Feature Article

UN Human Rights mechanism in Geneva has disappointed families of enforced disappeared

[Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 21:14 GMT]
Mothers and wives of enforced disappeared in Ki'linochchi district, who are waging a continuous struggle since Monday this week, have blamed the Office of Human Rights High Commissioner in Geneva for working behind the scene to give more ‘time and space’ to the SL State without bringing international justice. “Look at us. I am already 65. Most of the aged mothers, like myslef, are affected by various kinds of illnesses. We take more medicines than food. We would not last for long. 7 years have already vanished. Giving time and space to SL State only means death to ourselves and justice. If we are no more, there would be no one demanding justice. Colombo knows this,” Leelathevi Ananthanadarajah, one of the mothers giving collective leadership to the struggle being waged in front of the Kandaswamy temple in Ki'lilnochchi told TamilNet in a video interview. Full story >>

Chemical weapon in KLIA and cluster bomb in Vanni

[Sat, 25 Feb 2017, 22:20 GMT]
AFP reports on Friday, citing Malaysian Police, indicated that the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother was assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with a lethal nerve agent called VX, manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction. As the question comes how the chemical weapon came to Malaysia, AFP cited ‘Sri Lankan’ Terrorism Professor Rohan Gunaratna stationed in Singapore saying that North Korea has previously used diplomatic pouches to smuggle items. The IC, its media and terrorism research outfits, miserably failing in international investigation on how the cluster bomb had reached genocidal Sri Lanka and was deployed against Tamil civilian masses herded into a zone in Vanni in a war upheld by a bandwagon, could only make a poor show on the current crime committed at KLIA, commented Tamil political observers. Full story >>

LRC Director narrowly escapes assassination, land disputes in Batticaloa take violent turn

[Wed, 22 Feb 2017, 23:50 GMT]
Batticaloa District Director of Land Reforms Commission (LRC), Wimalarj Nesakumar, a Tamil from Ka'luthaava'lai, was shot and seriously injured by two unidentified men around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Mr Wimalaraj, who emerged from his residence as unknown men wearing helmets called him by name, was shot at least three times. The attackers intended to kill him, his family told the SL Police. The LRC Director has sustained three gunshot wounds. The terrible incident has taken place at a time when the LRC Director was involved in exposing the nature of land grab in the ‘public lands’ in Ea'raavoor, according to informed civil sources. Some sections were quick to blame Muslims due to the nature of land grab at Eea'raavoor, while others say there could be deeper ‘counter insurgency’ motives behind the timing of the violent act. Full story >>

Uprooted Keappaa-pulavu families inspire struggling masses in North

[Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 22:03 GMT]
Uprooted Eezham Tamils in Vanni who have been repeatedly protesting in the past against the genocidal land grab of occupying ‘Sri Lanka’ and got deceived each time either by the regime in Colombo or by the Tamil politicians of the ITAK in the past, are now drawing inspiration from the continuous struggle being waged by the uprooted people of Keappaa-pulavu and Pulak-kudiyiruppu along Nanthik-kadal in Mullaiththeevu. The families of uprooted Tamils in Puthukkudiyiruppu (PTK) in the district have also been on a continuous protest in front of the SL Army base at the heart of PTK. On Monday, landowners at Paravip-paagnchaan in Ki’linochchi resumed their protest demanding their lands that have been seized by the SL military since 2009. Full story >>

Feature Article

UK, Australia, have responsibility in halting Mullaiththeevu structural genocide

[Sat, 18 Feb 2017, 01:52 GMT]
Britain and Australia that have sent high-level policy planners to ‘assess’ Keappaa-pulavu in the company of occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka in January 2013, should also take the responsibility in halting the structural genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils there. Those who ‘advise’ Tamils not to use the word ‘genocide’ but to rally behind ‘development’, and those who equate the on-going Sinhalicisation to the presence of Tamils in the southern parts, should note that despite long presence of Eezham Tamils in the South or 200 years of up-country Tamils brought by the British, no village has officially become a Tamil village in the South. But just in two years time a Tamil village in the North and East could officially become a Sinhala village in nomenclature, administrative records, demography and political power, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Full story >>

Maithiripala continues to deceive uprooted Tamils from militarized village in Ampaa'rai

[Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 22:11 GMT]
38 Tamil families, who have been uprooted from their houses and lands at Kanakar-kiraamam, located 7 km north of Poththuvil in Ampaa'rai district, complain that they are being deceived by the officials coming under SL President Maithiripala Sirisena's Mahaweli Ministry, particularly the Forest Department and the Government Agent in the district. After having seized their lands, putting up a military base for the occupying notorious Special Task Force (STF) and keeping the area as a no-go zone for two decades, the officials of the SL Forest Department say they could only talk to their hierarchy if people submit valid documents of renewed permits. In the meantime, TNA Parliamentarian Kaveendran Kodeeswaran, who came to meet the officials and the people on Wednesday was also proposing to compromise, the uprooted people complain. Full story >>

Feature Article

Alternative grassroot activist Shanmugam Muttulingam passes away

[Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 22:51 GMT]
Sanmugam MuttulingamMr Shanmugam Muttulingam who was an alternative institution himself in serving and inspiring the Eezham Tamil society particularly at its grassroot level, passed away in Jaffna on Tuesday early hours at the age of 77. A student of Professor Kanapathippillai at the Peradeniya University in the early 1960s, but relinquishing his university education and later his law college career too, Mr Muttulingam was associated with the activities of the Peking-Wing Communist Party of N. Shanmugadasan. At the time of his demise, Mr. Muttulingam was engaged in the rejuvenation of grassroot institutions such as the century-old YMHA and an orphanage started in the 1930s at his own village Thirunelveali in Jaffna. The last wish of Mr Muttulingam was not to observe any religious rituals for his funeral. Full story >>

Resettled government servants in Champoor complain of ethnic discrimination

[Sun, 12 Feb 2017, 23:07 GMT]
176 public servants, who are among the resettled Eezham Tamils in Champoor, are being systematically discriminated in the provision of governmental and non-governmental assistance for their resettlement after being uprooted from their own lands in Champoor. From Colombo's UNP-influenced administrative hierarchy to the Tamil-speaking Divisional Secretary of Moothoor, the entire administrative mechanism of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka has been operating against the resettled Champoor Tamils. While the structural discrimination has been institutionalized in the ‘Sri Lankan’ system, the officials of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have also not been able to assist the people cutting the red tape of the anti-Tamil establishment operating against the resettled Tamils in Champoor. Full story >>

Kaaththaankudi Muslims express solidarity with uprooted Keappaa-pulavu Tamils

[Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 22:25 GMT]
Protest in Kaaththaan-kudi
Two Muslim organisations, Kaaththa-nakar Arasiyat Ka'lam (Kaaththaan-kudi Forum of Politics) and the Progressive Council for National Integration, mobilised Muslims in Kaththaan-kudi (Kattankudy) outside Jamiullafireen Jummah Mosque after Friday prayers. “Let us begin afresh from our split-ups” and “Unity brings prosperity” were featured as the main slogans by the organisations. In the meantime, the families of enforced disappeared Tamils in Vavuniyaa in the Northern province resumed their struggle on Friday amidst a section of NGO agents were seeking to pacify the grassroots activists. Full story >>

Sinhala military chases 850 Tamil escapees from military slavery in North

[Tue, 21 Feb 2017, 23:30 GMT]
The occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka has stepped up search operations against Eezham Tamils who have escaped from slavery ’employment’, which was carried out to document that the SL military was also recruiting Tamils in North. Around 1,000 Tamil men and women were deceptively recruited to subservient deployment as technicians, carpenters, painters, flower garden workers, plumbers, farm slaves and as female servants to Sinhala ‘war commanders’ residing inside so-called High Security Zones. These ‘workers’ were put on military's payroll and documented as Tamils serving in the genocidal military. More than 850 of the deceived and victimised males and females have managed to escape from the so-called military deployment. The SL military is now searching for the ‘missing’ slaves. Full story >>

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Keappaa-pulavu protesters question silence of foreign diplomats, challenge ‘TNA optics’

[Sun, 19 Feb 2017, 11:38 GMT]
Tamil women-led protesters in Keappaa-pulavu on Saturday questioned the silence on the part of the diplomats from the international community who have been to Keappaa-pulavu on ‘field trips’ in the past. The Head of Keappaa-pulavu Women’s Development Organisation Ms S Chandraleela told TamilNet on Saturday that in addition to releasing their occupied lands, the SL military should be withdrawn from the roads used by their children from their village to school. The people on the struggle are concerned of retaliatory abductions from the SL military, which is engaged in surveillance against the protesting families. In the meantime, SL Air Force remove the paragraph of shoot-at-sight warning from the notice boards it had put inside the lands, a day after the threat was exposed by media with photographic evidence. Full story >>

