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News Archive for Sep 2011

Well done Mr. Obama……… President of Sri Lanka? Double standards?
By: J. Gamini Jayawardena                   
Now the most wanted terrorist Bin Laden has been hunted down by the Americans. In a civilized society, the killing of the man who led one of the most ruthless terrorist outfit in world and brought human destruction is indeed a pleasant event. President Obama was jubilant and the leaders of world reacted positively and expressed their endorsement. The Americans were overjoyed; hundreds of citizens holding the Stars and Stripes marched on the streets with cheers, joyous faces expressing feeling of their inner heart. In fact, it was triumphalism time in theUSA. Who can blame... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/11)

The perils of partial concessions for regime and nation
By Malinda Seneviratne
What transpired in Geneva at the Human Rights Council sessions clearly indicates where the anti-Sri Lankan forces are going.  Ban Ki-moon tabled the report authored by a panel appointed by him (illegally), against all norms of protocol.  Legitimacy was obtained by tabling the said report (flawed, malicious and clearly designed to hurt Sri Lanka with very little support of claims through substantiation) along with those documents submitted by the Sri Lankan delegation (one put together by the Defence Ministry regarding military operations and the other detailing the humanitarian efforts by the Government).    By appointing a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/11)

Necessary meditations on carelessness and callousness
Written by Malinda Seneviratne
I haven’t seen Regi Siriwardena’s play ‘The Blinding’, directed by Haig Karunaratne.  I was not at the preview at the ICES and not at the British Council more recently.  I haven’t read the play either.  Someone else was at both performances, Comrade Aunty Nimal Breckenridge. And, as she sometimes does when something irks her, she shared a story.   ‘Last evening I was at a play pre-viewed before a group of us. It was "experimental theatre": a hard hitting commentary on how we "ordinary" people lived our ordinary lives while corpses were floating down rivers and petrol... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/11)

Epitaph of a colonized (Part-1)
Geethanjana Kudaligamage
 Notes from Kirinda
What I am writing now is a fusion of some of my thoughts with crude translation of some pages from my notebook originally written in Sinhala language. These notes were about my Kataragama tour with a group of friends and some relatives two years after the Tsunami hit southern coast ofSri Lanka. By the time of our tour there were no traces of the calamity that had devastated the region two years ago. Soon we forgot about it.  Although the tour to the south was pleasant, by the afternoon we were extremely... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/11)

Police Commando Camp No 69 issues a statement on legal murder
By Malinda Seneviratne
There was a shooting last Sunday (September 25, 2011).  It occurred within the precincts of the Police Commando Camp No 69 in Maha Oya, Ampara.  The victim was Assistant Superintendent Sisira Kumara.  The gunman, B.A. Jayatilleka was the Chief Inspector of the same camp.  After shooting the ASP, Jayatilleka shot himself and later succumbed to his injuries.    Got me thinking.   I don’t know what it was all about.  It was reported that there was an argument.  The trigger-puller may have acted on impulse or else had planned to pull trigger right along.  Whether the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/11)

US Congressman Steven Chabot visits Jaffna
By Janaka Alahapperuma
US House of Representatives Sub-committee Chairman on the Middle East and South Asia, Congressman Steven Joseph Chabot called on Commander of the Security Force – Jaffna, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe during his one day visit to Jaffna at Security Forces Headquarters in Jaffna on Wednesday 28 September.   Having received visiting US Congressman and the entourage by the Commander Security Force – Jaffna, presented a detailed account on recently concluded successful resettlement programme and accelerated de-mining process in the peninsula. He explained about the government’s development programmes and the Army’s involvement in community projects while ensuring... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/11)

Will Devatagaha Dharga give victory to Muzammil?
 By Ameer
 There is a photo on page 02 of the Daily Mirror of 27/09/2011. The photo shows our mayoral candidate Muzammil flanked by Devatagaha "moulavis", devotees, Ranil Wickremasinghe and Muzammil's well-wishers. This photo has been taken beside the grave of the Devatagaha saint. The Meezan on the head side of the grave is bedecked with garlands. This reminds one of the chief deity of a Hindu Kovil where the statue of pilliar is bedecked liberally.    Our Prophet Sallahu Alaihivasallam has compulsorily prohibited and made it haram of high order of anything Jews, Christians and followers of other religions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/11)

Enforcing 13th Amendment will not prevent War Crimes against Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge
It was never a surprise when Sri Lanka began to be admonished for completely defeating an international terrorist organization. The wave of admonishes coming from foreign Governments including international peace agencies disregarding the success of the first military defeat of a terrorist organization while carrying out the worlds largest humanitarian rescue operation simply reveals the hypocrisies that prevails in international laws & international thinking. Sri Lanka’s public is not surprised & Sri Lanka’s public is also aware that the “wish lists” presented by the West including India attempting to entice the Sri Lankan government to agree to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/11)

Canada Deports Former LTTE Cadre As Does Britain In Recent Times Where Appeals Are Rejected Indicative Of A Positive Stance.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
Sept.30th 2011 It used to be a case of lies, innuendo and fabrications presented by clever albeit crooked defence attorneys in many parts of the world which often was the redemption of terrorists and criminals on the run seeking havens in places which tolerated them. It was a shameful practice which was time imemorial going back to the great wars and perhaps much further and a consternation to those who saw it as an aberration of justice and righteousness but not so today particularly in the case of Tamil Tiger terrorists and their consorts who wreaked havoc on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/11)

The Group of ’72 won it all on a mystic Sunday
Written by Malinda Seneviratne
Gatherings of old friends is always nice, even if what occasioned the meeting happened to be something as somber and sad as a funeral.  My friend Janaka Perera’s father passed away last Saturday and as is often the case when someone close to someone close dies, close-people drop by, commiserate and help in whatever ways possible.    There were lots of school friends who’ve known each other for more than forty years and some who I hadn’t met in decades.  Time passes, the world moves and when we move out of classroom and school to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/11)

Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka's War Crimes
Warna Hettiarachchi Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mrs. Lee Rhiannon Greens Senator for NSW  Dear Madam,  I am a Canadian Citizen living in Toronto having read Mr. Shan Guneratne's note to you as well as your ridiculous, immature and illogical responses based on hearsay 3rd party "community, academics, human rights experts and legal experts", most of whom have never set their lying feet in Sri Lanka. The credibility of these "Experts" of UNSG's Darusman Report who authenticated it as well as UK's CH4 "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" were exposed as tainted. The video forensics "expert" had no accredited credentials and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/11)

Reject violence, jailed Tiger arms broker urges
Stewart Bell Sep 29, 2011 – 6:30 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 28, 2011 7:34 PM ET
A former Canadian Tamil activist who was caught brokering a $1-million arms deal for a Sri Lankan rebel group five years ago has written an open letter urging youths not to repeat his mistakes. Writing from prison in New York, Sathajhan Sarachandran acknowledged for the first time the Tamil youth organization he once ran in Toronto was “part of the LTTE,” the separatist rebels also known as the Tamil Tigers. But the 31-year-old software engineer blamed “so-called” leaders of the Tamil... -Full Story-
(news.nationalpost.com - 29/09/11)

Tragedy Befallen on the Muslim Ummah
  By Mifly
  The tragedy that has befallen the Muslim Ummah is heartbreaking. This is not confined only to Sri Lanka but has happened all over the world. The Muslims are despised and humiliated all over the world. We are very quick to point our fingers towards "others" for the despicable situation we have fallen into. We never bother to look at ourselves and do some self criticism and self evaluation which is the Islamic guidance. "You evaluate yourself before you are evaluated".   I dare to say that we are the main reasons for this present sorry status.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/11)

Fallout in the Sahara: Did the War in Libya Play into the Hands of al-Qaeda?
By ALAN BOSWELL / AGADEZ, NIGER | Time.com – Wed, Sep 28, 2011..
Where the green of central Africa surrenders to the creeping dry talons of the Saharan desert, down a 14-hour drive from the closest thing Niger has to a city, the baked mud and sand outpost of Agadez is one of those corners of Africa where years get measured in the cracking of walls or the growth of a beard. But lately, town life in Agadez has picked up considerably. The market is stacked with refrigerators and video game consoles, a side product of the trucks full... -Full Story-
(Times - 29/09/11)

Statement at U.N. in Geneva
Ira de Silva London, Ontario
 Hon. John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario   Dear Sir:   I wrote to you when the Canadian Ambassador to Sri Lanka spoke of calling for "accountability" from Sri Lanka during the final stages of the terrorist war in Sri Lanka. I have today read your statement made in Geneva.  It states that you singled out Sri Lanka for trying to stop investigations into possible war crimes committed during the island nation's decades-long civil war. Can you explain why Sri Lanka should not stop investigations into possible war crimes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/11)

The Rape of a Virgin Rain Forest -PART- II
Sumal -UHO
Acknowledgments  After written the first part of this article I have got an unprecedented backup, collaboration and  encouragements from many good hearted people who really care  the Sinharaja forest and her exceptional natural heritage. So, I gather this very occasion, to thanks them all. May the blessings of God Sumana Saman;  the protector of  the sacred Sripada Adaviya -Rakwana- Sinharaja jungle range, be always with them.   On last December 2010; I was able to mount an exploration into the Sinharaja jungle toward the Sinhagala sector also covering the Kolonthotuwa, Lankagama and Watugala  hamlets with the help... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/11)

Rugby World Cup - weekend review: key games
JayanGoonatilleke
 Well, this weekend had it all didn’t it? Some flair, moments of individual brilliance, some brutal collisions, and a nail biting finish to round it off. We take a look at how some of the ‘big’ games that went down, and identify the players that put their hands up at the most vital moments.  New Zealand vs France Once again Coach Marc Lievremont’s team selection came in for much criticism in the lead up to the game. However, for the first ten minutes of the game he seemed to have given his doubters some food for thought,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/11)

First poppy flower pins on President Rajapaksa
By Janaka Alahapperuma
The first poppy flower was pinned on President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday on 27 September at Temple Trees in view of World Poppy Day or Remembrance Day which falls on November 14. The Poppy month held in memory of gallant heroes who sacrificed their lives since World War I, is to commence on the 11th of October and the national celebrations of the Poppy day will be held on the 14th of November at the Viharamaha Devi Park, Colombo. The Poppy Day is observed internationally on second Sunday of November in Commonwealth countries since 1921. Seen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/11)

මොහාන් ලාල් ග්‍රේරෝ මහතා මා පන්තියෙන් නෙරපූ දා
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග යෝර්ක් විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය  කැනඩාව 
එය 1984  කාලයයි. මා එවකට කොළඹ   නාලන්දා මහා විද්‍යාලයේ ඉගෙනුම ලබමින් සිටියෙමි. උසස් පෙළ අධ්‍යාපනය සඳහා අතිරේක පන්ති වල අවශ්‍යතාව එකල තදින්ම තිබුණි.   උසස් පෙළ භෞතික විද්‍යාවට  මා  ගියේ  මොහාන් ලාල් ග්‍රේරෝ සර් පැවැත්වූ නුගේගොඩ රේල්වේ  ඇවනිවුහි  අතිරේක පන්තියටයි. එම පන්තිය පැවැත්වුයේ සිකුරාදා දිනවලය. පාසල අවසන් වූ වහාම මොනවා හෝ ගිල දමන අප බස් රථයක එල්ලී නුගේගොඩට යන්නේ ග්‍රේරෝ සර්ගේ භෞතික විද්‍යා පන්තියට සහභගි වීමටයි. ඔහු එවකට විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයෙන් පිටවූ උපාධිධාරී ගුරුවරයෙකි. සිසුන් 200 -250 පමණ සහභාගී වන මෙම පන්තිය ග්‍රේරෝ ගුරුතුමා  අමතන්නේ   මයික්රෆෝනයක ආධාරයෙනි.    ග්‍රේරෝ මහතා දක්ෂ  ගුරුවරයෙකි. ඔහු භෞතික විද්‍යාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/11)

Humanitarian guns for hire: West's mercenary mission
RT
With the UK and other Western forces still in Libya, a prominent British journalist argues that control of oil was the real motivating factor. Rebels in oil-rich countries everywhere can count on the West as a mercenary army in their revolutions. “I do not believe that sovereign states have a legal right or an obligation or a duty to interfere in other sovereign states… This was not a country that threatened Britain, it didn’t threaten any of its neighbors and didn’t invade a neighbor. It was going about its own business,” British author and Guardian journalist Simon Jenkins told... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 28/09/11)

Sammy Ketz: A channel that has direct contact with Libyan leader
In the upscale Yafur district of Damascus, Mishan Al Juburi has set aside part of his palatial compound to house Arrai, an Arabic television channel that has become the favoured forum for Muammar Qadhafi. The 250 square metre hangar is littered with satellite dishes, and a recording studio is separated by a clear-glass window from the office of the channel’s director — Juburi’s 27-year-old daughter, Hawazen, one of 11 children. “We are the only channel in direct contact with Muammar Qadhafi and his family,” Hawazen said, referring to the longtime Libyan strongman who is now on the run after rebel... -Full Story- (gulftoday.ae - 28/09/11)

British ITV Documentary “Exposure: Gaddafi & the IRA” Used Footage From Videogames
Here’s an upload of a video from Monday night's ITV documentary about Colonel Gaddafi’s supposed support of the IRA. It contains shocking footage of a helicopter being shot down using weapons allegedly supplied by the Libyan baddie to the IRA baddies. Except of course, it’s actually from a video game “ArmA 2&8243;. The first episode of Exposure, which was watched by 1.3 million viewers, examined the relationship between the former Libyan dictator and the IRA.... -Full Story- (mpacuk.org - 28/09/11)

John Baird at the UN on Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
27 September 2011 Hon. John Baird, MP, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario.  Dear John: I didn’t start this morning well.  When I read that you had spoken at the UN and the words, “Baird also singled out Uganda for its policies on gays and lesbians, Syria for its crackdown on pro-democracy activists, and SRI LANKA for trying to stop investigations into possible war crimes committed during the island nation’s decades-long civil war,” I was livid.    “O Canada! Not you again,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

Tales of Soldiers
Dr.  Ruwan M Jayatunge
Jose Naroskey once said “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers” Undeniably war has a profound effect on soldiers. It has a catastrophic effect on their health and wellbeing. I have met a number of soldiers around the globe who belonged to different Armies and various military organizations. Many of them are still affected by the reminiscences of the war. I recall some lines of Nancy L. Meek’s poem 'The Sacrifice. In this poem she describes the state of mind of a soldier on returning from a war. This is what Nancy L. Meek writes…... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

John Baird's
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester. Ontario. K1J 6G1 Canada
27 September 2011 The Editor (Letters)  The Ottawa Citizen    Sir: I just don’t  get Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s bleeding heart remark when he addressed the UN when he said “….and Sri Lanka for trying to stop investigations into possible war crimes committed during the island nation’s decades-long civil war.” If Canada was honest about Sri Lanka and its ugly Tamil separatist war which ended on 19 May 2009 after a long 27 years which saw over 100,000 killed, he should have said “….and Sri Lanka for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

What does the USA led West want?
 Ranjith Soysa
One does not have to be a political scientist to comprehend the crooked game played the West and the Western manged organizations including some of the UN forums in relation to the post war Sri Lanka.  While witnessing this pot calling the kettle black tactics of the West, it is necessary for Sri Lanka to resolve not to blink first. Whatever prescribed by the  West for Sri Lanka s ailments as  diagnosed by their schemers will be more lethal. It is possible for our rulers to understand clearly the treachery hatched by our Western friends  directly and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

Legal Murder: does it help lower the crime rate?
 Malinda Seneviratne
One of the common arguments for instituting the death penalty is that it helps keep the crime rate down.  In the mid-nineties when there was a vociferous call for the implementation of the death penalty in Sri Lanka, the advocates of this practice vigorously waved crime statistics pertaining to the period after the last hanging (in 1976, if I remember right).    They had a point.  The crime rate had indeed shot up after that last legal murder.  On the other hand, to draw a consequent-line from non-execution to rising crime assumes that all other factors... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

