Cuba-ALBA Let Down Sri Lanka Tamils

Part 1

Those who are exploited are our compatriots all over the world; and the exploiters all over the world are our enemies… Our country is really the whole world, and all the revolutionaries of the world are our brothers.
– President Fidel Castro.1

The revolutionary [is] the ideological motor force of the revolution…if he forgets his proletarian internationalism, the revolution which he leads will cease to be an inspiring force and he will sink into a comfortable lethargy, which imperialism, our irreconcilable enemy, will utilize well. Proletarian internationalism is a duty, but it is also a revolutionary necessity. So we educate our people.
– Che Guevara2

I think that the governments of Cuba, Bolivia, and Nicaragua let down the entire Tamil population in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as well as “proletarian internationalism” and the “exploited”, by extending unconditional support to Sri Lanka’s racist government.

Cuba did so—along with the Bolivian and Nicaraguan governments and members of ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America)—on May 27, 2009 when signing a UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution praising the government of Sri Lanka for “the promotion and protection of human rights”, while only condemning for terrorism the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which fought the government in a civil war since 1983 until their defeat on May 19, 2009.

During the last year of war, the Sri Lankan government illegally and brutally interned nearly half-a-million Tamil civilians; 280,000 of these civilians were entrapped in several “welfare centers” upon the LTTE’s surrender. Half-a-year later, only a few thousand have been released. Their conditions are the opposite of “promotion and protection of human rights”. Hundreds have died and are dying for lack of food, water, basic health care.

Since advocating for and signing the unbalanced HRC resolution, I have found no text or evidence that these progressive-revolutionary-socialist governments of ALBA have criticized Sri Lanka for routinely practicing brutality and neglecting basic life necessities of these illegally interned people. The conduct of Sinhalese-led governments towards Tamils ever since Sri Lanka’s independence from Great Britain, in 1947-8, has always been one of mistreatment and inequality, even genocide.

While ALBA leader Venezuela is not a member of that council, President Hugo Chavez followed suit by applauding Sri Lanka’s victory.3 I hope that these revolutionary leaders will undo that damage by coming to the aid of the interned and all 2.5 million Tamil survivors of this horrible carnage and condemning Sri Lanka for its beastly and racist conduct. Tamils national rights must also be recognized, especially by governments representing other indigenous and once enslaved peoples.

In this first of a five-part series, I begin to lay the case that Sri Lanka’s governments practice genocide. I will also speculate about why the four ALBA countries involved in this matter could have decided to ignore this reality, why they disallowed an investigation into the assertion, and why they support such a cruel, chauvinistic regime. In the forthcoming parts, I will sketch the history of the Sinhalese and Tamils; outline the right and necessity for Tamil nationhood; delineate their struggles for equal rights; and show the geo-political power game being played out between the west and its’ sometimes antagonistic counterpart regimes in China and Iran; and conclude with the present state of affairs for Tamils.

Human Rights Council Resolution S-11/1: Assistance to Sri Lanka in the promotion and protection of human rights

Upon the end of the war, 17 countries on the 47-member Human Rights Council called for an extraordinary session about the Sri Lankan situation. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, spoke for an “independent and credible international investigation” into the reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law on both sides of the civil war.

“For its part, the Government reportedly used heavy artillery on the densely populated conflict zone, despite assurances that it would take precautions to protect civilians”… and the “reported shelling of a hospital clinic on several occasions”…”

“These people are in desperate need of food, water, medical help and other forms of basic assistance… there have already been outbreaks of contagious diseases.”

“The images of terrified and emaciated women, men and children fleeing the battle zone… must spur us into action.”

Pillay’s professional, compassionate and balanced proposal was not tabled or even discussed. Instead 17 members—mostly EU countries and Canada, but also Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Chile—proposed only that an investigation into these charges of human rights abuse be pursued by the Sri Lankan government itself, that is: the government investigating its brutality, hardly anything radical or effective. This, and the call for “rapid and unhindered access” for humanitarian aid from the UN and International Committee of the Red Cross, was the only significant difference from another resolution proposed by the majority, mostly Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries. Chile was the only NAM member to vote against the majority, which wanted no investigation at all. And the “rapid and unhindered access” for humanitarian aid was reduced to: “provide access as may be appropriate”, thereby giving Sri Lanka’s government the power to use food/water/medicine as a weapon against their enemy: the Tamil people and not the now defeated LTTE.

Sri Lanka was present at the HRC sessions as an observer. It had been a member from 2006 to 2008 when it lost reelection as one of the six Asian State members. Poignantly overlooked by most NAM members assembled a year later, it had been severely criticized by Tamils around the world and by internationally respected Nobel Peace Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

“The systematic abuses by Sri Lanka government forces are among the most serious imaginable. Torture and extrajudicial killings are widespread [as is] kidnappings of its own people,” said Tutu in May 2008 when opposing its seat on the Human Rights Council.

A year later, the HRC majority unfastidiously praised Sri Lanka for continuing “to uphold its human rights obligations and the norms of international human rights law”. The key promoter of the majority resolution was, to my dismay, Cuba—the homeland of my heart and where I had lived and worked for the government for eight years.

