23rd July 2015

Our Struggle Will Continue Until There Is Justice To Tamils

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By Visvanathan Rudrakumaran – Signature Campaign Surpasses a Million! Campaign marches forward to September session of UNHRC! It has been a heartening moment for World Tamils to see that the Million Signature Campaign launched by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) has reached its goal. This Campaign has played a significant role in internationalizing the Tamil struggle for Justice and in galvanizing Tamils around the world and their international civil society counterparts on the path to justice. With a strong sense of solidarity, we grasp the hands of all who participated in this campaign and all those who worked hard to make this Campaign such a resounding success. An impressive 1.2 […]

Bring Back Mahinda, Bring Back Lawlessness

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By Helasingha Bandara – Bring back Mahinda The bring back Mahinda campaign cries out loud that they will bring back Mahinda as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka but fails to explain why and how. The speakers who flank MR are Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Tissa Vitharane, and Udaya Gammanpila, the leaders of the insignificant constituent parties of the UPFA, the same coterie that stood by Mahinda at the previous election. The previous election results do not seem to have made them learn that the voters have advanced in their understanding of politics, far beyond the comprehension of those politicians. The voters today attend rallies not wishing to listen to insults aimed at opponents, speeches that lack substance, promises that have been repeatedly kept unfulfilled, […]

Rajapaksa treads a different path

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The way Rajapaksa got tickets for himself and his supporters has shown who the “boss” is in the SLFP History is not kind to those who seek a second innings in electoral politics after defeat. Neither Winston Churchill, as the U.K.’s Prime Minister in the early 1950s, nor Indira Gandhi, as India’s Prime Minister in the 1980s, had a glorious second spell. Yet, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has decided to contest in the next month’s Parliamentary elections, is making a determined bid to succeed where the other two leaders could not. In Sri Lanka, none of his predecessors contested in the Parliamentary elections and returned to Parliament, after completing their terms as President. If Mr. Rajapaksa succeeds, he can claim to have […]

Do not be tricked by main political parties – TNA

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BY S. Gurunathan Tamil candidates contesting from national political parties in the Tamil electoral districts are being used by the so called national leaders as vote collecting machines for their parties, said K. Karunakaram, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) candidate contesting in the Batticaloa electorate district addressing a meeting at Mahiloormunai in Batticaloa town. He further stated that according to the ethnic ratio and voter strength in the district over 74 per cent are Tamils. But the main party the UNP had included four Tamil candidates and four Muslim candidates in their list with a Muslim as the leading candidate. Their idea is to use the Tamil votes and to win the election with the support of Tamil voters. Tamil voters should not give into the […]

Mahinda could win a seat to enter Parliament in the 17 August poll, but his chances of winning the premiership remain slim.

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Sri Lanka’s blind soothsayer, Indika Thotawatte, has struck again Unaccustomed to running election campaigns without State power, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa finds himself in an awkward position The boy-like astrologer rose to fame country-wide after he accurately predicted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s electoral defeat in January. Astrologers being a threatened species during the Rajapaksa years, every other soothsayer on a show aired on a private television channel before the January presidential poll predicted a narrow win for Rajapaksa. Thotawatte disagreed. The victory of Maithripala Sirisena on 8 January, the blind fortune-teller said, was a foregone conclusion. In an interview with a State-owned newspaper last weekend, Thotawatte revealed that Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the country’s former Defence Secretary and arguably the most powerful official in the previous administration, […]