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The Reign of Folly

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Arguably, the most serious problem faced by the Tigers is the dearth of manpower. Money and weapons can be obtained; not so new members. The LTTE needs North-Eastern Tamils to stay in the war zone, vulnerable to its conscription/recruitment efforts. Since civilian Tamils are Vellupillai Pirapaharan’s cannon fodder, excuse and justification, he does not want them to escape the war by fleeing either to Colombo or abroad. He wants them in the North East, in their homes or in refugee camps, powerless and vulnerable, his captive subjects. The Tigers do not want the North-East to be depopulated of Tamils also for financial reasons. When Tamils leave, it affects the illegal tax base of the LTTE. For all these reasons the Tigers have consistently tried to prevent civilian Tamils from leaving the North-East. And in areas under its control the LTTE does not permit Tamils any freedom of movement; in order to be allowed to leave these areas, Tamils have to pay a substantial sum of money to the Tigers.

Tigers slipped into Switzerland through the back door

Investigations reveal that Switzerland is being taken for a ride by Tigers cadres who are posing as victims of Tiger terror. This is the latest people-smuggling racket operated by the Tigers. Already there are 40,000 Tamils settled down in Switzerland. They are a part of the Tamil diaspora that funds Tiger terror operations in Sri Lanka. Tiger operations which include abduction of Tamil teenagers, murders, kidnappings and running heavily guarded concentration camps in Vanni. At Swiss embassy in Colombo, they posed as Tamils running away from the Tigers. Once they collected the necessary visa and land in Switzerland they join the Tiger outfits in their respective cantons.

For and against German Buddhist monk, Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera: was he a Nazi sympathizer?

Ven. Nyanatiloka MahatheraAn article in the Asian Tribune (May 28, 2007) on Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera, a respected scholar monk from Germany who pioneered Buddhist studies during his stay in Sri Lanka, has provoked a controversy over his alleged political role. Janaka Perera, a regular contributor to the “Asian Tribune,” wrote (May 28, 2007) urging that the Sri Lankan government should issue a stamp to commemorate the outstanding contribution he made to Buddhism and Buddhist studies. This article has prompted Dr. Marianne Wachs, Chairperson Foederverein Theravada-Buddhismus, Berlin to allege that Ven. Nyanatiloka was a Nazi sympathiser who discriminated against Jews. A reply to this allegation maintains that Ven. Nyanatiloka’s best disciple was a Jew.

Sri Lanka’s child star Sarala was easy to be named the world’s best

By Walter Jayawardhana

SaralaSpeaking to this correspondent after presenting the Best Child Actor award to Sri Lanka’s child star Sarala (11), Maureen Dragone , the President of Hollywood’s Young Artist Foundation said her organization was thrilled by Sarala’s outstanding performance in the film and she could be easily named world’s best. “It was outstanding for a child to show her emotions in such talented fashion by facial expressions, turning of the eyes, or shaking the head without speaking a word- the perfect thing to do in cinematic art,” Dragone said speaking highly of the Sri Lankan child artist’s award winning performance in Canadian Indian writer Director Deepa Mehatha’s “Water.”

India agrees to coordinated patrolling of the Palk Straits

Indian Defence Minister AK Anthony today (2 June 2007) assured Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, that the Indian Government was agreeable to conduct coordinated patrols of the maritime boundary between India and Sri Lanka in the Palk Straits. Modalities for this deployment will be worked out between the two sides. In March 2007, in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had proposed such a mechanism in order to prevent attacks on fisherman by the LTTE in the area and the transporting of material supplies to the LTTE. The matter was also taken up for discussion during Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi last week.

99 Democracy and Human Rights Activists Arrested in Burma in May 2007

The Burmese military regime constantly threatens arrests and imprisons democracy and human rights activists in Burma. This year, the human rights violations committed by the regime increased. The regime physically attacked democracy and human rights activists in public and made numerous arbitrary arrests. According to The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPPB), a non-profit organization that monitors the political prisoners who are arrested and kept in Burma’s notorious prisons states, “In May 2007 alone, the regime arrested 99 democracy and human rights activists.

Pakistan - one way street to Talibanisation

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The manner in which the Bush administration has cultivated Pakistan’s Gen Pervez Musharraf after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil makes it doubtful if the US is really serious about eliminating terrorism from the face of earth or if it really wants to be seen in better light by the outside world. The arrogant pursuance of neocon ambitions leaves the US with few genuine friends in the world. Washington does not believe in showing any deference to legitimate security and other concerns of even nations that it retains on the list of ‘friends’ when it recklessly arms its ‘frontline’ ally.

Fianna Fail wins Irish election

The ruling Fianna Fail in Ireland did better than expected in the 24 May general election to the Dáil Éireann. The outcome has been proclaimed a triumph for residing Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, who is now the first Irish premier since Eamon de Valera to win a third term in office. Fianna Fail won 78 seats, a loss of only three. But its coalition partners, the Progressive Democrats, were nearly wiped out, dropping from eight to two seats. Fine Gael won 51, an increase of 20. Labor won 20, maintaining its previous number of seats.

Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera

Velka Tamil Perani

Sarala with her elder sister

Sarala - Best Child Actor of the World

Sarala

Swiss Police are worried about Tiger march to UN after Tigers attacked rival party cadres in Geneva

Velka Tamil PeraniTamil Tiger agents abroad are going all out to draw crowds from the European Union countries to join in the proposed protest rally outside the UN office in Geneva on 11 June. The protest march will be held on the opening day of the 5th session of the Human Rights Commission (June 11 to 18.) This march is an annual event organized essentially by the LTTE to impress the international community. This event is also considered a show of strength of the LTTE to the international community.


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