The Cuban ambassador to the Council, Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios—who also spoke on behalf of the NAM—praised Sri Lanka’s governments over the years, and “congratulates” it on “putting an end” to the armed conflict. A key sentence is: “Sri Lanka’s sovereign right to fight terrorism and separatism within its undisputed borders must be respected.” The words “separatism” and “undisputed borders” will be dealt with at length later. But no one familiar with the history of Sinhalese and Tamils for decades since independence and centuries before could have chosen to speak of “undisputed borders”. Tamils had a homeland, two kingdoms, for centuries before the Sinhalese came to the island and for centuries afterwards.

Cuba also acted as a special advocate for Sri Lanka as an “interlocutor”, in addition to Egypt, India and Pakistan. The resolution about Sri Lanka was actually its own draft, which Cuba tabled.4

Just before the vote, the Bolivian HRC ambassador, Ms. Angélica Navarro Llames, made it clear she was perturbed by the manner in which many of the 17 countries had presented their resolution and for insisting upon a special meeting just a week before the scheduled one. She objected to “neocolonialist attitudes”. The Bolivian then spoke of LTTE terrorism used against the people and the government and people, and defended its right to fight for its sovereignty.

Resolution S-11/1 adopted by the majority (29 members for, 12 against, 6 abstentions). Here are pertinent excerpts:

Reaffirming the respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and its sovereign rights to protect its citizens and combat terrorism,

Condemning all attacks that the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) launched on the civilian population and its practice of using civilians as human shields…

Welcoming the conclusion of hostilities and the liberation by the Government of Sri Lanka of tens of thousands of its citizens that were kept by the LTTE against their will as hostages, as well as the efforts by the Government to ensure safety and security for all Sri Lankans and bringing permanent peace to the country…

Emphasizing that after the conclusion of hostilities, the priority in terms of human rights remains the provision of the necessary assistance to ensure relief and rehabilitation of persons affected by the conflict, including internally displaced persons, as well as the reconstruction of the country’s economy and infrastructure,

Encouraged by the provision of basic humanitarian assistance, in particular, safe drinking water, sanitation, food, and medical and health care services to the IDPs [Internally Displaced Persons] by the Government of Sri Lanka with the assistance of the United Nations agencies…

1. Commends the measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to address the urgent needs of the Internally Displaced Persons;

2. Welcomes the continued commitment of Sri Lanka to the promotion and protection of all human rights and encourages it to continue to uphold its human rights obligations and the norms of international human rights law;…

5. Acknowledges the commitment of the Government of Sri Lanka to provide access as may be appropriate to international humanitarian agencies in order to ensure humanitarian assistance to the population affected by the conflict, in particular IDPs…

In Favour: Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay, Zambia;

Against: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

Abstaining: Argentina, Gabon, Japan, Mauritius, Republic of Korea, Ukraine.”4

I will show in upcoming articles how points 1, 2, and 5 cited here have never been the reality; Sri Lanka has not respected Tamils lives or their rights nor provided them their “urgent needs.”

Terrorism and Genocide

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was first dubbed a terrorist organization by India, in 1992. Ironically, it wasn’t until 1998 that Sri Lanka’s government so characterized them, and it did so only after the US did, in 1997. On May 30, 2006, the EU placed LTTE on its terrorist list and banned the organization. It made it a terrorist crime to economically or military aid LTTE, and it froze all LTTE bank and financial assets in Europe. The EU appeared to be even-handed by calling upon the Sri Lankan government to end its “culture of impunity” and to “curb violence” in its areas of control. At the time of LTTE’s defeat, 32 countries had defined them as terrorists.

Never having been in Sri Lanka or South Asia, it is difficult for me to know whether LTTE was a decidedly terrorist organization or not—that is, one which seeks to terrorize civilians. After reading many accounts of atrocities, such as killing hundreds of civilian Sinhalese in their homes, on buses and trains, I conclude that this once Marxist revolutionary organization resorted to terrorism.

At the same time, it must not be forgotten that any liberation movement the world’s greatest state terrorist, the United States of America does not agree with is “terrorist” and therefore illegitimate. Other terrorists, such as the government of the separatist state of Kosovo, are no longer considered terrorist although its drug-smuggling paramilitary organization had been so described, even by the US. Superpowers support or oppose autonomy-independence when it suits their interests. This is also the case with Ireland, the Basques in Spain, and the Palestinians.

Furthermore, the US systematically practices terrorism in its permanent war—invading or “intervening” militarily in 66 countries, a total of 159 times since World War Two.

We must lament the unacceptable methods the LTTE used against many people, and do so without ignoring the history of why and how it was born. Nor must we reject out-of-hand the basic rights and needs of the Tamil people. Their plight must not be abandoned, especially by governments and organizations grounded in anti-imperialism and equality amongst peoples.