SL military puts up shoot-at-sight warning inside appropriated Keappaa-pulavu lands

[Fri, 17 Feb 2017, 23:13 GMT]
SLAF attitude in Keappaa-pulavu on 18th day of protest by uprooted people
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has put up notice boards threatening the protesting families and the people visiting Keappaa-pulavu not to enter the lands that have been seized from the uprooted families. “This land belongs to the Air Force. Unwarranted entry is prohibited. Those entering unwarranted will be targeted by gunfire,” say the warnings that have been put up inside the lands of uprooted people on Friday. In the meantime, SL Air force personnel have been shooting photos using professional DSLR cameras threatening the visitors expressing solidarity with the protesters. Tamil politicians, except those from the ITAK collaborating with the SL regime, have started to stay overnight with the protesting families as military threats have started to escalate. The families have been staying in front of the SL military base with their children for continuously for 18 days. Full story >>

Feature Article

Kokku'laay Tamils face multi-pronged structural genocide abetted by external assistance

[Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 19:00 GMT]
Ma'nalaa'ru
The North East Reawakening Programme (NERP), which is fully controlled by Colombo’s ministry of so-called Economic Development, is discriminating Tamils in Mullaiththeevu district by diverting disproportionately larger ‘development’ assistance coming from the Asian World Bank and the World Bank to Ma’nalaa’ru (Sinhalicised to Weli-Oya) division, a Sinhala-Only division carved out from the district of Eezham Tamils, Northern Provincial Councillor Thurariasa Ravikaran said. Not only the NERP, certain ministries of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is also being pressurized to channel more resources into Weli-Oya, commented Tamil civil sources in Karaithu’raip-pattu division. Eezham Tamils from Kokkuth-thoduvaay, Kokku’laay, Karunaadduk-kea’ni and Mukaththuvaaram are seriously affected by the structural genocide and the threat of structural violence coming from Weli-Oya. Full story >>

Displaced Muslim women from Puththa'lam express solidarity with Keappa-pulavu families

[Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 19:26 GMT]
Muslim women visit Tamil women at Keappa-pulavu in Mullaiththeevu
A women-delegation of displaced Muslims, who are living in Puththa'lam since they were evicted from Jaffna, visited Keappa-pulavu on Monday expressing their solidarity with the continuous struggle being waged by Tamil women, who are demanding the Colombo regime to release their lands that have been seized by the occupying SL Air Force. The protest that continuous for the 14th day has also received Sinhala visitors from South and Tamil activists from the Up-Country. In the meantime, Tamils in Batticaloa have staged demonstrations in solidarity with the families of Keappaa-pulavu. In the meantime, another struggle is also gaining momentum at Puthukkudiyiruppu (PTK), where protesters have been demanding their lands back from the occupying SL Army. Full story >>

Uprooted Keappaa-pulavu people continue protest for 11th day

[Sat, 11 Feb 2017, 23:01 GMT]
The uprooted people from Keappaa-pulavu and Pilak-kudiyiruppu on Saturday said the SL political and administrative sources have come up with yet another time-buying tactic by stating that their claim has to be re-evaluated. The uprooted families continue to protest for 11 days, putting up temporary huts in front of the camp of the airforce of genocidal Sri Lanka at Keappa-pulavu, which is situated along Nanthik-kadal lagoon in Mullaiththeevu district. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2014:
2014 Feb 26 17:51      EU terror ban on LTTE challenged
2005:
2005 Feb 26 15:23      SLN rescues twelve Tamil refugees from midsea
2005 Feb 26 14:39      Indian envoy visits Jaffna, discusses developin...
2005 Feb 26 14:16      Solheim meets LTTE in east
2001:
2001 Feb 26 23:36      Media helps us stay on track- Col. Anthonis
2000:
2000 Feb 26 16:39      SLN promises to investigate Salli rampage
2000 Feb 26 16:35      18 Mannar fishermen missing
2000 Feb 26 08:18      Villagers protest over SLN retaliation
2000 Feb 26 07:17      Artillery induced vibrations damage Kalkuda ho...
1999:
1999 Feb 26 15:38      Vaakarai suffers under SLA restrictions
1999 Feb 26 11:00      Attorney General co ordinates Chemmani investig...
1999 Feb 26 10:57      Transformer explodes in Kandy
1998:
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Jaffna council to convene in March
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Arrests over batteries
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Half a million malnourished - aid workers
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Tamil groups restricted to one office each
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Senior TELO member killed
1998 Feb 26 23:59      SLN boat destroyed in commando raid - Radio
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Hunger strike mother dies
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Home guard killed at Welikanda
1998 Feb 26 23:59      Navy positions attacked at Kilaly
A good will is not good because of what it effects or accomplishes, it is good in itself. Even if by its utmost effort the good will accomplishes nothing, it would still shine like a jewel for its own sake as something which has its full value in itself.
-Immanuel Kant
22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804
18th-century German philosopher
from the Prussian city of Königsberg.
An influential philosopher of modern Europe
in the classic sequence of the theory of knowledge
during the Enlightenment.

