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"Tamils in the L.T.T.E controlled areas are living like slaves" - V. Anandasangaree,

AnandasangareeIn an open letter to the Muthuvel Karunanidi, ,Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state, V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has pointed out that the Tamil civilians living in the areas controlled by the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are living like slaves. Their basic fundamental and democratic rights are denied. Even those Tamils living in the Sri Lanka Government controlled areas are not spared by the LTTE. "I had been repeatedly complaining to the International Community, that the Tamils in the L.T.T.E controlled areas are living like slaves without enjoying any fundamental or democratic rights and with serious violations of their Human Rights.

U.S. Gets as Much as it Gives to the U.N.

Analysis by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United States, which pays 22 percent of the U.N.'s regular annual budget of 1.8 billion dollars, has arrogantly demanded a dominant voice in management and administration -- primarily because it is the biggest single financial contributor to the world body. "U.N. member states, and particularly its largest contributors, want to know if they are getting the most value for the dollars they contribute," says Mark P. Lagon, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary for international organization affairs.

Senior Sri Lankan Muslim leaders at loggerheads

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The already strained relationship between Petroleum Minister A.H.M. Fowzie and Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana took a further beating following a verbal attack launched by the Governor against the senior Minister, after Mr. Mowlana received threatening calls from 'unidentified men' demanding that he retract a statement made in support of the petroleum trade unions who went on strike last month. When queried whether the Governor suspected Minister Fowzie in having a hand in the telephone call incident, Mr. Mowlana said, "I don't want to talk about someone who can't even control his own men."

Tamil Eela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal opened their ‘Political Division’ head office in Colombo.

TVMP officeTamil Eela Makal Viduthalai Pulika (TMVP) officially opened their political division head office in Colombo yesterday, at 11/3A,SchoField Place, Kollupitya in Colombo. Members of the TMVP, religious heads and the journalists took part in this opening ceremony. TMVP is a politico-military organization led by V. Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman.’ According to a press release by the TMVP, Mrs.S.Padhmini is the Secretary of the political party and other Central Committee members are E.Pradheep, K.Mahesh, S.Kunalan, R.Kajan, E.Chooty, K.G.Athavan and K.Sumathy.

Norwegian support to Southern Sri Lanka

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided Rs 200 million in support for the reconstruction of 32 Buddhist Temples in southern Sri Lanka and 35 religious buildings in the east, including Buddhist Temples, Hindu Kovils, Mosques and Churches. Yesterday, Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer and Ambassador Hans Brattskar participated in the opening ceremonies of Buddhist Temples and in the establishment of a Credit Guarantee Fund for the southern region in Galle.

Journalists prevented from covering humanitarian crisis

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Reporters Without Borders today called on both sides in Sri Lanka's civil war to see that journalists could continue reporting in areas of fighting, especially in the northeastern town of Muttur, and criticized them for refusing to allow the media into these zones. "We know some parts of the country have become very dangerous because of the war but the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) must not in any circumstances use this as an excuse to stop local and foreign media moving around and investigating the true situation in the east and north of the country," the worldwide press freedom organization said.

Civil Society for Peace (CiSoPe)—Sri Lanka

By Oscar E V Fernando

The Civil Society for Peace was inaugurated recently at Hotel Holiday Inn. The inaugural meeting was attended by 30 members selected from the different communities and religions with the common view of finding a political solution for lasting peace in Sri Lanka through dialogue. Subsequently, three meetings and a press conference were held. The last meeting was attended by representatives from the Government and the Opposition in the Sri Lanka Parliament, D.E.W. Gunasekera and Karu Jayasuriya

Muttur Muslims: From frying pan to fire

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Left with two options, either stay at home and get killed or flee and be destitute, majority of the already battered Muslim civilian population living under tense conditions in the 'fighting battered' pre-dominant Muslim village of Muttur in the Trincomalee district are helpless and confused as constant firing of mortars and the sounds of gun fire has them cowering day and night. Although initially only a few thousands fled their homes and took refuge in schools and other public places, the majority of this community initially refused to leave their homes, in fervent hope that the tensed situation there would cool off in the coming days, a hope obviously dashed as the fighting between security forces and LTTE continued unabated.

Tamil political parties condemned the bomb blast targeting S.Sivathasan, EPDP’s deputy leader

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The leader of the Tamil United Front V. Ananadasangaree says the attempt made by the LTTE to assassinate former member of the parliament S.Sivathasan is highly deplorable. In a statement the TULF leader says every citizens of the country should thoroughly condemn this attack, which also caused the death of an innocent three-year-old child. Meanwhile the TMVP party in a statement says that a political vacuum has been created due to the assassinations of the Tamil intellectuals, politicians. The party further says that the solution for the ethnic crisis should be found only in a framework of united Sri Lanka.

Mole charge backfires on Jaswant Singh

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Speculation about the contents of the just released book by the BJP leader Jaswant Singh had started almost from the day he made it known months ago to his friends that he was going to pen a book. That eager wait for his tome has ended only to spark off a big political controversy—about the identity if an American (CIA?) ‘Mole’ in the PMO when the late PV Narasimha Rao was the prime minister. The controversy has so pleased Jaswant Singh that now he has threatened to unleash five more books in quick succession!

Sri Lankan government leaves migrant workers stranded in Lebanon

After weeks of war in Lebanon, the Sri Lankan government has done virtually nothing to assist more than 90,000 migrant workers, many of them young women, stranded in the war-torn country Only about 4,000 Sri Lankans have been able to return home. Thousands are languishing at the Sri Lankan embassy in Beirut. The Peninsula online website reported on August 6 that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had evacuated 761 people from Sri Lanka and the Philippines trapped in Lebanon.
In Colombo, parents and relatives flocked to the office of the Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB), desperate for news of their loved ones. Although one death has been reported so far, such is the chaos and devastation in Lebanon that more may be dead or injured.

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Los Angeles Demonstrators Demand Arrest of LTTE Leaders for Conscription of Children

By a Special Correspondent

Los Angeles RallySporting tee-shirts with the outlined lion-and-sword symbol and the words ‘Simply Patriotic’ underneath it, for two hours on 05 August morning, demonstrators from the local Sri Lankan community filled up the entire block outside the massive Federal Building in Los Angeles, California. Rallying under the banner of the ‘Sri Lankan Patriots’ they shouted slogans and carried placards that called attention to the LTTE’s continuing use of child soldiers and UNICEF’s failure to take the steps needed to bring punitive action against the leaders of the terrorist group.


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