Victims of Moothoor massacre must see justice prevail: mother of Kokilavarthani

[Sun, 02 Aug 2015, 23:40 GMT]
60-year-old Vairamuththu Pushparany, the mother of one of the victims who was assassinated on 04 August 2006 at Moothoor, in Trincomalee, along with 16 of her co-workers at the office of France-based NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF, Action Against Hunger), is sharing her grief with Tamils on the occasion of 9th year anniversary of one of the brutal massacres in the war. Those who committed the crime are yet to be subjected to proper investigations. All the investigations that took place happened in “their courts with their judges and police,” the mother of 27-year-old Vairamuththu Kokilavarthani, who was a Hygine promotion moderator with the ACF, told TamilNet. Kokilavarthani was the eldest and the only breadwinner of the family at the time of the massacre. The crime should be subjected for an international investigation of genocide, Tamil activists in Trincomalee said. Full story >>

War-affected Tamils in North resolve to boycott SL Parliamentary Election

[Sat, 01 Aug 2015, 23:47 GMT]
The representatives of uprooted Eezham Tamils from the former ‘High Security Zone’ in Valikaamam have stated that they are going to boycott the elections. In the meantime, the main organisation representing the kith and kin of the missing persons in North has condemned the North-based political parties and alliances as well as the South-based parties, for subjecting the plight of the war-affected victims to the ‘use and throw’ politics. SL President Maithiripala Sirisena who visited Jaffna a week ago and SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe who visited Jaffna on Friday have failed to deliver anything concrete, the representatives of both the missing persons associations and the uprooted people from Valikaamam told TamilNet on Saturday. Full story >>

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TNA's draft on constitutional reforms exposes dilution of fundamental principles

[Thu, 30 Jul 2015, 00:21 GMT]
TNA proposals of constitutional reforms
“In point of fact, if the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka is to be preserved from claims to the right of secession, it is a sine quo non that the right to self-determination of the Tamils is recognized and the nature of the state is restructured to enable meaningful exercise of internal self-determination,” concludes the draft introduction prepared by TNA in November 2009 to accompany its proposals of constitutional reforms. 5 years have elapsed since. The TNA, now claiming a final solution in 2016, is yet to educate the masses on what efforts it has undertaken to establish the sine quo non (“cause-in-fact”) and on how long it is going to cling to the explanation of re-inventing the wheel, getting voluntarily locked to a genocidal situation which is beyond any rectification. TamilNet is releasing the documents from November 2009 for the awareness of Eezham Tamils. Full story >>

Former History academic of Jaffna University passes away

[Mon, 27 Jul 2015, 23:53 GMT]
Santasilan KadirgamarSantasilan Kadirgamar, formerly, Senior Lecturer (1979-1983) and Head of the Department of History (1982-1983) at the University of Jaffna, passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. His notable academic contribution was his book on the Jaffna Youth Congress of the 1920s and 1930s, which is available both in English and Tamil. Inclined to Left politics in the island, Seelan was the chair of the Jaffna branch of the Movement for Inter-Racial Justice and Equality (MIRJE-Jaffna) in 1979 and was the co-founder of the Jaffna Citizens’ Committee, set up in 1981, after the burning of the Jaffna Public Library. At no stage of his life, family or political connections made him to get himself aligned with the regimes in Colombo or establishments outside. Full story >>

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Colombo-centric ‘State within State’ is model envisaged for the island

[Sat, 25 Jul 2015, 23:52 GMT]
Similar to Bangkok being different from Thailand, a separate State in disguise at Colombo, which will be different from the rest of the island, and which for all practical purposes will wield the real power and control over all economic, military and political matters of the rest of the island, is the ‘devolution’ model envisaged by the ultimate culprits, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island, citing the ‘election’ manifesto coming from Colombo. All the Colombo-centric Sinhalese, Eezham Tamils, Muslims, Up-country Tamils and the diaspora invested in Colombo, will be lured into the model for their vested interests. Whenever the model finds ‘difficulties,’ the lascarine Sinhala military will be used, as it often happens in Thailand, the activists further said. Full story >>