Sri Lanka’s history since independence is one of conducting genocide against the Tamils. Genocide is defined by the UN, and Sri Lanka ratified its promise to adhere to it on October 12, 1950.The Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted December 9, 1948 and entered into force, January 12, 1951, states:

Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:
   (a) Killing members of the group;
   (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
   (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
   (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
   (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.5

Destroying “in whole or in part” an ethnic group is certainly what Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese governments, as well as Buddhist monks, have been doing to the Tamils for six decades. Evidence will be forthcoming. There is so much evidence that even a former US deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan Administration filed a 12-count indictment against S.L. defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse and army commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka for “perpetrating genocide against Tamil civilians.”

The suit was filed by Bruce Fein, in February 2009, in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

The case can be filed in the US because G. Rajapakse is a naturalized citizen and Fonseka holds a resident green card. They are charged with responsibility for: “3,750 alleged extrajudicial killings, with 10,000 suffering bodily injury and more than 1.3 million displacements,” which, according to Fein, “far exceed displacements in Kosovo which led to genocide counts before the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.”

Fein noted that G. Rajapakse said in a BBC interview that, “if you are not fighting the Tamil Tigers you are a terrorist and we’ll kill you.” The attorney represents Tamils Against Genocide. He believes that G. Rajapakse will be “the best witness of the genocide.”

Why ALBA voted as it did: Some points of contention:

I ask the three ALBA governments, which voted for the above resolution, to take Sri Lanka’s government to account on the serious charge of genocide against the Tamil people. At the very least, ALBA should be able to see that hundreds of thousands of displaced persons are brutally treated, and that routine discrimination and abuse have been the Tamil’s plight at the hands of Sinhalese. This is a dichotomy to ALBA’s ideology of equal rights for all: in language, in religion, in the economy, in all aspects of life. In fact, the very new constitution of Bolivia recognizes itself as a pluri-nation in which all the languages and religions of all the peoples are recognized equally. The same is the case in Venezuela with its new constitution.

How can it be, then, that these peoples’ governments have fallen in the arms of such an oppressive, racist government? Possible reasons are:

1. Separatism! It is ironic and ideologically insupportable that anti-imperialist progressive and revolutionary leaders in Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia—mainly dark-skinned peoples, and many of them, especially in Bolivia, are Original Peoples long abused by many whites and creoles—side with the Sinhalese chauvinist elite in Sri Lanka. Perhaps they have not studied the sordid history of Sri Lanka. But more certainly is it that they do not support separatism or dual nationhood within one land mass. Cuba especially has, from its revolutionary start, argued for unity. What Cuba and the others fail to realize or acknowledge is that the Tamil people had tried for decades to achieve equal rights with the Sinhalese, many of whom assert adherence to Marxism, yet to no avail. Most Sinhalese do not wish to unify equally with the other ethnic group. Once peaceful means are exhausted, armed struggle is the only means to achieve liberation, as was the case with Cuba and other Latin American guerrilla movements.

In the case of Sri Lanka and separatism, ALBA governments could be prompted to side with it because of, in part, the role of China! The threat of separatism, which has been the desire of many Tibetan Buddhists, is an impelling factor for China’s position of one nation in its own region, and may be how it views the situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Here, China sides, ironically, with Buddhists against Hindus-Christians-Muslims.

Bolivia and Venezuela, too, are pressed by separatist demands but they come not from an ethnic group but from a rich class of Whites-Creoles, which has no historic ethnic Homeland.

2. Geo-politics! Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-dominated governments have been supported militarily and economically by many States, some of which are sometimes antagonistic to one another. Some leftist governments and leftist organizations often operate on the notion that the enemy of my enemy is a friend. If that is the way some socialist-communist-revolutionaries view China and Iran, both totalitarian regimes, in regards to US-Europe-Canada-Australia-Japan imperialism when it comes to Sri Lanka they are mistaken. Surely there are economic and geo-political interests on the part of China and Iran in investing and trading with countries in development, including Sri Lanka but also Cuba and all in Latin America. Fortunately most Latin Americans and the majority of their governments have ceased jumping when a US president or general barks, and they are combining in regional alliances and seeking foreign investments and aid from non-traditional partners.

Since China and Iran began extending their interests into Sri Lanka and sided with its brutal treatment of Tamils, many leftists and progressive governments could think in the black-white geo-political manner. The US-EU states, for their own propaganda image, question Sri Lanka for possible abuses of human rights against Tamils. Ah, no one with experience or knowledge about the duplicity of the empire and its allies could side with them so one must back the other side.

But China is no longer socialist, rather its economy is mainly based on government-sponsored private enterprise with exploitation of labor in the extreme: no union protection, long work hours, low wages, child labor, no say on the job or national and international policies. The working class no longer even has access to full education and health care without paying on a capitalist basis. In fact, workers in most capitalist countries in Europe have better access to health care than workers do in China. Millionaire capitalists now sit on leadership bodies of the so-called Communist Party, and make important decisions over the heads of workers and the population. China is interested mainly in accumulating capital in the grand old raw capitalist style, and it owns more of the US economy (8%) than any other government or economic entity. China’s economy is intricately interdependent upon the US’s capitalism and its imperialist wars.

