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Thamilchelvan and
Tamil Politics - I [TC]

by Rajan Philips
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
Great Heroes Day
Speech:
Rhetoric and
reality-I [FI]

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

By Rajan Philips
Prabakharan
Injured Slightly in
Air Force Bombing
[TC]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Saluting Mano
Ganesan and
slamming Mahinda
Government [TC]

by K.T. Kumaran
Norway and Britain: Mistakes of Peace Making in Sri Lanka [TC]

By Muttukrishna Sarvananthan

I
am not sure how and why Norway got involved in the Sri Lankan conflict.
However, I have read in a couple of academic articles that peacemaking in internal
conflicts is a cornerstone of the foreign policy of the Royal Norwegian Government.
Human Rights Commission Downgraded [FI]

UN Human Rights Monitoring Urgently Needed to Stem Violations
US Envoy says genuine devolution of power will give greater say
to all communities [FI]
Despite criticism, global capitalism is yet to reject Mahinda regime [FI]

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

B
ut today’s international community does not treat bad governments the way they
used to-by censure. What they do now is execute regime change”. This is an
interesting statement.
Government is setting stage for my elimination
says Mano Ganesan MP [TC]
Commission of Inquiry responds to IIGEP charges [FI]
IIGEP condemns Lankan Commission of inquiry again [FI]
Human Rights Commission Undermined By Unconstitutional
Appointments [FI]

by Praneetha Abeywickrema
Teaching Tamil Tigers [TC]

by John S Whitehall
Tiger In Trouble? [TC]     by B.Raman
Explaining Prabakaran’s persistent defiance
[FI]

by V. Suryanarayan
President Rajapaksa agrees to make
‘province’ unit of devolution in Sri Lanka [FI]

By P.K. Balachandran
Stop punishing Tamils collectively for
LTTE misdeeds [TC]

by Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera
Tamil Nationalism and the Sinhalese:
The political logjam [TC]

by Rajan Philips
A virtual bookstore [Hindu]

“Between the Covers” is the booksite for the
serious book collector in India.

Reading their knowledgeable, witty, detailed
description of each book is almost akin to fondling
a book in a bookstore or hearing a passionate,
literate booklover describe a highly desirable book.
Two Films by Ingmar Bergman [TW]

by K.S.Sivakumaran

I
would like to talk about two films I had seen at the
38th International Film Festival of India which
concluded on December 03 in Panaji, Goa.

The two films are  by the late Swedish Director
Ingmar Bergman.
Here, for the Indian experience [Hindu]

Learning A bunch of journalism students from the U.S. are in Chennai to study the
nuances of Carnatic music.

“The immense variety in Indian music is amazing. That’s what I like about
India - the variety.” - Steven Friedson.
In pictures: Japan's food crisis [BBC]

A tuna is sliced carefully with a long sword-like knife – the choicest cuts will be
served as sashimi or sushi.
In pictures: Lost world wildlife [BBC]

The area, known as the "lost world" because of the number of new species
discovered there, is also home to colourful birds, such as this Ornate Fruit-Dove.
In Pictures: Life in Bhutan [NY Times]

“Traveling many years, I have not yet seen a place as peaceful as Bhutan, or a
place affecting such peacefulness within myself,” the photographer Kenro Izu has
written. “If there is a place indeed named Utopia, this place may come the closest
to it.” Mr. Izu has been taking photographs of sacred places since the late
seventies, but Bhutan, an officially Buddhist country of 700,000 people nestled in
the Himalayas, has become his personal Shangri-La.
In Pictures: Conflict in Congo [NY Times]

Roger Seburo, a member of a Rwandan-led Hutu militia, surrendered with three
other young men outside of Rutshuru, in the east of Congo.
In Pictures: The Forgotten Soldiers [NY Times]

Ethnic Hmong relatives of C.I.A. Secret War veterans walked through the jungle in
the Vientiane province of Laos. The C.I.A. operation, from 1961 until 1975,
became known as the Secret War because the fighting to prevent a Communist
takeover in Laos was done by the C.I.A.'s mercenaries, most of whom were from
the Hmong, a hill-dwelling ethnic minority. Today, thousands of Hmong veterans
and their families remain in the jungle.
What price for Jaguar and Land Rover? [BBC]
A sure-footed campaign against
tuberculosis

Suriya, teaming up with Reach, a Chennai-based
NGO, is hoping do what Rajnikanth did for polio
eradication

Ever since Rajinikanth lent himself to the mid-80s
ad campaign to eradicate polio to an astounding
response, it has been clear in Tamil Nadu that star
power can truly swing a cause.
Animated film on Rajni to be released next
year

Come next December, superstar Rajnikant, the
'sultan' of the Tamil film industry, will create a
history, being the first Indian hero to be featured in
an animated film.