Sinhala policemen harass Tamil families in Kokkuththoduvaay, Mullaiththeevu

[Thu, 23 Jul 2015, 15:12 GMT]
Occupying Colombo's Sinhala policemen, operating from Karunadduk-kea'ni police station in the strategic coastal strip, from Kokkuththoduvaay to Kokku'laay, which links the Northern and Eastern provinces, have been terrorising the resettled Eezham Tamil families in recent days, news sources in Karai-thu'raip-pattu division of Mullaiththeevu district told TamilNet on Thursday. Under the pretext of searching for illegal brewers, Sinhala policemen without uniforms enter the houses of Tamil fishermen during the nights when the men have left their houses for fishing. The SL policemen have framed a young Tamil fisherman with false charges on Tuesday. Full story >>

Chadian parallel: dictator faces trial for war-crimes

[Tue, 21 Jul 2015, 22:04 GMT]
Hissan Habre
While Eezham Tamils are searching for international mechanisms to bring those who bear responsibility for the "Crime of the century" of killing more than 80,000 Tamil civilians in Mu'l'livaaykaal in 2009, to justice, human rights activists are elated but reminded that the "march of justice can be slow" in the recent trial of Hissen Habre, a former dictator from Chad, in the courts of Senegal. The trial began on 20th July, for alleged crimes of mass killings, torture, disappearance as part of ethnic cleansing in the 1980s, crimes that have stark parallel to those committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka. US State Department, in their selective approach to dealing with International Crimes, saved former SL President Rajapakse in the US Courts of Law suggesting sovereign immunity, an archaic legal doctrine that allows the US Executive branch to protect even genocidaires from legal action. Full story >>

Three dead bodies recovered in recent days in Batticaloa

[Tue, 28 Jul 2015, 23:48 GMT]
Three dead bodies of males have been recovered in recent days in Batticaloa, news sources in the district said. A 40-year-old Tamil man from Ellai Nakar Road in Chengkaladi, Konalingam Vadivel, who had gone to Kumpu'ru-moolai with his cattle was recovered dead in a shrub jungle near a Sri Lankan military post on 16 July. In the meantime, a 44-year-old Tamil-speaking Muslim was found dead on Sunday in an abandoned plot of land at Keechchaan-pa'l'lam in Kaaththaan-kudi and a 60-year-old Tamil male was found dead in the lagoon of Batticaloa, the sources further said. Full story >>

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Turkey resumes war against Kurds with US approval

[Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 12:57 GMT]
The Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has authorized the state armed forces to carry out air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ) positions in Southern Turkey (Northern Kurdistan), North Iraq (Southern Kurdistan) and Northern Syria (West Kurdistan). On 23 July and 26 July, Turkish war planes pounded PKK bases in North Iraq and South-Eastern Turkey. Whereas Turkey claims to have launched attacks on the IS (Islamic State) in Syria, reports indicate that it is the PKK and YPG/YPJ who are the prime targets of the Turkish aggression. On 21st July a NATO Security Council meeting was called for by Turkey, and the Washington centred defence alliance granted its approval to its allies in Ankara, promising political support for Turkish military efforts. Consequently, on 29th July, the Turkish government annulled the ceasefire with the PKK. Full story >>

Secret UN move sabotaging international investigations condemned

[Wed, 29 Jul 2015, 15:50 GMT]
The Chief Minister of Northern Province Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) have condemned the recent UN moves hatched in secrecy to establish a domestic mechanism, which seems to have been solely negotiated between the Government of Sri Lanka and the office of the General Secretary of the UN as revealed by the Channel 4 News on Tuesday, based on a leaked UN document. The Channel 4 said the NPC CM was condemning the move as betraying the victims by undermining the calls for an international court. “The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, if he is to maintain the dignity of his office, cannot be silent anymore,” the TCSF said in statement issued on Wednesday demanding immediate response from the UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. Full story >>

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TNA sabotages Tamils proving will for genocide investigation

[Sun, 26 Jul 2015, 13:49 GMT]
Despite the mounting pressure on the planted Colombo-centric polity controlling the affairs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the alliance has once again sabotaged Eezham Tamils' call for international investigations on genocide. The General Election Manifesto produced by R Sampanthan and M.A. Sumanthiran undermines the unanimous and democratically established position of the elected members of its own alliance in the Northern and Eastern provincial councils on the question of genocide. TNA's manifesto is also non-descript with regards to its demand to the SL State on expected constitutional framework, political solution and the question of accountability, deploying self-contradictory and ambiguous terminology. Full story >>

