සමාන්තරව සාහිත්යල භාවිතයද විස්තාරණය කර පෙන්වයි. එනයින් ගත් විට ඔහු සිය සාහිත්ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

What is love; “You just have to wait, love does not come easy.”
Dr Hector Perera             London
According to theoretical physicist and science writer, Jim Al-Khalili, ‘Love is chemistry’. Then he says, biologically, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent. We talk about love being blind or unconditional, in the sense that we have no control over it. But then, that is not so surprising since love is basically chemistry. While lust is a temporary passionate sexual desire involving the increased release of chemicals such as testosterone and oestrogen, in true love, or attachment and bonding, the brain can release a whole set of chemicals: pheromones,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

INVESTIGATE THE JVP DURING THE 1987 - 1992 PERIOD
Nalin de Silva Courtesy The Daily News
 The UNP, TNA, JVP and some other political parties are propagating various stories on Paranagama Commission that has been appointed to investigate into what happened during the humanitarian operations, especially with regard to those who disappeared and losses of property. The official terms of reference of the Commission may not be the same as above but essentially it has to look into the disappearances of individuals and property losses.  What is interesting is that there are not many complaints from Mannar area where Bishop Rayappu Joseph claims that there was a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

Life Abroad - Part 91 ON HIS BIKE ALL THE WAY TO UK!
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Arthur L Alvis in his youth reached his 'dreamed land' (England) in 1954 converting his young and mighty calf muscle power into the pedals of a push (Raleigh) bicycle, which he used to boast about as energy generated out of 'Kiri Kos' (Jack curry) and 'Kurumba Londha' (Kernel of young coconuts)! Using his 2 HP calf muscle power, it took him over eighteen months to cross over fourteen man made frontiers from Colombo before he could reach England. It was a challenge and a dream he had to fulfill which became a fixation in his mind... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/14)

CNN Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix
Dr.David Duke
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(https:/youtube.com/ - 15/08/14)

In America, corporate’s are THE Government
Shenali D Waduge
It would be a shock to most Americans when eventually 300million people realize that they have been and are being fooled and manipulated. If anyone were to say “the US Government is run by Wall Street, mega corporations, their lobbyists and the super-rich” they are certainly not far from the truth. The knowledge of this should drive home why countries are being invaded and companies end up gaining the contracts while placing their own American soldiers in harms way. It should also make people begin to realize why freedom of speech, monitoring and surveillance systems through... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/14)

රාජිත සේනාරත්නගේ කෝටි සීයේ මාළු ලෑල්ල
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
විමල් වීරවංශ ඇමති වරයාගේ වෙබ් අඩවියට අනුව රාජිත, වාසු, ඩිලාන්, එස් බී, රාවුෆ් හා බතියුතීන් යන හය දෙනා විසින් බොදු බල සේනා බලවේගයට විරුද්ධව ක්‍රියා කිරීම සඳහා කැබිනට් උප කමිටුවක් පිහිටු වීමට යන බව එලි විය. කැබිනට් එකේ අගමැති ද ඇතුළු නොයෙක් ආකාරයේ තක තිරුවන් සිටිනා බව අපි දනිමු. නමුත් මෙසේ බොදු බල සේනාවට එරෙහිව කැබිනට් හතුරන් හය දෙනෙක් වෙනම කොටසක් වශයෙන් ක්‍රියාකිරීමට තීරණය කිරීමත් ඒ සඳහා ඉඩදී ජනාධිපති නිහඬව සිටීමත් කොසොල් රජතුමාගේ සීන දාසැය මතක් කර දේ. එවැනි ක්‍රියාවක් නැවැත්වීමට හැකියාවක් ජනාධිපතිට නැද්ද? එසේ නැත්නම් එය ජනාධිපති විසින් බළලුන් ලවා කොස් ඇට බා ගැනීමට කරන උත්සාහයක්ද?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/14)

නියගය මහා සම්පතක් කර ගනිමු.
චන්දුසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
නියගය ජනතාවට මහා පීඩනයක් ගෙනදෙන බව අපි දනිමු. මේ පීඩනයට මුහුණ දීම‌ට මෙරට ජනතාවට වසරකට වරක් හෝ දෙවසරකට වරක් අනිවාරයෙන්ම සිදුවේ. මේ සිදුවීම නියගය බල පවත්වන ඒ ඒ පලාතරවල ජනතාව මත මහා පීඩනයක් ඇති කරන අතර, ඒ සමගම, රජය ඒ ඒ ජනතාවට සහන සැලසීමේ කටයුතු වල නියලේ. ඒ සමගම විපක්ෂය ජනතාවට, මේ පත්ව සිටින අර්බූදයෙන් ගලවා ගැනීමේ කටයුතුවල නියෙලෙනවා වෙනුවට, රජයට නියගයේ වරදද පවරමින් සිටී. නියගය යනු යලි නියගයක් සෑහෙන කාලයකට රටට උදා නොවීමට කටයුතු කල හැකි මහගු අවස්ථාවකි. මේ අවස්ථාවේදී රජය කල යුතු වන්නේ, සිය රාජ්ය බලය යොදා, වෙනත් ව්යාපෘතිවල ඇති මුදල් යොදා හෝ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/14)

World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference - Resolution to establish a Standing Committee on Animal Welfare
Senaka Weeraratna  (Hony. Secretary,German Dharmaduta Society)
The 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists will be held in Baoji, China from October 15 - 19, 2014. The German Dharmaduta Society being a Regional Centre will be proposing a Resolution to establish a Standing Committee on Animal Welfare at this Conference. The draft of the Resolution is attached for your information. The support of the other Regional Centres of the WFB is vital for the successful passage of this Resolution. Senaka Weeraratna (Hony. Secretary, German Dharmaduta Society) The 27th General Conference of the World... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/14)

Boeing-777 was downed by Ukrainian MiG-29, Romanian expert says
Lyuba Lulko Pravda.Ru
Thus, the Malaysian Boeing MH-17, according to the Romanian expert, was shot down from a gun of a MiG-29 aircraft, rather than a missile. Even air-to-air missiles, the expert says, R-60, for example, have a proximity fuse. In this case, fragments would fly 360 degrees around and strike the entire fuselage of the aircraft, not just the cockpit. In addition, air-to-air missiles are equipped with heat seekers that target the most heated part of the aircraft, i.e. the engines. The crashed Boeing had the cockpit destroyed. The death of the crew and the depressurization of the... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 14/08/14)

