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SRI LANKA: Tamil media accuses Colombo of new genocidal war

February 10, 2011 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from TamilNet. [Map added by Inteltrends.]
 

Genocidal Colombo unleashes new war on unarmed Tamils
©  TamilNet
February 9, 2011  07:49 GMT

Sri Lanka is now waging a new genocidal war on unarmed and demographically weakened Tamils after converting their country imperceptibly into an open concentration camp. The new war is focussed on the Jaffna Peninsula. Many Tamils believe that by stressing on the negation of their independence, India and USA continue to encourage Colombo, smokescreen the current war by projecting it ‘reconciliation’ cum post-war ‘development’ and thus actually play a party to the war and genocide. All these decades India and USA competitively negotiating the national question by upholding the integrity of a fundamentally flawed state has brought in only untold misery. At least now, why shouldn’t they try in unison, a genuine reconciliation by the option of secession? Further delays will convert the island a bleeding spot of the region for ages, cautions a Jaffna university academic.

Meanwhile, on the Nazi-style registration of Tamil civilians in the peninsula by the occupying Sinhala military, and on recent militarization and terrorisation in the peninsula, the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) came out with the following comments:

Colombo is keen that no evidences should leak from Jaffna on the war crimes it committed in the Vanni war.

Colombo believes that evidences and support for the war crimes investigation and international action goes from Jaffna. The family registration, family photographs etc are part of the terror campaign aimed at continuously silencing the people.

The military rule of the Tamil country is confirmed in many ways.

Local media is made to announce that the SL Navy establishments occupying the islands off the Jaffna Peninsula are now being closed down. But actually they are being hurriedly replaced by SL Army and by intelligence units of the military.

A motorbike squad of the military intelligence is engaged in terrorising people even in the main streets of the peninsula.

This motorbike squad killed hundreds of civilians in the past in their houses and streets.

The whereabouts of the hundreds abducted by the squad is yet to be known.

The re-activation of the savage squad, operated from the Palaali ‘High Security Zone’ by the military intelligence, is an indication that another war is being waged now.

In the name of ‘night security’ street going public is put to untold harassment, including bodily searches.

The people who have come from Vanni are specially targeted.

More than ever, Sinhala colonisation is taking place in Jaffna and Vanni. Sinhalese are brought in for trade and fisheries. Tamils in their traditional land are now made to work under them.

Frustrating the people to the maximum is the aim of the psychological part of the war.

The whole peninsula is fast sinking into a situation it faced during the heights of the series of the wars in the past.

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SRI LANKA: Further oppression expected as SL Army takes over islands off Jaffna from SL Navy

January 14, 2011 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from TamilNet.

Further oppression expected as SL Army takes over islands off Jaffna from SL Navy
©  TamilNet
January 13, 2011  21:23 GMT

The Sri Lanka Army occupying Jaffna will take over the islands off Jaffna from the occupying SL Navy, an Army spokesman announced in Jaffna Thursday. Since 1990s the control of the islands off the Jaffna Peninsula was vested with the occupying Navy of colonial Sri Lanka. Extensive new bases are now being built for the army next to the establishments of the SL Navy in the islands. Fear engulfs the people of the islands as the Army is insisting on fresh registration of people in addition to earlier registration of them with the SL Navy. Pungkudutheevu Island has become the new centre for the Army’s extensive establishment.

Many of the civilians of Vanni released from the internment camps of Colombo after the war were resettled in the islands off Jaffna.

The island of Kaarainakar, opposite to Kayts harbour has a major naval base of occupying Sri Lanka for many decades now. The island of Delft, cut off from the other islands, is a unit by itself completely under the control of the SL military that has several stations around the island. All the other islands, including Kachchatheevu, have military detachments.

The escalating militarization of the islands aims at depopulating the islands of its inhabitants, intimidating the trading community of Jaffna that mainly comes from the islands, cutting off the people of the peninsula from the outside world, ruining the fisheries of Eezham Tamils and above all twisting arms with Tamil Nadu that lies just a few km across the Palk Bay, political observers in Jaffna said.

Extensive new military camps are also planned in several places in the densely populated Jaffna peninsula such as the ones being built at Koappaay/ Urumpiraay and at Puththoor/ Vaatharavaththai.

Eezham Tamils do not perceive the ongoing militarization as a matter of mere military camps. They perceive them as armed colonies of the Sri Lankan state, demonstrating a new model in the extermination of an unarmed and unguarded nation. State sovereignty to have military establishments in its territory is effectively misused by the Sri Lankan state.

In such a scenario, Eezham Tamil circles are disappointed at the outlook of some Western diplomats, who tell them to desist from talking of genocide and ask them for evidence on colonisation.