A RESOLUTION PASSED BY CHOGM IN 2002 AT COOLUM AGAINST TERRORISM
Malin Abeyatunge
The Greens and its NSW parliamentary representative  Lee Rhianon moved a  motion on 20 Sept 2011 at the Senate  that Sri Lanka should be  suspended from Commonwealth. However this motion was debated and defeated by a majority of 39 (ayes9 and Noes 39)  and prudence prevailed.   For her  and Greens information this is what the CHOGM held on 2-5 March 2002 at Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Queensland  agreed upon . quote CHOGM leaders unanimously adopted a plan in which countries supporting terrorist groups would be expelled. They (CHOGM) decided there was no place for any member nation that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

"මෙගාවොටට් 1.5ක ධාරිතාවයකින් යුත් කොකාවිට කුඩා පරිමාණ ජලවිදුලි බලාගාරයට මුල්ගල තැබේ"
 මාධ්‍ය අංශය - විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය 
මුළු දිවයිනම ආවරණය වන පරිද්දෙන් වසර 2012 වන විට විදුලියනය 100%ක් බවට පත්කිරීමේ අභියෝගය යථාර්තයක් බවට පත්කිරීමට ප්‍රාදේශීය වශයෙන් ඉදිකරනු ලබන කුඩා පරිමාණ ජල විදුලි බලාගාරයන් ඉතා විශාල දායකත්වයක් ලබාදේ. සබරගමුව පළාතට අයත් කලවාන ප්‍රදේශයේ මෙගා වොට් 1.5ක ධාරිතාවක් උත්පාදනය කළ හැකි කොකාවිට කුඩා පරිමාණ ජල විදුලි බලාගාරයට මුල්ගල තැබීම විෂයබාර අමාත්‍යවරයා අතින් පසුගියදා සිදුකෙරිණි. මෙම අවස්ථාවට සහභාගී වූ පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක අමාත්‍යවරයා...... තව වසර 40කින් පමණ ඉන්ධන වල අවසන් වීමක් පෙන්නුම් කරනවා. තෙල් නැති ලෝකයක පුනර්ජනනීය බලශක්ති ක්ෂේත්‍රයන්හි ප්‍රවර්ධනයක් ඇතිකළ යුතුයි. ජෛව ස්කන්ධ, සුළං, සුර්ය වැනි පුනර්ජනනීය බලශක්ති ප්‍රභවයන්,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

Why the CHOGM states who aided, supported, instigated, financed or harbored terrorists have not been expelled?
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya
Senator Lee Rhiannon Dear Senator, Those of whom you have the confidence in your misguided response, are people with glorified titles only, they are parasites living on the payroll of the LTTE Tamil Diaspora!  One important point I picked from your response is quote “ My support for an international independent investigation into war crimes by both the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka during the final stages of the civil war is in line with international experts” Unquote. Dilemma is now that the LTTE top ranks are killed in the battle, then whom would you... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/11)

Libya: Cameron's 2-billion-pound nightmare
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey-Pravda.Ru
What do you get when a wannabe imperialist invents a war to get out of trouble at home, straying into deep waters that he neither controls nor understands, getting embroiled in an internecine tribal conflict that spins out of control? The answer to this question is the place where the UK's David Cameron finds himself now: a 2-bn. pound nightmare... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 27/09/11)

Questions for Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama - 1
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey-Pravda.Ru
France - UK - US (FUKUS) have launched the most sickening assault against common decency, morals, international law and human goodwill since Hitler's goose-stepping Nazis sent millions to the concentration camps. Here is the first series of questions placed to the three ringleaders of this most shocking terrorist outrage. 1. What is your reaction to the fact that the forces under your commend murdered the three grandchildren of Colonel Gaddafi? Why haven't you even issued an apology? Would you like the same thing to happen to your families? And if it did, should we "apologise" or mumble the... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 27/09/11)

Part of an enviable lineup in Team Sri Lanka
By Nimal Fernando
 Let all persons of goodwill and proponents of truth and justice pause to salute Mohan Peiris, former Attorney General, for affirming to the world at large, in general, and [some] western peddlars of selectivity, in particular, that Sri Lanka has at its command an intelligentsia willing and able to defend the national interest.  Peiris, who has done his country and profession proud during a distinguished career, had lambasted American Ambassadress A. Donahue, who had threatened Sri Lanka with "growing pressure from the international community" over its principled stand in blocking any move to devalue the LLRC.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/11)

Crimes against Colonialism must be investigated before War Crimes
Shenali Waduge
War Crimes has become a favored buzzword by western political leaders & western dominated international agencies to castigate less powerful nations of the world. These countries have found it easy to destabilize these nations by selling arms to the terror outfits that strike in these countries as well as supplying arms to the countries to fight the terrorists (dual profit).  This is how the west is making profits today while externally pretending to be exponents of righteousness & human rights dignity. Nevertheless, what these countries conveniently forget is that all these countries they term as “developing”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/11)

Taking control over the body by tongue
GEETHANJANA KUDALIGAMAGE
“Who is to say that robbing a people of their language is less violent than war?”   (Ray Gwyn Smith) Robbing a people of their language is not lessviolent than war; yes I agree.But at the same time I would say that it’s also not lessbrutal than genocide. Why do I say so? The reason is because man without language is a dead man. Taking one’s language away is similar to that of taking one’s soul out of the body. When a soul was taken out, the man will be reduced to a frame without a picture.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/11)

The cure for dengue
Dr. Tilak Fernando
The Times of India gave much publicity recently to two villages where people were rushing to homeopathic clinics to obtain the drug Eupatorium Perfoliatum 200 to fight the dengue epidemic. Here in Sri Lanka, despite the government recently introducing the BTI Bacteria imported from Cuba and spraying it on stagnant pools at considerable cost, the results have been an abject failure and dengue continues to infect the population with over 20,000 cases recorded this year with over 200 fatalities. A meeting was recently held at the CSR (Centre for Society and Religion) Colombo to commemorate the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/11)

LET ISI COMMAND AFGHANISTAN
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
 For the last many years this prediction is selling very hot that Pakistan is going to be no more on the world map in the near future. But every year Pakistan is always there, giving a tough time to all those who are dreaming of Pakistan changing into a waste land. Pakistan has become the centre of all concentration in a very short period of time. This matchless importance is simply because of the fact that the world around us has accepted the reality that Pakistanis have an exemplary ability of sailing in troubled waters. They... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/11)

Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper should put his own house in order before announcing boycott of Commonwealth Summit in Colombo.
By Charles.S.Perera
 The Commonwealth of Nations is a dying Institution.  Australia and Canada if they continue  their false Human rights mission demanding progress in  human rights in Sri Lanka, without which they would  boycott the commonwealth Summit in Colombo, they may  only accelerate its demise.  Both Australia and Canada who have suddenly awakened to human rights issue should open their old cupboards to see the hidden frightening skeletons that speak a lot of their own past records of human rights. Australian  Green Party is trying to become a political force perhaps benefitting from the largess of the Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/09/11)

Falsehoods in the British House of Commons
Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP
I was deeply shocked by various pronouncements in the recent debate in the House of Commons on what was termed the issue of Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent. Much of the debate was about Kashmir, and several MPs weighed in against India in what seemed a very unfair and biased fashion. But India is large enough to look after itself, and even to cope with the indignation the Britishers expressed when it was reported that India had reacted strongly to the British parliamentary debate on Kashmir. After all, as a lady called Joan Walley... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/09/11)

“EQUALITY FOR ALL SOVEREIGN NATIONS”
Sarath Wijesinghe-Writer is the Sri Lankan Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates
 Justice and fair play is paramount  Justice and fair play is of paramount importance to all members of the World Family consisting of 193 nations expecting justice and fair play equally.  It is the principle on which the United Nations Organization was established in place of less effectiveLeague of Nationsin order to settle differences among Nations based on “Dialogue, Deliberation and Consensus”.  It is agreed by all the mighty and small nations during Deliberations, Conventions and International Gatherings that declarations and arguments alone will not achieve... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/09/11)

An Outsider’s View--5-Opera test on speed of light deals heavy blow to physics,makes time travel possible?
By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 Recently, the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-Tracking Apparatus (Opera) sent neutrinos from a particle accelerator at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland, racing some 450 miles to a cavern in Gran Sasso, Italy. Neutrinos are electrically neutral elementary subatomic particles, each of which has a corresponding antiparticle called antineutrino, which have the capacity to zip through ordinary matter almost unaffected over great distances. The neutrinos arrived roughly 60 nanoseconds faster than light—with a margin of error of only 10 nanoseconds. The conventional speed of light is 186,282 miles... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/09/11)

Some facts of binge drinking that lead to anxiety and depression.
Dr Hector Perera London
What is binge drinking? For the NHS [National Health Service], binge drinking is defined as drinking over double the amount of recommended daily units in one session. For men this is over eight units, and for women, over six. However, because individuals are all different, the rate at which they reach intoxication varies. It says binge drinking is a major factor in accidents, violence and anti-social behaviour. What is a unit?
One unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. This equals one 25ml single measure of whisky or a third of a pint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/09/11)

President Mahinda Rajapakse's address to the 66th session of the United Nations General
He showed first to world that terrorism can be defeated. -Lead follow or get out&65279; of my way- Thomas paine.
... -Full Story-
(youtube.com - 24/09/11)

Vile Vellahla violence stamped on the Tiger flag
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Over and above all other factors there is only one single over-determining character that defines the culture of Jaffna in all its dimensions – and that is caste. Jaffna without caste does not exist. Nor is there a peninsular culture outside the rigid caste system. Focusing on the "caste character" embedded in Tamil society, Sebastian Rasalingam, Toronto, Canada asked: “Can there ever be a "historic Tamil village" without its caste system?” (Lanka Guardian – July 4, 2011)  Indeed, no!  Jaffna without caste is inconceivable like Romeo without Juliet. Or the peninsula without panamkottay. The caste... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/09/11)

Re-Motion by Senator Lee Rhiannon to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth Council of Nations on the 22th September 2011.
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya
Dear Senator Rhiannon!  Isn’t it strange, out of Councils of the Commonwealth, which constitutes to fifty four member states this group has found Sri Lanka as the country which has allegedly committed worst crimes against humanity? It has become a practice by the International Tamil Diaspora to muster the above-mentioned groups in the West to attack the Sri Lankan Government whenever an important forum is about to commence. Such events are also the happy times for these parasites (hired mouths) to collect the handsome pay-cheques!  You articulate loud a script that has been pre-documented denigrating the image... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/09/11)

ANOTHER ROTTEN EGG ON THE GREENS’ FACE
 Malin Abeyatunge
Greens and its NSW parliamentary representative  Lee Rhianon have been burning midnight oil conspiring with the LTTE rump among the Tamil Diaspora inAustralia to move a motion in the senate to suspendSri Lanka from the Commonwealth. This motion was debated at the Senate on 22 September 2011 and defeated with  ayes 9 and Noes 39 by a majority of 30. . This is a rotten egg on the Greens face for treading in uncomfortable area by trying to show off  that they are capable of dealing with any complex issues like the motion they moved.Sri Lanka should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/09/11)

Some aspects of British Foreign Policy as it relates to Sri Lanka
Rudra Gamini de Zoysa
There are some major considerations to be taken in to account when we try to understand why Britain is so overtly antagonistic towards Sri Lanka ever since the Government of Sri Lanka defeated Tamil terrorism in 2009. I believe that the reasons are largely found in Britain’s foreign policy crafted in Whitehall. I am basing this article on the facts gathered by Mark Curtis in his explosive book “Unpeople” published by Vintage, 2004, and the various writings of John Pilger. Declassified “top secret” documents are the primary sources of information for both Curtis and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/11)

Might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice, fairplay -President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the United Nations General Assembly in New York
Sri Lanka News
"Whilst clash of ideas, opinions and values continue we have clearly to recognize that dialogue, deliberation and consensus offer the only viable means for resolving differences. The might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice and fairplay," said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 66th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. President Rajapaksa said. "I am deeply mindful ... that the battle for peace is every bit as important and difficult as the struggle against terror. After the eradication of terrorism, my government has turned its undivided attention to building anew, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/11)

The sickening filth our international community has become
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey-Pravda.Ru
Never have I felt so revolted, disgusted, disappointed and violated at belonging to the same species as those sickening creatures crawling around our international community today. The Libya Question and the subsequent UN General Assembly in September was a study in spinelessness, lack of morals, absence of fibre and total disrespect for the law. An analogy: The proud home owner, the son and the evil neighbour The analogy is perfectly simple to understand. An evil neighbour covets someone's rich lands, turns his son into a drug addict, supplies him with heroin for free and then gets him to... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 23/09/11)

Dr. C. W. W. Kannangara - Father of Free Education: Patriot worthy of emulation
W T A Leslie Fernando Courtesy Daily News
On September 23, every year we commemorate Dr. C. W. W. Kannangara, the Father of Free Education in Sri Lanka. He was also one of the galaxy of patriots who led the national movement of first half of the 20th Century and laid the foundation for the Independence we enjoy today. Dr. Christopher William Wijeykone Kannangara was born in Randombe, Ambalangoda on October 13, 1884. He had his early education at Wesleyan High School at Ambalangoda. He was a child of 12 years when his father lost his job. This was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/11)

AUSTRALIAN GREEN PARTY RUINING MS GILLARD GOVERNMENT!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Judging by the disastrous poll rankings of the ALP government, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are two main factors for the drop in popularity of the hardworking & intelligent Prime Minister of Australia Ms Julia Gillard. Asylum seekers policy changes and Australian Green Party:
By far vast majority of Australian are disgusted with the massive arrivals of refugees into Australian Waters. After several months of negotiations with the Malaysian Government, the Australian Government has drafted the legal framework to “Stop the Boats”. Bi-partisan approach to this proposed legislation is highly unlikely,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/11)

NATO's darling little "rebels"
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
What is the latest on NATO's darlings, the TNC in Libya, the "interim government" recognised by the majority of the international community's representatives, wholly and totally against the hearts and minds of the 7- billion-strong world community? We present a battle report, facts and figures based on figures released by the Libyan authorities. One day after the gang rape of a group of Negro women in a part of Tripoli by these savages, who have already declared they are in favour of ethnic cleansing, we have an entire family, including women and children, slaughtered in their vehicle by... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 23/09/11)

'Tories Drop the Tamil Act'
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
22 September 2011 The Editor, EMBASSY, Ottawa Dear Editor: “Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that if he does not see human rights progress in Sri Lanka, he will boycott the 2013 Commonwealth summit in Colombo,” you said. Prime Minister Harper is entitled to decide whether to attend or not to attend the Colombo, Commonwealth summit in 2013, but as a Canadian I do not have to agree with his decision. If Prime Minister Harper has found little significance of acts of restoring human rights in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

Australia's Partisan Call To Suspend Sri Lanka From Commonwealth Rejected In The Senate !! Poetic Justice Perhaps And Others Take Note!!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
Sept.23rd 2011 Just as anticipated in a previous submission the above mentioned issue has been given the justice it deserved~ poetic perhaps!~ as Australia's Senate probably aware of the pro LTTE sympathetic undercurrents related to the issue has stood firm and rejected the call citing it as involving complex issues which cannot be resolved through such motions. It probably leaves egg all over its chief instigator said to have Tamil Tiger sympathies and is perhaps the kind of justice deserving  of all such ludicrous actions any other source may have ambitions about towards discrediting Sri Lanka and should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

Navi Pillai and Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe. Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
18 September 2011 Ms. Navi Pillai, High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council,  Wilson Palais , 52 rue des Paquis, CH-1201, Geneva, Switzerland   Dear Navi Pillai:    So another session of the UNHRC is coming to an end and your spat with Sri Lanka, I notice has spilled onto the streets, from the squared circle, and the Sri Lankans have taken their gloves off, and you seem to be getting bloodied.   Well…you have been spoiling for a fight for a long time and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

WHO IS RUNNING UN AND ITS AGENCIES?
Malin Abeyatunge
The direct answer to the subject question is HRW, AI, ICS. These so called watch dogs are pushing hard for war crimes probe in Sri Lanka whilst the LTTE rump is playing drums full of dollars from behind the back stage.  UNSG Mr. Ban-ki-Moon has become a puppet on a string manipulated by the West and the trio NGOs namely Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI) and International Crisis Group (ICS). UNSG’s so called Panel of Experts (POE) report now known as Darusman Report by three stooges is a by-product of this manipulation. There is another... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