Iran is run by fundamentalist religious fanaticism. Its economy is basically a capitalist one. Its working class, just as the working class in China, is not a decision-maker. Iran is also a warring partner with US imperialism in its illegal war against Iraq, whose troops are a key factor in the violence against millions of Iraqis. Iran supports their co-religious Muslims in the Quisling government under US domination.

Is it possible that the developing countries, which back Sri Lanka against the Tamil population, do so out of economic reasons? China and Iran provide needed investments and technology and thus one must not criticize. Is that possible, and if so is it ethical, is it consistent with our humanitarian principles and socialist ideology? Cannot one be a trading partner without cowing politically?

Another issue is secularism. The ALBA countries and all truly socialist oriented governments are not and cannot be theocracies! How can secular nation states and organizations consider the Sri Lanka state “democratic socialist” when it declares a religion, and only one, as THE national and official religion? Secularism is the only common ground by which all can be united.

Conclusion

I concur with progressive Tamils in the Tamil Nadu state of India, who have for decades supported Cuba and the new ALBA formation. The Latin American Friendship Association there has held many solidarity activities for these countries, and published scores of books by Latin American authors, including Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Upon learning of the HRC resolution, they were appalled. The author of the excerpted letter below is Amarantha Visalakshi. For 25 years, she has translated books about Latin America into Tamil and written some herself.

We here in Tamil Nadu celebrated the 80th birthday of Comrade Fidel by releasing eight books on Cuba’s achievements in various fields… and are in the midst of our preparation for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and evaluation of the consolidation of Latin American countries in ALBA…

We are struck dumb and rendered disheartened and disillusioned by this act [the HRC resolution] by those countries of Latin America on which we have pinned our hopes for the future—Socialism of the 21st century.

Why do these countries wish for wiping out the Tamils from the Sri Lankan soil where they rightfully belong? What are the sources of information for these Latin American countries to decide against the Tamils and in favour of the racist Sri Lankan government in the UN Human Rights Council?… more than any other time we feel the absence of Che Guevara, the true internationalist, who laid down his life for the oppressed people of the world.

I also concur with Australia’s largest left-wing organization, the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Socialist Alliance, which publishes greenleft.org.au.

We need “to undertake work to help convince the revolutionary governments of Latin America, including Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia, to cease support for the Sri Lankan government, and to recognize the national rights of the Tamil people. There is a long-run danger if revolutionary governments, for whatever reason, fail to support genuine movements for national self-determination in Third World countries, and endorse repressive regimes on the basis of a bogus ‘anti-imperialism…’”

  1. Fidel told writer-photographer Lee Lockwood: Castro’s Cuba, Cuba’s Fidel, Macmillan, N.Y. 1967. []
  2. Socialism and man, Marcha, Uruguay, March 12, 1965. []
  3. “Hugo Chavez praises President Rajapaksa’s leadership in defeating LTTE”, Sri Lanka Daily News, September 4, 2009. In this piece, published by a pro-government newspaper, there is not one quotation by Hugo Chavez, who spoke with Rajapakse when they were in Libya. The piece paraphrases what the anonymous writer asserts Chavez having said; an example: Chavez apparently said that the defeat of LTTE terrorism “is a glowing example to other countries beset with the same problem,” words of the writer. Chavez allegedly praised Rajapakse for his leadership. []
  4. 1, 2, 3. [] []
  5. Source. Although the US signed the 1948 convention, it did not accede to it until November 1988. As of 2008, 140 nation states have acceded. []

Ron Ridenour is a veteran journalist and author of nine books, the latest is Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka. Read other articles by Ron, or visit Ron's website.

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  1. locojhon said on November 16th, 2009 at 11:58am #

    Great article–thanks.
    I can’t understand how the vote in support of the Burmese government was supported by the present Bolivian government–it does not make any sense at all to me. I don’t believe that the wishes of the Chinese regarding Tibet could be the determining factor.
    Any other ideas as to why??
    Thanks again,,,locoto

  2. bozh said on November 16th, 2009 at 12:03pm #

    I know very little about sri lanka. I did think that it had been tamils who emigrated to ceylon with/against sinhalese wishes.
    So, indigenous people are tamils and invaders were sinhalese! This changes my view of that conflict.
    I usually sympathize with indigenes! tnx

  3. Patrick Mac Manus said on November 16th, 2009 at 12:36pm #

    Thanks, Ron: a good and necessary comment on the Tamil tragedy in Sri Lanka.
    Greetings
    Patrick

  4. kalidas said on November 16th, 2009 at 1:09pm #

    The three desert religions, Jew, Christian and Muslim don’t give a rat’s ass about Buddhists killing Hindus, Hindus killing Buddhists.
    Why else not a peep from any of them when a massacre equaling ten of the recent Gaza massacres occurs?
    They don’t even pretend, which is one of their more honest acts of omission in recent years.

    The three desert religions, stemming from the same seeds, detest the “idolators.”

    Always have. End of story.

  5. sen said on November 16th, 2009 at 7:53pm #

    Hi
    What is happening in Srilanka is less outknown to the world.

    In a nutshell,

    from 1948, successive Sinhala Srilankan Government oppressed and killed many TAMILs.