Questions for Navi Pillai’s unnamed International Probe Team and facts for intelligent mind searching, before coming to conclusions.
By Charles.S.Perera
 If they have no answers or if the answer is “no” to most of the questions, the team and the three advisors should resign if they have any self-respect, as there cannot be a probe against Sri Lanka Armed Forces if evidence presented to them are beyond reasonable doubt.    To be accused for a crime the crime should be pre-meditated , deliberate and intended.  The Sri Lanka Armed Forces were carrying out a “war” against terrorists who were not fighting according to  any convention, who had no human considerations. It was a terrorist war.  In such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/14)

Some facts on Poaching by Tamil Nadu & Katchchativu for India and Sri Lanka to solve
Shenali D Waduge
When thousands of boats with GPS monitoring systems violate the International Maritime Border Line that divides Sri Lanka and India and Tamil Nadu crafts travel as far as Trincomalee and pilfer fish that belong to Sri Lanka’s fishermen where is the problem? Is the problem the arrest of Indian fishermen or the violation of internationally demarcated territorial waters and the poaching of fish? How have the arrest of Indian fishermen, the confiscation of their boats taken over the discussion focus when it is the violation of thousands of Indian shipping vessels looting fish and depriving the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/14)

YMMA DELEGATION MEETS PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR
 I WAS IN ISRAELI JAIL FOR 11 YEARS AND MASTERED THE HEBREW LANGUAGE - Palestinian AmbassadorOn 12th August, 2014 a 5-Member Delegation from the National Council of YMMAs of Sri Lanka met the Palestinian Ambassador His Excellency Zuhair M.H. Dar Zeid at his Embassy. The Ambassador profusely thanked the people of Sri Lanka for the love displayed towards the Palestinians. The gifts and show of support, in spite of their difficulties, is bringing tears to his eyes. He further said that he too was in the Israeli prisons for no fault of his for nearly 11 years. During this period, he... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/08/14)

Indian Muslims must stand up to radical ideologies
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has urged the likes of Syed Imam Bukhari and Zakir Naik to go to Iraq and preach peace to ISIS. Sri Sri is not only prodding them to take the responsibility of mitigating the sufferings in Iraq but also underlining that their brand of Islam runs the risk of encouraging ISIS-type of fanaticism in India.... -Full Story- (Deccan Herald - 13/08/14)

Obama’s war against Russia backfires
US President Barack Obama‘s war against Russia isn’t only causing Russia to cooperate more strongly with the other BRIC countries to break the US dollar’s reign as the global reserve currency, but it’s also causing Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s job-approval rating in Russia to soar, and the confidence that the Russian people have in their own Government to soar likewise.... -Full Story- (pakalertpress.com - 13/08/14)

US, NATO war crimes against thousands of Afghan civilians ignored - Amnesty
Apparent war crimes committed by US and NATO troops in Afghanistan have gone uninvestigated, leaving the families of thousands of the victims without justice, Amnesty International said in a new report. “Thousands of Afghans have been killed or injured by US forces since the invasion, but the victims and their families have little chance of redress. The US military justice system almost always fails to hold its soldiers accountable for unlawful killings and other abuses,” said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director.... -Full Story- (rt.com - 12/08/14)

SOUTH ASIA’S FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY: A LOOK AT MODERN SRI LANKA WITH AMBASSADOR KARIYAWASAM
By Michael D. Mosettig  -Diplomatic Connections: September - October 2014
In a satellite photo of the Indian Ocean, the nation of Sri Lanka looks like a mere dot southeast of India. But to the extent that geography can be destiny, this nation of 21 million has a key position in international politics. More than two-thirds of the world’s petroleum pass through these waters, as does an increasing share of the Western world’s trade with a dynamic Asia. Sri Lanka is now the fastest growing economy in South Asia, but its path to recent prosperity has been anything but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/14)

Bob Parry: US Intelligence Believes Ukraine Behind MH17 Shoot Down
Noted investigative journalist Bob Parry, who broke the original Iran-Contra scandal and now runs the consortiumnews.com website, has reported that US intelligence officials now believe that it was the Ukrainian government, and not the pro-Russian rebels, who shot down the MH17 flight on July 17. Parry wrote: "Contrary to the Obama administration-s public claims blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, some U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appears Ukrainian government forces were to blame, according to a source briefed on... -Full Story- (larouchepac.com - 12/08/14)

Media Critiques-Malaysian press charges Ukraine government shot down MH 17
By Alex Lantier, OpEd News
An August 7 article in the New Straits Times, Malaysia-s flagship English-language newspaper, charged the US- and European-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev with shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in east Ukraine last month. Given the tightly controlled character of the Malaysian media, it appears that the accusation that Kiev shot down MH17 has the imprimatur of the Malaysian state.... -Full Story-
(axisoflogic.com - 12/08/14)

IS IT TIME FOR NEW UN CONVENTIONS OR A COMPLETELY NEW INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR THE 21 st CENTURY?
Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth
There is a dire need to revisit UN Conventions in the light of changing world conditions of the modern era. Be it refugees, humanitarian law, torture, friendly relations, human rights etc., the conditions of the modern world demand a revision of these Charters. There is a reason to take a dim view of the United Nations for the abject failings, which we are witnessing on a daily basis. Diplomacy has become a duplicitous activity suggesting an ominous meaning befitting the worst of interstate relations. The activities of foreign missions in Sri Lanka are beyond credulity and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/14)

බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ටැක්සි ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තයට තල්ලුවක් දෙයි
ජනක අලහප්පෙරුම ලන්ඩනයේ සිට
ලන්ඩනය, බර්මින්හැම් සහ මැන්චෙස්ටර් යන බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ප්‍රධානම නගර තුනක ටැක්සි 300ක් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අසිරිය විදහාපාන අලංකාර ඡායාරුප ප්‍රදර්ශනය කරමින් මෙරට සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය නගාසිටුවීමට ඉදිරිපත් වී තිබේ. ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යංශයේ මග පෙන්වීම යටතේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන කාර්යාංශය මෙහෙයවීමෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය ලොව පුරා ප්‍රචලිත කිරීමේ ප්‍රචාරණ ක්‍රියාවලියේ මුල් පියවරක් ලෙස බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය, ප්‍රංශය, ජර්මනිය, ජපානය සහ කොරියාව යන රටවල සංචාරකයින් ආකර්ෂණය කර ගැනීමට ගත් පියවරක බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය ඉලක්ක කරමින් ගෙන යන ප්‍රචාරක කටයුත්තේ එක් අංගයක් ලෙස මෙය නම් කල හැකිය. මෙමගින් එංගලන්තයේ අනෙකුත් ප්‍රධාන නගරද ආවරණය වන පරිදි ලන්ඩනය, බර්මින්හැම් සහ මැන්චෙස්ටර් යන නගර මුල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/14)