What has the UNHRC really achieved?
Written by Shenali Waduge
 Let us remind those of whom may not know or may like to forget that theUSvoted against the UN General Assembly resolution that created the council. The main reason for this was the fact that theUScannot tolerate any focus againstIsraelat any UN forum & vetoes every motion brought againstIsrael. The irony was that the worst human rights violating country even refused to run for a seat in the council for two consecutive years on the grounds that human rights abuses were not being punished. TheUSapparently has forgotten or refuses to accept its own human... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

An enhancement of a spectrum of perspectives -Kaleidoscope 2: An Anthology of Sri Lankan English Literature
Dr. Gamini Fonseka Head, English Language Teaching Unit University of Ruhuna
Edited by D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke 2010, 264pp, LKR 550.00 US $ 6.00 ISBN 978-955-665-107-2 Available on-line www.vijithayapa.com Vijitha Yapa Publications, Colombo  Introducing quite a few new writers, whose work deserves prominence before a local and international academic and literary readership, and enhancing the corpus of Sri Lankan writing in English in an academically recognized form, Emeritus Professor D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke’s Kaleidoscope 2 expands the Anthology of English Literature in Sri Lanka he started in 2008 with its predecessor Kaleidoscope 1. This is indeed a welcome contribution by an authority in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

Kudos to Admiral Samarsinghe – Greens anti Sri Lankan move defeated in Australian Parliament
One Sri Lanka Peace Watch
One Sri Lanka sources in Australia reveal that the Australian Government and the opposition have voted together and defeated a move by Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth. It is also learnt that Senator Lee had a round table discussions earlier in the week to facilitate pro – LTTE lobby. Sri Lankan government representatives were banned from this event. Representatives of LTTE front organizations still operates in Australia were seen firing all sorts of lies against Sri Lanka at the meeting. Also, the Australian Minister of Immigration and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

My Sri Lanka" TV Show Trailer
by The Precinct
The first release trailer for The Precinct Studio's upcoming TV series for SBS Australia. This is a 10 part series that takes acclaimed Sydney chef, Peter Kuruvita away from his harbour-side restaurant and back to his homeland of Sri Lanka to reconnect with family, retrace his childhood footprints and cook with the locals. Shot on a combination of XD CAM 800, RED, Sony F3 (RED Prime Lens) and Canon 5D.... -Full Story-
(vimeo.com - 22/09/11)

GREENS SEEK SUSPENSION OF SRI LANKA FROM COMMONWEALTH
Dr Anura Weereratne PhD Laws, LLB, Barrister and Solicitor, Canberra.
The news that the Greens party in Australia is endeavouring to seek the suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth of Nations is amusing.  The Australian Greens whose mandate from the few electorates that they represent, is to keep Australia green.  They have no mandate from their electorates to dabble in matters that they do not quite understand and presumably at the obvious dictates of the Tamil tiger terrorist supporters in their respective electorates.  Given the unpopularity of the Government and its backers like the Greens, this is obviously... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/11)

Taming fatal accidents in Sri Lankan roads
Dr.Chandana Jayalath
Hardly a day goes without road accidents. Any accident is a bad scene quite disheartening and dreadful. Lorries, buses and containers overtake blind. Around 2,000 people die out of 6,000 recorded accidents every year, being the number one killer among people in the 15 to 29 age group. The three decades from 1977 to 2007 recorded 1,120,848 accidents, 40,000 deaths, 370,000 injuries and 68,440 serious injuries. This means at least a one person dies in each 4 hours. The annual social cost of road traffic injuries runs to over Rs.10 billion, and the trend is upwards. Amongst... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/11)

Sampanthan and TNA have got the votes, but they have not won the hearts of the people in Jaffna.
By Charles.S.Perera
 Sampanthan and his vociferous acolytes of the TNA because they won the Local Government Elections think they have become the voice of the people in the North. But they are mistaken if they think they are the uncontested representatives of the Tamil people in Jaffna. They are certainly not that popular among at least the Jaffna intelligentsia as they seem to think.  I have many friends in Jaffna who do not agree with Sampanthan and his TNA gang. One of them who had been living abroad for a long time and has come to live in Jaffna... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/11)

THE IRONY OF WORDS, AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS, BY GENERALS.
SUSANTHA WIJESINGHE
 Quote:- The American Constitution spells out the Chain of Command, and no matter how brilliant a GENERAL (emphasis mine) may be, he serves at the pleasure of the Commander-in Chief, who happens to be the President, persuant to the dictates of the American Constitution. unquote.   I watched a video clip of President Obama, speaking at the White House,  about General  Stanley McCrystal being fired from his top position as Afghanistan Commander. He did not hesitate to praise the General, for his excellent performance and services,  but expressed his regret  in no uncertain terms, the action he took in the name... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/11)

බුදු දහමේ සටන් කලාව 1.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
බෞද්ධ ධර්මය හා දර්ශණය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පදනම බවට ස්ථාපිතව, මේ වනවිටත් ශත වර්ෂ ගනනාවක් පසුවී හමාරය. මේ කාලය තුලදී විවිධ පුද්ගලයින් මේ රට තුල උපත ලබා මියගොස් නව පරපුරක්  බිහිව, ඔවුනද  මියගොස්, දාමයක් සේ ගලායන  පරම්පරා දාමයක වර්තමානය යනු තවත් එක් පුරුකකි. මේ ගලා ගිය ඓතිහාසික කාල පරිච්ඡේදය තුලදී මෙරට තුල බෞද්ධ ධර්මය හා දර්ශණය නිදහසේ ගලා යාම නොරිස්සූ, ඊට එරෙහි වූ ජනකායක් ආරම්භයේ සිටම, පරම්පරා දාමයක්සේ බෞද්ධ විරෝධී පදනමේ සිට කටයුතු කලහ. ඒ පරම්පරා දාමයද, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ බෞද්ධ දර්ශණය ජීවනය කරගත් පරපම්පරා දාමයටට සමාන්තරව යුග තරණයක යෙදෙන අතර වර්තමානයේදීද මේ පරම්පරාවන් දෙකම සමාජගතව සිටින බව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/11)

Commonwealth Colonialism by Proxy Targets Commonwealth Games and Criminal Support
Dilrook Kannangara
Australian Greens have called for a boycott of the Commonwealth summit in Colombo, independent investigations into alleged war excesses by Sri Lanka and to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth. This comes after Canada called to boycott the summit. Canada and Australia have many things in common, most importantly both countries were created upon the genocide of native populations, their rule and their values. What better way to deflect own atrocities than to blame others! It will not surprise anyone if Britain joins the bandwagon. In the case of Australia, Greens should first campaign for an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/11)

Libya's New Leaders Face Opposition
The bazaar in the centre of Benghazi is nothing much out of the ordinary. Cheap Chinese torches with the lifespan of about a week are stacked up beside shiny polyester T-shirts and plastic jewellery, but the narrow, dingy street was still fun to explore in a city that had come close to disaster but was now returning to normal after seven tense months. A stranger fell into step alongside me. At first I assumed he wanted to practice his English. Then something odd happened.... -Full Story- (huffingtonpost.com - 21/09/11)

Tamil link to Perth credit card skimming
LUKE ELIOT CHIEF CRIME REPORTER, The West Australian
Sri Lankan Tamils were largely behind credit card skimming crimes that had cost about 6000 West Australians more than $6.5 million from EFTPOS machines, Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich said yesterday. And there are concerns that funds raised in such operations could be diverted to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers and listed by a number of countries as a terrorist organisation. Speaking at the Australian Association of Crown Prosecutors conference, Mr Anticich identified skimming crimes involving EFTPOS and automatic teller machines and identity theft as emerging... -Full Story-
(au.news.yahoo.com - 21/09/11)

Australia's Call For Revoking Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Membership Rings As Hollow As Canada's Call For Boycotting Colombo
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
Sept.18th 2011 Both Australia and Canada seem so cocksure and adamant about their declarations on Sri Lanka's human rights records without a real shred of tangible evidence beyond doctored Tamil tiger sponsored fabrications, pro LTTE activist propaganda and Tamil sympathy,that it seems almost laughable, truly apathetic as well as ignorant on their part and needs to be dragged down as balatant affrontery against a Sovereign Nation legitimately defending Sovereignity and Territorial integrity and the spread of global terrorism.  AUSTRALIA'S ' Greens' are said to be readying to launch the first major challenge to Sri Lanka's Commonwealth... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

Australian Greens takes sides with the Terrorists
One Sri Lanka Peace Watch 
An environment movement later turned to a small political party in Australia has now taken up its new role as a pro terrorist lobby. One Sri Lanka Peace Watch sources in Australia reveal that the Tamil Tiger residuals in Australia have bribed the senior members of the party to initiate campaign against Sri Lanka, challenging the country’s membership in the Commonwealth.    According to the sources, this campaign has taken a different twist with the end of the Tamil Tigers; now it demands investigations into alleged war crimes committed by both Sri Lanka government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

GREENS SEEK SUSPENSION OF SRI LANKA FROM COMMONWEALTH
Dr Anura Weereratne
The news that the Greens party in Australia is endeavouring to seek the suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth of Nations is amusing.  The Australian Greens whose mandate from the few electorates that they represent is to keep Australia green.  They have no mandate from their electorates to dabble in matters that they do not quite understand and presumably at the obvious dictates of the Tamil tiger terrorist supporters in their respective electorates.  Given the unpopularity of the Government and its backers like the Greens, this is obviously a ploy to please the Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

President Rajapaksa arrives in New York to attend UN General Assembly
By Janaka Alahapperuma
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in New York, USA on Monday 19 September to attend the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President led the delegation which also includes External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, to the UN Summit. Representative of Sri Lankan Airlines-USA and two little children warmly welcomed President Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa at the air port. Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to The United Nations mission in New York Dr. Palitha Kohona, Deputy Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva and the staff of the mission were also present. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

Watchdogs Push for War Crimes Probe in Sri Lanka - Sept.17,2010
Ira de Silva London, Ontario
The Editor The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka   Dear Sir:   The heading of the article is very appropriate. Those who are chomping at the bit to have a war crimes investigation on Sri Lanka are behaving like a dog with a bone. It is ironic that the so-called human rights advocates are so focussed on picking on Sri Lanka that they are not paying attention to the gross violation of human rights being committed by the western bloc in many parts of the world. Their hypocrisy is clear - they focus on Sri Lanka ignoring... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

RITUAL SLAUGHTER: WELL DONE MINISTER MERYWN SILWA!
Christopher V. Pulle Thousand Oaks, California
The recent actions by Minister Mervyn Silva against the ritual but barbaric, cruel, anachronistic practice of ritual slaughter have much to be admired and commended. Such ritual practices are repugnant in any civilized nation and ought to banned outright – without delay.  Besides, Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country ( I am Catholic ) and such barbaric cruelty in the name of religion is incomprehensible. It is totally incompatible, contradictory, with Buddhist precepts and the Buddhist way of life, that include the humane treatment of all living things, including goats, cows, buffalo,…..  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

Palestinians Must Relentlessly Push for Statehood Defeating US Tricks
Muhammad Faraz
Palestinian statehood was due for a long time. Now is the time to take decisive action. According to reports Abbas, the President of Palestine Authority is planning to handover the statehood demand to the UN Security Council on Friday 23 September, 2011. Israel, USA and other players are doing their last minute grapple as usual to avoid it. USA has threatened to veto the move. After vetoing the move, USA will lose even the little credibility it has in the Middle East. It will not be able to salvage Israel in future peace deals. All US... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

An Outsider’s View – 4, Americans must think global: Beware of Tea Party ‘wisdom’
By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Almost 238 years ago, a group of American colonists protested the British government’s Tea Act when they destroyed three shiploads of prime tea, which the monopolistic East India Co. was about to unload at the Boston Harbor. This so-called Boston Tea Party, staged on Dec. 16, 1773, dumped the unsolicited taxed tea into the harbor thereby humiliating royal Gov. Thomas Hutchinson who refused to return the consignment to Britain. In retaliation, Britain passed the Coercive Acts of 1774 that provoked the American Revolutionary War in 1775.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

Chandrika Vs Ranil-Was it a bad dream or a comedy?
By Stanley Perera – Melbourne
Former President Chandrika B.K. or former Prime Minister Ranil W. must explain to the Sri Lankans whether it was a bad dream or a comedy the drama they played during the time of Presidency of CBK. BATALANDA President CBK appointed a commission to report back to her on the accusations of mass murder at Batalanda. That commission was known as Batalanda Commission. The report was handed over to the President but it was not released to the public. The writer met with the Buddhist monks at the Sinharaja Aranya who witnessed the exhuming of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/11)

Lavrov rebuffs Clinton call to turn screw on Syria
RT
Washington is trying to drum up Moscow’s support to adopt a firm UN Security Council resolution on Syrian violence. The issue was discussed at an urgent meeting of the two countries’ top diplomats in New York. ­The meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was held behind closed doors. The talks did not end with a breakthrough however, as Russia maintains that only a dialogue between the government and the opposition can result in a settlement in Syria. Moscow believes that mounting foreign pressure on President Assad would encourage the protestors not... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 20/09/11)

Private Practice is ok, Practical Medical College is not!
Shenali Waduge
The first fee levying medical school was opened in the 1980s. It was called the North Colombo Medical College. Not surprisingly, there were plenty of protests against its implementation. Now twenty years on protests have arisen against the gazette notification on 2nd September giving the right for South Asian Institute of Technology & Management (SAITM) to award medical degrees in Sri Lanka. We are used to protests by pro-JVP student unions but when GMOA & Sri Lanka Medical Council objects to the opening of private medical colleges when they themselves are involved in private practice, as citizens... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/09/11)

International community bullying Sri Lanka !
P.A.Samaraweera, Australia
The Canadian Prime Minister had threatened to boycott the 2013 Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka, unless the govt address accountability issues. Reflecting this, the High Commissioner for Canada had observed, "...Sri Lanka had failed to address contentious issues to the degree the 'international community' expected and wanted it to do..."   It is his pregorative to decide whether he should attend or not. And ofcourse he will get the Tamil diaspora votes if he does not attend the conference. So all these threats are to get their votes. And also funds.   The 'international community' is dominated by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/09/11)

A matter of olfactory perception
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Words of Samuel Tayler Coleridge's poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, "Water water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink", perhaps have to be rephrased to suit the modern times to read as ' water....water...... everywhere .....but.... what should one drink........?. Tap water .......! Or bottled water ......? The Ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles believed that water as one of the four classical elements along with fire, earth and air, and was regarded as the primordial matter of the universe. The classical element of water was also one of the five elements in traditional Chinese philosophy, along with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/09/11)

SIVAJILINGAM Vs 4000 BODY BAGS-WAS HE INSINUATING TO MURDER 4000 SOLDIERS?
By Stanley Perera – Melbourne
Planning or plotting to murder is a jail able offence. Insinuating or making a statement in public to murder 4000 Sri Lanka’s Army personnel is a heinous crime. Sivajilingam’s maiden speech is coming to haunt him now. The writer is warning Sivajilingam to be prepared to dance to the tune played by the patriotic Sri Lankans. It was the time MR’s first presidential election. Terrorist leader Pirapaharan blocked the North and East voters in exercising their democratic rights. After the presidential election Pirapaharan appointed 22 members from the terrorist cadre to the Sri Lanka’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/09/11)

Mohan Peiris slams US for threatening Sri Lanka
H. L. D. Mahindapala reporting from Geneva
 At a side-event at the UN Human Rights Council held on September 11, 2011, Mohan Peiris, the former Attorney-General, lambasted the American Ambassadress, A. Donahue, when she threatened Sri Lanka with “growing pressure from the international community” if it does not demonstrate a willingness or ability to conduct an independent inquiry. In other words, America had already prejudged the outcome of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and insists that Sri Lanka must obey the dictates of America or else.....?  The main thrust of the Western bloc is to downgrade and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/11)