Sometimes back Colombo’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa told a section of visiting Tamil politicians that he would not stop ‘military families’ settling in the Tamil land and instead, he was talking about providing ‘incentives’ to military families.

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SRI LANKA: Terror campaign in Jaffna: abducted youth tortured and beheaded

December 29, 2010 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from TamilNet. [Map and underlining added by Inteltrends.]

Terror campaign in Jaffna:  abducted youth tortured and beheaded
©  TamilNet
December 29, 2010  21:27 GMT

Mahendran Thiruvarudchelvam, known as Chelvam, abducted 9 days ago was tortured and beheaded as evidenced by his remains reaching Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Even though initial reports said that he had been abducted for a ransom of 8 million, his background and prevailing terror campaign in the SL [Sri Lanka]-military-occupied Jaffna point to deeper motives behind his killing, human rights activists in Jaffna said. Mr. Chelvam, 28-year-old, and father of a child, was living in Vanni to the end of the war, spent some time in the internment camp and was released for resettlement. He returned to his native place Meesaalai North near Kanakan-pu’liyadi and started doing business as a vehicle dealer. The former residents of Vanni, whether they are in captivity or released, are viewed by the occupying military and paramilitary as objects for exploitation and then extermination.

Chelvam was abducted from his house located near Kanakan-pu’liyadi in Thenmaraadchi, Jaffna by unidentified men who came to his house.

His father confirms that the abductors have demanded ransom.

Mr. Chelvam’s body was recovered from the scrub jungle adjacent to a crematorium, not very far away from Kanakan-pu’liyadi.

The body had several cut wounds and the head was severed.

The decomposed state of the body indicated that the slaughter took place 2 or 3 days before its discovery Wednesday by Chaavakachcheari Police.

Informed circles say that some recent orders have come from ‘very high circles’ to a killer squad of the military intelligence to create an atmosphere of terror in various sections of the society in Jaffna.

In the month of December alone, more than 6 abductions have been reported, besides the killings of the chief priest of Changkaanai temple and the Valikaamam Deputy Director of Education.

Commander of the occupying SL military of Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe admitted that the T 56 rifle used in the killing of the chief priest belonged to the military. Even though he was accusing former LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] cadres now conniving with the SL military for such happenings, his partial admittance to military hands and the continuing killings show what message he wants to convey to the people of Jaffna.

The released cadres of the LTTE complain that they are systematically and regularly harassed by the occupying military. The harassment has escalated in recent times, pressurising them in many ways and preventing any rehabilitation, they say.

Recently they have been ordered to go to the military camps at Oorezhu and Achchezhu every day and sign. These military camps are well known for torture and killings. Besides, they are also asked to sign at the so-called civil offices of the military located in Vadamaraadchi and Thenmaraadchi.

In the background of Hathurusinghe and SL minister Douglas Devananda putting the blame on the released LTTE cadres for the happenings in Jaffna, the escalating measures of harassment and entrapment against them cause serious suspicions in the public, about the motives.

There are instances where the parents of the abducted in the peninsula were fleeced huge sums of money after giving them some evidence for the existence of their children, but after getting the money either they were not released or killed.

People who spoke to SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa tell that he was firm on colonising the conquered land by military [personnel] and their families by providing them with many incentives, but was negative about releasing the Tamil captives.

There are also reports that some powers, who didn’t come forward to save the civilians during the war, are now very busy in setting their feet in the ‘conquered’ Tamil land.

At a time when the SL military has to be reduced in number to help peace, reconciliation, and development, some powers helping further increment of it worries all sections of public in the island, who fear the grip of military for many decades to come.

What is happening in Jaffna now, is only an initial brunt of the unfolding scenario and it is aimed at silencing whatever civil society remains in the peninsula.

Meanwhile, the UN and ICRC offices functioning in Jaffna have been asked to windup many of their operations. ICRC offices in Batticaloa and Mannaar have already been closed.

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Indian southern States alerted on LTTE attacks

December 18, 2010 Comments off

The following news item is reprinted with permission from the Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence.

Indian southern States alerted on LTTE attacks
Source:  Sri Lanka MoD
December 17, 2010

The Indian government has issued an alert to all southern States, particularly Tamil Nadu, following intelligence reports that the LTTE may be trying to regroup in India.

Intelligence inputs have indicated that the Prime Minister could be attacked when he visits Tamil Nadu in the first week of January.

Reports also indicated that LTTE cadres could already be hiding in Tamil Nadu, collecting equipment or explosives to build up their capability to launch attacks.

Highly placed sources in the Union Home Ministry said yesterday that intelligence agencies had warned of fresh threats from the LTTE to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai, the Hindu reported.

They said the inputs, emanating from different quarters, indicated a threat to Dr. Singh who is scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu in the first week of January.

Courtesy : President’s Media Unit

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India-China contention benefits Kashmiris, Tibetans

December 17, 2010 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from TamilNet.