Time to stop foreign diplomatic corps involvement in local politics
S. Akurugoda
 According to media reports, a tense situation prevailed at a meeting organized by a NGO named, “Right to Life Human Rights Centre” involving families of disappeared persons from the North and representatives from US, France, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland missions in Colombo, when, another NGO, the “Dead and Missing Person's Parents Front", had sought access to the meeting, demanding that their grievances be heard too. Later the US, France, Germany, Britain and Switzerland issued statements condemning the incident and demanding the government to enforce the rule of law. The external affairs ministry, in response,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/14)

Investigation against Sri Lanka: UNHRC & Navi Pillay cunningly exceeding mandate
Eric Perera Australia
A Letter of Protest to the OISL
Dear Sirs/madam, I am writing to record my protest against the continuing efforts of UNHCR (aka Navi Pallai ) at the behest of USA UK EU and selected others, making a mockery of the once respected body called the United Nations and its associated organisation. Hounding Sri Lanka without a strand of Factual Evidence on alleged War Crimes, after Sri Lanka restored peace and prosperity to its people by militarily defeating the most ruthless Terrorist Organisation (FBI Terminology) the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). Is to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/14)

Indian Buddhist leader Dr. B. R. Ambedkar deserves to be honored with a commemorative Postage Stamp in Sri Lanka
By Senaka Weeraratna
The article appended below was first published in the Lankaweb, Asian Tribune and Daily News in January 2012. It has been re-published in the Ambedkar Times based in USA on August 06, 2014.  Though the Indian political scene has changed dramatically both nationally and particularly in Uttar Pradesh, the main assertion of the article that Dr.  Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, be given due recognition In Sri Lanka for the enormous contribution he has made for the revival of Buddhism in India following the footsteps of Anagarika Dharmapala,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/14)

ගී සිළුමිණ - Gee Silumina
Âsiri Bandara
සිංහල ගී කෙත සැරසූ ඔබ අප රසවිඳි අපූර්වතම හරවත් ගී සමුච්ඡයක රසය සහ ගීතයේ කතාව පිළිබඳව විවරණයක් සමඟින් ඔබට එම ගී තව තවත් සමීප කර වන්නට අපි ගන්න පුංචි උත්සාහයක් තමයි ගී සිළුමිණ.    මේ සඳහා දායක වන්නේ හෙළ ගී කෙත පෝෂණය කරන්නට තම නිර්මාන දායකත්වය නිර්ලෝභීව පුදන ගේය පද රචක සහ කාව්‍යය රචක ලන්ඩන් විහාර වාසී පූජ්‍යය කෝන්වැවේ අරියරතන ස්වාමින් වහන්සේ.    මුල්ම ගීය උතුම් මව් පදවිය වෙනුවෙන් අප වෙන් කළා. මෙය රස විඳ කරුණාකර ඔබේ අදහස් අපට දන්වන්න. කරුණාකර මුහුණු පොතේ අපේ පිටුවට පිවිසෙන්න ඒ වගේම යාළුවන් අතරේ බෙදා හරින්න අමතක කරන්න එපා. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/14)

Sri Lankan Film With You, Without You Pulled Out of Chennai Theatres
Indo-Asian News Service
Critically acclaimed Sri Lankan film With You, Without You by filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage was pulled out from theatres here on Saturday following protests and threats from Tamil fringe groups. The film released in select cities in the country via PVR Director-s Rare Friday.... -Full Story-
(movies.ndtv.com - 11/08/14)

‘Hate, censorship are political tools of suppression’
Sudhish Kamath
Interview with Sri Lankan auteur Prasanna Vithanage on his film With You, Without You Just last week, 52-year-old Sri Lankan auteur Prasanna Vithanage was excited about his critically acclaimed romance drama With You, Without You finding a nationwide release in India through PVR’s banner for indie films, Director’s Rare... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 11/08/14)

“Support MH17 Truth”: OSCE Monitors Identify “Shrapnel and Machine Gun-Like Holes” indicating Shelling. No Evidence of a Missile Attack. Shot Down by a Military Aircraft?

It is worth noting that the initial statements by OSCE observers (July 31) broadly confirm the findings of Peter Haisenko:The monitoring OSCE team has not found evidence of a missile fired from the ground as conveyed by official White House statements. As we recall, the US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power stated –pointing a finger at Russia– that the Malaysian MH17 plane was “likely downed by a surface-to-air missile operated from a separatist-held location”... -Full Story- (pakalertpress.com - 11/08/14)

Vladimir Putin Exposes the ‘New World Order’
pakalertpress.com
I was able to watch this through, and it was worth it to see some of the faces of the people in the audience, most notably Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton (I think), and best of all Senator Joseph Lieberman. Putin told the whole world what has been going on, and I doubt he would have said anything if they didn’t have the situation well under control.... -Full Story-
(pakalertpress.com - 11/08/14)

Investigation against Sri Lanka: UNHRC & Navi Pillay cunningly exceeding mandate
Shenali D Waduge
What started out as the world’s indignation against Sri Lanka for the events that took place during the last three months of the war has changed leaps and bounds with each successive resolution being passed by same camps of nation. With the obvious lack of any credible proof to nail Sri Lanka the next option has been to include items that could easily have been dealt with at the Universal Periodic Review. The Resolutions passed since 2009 have had nothing to do with the war, the last phase of the war or even cared about the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/14)

