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Any More Separation For TMVP?

TMVP is remembering their 3rd year of separation from the LTTE on April 10th 2004 when 175 Karuna cadres, including female cadres, were massacred in Verukal in an attack by the LTTE to prevent the separation. Regarding the separation V. Muralitharan (Karuna amman) has given statement to their web site. “Earlier it was seem as […]

නැගනහිර යූද්ධය තූල තනීවූ සාමෙය් නගරය.

ශූීලංකාව තූල තවමත් අැදීයන ෙමි ඊළාමි යුද්්්්ධය ට දැන් වසර 26 ක් ගතවි තිෙබි.ෙමම වසර 26 තුල යුද්ධෙයන් බැට කෑ අහිංසක ඡනතාවෙග් අවසන් බලාෙපාෙරාත්තුවද දැන් ෙකෙමන් ෙකෙමන් දියෙවන්නට පටන් ෙගන අැත. ෙමම ඊළාමි යුද්ධෙයන් බැට කෑ තවත් එක් දිස්තිුක්කයක් ගැන ෙසායා බැලිෙමි අරමුණින් අප ෙමි සංචාරය අාරමිභ කරන ලදි. සමස්තයක් වශෙයන් ගත් කල නැගනහිර පළාෙත් […]

Human Rights and a Political Settlement: Regime Defences Wearing Thin

The two main criticisms against the Rajapaksa regime relate to human rights and a negotiated political settlement of the conflict.  In summary the charge is that the regime is unwilling to do anything about either and therefore is well into the smoke and mirrors game of camouflage and procrastination.   The regime on the other hand […]

Peace professionals and War professionals

By Rajan Philips There has been a spate of writings on the political economy of war, particularly relating to the war on terror that President Bush has imposed on the world as the primary concern of humankind in our time. Sumanasiri Liyanage, Peradeniya academic and commentator, has recently written about the political economy of peace […]

Conspiracy Theories

Regrettably, the continuing tragedy of violent conflict in Sri Lanka is further compounded by the increasing emergence of all manner of conspiracy theories. Because of their risqué sensationalism with scant regard for verifiable facts and a marked disdain for accountability, those who promote such conspiracy theories are out to get media attention and through it, […]

Falling from grace: On Sripathi’s demise and using terror against terror

Photo credit: Lanka Truth It’s unreasonable to even for a moment believe that the recent arrest of Former Port Development Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi was not politically motivated to a large extent. As one blog on anti-corruption in Sri Lanka notes, Sripathi’s arrest raises valid questions as to why arrests have not been made regarding the […]

Media, Terrorism and Subterfuge: Where is Sri Lanka’s Zola?

Mr. President, this is a blot against your name! It’s not Mahinda Rajapaksa I refer to when I begin my article with these words, but Félix Faure, the President of France at the time of the infamous Dreyfus Affair, involving the wrongful conviction for treason of a young French artillery officer, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, and […]

Theeban’s murder: An epitaph in Sinhala

In my recent contribution in Sinhala to Mawbima, I explore the murder of Thillainayagam Theeban as first reported by Nalaka Gunawardene in this forum. An interesting footnote is that not a single one of the 3 Police Stations or 7 Policemen I spoke to in order to find out more information about Theeban was aware […]

Significant Other

I read the Daily News cause it’s in the office in the morning. The headline is generally ‘EVERYTHING IS FINE’, but there are some new additions. Lately the paper and Mahinda have been going on and on about a ‘plot to discredit the government’ and a media ‘conspiracy’ to demoralize the armed forces. On the […]

Security Forces North & East Operations

Civilians are returning to government-controlled areas on a mass scale and are fleeing LTTE territory, while the main goal of the government is to wipe out LTTE from the eastern area. This is because the east was a stronghold of the LTTE and V. Prabhakaran’s dream was to make Trincomalee the capital of Eelam. Artillery […]