India-China contention benefits Kashmiris, Tibetans
©  TamilNet
December 17, 2010

Since China has started issuing special visas to Kashmiris, India retaliated by not declaring Tibet as a part of China in the joint statement of the prime ministers of both the countries after their meet in New Delhi, Wednesday and Thursday. For the last 30 years as a prerequisite for dialogue with China, at every meeting of both the countries India was reiterating its official position that Tibet was part of China. The long oppressed and suffocating Himalayan states, hemmed between the two powers, could see new light if the states and the concerned peoples concertedly come forward to intelligently negotiate the unfolding equation between the two powers, political analysts on South Asia said.

The status of the kingdom of Kashmir was undecided when Britain granted independence to India and Pakistan. But both the new countries militarily occupied it in 1947 and to this date refuse to conduct the plebiscite they promised to the U.N. Instead, long oppressing the people of that nation, they have made the occupied territories as ‘integral’ parts of their countries.

The Lamaist states of Tibet and Ladak were militarily occupied and brutally subjugated by China in the late 1950s and early 1960s. India managed an anschluss of the kingdom of Sikkim in the 70s. Nepal and especially Bhutan are long under the shadow of India.

The boundary issue is a historical problem and that would take time to resolve, said the Chinese Primier, Wen Jiabao, addressing the Indian Council of World Affairs.

From India, Mr Wen will be going to Pakistan on Friday on a three-day visit.

China has recently increased its investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, says the Indian side.

While China maintains that the stapled visas it issues to people of Indian-occupied Kashmir is an “administrative” matter and it is a basis for India and China to “continue without constraints,” India says, the main constrain is the stapled visa, as it challenges India’s sovereignty and territoriality.

For many years now, India is discriminating Eezham Tamils in the issue of visa, even after they becoming citizens of countries in the West.

For instance, people of Eezham Tamil origin in a western country, even after becoming citizens of that country, were issued with visas that were valid to land only in Chennai. ‘Special’ time is always needed to process the visas of the people of Eezham Tamil origin. Any foreigner married to an Indian is eligible to get the PIO (People of Indian Origin) status. But by some special administrative protocols that are never revealed openly, Eezham Tamil spouses of Indians are never considered for the grant of this status.

Even though negative, such administrative ways may perhaps mean India’s indirect recognition of the separate national identity of Eezham Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. But for the genocidal Sri Lankan state these are not matters challenging its ‘sovereignty and territoriality’.

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Sri Lanka: Colombo censors Tamil Nadu magazines, articles

November 21, 2010 Comments off

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Colombo censors Tamil Nadu magazines, articles
©  TamilNet
November 21, 2010

Sri Lanka government continues to censor articles related to the Eezham Tamil national cause or the State terrorism in Sri Lanka appearing in magazines, books and other written literature coming into the island from foreign countries, particularly the Tamil Nadu state of India. Both Tamil and English works are subjected to the censorship. An article written by the news reporter of Anantha Vikadan, a Tamil weekly magazine published in Tamil Nadu, in its last issue had been torn off from all the imported copies and the title of the article on the cover rendered illegible.

The traders dealing books and magazines complain that they have been forced to sell the censored copies to the public.

Anantha Vikadan has more than a million readers in the island.

In the meantime, a U.K. based Tamil journalist, Karthigesu Thirulogasundar, 37, who was visiting his seriously ill mother, was arrested by Sri Lankan intelligence last Wednesday.

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U.S. diplomatic offensive tightens strategic encirclement of China

November 13, 2010 Comments off

The following perspective is reprinted with permission from World Socialist Web Site.

U.S. diplomatic offensive tightens strategic encirclement of China
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By John Chan
November 13, 2010

Washington’s aggressive diplomatic campaign in Asia over the past two weeks has amounted, in the words of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to “a full court press” against China, with the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean emerging as potential future theatres of war.

President Barack Obama’s visits to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, and Clinton’s trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia, sought to either strengthen existing alliances or create new partnerships for a U.S.-led strategic encirclement of China.

Obama fervently courted India, China’s regional nuclear-armed rival. He urged New Delhi to become a “world power” and backed its bid to become a U.N. Security Council permanent member. Clinton twice reiterated that Washington could invoke the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty to militarily support Japan against China in the conflict over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Vietnam announced it was ready to hire out its strategic Cam Ranh Bay port in the South China Sea “to naval ships from all countries” – with Washington the most likely client. Canberra agreed to provide greater U.S. access to its military facilities, especially those in northern Australia.

The American offensive aims to prevent China from controlling the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean and key connecting waterways, such as the Strait of Malacca and the Sunda/Lombok straits of Indonesia. Since China depends on ships to transport one third of its oil consumption and 70 percent of its foreign trade, these sea lanes have become its “lifelines”. Some 60 percent of the ships passing through the Strait of Malacca every day are Chinese.

