Feature Article

Justice more important than motorbikes and houses: Journalists in Colombo

[Sat, 30 Apr 2016, 15:25 GMT]
Sivaram memorial day protest in ColomboMore than one hundred Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim journalists in Colombo organised a protest in front of the Fort Railway Station on Friday condemning the Sri Lankan State for not investigating the assassinations of popular journalist Sivaram Dharmeratnam alias Taraki, who was abducted on 28 April 2005 and found shot dead behind the SL Parliament on the following day. Sivaram's assassination took place during the regime of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge (CBK), who now heads the so-called ‘Office of the National Unity and Reconciliation’ while remaining tight lipped on the genocidal crimes committed under her rule. A Sinhala journalist described the protest as a big success demonstrating the continued solidarity among the sections of Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim journalists, who were behind the principled demand of Justice. Full story >>


Feature Article

Sivaram's world contribution is holistic exposure of ‘counterinsurgency’: Bashana

[Fri, 29 Apr 2016, 11:34 GMT]
The political, geo-political, sociological and anthropological dimensions of the counterinsurgency (COIN) warfare have gained more significance than its military dimension, especially in the post-2009 context. To grasp this, one has to understand the enormous wealth of knowledge that was left behind by the late Sivaram Dharmeratnam alias Taraki, who was a popular political and military analyst and a senior editor of TamilNet. Exiled Sinhala journalist Bashana Abeywardane, explains the significance of Sivaram’s knowledge system, not only in the context of post-2009 Tamil struggle, but also in a wider perspective to all resisting peoples and nations. It is extremely important to understand how the COIN techniques of pacification, containment and the engineering of ‘false polarizations’ operate in the current context, as part of the ‘political COIN’, Bashana says. Full story >>

Feature Article

Undeterred by civil actions, extremist monk at Kokku'laay vows to complete controversial Vihara

[Thu, 28 Apr 2016, 05:27 GMT]
Sri Thissapura Gunarathna thero
The occupying Sinhala military is deployed round-the-clock to construct the controversial Buddhist temple-centric establishment, conceived as a tool for Sinhalicisation of the strategic coastal stretch at Kokku'laay, which links Northern and Eastern provinces of the country of Eezham Tamils. The construction is proceeding despite repeated requests to find an alternative place from Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and despite instructions from Mullaiththeevu District Secretariat to halt the construction till the dispute of private land, which has been occupied by the Sinhala extremist monk, is resolved. On Sunday, Ven Sri Thissapura Gunarathna Thero, the extremist monk was demonstrating his vow to continue with the construction when he spotted Tamil journalists taking video of the resumed construction work from a distance. Full story >>

2ND LEAD (Adds video, photos)

Emboldened by EU delisting, genocidal Sri Lanka bans Tamil fishermen from entering their lagoon

[Tue, 26 Apr 2016, 11:13 GMT]
Christy Lal Fernando, the director general of Colombo's Fisheries Department, who was on a sudden trip on Monday to Mukaththuvaaram, situated at the mouth of Kokku'laay lagoon in Karaithu’raip-pattu division of Mullaiththeevu district, instructed the local authorities to block the native 300 Tamil fishermen from engaging in fishing in the lagoon. He was citing Colombo's declaration of sanctuary. In the meantime 1,352 Sinhala colonisers brought from South by the occupying SL military are engaged in large-scale illegal fishing in the same lagoon. The latest move by Colombo to block Tamil fishermen has triggered wide-scale protests on Tuesday. Mr Fernando was using complaints from Muslim fishermen from Pulmoaddai as excuse to announce the ‘ban’, Tamil civil sources in Mullaiththeevu said. Full story >>

2ND LEAD (Adds video)

23 Tamils detained under PTA in recent weeks

[Sun, 24 Apr 2016, 21:27 GMT]
The notorious ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) of occupying Colombo has detained at least 23 Eezham Tamils from North and East at various prisons since 29 March. The arrests have taken place in white-van abduction style and through hostage-taking of family members. One of the victims is a woman, who is detained at Vavuniyaa. Two males are being interrogated at the so-called 4th Floor torture chamber in Colombo, while the remaining 20 are being detained at Boosa prison in Galle district in the South. All the ‘arrests’ have been carried out under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), with judicial evidence standards for arrest lower than even "reason to believe." Full story >>

Sinhala intrusion of fishing trawlers accelerate with military backing in North

[Fri, 22 Apr 2016, 22:14 GMT]
The livelihood of Tamil fishermen from Mukaththuvaaram in Kokkuth-thoduvaay in Mullaiththeevu district to Naakar-koayil and Point-Pedro in Jaffna has been seriously affected by the fishermen from South who operate multi day boats off Vadamaraadchi and Karaithu'raip-pattu with the full backing of the occupying Army and Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka, says S. Mariyathas, the chairman of the society of fishing associations in Mullaiththeevu. The Tamil fishermen are not allowed to operate multi day boats. Sinhala fishermen from South deploy banned methods, including the use of poisonous leaves to catch cuttle fish in large scale. The fishermen park their boats at military camps and transport the catch to South, Mariyathas further said. Full story >>