Controversial road development project through Ilumbakanda forest adjacent to the Sinharaja was halted
Disna MUDALIGE Courtesy Daily News
Arrangements are in place to take over 2,488 hectares of forest land belonging to the Land Reforms Commission adjacent to the Sinharaja world heritage rain forest site to the Forest Conservation Department, said Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. Addressing a media conference at the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) auditorium on Saturday, the minister said that the LRC in a letter has expressed its approval to this move recently. The minister observed that he made the initial proposal to hand over these forest lands to the FCD in a Cabinet paper when he was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/11)

THE AUSTRALIAN GREENS SENATOR LEE RHIANNON’S ‘ROUNDTABLE‘ AT CANBERRA PARLIAMENT HOUSE
MEDIA RELEASE -20-SRI LANKA SUPPORT GROUP   Canberra ACT  2601
THE AUSTRALIAN GREENS SENATOR LEE RHIANNON’S ‘ROUNDTABLE‘ AT CANBERRA PARLIAMENT HOUSE ON 20 SEPTEMBER 2011  - PART OF THE  SINISTER MOVE TO SPLIT SRI LANKA INTO TWO, AND CAUSE DESTRUCTION, MAYHEM AND HAVOC TO SRI LANKA – A NATION THAT IS COMING OUT OF ITS LONG WAR BATTERED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DOLDRUMS Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon’s web page that announces the proposed Roundtable, depicts the same map of Sri Lanka that the late megalomaniac terrorist leader, Prabhakaran, used in his pursuit to carve out a separate state in Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/11)

Harper wants to boycott the Commonwealth Summit of 2013 in Coolombo
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
17 September 2011 The Editor  EMBASSY, Ottawa  Sir: Prime Minister Stephen Harper lost my admiration when he announced his agenda of the GTA Tamil vote-buying vulgarity, when he wanted to play Pied Piper among the Commonwealth of Nations, wanting to drag the rest of the nations to boycott the 2013 Commonwealth summit to be held in Colombo. His reasoning is to seek accountability on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the final five months of the Tamil Tigers-336 month war which haemorrhaged Sri Lanka and killed over... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/11)

Canada Nudges Lanka Over Accountability Issues - Sept. 15, 2011
Ira de Silva London, Ontario
The Editor The Island Newspaper Colombo, Sri Lanka   Dear Sir:   The Canadian Prime Minister is entitled to attend or not attend any conference, Commonwealth or other, if he so chooses. However, that he should make such a statement in the form of a "threat"  is not acceptable because by doing so he is disregarding the rights of a sovereign country and the human rights of all the people of Sri Lanka. Further, the Commonwealth is composed of many countries and the decision to hold the games in Sri Lanka was made in 2009, why did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/11)

We Thank the UK Conservative Party MPs who spoke in defence of Sri Lanka
By Charles.S.Perera
 TO Honourable Conservative Party MPs Mr. Nick de Bois for Enfield North, Mr. Bob Blackman for  Harrow East, Mr.James Wharton for Stockton South, Mr.Brian Binley for Northampton South  __________________________________ Honourable Sir,  We in Sri Lanka grew with lot of respect  and affection to the English people.  We believed them to be just and fair.  Lot of us tried to imitate the ways of the English, and likened  our own people who are just, fair and reasonable to an Englishaen.  We learnt their language and we read the literary work of the English more than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/11)

AN APPEAL TO ROBERT O BLAKE-STOP BEING A STIRRER
By Stanley Perera
My dear Mr. Blake, Sri Lankans are fully aware of the fact that you are the US Assistant Secretary to Hillary Clinton and you have assumed the role played by the racist Erick Sellheim. It is also a widely known fact that while you were the US Ambassador in Colombo, you were heavily involved with the Terrorist gang LTTE together with the western countries. Mr. Blake, You are fully aware of the fact that the Tamil Diaspora in the USA are collecting funds and they are involved in money laundering, supplying arms to the terrorists, credit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/11)

Think in the right direction, you might discover something.
Dr Hector Perera  London
Imagination is very important to make something, invent something or to improve what is already there. When an apple fell on his head what did the little boy did, he thought why it fell down then only he went to discover gravity. Did Galileo fly all the way up to prove that the sun is the centre of universe? Did Archimedes break the Golden crown to find whether it was a mixture of metals or just pure gold only? He discovered up thrust when he sat in the bath fully naked, then ran naked all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/09/11)

Hundreds killed in NATO night attack – Gaddafi’s spokesman
RT
Muammar Gaddafi’s spokesman accused NATO of killing more than 350 people in the town of Sirte overnight, as well as thousands of civilians in the last 17 days. In a telephone call to Reuters on Saturday, Moussa Ibrahim, a spokesman for the deposed Libyan leader, said that 354 people were killed as a result of NATO airstrike on a residential building and a hotel in Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte. "NATO attacked the city of Sirte last night with more than 30 rockets directed at the city's main hotel and the Tamin building, which consists of more than 90 residential... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 17/09/11)

Civilian deaths in Libya: who’s killing who?
RT
In Libya, where NATO-backed NTC forces are attempting to wipe out the last remaining pro-Gaddafi strongholds, civilians are still being killed but normally-vocal countries backing a UN resolution to protect them have gone strangely quiet. British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a visit this week to survey their handiwork. The first heads of state to visit Tripoli since the city fell to rebel forces say their countries’ work in spearheading the NATO intervention is not yet done. “We must keep on with the NATO mission until civilians are all protected and until this work... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 17/09/11)

The democracy bomb
Lisa Karpova
Among the stupidest platitudes that one all too often hears from U.S. and western hypocrites, the worst is how they portray their own countries as beacons or paragons of freedom and democracy when a quick look, and especially an extended one, will demonstrate otherwise. When something is built on dishonesty, all else begins to unravel. NATO exposes their evil intentions by their extensive use of lies and trickery. Once again, however, they have overestimated themselves and underestimated the Libyan people. The lies and trickery do not work. Force and coercion are not considered examples of either freedom or... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 17/09/11)

NATO Kills 354 in Overnight Libya Air Strike
Israel National News
Libyan interim government forces licked their wounds on Saturday after a failed assault on the town of Bani Walid as a spokesman for former dictator Muammar Gadhafi accused NATO of killing 354 people in overnight air strikes on the city of Sirte. Moussa Ibrahim, the deposed leader's spokesman, contacted Reuters by satellite telephone to say Gadhafi was still in Libya, leading the "resistance" against his foes. He furhter said that NATO air strikes on Sirte, Gadhafi's birthplace, had hit a residential building and a hotel, killing 354 people.... -Full Story-
(israelnationalnews.com - 17/09/11)

Civilians join Gaddafi fighters to defend hometown
Libyan fighters battled street by street for control of Muammar's Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte for the third day on Saturday, taking sniper, assault rifle and rocket fire from his loyalists perched on the city's rooftops. Ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters said it was unclear how many Gaddafi loyalists were in the city but several suggested that some of Sirte's civilian residents had started joining the fight on the ousted leader's side. "There has been some resistance from civilians, volunteers. They're above the buildings with Kalashnikovs, anti-aircraft guns, rockets and other weapons," NTC fighter, Mahmoud Terbelu, said as he stood... -Full Story- (ynetnews.com - 17/09/11)

Qaddafi loyalists make endgame bloody
SIRTE, Libya - Revolutionary fighters struggled to make gains in an assault into Qaddafi's hometown Saturday with bloody street-by-street battles against loyalist forces fiercely defending the most symbolic of the shattered regime's remaining strongholds. The fresh attack into the Mediterranean coastal city of Sirte contrasted with a stalemate in the mountain enclave of Bani Walid where demoralized anti-Qaddafi forces tried to regroup after being beaten back by loyalist snipers and gunners holding strategic high ground.... -Full Story- (cbsnews.com - 17/09/11)

Libya: Tony Blair and Col Gaddafi's secret meetings
New questions over Tony Blair's ties to Col Muammar Gaddafi and his role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber have emerged from documents discovered in Tripoli.The letters and emails, found by The Sunday Telegraph, show Mr Blair held secret talks with Gaddafi in the months before Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was freed from a British jail. He was flown to Libya twice at Gaddafi's expense on one of the former dictator's private jets - visiting the him in June 2008 and April 2009, when Libya was threatening to cut all business links if Megrahi stayed in a British jail.... -Full Story- (telegraph.co.uk - 17/09/11)

Libyan Rebels Have No Clue on Gaddafi's Whereabouts
The government of the Libyan rebels, known as the Transitional National Council, has no certain information about the whereabouts of fugitive dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a spokesman said. Gaddafi has been in hiding ever since his loyalist forces lost the Libyan capital Tripoli on August 21, 2011, occasionally releasing media statements. The rebel government spokesman Col Ahmed Omar Bani says he thinks anybody who knew where Gaddafi was would turn him in for the nearly USD 2 B bounty set by the revolutionaries, as cited by Al Jazeera.... -Full Story- (novinite.com - 17/09/11)

Libyan Rebels Have No Clue on Gaddafi's Whereabouts
The government of the Libyan rebels, known as the Transitional National Council, has no certain information about the whereabouts of fugitive dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a spokesman said. Gaddafi has been in hiding ever since his loyalist forces lost the Libyan capital Tripoli on August 21, 2011, occasionally releasing media statements. The rebel government spokesman Col Ahmed Omar Bani says he thinks anybody who knew where Gaddafi was would turn him in for the nearly USD 2 B bounty set by the revolutionaries, as cited by Al Jazeera.... -Full Story- (novinite.com - 17/09/11)

Libyan Oil Washes Away Torture of Bulgarian Nurses
By Sasa Milosevic
The U.S. State Department says that Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the leader of Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), is a reformer. I am asking: How may a man who repeatedly sentenced to death innocent Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor be a reformer and a democrat? How may a man who prolonged the agony and sufferings of falsely accused health workers in Gaddafi's prison now open the doors of the same prisons, positioning himself as a liberator of oppressed people? How does the man who was loyal to Gaddafi and ignored tortures of foreign medical workers dare talk... -Full Story-
(novinite.com - 17/09/11)

The London Riots: A Lone battle by the drop outs of the Education System: The Answer-Self Employment Guidance to the Unemployed.
By Dr. Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D.(Michigan State University)
 London did burn in August and in the days that followed there were riots in Birmingham, Manchester and many other Cities. People plundered shops and walked away with whatever they could snatch and in many areas they looted under the watchful survelliance of the Police. It was easily the “Worst public disorder in a generation”.  The riots were far more serious than the Brixton Riots of April 1981 when over a hundred vehicles were torched.   The Metropolitan Police said that the 2011 Riots were a wake up call(Evening Standard: Sept6).... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/11)

Population Trends Paint a Gloomy Picture for Sri Lanka – Includes Excerpts from a UN Publication
Dilrook Kannangara
SavingSri Lankais about saving its entirety including its multicultural balance. Any chronic imbalance leads to disastrous outcomes and makes the nation vulnerable to be an extension of western-backed, Indian or middle eastern expansionism. The foregoing factual analysis is based on an article published in the Asia-Pacific Population Journal, September 2001 which appeared in United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) under the heading “Fertility Decline in Sri Lanka: Are All Ethnic Groups Party to the Process?”. It was conducted and published by P Puvanarajan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and W Indralal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/11)

HC Bruce Levy: Stephen Harper wanting to boycott the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
16 September 2011 His Excellency Bruce Levy Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gregory Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka  Dear Bruce Levy: I am sure there may be times in your diplomatic life that you have to bite your tongue and toe the line of your boss’s stance on international affairs, when your conscience would want to say: “No, Sir, you are wrong…you are absolutely wrong.”  I am sure this Commonwealth Summit to be held in Sri Lanka in 2013, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper making such a song... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/11)

Reaching the top in one’s profession
Emeritus Professor of English D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke - interviewed by Chandra Wickramasinghe.
Q. Professor Goonetilleke, your Curriculum Vitae is indeed long and impressive and it would take a good half an hour to recount here even the more salient parts of it. However,what strikes one forcefully is that during your eventful career as a University Don in Sri Lanka,you engaged in extensive research,wrote prolifically and also served on numerous Government Advisory Boards and Panels while being invited as a Visiting Fellow by prestigious Universities in the UK, Cambridge and London, and as Guest Professor of the University of Tubingen in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

K. Jayathilaka: The living icon of Sinhala literature
By Dr. Ruwan M. 
Gifted Sri Lankan writer, K. Jayathilaka, is a pioneer of the Sinhala realistic novel. As a creative writer, he showed his talents since the early 1960s. His novels and short stories represent ironic social perspectives and had a profound impact on Sinhalese literature. K. Jayathilaka demonstrated talents that could be compared to those of that great literary genius Martin Wickramasinghe. He wrote a wide range of literature from novels to short stories as well as children’s literature. K. Jayathilaka has authored nearly 12 children’s books and added some of his childhood experiences to these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

Robert Blake's visit to Sri Lanka !
P.A.Samaraweera, Australia
Robert Blake, US Assistant Secretary of State had referred to the Prevention of Terrorism Act  and proposed that it be terminated as the Emergency Regulations. In this connection, we wish to remind him about the US Security laws such as The Patriotic Act which grants sweeping powers to US authorities to act not only in the US but also anywhere in the world.   He had also mentioned 'international pressure' from the international community if Sri Lanka does not toe their line. Sri Lanka experienced international pressure during the war and that was for peace talks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

To the victors, the problems
Simon Tisdall
David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy were at pains to stress they had not come to Libya in search of lucrative reconstruction contracts and easy-terms oil deals. David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy were at pains to stress they had not come to Libya in search of lucrative reconstruction contracts and easy-terms oil deals. Their tone in Tripoli on Thursday was far too high-minded for that. But in truth, like self-styled conquering heroes through history, the British and French leaders arrived in hot pursuit of victors' laurels that may, in time, produce a handy financial payback. This was,... -Full Story-
(theage.com.au - 15/09/11)

ජයතිලක සූරීන්ගේ අවසන් කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය ගෞරව සහිත ව
janaka alahapperuma
අභාවප්‍රාප්ත කේ. ජයතිලක සූරීන්ගේ අවසාන කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය ගෞරව සහිත ව පැවැත්වෙන බව අවමඟුල් කමිටුව පවසයි. කේ. ජයතිලක සූරීන්ගේ දේහය අද (15) පෙරවරුවේ බොරැල්ල ජයරත්න මල් ශාලාවේ සිට රදාවාන කන්නිමහර පිහිටි ඒ මහතාගේ මහගෙදර වෙත රිය පෙරහැරකින් රැගෙන ගියේ ය. දේහයට ගෞරව දැක්වීමට සංස්කෘතික හා කලා කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය ටී.බී. ඒකනායක මහතා, හිටපු සංස්කෘතික හා ජාතික උරුමයන් පිළිබඳ නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ඒ.වී. සුරවීර මහතා, සංස්කෘතික හා කලා කටයුතු අමාත්‍යංශයේ ලේකම් විමල් රූබසිංහ මහතා සමඟ සාහිත්‍යවේදීන් හා කලාකරුවන් ද පොත් ප්‍රකාශක සංගමයේ නිලධාරීන් ද ජයතිලක මහතාගේ පවුලේ ඥාති හිතමිත්‍රාදීහු ද එම අවස්ථාවට එක් ව සිටියහ. ඊයේ රාත්‍රී කොළඹ පෞද්ගලික රෝහලකදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

IS ANOTHER ERIC SOLHEIM BORN?
Malin Abeyatunge
Who has asked US Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake to act as a facilitator for the Government’s reconciliation process. Not the President or is it that Blake has appointed himself to be the facilitator. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga then president invited Eric Solheim to be the facilitator for negotiation purpose between the Govt and the LTTE but finally ended up with Eric Solheim becoming the god father and mouth piece of LTTE. Now similar role has been taken by Blake on his own. We are well aware as Wikileaks exposed as to the extent he had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