Book 'Expressions of Christianity With a focus on India'
Expressions of Christianity with a Focus on India by Parameswaran
Author: Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan Trust (Chennai, India) Publisher: Chennai : Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan Trust, [2007] Edition/Format:  Book : English ............................................................. http://www.worldcat.org/title/expressions-of-christianity-with-a-focus-on-india/oclc/232358307 Our Price: $33.95 USD Availability: Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business Days ProductID: 23599 - Paperback - 600 Pages (Year: 2007) Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan Trust /Suruchi ~ ISBN: 8189248847 Indiaclub.com Description of Book Though claiming to act from and for “the love of Jesus,” Christianity has brought suffering and destruction to individuals, communities and cultures... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/14)

Repression of Buddhism in Sri Lanka by the Portuguese (1505 - 1658)
By Senaka Weeraratna (June 12, 2005)
This essay is based on research and examination of the writings of eminent historians and commentators, including both Portuguese and Sri Lankan, and Sinhalese historical chronicles such as the C&363;lavamsa and R&257;j&257;valiya.... -Full Story- (vgweb.org - 10/08/14)

Repression of Buddhism in Sri Lanka by the Portuguese (1505 - 1658)
By Senaka Weeraratna (June 12, 2005)
This essay is based on research and examination of the writings of eminent historians and commentators, including both Portuguese and Sri Lankan, and Sinhalese historical chronicles such as the C&363;lavamsa and R&257;j&257;valiya.... -Full Story- (vgweb.org - 10/08/14)

Malaysian press charges Ukraine government shot down MH 17
By Alex Lantier
A Thursday article in the New Straits Times, Malaysia-s flagship English-language newspaper, charged the US- and European-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev with shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in east Ukraine last month. Given the tightly controlled character of the Malaysian media, it appears that the accusation that Kiev shot down MH17 has the imprimatur of the Malaysian state.... -Full Story-
(opednews.com - 10/08/14)

Ron Paul: US "likely hiding truth" on downed Malaysian Flight MH17
RT
Former Congressman Ron Paul said the US knows ‘more than it is telling’ about the Malaysian aircraft that crashed in eastern Ukraine last month, killing 298 people on board and seriously damaging US-Russian relations in the process. In an effort to inject some balance of opinion, not to mention pure sanity, into the ongoing debate over what happened to Malaysian Flight MH17, Ron Paul is convinced the US government is withholding information on the catastrophe.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 10/08/14)

Need for Sri Lanka to realign to the Right Livelihood in Buddhism
Shenali D Waduge
Buddhism has been the chosen religion by Sri Lanka’s rulers since Buddhism was first brought to Sri Lanka by royal invitation during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. Over 180 Sinhala Buddhist kings led Sri Lanka following the precepts of Buddhism and the dasa raja dharma. Natives too including Buddhists and non-Buddhists followed the precepts of Buddhism. There is little anyone can argue against a philosophy/religion that asks its followers to be compassionate human beings. There is little anyone can object to when Buddha asks not to cause harm to all living beings. The moral restraints enshrined... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/14)

UN FLOUTS PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE - Sri Lankan President
Courtesy The Daily News
'Leads to complete loss of faith and trust in international system of justice'
'Development program founded on principles of sustainable development'
We are witnessing today far too many instances of the deliberate, even arrogant violation of fundamental principle of justice and the rule of law by some agencies within and outside the United Nations. This situation also can be seen to impact on matters relating to environment and sustainable development, especially in the areas of climate change and sustainable use of natural resources, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President made this observation while... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/14)

Indo-Lanka ties and TN buffoonery
Janaka Perera
 Learning from the experience of the furor over the allegedly controversial Jayalalitha-Modi article in the Sri Lanka Defence Ministry website Sri Lankans need to have broader perspective of the unenviable position in which successive Indian central governments have been placed vis-à-vis Tamil Nadu.  Today Delhi’s dependence on TN may be far less compared to the way the former Congress Government became a hostage of Tamil Nadu racists over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. Nevertheless the complexity of Indian politics is such that understanding the situation is no easy task for the outsider.  Since the time the Tigers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

Future of Indo-Lanka Ties depends on balancing the not-so-friendly past and troublesome players
Shenali D Waduge
The renewed ties between India and Sri Lanka while being welcomed cannot exclude or overlook some harsh realities. At the background of these realities are some painful facts yet the common factors if given due deliberation should ideally place Indo-Lanka talks on the proper pedestal important enough to not only establish clear ground rules but demarcate clearly where lines are to be drawn. While at the forefront of the discussion it must be reiterated that the balkanization of India is not a matter that India can ignore. This balkanization is part and parcel of the imperial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

NATO is desperate for war
By Pepe Escobar
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost. Let-s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear-s "threat": "When you see the build-up of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that-s being put along that border,... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 08/08/14)

INDIAN WINDS OF CHANGE blowing softly across SAARC
H. L. D. Mahindapala
After the UNHRC passed resolution A/HRC/25/1 in March 2014, insisting on a UN investigation confined ONLY to the last five months of the 33-year-old war - a bizarre time-frame to evaluate any war in recorded history - the anti-Sri Lankan lobby were cock-a-hoop celebrating the upper hand gained by the West to dictate its terms and conditions to Sri Lanka. With this country specific resolution steered by America, the West concluded arrogantly that they had finally pushed Sri Lanka into a tight corner with hardly any room to manoeuvre. NGOs too joined the Western chorus,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

In Memory of one of the finest soldiers of Mother Lanka -Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa
Ranjith Soysa
 “When you are inspired by some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds.. Your mind transcends limitations. “ Patanjali  Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa ‘s life was snatched away on 8th August 1992 leaving ever grateful millions of Sri Lankas in tears. He was a gentle soldier who led his team tactfully and bravely infusing confidence and inspiration to all who came into contact with him. The strategy and tactics he employed in the battlefield are legendary in that maximum results were achieved with the minimum use of resources causing least dislocation to the civilians.  The recapture... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

May he be remembered with Dignity!
To the attention of
The Honorable President of Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,
Honorable Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,
Dear Sirs, These are the opening words of a memorial article written on this gallant soldier as appeared in a daily newspaper on his death anniversary 7th of August 2014 in Sri Lanka. “A hero is a great warrior or man of noble qualities and great achievements. Lieutenant General Denzil Lakshman Kobbekaduwa was both of these. He was beloved by his men, respected by his colleagues and loved by the people. Unfortunately, the powers that be, not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

