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Aulus Persius Flaccus (AD 34-62), Roman Poet
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Thamilchelvan and
Tamil Politics - I [TC]

by Rajan Philips
Murugeysen
Tiruchelvam:
Strategist-Statesman
of the Federal Party
[TC]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

T
he past week
witnessed the birth
and death
anniversaries of
Murugeysen
Tiruchelvam
[Contd.]
Tamil Politics II:
The roots of
LTTE’s militarism
and political culture
[TC]
War for Peace then
and now against
Terrorism [TC]

By Dr. S.
Narapalasingam
Karaithivu Journal:
Learning to Live Amidst
Hardships [TC]

by Dushiyanthini
Kanagasabapathipillai

“You live and learn. At
any rate, you live”
-
Douglas Noel Adams-
British English author,
comic radio dramatist, and
dramatist
"Do not forget good old traditions"

And "Attiyal" is handed over to the younger
generation by older generation. "Attiyal" once
made is never re-made
Great Heroes Day
Speech:
Rhetoric and
reality-I [FI]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
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Tamil Politics III:
Kinship, caste and
the Diaspora in
Tamil nationalism

By Rajan Philips
TNA leader asks government for clean,
candid and honest proposal [FI]

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“G
overnment of Sri Lanka is wrong in thinking that, it
can solve the issue by flushing out the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam from Vanni. The Tamil question
remains unresolved. Peace would only come if the
Tamil question is resolved in a way, which is
acceptable to all” said R. Sampanthan MP, the leader
of Tamil National Alliance.
Eeelam is Not Illegitimate, but LTTE Methods
are Unacceptable-British High Commissioner
[TC]
Cry for the People of Jaffna: Narrative of a Sinhalese Guest [FI]

by Ruki Fernando

F
ew weeks before I went to Jaffna, Jehan Perera of the National Peace Council
had visited Jaffna and captured the powerful testimony of one airline passenger
saying “the only thing we can do is cry”.
Louise Arbour on Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council [TC]
“No” to UN Human Rights Office but
“Yes” to Expanded UN Role in Sri Lanka [TC]
My experiences in Jaffna-Summer 2007 [TC]

by Dr.Dan Muthuveloe

I
would like to share with you my experiences of Jaffna from a Tamil point of view. I
am sure what I have to say could be matched by equally harrowing stories from
other parts of North and East such as the Vanni, Mannar, Sampoor, Vaharai etc,
and perhaps from the South by Sinhalese and Muslims who have also suffered
pain and loss.
Sunila Abeysekera: Reflections on a Romance with Rights [TC]

by Mario Gomez
How much longer will they have to cry? [FI]

By Ruki Fernando

T
rincomalee continues to remain heavily militarized and tense.
Safeguarding human rights in times of war [TC]

By Jayadeva Uyangoda

T
he report that the Supreme Court has granted
permission to proceed with the fundamental rights
violation petition filed by the CWC against the mass
arrest of Tamil citizens in Colombo is a welcome
development which occurred on the eve of this year’s
International Human Rights Day.
Prabakharan Injured Slightly in Air Force
Bombing [TC]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

V
elupillai Prabakharan the elusive chief of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has sustained minor
injuries in aerial bombardment by the Sri Lankan Air
Force in the last week of November!. Although the
injuries are not of a serious nature the LTTE supremo
was treated at an underground medical facility in a
secret location by the Thileepan medical unit it is
learnt.
Why The Muslim Congress quit the
Rajapakse Govt [FI]

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

T
he latest decision by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
(SLMC) to quit the Government led by President
Mahinda Rajapakse has caused controversy. The
timing of the SLMC’s move has led to much
speculation that the party decision was tied up with the
Budget’s third reading vote on Dec 14th.
Hakeem explains why SLMC quit government
[FI]

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
Gandhi Ashram trains refugee women [Hindu]

by Karthik Madhavan

O
ff the Tiruchengode-Paramathivellore Road, opposite a Sri Lankan refugee
camp, a group of women is busy trying their hands at basket weaving.
NY Times in Pictures: Congo on the Edge of War [NYTimes]

Shizanye Dorote, 33, was suffering from cholera in a hospital in Rutshuru, in the
eastern part of Congo. Thousands of civilians are fleeing fighting between the
Congolese Army and Gen. Laurent Nkunda, the rebel Tutsi leader.
M.I.A. in Action [Progressive]

By Antonino D’Ambrosio

A
s a soft wind began to blow in from the San Francisco Bay and the sun started to
dip behind the giant Ferris wheel, a British-Sri Lankan woman bounded onto the
stage at the First Annual Treasure Island Music Festival. Backed with a DJ and
one lone dancer, M.I.A. brashly asked the crowd “Where my pirates at?” With a
roar from the nearly 10,000 gathered and a tip from her captain’s hat, she
launched into a performance that was equal parts old school rapper and new
millennium musician.
MIA - You Tube Music Video ~ 'Bird Flu'

