Archive for July, 2011

Some Government Servants in Jaffna Working for TNA Racist Politics

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

– Kumar Moses There was a big hullabaloo at the last general election about the ruling party misusing state property and government servants for its election work. Sadly this has always been a practice in the island. However, there is a bigger danger in the northern district of Jaffna where government servants are using their […]

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Notes on Buddhist Journalism—12 -An example of BJ at the global level

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Commentary by Shelton A. Gunaratne, professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead  The following story is an excellent example of process reporting. With some editorial touches, a journalist can convert it to Buddhist-oriented journalism (BJ). It does pass muster the principal BJ criterion of reducing or controlling dukkha (sorrow/ unsatisfactoriness).   I will […]

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What you should know about arsenic in Drinking water- the truth

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Samarasinghe Arsenic contamination is becoming an increasingly common problem not only in the developing world, but also in the most industrialised nations. Any urban water distribution system in Sri Lanka may contain arsenic in the pipe water. Well water may also contain high arsenic content depend upon the location and hardness of water. The content will […]

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An appeal to my Congressman on behalf of Sri Lanka

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Anjalika Silva USA Congressman Van Hollen, As one of your constituents originally a Sri Lankan and now a voting American, I was offended by the support given by Congress for screening a disputed piece of video sponsored by Channel 4 –“Killing Fields in Sri Lanka” which was not prevented by any quarter of the congress.  […]

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Appraising the terrorist – A strategy doomed to failure

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

By  Paul Harris For the WAPS Conference, Oslo, August 20 2004  [Submitted by Hela Puwath:  This paper has been widely published in the past few years, but we believe we should re-read it as  a reminder to assess what has (not)changed since Paul Harris’ speech.  We are eternally grateful to our great leaders, and the […]

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SRI LANKA AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE WORLD FAMILY IN SOUTH ASIA

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

MR. SARATH WIJESINGHE, AMBASSADOR OF SRI LANKA  Sri Lanka is one of the few model democracies in the world having obtained adult franchise in 1930’s.  She continues to be a democratic nation to date.  After the peace is dawn the “Nation” is blessed with emerging and vibrant economy, booming tourism, stock market on the rise […]

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No votes or peace in appeasing West and Jaffna jingoism

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala The most pragmatic solution to the Vadukoddai War waged relentlessly by the Tamil Tiger terrorists was prescribed by the London Times on August 10, 1995. (Please note the date). In a telling editorial it said: “The elimination of one man, Prabhakaran, could fashion a miraculous change in the island’s politics of […]

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To Howard Berman, Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki Moon, UK Channel 4, and others seeking to accuse Sri Lanka armed Forces for War Crimes.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

By Charles.S.Perera  “………..It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause […]

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Channel 4 latest video on Sri Lanka with Phantom accuser

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 30 July 2011  OPEN LETTER to Johnathan Miller and Channel 4 Producers of Sri Lanka Attack videos  124 Horseferry Road, Westminster,   London, SW1P 2TX, UK   Dear Johnathan Miller and Channel 4 Producers:  This is getting ridiculously exciting! Your latest foray […]

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Terrorist violence: The Sri Lankan experience, Norway and New Zealand

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

New Zealand Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka United Sri Lanka Association ( Auckland Branch) At a recent session in the New Zealand Parliament, the Green MP Keith Locke vehemently opposed the Prime Minister John Key‘s rejection of the appeals of Tamil boat people, to come to New Zealand. Keith’s point […]

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DEAR DEFENCE SECRETARY, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR ?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Susantha Wijesinghe.   It is ashame to see a Channel 4 pervert journalist, accosting our Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Major General Shavendra Silva, on the PAVEMENT. That Journalist of Channel 4 appeared like a Street Urchin asking totally irrelevant questions from a Diplomat, a Deputy Ambassador of the United Nations, which is tantamount to intimidation […]

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Whether we like it or not, one way or the other, we all daily eat and drink aluminium, is that true?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Dr Hector Perera   London  No escape from Aluminium Aluminium toxicity occurs in many ways, food, medicines, water and air.  Aluminium is found in beverages such as tea, coffee and soft drinks then in simple day to day food such as in rice, flour, bread, oat meals, cakes, puddings, biscuits and in breakfast cereals. Is that […]

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Helplanka successfully continues to help more rural school children and special needs children with UK volunteer Programme in Sri Lanka July 2011.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE Organised by Helplanka UK annually a group of 13 volunteers including 3 teachers from Barry South Wales visited Sri Lanka in July to teach English, music, drama and sport at Siviraja Deaf and Blind School Mahawewa NWP, Ragama Convalescent Home for Children, Leonard Cheshire Home  Katana Negombo and also at Ihala Yagoda Vidyalaya  […]

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Marie had a little blank…….

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Dr Bandula Kothalawala London N7 C4 is determined to continue its crusade against Sri Lanka. Reinforcements have already been brought in with “two Sri Lankan soldiers” and an award-winning journalist – Marie Colvin – drafted in! It is not possible to assess the credibility of “the soldiers”, as they are portrayed as little more than […]

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Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Bleeding Heart and its strange insensitivity to the anguish of the autochthons of Lanka.