Unintended consequences: Sanctions on Russia hurt US dollar dominance
RT
The US-led sanctions against Russia may have backfired on the US because it threatens to “hasten a move away from the dollar that’s been stirring since the global financial crisis [in 2008],” Rachel Evans at Bloomberg wrote. In an unexpected turn of events, Hong Kong’s central bank has bought more than $9.5 billion since the start of July “to prevent its currency from rallying as the sanctions stoked speculation of an influx of Russian cash,” she noted.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 08/08/14)

Putin says world must remember lessons of past wars
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has condemned political ambitions that threatened peace in Europe during the First World War, saying the international community should learn the lesson from the deadly conflict.... -Full Story- (pakalertpress.com - 08/08/14)

Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions
Five-year accord will see Russia help Iran organise oil sales, but government denies it has violated international obligations Vladimir Putin has agreed a $20bn (£11.8bn) trade deal with Iran that will see Russia sidestep Western sanctions on its energy sector.... -Full Story- (pakalertpress.com - 08/08/14)

DR CHRIS NONIS WITH NOBEL LAUREATE AMARTYA SEN
MEDIA RELEASE -Sri Lanka High Commission London
Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his work in welfare economics and  has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indices of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries. Dr Chris Nonis and Professor Amartya Sen also both sit on the International Advisory Council of Asia House, a leading centre for expertise on Asia in London.    ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

APOLOGIZE, ON RULE OF LAW ISSUE
Courtesy The Daily News
Sri Lanka ranks first in South Asia in the Rule of Law Index according to the World Justice Project (WJP) report. The compilation was released recently under patronage of the WJP which has among its most distinguished elders in charge, former US President Jimmy Carter, Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, and former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright. If these worthies in effect think that there is superior Rule of Law in this country by contrast to India or Pakistan, then where is the much touted Rule of Law problem that we are supposed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

The EU must support food sectors affected by Russian trade ban
By Richard Halleron
Let’s be clear about this: the European Union helped cause the current outbreak of ‘trade embargo’ related hostilities between Russia and the ‘West’, given its enthusiasm to sign a trade deal with the former administration in Ukraine 12 months ago. And if the EU is part of the problem, then it must be part of the solution.... -Full Story-
(agriland.ie - 08/08/14)

Moscow’s food ban could cost EU $16bn, spark crisis in Europe
... -Full Story- (rt.com - 08/08/14)

Will Putin Realize That Russia Holds The Cards?
Paul Craig Roberts
... -Full Story-
(pakalertpress.com - 08/08/14)

UNCOMMON CANDIDATE FOR TWENTIES
Nalin de Silva Courtesy The Daily News
 The single issue common candidate for the Presidential Elections in 2014 was a non issue from the very beginning. What is not realised by the pundits is that an executive president on his/her own cannot change the constitution. It is the Legislature and not the executive president that possesses the mechanism to change the constitution. However much the executive president may be powerful, it is the Legislature that can change the constitution including abolition of executive presidency.  The opposition was seeking a so called common candidate to abolish the executive presidency as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/14)

A response to K.Vigneswaran - "Full implementation of 13 - A"
By Neville Ladduwahetty
THE ISLAND - August 6, 2014  http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=107986 August 5, 2014, 7:25 pm Dr. K. Vigneswaran’s (KV) response (The Island, July 28, 2014) to my article of June 9, 2014 titled "India’s call for full implementation of 13-A" has been given a different title: "Full implementation of 13-A". The difference between them says it all. My article was addressed specifically to India, and was intended to bring to the attention of the new administration of India under Prime Minister Modi, the factual situation regarding 13-A. On the other hand, KV has indulged in a comparative presentation of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/14)

Dr. Ananda Guruge – His Passing Away is a loss to our Nation of an Exceptional Patriot and An Outstanding Buddhist Scholar.
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
HIS CONVOCATION ADDRESS Concluding his exceptional Convocation Address at the University of Ruhuna on October 25, 2004, the late Dr. Ananda Guruge said “Born in a family hailing from the border of Agaliya and Akuretiya in rural Baddegama, I was blessed with an education which I received from my parents, my teachers in my schools and University and supplemented diligently with my lifelong devotion to learning, I am proud to say, “I am entirely made in Sri Lanka.” In a career of over half a century, I have achieved much in several fields of activity. I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/14)

Life Abroad - Part 90 -'Life abroad' ends up in a Police Cell!
Dr. Tilak Fernando
Today's column is dedicated to three helpless Sri Lankan workers who are stranded and marooned in a foreign land where despite voluntary attempts to rescue them have not been successful up to the time of this column goes to print. The foreign exchange revenue remitted to the country by Sri Lankan workers from foreign countries at present is considered as 'gold dust, as such transmittals are making a good impact to boost the Sri Lankan economy, which is accepted publicly, being a new trend and a novel commodity which has added to other forms... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/14)

DIPLOMATS, STAY CLEAR OF NGO HATE
Courtesy The Daily News
Our front page story today reproduces an External Affairs Ministry Press Release which states that personnel in foreign diplomatic missions should be mindful of local sensitivities when participating in certain types of events. This is certainly true -- and in some cases impinges on what can loosely be called diplomatic license. Diplomatic missions by virtue of their existence alone are not entitled to intervene in anything and everything that happens in a host country. There is no freedom of the wild ass to do that! This is particularly true when there are issues that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/14)

Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets Shot Down Malaysian Airlines MH17. It was Not a ‘Buk’ Surface to Air Missile
By Eric Zuesse Global Research, August 04, 2014
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(globalresearch.ca - 07/08/14)

You wanna be Uncle Sam-s bitch? Pay the price!
There is a basic rule which every Russian kid learns in school, in street fights, in the military or elsewhere: never promise and never threaten - just act. Unlike western politicians who spent months threatening sanctions, the all the Russians did was to say, rather vaguely, that they reserve the right to reply. And then, BANG!, this wide and far-reaching embargo which, unlike the western sanctions, will have a major impact on the West, but even much more so on Russia (more about that in an instant). This "no words & only action" tactic is designed to maximize deterrence of... -Full Story- (vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk - 07/08/14)

Russian oil giant gives a glimpse of the end of the petro-dollar with Yuan bond
... -Full Story- (examiner.com - 07/08/14)

Wall Street finishes in the red as Russia retaliates; 21st Century Fox climbs
... -Full Story- (proactiveinvestors.com - 07/08/14)