    The Tamils started their struggle in a peaceful manner and later in 1980s , many Militant Groups formed to fight Srilankan Army.

    LTTE is not a terror organization in the eyes of TAMIL people. They were fighting for a cause which Fidel Castro have said .

    It is really sad to find that countries like Cuba supporting Srilankan Genocide Government.

    Kindly search Google with words ” srilankan atrocities” , Tamil Struggle in Srilankan.

    Lot of Truth is there in Internet.

    Thanks
    Sen
    India

    see srilankanatrocities dot com
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  6. sen said on November 16th, 2009 at 7:55pm #

    I request those who are reading this article to boycott srilankan goods ( Tea, Dress, Spices , Processed Meat )

    By avoiding buying their goods will help a tamil cause even though we not request you to take arms for us…just a moral support will help TAMILS to get their freedom from Srilanka.

  7. Ram Mohan said on November 16th, 2009 at 8:51pm #

    Thanks Ron for sticking to the correct side of the HISTORY when being pro establishments is confused to be the correct side of the History. Oppressors resist Liberation and oppressed resist Oppression. State oppression leads to state violence when the oppressed protests peacefully against oppression and the oppressed needs to resist with violence. So Liberation Terrorism is a consequence of State Terrorism.
    The war on Terrorism is being conducted by the International State Terrorists and the Terrorist Phobia is magnified as the source of all problems to crush all Liberation struggles including National Liberation. Although the establishments (countries) of the world are still divided into two camps like the Republicans and Democrats in the USA or the the democratic farce two parties or even two coalitions in many of the so called democracies, in reality they are all for State Violence (State Terrorism) and against Liberation Violence (Liberation Terrorism to simplify the language). The fact that ALBA is on the side of State Terrorism is no accident because they are “STATE REPRESENTATIVES”. Without exception, all those who fought for Liberation have started fighting Liberation after they become part of the Establishment. It was the case with the American war of independence, the October Revolution of the Soviets, the Chinese Revolution and so on. So why single out the countries of ALBA? That is why Mao started the Cultural Revolution and advanced the HISTORIC SLOGAN, “Bombard the head quarters (of the Communist Party)”. But History has moved on as has Evolution. Man has evolved from being a canibal to carer of vanishing species and monolitic imperialism gave way to Bipolar world and now giving way to Multi polar world and the Multi polar world (when developed in time to come) will facilitate ALL NATIONS WITHOUT STATE including Tamil Eelam to achieve Nationhood and Statehood and when the National Liberation (which is currently far from complete and which is the current HISTORICAL NECESSITY) is completed SOCIALISM will start flowering and bear the fruit of Communism which will create a NEW WORLD without any imposed order and march towards the destination of merger of all beings and things AS ONE and this will be the culmination of Language, Technology and Collectivism for which man is the symbol in Evolution. Hence to be on the side of Liberation (whether it is non violent, violent or terrorist ) is to be on the side of History thogh Liberators also become part of the establishment at times of their DECAY.

  8. Shabnam said on November 16th, 2009 at 8:54pm #

    Sri Lanka doesn’t enjoy favored nation status like Israel but it should face a thorough examination of its conduct during the war. Many states, such as Israel and China, have no desire to discover the truth behind the conflict because they provided arms to the Sri Lankan government.
    Israel is reportedly protecting Sri Lanka from any American pressure against its actions. But obstacles to international justice should not preclude their commencement. Crimes in Congo, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia were thoroughly investigated by legal bodies, even if the final outcomes were not perfect.

    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_11944.shtml

  9. Pablo V said on November 16th, 2009 at 10:07pm #

    excellent article. Indeed, the actions of these governments are disappointing and I think that you strike at a few of the reasons why this may be the case, in particular the geo-political issues and the fact that the current Sri Lankan government is composed of parties that have some claim to Marxism (including the Sri Lankan Communist Party and the National Liberation Front/JVP). There is a similar situation with Nepal, where the old-soviet aligned Communist Party of Nepal has been aligned with the monarchists against the Maoists for years!! Its unfortunate that there is not a deeper analysis of these movements and parties that expose their opportunism and reaction.
    Tamil activists whom I have been organizing with have also recognized that this is also a consequence of the lack of international solidarity work done by the Tamil community, as well as partially a product of the repression of Muslim Tamils and some Tamil Marxist groups at the hands of the LTTE.
    In Canada we have been working through Frente Norman Bethune, an internationalist brigade to bridge this gap between the Tamil peoples and the Venezuelan movement. A Tamil activist spent a few months in Venezuela speaking about the Tamil issue and struggle and earned the support of many Venezuelan movements and officials, including the Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maria Leon. We are confident that when Latin American movements understand the history and plight of the Tamil people the tide will turn.

  10. Shabnam said on November 16th, 2009 at 10:54pm #

    Tamils for Obama sends letter to Jewish organizations, seeks link and common cause with Jews

    {Tamils for Obama sent a letter to major international Jewish organizations in which the Tamil American organization cited ancient and modern connections between Jews and Tamils and suggested that they make common cause against problems and enemies they both face, according to press release of Tamils for Obama.}

    The letter begins in a friendly fashion: “Let us introduce ourselves. We are Tamils. We have certain things in common with Jews.”

