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The challenges of solidarity

Article Date: 
1 Apr 2009

The urgent need in Sri Lanka is a resolution to the humanitarian crisis and strong pressure to stop government persecution of minorities, argues Ahilan Kadirgamar. But solidarity has to be pluralist, he emphasises, recognising the brutality of the Tamil Tigers and avoiding the polarisation or marginalisation of the country’s diverse communities

Article Author: 
Ahilan Kadirgamar
Article Source: 
Red Pepper Magazine

Who the F*** Does Vaiko Think He's Helping?

You know what might be helpful to Tamils of Sri Lanka, Vaiko? If you recognized the very simple concept that the Tigers are Tamils, but not all Tamils are Tigers. That at this point, the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE are equally culpable for the suffering of civilians in Sri Lanka. Instead, you spout bullshit like:

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko on Wednesday warned that Tamil Nadu would witness a bloodbath even if the slightest harm befell Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader V. Prabakaran (Hindu).

CNN-IBN Interview with LTTE's Nadesan

Article Date: 
22 Mar 2009

Prabhakaran is alive and leading the war in Sri Lanka – the LTTE's political wing chief Nadesan tells CNN-IBN in an exclusive e-mail interview. He also says the LTTE doesn’t consider India its enemy.

Article Source: 
CNN-IBN

LTTE offers pre-condition talks; govt says lay down arms first

Article Date: 
22 Mar 2009

After being pushed to a small strip of land, the beleaguered LTTE has offered fresh talks without pre-conditions but the Sri Lankan government snubbed the proposal, asking the Tamil Tigers to lay down arms first.

Balasingham Nadesan, the political head of the rebels, has again called for an urgent ceasefire, saying the Tigers would enter negotiations with the government "without pre-conditions", The Sunday Times reported today.

"We call for a ceasefire, loudly and clearly," he told the newspaper in an interview.

Article Source: 
Press Trust of India

Civilian misery in northern Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
19 Mar 2009

While war rages in north-eastern Sri Lanka, aid agencies say that the outside world is still largely ignorant of the miserable conditions endured by civilians caught up in fighting between the security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Article Source: 
BBC

Vaiko leads anti-Sri Lanka rally in Coimbatore

Article Date: 
20 Mar 2009

If anybody supports the LTTE then NSA will be invoked. Now I say that I will support the LTTE. You can arrest all of us under the NSA. Then all prisons will be full of cadres, and the entire Tamil Nadu will convert into a prison, he added.

Article Source: 
ANI

Australia for political deal to end SLanka crisis

Article Date: 
20 Mar 2009

"Australia again calls on the Sri Lankan government to put forward credible political reforms to engage Tamils and other minorities without delay," [Australian Foreign Minister Stephen] Smith said.

"A political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankans is essential for the long-term security and prosperity of Sri Lanka."

The minister said arrangements must be put in place urgently to allow the safe passage of civilians from the shrinking war zone, where government forces are leading their biggest ever offensive against the Tigers.

Article Source: 
AFP

Q&A: What is fate of civilians trapped in Sri Lanka' war

Article Date: 
13 Mar 2009

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights on Thursday warned both sides in Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war may have committed war crimes and that the loss of life could be catastrophic if there is no pause in the combat.

Here are some questions and answers about civilians trapped in the war:

HOW MANY ARE TRAPPED?

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull
Article Source: 
Reuters

India Can Help End Civilian Killings

Article Date: 
27 Feb 2009

As Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their last stronghold, the island country’s influential neighbour, India, is weighing diplomatic options to goad President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to save civilians trapped in the war zone.

Article Author: 
Praful Bidwai
Article Source: 
Inter-Press Service

Tamil Tigers 'ready for ceasefire'

Article Date: 
23 Feb 2009

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger fighters have announced that they are ready to comply with international calls for a ceasefire, but they would not lay down their arms, according to the AFP news agency.

But the offer has been rejected by the government, according to the Sri Lankan military.

The developments come amid calls for the protection of civilians trapped in the country's war zone as the government presses on with a military offensive to defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Article Source: 
Al Jazeera and agencies
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