Russia retaliates against sanctions with ban on Western food imports
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Russia imposes sanctions on Australian beef, dairy, fruit and vegetables
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Ukraine crisis threatens EU recovery, says ECB
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Love letter.
By Charles.S.Perera
 A letter is a written message to a person or other.  It could be an indignant message  or a dignified message.  Love is an adjective which expresses great sentiment of affection. It could mean attachment to a person or could  as well mean sexual intercourse-to make love.  It also has more human connotations such as  liking some one, devotion  to a mother or a teacher or  protection as for a child or a wife.  Spiritually it means loving kindness- a love which is generous  without expecting or demanding any thing in return.  A love letter is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/14)

India's fishermen in Sri Lanka –Searches for practical solutions
By Wendell W Solomons
An Indian newspaper published a report by P K Balachandran. The veteran reporter was discussing in the “New Indian Express” of August 2nd an article placed at a Sri Lankan government website. He found the article ridiculed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. By association this ridicule extended northward to Indian’s PM N. Modi.  The article had been authored by well-known Sri Lankan journalist Shenali Waduge but its intent had been skewed by a cartoon. The illustration carried the article away in a controversial and small-minded direction. The cartoon by a light-hearted artist may not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/14)

Storm in a Tea cup – India looks ridiculous in its over-the-top reaction to an article by a Sri Lankan writer
By Supun Mudalige
In today’s highly monitored international scene a country, big or small, is judged by the way it conducts itself. To make a mountain out of a molehill or create a storm in a tea cup i.e. getting very angry orworried about something that is not really that important would reveal a state of mind that reflects poorly either on the individual or even a Government of a country.  The Government of India is now unfortunately placed in such a situation, partly due to circumstances beyond its control.   India will look back and regret in hindsight for the manner in which a very unimportant matter has been handled and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/14)

VISIT TO THE ISLAND OF PARADISE – SRILANKA
By Kanthar P Balanathan, Melbourne
I and my wife decided to visit SriLanka (SL) after 31+ years as the situation in SL improved tremendously under the leadership of THE STATESMAN HE Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of SriLanka. We flew on the 7th July 2014 to SL, arrived on the 8th July at Colombo airport. We were astonished to see the airport development which is of western standard. As I walked to the immigration, I stood in the queue, an officer courteously asked me to go to another free counter, which had two passengers. The immigration officer was quite pleasant,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/14)

Lanka BPO Academy Students Graduate at BMICH
Press Release - Lanka BPO Academy
 Lanka BPO Academy recently conducted its Annual Awarding Ceremony to felicitate its graduating students. The event held at BMICH, where the Chief Guest was Dr Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education. Lanka BPO Academy is an entity dedicated to develop human capital in Sri Lanka, especially focusing on the outsourcing sector. It has collaborated with many international and local partners to deliver various training programs of global standards, to enhance skill levels of individuals and organizations. At the Ceremony, students finishing up programs in Finance & Accounting, Marketing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/14)

MH17 Analysis
100 years ago there was a shooting in Sarajevo. Historians credit this act of violence as being the trigger event for the First World War. It is possible future historians will look back at the shootdown of MH17 as the trigger event for the Last World War.... -Full Story- (https:/docs.google.com/ - 06/08/14)

Islamic Genocide of Buddhists
(This is direct translation of former Burmese Immigration Officer Maung Maung’s article.)
If you are one of those activists who are now wildly hollering on the World Wide Web for the human rights of so-called Rohingyas without really knowing the facts I would like to ask you to take your Rohingyas into your homes.... -Full Story-
(hlaoo1980.blogspot.co.uk - 06/08/14)

Times of Israel Article: “When Genocide is Permissible” – Just a Little Too Honest
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Russia Prepares Large-Scale Invasion: “Battle-ready Force of Infantry, Armor, Artillery, and Air Defense
A massive buildup on the Ukrainian border in the last 48 hours has seen Russia double its troop levels with 17 additional battalions and has left Western leaders trying to figure out what President Vladimir Putin is planning to do next.... -Full Story- (pakalertpress.com - 06/08/14)

Evidence Conclusive: Ukraine Military Shot Down MH17 In False Flag Operation
by Michael Thomas
US And Ukraine Fabricated Evidence To Blame Russia And The Rebels There is now a growing body of irrefutable evidence which points directly to the MH17 shoot down being a classic false flag operation. Whereas the Ukraine government and military executed this cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians, most likely under the direct supervision of the CIA, the US and UK governments have been implementing the non-stop coverup and false flag operation.... -Full Story-
(storyleak.com - 06/08/14)

Russia Is Ready For War
Christopher Granger
Once again Russian President Vladimir Putin has increased his forces of ground troops to 20,000. Which makes up to around 17 battalions and along with the increase of men there are now 14 surface-to-air missile units. There is now some 30 artillery batteries also along the border between Russia and the Ukraine. The increase in Russia-s military along the border came with the continued defeats of the rebel separatists that have been fighting the Ukrainian government for the last four months. It is believed that if the rebels fall then Russia will cross the border to continue the... -Full Story-
(examiner.com - 06/08/14)

Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets Shot Down Malaysian Airlines MH17. It was Not a ‘Buk’ Surface to Air Missile
By Eric Zuesse
“Contrary to the Obama administration’s public claims blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, some U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appears Ukrainian government forces were to blame, according to a source briefed on these findings. This judgment — at odds with what President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have expressed publicly — is based largely on the absence of U.S. government evidence that Russia supplied the rebels with a Buk anti-aircraft missile system that... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 06/08/14)

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE COMMON CANDIDATE?
 BY GOMIN DAYASRI
 An election result divulges the northern mind more than a thousand words spoken. The North voted overwhelmingly for the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army as against the Commander-in –Chief at the last Presidential Election-both war heroes disliked in the North. That indicates the north will swing for ‘anybody but Mahinda Rajapakse’- thrust TNA desire.  At the 2013 Provincial Council election 65% of the 719477 registered voters puffed TNA to a sprawling vote of 78.8% of the total polled - aggregating to 353595 votes as against 82838 (18.3%) for the Government. A handy majority of 270659... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/14)