Colombo deploys military to carry out extra-judicial arrests, hostage-taking in North-East

[Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 21:41 GMT]
Colombo's military Establishment has stepped up white-van abductions and hostage-taking of family members of former LTTE members in the North and East in the recent weeks. At least 13 Eezham Tamils, including a woman, are being detained at the moment in the notorious torture chamber known as 4th Floor in Colombo, legal sources in Colombo said. Ex-LTTE members returning from employment abroad in the Middle East have been subjected to arrests at Katunayake airport. In the meantime, the ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID), operated from Colombo had taken two siblings of a former LTTE member in Batticaloa as hostages till the person they were searching for turned himself over to the TID, the sources in Colombo said. While claiming ‘good-governance’ and ‘reconciliation’ to outside world, the Colombo regime has reinforced Sinhala military rule in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. Full story >>

Feature Article

Colombo's structural genocide targets Tamil village at Mahaweli delta in Trincomalee

[Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 22:28 GMT]
KangkuvealiThe current regime of Maithiripala Sirisena, who has been the minister of ‘Mahaweli scheme’ for several years now, is silently spearheading the occupation of thousands of acres of farmlands, both in the name of ‘development’ and through illegal settlements in Trincoamlee. The focal point of Sinhalicisation and militarisation during the former regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa was coastal Trincomalee, particularly the Champoor area in Moorthoor division. But, the regime of present ‘Mahaweli’ genocidaire has shifted the focus to larger plains of farmlands, 18 km south of Moothooor. The Tamil farmers from the ancient village of Kangkuveali recently narrated how they experience the structural genocide in a video interview to TamilNet. If the SL State and those who back it don't put an end to the structural genocide, another war would be inevitable, they warn. Full story >>

Zeid aids Sri Lanka's war-crimes in the treatment of Tamil PoWs, says Boyle

[Sat, 16 Apr 2016, 18:22 GMT]
Professor Francis Boyle
Denouncing United Nation's Human Rights Chief, Zeid bin Ra’ad, for labeling Sri Lanka's Tamil prisoners as "Security Detainees," Professor Boyle, an expert in international law, and who teaches at the University of Illinois College of Law, said that Zeid, as a military man, knows fully well that Tamil detainees are Prisoners of War (PoWs) under the Geneva Convention, and continuing to hold Tamil PoWs in prison after the cessation of hostilities [in 2009, nearly 7 years ago] is a war crime under the same convention. "Zeid is a GOSL Wolf dressed up in the Blue Clothing of the United Nations," Boyle said. Full story >>

Sivakaran released on surety bond

[Thu, 28 Apr 2016, 13:42 GMT]
V.S. Sivakaran, the outspoken critic of genocidal Colombo and the secretary of ITAK Youth Wing, who also runs a Tamil weekly from Mannaar, was released Thursday on surety bond by the Magistrates Court at Chaavakachcheari, 24 hours after the notorious ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) arrested him at his paper office in Mannaar on Wednesday. Full story >>

2ND LEAD

Colombo detains ITAK youth leader cum editor after criticism on PTA arrests

[Wed, 27 Apr 2016, 13:36 GMT]
The notorious 'Terrorist' Investigation Division (TID), operated by the 'Defence Ministry' of genocidal Sri Lanka has arrested V.S. Sivakaran, the Youth Wing secretary of Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) and the editor of Tamil weekly ‘Puthiyavan’ on Wednesday afternoon at the paper office located on Mannaar Main street. Sivakaran's arrest is an attempt to suppress criticism being levelled against the abduction-styled arrests taking place in the Tamil homeland, journalists in North said. The arrest comes 2 days after Sivakaran went on record strongly condemning the PTA based arrests that have taken place in the North and East. Full story >>

Sirisena's party rejects federalism, Sinhala mob in Italy wants Tamils to hoist ‘Lion’ flag

[Mon, 25 Apr 2016, 16:59 GMT]
Sinhala poster against Tamil sport event in Italy
A group of Sinhalese carrying genocidal Sri Lanka's Lion flags protested on Monday against a sport event of Eezham Tamils at the city of Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy. The sport event was organised by the Eezham Tamil diaspora organisations to mark the Italian Freedom Day and to honour the pioneer of the Tamil freedom struggle, Pon Sivakumaran. The Sinhala mob was mobilised through posters that called ‘every Sri Lankan’ from Bologne to come to “Muandi Aiya's” shop to protest against the sports event organsed in support of the ‘Barbarous LTT’, according to a poster put up the mob, which was not even unable to write proper Sinhala, commented a Sinhalese who is close to Eezham Tamils. In the meantime, Mahinda Samarasinghe, a key Sinhala leader has described federal demand of Tamils as “unconstitutional” and as something that would strengthen “extremism”. Full story >>