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Tamil parties contesting SL General Elections face acid test on national cause

[Fri, 24 Jul 2015, 13:09 GMT]
The Tamil political parties or alliances who fail to confront in their election manifestos the Article 157A of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, which was brought through the Sixth Amendment in 1983, are doomed to fail the Eezham Tamils in their future struggle, commented Eezham Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island in the wake of UNP releasing its 5­ points manifesto for the ‘United National Front for Good Governance’ in South at the presence of Sinhala Buddhist Maha Sangha on Thursday. As the Southern polity is preparing for the fourth conjuncture of ‘state formation’ in the island through bringing a new Constitution to ‘Sri Lanka’, it is critical for the Tamils to articulate their refusal to accede their sovereignty once again. This time, it is more important than ever to make it perfectly clear to all the stakeholders in the affairs of the island, the activists said. Full story >>

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Book on Eezham Tamil educationalist reproduced in Canada

[Wed, 22 Jul 2015, 16:49 GMT]
The Toronto-based Saiva Siddhanta Manram in Canada has reproduced a valuable old publication on a unique Eezham Tamil educationalist, Aru'naasala Upaaththiyaayar, born 150 years ago at Kaarai-theevu (Kaarainakar), an island off Jaffna Peninsula. The reprint, which will be released on Saturday at Scarborough Civic Centre, is of much historical importance to today’s younger generation of Eezham Tamils as well as to academics studying the affairs of the island of Ilangkai/ Lanka, to understand the discourse of the struggle for self-respect waged by the nation of Eezham Tamils in the times of British colonialism. The teacher devoted his entire life in challenging and edifying the then British and American ‘educational imperialism,’ which demanded that one has to become a Christian in order to become a teacher in any of the government recognised schools. Full story >>

Saiva shrines subjected to Sinhala Buddhicization in Ampaa'rai

[Mon, 20 Jul 2015, 23:09 GMT]
Channiyaasi-malai
A shrine of Saiva-Vedda tradition, located 12 km southwest of Paa'nama in Lahugala division of Ampaa'rai district at the hilltop of Channiyaasi-malai, has been subjected to Sinhalicisation and Buddhisization after the area has been seized by Colombo's military from the Tigers eight years ago. Tamil devotees from Ampaa'rai who retured home after a pilgrimage on foot from Thirukkoayil to Kathirkaamam Murukan temple, which is situated in Moneragala district, told TamilNet that the occupying Sinhalese have relocated the ‘divine javelin’ (veal) and built a Buddhist temple at the hilltop in Channiyaasi-malai, which is situated between Paa'nama and Ukanthai. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2012:
2012 Aug 04 21:43      Tamils de-facto state chronicled in new book
2008:
2008 Aug 04 18:00      2 civilians reported missing in Mannaar
2008 Aug 04 11:21      Upcountry Tamil youth arrested in Kadugannawa
2008 Aug 04 11:15      61 Tamils arrested in Negombo
2008 Aug 04 10:37      6 Tamils arrested in Vavuniyaa
2008 Aug 04 01:39      Rival supporters damage UPFA, UNP Anuradhapura ...
2007:
2007 Aug 04 18:29      Judge orders Allaippiddi SLN Commander to appea...
2007 Aug 04 17:33      Poaratheevu resettled hesitant to stay at home ...
2007 Aug 04 12:23      Injured Jaffna youth dies
2007 Aug 04 01:20      Family man shot dead in Jaffna
2002:
2002 Aug 04 21:51      TNA to coordinate with LTTE offices
2002 Aug 04 11:30      US teams train Sri Lanka navy, army
2000:
2000 Aug 04 17:35      Government MP resigns in protest
2000 Aug 04 14:40      Three soldiers killed in LTTE ambush
2000 Aug 04 12:53      Package votes secure in Colombo hotels
2000 Aug 04 11:55      Changes to electoral system expected
1999:
1999 Aug 04 13:15      Safe passage can be opened next week -Balagalle
1999 Aug 04 11:00      CID seeks SLA evidence
1999 Aug 04 10:54      Vanni patients reach Vavuniya
1999 Aug 04 07:11      STF convoy attacked
1998:
1998 Aug 04 23:59      Island-wide state of emergency announced
1998 Aug 04 23:59      Refugees stranded in Trincomalee
1998 Aug 04 23:59      Jaffna couple missing
1997:
1997 Aug 04 23:59      Tigers breach Omanthai defences
1997 Aug 04 23:59      135 Sri Lankans killed at Omanthai: LTTE
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
-Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Unreasonable Search and Seizure:
.....Incorporation in Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961)
.....the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment
.....applies to the states by way of the Due Process Clause
.....of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Warrant requirements
.....Incorporation: Aguilar v. Texas, 378 U.S. 108 (1964).
Unreasonable standard for warrants issued:
.....Incorporation: Ker v. California, 374 U.S. 23 (1963).