 

Know the Etymology: 57
Place Name of the Day:
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Iṭi-viḻunta-mōṭṭai, Pul-mōṭṭai, Kōrai-mōṭṭai, Atti-mōṭṭaik-kuḷam
Idi-vizhuntha-moaddai

The natural pond caused by a thunderbolt strike

The natural pond found with grass

The natural pond found with a kind of aquatic grass

The natural pond-turned-tank in the locality of Atti trees

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Tamil Genocide Book
[20.02.16]
The Tamil Genocide by Sri LankaThe second edition with over 150 new pages traces the ongoing engagement in the Sri Lankan conflict of Professor Francis A. Boyle, an eminent American expert in international law, from the conflict’s last years to the present pursuit of UN recognition of the Tamil genocide and call for reparations. It is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against the Government of Sri Lanka under international law. The book is available from Clarity Press, Amazon in soft cover or in Kindle version.
Durban Conference
[11.11.15]
South Africa to Singapore: global Tamils grasping geopolitics to act: The South African conference held in Durban has come out with many demands that are dear to the heart of Tamils, such as demilitarisation, stopping Sinhala colonisation, repeal of the 6th Amendment to facilitate free negotiation etc. But the slip was still showing when the conference avoided the term genocide. What was more ironical that betrayed the deception was the slogan of the conference organizers that called the country they want to salvage as ‘Sri Lanka’, boldly written in Tamil.
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1915 Anti-Muslim Pogrom
[04.11.15]
Tamil leadership need not shy away or react to unfair challenge coming from Sumanthiran: Eezham Tamil polity seeking pardon from Tamil-speaking Muslims should be unassuming, but it should come in an enlightening way to the edification of the Colombo-centric agenda or the powers-guided agenda, pursued in the past as well as in the present. Otherwise, it may only amount to conferring impunity to the State in Colombo and its abettors.
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Kathirgamathamby Kurunathan
[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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[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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Batticaloa, memorial event
[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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Comment by D. Sivaram
[24.04.15]
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Colombo
[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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Ki Pi Aravinthan
[10.03.15]
Ki Pi Aravinthan's 2008 interview to TamilNet serialized: TamilNet serializes this week a 2008 interview with veteran former Tamil militant, poet and writer Ki Pi Aravinthan (Christopher Francis alias Sunthar), who passed away on Sunday in Paris at the age of 62.
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[14.02.15]
Palaka'ni: NPC resolution gives hopes on Tamil political unity The recent resolution presented and unanimously adopted in the Northern Provincial Council on historic and recent genocide against Tamils in the island, has rung alarm bells at necessary diplomatic quarters, say Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran (EPRLF) and TNA Councillor M.K. Shivajilingam (TELO). In a Palaka'ni interview to TamilNet this week, Mr Shivajilingam said there were attempts afoot to influence certain Tamil diaspora activists to issue sophisticated statements urging the UN Rights Chief to postpone the OISL report.
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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]
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[11.02.15]
Key to struggle is to change outlook of powers: Gajendrakumar: The outlook of Powers with regards Tamil national question in the island doesn’t come from lack of knowledge, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said in a Palaka'ni interview last week, naming US-dominated West, India and China as actors primarily involved. The change in their outlook to accommodate Tamil interests is certainly not going to be through education, it is something that has to come through a struggle, he said.
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[10.02.15]
Wigneswaran calls for international investigation on genocide: In a key development, the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Justice CV Wigneswaran, on Tuesday called for real international investigations on genocide against Tamils committed by the successive governments since Ceylon's independence from the British in 1948.
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