ලංවිම දීපව්‍යාප්ත වැටලීම් අඛණ්ඩව.
මාධ්‍ය අංශය - විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය
අගෝස්තු මස වැටලීම් තුළින්  ජූලි මස වැටලීම් ආදායම හා සමාන වාර්තාගත ආදායමක්.  ලංවිම හදිසි වැටලීම් අංශ නිලධාරීන් විසින් පසුගිය අගෝස්තු මස සිදුකළ වැටලීම් තුළින් උපයාගත් රු.23,177,583.24 ( රු.මිලියන 23) ක මුදලින් රු.2,420,000.00 ( මිලියන 2.42) ක් උසාවි දඩ වශයෙන්ද, රු.20,757,583.24 (රු. මිලියන 20.75) විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලයේ අලාභය ලෙසද ගණන් බලා ඇත. මෙම ආදායම මෙම වසරේ ජූලි මස ඉපයූ වාර්තාගත ආදායම බඳු වාර්තාගත ආදායමක් බව විදුලිබල අමාත්‍යාංශය අවධාරණය කරයි.  ඒ අනුව මීටර් වෙනස් කිරීම්, කොකු භාවිතා කර විදුලිය ලබාගැනීම් වැනි අයථා විදුලි පරිහරණයන් පිළිබඳ සිද්ධීන් 208ක් වාර්තා වී ඇති අතර ඒ අතරින් සිද්ධීන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

OPEN LETTER TO ROBERT O BLAKE- IT IS AN IDIOTIC STATEMENT
By Stanley Perera
My dear Mr. Blake, Re- your statement to the journalists in Colombo, You said on 14.09.2011while addressing journalists in Colombo that “it is important to deploy Tamil Police in the North so the military no longer needs to perform these functions.” The writer wishes to make you aware you in details of the repercussions and the full implication of your statement politely and diplomatically in a very simple language that you can understand. First and foremost I must question and challenge you to explain what authority and the Wright you have as an American citizen to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

“Inability to understand the language spoken by each other is the main reason for creating distance” says Minister Alahapperuma
By Janaka Alahapperuma
 Dallas Alahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development said that inability to understand the language spoken by each other is the main reason for creating distance between different communities in Sri Lanka. It is an obstacle for peace among Sinhalese and Tamils as well. Minister Alahapperuma made these remarks when he met rehabilitated Tamil Tiger combatants at Sanath Jayasuriya Grounds in Matara, Southern Province of Sri Lanka yesterday evening. While taking part in the meeting of the friendship tour titled as ‘Talruppawen Polruppawata- Palmyra Garden to Coconut Garden’ held in Matara, Minister said the time... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/11)

UN has no authority to pass Resolutions on Libya
The United Nations Organization is no more or less than an umbrella for humanitarian intervention after disasters and catastrophes, a forum for discussion of issues pertaining to cultural heritage and a useful tool to channel developmental approaches. As a law-making body, the Libya Question has shown that the Organization has lost all legitimacy. The people of the world community are not stupid. Those who still believe the biased and controlled media (certainly very few after the Libya Question) may be duped but these days, despite draconian measures and sinister and criminal acts of cyber terrorism, hacking, blocking access to independent... -Full Story- (english.pravda.ru - 15/09/11)

UN to take charge of law and order in Libya
RT
A failure to properly implement UN resolution 1973 aimed at protecting civilians in Libya crystallized into a full-scale civil war and foreign invasion, argues Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin. He says only the UN can break the stalemate. ­The Russian envoy revealed that the “UN Security Council is currently working on a resolution that would enable the organization to issue a UN mandate for Libya and in that mandate there will be steps taken to make sure that a law and order system is going to be created in Libya which will prevent from happening those horrible thing allegedly... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 15/09/11)

Silence and fear return to the streets of Tripoli
RT
A month on from Tripoli’s fall to rebel forces, the leaders of France and Britain are traveling to the city in a show of support for the regime their warplanes helped put in power, while those who backed Colonel Gaddafi remain defiant but fearful. ­On the eve of the visit of French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British PM David Cameron, the head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has asked for more weapons to fight pockets of Colonel Gaddafi's loyalists and remove them from their remaining strongholds. The rebel government thinks the ousted dictator is hiding in... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 15/09/11)

Harping on a fig leaf
Dr Bandula Kothalawala LondonN7
This is not really an attempt to console Sri Lankans distraught over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s call on the leaders of the Commonwealth to have second thoughts about attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government’s Meeting (CHOGM) due to be held in Colombo in 2013.  His message, no doubt, left millions of Sri Lankans heartbroken! Any hope of the troubled land being hallowed with the graceful presence of the likes of Mr Harper seems to be fast melting away like early autumnal snow on a sunny day in the Prime Minister’s Calgary constituency in Alberta. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

Pillai unashamedly in lockstep with the Tiger ghetto dwellers
By Philip Fernando
Navi Pillai bears a visceral aversion to truth striving to take up the mantle of the vanquished terrorist bunker dwellers whose residuary odds and ends want her to be the tigress of the dark ghetto they occupied for decades. Geneva has become her fortress where a scorched-earth policy against Sri Lanka was being hatched. She is in lockstep with the sinister strategy repeating ad nauseam the false charges against Sri Lanka hoping that they would stick. Pillai has generated a surfeit of venomous testosterone polluting the sober debating purpose that UN has followed. Tamara Kunanayakam Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

Sri Lanka: CHOGM Summit in 2013
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario. Canada
14 September 2011 The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, PC., MP Prime Minister of Canada, House of Commons, Ottawa  Dear Prime Minister: The BBC reports that “The Canadian prime minister has called upon heads of state to consider Sri Lanka’s human rights record before attending the Commonwealth leader’s summit (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo. Answering a question by a journalist in Toronto, PM Stephen Harper said he has expressed his reservations on Sri Lanka hosting the 2013 summit.” For sweet Mother of Jesus, Prime Minister Harper, please don’t go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

BLAKE SHOULD INVESTIGATE HOW THE US FUNDED THE LTTE
  Ranjith Soysa
The funding received by the TRO , a well known LTTE front organization should be an important item in the discussions between the Sri Lankan Government representatives and Robert Blake, a crusader of human rights now in Sri Lanka. In fact it is an acknowledged fact that the LTTE was able to operate as a State within a Sate mainly due to the funds ,arms  and training received from some of the Western countries including the USA. A Wiki Leaks cable  from the US Embassy in  Colombo to the Department of State in Washington outlines the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

The Rape of world heritage Sinharaja Rain Forest continues.-One Notorious Politico-Mafia Gang related with Sri Lanka’s Ruling Government is accused of this crime.
-Sumal
-13 September 2011 It is  common to hear nowadays that’ the virgin forests are being cleared for the development works. Entire communities of Animal species and native tribes had been  wiped out forever. But, such a crime has even been justified by the certain ruling political elites, perhaps bringing the Political ethics down to most low levels. Of course, not  something civilized, but a  combined policy  of  conquest and plunder which machinating with the violence and corruption. Such a  miserable policy, even that Lucifer of  Machiavelli would have fallen to theorize  during his Dark medieval age. Sinharaja Forest’s enormous... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

Re-TNA's "Slamming" Of Minister Samarasinghe’s UN Statement ~ A Rebuttal !
Insight By Sunil Kumar
Sept 15th 2011 Once again it needs to be reiterated that the Government of Sri Lanka should not be dictated to in any way by the TNA simply because the Tamil Diaspora paints them as legitimate politicians and some world leaders buy their lines despite somewhat curiously their countries banning the LTTE underground operatives who appear to continue working hand in glove with the TNA which given their bold agitations of late to which they have no entitlement seem to be getting carried away. It needs to be remembered that they were and in all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

Is Gogol’s Diary of a Madman coinciding with the description of Schizophrenia?
Dr. Ruwan Jayatunge
"I am destined by the mysterious powers to walk hand in hand with my strange heroes,"  "viewing life in all its immensity as it rushes past me, viewing it through laughter seen by the world and tears unseen and unknown by it." Nicolai Gogol  The Ukrainian novelist Nicolai Gogol published his sardonic tale Diary of a Madman (Zapiski sumasshedshego) in 1834 which   describes the inner psychic conflict of a person named Axenty Ivanovich Poprishchin who seems to be suffering from schizophrenia  a mental illness that is characterized by distorted thinking, hallucinations and reduced ability to feel normal emotions.   Modern descriptions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS AT STAKE?
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
 It was 18th of last July when some terrorists attacked a police station of Xinjiang Province of China which borders Pakistan. The attack claimed lives of more than 18 innocent people. Soon after the attack the western and Indian media started spreading the disinformation that the suspects involved in this attack had been trained in Pakistan. The purpose behind this disinformation was nothing but to malign friendly relationship between China and Pakistan. Pak-China friendly relations need no introduction. Pakistan is fortunate enough to have a friend like China in the neighbourhood. If there were no China... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/11)

AE911Truth.org's - Blueprint for Truth-The Architecture of Destruction-114min.
This is the full 2 hour version of the original dvd "Blueprint for Truth-The Architecture of Destruction". In 2 hours Richard Gage, AIA of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth takes you through most of the scientific forensic... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 14/09/11)

ZERO An Investigation Into 9/11 (FULL documentary)
Please visit http://zero911movie.com/site/ and purchase the whole movie to help support the people who worked hard to produce such an outstanding film. ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11, has one central thesis - that the official... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 14/09/11)

Tamil Tiger and Khalistan Terrorist Link is a Grave Threat to Both India and Lanka
- Kumar Moses
Now it is an open secret. Until recently Tamil Tigers managed to keep secret their very close link with Khalistan terrorists mainly the Khalistan Zindabad Font (KZF) - another banned terrorist group like the LTTE in USA and elsewhere - but not anymore. Today the two groups openly interact with one another, participate in protests of each other, join forces in their Diaspora camps, share terrorist links and synergies across the world and jointly breed hatred.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZLC5IqdPHI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNc4wdSdyZs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xUCDgSamWI&feature=related  Khalistan movement is a violent campaign aimed at establishing a separate nation for a group of Sikhs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/11)

Is the Folk-Buddhism currently practiced in Sri Lanka a major shift from the Canonical Buddhism of the Sutras?
R Chandrasoma
The Canonical Buddhism of the Sutras has at its heart the endevour to elevate the spiritual condition of the samsaric wayfarer theough a knowledge of the Noble Truths enunciated by our Compassionate Teacher - the Buddha. This task is quintessentially individual and cannot be short-circuited by the tranferable goodness of others in the way that the Abrahamic faiths counternance – the notion of atonement and saving grace. The Mahayanist heresy – which strongly influenced religious practice in Sri Lanka from about the 7th centuray AD – introduced into popular Buddhism the notion of merit transfer (pin anumodan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/11)

Not everyone is fooled by slumber-feigning
by Malinda Seneviratne-Courtesy The Daily Mirror
 A few days ago approximately 500 ex-LTTE cadres spent five days visiting Colombo, Kalutara and Galle, travelling from Vavuniya by train and bus and stopping in Galle, Matara and Embilipitiya.  Given that almost 70% of LTTE cadres who had surrendered or had been captured have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society with marketable skills and/or having completed courses of study, this doesn’t come as a surprise.  What made me mention the fact is a comment by a US citizen: ‘Can you imagine a group of hardcore ex Al-Qaeda members who had been ‘rehabilitated’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/11)

Come On Chaps! Focus On What You Need To Beat The Aussies! It Can be Done! SSC Here We Come!
Top Spin By Suni
September 14th 2011 So much for the Aussie bragging about steam rolling the Lankans as Sri Lanka proved through their performance at Pallekelle despite the niggle of the first innings tally that they had the potential to counter them and face their best. To quote a clip on cricinfo, indeed "Australia's meticulous planning and organised performance against a Sri Lankan team that has floundered rather more than it has flourished will count for very little should the hosts gather themselves and win the final Test in Colombo. For all the progress that appears to have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/11)

When the Moscow River meets the Thames
­Sergey Strokan, special to RT
­British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Russia – the first visit of a British leader after a five-year hiatus filled with hysteria, paranoia, deep-seated mistrust, noisy disputes and frosty silence – illustrates the famous saying: “There is one step from love to hatred”. Now we are to see a step in the opposite direction – or are we? What struck me most while I was watching David Cameron’s “historic” visit to the banks of the Moscow River was not the largely expected efforts made by President Medvedev and Prime Minister Cameron to heel the... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 13/09/11)

What’s this ‘nineleven’ you conquered us for?
An overwhelming majority of Afghans have no idea about the September 2001 terror attacks against the US, even though it resulted in an American-led invasion of their country and a decade of occupation. A modern Westerner would instantly recognize the image of a huge plane crashing into a skyscraper in an inferno of burning fuel. What happened 10 years ago was the pivoting point for global affairs. America found itself in the middle of the War on Terror. Osama Bin Laden grew in the public eye from a second-rate terrorist to a global villain on a par with Hitler. Afghanistan,... -Full Story- (rt.com - 13/09/11)

Americans are poorer than ever
RT
More Americans were living in poverty last year than in the entire 52 years that the US Census Bureau has been tracking the figure, new reports say. Demographers raking over the 2010 census info have revealed that 56.2 million people in the US were living below the poverty line last year, which puts the percentage of impoverished Americans at nearly one-in-six, reports The New York Times. While the population of the country continues to grow, the raw number of Americans suffering does as well. Speaking in terms of per capita, the 15.1 percent figure of impoverished in 2010 is... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 13/09/11)

National integration and ethnic segregation, the dilemma of a nation.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
Throughout history Sri Lanka had been one of the best examples for integration of people belonging to different ethno-religious groups to form one strong nation. What followed the advent of Vijaya and the more recent wave of south Indian immigrants during the medieval period could be cited as classic examples of such harmonious socio-cultural integration. Its insularity and isolation from other countries in the early years and the dominance of the Sinhala Buddhist culture in later years had greatly influenced in shaping this unique society. The numerous ethnic groups that have come from the mainland... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/11)

Are We Cooking Our Own Goose To Feed the Hostile?
By Gomin Dayasiri
Are we laying Sri Lanka as a tasty dish before the humanitarian lobby to devour? While we sleep soundly without attending to basic necessities, those faulting us for eliminating terrorism, are manufacturing overtime- lies, lies and more lies to discredit. Postponing the day of reckoning is in the grip of our national past-time of procrastination. Add to it: wistful thinking that problems with time will blow away to the realm of the forgotten and fresh issues hopefully arise elsewhere to distract attention. Little realizing, time and space is provided for more hostile propaganda to target the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/11)

Canadian PM's Call To Boycott CHOGM Summit Sounds Baseless Beyond His Own Misconstrued Conclusions And Those Of A Few Misguided Others'.
 LankaWeb Editorial
September 13th 2011 The Canadian Prime Minister's call to Heads of States to consider Sri Lanka's human rights record before attending the Commonwealth leaders' summit (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo seems to be one which ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous at a time when the world is becoming painfully aware of the deliberate attempts by enemies of the Government of Sri Lanka to discredit it and sounds remarkably self opinionated from someone who is normally a pragmatic, wise andrespected world leader and quite unbecoming of him.  While there has never been any proven incriminating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/11)

New Sri Lankan Ambassador to Sweden Oshadhi Alahapperuma assumes duties
By Janaka Alahapperuma
The newly appointed Sri Lankan Ambassador to Sweden, with accreditation to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Oshadhi Alahapperuma assumed duties at the Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden recently.   Oshadhi Alahapperuma, engineer by profession and the former General Manager of Mobitel, the leading mobile service provider in Sri Lanka, is the youngest ever ambassador appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka at the age of 38. President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over credentials to the new Sri Lankan Ambassador designate to Sweden at a simple ceremony at Temple Trees prior to Oshadhi’s departure from Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/11)

Social service is obligatory
Dr. Tilak Fernando
Recently inside a new outlet of a leading chain of supermarkets, a pregnant lady had a narrow escape from a nasty fall while attempting to walk down a steep ramp which could have easily made her lose the baby she was carrying during her heavily pregnant state. The cause for such an accident was due to the thoughtless basic design structure of having a narrow ramp as railing for support, thus increasing the safety hazard. Dr Ajith Perera There is a difference between the term ‘Disabled’ (Restricted Ability) and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/11)