Love and Sex of Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers
C. Wijeyawickrema
Much ado about nothing!
  Villagers call it kenda kanda karagena natanavaa or making a fart a sound of a gun-shot. Could it be possible that Jayalalitha (JL) got so upset when a cartoon suggested that she was thinking of making a love to Narendra Modi? Yes, the title of the letter said writing love letters, but is she not over 65 yrs old not to get so upset about the word love or a picture of a heart, an organ pumping blood? When Mervin Silva an old man married to a Muslim woman wanted to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/14)

India & Tamil Nadu’s reaction to an article speaks volumes
THUSHARA AMARAWEERA SRI LANKA
Cartoons about world leaders and politicians are many. Articles against world leaders and politicians are many. Have world leaders and politicians ever reacted like India and Tamil Nadu politicians are currently doing? Most certainly not. It should be an embarrassment to the entirety of India to have behaved in such a manner and it is not the Sri Lankan Government that should be apologizing it is India. Firstly, how many of those blowing hot and cold have actually read the article?  Having read the article, all that can be left to say is that it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/14)

MINDFULNESS: A SECULARIZED BUDDHIST PRACTICE IN THE WEST
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
 Mindfulness is a technique that is integral to the Teachings of the Buddha. It is the seventh element of the Noble Eightfold Path which encapsulates the principal teachings of the Buddha.Mindfulness or ‘sati’ is a whole-body-and-mind awareness of the present moment. It is awareness of body, feelings, thoughts and phenomena that affect the body and mind. It is the detached observation of what is happening within us and around us in the present moment. Being fully mindful means being fully attentive to everything as-it-is, not reacting to or generating thoughts on what one experiences at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/14)

‘Against Belief’: Mindfulness Meditation (satipatthana bhavana) as Empirical Method
Sugunasiri, Suwanda H.J
Establishing of Mindfulness (satipaññhàna ) is the methodology specifically developed by the Buddha towards Nibbàna. Taking the very small opening segment – Mindfulness of Breathing, of this Discourse, this paper explores its methodology, not however as a spiritual activity but as a scientific method to arrive at knowledge empirically. The opening descriptive, and critical study, is followed by a discussion of a few related theoretical and practical issues. As part of the former is introduced the concept of ‘psycheme’, and regarding the latter, a few thoughts regarding the usefulness of the method for the western scientist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/14)

“Intelligent American” Is An Oxymoron-Obama’s White House Press Conference
By Paul Craig Roberts
I just heard on National Public Radio two things that have totally destroyed what tiny bit of belief I still had in American leadership. I have concluded that the term “intelligent American” is an oxymoron. American elites have decided that Americans are not sufficiently threatened by war and economic chaos, so they are bringing the ebola virus to America. National Public Radio reported that two people infected with the ebola virus, which cannot be cured and is usually deadly, are being brought to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.... -Full Story-
(informationclearinghouse.info - 05/08/14)

Russia responds to US and EU sanctions and accusations
Pravda
On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the accusations from the White House spokesman, who said that Putin and the Russians were "guilty" of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing 777 in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the current events in Ukraine are an "internal conflict." However, "the Obama administration is partially responsible for its dire consequences."... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 04/08/14)

Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile”
By Peter Haisenko
First, I was amazed at how few photos can be found from the wreckage with Google. All are in low resolution, except one: The fragment of the cockpit below the window on the pilots side. This image, however, is shocking. In Washington, you can now hear views expressed of a “potentially tragic error / accident” regarding MH 017. Given this particular cockpit image it does not surprise me at all.... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 04/08/14)

U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians
Interview with Prof. John McMurtry
A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial. Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner.... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 03/08/14)

SRI LANKA asks: Is the ITAK Constitution Federal or Confederal?
Shenali D Waduge
With the conclusive end to LTTE terror another obstacle has emerged. Shrouded in secrecy and hidden by verbal statements, there is an underlying need to make clear and establish what the ITAK Constitution is aiming to achieve. Though ITAK is using the English term ‘Federal’ what the general public and the Sri Lankan Government need to direct attention to is the 2008 amended Constitution of the ITAK – Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi. While implying it is for a federal solution, is the ITAK aiming for a confederal solution which is what ITAK’s amended constitution relates to.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/14)

PTSD in the Soviet Union
Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was a socialist state on the Eurasian continent that existed between 1922 and 1991, governed as a single-party state by the Communist Party with Moscow as its capital (Roseberry,1997). During the period of its existence, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was by area the world’s largest country. It was also one of the most diverse, with more than 100 distinct nationalities living within its borders (Dewdney, 2014). Politically the USSR was divided in to 15 union republics. The Union Republics of the Soviet Union were ethnically... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/14)

Electric hobs release fewer unhealthy fumes when frying steak than frying with gas.
Dr Hector Perera     London
The aroma of seared meat as your pan-fried steak is prepared may set your taste buds tingling but it may also give the chef respiratory related problems, especially if they are using a gas cooker. Cooking fumes produced during high-temperature frying are already known to cause some respiratory and pulmonary related problems. In China, high lung cancer rates among chefs have been linked to the practice of tossing food in a wok, often in a confined space, which increases the concentration of hot oil in the breathing zone of the cook. The International Agency for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/14)

NO MAHAVAMSA, NO THERAVADA BUDDHISM
Nalin de Silva
 The most popular game among the pundits, not that they have contributed anything original to their subjects/fields/specialties, but they are somewhat read, so that they can quote from some book or the other or heard from somebody or other, who cannot think on their own, who are utterly incapable of going to the roots of a problem, but recognized among people like themselves as intellectuals, open minded, broad minded, balanced etc., is bashing and humiliating of Sinhala Buddhism, Sinhala Buddhists, Mahavamsa, Gemunu, etc. It is the Buddhist culture that is being attacked, as being broad minded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/14)

ISIS – CIA and the Muslim-Non-Muslim concerns
Shenali D Waduge
The general public had never heard of Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden until 9/11. Thereafter, both names are honorably mentioned by every Western Government and blamed for every terrorist activity and has enabled a string of laws and regulations that keep all citizens under radar and surveillance – the excuse given is everything is being done in our best interest and of course national security. However, this has not stopped scores of other terror groups to emerge and their names quickly entered to the hall of shame terror lists of countries. The latest is another... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/14)