Friday, July 29th, 2011

chandrasoma rajapakse In a recent lecture to the Westernized bourgeoisie of Colombo, the former President of our troubled country shed many a tear in reflecting on the sorrowful plight of the minorities dwelling therein. It was the hubris of the majority race and its unscrupulous exploitation by politicians – who placed political success before fairplay […]

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The Right Way Forward!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Janaka Yagirala  The move to reduce the number of parliamentary seats of the Jaffna District from 10 to 6 is a commendable act done by the government. For those NGO pundits barking for the anti-national agenda (for western dollars!) who may start ranting about bogus “fairness” and “equality”, just consider this. In the 2004 General […]

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“Uthuru Wasanthaya” – “Dakunu Wasangathaya”?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

by hela puwath [The following short paper was sent to Lankaweb in April 2010, but was never published, perhaps because it may have offended, or embarrassed our government in its attempt to woo the Tamils of the north – forgiving their three decade long mayhem.  So now, after the elections, that we have learned what […]

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Hillary Clinton’s wagging tongue

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Malin Abeyatunge The Island’s Special Correspondent S Venkatanarayan reported on 19/7/11 that Ms Clinton has said: “We do not believe that there are any terrorists who should be given safe haven or a free pass by any government, because left unchecked the consequences of that kind of terrorist activity or intimidation can become very difficult […]

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President Mahinda calls for the establishment of a Common Fund for the Development of Aquaculture in the Asian Region.

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

A.A.M.Nizam  President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurating the 5th FAO Asia Pacific Region Ministerial Meeting on Aquaculture Development for Food Security, Nutrition and Economic Development has called for the establishment of a Common Fund for the Development of Aquaculture in the Asian Region.  He emphasized that the challenges being faced by the aquaculture development and the fishing […]

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Notes on Buddhist Journalism—11-Starting BJ as worldwide project: Sri Lanka Buddhist organizations can be catalyst of new genre

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

By Shelton A. Gunaratne © 2011 Professor of mass communications emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead  In the previous 10 essays in this series, I developed in considerable detail the reasons why a Buddhist-oriented Journalism should emerge in the cotemporary world to coincide with the impending collapse of the tottering capitalist system and the potential establishment […]

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President Barrack Obama promised Hope and Change with his audacious Yes We can, but has he kept his promise ?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

By Charles.S.Perera From Sri Lanka’s point of view  American State Department  interfered in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs interposing its boring insipid Ambassador  Robert O’Blake parroting ad nauseam  to find  a political and not  a military solution to terrorism , even in the face of Sri Lanka gaining victory over  terrorism through its military solution. Robert […]

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

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

R Chandrasoma It is an indubitable truth that the greater the power, the greater the fear of overthrow and dispossession. This is a characteristic feature of both individuals and nation-states. Following victories in the Second World War, the United States of America became a domineering super-power in a world that accepted its warrant as beyond […]

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Norway – Open Questions on the Breivik

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Prof. Hudson Mclean Just when the Tamil voters in the North are rejecting the Gift of Friendship offered by HE Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sinhala population, a massive bomb explodes in Oslo Norway, combined with a massacre of innocent youth and children at a Youth Rally. This picture aptly reminds and brings back the horrific […]

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Carlos Canino, the ATF attache says ‘officials in Mexico who already think the U.S. is indifferent to Mexican violence and death’.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

JMack “It infuriates me that people, including my law enforcement, diplomatic and military colleagues, may be killed or injured with these weapons,” said agent Carlos Canino, the ATF acting attache to Mexico testifying before  the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, describing the Fast and Furious program as “insane” and adding that he was […]

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Vladimir Vysotsky the Russian Bob Dylan

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge   I still recall the words of one of my teachers Mr. Vethali Ivanovich who introduced me to the songs of Vladimir Vysotsky in 1986. He said “if you want to learn the Russian soul listen to Vysotsky”   Indeed Vladimir Vysotsky was the ultimate reflection of the Russian soul. A poet, […]

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නලින් ද සිල්වා නම් වු විශ්ව කර්ම ප්‍රාඥයා

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ඉන්දික ප්‍රසාද් කුමාර නලින් ද සිල්වා ගුරුපියාණන් ගැන සටහනක් තැබීමට සුදුසුම කාලය පැමිණ ඇතැයි මා හට හැඟේ. මහඇදුරු නලින් ද සිල්වා 1944 ඔක්තෝම්බර් මස 20වන දින පානදුර, වෑකඩ ප්‍රදේශයේ කෝවිල් ගොඩැල්ලේදී උපත ලැබීය. එතුමාගේ දෙමව්පියන් පාසල් ගුරුවරුන් දෙපළකි. එතුමාගේ කුඩා කාලයෙද් à·“ විදුහල්පතිවරයකු වූ සිය පියාගේ මඟ පෙන්වීම යටතේ පාසල් වේලාවෙන් පසු සහ පාසල් නිවාඩු […]

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Wishful Thinking By TNA Where The President’s Unflappable Stance Needs No Criticism As The TNA Were And Still Probably Are An LTTE Proxy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Lankaweb Weekly Editorial July 27th 2011 The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) may have swept the board in Saturday’s local council elections in the North but have no entitlements to demand equality with the Government if this is what they are seeking.They have said that it would be impossible to reach a political solution and bring about […]

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Alex Neve – Channel 4 Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields video

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 26  July 2011 Mr. Alex Neve  Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada Ottawa, Ontario  Dear Alex Neve: I have been privy to the letter sent to you by Ira de Silva of London, Ontario, dated 24 July, where she quite rightly questions why Amnesty International […]

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The search for innovative and creative ideas

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Neville Ladduwahetty The US Secretary of State during her visit to Chennai is reported to have stated that the US is looking at “some innovative and creative ideas to break the impasse over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue”. The idea explored thus far to break the impasse over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue since […]

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A Think-Piece drafted in May 2011

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Michael Roberts, 23 July 2011 In May 2011, in the context of debate and emotions arising from the Moon-Darusman report and the anniversary of the final blow against the LTTE regime, I drafted a “Think-Piece” for my own edification. This was in point-form and as such lacked elaboration and comprehensiveness. It provided the foundations for […]

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