Since World War II, retaining the ability to cut off vital oil supply shipments to rival powers by controlling such “choke points” has been a key U.S. naval strategy. This task looms ever larger for Washington today, with the accelerating decline of American economic power and the rapid rise of China, particularly in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. Since the China-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) free-trade zone came into effect last January, Sino-ASEAN trade has increased by nearly 50 percent, whereas rising protectionism in the U.S. is stalling any free trade agreement with Asian states.

Far from accepting a diminishing role, the U.S. is determined to retain its dominant position in Asia through its residual military might. In an interview with The Australian newspaper on Monday, Clinton recalled that when Chinese officials first told Washington, earlier this year, that Beijing viewed the South China Sea as a core Chinese interest, “I immediately responded and said, ‘We don’t agree with that’.” What followed was Clinton’s aggressive announcement at the ASEAN meeting in July that Washington would intervene into disputes between China and ASEAN members, such as Vietnam and Philippines, over the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. China angrily responded by warning that “outsiders,” i.e., the U.S., should keep out of South China Sea affairs.

Clinton’s subsequent statement that the U.S. had a “national interest” in “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea was even more provocative. More than 40,000 ships freely pass through the sea each year. The “freedom of navigation” that Washington demands is the freedom of American surveillance vessels and warships to sail the waters near the Chinese coast, and to collect intelligence on Chinese military operations, including the deployment of submarines, in the region. If China likewise were to send spy ships to international waters just off the coast of Hawaii or San Diego to monitor the U.S. naval bases there, the American media and political establishment would respond with outrage over what would, legitimately, be interpreted as acts of provocation.

By establishing or strengthening military ties with Vietnam, India, Australia and Indonesia, the U.S. is seeking to counter China’s “string of pearls” strategy. The aim of this strategy is to build port facilities in Burma, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the deployment of Chinese warships into the Indian Ocean in order to protect the shipping lanes that carry oil and raw materials from the Middle East and Africa to China.

Herein lies the importance of Indonesia, which was the second stop on Obama’s trip. The U.S. think tank Stratfor noted: “It [Indonesia] straddles the Strait of Malacca, a global shipping choke point, as well as the Sunda and Lombok straits, making it critical for sea-lanes between the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Pacific, and Australia and China. These sea lanes supply China with critical raw materials; any power controlling this area accordingly has enormous leverage over Beijing.”

These considerations also apply to East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, which sit astride other vital sea lanes. There is concern in Washington that over the past decade, China has established economic and even military ties with Pacific island states, and the Obama administration is determined to reassert U.S. “leadership” in the region.

Thus Clinton visited Papua New Guinea and discussed the Asia-Pacific region in her meetings with key officials in Australia and New Zealand.

The centrality of the South China Sea in Washington’s thinking was expressed by Robert Kaplan, who wrote recently in the Washington Post: “The geographical heart of America’s hard-power competition with China will be the South China Sea, through which passes a third of all commercial maritime traffic worldwide and half of the hydrocarbons destined for Japan, the Korean Peninsula and northeastern China. That sea grants Beijing access to the Indian Ocean via the Strait of Malacca, and thus to the entire arc of Islam, from East Africa to Southeast Asia.”

Kaplan is among those within U.S. ruling circles who have criticised the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq for diverting the focus of the former Bush administration, and allowing China to expand its geopolitical influence throughout Asia. Kaplan’s basic ideas can be seen in the Obama administration’s “back in Asia” policy.

The anti-China coalition being assembled by the U.S. directly conflicts with China’s quest to build a blue-water navy to protect its sea lanes and oil supplies. A bestseller published in China last year, China Sea Power by Zhang Wenmu, summed up Beijing’s view of the present great-power struggle for global hegemony. Zhang wrote: “All players are focusing at one aim, the control of the Indian Ocean.”

Beijing will not allow Washington to undermine the gains it has made in Asia. Just days after Clinton told Cambodia not to become “too dependent” on a single country – i.e., China – the Chinese government gave Cambodia $1.6 billion for infrastructure projects and announced a $590 million loan for the development of mobile phone services. Less than a day after Obama arrived in Jakarta, a Chinese delegation came with $6.6 billion in infrastructure projects. In the words of the New York Times, Beijing “laid down a not-so-subtle challenge to Mr. Obama: Show your Indonesian hosts the money”.

Driven by the deepening global economic crisis, the escalating rivalry between the U.S. and China is yet another sign that the world capitalist system is hurtling towards a major catastrophe. Unless the international working class intervenes to overthrow the profit system and the outmoded system of rival nation-states, these great-power tensions must inevitably lead to a new world war.

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