    {The letter goes on to describe the similar histories of the two peoples. It notes “The Tamils and the Jews are both ancient peoples. The Tamils built the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus valley. These cities had cultural and trade ties to Mesopotamia when much of Jewish culture was located there. The two Tamil cities are believed to have declined from about 1900 BCE, so we might even be a little older.}

    If Tamils want help from the international community they should NOT be begging the Zionists who have committed genocide in stolen land of Palestine for help. Israel is engaged in a phony ‘war on terror’ against majority of people including Muslims.

    Majority of American Jews are not from the indigenous Hebrew population who are ANCIENT people but are European colonists who have adopted Judaism in 9th century, therefore, there is no similarity between Tamils and the Zionist jews who have been supporting Israeli’s crimes against humanity for the past 62 years or more. These people, contrary to Tamils, are NOT ANCIENT PEOPLE as Tamils calim.

    One of these Zionists who supports Tamils is Elie Wiesel who has supported all terror activities of Israel against Palestinians from the beginning inlcuding land robbery. How can Tamils trust a person such as Elie Wiesel? Israel is sending arms to Sri Lanka to kill Tamils?

    The Kurds are playing the same game, so Berbers of North Africa. All have been manipulated and used by Israel toward her project of ‘Greater Israel” using destabilization of the neighboring countries.

    Israel used American power to wage a Zionist war against Iraq to partition the country. Israel has great influence in NORTH OF IRAQ and bought many pieces of land, the same game Jews played in Palestine to gain a footstep in the land. Now, North of Iraq has turned into Israel spy network. The Kurds think they can build a country for themselves by acting as Israel’s servants carrying out terrorist acts on behalf of Israel against the neighboring countries including Iran to destabilize according to ODED YINON. Israel is using Kurds as her PAWNS in the region. That’s why no one in the region and the world supports the Kurds except the zionists and their agents. No one supports Israel’s pawn. Israel’s plan in North of Iraq is to control the oil resources to become independent from US to establish “greater Israel.”

    Please read the following statement by Elie Wiesel to see what kind of people Tamils are attracting, a holocuast denier.

    {Wherever minorities are being persecuted we must raise our voices to protest. According to reliable sources, the Tamil people are being disenfranchised and victimized by the Sri Lanka authorities. This injustice must stop. The Tamil people must be allowed to live in peace and flourish in their homeland.}

    Tamil people should not be following the footsteps of Kurds who have been reduced to nothing but dirty pawns for the Zionist terrorists who have committed war crimes against humanity.

    http://www.sibernews.com/200908053417.html

  11. Shabnam said on November 16th, 2009 at 11:33pm #

    Please read the letter:

    The letter goes on to describe the similar histories of the two peoples. It notes “The Tamils and the Jews are both ancient peoples. The Tamils built the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus valley. These cities had cultural and trade ties to Mesopotamia when much of Jewish culture was located there. The two Tamil cities are believed to have declined from about 1900 BCE, so we might even be a little older.

    “The first ‘Aryan invasion’ of our original homeland in Northern India took place in the 1500s BCE, and was only the first of several. Over centuries the center of Tamil culture shifted to southern India and Sri Lanka and currently includes a Tamil diaspora with settlers in almost every country of the world.”

    A spokesman for Tamils for Obama said that he thought Jews could not help but make a connection between the Aryan invasion of the Indus valley and the Nazis, who identified themselves as Aryans.

    The spokesman also noted that the linguistic connections were tentative. The letter says “The Hebrew word abba (dad) is similar to the Tamil word appa. The Hebrew word for mom is imma and the Tamil is amma. Whether this similarity shows a common origin, borrowing from a common source, or just coincidence we don’t know, but we hope it is the former.”

    In the letter, Tamils for Obama noted that some of the same people who hate Jews don’t like Tamils either. It says “Saddam Hussein hated Jews and Israel. We can all remember the pictures of mass hangings of the Jews of Bagdad when Saddam ‘discovered’ that they were all Israeli spies. He also was a generous benefactor of the Colombo government that has been trying to exterminate the Sri Lankan Tamils. (Jews were about of 25% of the population of Baghdad before Saddam and his Baath party came to power; there are only a few dozen now. Tamils were more than 30% of the population of Ceylon in 1948 and are under 20% now, so Colombo is making progress.) Our enemies have made common cause, so perhaps we should, too. Iran and Libya, no friends of the Jews, are also among Colombo’s allies.”

    HEBREWS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE ARE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. STOP LYING AT ONCE. WHY DON’T YOU BRING EXAMPLES FROM HATRED OF ZIONIST JEWS FOR THE PALESTINIANS?