Feature Article

No sign of ‘change’ in shifting genocidal military away from residential areas in East

[Sat, 23 Apr 2016, 23:29 GMT]
Mahaweli System B
The 11th Regiment of the occupying Sinhala Army, organized under the 233 Brigade of the military of genocidal Sri Lanka, is refusing to release the lands belonging to Murakkoddaan-cheanai Government Tamil Mixed School, situated 18 km north of the city of Batticaloa on Batticaloa – Vaazhaichcheanai Road zonal education officials told TamilNet on Friday. The SL military is also occupying the lands that belong to 25 Tamil families in the surroundings of the lands of the school. There is no sign of SL military making the area suitable for civil life. The school is operating at a different location 200 meters away from the seized lands. Continued militarisation of residential areas should be perceived by Tamils realising how large tracts of farm lands are being seized for demographic genocide by occupying Sri Lanka and how ‘Mahaweli’ scheme is conceived to complete the genocide in East. Full story >>

Trinco Campus under pressure from Colombo not to punish offending Sinhala students

[Thu, 21 Apr 2016, 21:26 GMT]
The administration of Trincomalee Campus of the Eastern University has blamed both the Tamil and Sinhala students as culprits behind the ethnic-motivated violence against Eezham Tamil students at the unit of Siddha Medicine in March 2016. The move comes as the Colombo-based University Grants Commission (UGC) instructed the campus administration not to take disciplinary actions against the students belonging to one community alone, informed academic sources at Trincomalee campus told TamilNet this week. The Tamil students describe the assault against them as a result of two-year long campaign of hate crimes against them. The administration has failed to contain the hate crimes, the students have alleged. Full story >>

SL Foreign Ministry instructs visiting foreign citizens to North to obtain ‘military visa’

[Tue, 19 Apr 2016, 23:42 GMT]
SL Defence Ministry silently implements travel restrictions to North
The officials of Colombo's Foreign Ministry have started to cite an updated ‘news report’ in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website, dated 03 March 2016, in instructing foreign citizens travelling to the five districts in North to obtain ‘prior approval’ from the genocidal military of ‘Sri Lanka’, a Tamil visitor from Europe engaged in providing humanitarian assistance has complained to rights activists in Colombo this week. The latest ‘development’ comes after increased reports of abduction-styled arrests that have been carried out by Colombo's military intelligence in North. The Eezham Tamil visitor, engaged in humanitarian work from abroad for a long time, was recently lured into ‘think’ as ‘Sri Lankan’ by the ‘reconciliation’ desk of the foreign ministry in the country of citizenship. Full story >>

Tamil women complain increase of ethnic sexual harassment in public sector

[Sun, 17 Apr 2016, 19:57 GMT]
The successive regimes based in Colombo, unchecked by the absence of the political balance of power from the side of Eezham Tamils, have engineered the structural administration of public sector, by bringing in Sinhala males from South into leadership positions in the East. Tamil women employed in the public sector are being subjected to sexual harassments at working places. Also in the cases where Tamil-speaking males harass the female workers, Tamil women experience increased difficulties in taking forward the complaints to the Sinhala-dominated hierarchy in the public sector, feminist rights activists in Batticaloa told TamilNet. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2007:
2007 May 01 16:11      Two Tamils arrested in Puttalam
2007 May 01 09:51      3 Tamil IDPs shot dead in Ea'raavoor
2007 May 01 09:31      SLA shoots dead mentally-ill youth in Palaali
2007 May 01 04:47      MP urges Media watchdogs to highlight Tamil jou...
2007 May 01 01:12      RSF condemns murder of Jaffna journalist
2007 May 01 00:47      2 shot, killed in Thenmaraadchchi
2001:
2001 May 01 19:55      Sri Lanka's radical Marxists stage massive rally
2001 May 01 09:33      LTTE accuses Sri Lanka of undermining peace
2001 May 01 04:21      Canadian HC meets Thamil Chelvan
2000:
2000 May 01 17:18      Tigers attack Kilali
2000 May 01 16:01      SLA bodies transfer tomorrow -ICRC
2000 May 01 12:24      SLA builds bulwark as Tigers advance
2000 May 01 11:25      Tigers to return SLA bodies
2000 May 01 07:13      Eight Tamils arrested in city
1999:
1999 May 01 23:34      Poya day sweetmeat at SLA camp turns sour
1999 May 01 23:30      Soldiers punished for abandoning their rescuers
1999 May 01 23:29      Democratic rights of Tamils suppressed - EPRLF
1999 May 01 17:17      Six reported missing in Mannar
1999 May 01 16:42      CWC meeting disrupted
1999 May 01 09:53      Missing person found in Hospital
1999 May 01 04:57      Three reported missing in Jaffna
1999 May 01 04:01      Transformers destroyed
1998:
1998 May 01 23:59      News in Brief
1998 May 01 23:59      Three killed in Batticaloa
1998 May 01 23:59      Tigers confirm boats' capture
1998 May 01 23:59      Two Tiger boats sunk - SLN
1998 May 01 23:59      May Day celebrations muted
1998 May 01 23:59      Central province blasts
1998 May 01 23:59      One woman's agony
. . First Amendment rights, applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment, are available to teachers and students. It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. . . .
-Abe Fortas, Supreme Court Justice
Majority Opinion, Dec 16, 1965
On Mary Beth Tinker Vs Iowa
School officials banning students wearing black
arm bands to show opposition to war in Vietnam.
Federal Court took the side of school officials,
Court of Appeals was divided equally and
Supreme Court reversed the decision 7-2.

