Archive for April 24th, 2019

The Phenomenon of Suicide Bombing

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. On Easter Sunday Sri Lanka suffered suicide bombers attacks which resulted over 300 deaths. At least 45 children were among those that perished. The Isis has claimed responsibility for these suicide bombings. Thesesuicide bombings are the results of religious fundamentalism.  Suicide terrorism is not a modern phenomenon.  Suicide attack is an ancient practice with a modern […]

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MUSLIMS: EXTREMIST AND PAROCHIAL ATTITUDES

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane.  All ethnic and cultural groups within society are not equal and therefore need not be treated in the same way. All people do not hold the same values. All those who are privileged to have  Sri Lanka was their home, should be aware of the fact that the foundation of our nation, […]

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PAKISTAN’S NEW IDENTITY

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

ALI SUKHANVER Prime Minister Imran Khan’s two-day official visit to Iran is certainly going to bring the two neighbouring countries more close to each other. Pakistan and Iran have a very long history of cordial relationship. Iran was the ever first country to recognize Pakistan’s sovereign status after its independence in 1947. Moreover the Shah […]

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MUSLIMS AND SPIRIT OF INTERRELIGOUS UNDERSTANDING

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Historically, Muslims have gone to great lengths, even waging wars, to impose Islam, their version of what they deem to be the one and true way. The attitude and position of ‘exclusivism’ adopted by Muslims, that Islam is the only true religion and rejecting the legitimacy of other faith traditions, does not […]

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Our Sorrow and Condolences to the Victims and Families of the Sri Lanka’s Easter Carnage

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) NSW Inc Australia Our Society expresses its profound and heartfelt sorrow on the senseless killing of innocents in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts are with the families and persons affected by the deaths, grievous injury and destruction of property by terrorists who have caused fear […]

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ESTABLISHMENT OF MUSLIMS IN SRI LANKA

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane The Muslims of Sri Lanka should be aware of some important historic facts about Sri Lanka, if they are serious on becoming a legitimate part of this great nation. First, they should realize that, they are a small settler community in this country amounting to about 9% of its total population. Prior […]

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Ununpardonable blunder

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

EDWARD GUNAWARDENA Former Director of Intelligence Going by the media, both print and electronic, there had been overwhelming intelligence on the impending disaster that took away over 300 lives and injured over 500. Perhaps for the first time even intelligence agencies of friendly nations such as MI6, Mossad, FBI and RAW have fed the local […]

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In any other country, govt. would have resigned – SF Easter Sunday bombings

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island The entire government would have resigned if a disaster like the Easter Sunday carnage had happened in any other country, but such things would never happen in Sri Lanka, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka told Parliament, yesterday. Participating in the debate on gazette declaring a state of emergency, Field Marshal […]

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Mosque Officials Say They Warned Sri Lankan Authorities About Attacks

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

DOUG MATACONIS ·Courtesy Outside the Beltway Further evidence that Sri Lankan authorities failed to act on warnings of rising Jihadism in their country. Officials at a mosque in Sri Lanka where several of the attackers responsible for Sunday’s massacre that resulted in the deaths of more than 300 people say that they warned law enforcement and government […]

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Sri Lanka’s Muslims Face an Angry Backlash

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

By Jeffrey Gettleman and Dharisha Bastians Courtesy The New York Times Muslims seeking safety in a mosque in Negombo after the Easter bombings. NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka — Auranzeb Zabi was cooking rice at a friend’s house on Wednesday when he heard angry shouting outside, looked out the window and saw a mob of Sri Lankan men carrying iron […]

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Sri Lanka’s Bloody Legacy: A Country Ravaged by UK-Fueled 26-year Civil War

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. The history of Sri Lanka is marred with bloodshed and a 26-year-old civil war caused by British colonial rulers pitting Sinhalese and Tamil against each other.  Located in the Indian Ocean south of India, the small island country of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka witnessed one of its deadliest […]

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Island’s tourism may take a hit, hurting economy badly

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy The Straits Times Country with already precarious external position may be forced to seek more IMF aid HONG KONG • Sri Lanka faces a likely collapse of tourism following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and hotels, which would deal a severe blow to the island’s economy and financial markets, and potentially force […]

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Blood brothers: the wealthy family behind Sri Lanka’s suicide attacks

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Joe Brock, Shihar Aneez, Ranga Sirilal Courtesy reuters COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan housewife Fathima Fazla thought of her neighbors in the grand three-storey home across the street as the wealthy celebrities of her humble Colombo suburb. She had no idea how infamous they would become.Security personnel stand guard near St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, three days […]

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Pregnant wife of Sri Lanka bomber detonates suicide vest, killing children and police