M.I.A. - Boyz (With Lyrics)
India, a Stirring Giant, Is the New Place to See and Be Seen [NYTimes]

by Heather Timmons

A
soaring economy and crumbling trade barriers are making India a “must visit”
destination for foreign politicians and executives. The crush of visitors, often first-
timers but also companies seeking to expand their existing operations here, lands
daily. They all hope to sign deals, find local partners, sell their wares or just soak
up the contradictions that characterize the world’s largest democracy, a singular
melding of chaos and opportunity.
Will words of a diplomat be put into action?
[ST]

By J.S. Tissainayagam

T
he move to topple the government was lost with the
abstention of the JVP when the crucial vote on the
third reading of the budget was taken.
In Pictures: Ethiopians Said to Push Civilians Into Rebel War [NY Times]
Why is Malaysia simmering? [TC]

By M.S.Shah Jahan

“D
on’t tell us - look at Ceylon, look at Burma”, thundered the ferocious orator, the
youth leader of the Malaysian Indian Congress, in the Municipal Hall opposite
Padang playground of the Kuala Lumpur Cricket Club and by the side of the
Mosque type scenic General Post Office building, in the early 1970s.
Still relevant [Hindu]

Three Tamil novels written a few decades ago
bear an uncanny resemblance to today’s world.

Into this Heaven of Freedom by Indira
Parthasarathy, translated by Subbulakshmi
Janardhanan; Rishi Moolam by Jayakanthan,
translated by K.S. Subramanian; Today by
Ashokamitran, translated by Shanti Siva raman,
Indian Writing,
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth @ 57 on Dec
12, 2007

With his latest film 'Sivaji- The Boss' still rocking the
box office even six months after its release, this
birthday could be a special one for Tamil superstar
Rajinikanth who turns 57 on Wednesday.

While fans across the state are gearing up to
celebrate their 'Thalaivar's' (leader) birthday, the
star is set to go into "hiding".
Malaysian Tamil writers are “ambassadors
of the language”

The atmosphere in the hall was soaked in the
richness of Tamil language and culture as writers
from Tamil Nadu and Malaysia came together to
celebrate the Tamil literary heritage at a function
organised by SRM University here on Monday.

Felicitating the Malaysian Tamil writers, on a literary
tour of Tamil Nadu, lyricist Vairamuthu said their visit
gained significance in the backdrop of globalisation
that oppressed the Tamil language. Several
languages faced the threat of extinction due to
globalisation.
Rich tributes paid to Subramania Bharathi

Rich tributes were paid to revolutionary Tamil poet
Subramania Bharathi on his 125th birth anniversary
on Tuesday.

State Ministers K Anbazhagan, Parithi Ilamvazhuthi
and K P K Samy, TNCC President M Krishnasamy
and AIADMK legislator S V Sekhar were among
those who paid floral tributes to the poet and
freedom fighter.
Tribute to Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi
[Monsoon Journal]
Midas Touch

chatline Actor-producer Prakash Raj is on a roll

Matching his many on-screen avatars are his off-
screen enterprises. Prakash Raj, the producer, is
not the run-of-the-mill kind. “Commerce is important,
but for Duet Movies, it isn’t everything. Even if it
means losing 50 lakhs, if someth ing deserves to be
documented I go ahead,” he says, His recently
launched music wing, Duet Music, will release its
maiden audio, Vellithirai, on December 18.
Buzz about Billa

Opening today “Billa” is the hottest film in the trade
circuit. sreedhar pillai talks to its director Vishnu
Vardhan about its packaging and marketing

In Kollywood, big is getting bigger as the volume of
business for Tamil superstar movies and the
audiences’ craze for them have reached dizzying
heights. After Rajnikanth’s Sivaji, Ajit’s Billa has
become the hottest movie in the trade circuit.
blast from the past

Nallathambi 1949

T
he 1936 American Depression-Period, celluloid
poet Frank Capra’s immortal classic Mr. Deeds
Goes To Town (Gary Cooper in the title role) had a
successful run during the late 1940s in a Madras
City cinema. S. V. Sahasranamam, a close
associate of N. S. Krishnan, saw the movie and felt it
would make a good vehicle for NSK and his socio-
reformist views. He invited C. N. Annadurai to watch
the movie, and impressed by it, Anna worked out a
storyline in which the rural relative (Krishnan) of a
deceased zamindar inherits his estate. The
daughter (Bhanumathi) falls in love with him and the
two are expected to marry soon.
Saluting Mano Ganesan and
slamming Mahinda Government [TC]

by K.T. Kumaran

I
s Sri Lanka seeking new allies to fund its coffers and
buy arms straining relations with certain nations?

Sri Lanka already strengthened ties with Iran, and now
has been reportedly seeking to buy arms from Russia.