    STOP THE LIE OF MAKING ‘jew’ & tamil as one. The Kurds has used the same technique so the fools, Berbers. Suddently, all are ‘jews’ because zionists rule through proxy.
    Stop the lies at once. It is disgusting.

    http://www.sibernews.com/200908053417.html

  12. Ananth said on November 17th, 2009 at 10:04am #

    Tamils for Obama is a tiny winy organization who rallied the very small Tamil community in the US to vote for Obama. To even consider the Tamils to even have little sympathy for the Zionist state of Israel is insulting to their long as well as a brutal struggle for justice and equality (a struggle they fought alone against Sri Lanka and many other imperialist powers). In Canada, UK, Tamil Nadu and many other places around the world, when Israel launched its attack on Gaza the Tamil youths took to the streets, internet, media in support of the Palestinians. At the same time that was happening the Tamils were being slaughtered in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan government, the Palestinians around the world came out and demanded actions by their respective governments to stop the Sri Lankan government. The Gaza death toll was almost at 2,000 while the Tamil death toll for this year at the battlefield alone for the Tamils is estimated by the UN to be at 20,000+ civilians. The Tamil people lost and the Sri Lankan government locked 300,000 Tamils in camps (with no access to anyone except the Sri Lankan military and government officials) where the UK’s The Times in an undercover mission reported a weekly death of 1400 in the main camps alone. Reports of torture, disappearance, rape, lack of food and humiliation for standing up for their right to live equally is the way of life for the Tamils now and ever since they stood up. In the other parts of the island where the Tamils are majority live in open prison under military occupation. In the capital and parts of the island where the Sinhalese are majority the Tamils are hunted one by one.

    To even think of supporting a racist government like Sri Lanka by the countries of Latin America is disgusting. But the truth is that Latin America has knowingly or unknowingly supported Sri Lankan government and that needs to change.

  13. Shabnam said on November 17th, 2009 at 10:29am #

    Ananth: Thank you for your explanation. Tamils must reject this group of Tamil who have chosen to work with the racists Zionists. They must not allow people like Elli Wiesel and Yelena Bonner to misrepresent their struggle. Tamils for Obama have said the following:

    {Elli Wiesel made the following statement: “Wherever minorities are being persecuted we must raise our voices to protest. According to reliable sources, the Tamil people are being disenfranchised and victimized by the Sri Lanka authorities. This injustice must stop. The Tamil people must be allowed to live in peace and flourish in their homeland.”

    If anyone doubts that “disenfranchised and victimized” in this case means genocide, will be glad to supply the proof.

    The widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, Yelena Bonner, delivered a particularly strong pro-Israel speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum. She also asked

    “Have you heard of any statement made by the President Obama that would have put pressure the government of Sri Lanka during the last 4 months of military assault on the Tamil Tigers? He could have saved lives, prevent humanitarian disaster and re-new negotiations. Did he? “

    Dr. Ellyn Shander, MD, a Jewish humanitarian and activist who has worked in Sri Lanka, writes: “Today over 300,000 Tamils in Sri Lanka are imprisoned in concentration camps by their own government because they are a minority. They are treated as less than human. They are raped, abducted, starved, denied medicine, tortured and prevented from going back to their homeland in the north of their country. The similarity to Nazi techniques to extinguish the Jews is chilling. “Never again” seems hollow, as this genocide occurs before an apathetic international community .As governments rush to appease China, they enable the Sri Lankan -China alliance to extinguish an ancient people and their culture.

    “The Tamil struggle is our struggle too. “

    The most important point: Jews were the victims of a recent attempt, the holocaust, to exterminate them. Sri Lankan Tamils have been the victims of a similar attempt that began with independence in 1948 and is still going on. We hope that this painful connection gives us enough common experience that we Tamils may call on Jews for help.}

    http://www.tamilsforobama.com/Letters/Tamil_J_letter.html

  14. ron ridenour said on November 17th, 2009 at 1:53pm #

    Dear Pablo and other commentators,
    Thank you for sharing your comments about my piece, the first of five.
    Pablo, I am most interested in what you write about the Tamil activist’s trip to Venezuela and his/her efforts to share information about the state of Tamils and arouse grass roots and leader interest. Could you send me any contacts for this person and statements or results achieved from Venezuelan groups and personages, such as María León? (moc.liamgnull@amarornor)

  15. Ananth said on November 17th, 2009 at 2:14pm #

    Tamil people would not support the Zionist but they would support the Jewish population to live in peace. They have continued to do that by maintaining a long silence on the middle east conflict and quite puzzled that a population (Jewish) that faced oppression would force the same fate to another (Palestinians) or watch the racist element (Zionist) of their society to carry on the barbaric action.