O Blake! Leave us alone!
S. Akurugoda
As per media reports, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert  O. Blake, is scheduled  to visit Sri Lanka and India this week. It is said that he will meet with government officials, civil society representatives, university students and political leaders while in Sri Lanka. Blake’s proposed intention to meet university students, this time, in addition to civil society representatives and politicians is an indication that the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian ‘Affairs’ has not given up his habit of interfering in the ‘internal affairs’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/11)

Robert O’Blake we do not like you……. probably you know why ?
By Charles.S.Perera
There are two foreign busybodies among others we in Sri Lanka specially dislike; one is Eric Solheim and the other Robert O’Blake. Both of them should be persona non grata to Sri Lanka. But unfortunately Sri Lanka is not a powerful country and diplomatic relations mean a lot in the modern cruel democracy and therefore we are compelled to tolerate them. We cannot offend the American Assistant Secretary of State as America also means danger to countries that cannot stand against them militarily. We see what happened in Libya. 7500 NATO bombs have left not many buildings... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/11)

An Intriguing Article on Tamilnet.com Website, Claims That Woman Can Be Sterilized by Applying Grease in the Virginia of a Young Woman
Author: Kithsiri Athulathmudali, Florida, USA
Many of the many fantasy stories published on this website, this one beats them all. Recently surfaced NDTV website based in New Delhi is another such website and covertly uses the Los Angeles U.S.A based entertainment website “NDTV”.  NDTV’s sole purpose is to discredit RAJAPAKSE ADMINISTRATION”.  This Tamilnet.com article www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=34385  Titled “Genocide in Sri Lanka targets Tamil Woman, Affects Fertility: TAN MP for Vanni, S. SRITHARAN.  As published, in the Tamilnet.com web site S. Sritharan, said the following at a meeting held in London in a secret location on September 4th Sunday.  “Tamil Woman... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/11)

Sri Lankan scholar writes up-to-date book on world’s most controversial novelist
Salman Rushdie: Second Edition (Basingstoke,U.K., &New York: Palgrave Macmillan, updated & expanded with 4 new chapters and new Conclusion, 2010) Hb978-0-230-21721-8 pounds 42.50 Pb: 978-0-230-21722-5 pounds 17.99.
 'A valuable and thorough reading of a major contemporary novelist’s writing.' -Professor Randy Boyagoda, Ryerson University, Canada  Salman Rushdie is one of the most widely-studied and controversial contemporary British authors.  This revised and expanded new edition of an established text explores all of Rushdie’s fiction, non-fiction and biographical writings to date.  Considering the author’s fiction as art, in all its richness of significance and technique, D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke examines the blend of autobiographical... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/11)

Le Light
Regan Ashby" 
The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Is a handful to hypothesize, But turning left at right angles, Bequeaths propagation to materialize.    Though, there’s a certain species of enigma, Ensconced deep within a dichotomy, And yet when one stops to think, It’s the inertia of a lobotomy.    But there are myriad of channels For light in threes as it flows, And the spectrophotometry, Absorbs more than it knows.   It’s a life on borrowed time, A temporal transmogrification, A clash of entropy and espousal; My thermodynamic radiation.     Through death and decay there’s life, An obfuscation of the arrow of time,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/11)

Sri Lanka official language translator
Sri Lanka official language translator contains over 230,000 definitions with technical terms from medicine, science, law, engineering, accounts, arts and many other sources. This will be useful to doctors, lawyers, engineers, managers, lectures, students in schools and universities as well as professionals.... -Full Story- (maduraonline.com - 11/09/11)

The Mind of God - Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
As Albert Einstein lay on his deathbed, he asked only for his glasses, his writing implements and his latest equations. He knew he was dying, yet he continued his work. In those final hours of his life, while fading in and out of consciousness, he was working on what he hoped would be his greatest work of all. It was a project of monumental complexity. It was a project that he hoped would unlock the mind of God. BBC Horizon, 2005.... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 11/09/11)

Robert Blake, please answer Sri Lankans
Shenali Waduge
 There are confusions related to the context of terrorism, internally displaced, rehabilitation, reintegration, resettlement, human rights violations & the like – questions which the US, UK, EU, UN & a host of private NGOs seem to enjoy hurling at Sri Lanka & accusing it repeatedly. Despite these questions being thrown at the Sri Lankan Government from various fronts, the Government being elected by the people, which means us the public, we would now like to have some answers from you.  Is the LTTE a terrorist organization? Is the LTTE not proscribed by US, UK & EU making... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

US$, Wars & Earthquakes
By Nalliah Thayabharan
At the end of WWII, an agreement was reached at the Bretton Woods Conference which pegged the value of gold at US$35 per ounce and that became the international standard against which currency was measured. But in 1971, US President Richard Nixon took the US$ off the gold standard and ever since the US$ has been the most important global monetary instrument, and only the US can print them. However, there were problems with this arrangement not least of all that the US$ was effectively worthless than before it reneged on the gold-standard. But more importantly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

Thoughts on Anuradhapura
By Garvin Karunaratne, formerly of the Administrative Service
 Anuradhapura has happened to be my pet District, in the eighteen years I served in the Administrative Service. In 1957 I covered Anuradhapura and Trincomalee Districts for all paddy purchase and vegetable and fruit marketing work. Later in 1962, I happened to be appointed as Assistant Commissioner of Agrarian Services, covering all agrarian services functions. That included planning the production of paddy, providing loans to farmers, distribution of fertilizer on subsidy, crop insurance and most important of all, Minor Irrigation.   The Department of Agrarian Services was formed by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

A Vigilant Administration!
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne
The President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Government of Sri Lanka  Dear Mr.President,  Shenali Waduge has prophesied a likely scenario for Sri Lanka in her latest article that appeared in all friendly web pages under the Title 1953 US Coup in Iran, Lessons for Sri Lanka.  However, Patriotic Sri Lankans wish such subtle Western propaganda should not get a foothold in Sri Lanka. The regime of the only President who eradicated the most brutal terrorist movement in Sri Lanka needs a better recognition than rouge regimes elsewhere in the Globe.  Factually that's how the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

Amnesty International precipitated the release of a report criticizing the LLRC to mislead members of the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva .
By Charles.S. Perera
Amnesty International is an organization with a large budget. People like George Soros who donated US$ 100 million to Human Rights Watch had also made large donations to Amnesty International . There are also contributions made to it by individuals and groups. It is probable that the LTTE terrorist front organizations of the Sri Lanka expatriate Tamils too have contributed heavily to the Amnesty International. Therefore, AI has to work to justify receiving these funds, and the only work they seem to be doing is issuing reports on developing countries creating most often imagined situations to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

Amnesty International: 69 page report on Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe, Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
7  September 2011 Alex Neve, Director General, Amnesty International, Laurier Avenue, Ottawa , Ontario  John Argue,  Sri Lanka Coordinator, Amnesty International, Toronto, Ontario Dear Alex and John: As a London Bobby would say, let me ask you holding my truncheon with both hands behind   my back, ‘Allo…allo….allo…what is dis den… you people at Amnesty International are up to more mischief when it comes to Sri Lanka.  Can’t you leave this country alone?  I know you have put out a 69-page report slamming the work of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

U.S. Congressman Witnessed European Special Forces Beheading Libyans
by Valencia Mohammed -Courtesy Mathaba Net
Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya's bloody civil war -- a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European forces. Fauntroy's sudden disappearance prompted rumors and news reports that he had been killed. In an interview inside his Northwest D.C. home last week, the noted civil rights leader, told the Afro that he watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

බලය බෙදා දීම!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
අපට නිතර දෙවේලේ කනට හුරු පුරුදු කතාවකි ඒ. බලය බෙදා දීම. කා විසින් කාටද මේ බලය බෙදා දිය යුත්තේ. කා ලගද මේ බලය ඇත්තේ? කාටද බලය නැත්තේ? මේ සංවාදය යන අතරේ පැන නගින අතුරු ප්‍රශ්න කන්දරාවයි.. අප දන්නා ආකාරයට අප ජීවත් වෙන පෘතුවියට බලය ලැබෙන්නේ හිරුගෙන් වෙන අතර, දෛනිකව හිරු නම් වූ අප සෞර්ය ග්‍රහ මණ්ඩලයේ කේන්ද්‍රය සෑම තප්පරයක් පාසාම නිරන්තරයෙන්ම බලය බෙදා හැරීමක නිරත වෙයි. සූර්යා විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලබන මහා බල කන්දරාවෙන් මේ පෘතුවිය ලබනුයේ ඉතා ස්වල්පයක් වන අතර, එම බලය මෙම පෘතුවිය මත පවතින ජීවින්ට හා අජීවී පදාර්තයනගේ කාර්යයන් සදහා යොදා ගැනේ. මෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

CMC UPFA candidate Mr. Milinda Moragoda visited 15 neighbourhoods of Colombo
Press Release
CMC UPFA candidate Mr. Milinda Moragoda visited 15 neighbourhoods of Colombo North and he interacted with a variety of residents from all communities,including a fishing community in Mutwalla. He visited several community centres which were badly dilapidated and leftabandoned. Some of these were only half finished and had never been completed. And also he visited several playing fields which were in ruins. Many of the residents in the area told me that undesirables and criminalsfrequented these areas making them a danger to the community. Many residents felt frustrated and helpless. They told Mr. Moragoda that many politicianscome... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

Malabe Private Medical College Issue
Aloysius Hettiarachchi, Brunei
Malabe Medical college has become a vexed issue to the government, the students and their parents of this institution. Actually this matter should have been settled long time ago for the benefit of the country. But no government was willing to handle it as the leaders were afraid of strikes etc., by the JVP inspired GMOA. I am happy that this government has decided to take the bull by the horn. If other countries like Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India can allow such institutions why can’t we in Sri Lanka benefit from them. It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

The Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards 2011 program (TOYP)
PRESS RELEASE
The Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards 2011 program (TOYP) concluded recently at the WatersEdge, Battaramulla. The Chief Guest at the event was the First Lady, Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksha. The event awarded Ten Individuals in ten fields of service. The honorees of this year were Mr. Roshan Hettiarachchi for Business Accomplishment Mr. Harsha Fernando for Legal Administration Mr. Srihan De Mel for Academic Accomplishment Mr. Yasarath Kamalsiri for Contribution to Media Mr. Eassuwaren Subramanniam                for Environmental Leadership Rev. Bro. Pubudu Rajapakse for Contribution to Children Mr. Thushara Dias Dahanayake for Voluntary Service Dr. Ruwan Illeperuma for Scientific Development... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

Letter to the Editor-Traffic cops’ do they know what they are doing?
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Dehiwela.
Everyone knows that the traffic from Wellawathe to Dehiwela is at snail’s pace after 5p.m. nowadays. Usually the backlog from any of the traffic lights extend to a distance over one to two miles, without exaggeration.  However two weeks back on a Saturday, when I got out ofDelmonHospital, I was surprised to find there was  no blocks, , no traffic jam and I could reach home in Vanderwert place within almost 5 minutes! What was the reason, yes, you guessed it, there were no cops on the way and because of that,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

India's bomb blast-'As you sow, so shall you reap' !
PA.Samaraweera, Australia
On Sept 7th, in New Delhi a powerful bomb ripped through killing 11 and seriously injuring 76. Since January 1997, this is the 16th terror attack and in these attacks a total of 113 had been killed while injuring 439. The responsibility for the recent attack was  claimed by the terrorist outfit Harkat-ul-jihad-al-Islami based in Pakistan.   They have said that the attack is in retaliation for sentencing a prisoner to death for his role in attacking Indian Parliament in 2001. After the attack the Indian PM said, "... We will not surrender to terrorists and we will go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

6TH OPEN LETTER TO SARATH FONSEKA-SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE AND SAY SORRY
By Stanley Perera – Melbourne
My dear Sarath, I wrote you five open letters before.  In one open letter I warned you of the consequences you have to suffer going against your master MR.  Look what has happened to you now.  You have become a jail bird.  Your health has been affected severely.  Open your eyes and look at your past.  The JVP, UNP and your other Sarath who convinced you to fight against MR are not sharing with you the agony and suffering you are going through.  Even that plum pudding Jayalalith stand on her head MR is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

What is diabetes?
Dr  Hector Perera England  
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. This is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because the pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). According to DiabetesUK, there are 2.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes in theUKand an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition but don’t know about it. The general population ofSri Lankais not as much... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/11)

Religion and survival
Ben Silva
The law of nature is survival of the fittest. The Sinhalese have lost their living space in the North, East, Hill country and now even the Capital Colombo. Many enemies of the Sinhalese may want us to be passive and follow Nalanda Buddhists. Various peace merchants tried that trick of making us passive, to stop the war against the terrorists. Why has this decline taken place ? Even after independence, the economic power appears to be in the hands of non–Sinhalese. Unless the reasons for this decline are found and the decline arrested, the future may be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/11)

ARAB WORLD REQUIRE 160,000 FAMILY DOCTORS
By Sarath Wijesinghe
 This is a headline article of Khaleej Times - one of the most prominent and leading newspapers in theUnited Arab Emirates.  According to the news item 350milion population in the Arab World is in need of 160,000 doctors.  In the UAE out of the population 80% are expatriates mainly fromSouth Asia.  The local population is only 20%.  South Asians serve their country of birth by remitting large sums and also the country they are temporarily resident by taking part in the development.  This news item indicates the potential of employment for the doctors especially in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/11)

Welcome to the new Dark Ages
Lisa Karpova Courtesy Pravda.Ru
The western mainstream media should be going bankrupt, suffering cancellations of subscriptions and a general lack of an audience. After their egregious, transparent dedication to lies and propaganda, why are people still reading and watching? The public should be teaching them a lesson they will never forget. Instead, all goes as usual. One might assume that this public has accepted and indeed craves their daily feeding of garbage put out by the media. I did find it quite odd that after the same carnage was unleashed upon Yugoslavia, when the lies were all exposed, that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/11)

Wikileaks Exposes UN Eritrean sanction lies
Lisa Karpova Courtesy Pravda.Ru
The recently released, and long awaited, Wikileaks Files on Ethiopia expose the lies used to justify UN inSecurity Council Sanctions in force against the little Horn of Africa country, Eritrea. It has been over four years since the USA and its vassals at the UN began bellowing charges that Eritrea was supporting "Al Queda linked Al Shabab" fighters in Somalia. At the same time, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia was saying, stamped "Top Secret," that "The role Eritrea plays in Somalia, for instance is probably insignificant." {Wikileaks file "Ogaden; Counterinsurgency Operations Hitting a Wall, Part... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/11)

I953 US coup in Iran : Lessons for Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge
It is widely believed that the success of the Iranian coup & the coup in Guatemala by the US prompted its successive leaders to follow covert action & regime change as a foreign policy. Mohammad Mossadegh was the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran in 1951. His fall is seen as the perfect example of how a rich & powerful nation can create chaos in another nation.  Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt was tasked by the CIA to head the mission to overthrow the Iranian government. The mission was called Operation Ajax.  The US... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

What happened to Barrack Obama the man in his early twenties found his vocation working among poor communities on the south side of Chicago ?
By Charles.S.Perera
 Young Barrack Obama  of  a white American mother and  a black Kenyan father  was from his  child hood sneered and victimized  in different ways because his skin was black.   He is clever with words and he wrote two books : Dreams from my Father , and  The Audacity of Hope. The books give lot of insight into Barack Obama’s political philosophy.  The extracts given below were taken from his books.  He says that « At least on the  basketball court I could find a community of sorts, with an inner life  all its own . It was there ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

An outsider’s view –3, U.S. incarceration rate highest in world:Slash it by half to help balance budget
By Shelton A. Gunaratne
Professor emeritus of mass communications, Minnesota State University Moorhead  Imagine the entire population of Utah, close to 2.3 million, put behind bars for committing a variety of felonies and other offenses. Also, imagine the entire population of Minnesota, about 4.9 million, put on probation or in parole at the same time. Even the merry Yankee Doodles of Connecticut would think I have concocted a fib if I were to tell them that at year-end 2009 some 2.3 million resident adults were languishing in federal and state prisons and county jails of good ole America, which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