The 3D animated 'Sultan-The Warrior' will be an
action-gripped adventure movie, featuring Rajnikant
as a mythological and larger-than-life hero.
Draw inspiration from Bharathi’s values,
Mithi urges people

Leaders pay tribute to Subramania Bharathi on
his 125th birth anniversary

“We have called for the records and we want to do it
in a proper manner. We are not against it,”
Maddy vs Baddies

“Evano Oruvan”, Madhavan’s best performance
yet, pits the actor against an inefficient system,
says Sudhish Kamath

Three minutes into the film, he knew he wanted
Nishikant Kamat’s Dombivli Fast to be part of his
repertoire. When you watch Evano Oruvan, you
understand.

Evano Oruvan’s protagonist Sridhar Vasudevan has
Madhavan possessed. Incidentally, the film marks
the actor’s entry into production.

What Madhavan would feel shy of admitting is that
Evano Oruvan is his best performance, up there
with Anbe Sivam but that’s maybe because he could
feel the rage against the system simmering in him
somewhere.
blast from the past

Chintamani 1937

M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, K. Aswathamma,
Serukalathur Sama, L. Narayana Rao, Y. V. Rao

Bhagavathar’s first mega hit was Y. V. Rao’s
Chintamani, produced by one of the famous
institutions of South Indian cinema, founded by the
wealthy yarn merchants of Madurai - Rayal Talkie
Distributors. Rayal Talkie distributed, financed and
produced films, besides owning cinema houses.
Chintamani, one of the biggest grossers of Indian
cinema of its day, gave so much profit to Rayal
Talkie that a cinema appropriately named
Chintamani was built in that temple town.
Billa beats boredom

Technicians Nirav Shah (cinematography), William
Wong (stunts), Milan (art), Sreekar Prasad (editing)
and Anu Vardhan (costume) acquit themselves well
in the much-awaited Ajith fiesta, Ananda Pictures
Circuit & Ayngaran International’s Billa (U/A).
Otherwise the flaws of the earlier Billa have been
sincerely retained. Comparisons with Shah Rukh
Khan’s version don’t arise because Don doesn’t
follow the earlier Billa entirely.

The hero, described as highly astute, easily
succumbs to the seductive charm of Riya (Rose).
'Christmas hopes from Jaffna' [TC]

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“I have come to bring good news to the poor,
to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18)

As the bells toll around the globe - getting ready to
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a rare event of
sharing experience in Jaffna was initiated by two
individuals who visited Jaffna recently.
U.K. seeks answer on Karuna’s passport
[Hindu]  

by Hasan Suroor
Succession Stakes in LTTE:
After Praba Who? [TC]

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

“A
fter Nehru Who”?

This was the multi - crore question going around
Indian political circles in the late fifties and early
sixties of the last century.
Why Indian Policy Towards Sri Lankan
Tamils Changed [FI]

Great Heroes Day Speech 2007:  Rhetoric and Reality-2:

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

T
rue to form, LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakharan is
harshly critical of the Indian role in Sri Lankan Tamil
affairs. He is however extremely economical with the
truth while criticising India
Washington's curb on military aid:
What justifies war? [ST]

By J.S. Tissainayagam
Human Rights in Sri Lanka [Chicago Public Radio]
Coming of age
ceremony:
Keeping our ties
closer to our culture
and tradition

by Dushiyanthini
Kanagasabapathipillai

Puberty means the girl
transforms physically and
emotionally. When girls
attain puberty, the day
and the time are marked
by her mother
The Birth of Jesus [MJ]

By: S. Raymond Rajabalan

W
e are now in the midst of
Christmas, a festive period
concerning the birth of a child
that altered the course of
history of mankind.
BBC Video:
Flash flooding in east and central Sri Lanka