RESTORING THE NON-VIOLENT INDIGENOUS LIFESTYLE
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
FLESH EATERS SUPPORT KILLING  No mental or spiritual advancement is ever possible with the guilt of encouraging the slaughter of animals lingering in one’s mind. There cannot be kindness to animals without refraining from eating their flesh. Eating animal flesh, it is common knowledge, helps and encourages the slaughter of animals. Eating one or a few types of animals is as bad as eating any animal. No human dies of not eating animal flesh. No human weakens physically or mentally by not eating animal flesh. Will flesh-eaters ever realize the violence that is involved and entrenched... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/14)

මස් මුදලාලිලාට බුද්ධාගම භාර දෙන ලංකා මීට් හෙඩ්ස්
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
    පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී සර් ජෝන්ව කේන්ති ගැස්වීමට විජයානන්ද දහනායක නොයෙක් කතා කියන විට, සර් ජෝන් බොහෝ විට කෑ ගැසුවේ තෝව කනවා කියාය. එවිට දහනායක කියන්නේ ඔව් එතකොට බඩේ වත් මොළයක් තිබේවි කියාය. සර් ජෝන් වගෙ අයට ඇමෙරිකාවේ කියන්නේ මීට් හෙඩ්-- ඔළුවේ තියෙන්නේ හරක් මස්-- කියාය. ඊයේ මා දුටු රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ වීඩියෝ එක අනුව මට සිතුනේ රනිල් ද මීට් හෙඩ් කෙනෙක් නොවේද කියාය.  ඒ කාරණා දෙකක් නිසාය. එකක් නම් බුද්ධාගම වෙනුවෙන් කිඹුල් කඳුළු හෙලූ ආකාරය නිසාය. ප්‍රේක්‍ෂකයාට තමා හෙලන්නේ බොරු කඳුළු බව තේරෙන බව නොතේරෙන්නේ මෝඩයෙකුටය. දෙවන කාරණය නම් තමාගේ කතාව නියමම මීටි හෙඩ් කෙනෙකු මත පදනම් කර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/14)

ගුරුවරිය දණගැස්වූ නඩුවේ ප‍්‍රධාන සක්‍ෂිකරුගේ මළ මිනිය ළිදක්තුල
පසුගිය කාලයේ මහත් ආන්දෝලනයට ලක්වූ පුත්තලම ආණමඩුව නවගත්තේගම ජාතික පාසලේ ගුරුවරියක් දණගැස්වූ සිද්ධියේ ඇසින් දුටු ප‍්‍රධාන සාක්‍ෂිකරුගේ මළ මිනිය ළිඳක් තුලින් අද දින හමු වී තිබේ. මෙම ගුරුවරිය දණගැස්වීමට සම්බන්ධ එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානයේ පළාත් සභා මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා අධිකරණ තීන්දුවක් මතින් වරදකරු වූ අතර මොහුගේ මන්ත‍්‍රී ධූරයද මොහුට අහිමිවුනි. මෙවැනි වාතාවරණයක් තුල එම සිදුවීමට අදාල සාක්‍ෂිදුන් පුඤ්ඤසෝම නමැති පාසල අසල නිවසක සිටින පුද්ගලයාගේ මළ සිරුර මෙසේ ළිඳක් තුලින් හමුවීම සැකයට භාජනය වන බවත් එබැවින් මේ පිළිබඳව පරීක්‍ෂණයක් පවත්වා වහා රටට කරුණු එළිදරව් කළ යුතු බවත් ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමයේ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම් මහින්ද ජයසිංහ සහෝදරයා පවසයි.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/08/14)

THE ROVING EYE-Western plutocracy goes bear hunting
By Pepe Escobar
The post-Cold War status quo in Eastern Europe, not to mention in Western Europe, is now dead. For Western plutocracy, that 0.00001% at the top, the real Masters of the Universe, Russia is the ultimate prize; an immense treasure of natural resources, forests, pristine water, minerals, oil and gas. Enough to drive any NSA-to-CIA Orwellian/Panopticon war game to ecstasy. How to pounce and profit from such a formidable loot?... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 01/08/14)

Rajiv Gandhi sent troops to Sri Lanka without Cabinet nod, claims Natwar
Singh said Rajiv Gandhi took the decision while he was in Colombo attending a reception given by then President J R Jayawardene. According to Singh, Jayawardene asked for troops because he feared a coup against him. By the time he and P V Narasimha Rao, who was also in Colombo found out, the order to send troops to Sri Lanka had already been given.... -Full Story- (Deccan Herald - 01/08/14)

Rajiv Gandhi didn-t consult even his cabinet on sending troops to Sri Lanka: Natwar Singh
By TNN
NEW DELHI: Estranged Gandhi family loyalist Natwar Singh has claimed that Rajiv Gandhi had sent troops to Sri Lanka without consulting his cabinet and the island nation-s ethnic issue was mishandled in a manner that led to the assassination of the former PM. In a television interview ahead of the release of his memoirs — " One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography" — Singh said Gandhi decided to despatch Indian troops when he was with then ri Lankan president JR Jayewardene at the la ..... -Full Story-
(Times of India - 01/08/14)

‘Send her to Gaza’: Belgian doctor denies help to Jewish 90yo woman with fractured rib
RT
A doctor in Belgium has refused medical help to a 90-year-old Jewish woman with a fractured rib, saying that she needs to be sent to Gaza to “get rid of” the sharp pain she is suffering. “I’m not coming,” the physician said and hung up after receiving the call at 11pm Wednesday.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 01/08/14)

"Wrong time, altered images": Moscow slams Kiev-s MH17 satellite data
RT
Satellite images Kiev published as "proof" it didn-t deploy anti-aircraft batteries around the MH17 crash site carry altered time-stamps and are from days after the MH17 tragedy, the Russian Defense Ministry has revealed. The images, which Kiev claims were taken by its satellites at the same time as those taken by Russian satellites, are neither Ukrainian nor authentic, according to Moscow-s statement.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 01/08/14)

From Monkey Trial to Genocide by Germs
by Bhaskar Menon
In February 1925 the American state of Tennessee adopted legislation making it unlawful “to teach any theory that denies the story of divine creation as taught by the Bible and to teach instead that man was descended from a lower order of animals.” The American Civil Liberties Union responded with advertisements in Tennessee papers, offering to support anyone who would challenge the law in court, and a group of businessmen in Dayton, thinking of all the attention and visitors the case would draw to their drowsy town, put up a 24-year old science teacher and... -Full Story-
(vijayvaani.com - 01/08/14)


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