Libya, propaganda and imperialism
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Courtesy Pravda. Ru
A shot of Libyan hero Muammar al-Gaddafi playing lovingly with his grandchildren on a sofa. An idiotic comment on SKY News, that this seemingly normal behaviour from a grandfather shows just how close the ties of clan can be in this part of the world. The question is, to what extent to westerners actually believe this nonsense? Has anyone heard a more ridiculous example of propagandistic imperialism, where common affectionate human and universal values are warped and corrupted by some western pig, who corrupts a loving family scene of Grandpa playing with his grandkids... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

UNWISE GORDON WEISS EXPOSES HIS PARTIALITY AGAIN
Malin Abeyatunge
The Sunday Observer of 4/9/11reported quote ”Gordon Weiss, a former spokesperson of the UN Office in Colombo, who is accused of having spoken adversely on Sri Lanka on many occasions, has been invited to attend a forum by Sri Lankans Without Borders, a group headed by former spokesperson Vijy Sappani of the Canadian Tamil Congress, an alleged LTTE front Unquote” By accepting to address a Forum organized by pro-LTTE front in Canada, Gordon Weiss exposes his partiality towards LTTE terrorists again in true form. How much he would have been paid by the wealthy LTTE rump, one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

A Remarkable Analysis Of Sri Lanka's Terrorist Conflict By An Independent Researcher.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
7th September 2011 The following item is probably one of the most important compilations about the Sri lanka terrorist conflict wrongfully identified at times as a war when it was an insurgency.The writer a German reasearch analyst has analysed the truth about the Sri Lanka anti-terrorist acampaign suddesfully carrried out by the Government of Sri lanka to a remarkable degree of unbiased accuracy where the defeat of terrorism which was succesfully carried out by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Armed Forces is the outstanding theme. There are no adultered cococtions in favour of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

CNN Says Don't celebrate Libya just yet
By William J. Bennett, CNN Contributor
  Libya is a mess. It has been a mess for a long time, but as with other states in the Middle East, it was not always so. As Fouad Ajami put it, "Libya was a wealthy country, blessed with abundant oil, but the despot turned it into one of Africa's poorest populations. ...The country was turned into a cruel tyranny, and what wealth existed was the prerogative of the man at the helm and his children."Much the same could be said of other regimes throughout the Middle East. So we rightfully will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

Reconciliation and reconstruction: Sri Lanka becomes a beacon for Pakistan
Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2011.
COLOMBO: Colombo is buzzing. The end of the war and the start of what locals call the ‘reconciliation and reconstruction process’ has led to Sri Lanka once again being in the limelight. With basic infrastructure in place – in two years time, all parts of the island will have uninterrupted power supply – and with a literacy rate of over 90%, there are numerous opportunities for business and growth here. The general feeling is that Sri Lanka is about to take off. In a symbolic move, the army headquarters on Galle Face,... -Full Story-
(tribune.com.pk - 08/09/11)

200th DHAMMA CONFERENCE-Global Sinhala Dhamma Discussion Series (Teleconference): 200th Meeting (September 10, 2011)‏
Please ensure that you will make every attempt to  attend this special 200th meeting of our
 The teleconference on Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7:00PM-9:00PM (EST) [4:00PM-6:00PM (PST)], will be moderated and led by Ven. PandithAmbalantotaKolithaMahaThero ofSarathchandra Buddhist Center, CA, USA. The topic for this special 200th meeting will be: How To Make Use Of Lord Buddha's Teachings To Learn the Way To Live A Virtuous Life. Ven. PandithAmbalantotaKolithaMahaThero will be joined the a panel of venerable monks in this special 200th dhamma discussion.  These venerable monks will include: Ven. Dr. UdagamaSumangalaThero of Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, Los... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/11)

In a New Libya, Ex-Loyalists Race to Shed Ties to Qaddafi
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK Published: September 7, 2011
TRIPOLI, Libya — Khalid Saad worked for years as a loyal cog in Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s propaganda machine, arranging transportation to ferry foreign journalists to staged rallies, ensuring that they never left their hotels without official escorts and raising his own voice to cheer the Libyan leader. The day that rebels took Tripoli, Mr. Saad immediately switched sides. Now he works for the rebels’ provisional government, coordinating transportation for its officials and insisting that his previous support for Colonel Qaddafi was just business. “My uncle and my son were soldiers for... -Full Story-
(nytimes.com - 08/09/11)

Looters Steal Gadhafi's Weapons, Including Surface-to-Air Missiles
By LAMA HASAN (LamaHasan) , MATTHEW McGARRY, and JEAN-NICHOLAS FIEVET
It seems everyone in Libya has a gun these days. Defeated in battle, Moammar Gadhafi's army left behind armories brimming with weapons, and the rebels have helped themselves. It's not just guns that have been plundered. Almost every outpost captured by opposition forces has yielded weapons, everything from AK-47 assault rifles to grenades to surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). And the rebels tell ABC News that they don't have enough resources to safeguard them all -- which means they may wind up in the hands of people who have other agendas... -Full Story-
(abcnews.go.com - 08/09/11)

Libya plans shake-up of oil sector
By EMMA FARGE | REUTERS Published: Sep 8, 2011 23:27 Updated: Sep 8, 2011 23:27 BENGHAZI: Libya’s interim government is drafting a proposal that would shrink the responsibilities of the National Oil Corp. (NOC) to make it a purely commercial organization, a member of the interim government has said. The country is trying to restore oil production after more than six months of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi which have caused foreign oil companies to flee and led to infrastructure damage to oil fields and export terminals. Libya’s new leaders are preparing a draft proposal to... -Full Story- (arabnews.com - 08/09/11)

Qaddafi’s Western Friends
by: Arnold Cassola, Project Syndicate | News Analysis
Valletta, Malta - With Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s regime in ruins and Qaddafi himself on the run, it is time to ponder just how he survived in power for so long. Greed for markets and money, it seems, often trumped the West’s supposed concern for basic human rights. Major Western countries compromised themselves over Libya for decades. After all, Qaddafi survived President Ronald Reagan’s punitive 1986 bombing raid on his compound only because former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi and former Maltese Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici tipped him off.... -Full Story-
(truth-out.org - 08/09/11)

Offer clemency to Gandhi’s killers!
by Malinda Seneviratne Courtesy: Daily News - Monday 5 September, 2011
  The execution of three persons convicted over the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi  has been stayed for eight weeks by the Madras High Court.   Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan, currently at the Vellore Jail, were to be hanged on September 9, 2011.  The bench, offering interim relief, had observed a 11 year delay in the delay of mercy petitions filed by the convicts to the President.  In the meantime, arch Tamil chauvinist and long-time choir-boy of Tamil terrorism, MDMK leaderVaiko had thundered that if the three were executed, then Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/11)

Qadhafi may be gone but Libya's struggles go on
Soumaya Ghannoushi
A rift in the new leadership exposes conflicting claims to the future of the country. After six months of defiant resistance, fiery speeches, chilling threats and bloodcurdling brutality, Muammar Qadhafi has finally fallen on his sword. His collapse, however, is far from the end of the story. Instead, it heralds the start of a more complicated chapter in his country's history. As tanks surround Qadhafi's last outposts in Sirte, the cold war over the country's future gathers pace. The common enemy has been forced out of the scene and now the vast differences between those he... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 07/09/11)

Libya: 'arms flooding out of country has strengthened al-Qaeda'
By Damien McElroy, Algiers
Arms and fighters flooding out of Libya have dramatically strengthened al-Qaeda in the Sahara and threaten to turn the desert into a war zone that engulfs its weak and impoverished governments.Officials from four countries in the region warned yesterday that the conflict in Libya would spill over its borders into an 8 million square mile zone of instability. “The region has been turned into a powder keg,” Mohamed Bazoum, the Niger foreign minister said. “Things have changed and degraded since the Libya crisis and the region is on a war path. With stolen weapons circulating, al-Qaeda’s... -Full Story-
(telegraph.co.uk - 07/09/11)

MI6 Knew I was Tortured
By Martin Chulov
A Libyan rebel leader who was rendered to Tripoli with the assistance of MI6 said on Monday that he had told British intelligence officers he was being tortured but they did nothing to help him. In a claim that will increase the pressure for further disclosure about the UK's role in torture and rendition since 9/11, Abdul Hakim Belhaj said a team of British interrogators used hand signals to indicate they understood what he was telling them. "I couldn't believe they could let this go on," he said. "What has happened deserves a full inquiry."... -Full Story-
(zcommunications.org - 07/09/11)

To Avert A Bloodbath – Libya And The Press - Part 2
By David Edwards
On August 23 and 24, the media once again abandoned all pretence of objectivity in celebrating the 'fall' of Tripoli, as they had in celebrating the 'fall' of Kabul and Baghdad. This, again, was a moment of national triumph, of vindication - the famed concern with 'balance' was brushed aside as mean-spirited, even nasty (the media's Royal Wedding mode). On the BBC's News at Six (August 22), deputy political editor, James Landale, described feelings inside 10 Downing Street:... -Full Story-
(zcommunications.org - 07/09/11)

SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT REVOKE PTA AS DEMANDED BY LTTE PROXY TNA?
Malin Abeyatunge
Sri Lanka is not a fantasy island the TNA seems to think. We have a strong president elected twice with an absolute majority in the Parliament where no one can dictate terms to the Government and for that matter definitely not TNA who represents only a small percentage of the Tamil population in the North and East. The LTTE proxy TNA has made two demands on the governments and they are (i) that the government should immediately revoke the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and (ii) grant a general amnesty to all the political prisoners and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/11)

Australian Parliamentary Petition on Sri Lanka calls for the Rejection of UNSG Report
MEDIA RELEASE – 05 September 2011(Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc)
A petition signed by 1,342 citizens and residents of Australia was tabled in the House of Representatives on Monday 22 August 2011, requesting the Australian Federal Parliament to reject the divisive report of the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon’s arbitrary panel and to endorse Sri Lanka's initiative to conduct its own investigations. It also called on Australia to increase economic and humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka. The Petition, which was co-ordinated by the Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/11)

The Questions & Answers about our country!
Anura Seneviratna (for expat Hela team).
Question? In a Sovereign National country, its name should be the name of the nation – hence, what is the name of the Nation & Country of Lanka?  Answer: The Nation is Hela or Sinhela while the original name of Heladiva is correct.  Question? In every country there is ONE Nation and various nations are found in various countries then what is the nation of Lanka?  Answer: It is the Hela Nation and within this nation all settler minorities too are INCLUSIVE Hela National Citizens.  Question? In every National Country the ownership rests... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/11)

WELCOME THE NEW HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
Sarath Wijesinghe, H.E. the Ambassador for the United Arab Emirates
The appointment of Dr. Chris Nonis , Physician, Surgeon (studied in UK Harvard,Sri Lanka) and Chairman of Mackwoods established in 1841 is one of the best appointments.  He is no stranger to theUnited Kingdomwhere he studied  and settled for a brief period professionally and in business.  His appointment is most opportune and timely when theUK“The Jewel of Europe” is in need of an able and vibrant representative  for His Excellency the  President and the Sri Lankan Government, when the nation is in the main cross road of the history. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/11)

NATO Shocking Terror against civilians
Lisa Karpova
A massacre, a genocide, a razing of a town to the ground. Their crime? None. The only way NATO terrorists can take the town is if they kill everyone. The city of Sirte, hometown of Libyan leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi, is under siege from NATO barbarians. So far in the 4 days plus campaign, over 1,400 civilians have been killed. The campaign is being waged for two purposes. The first purpose is to murder Gaddafi and his entire family. Witness the fact that since they assumed he was in his compound in Tripoli, it has been the target of... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 06/09/11)

Libya: Tell it like it is
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
Two weeks ago, western journalists swept into Tripoli on a wave of euphoria as the city welcomed the NATO/TNC with open arms. Not a shot was fired as the city where just a few weeks previously, millions of people had turned out to support Muammar al-Qathafi, came out to celebrate. Then why is the NATO/TNC leadership still holed up in Benghazi... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 06/09/11)

-Free Tripoli - just don't mention the corpses
by Lizzie Phelan
The war on Libya has not only been a war that has vindicated NATO's claim to the most powerful military force on earth, capable of imposing its will through sheer aggression wherever it sees fit, but it has also been a war that has reasserted the western mainstream media's power to not just fabricate events but to create. The first media victory was when it got away with claiming that Gaddafi's government was attacking it's own citizens in Tripoli from the air, a claim which formed part of the pretext for NATO's intervention and also served... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 06/09/11)

The one killing civilians is NATO
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
So much for Colonel Gaddafi bombing his people - this has been proved to be wholesale fabrication, fantasies belonging to cloud cuckoo land, yet bandied about as the "truth" by supposedly reputable media outlets. Their credibility, along with NATO's, has been lost under the sands of Libya, whose heroic people continue to resist these satanic forces... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 06/09/11)

Key Buddhist Practices
Article 9 Getting Clear About Our Aims The Buddha appeared in the world to lead other people out of their misery and suffering and to show them the way to the highest happiness and peace.  Out of his great compassion, he taught these causes and conditions extensively to the world for 45 years, so that people could understand what courses of action should be avoided and what courses of action should be pursued, if one seeks to be happy and prosperous. Thus, our ultimate objective in learning the Buddha’s teachings should be to learn how to distinguish the ways that... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/09/11)

Create New Settlements in Vanni for a More Sustainable Solution to the Arsenic Problem
- Kumar Moses
Thank god people are now aware of the arsenic problem that was hitherto a silent killer in the North Central Province. Indeed it was known as the silent killer of the NCP. This awareness has translated to actively seeking remedies to reduce (cannot be eliminated) arsenic in drinking water in affected areas, cure affected people, impose a total effective ban on chemicals containing arsenic and various other approaches to mitigate the impact of this dangerous chemical. However, this is only part of the problem. Arsenic in ground water also ends up in rice, fruits and vegetables... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/11)

UN & ICC silent over UK & US Extraordinary Renditions in Diego Garcia
Shenali Waduge
Diego Garcia belongs to a cluster of islands in the Chagos Archipelago located in the Middle of the Indian Ocean & just 900miles fromSri Lanka. The UK Government forcefully expelled over 3000 natives from the islands in order to give theUSa 50year lease of the “unpopulated” islands to expire in 2016. Diego Garcia was to be used for defense purposes of both countries as signed in the British Indian Ocean Treaty of 1965. Today Diego Garcia serves as an extraordinary rendition point where some of the most inhuman tortures are taking place under the eyes of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/11)

Imagine what a floor cleaner can do to your hair!
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Several e-mails I receive often highlight some important health tips too. This goes to show how considerate we are in a continuous chain of human feelings. A Chinese quote sent by ‘Mervyn’ struck me thus: “When someone shares with you something of value you have an obligation to share it with others!” Hence, the following: Fundamental rules We are trained and advised by parents and teachers, from childhood, the basics of hygiene - i.e: to ‘wash our hands after using the toilet; wash food prior to preparation and fruits too before consumption to avoid contamination with bacteria... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/11)

Northeast India rediscovers Tricolour
Nava Thakuria
 When Gandhian Anna Hazare ended his hunger strike (after fasting for 12 full days) following Indian Parliament’s resolution for a stronger anti-graft law, he himself said it was half-victory. But nobody denied that millions of common Indians rallied behind him for a Jan Lokpal and finally the law makers had to bow down to public furies.  Under the leadership of Anna Hazare, 74, the up-charge for a public ombudsman that would have the authority to investigate and punish the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats including that of Prime Minister’s Office, took the shape of another Freedom Movement.  The UPA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/11)

China seeks Libyan guarantees on business interests
Beijing has asked Libya's new rulers to guarantee Chinese business interests in the north African country, despite not supporting the military action that helped bring them to power. China is the only permanent member of the UN Security Council yet to formally recognise the Transitional National Council and repeatedly opposed NATO's use of force in support of the rebels during recent fighting. In talks in Paris on Friday with Mahmud Jibril, the number two in the transitional authority, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun said he "respected the important role of the TNC in Libya".... -Full Story- (Yahoo - 05/09/11)

Gaddafi in "good health" in Libya-spokesman
CAIRO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi is in good health and in good spirits somewhere in Libya, his spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said in remarks broadcast on Monday. "He is in a place that will not be reached by those fractious groups, and he is in Libya," Moussa Ibrahim told the Syrian-owned Arrai TV in response to a question on the whereabouts of the Libyan leader ousted by rebels last month. He said Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, was also in Libya, moving around from one place to another. (Writing by Sami Aboudi)... -Full Story- (trust.org - 05/09/11)