 

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[28.04.16]
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[20.02.16]
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Durban Conference
[11.11.15]
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[04.11.15]
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[06.05.15]
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Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam
[05.05.15]
TNPF rejects ‘domestic investigations’ upheld by USA: The fact that the United States and the US Secretary of State John Kerry would consider the post January 08th 2015 situation in Sri Lanka, with the new government favourable, is understandable. But, for him to suggest that there is a favourable condition for the Tamils, is stretching too far, said Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, responding to a question from TamilNet.
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V. Thevaraj
[02.05.15]
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[02.05.15]
New generation of organic intellectuals needed to continue Sivaram’s work: Informed by Tamil literature as much by Tamil history, Marxism as much as Poststructuralism, Thucydides as much as contemporary COIN theorists, Sivaram worked for the Eelam Tamil cause as a leading politico-military analyst and as a true “organic intellectual,” writes RM Karthick.
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Sivaram memorial event in Chennai
[02.05.15]
Sivaram commemorated in Tamil Nadu on 10th anniversary of his assassination: Journalist Revati Laul, who served as special correspondent at Tehelka and NDTV, journalist Priyamvatha Panchapagesan, an associate editor with News X, journalist Radhika Sudhakar, writer Aazhi Senthil Nathan and activists Thirumurugan Gandhi, coordinator of May 17 movement and Dr. Ezhilan Naganathan, the founder of I'laignar Iyakkam were among the speakers at the memorial event held in Chennai on the 10 anniversary of Sivaram's assassination.
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[29.04.15]
Constitutionally recognise Tamil homeland to prove bona fides, exiled poet tells Colombo: “Would the Sinhala rulers of Sri Lanka ever be prepared to constitutionally recognise the joint North-East as the homeland of Tamils,” questioned exiled Eezham Tamil poet Kasi Anandan on Wednesday, speaking from Chennai, in an Internet-based video address on the occasion of a memorial event held in Batticaloa on the 10th anniversary of the assassinated TamilNet Senior Editor and popular columnist Sivaram Dharmeratnam (Taraki).
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[24.04.15]
Break vicious circle of political obfuscation: Sivaram in 2003: Educating the masses on the designs of Powers and politically mobilising the people for the struggle was the central theme of the piece late Senior Editor of TamilNet Sivaram Dharmeratnam wrote to Northeastern Herald on May 02, 2003, two years before he was assassinated by the Sri Lankan military intelligence.
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[24.04.15]
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[13.03.15]
New Delhi should stop looking at Eezham Tamils through Colombo: Whether China or the USA, or both – whatever may be the ultimate foreign policy concern of India, the times are such that New Delhi should learn to approach Eezham Tamils as a nation of its own right.
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[10.03.15]
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[14.02.15]
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[13.02.15]
Opinion: Understanding accountability: international investigation on outlook crime: NPC Chief Minister Justice CV Wigneswaran observed that such an investigation would make Sinhala people to see the truth and would help getting justice. Equally important or more important is an international investigation on the adamant ‘outlook crime’ of certain powers that fundamentally contributed to the genocide, especially in the recent decades.
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[12.02.15]
Wigneswaran exposes US delay tactics at Geneva: “In my recent conversation with Ms Biswal, I understood that the USA wants to be in favour of the present Sri Lanka government, as this government is favourable to the USA,” Wigneswaran said. “When Ms Biswal asked what could be the appropriate time for the release of the Geneva report and when I replied that it should be in March, she didn’t accept it,” the NPC-CM said.
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[11.02.15]
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