Tamil chief minister C V Wigneswaran: ‘We’re not terrorists

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Tamil chief minister C V Wigneswaran: ‘We’re not terrorists[ BBC ][ Feb 20 21:39 GMT ] The first ever chief minister for Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated Northern Province has told the BBC that the central government should stop viewing the north as a “terrorist area”, and must give the province meaningful political powers. C V Wigneswaran’s Tamil National Alliance swept to power in September. Last month, the Northern Provincial Council passed a motion calling for an international probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. [ full story |


Sri Lanka’s main opposition accused the government Thursday of awarding contracts to a World Bank-blacklisted Chinese company and said it would not honour the deals if it regains power. The United National Party (UNP) said the government had recently awarded a contract to the state-owned China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) for a new port city in the capital Colombo despite the World Bank move. [ full story |


On Sri Lanka, UN Won’t Say, But Ban’s Invited To Colombo in May[ Inner City Press ][ Feb 20 21:30 GMT ]

On Sri Lanka, this UN remains shrouded in mystery, some say, worse. After Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with Sri Lankan Youth and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma and Ambassador Palitha Kohona on February 18, Inner City Press on February 19 asked Ban’s outgoing spokesperson Martin Nesirky if Alahapperuma had invited Ban to Colombo in May for a youth conference. Video here and embedded below. Nesirky said among other things that the UN is not in the habit of disclosing what its interlocutors say. (The UN refused the request at the beginning of 2014 of the Free UN Coalition for Access for a read out of even Ban’s side of his call to the president of his native South Korea… [ full story |


Tamils’ Path to Prosperity[ TamilCanadian ][ Feb 20 13:19 GMT ]

The larger lesson that can be learned from “our” transition is that freedom to make a living is a good thing, and has been rewarding for both Tamils who migrated to Canada and their kids. The law of hard work and risk taking, in which every person strives to move upward by working toward what the person desires, is the “unseen hand” that allows everyone in the family to prosper.Like capitalist systems, Tamils are neither rigid nor identical. We differ, change and adapt. Over the next few generations of Tamils, the most important function of our ‘Tamilness’ will be to refine the paradigm between risk taking, that was innate in the earlier generation that arrived in Canada, and the entrepreneurialism and the knowhow of Canadian born Tamils. [ full story |


The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), which sued Sri Lanka-born terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna for linking it to the LTTE, has been awarded $53,000 by a Canadian court. In a February 2011 article published by Lakbima News, Gunaratna was quoted as saying: “The LTTE is operating under the name of the Canadian Tamil Congress, which is the main LTTE front organization in Canada.” Gunaratna had also written that “the Canadian government is aware of this and currently investigating” the group. [ full story |


Canadian Tamil Congress wins $53,000 libel judgment[ Toronto Star ][ Feb 21 03:29 GMT ]

The Canadian Tamil Congress has won a $53,000 libel judgment against a prominent international security expert who charged in a newspaper article that the congress was a front for a terrorist group. The Sri Lankan-born Rohan Gunaratna, a professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has been a widely quoted expert on terrorism for more than a decade, particularly on issues related to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a now defeated separatist group that fought for 25 years for an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka. [ full story |


While Rajapakse is undoubtedly implicated in crimes, no credence should be placed in Washington’s bogus “human rights” campaign. Moreover, Washington fully backed the Rajapakse government when it tore up the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE and renewed military offensives in 2006. While denouncing the LTTE, the US, along with India and China, provided vital military assistance to the Sri Lankan army and remained silent amid mounting evidence of its atrocities. The US implemented its own ban on the LTTE by hunting down its supporters and fund raisers, and strong-armed the European Union into doing the same. [ full story |


Sri Lanka Must Tackle Resolution Head On[ Huffington Post ][ Feb 20 11:20 GMT ]

While the Sri Lankan government has once again decried the resolution as being “anti-Sri Lanka”, accusing the Western nations of hindering the reconciliation efforts, it appears likely that the government will be faced with a passed resolution. Time is clearly running out for the Sri Lankan government, the international community has shown that their patience is wearing thin. Despite the government’s domestic campaign against the resolutions it is clear that unless they address these concerns internationally the pressure on the regime will only increase. [ full story |


Tamils’ Path to Prosperity[ TamilCanadian ][ Feb 20 13:19 GMT ]

The larger lesson that can be learned from “our” transition is that freedom to make a living is a good thing, and has been rewarding for both Tamils who migrated to Canada and their kids. The law of hard work and risk taking, in which every person strives to move upward by working toward what the person desires, is the “unseen hand” that allows everyone in the family to prosper.Like capitalist systems, Tamils are neither rigid nor identical. We differ, change and adapt. Over the next few generations of Tamils, the most important function of our ‘Tamilness’ will be to refine the paradigm between risk taking, that was innate in the earlier generation that arrived in Canada, and the entrepreneurialism and the knowhow of Canadian born Tamils. [ full story |


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