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"There are two things born from mountains, shining so brilliantly that the great bow down, driving darkness from earth circled by
roaring waters. One is the flaming sun, single wheel bright as lightning, the other is Tamil that has no like." — from the
taNTiyalankârum [Berkeley Tamil]
Ramakrishna Mission appeal
re: Sri Lanka IDPs
Due to recent eruption of violence in the eastern part of Sri Lanka , 72,000 people have
been displaced from Vaharai, Sampoor and Muthur. Among the displaced 17700 are
children of whom 10500 are school going. 41,500 (1160 families) people are in 61
Sri Lanka’s Neglected Population
IMC's mobile clinics bring health care to those
who need it most
By Sonia Walia
In recent years, the coastal region of Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka has been
buffeted by civil war and natural disaster.
Dec 2 - 8, 2007
Why isn’t the south demanding federalism ? [FI]
By Kusal Perera
It wasn’t “once upon a time” that one member of the 17 member dissident UNP
group peeled off the Opposition leader layer by layer, as the worst politician one
could come across in today’s politics.
“Groundless” allegations could threaten aid
work - UN official [IRIN]
“Groundless public accusations can seriously
compromise our ability to carry out humanitarian and
development work and are also putting the safety and
security of UN staff and non-governmental
organisation (NGO) partners at risk,” Neil Buhne, the
UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Sri
Lanka, said in a recent statement released by the UN
Inter Agency Standing Committee (ISAC) country team.
Transcript of Speech by Hon. Bob Rae, at the
inaugural meeting of Canadians for Peace:
I want to thank the alliance and the new organization
very much for inviting me to join you today. I must start
by saying I don’t bring any magic solutions. I’m going
to do two things in my talk, first, give a public account
on my full personal experience in Sri Lanka, and then
to perhaps try and point out some things the
Government of Canada could do. [TC]
A Field Visit to Puttlam: [TC]
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“I am very worried about the relationship between the
Tamils and Muslims. Before the displacement, Tamils
and Muslims shared a lot and had a lot in common.
But the displacement made a huge gap, which is
growing. I wonder who is going to fill the yawning gap
between these two communities.
TRO, UNICEF and due process [FI]
By Jeevan Thiagarajah
Much has been said recently of the ban of TRO in the US and subsequent
announcement of a ban in Sri Lanka.
A further casualty has been UNICEF. We attempt to bring together some pieces.
The rebel with the smile [Himal mag]
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
It was one in the afternoon on 2 November 2007 – All Soul’s Day, the day of the
dead – when the news of the death of Suppaiah Paramu ‘S P’ Thamilselvan, the
leader of the LTTE’s political wing, began to filter into Colombo, the rest of Sri
Lanka and abroad. Nobody could believe it. Journalists double-checked their
sources and conferred with their colleagues. Radio stations aired the breaking
news, and offered regular updates. Archives were rummaged through for suitable
photographs and video footage.
December 2, 1987
James Baldwin, Eloquent Writer In Behalf of Civil Rights, Is Dead
By LEE A. DANIELS
James Baldwin, whose passionate, intensely personal essays in the 1950's and
60's on racial discrimination in America made him an eloquent voice of the
civil-rights movement, died of stomach cancer early yesterday at his home in St.
Paul de Vence in southern France. He was 63 years old. [NY Times]
An Author's Companion in Rage, Exile and Return [NPR]
by Eboo Patel
I started reading James Baldwin's essays because he gave voice to my rage. The
rage of growing up other in America. Of trying to scratch the darkness out of my
skin. Of wanting my father's name to be Sam, not Sadruddin.
Observations on the LTTE Leader’s Speech
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
The annual Heroe’s Day speech of Prabakaran, the
LTTE leader on 27 November 2007, that was being
looked forward to, as LTTE’s assessment of the
situation and its future plans, contained many
nuances, but no surprises. [TC]
War for Peace then and now against
By Dr. S. Narapalasingam
What’s next? What will be the future of the Tamils in
Sri Lanka? Is the government really serious about
seeking a just political solution based on sharing
power with the ethnic minorities?
Bhutan refugees speak through art [BBC]
by Charles Haviland
Young people from the Bhutanese refugee population in Nepal have staged an
exhibition in Kathmandu to demonstrate their art and photography skills and
highlight their difficulties.
Basudev Osti, Rinchin Tamang and Rebika Bhandari, all aged 17, have grown up
in the seven camps that are home to more than 100,000 refugees in south-east
A tribute to Kumari Jayawardena – ‘Mother
of all mothers’ [DM]
(On the occasion of the launch of the book ‘At the
Cutting Edge’ edited by Neloufer de Mel and Selvy
By Radhika Coomaraswamy
In a recent interview my brother, who is ‘The
objective analyst” even when it comes to his own
family, stated that the three greatest influences on
my intellectual upbringing were my father, Dr.
Neelan Tiruchelvam and Dr. Kumari Jayawardena.
Oram Po… here she comes [Hindu]
She is a hit with film buffs in Sri Lanka as well as
Tamil Nadu. Meet Pooja
Her debut film in Sinhala, Anjalika, was such a big
hit that it led tothe Sri Lankan Government imposing
a tax on foreign actors. And her second film, Asai
Mang Piyabanna, has broken all box office records
in the island nation. But Kollywood need not fear.
Pooja is in no mood to quit the Tamil film industry.
Her movie, Oram Po, directed by the husband-wife
team of Pushkar and Gayathri, is releasing this
week and Pooja is thrilled about her role. “I said
okay to the role just after listening to the one line
they told me. They were fresh, and enthusiastic
about their work. Everything about them, their
attitude, behaviour… all seemed fun.”
blast from the past
Naam Iruvar 1947
T. R. Mahalingam, B. R. Panthulu, V. K. Ramasami,
K. Sarangapani, T. R. Ramachandran, T. K.
Ramachandran, T. A. Jayalakshmi and ‘Baby’
During 1946 in Madras, a play, “Thyaga Ullam”,
written by the then unknown journalist-playwright,
Pa. Neelakantan, was running to packed houses at
the ‘Wall Tax Theatre’ known as ‘Ottha Vaadai
Kootthu Kottah’ in Tamil on Wall Tax Road near the
Rameshwaram Movie Review [IndiaGlitz]
Rameswaram' was hailed as a movie that tells a love
story in the backdrop of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.
True. It has a love story and it shows the refugees.
But the movie has nothing to do with the refugees’
issue. The serious issue has been used as just an
item to add spice to the movie. The backdrop just
serves as a plain backdrop, like the one you have
on the wall of your living room.