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WikiLeaks:Rajapaksa Managed To Influenced MTV Owner Maharaja

By Colombo Telegraph – “During a cordial chat, Rajapaksa was able to persuade Maharajah not to air any more programs on such sensitive topics.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington. A leaked “CONFIDENTIAL” US diplomatic cable, dated March 22, 2007, updated the Secretary of State on  Sri Lanka’s media suppression situation shows that President Mahinda Rajapaksa managed … Continue reading

Geneva: Possible Outcomes And The Tasks Of The People

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe – As you know, the Geneva sessions started on the 27th February. A possible, and most probable outcome would be a resolution calling for an independent international mechanism to investigate war crimes. (Appointing a Court of Inquiry under the Army Commander will provide more ammunition for the foreign powers to denounce … Continue reading

Sri Lanka’s Dead And Missing: The Need For An Accounting

By Crisis Group – Nearly three years since the end of the war, there’s a growing need for an accounting of – and for – those killed and missing in the final months of fighting in northern Sri Lanka in 2009. Members of the UN Human Rights Council, opening its 19th session in Geneva today, should … Continue reading

Drunken Chief Buddhist Monk: Bitter Truth Revealed With Wild Boar

By Colombo Telegraph – “The monk was intoxicated and there were three bottles of arrack, a packet of cigarettes and some cans of beer together with a parcel of wild boar meat in his car” the onlookers says. “We wanted to put him to a special room but, after finding out that he was intoxicated and … Continue reading

Sanctions On Iran-An Insidious Warfare

By Latheef Farook – The United Nations together with United States and European Union have  imposed crippling sanctions on Iran knowing very well how the UN sanctions virtually destroyed the Iraqi society. The reason being Iran is accused of developing nuclear weapon. Iran is only accused of developing nuclear weapon and not developed yet. So … Continue reading

When A Prophet Speaks: Stephane Hessel On Sri Lanka

By Dayan Jayatilleka – A prophet spoke at the UNESCO in Paris this week, though he joked that having lived for 90 years, he had written thirty pages and found he had been turned into ‘a rock star’. Stephane Hessel, born in Germany in the year of the Russian revolution, is 95 years old. Anti-Nazi … Continue reading

Here Are Some Critical Questions All Tamils Should Ask Themselves

By Jason – Since May 19 2009, the Tamils of home and abroad remain numb and in a state of shock. Refusal to accept the defeat they faced over liberation struggle they waged is impregnated with doubts, disbelief and suspicions.  Questioning the loyalties of former comrades and activists seem a common feature. Fragmented, Tamils have become … Continue reading

The Oil Price Shock

By Dr. Arujuna Sivananthan – Income Inequality: With recent hikes in the price of distillates and resultant protests, a pertinent question to ask is who is affected most by them. Athula Naranpanawa and Jayathileka S Bandara of the University of Griffith in Australia, in a recently published discussion paper, suggest that low income households followed by low income rural … Continue reading

Sunanda Saga, States Of Denial And NGO Accountability

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya – One common thread runs through the many different stories of denial: people, organizations or whole societies are presented with information that is too disturbing, threatening or anomalous to be fully absorbed or openly acknowledged. The information is therefore somehow represented, disavowed, pushed aside or reinterpreted. Or else the information ‘registers’ well … Continue reading

UK: Halt Deportations Of Tamils To Sri Lanka

By Colombo Telegraph – The United Kingdom should suspend deportations of ethnic Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and immediately review its policies and information about the country’s rights situation used to assess their claims, Human Rights Watch said today. Research by Human Rights Watch has found that some returned Tamil asylum seekers from the … Continue reading

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