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

By South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue, Middle East correspondent Eric Tlozek and wires Courtesy ABC News PHOTO: A policeman stands outside the family home raided by police after the Sri Lanka terror bombings on Easter Sunday.(ABC News) The pregnant wife of a Sri Lanka bomber detonated a suicide vest when police raided the affluent family’s home in […]

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Warning from Sri Lanka’s bombings

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy The Economic Times If the Islamic State is active in south Asia, India would definitely be a prime candidate for terror strikes. Indian intelligence agencies have to be on high alert and policing, rigorous. Most importantly, the citizenry must be vigilant, ready to notice suspicious activity, investigate it discreetly and report what does not […]

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First pictures of ‘middle class’ suicide bomber brothers who calmly walked into Sri Lanka’s five star hotels and murdered innocents having breakfast

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy Mail OnLine Wealthy brothers Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim bombed the luxury Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday terror attack Suicide bomber brothers were the sons of a millionaire spice trader and were privately educated in Colombo Their attacks claimed the lives of at least 41 foreigners, including eight British holidaymakers […]

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One of nine suicide bombers a woman: Minister

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy The Daily Mirror One of the nine bombers that detonated explosives on Easter Sunday was a woman, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has said on Wednesday. Straits Times said the state minister’s comment came after police confirmed that nine suicide bombers were involved in the blasts and eight have been identified. It has been revealed […]

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Hizbullah’s connection to NTJ – Sumanthiran

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

ANANTH PALAKIDNAR & METHMALIE DISSANAYAKE Courtesy Ceylon Today Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran said today (24) that Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah’s alleged connections to the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) must be investigated along with all connections this group has had with various other politicians and previous defence officials. Sumanthiran was […]

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Inspector General of Police transferred 12 SIS officers days prior to Easter attacks – SLPP

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today (24) claimed that the Inspector General of Police, Pujith Jayasundara, had on 18 April, authorized the transfer of 12 officials attached to the State Intelligence Service (SIS), just days prior to the Easter Sunday attacks which took place on 21 April. Parliamentarian Rohitha […]

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I didn’t earn the title ‘Field Marshal’ for selling snacks in Galle Face – Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Vehemently criticizing both, the Government and the Opposition equally, over the recent terror attacks carried out by Islamic fundamentalists; United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today (24) said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena cannot escape the responsibility for the tragedy by simply saying that they […]

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UNICEF says 45 children killed in Easter Day attacks

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday it is deeply shocked and saddened” by the terrible violence against families including children in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday across Sri Lanka. The total now is 45 children who died (in the series of blasts in Sri Lanka),” said UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac […]

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Cardinal urges not to hold church services until further notice

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana Archbishop of Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has urged not to hold services at Catholic churches until further notice. The Cardinal stated this during a press conference held today (24) following a discussion with the ambassadors of Muslim-majority countries in Sri Lanka. He has also urged to work with peace considering the situation […]

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Complaint lodged against Harin and his father

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) has filed a complaint against Minister Harin Fernando and his father over not disclosing information on the Easter Day attacks despite receiving information prior to the attacks. General Secretary of PHU Upul Wijesekara has lodged this complaint at the Police Headquarters, this morning (24). He was joined by PHU […]

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Roots of Sri Lanka attacks, and a way forward

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

By ASOKA BANDARAGE More than 300 people have died and many more were injured by the barbaric attacks against Christian churches and five-star hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The government has warned that there are more explosives and militants still out there.” In the immediate aftermath of the coordinated attacks, local, Indian and Western media […]

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All those who were in charge of the security of the country in between 11th April up to yesterday should take full responsibility for this carnage

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Dr. Sudath Gunasekara All those who were in charge of the security of the country at the top in between 11th April up to yesterday should take full responsibility, for this carnage. Therefore they should unconditionally apologies to the nation and resign immediately from their positions without putting the nation in to greater difficulties. Dr. […]

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Wijeyadasa calls for immediate arrests of Defence Secretary and IGP

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has sent a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena calling for immediate arrests of Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara. MP Rajapakshe says that, on 18th November 2016, he had revealed information on these attacks and the extremist Islamic terrorist organizations in connection with it. However, […]

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Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Condemns multiple terrorist attack.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

by A. Abdul Aziz. In a letter to His Eminence Dr. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, the National President of the Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Community A,H. Nasir Ahmad states: On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Sri Lanka, I express my deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the multiple attacks […]

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Buck Stops at the Top – Sri Lanka Easter Massacre Shook the World!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Prof. Hudson McLean Both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence – FAILED! The Tragedy, the Unbelievable Loss of Human Life, due to Failure in Communications, now must be given to the Public, the citizens to Judge. The Sri Lanka Easter Massacre is described as a second 9/11! The President must immediately Dissolve Parliament […]

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Sri Lanka President asks Police Chief, Defense Secretary to resign

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, April 24 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the country’s police chief, Pujith Jayasundara and Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to resign following severe security lapses over Sunday’s explosions which killed 359 people, sources said.

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