How US, British intelligence worked to bring Qaddafi's Libya in from the cold
By Scott Peterson Scott Peterson
Tripoli, Libya – The toppling of Col. Muammar Qaddafi is yielding a trove of Libyan intelligence documents that provide rare insight into American and British spy agencies – and the rendition of terror suspects to a regime known for human rights abuses. Nearly 300 pages of documents, copied by Human Rights Watch (HRW) from the offices of Libya’s external security service, provide unprecedented detail about how the CIA and Britain’s MI6 worked closely to bring Libya "on side" and turn a brutal regime from foe into friend after Mr. Qaddafi in 2003 vowed to... -Full Story-
(old.news.yahoo.com - 05/09/11)

LTTE regrouping in the West and India
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Hopefully, the expected return of Robert O, Blake Jr, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, to Sri Lanka should augur well this time because he is armed with the critical information in the Country Report on Terrorism, 2010, published by his own State Department. There are three critical facts relevant to Sri Lanka in the report: 1. the LTTE is regrouping in India and 2) LTTE’s international network of collecting funds is still functioning in Western bases and 3) the funds are for procurement of arms. These facts contained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/11)

Securing Sinhala Buddhist Future through Appropriate Capitalism
Dilrook Kannangara
Survival of the fittest is not the law of the jungle but the law of Mother Nature. It is a universal law that governs not just living beings but also astral beings. Since the start of school to even after death, the fittest gets his/her way and the others have to make way for him/her. Modern economics, politics, defence, recruitment and even finding a partner follows this supreme law of Mother Nature. Modern capitalism is a product of this universal truth. As with everything else capitalism has its share of woes, disadvantages and problems. The dog-fight... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/11)

A Presidential move REQUIRED
Ranjith Soysa
The incidence of chronic kidney disease and deaths mainly in the NCP are continuing in spite of public outcry.The causes of CKD are being debated in the scientific community in various forms while some have indicated the presence of Arsenic in the pesticide formulations imported as a main contributing factor.The Pesticide Act of 2001 and internationally accepted Code of Federal Registrations- USA including FAO specifications prohibit the use of Arsenic as an ingredient for Pesticides. Therefore, if Arsenic is present in the agricultural inputs imported to Sri Lanka the solution is very simple and the authorities should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/11)

Canada: post 9/11
 Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 
4 August 2011  Ther Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN  Sir: Historian Desmond Morton makes a song and dance on how Canada's reaction to 9/11 made us strong to deal with possible terrorist attacks on Canada, but what is sad is how Canada couldn't care two dead capelin washed on the shores of Newfoundland when it comes to terrorism in the far away island, Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka was haemorrhaged for 27 bloody years by the Tamil Tigers whose war chest was filled with two million dollars a month during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/11)

Don't Get Cocky Wattie and Clarkie !Your Boys Just Got Plain Lucky!"
Top Spin By Suni
4th 2011 Do we see a bit of brash cockiness on the part of Shane Watson who has bragged that " We'd have won bowling first too!" -  Shane Watson, the Australia vice-captain, has said his side bowled so well to Sri Lanka's batsman that they would have won the first Test in Galle even if they had lost the toss and fielded first which seems a bit of overkill on the part of Mr.Watson as it was the Sri Lankans who defeated themselves with rank irresponsibility in a game they could have won! This was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/11)

Mahinda Rajapaksa hits back, questions West's standards on terror
Sri Lanka News
President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday launched a broadside against western nations that have often targetted Sri Lanka on rights abuses, questioning the "safe havens" provided by them to financiers of LTTE terror, while pledging his country's commitment to human rights. In a public address, Rajapaksa said his government was committed to transforming the Sri Lankan society to one of peace, pluralism and equality. "Our commitment to human rights is second to none," he said in comments ahead of next week's session of the UN Human Rights Council. Rajapaksa also attacked the international community, mainly the West, that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/11)

Documents show ties between Libyan spy head, CIA
TRIPOLI, Libya — The CIA and other Western intelligence agencies worked closely with the ousted regime of Moammar Gadhafi, sharing tips and cooperating in handing over terror suspects for interrogation to a regime known to use torture, according to a trove of security documents discovered after the fall of Tripoli. The revelations provide details on the West's efforts to turn Libya's mercurial leader from foe to ally and provide an embarrassing example of the U.S. administration's collaboration with authoritarian regimes in the war on terror.... -Full Story- (www2.tbo.com - 04/09/11)

Was the Libyan conflict a war for oil?
By Terry Macalister
Though the West helped revolutionaries beat Gaddafi, it could lose the battle for crude oil to Russia and Brazil.The Libyan conflict has been a war about oil if not ‘for' oil. The country's economy is almost totally dependent on hydrocarbons and a key objective for the transitional government will be to get the wells up and running again as soon as possible. The British and French, meanwhile, are worried about future energy supplies. They are already pushing and shoving over who should get what of the energy proceeds before the political dust has even settled in... -Full Story-
(gulfnews.com - 04/09/11)

71 කැරැල්ල අවසානකොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
 ලීල් ගුණසේකර ලීල් ගුණසේකර මහතා 71 කැරැල්ලට සහභාගී වු කැරැලිකරුවන් පුනරුත්ථාපනයේදී සුවිශේසී කාර්ය භාරයක් ඉටු කලේය. මා ඔහුව මුලින්ම හඳුනා ගත්තේ පෙත්සම හා අත්සන යන කෘතින් හරහාය. පාසල් කාලයේදී අප ඉතා ආශාවෙන් කියවූ මෙම පොත් දෙකේ කතෘ මට ඔහුගේ තිඹිරිගස්යාය නිවසේදී හමුවිය. ලීල් ගුණසේකර මහතා 71 කැරැලිකරුවන් පුනරුත්ථාපනය පිලිබඳව මෙසේ කියා සිටී.  ‘1970 සමගි පෙරමුණ ඇමති මන්ඩලයේ ලේකම් ලෙස මම කටයුතු කළා. ඒ කාලයේ රටේ තරුණ පිපිරීමක ලකුණු දකින්නට තිබුනා. සමඟි පෙරමුණ බලයට ඒම සඳහා කැරැල්ලට සහභාගී වූ තරුණයන් විශාල ප‍්‍රමාණයක් සහය දුන් බව සඳහන් කළ යුතුයි. සමගි පෙරමුණ බලයට පත්වීමෙන් පසුව නව ව්‍යවස්ථාව සම්පාදනය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/09/11)

Lankans Crumble To The Aussies At Galle And The Need To Fight Back Imminent!
Top Spin By Suni
September 4th 2011  There was no denying this Aussie win at Galle as crushing despite shades of glory by individual performances by Sri Lanka both with the bat and ball sans the zip needed by Skip Dil where even his Dilscoop seems t have deserted him and taken up by others, time perhaps to get his act together for a Lankan surge in the remaining games.  So what happened to the Lions at Galle? Where was their resilience and tenacity facing an Aussie squad who are lower than them in the rankings but seemed full... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/09/11)

මහා සිංහ වන රජිදා!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
මහ සිහ වන රජිදා දැයකට දිවි පොවනා!  නිදිබර  දැයකට හුස්ම දෙනා! ඈත පුරාණේ හා වත්මන තුල මතු මතුවෙන පරපුර ඔප නංවන රුපු මරු සතුරන් බල සිද ලන්වන ප්‍රාණ වායුවෙන් දැය බල ගන්වන ප්‍රාණ වායුවේ උල්පත වූ මහ සිහ වන රජිදා දැයකට දිවි පොවනා! දැනුනිද දැයකට හුස්ම දෙනා! හිරු හා සමගින් අවදිව ඉන්නේ  හිරු කිරණේ බල සමව බෙදන්නේ තුරු බලදාරී  හා ලියවැල් මත සුන්දර දහමේ අනුහස් පුදනා මහ සිහ වන රජිදා දැයකට දිවි පොවනා! හැගුණිද දැයකට හුස්ම දෙනා! දනහට නොපෙනන දෙවි පුද ලබනා සවර්ණ මාලිලා දසතම වසනා මේ පුදබිම, සිරිලක් මව රකිනා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/09/11)

Secret Libyan files claim MI6 and the CIA aided human rights violations
Intelligence helped Gaddafi regime track and apprehend dissidents, according to files seized from Tripoli offices British and US intelligence agencies built up close links with Muammar Gaddafi and handed over detailed information to assist his regime, according to secret files found in Libyan government offices. The documents claim that MI6 supplied its counterparts in Libya with details on exiled opponents living in the UK, and chart how the CIA abducted several suspected militants before handing them over to Tripoli. They also contain communications between British and Libyan security officials ahead of Tony Blair's visit in 2004, and show that British... -Full Story- (guardian.co.uk - 03/09/11)

MI6, CIA ties to Libya
Files found in Tripoli show strong cooperation between US and British intelligence agencies and Muammar Gaddafi's government, including shipping terror suspects to Libya for interrogation. Read more .UN boss praises Australia despite concerns Assange risks Australian arrest Activists catch Yvonne the runaway cow EU ministers urge Turkey-Israel dialogue Americans worry over economy as jobs stall Aussies leave it late to beat Thailand ..VideosPopularLatest Gillard meets with UN boss 03 Sep 11 | 6:30PM .Gillard defends leadership 03 Sep 11 | 6:30PM .Oppositions climate plan under fire 03 Sep 11 | 6:30PM .Assange risks Aust arrest warrant 03 Sep 11 |... -Full Story- (sbs.com.au - 03/09/11)

Libya: The CIA worked closely with Gaddafi's regime: report
The CIA worked closely with the intelligence services of Muammar Gaddafi's regime, according to a new report.The CIA reported worked closely with Muammar Gaddafi's regime in the rendition of terror suspects to Libya, the Associated Press reports. It states that the CIA was one of numerous foreign intelligence services that used the Libyan regime when it needed to send people abroad for interrogation. The information is based on documents found by Human Rights Watch workers at the office of Gaddafi's former spy chief in Tripoli.... -Full Story- (globalpost.com - 03/09/11)

The farce of the ‘Adhivasi’ indigenes of Sri Lanka
R Chandrasoma
In most parts of South and East Asia there are remnants of ancient populations that differ significantly in appearance from their late-established compatriots. These ‘primitives’ are readily identified by tokens of physical constitution that bespeak their separateness. In Sri Lanka there is good evidence to believe that an Australoid stock – called the ‘Veddhas’ - inhabited the forested hinterland of our Island many centuries ago. Indeed, they may lay claim to be the to be the aboriginal inhabitants of Sri Lanka. The fact that needs emphasis is that their ‘primitiveness’ is necessarily revealed by the possession of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/11)

An Outsider’s View – 2 -New Depression differs from Great Depression:Time to recognize pitfalls of private capitalism
By Shelton Gunaratne Professor emeritus of mass communications, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 What the United States—more accurately, the world capitalist system—is currently going through is the New Depression (ND) with hallmarks and features that are entirely its own. It is different but no less a depression than the Great Depression (GD), which engulfed the U.S. economy from 1929 to early 1940s. For those who are deaf to all warnings, let me holler, “Folks, we are in a depression. We have been since late 2008.” I was skeptical about all the negatives of the U.S. economy, just like most other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/11)

Indian Expansionist Agenda Dangerous for the Region
Dilrook Kannangara
Recently Indian security officials claimed that a Chinese fishing boat had spied on its missiles, carried out research in the India Ocean with a military agenda and violated its waters. Further, they claimed the fishing boat in question called at the Colombo port after Indian warships tailed it. A nice little propaganda tactic but an outdated one. http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/chinese-ship-caught-spying-on-india_729165.html  Instigated by the US, India is now trying to project its military strength over Asia. In 2005 the Pentagon came up with a fancy story of a necklace of pearls claiming that Chinese maritime interests, including defence interests,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/11)

A further Nail In The LTTE Coffin!Adele Balasingham The Former Consort Of LTTE Idealogue Does A Number On Them!
 In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara
September 3rd 2011 The shocking revelation that Adele Balasingham, the wife of late LTTE theoretician, Anton Balasingham reputed to have had a hand im many of the attrocities committed by the LTTE and fashioning the concept of the Cyanide Capsule to moot, has now curiously deserted the LTTE taking with her or hoarding away massive ill gotten funds of the LTTE that were deposited to the credit of her late husband in several named foreign banks with joint accounts with her but comes as no surprise.  There are many researchers who have observed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/11)

Jean Chretien: Canada after 9/11
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 
2 August 2011  The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir: Former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his cabinet members say  they have worked hard to balance security, freedom in Canada, you said.   Of course, they did, but they didn't care two prairie straws  for the security and freedom of Sri Lanka, a sisiter Commonwealth nation, when they allowed the Tamil Diaspora collect two million dollars a month during their 13 years of governance,  to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest to buy weapons to kill innocent civilians and watch ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/11)

Rebel leader in Tripoli claims he was tortured by CIA as terror suspect
By Hadeel Al-Shalchi and Rod Norland
THE new Libya will have no place for terrorists or Islamic extremism, the rebel military commander in Tripoli has declared - despite the fact he himself once led an Islamic militant group and claims he was tortured by CIA agents at a secret prison seven years ago. "We never have and never will support what they call terrorism," Abdel Hakim Belhaj said yesterday in an interview. Mr Belhaj was a leader in the now dissolved Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which sent fighters to Iraq and Afghanistan... -Full Story-
(news.scotsman.com - 02/09/11)

CIA shifts focus to killing targets
By Greg Miller and Julie Tate
Behind a nondescript door at CIA headquarters, the agency has assembled a new counterterrorism unit whose job is to find al-Qaeda targets in Yemen. A corresponding commotion has been underway in the Arabian Peninsula, where construction workers have been laying out a secret new runway for CIA drones. When the missiles start falling, it will mark another expansion of the paramilitary mission of the CIA.... -Full Story-
(washingtonpost.com - 02/09/11)

The Real Reason for NATO Attacking Libya:
This one is a MUST WATCH, it's very complete, and has already got 70,000 views in 5 days! Libya Truth:In the 1950's, Libya was the poorest country in the world. Before the NATO invasion, Libya had become the country with the best quality of life in all Africa thanks to Gaddafi.A few months before this invasion, Gaddafi announced he was implementing a new currency, alongside most African countries. This would mean Africa would stop selling resources in Dollars and Euros, and would also mean a new powerful currency would get into the market, allowing progress for 3rd world countries... -Full Story- (mathaba.net - 02/09/11)

World Media a tool of Democratic Dictatorship
shenali waduge
In a world where politicians are known to be people of flexible integrity the institution we call Media is certainly not without bias. Functioning as a money-making corporation can we expect today’s media to be devoid of bias when media today belongs to members of an elite society who will never allow their status quo to change? Media today is the perfect tool that advances neo-colonial interests while denying us the Public the truth. The media is guilty of trying to spread a Western brand of morality & self righteousness which is making a mockery of our... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/09/11)

Regime change and Sri Lanka
UPALI COORAY
Foreign minister Prof. G.L Peiris in his key note address at the function held recently to announce the release of the document “Factual analysis, Humanitarian operation” by the Defense Ministry, drew specific attention to a statement made by Louis Arbor, the Chairperson of the international Crisis group; to the Johannesburg Times the other day, calling for a regime change in Sri Lanka. In fact I felt that the entire flow of the Foreign Minister’s address was directed to highlight the most treacherous objective of the ongoing anti-Sri Lanka campaign internationally; which is being headed by the Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/09/11)

Facts and Figures: U.S. human rights situation
 Editor: Mu Xuequan Courtesy Xinhua News Agency
BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- The Information Office of China's State Council, or cabinet, issued the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2010 on Sunday. Following are some facts and figures from the report: -- In 2009, an estimated 4.3 million violent crimes, 15.6 million property crimes and 133,000 personal thefts were committed against U.S. residents aged 12 or older, and the violent crime rate was 17.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons. -- In 2009, weapons were used in 22 percent of all violent crimes in the United States, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/09/11)


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