 

Know the Etymology: 414
Place Name of the Day:

Nawa-gatte-gama, Gathaara, Dehiya-gaatha
Navagategama

The newly acquired village

The village of the people whose ancestors were captives or were degraded and confiscated of land by the king

The part having a lime garden

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Kathirgamathamby Kurunathan
[06.05.15]
Retired land commissioner of Eastern Province on Structural Genocide against Eezham Tamils: The systematic seizure of traditional lands belonging to the Tamil speaking people of the North-East have been widespread under the guise of archaeological, forest and wild-life conservations and subsequently carried out through the acts of demarcating these lands under the purview of the state apparatuses such as the Archaeological Department, Forest Department and the Wild-life Conservation Department, says retired Land Commissioner of the Eastern Province Karthirgamathamby Kurunathan, in an in-depth video interview to TamilNet.
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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]
Sivaram, Wigneswaran saw futility in convincing Sinhala polity: senior editor: The failure of Sivaram and his transfer into a staunch Tamil nationalist is analogical to the political course and current stand of the NPC Chief Minister, Mr C.V. Wigneswaran, said veteran Tamil journalist and editor, Mr. V. Thevaraj, addressing the 10th assassination anniversary meet of Sivaram held in Batticaloa on Wednesday.
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Sivaram in late 90s
[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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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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Sivaram's article: Folly of Eelam
[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]
Task of real Tamil political leadership: Sivaram in 2003: Sivaram Dharmeratnam alias Taraki, the late senior editor of TamilNet, wrote an article in January 2003, explaining the deadlock of the Sri Lankan unitary constitution which cannot provide for a solution within its framework. The international backers were also aware that a federal solution to the ethnic conflict was practically, legally and politically impossible with the Sri Lankan Constitution, he wrote.
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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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Palaka'ni
[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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Accountability
[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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NPC CM Justice C.V. Wigneswaran
[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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Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam
[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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CV Wigneswaran
[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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V.T. Thamilmaran
[08.02.15]
Nationhood, Self-Determination non-negotiable: V.T. Thamilmaran in 2003: “The nationhood of Tamils and their right to self-determination are non-negotiable. Any political solution that might emerge out of the on-going peace process can't go below these,” opined V.T. Thamilmaran, 12 years ago in January 2003, just a few days after the so-called Oslo Declaration (Dec 2002).
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Ruwan Wijewardene
[07.02.15]
Genocidal Sri Lanka insists full continuation of military occupation of Tamil Eelam: “We, as a government, will never remove any of the military camps established in the North and East to ensure security of the Tamil people as well as other people,” claimed Ruwan Wijewardene, the new Sri Lankan State Minister of Defence, who visited the Palaali headquarters of the occupying military in Jaffna.
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Professor S.K. Sitrampalam
[06.02.15]
Sampanthan, Sumanthiran exploit ITAK to deviate from Tamil cause: Prof. Sitrampalam: The lacuna of inner democracy in the present day Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) is being exploited by TNA Parliamentary Group Leader Mr R. Sampanthan and TNA's nominated parliamentarian Mr M.A. Sumanthiran to deviate Tamils from their cause and struggle, accused Vice President and Senior leader of the ITAK, Professor S.K. Sitrampalam in an interview to TamilNet this week.
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