    I found this writing by Nadesan Satyendra on his Tamilnation.org website on this issue and the Tamil people trying to keep the struggle in their hands and not let it get manipulated.

    http://tamilnation.org/saty/091127maveerar_naal.htm
    “…….For Tamils living in many lands and across distant seas, the 27th of November is the day on which they remember, honour and mourn those who have given their lives in the continuing Tamil struggle for freedom. It is the day marked by the death of Shankar in 1982 – the first death of a cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
    27 November 2009 marks the first Maaveerar Naal without the physical presence of Velupillai Pirabakaran – a leader who will live in the hearts and minds of generations of Tamils yet unborn as the undying and heroic symbol of Tamil resistance to alien rule.
    …. the Tamil cultural renaissance of the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century, on the foundations built by Swaminatha Iyer from Tamil Nadu and Thamotherampillai from Tamil Eelam; the rise of the Dravida Tamil national movement of the first half of the 20th century led by Periyar and C.N.Annadurai; and the internationalisation of Tamil studies by the monumental efforts of Father Thaninayagam from Tamil Eelam; are but tributaries flowing into one river – the river of the growing togetherness of more than 80 million Tamil people – and this river is not about to flow backwards.
    It is not surprising therefore that those who would conquer and rule the Tamil people continue their efforts to keep the Tamil nation divided because they know that a people are more easily subdued and assimilated if that people are divided into small digestible morsels.
    The Sinhala Sri Lanka government seeks to divide Eelam Tamils into Colombo Tamils, Plantation Tamils, Batticaloa Tamils, Trincomalee Tamils, Vanni Tamils, Jaffna Tamils and so on. The New Delhi Indian government seeks to separate Eelam Tamils from Karnataka Tamils, from Bombay Tamils, from Tamil Nadu Tamils, from Kerala Tamils, from Andhra Tamils, from Manipur Tamils and so on. Western governments intent on securing their strategic interests in the Indian Ocean are concerned to encourage Eelam Tamils to see themselves as separate from their brothers and sisters in the Indian sub continent, because they know only too well the force that an undivided Tamil nation will wield in the Indian Ocean region.
    And so, New Delhi as well as Western governments will encourage Tamils as a people to remain as supplicants and pleaders for justice and freedom. Having joined hands with Sinhala Sri Lanka in its genocidal onslaught on the people of Tamil Eelam, they will hold themselves out as brokers for peace and justice. That is understandable. Tamil supplicants and pleaders are useful weapons in the armoury of New Delhi and the West – weapons that may be used by each to advance each of their own strategic interests in the island of Sri Lanka, when the occasion so demands.
    It is also understandable that New Delhi as well as Western governments will be concerned to ‘support’ the Tamil struggle so that they may direct the struggle to ‘grow in a particular direction’ and in that way manage it. To this end, these governments will at all times be vigilant to prevent the Tamil national movement from building its strength from its own people. Empires do not build partners. Kosova with NATO in command and East Timor with Australian armed forces are a few recent examples. Empires build colonies. That was true of the British empire. It is also true of the empires of today, including the Indian empire.
    New Delhi as well as Western governments know only too well that a genuine leadership of the Tamil people will not come from English speaking Tamils speaking to other English speaking Tamils in English. They know it will not come from ‘part timers’ whose full time occupations are heavily dependent on retaining the goodwill of the ‘establishment’ in the states in which they reside. They know that such a ‘leadership’ being rootless will all the more readily become a willing tool (whether knowingly or unknowingly) of international actors and agencies who are concerned to advance their own interests in the Indian Ocean region. And for that very reason they will encourage the emergence of such a rootless ‘leadership’. After all internal subversion of national liberation movements is not something new.
    ………..It is right that Tamils are concerned about the horrendous war crimes committed by Sinhala Sri Lanka but adhering to the old adage ‘ march separately and strike together’, will enable us to preserve our own integrity at every stage of the marches ahead – preserve our integrity from later attacks by those who may for now befriend us to further their own agendas. Yes, the Tamil people too have an agenda. But that agenda is not a hidden agenda. It is not a secret agenda. It may be openly stated – it is freedom from alien rule.”

  16. Humanity said on November 17th, 2009 at 7:48pm #

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30447
    16.10.09 States financing Tamil internment, UN, complicit i..
    25.08.09 Boyle: India a moral failure, Colombo’s monstrosit..
    03.06.09 Sinhala “lebensraum” in progress in Vanni, warns P..
    30.05.09 UN Officials complicit in aiding, abetting GoSL’s ..
    28.05.09 Unprincipled, shameless, “Orwellian” UN resolution..
    26.05.09 “Glaring hypocrisy, blatant sophistry” Boyle slams..
    23.05.09 “Accessories after the fact to acts of Genocide”
    22.05.09 300,000 Tamils held in Nazi-style concentration ca..
    20.05.09 Sri Lanka destroys evidence, prevents ICRC, UN acc..
    13.05.09 “Klerk risks repeating Netherland’s criminality on..
    12.05.09 Prof. Boyle: hold Emergency Meeting of UNSC to sto..
    12.05.09 US violates Geneva Convention by permitting Sri La..
    10.05.09 India should sue Sri Lanka in ICJ for massacre of ..
    08.05.09 UN violating Charter obligation to promote, encour..
    07.05.09 Green light to rid Tigers while 50,000 lives at ri..
    05.05.09 Slow-motion genocide to exceed horrors of Srebreni..
    04.05.09 India obligated to bring Sri Lanka’s genocide to U..
    30.04.09 Prof. Boyle calls for humanitarian airdrop to star..
    30.04.09 Miliband’s statement obligates UK to take immediat..
    22.04.09 Stalling, obfuscation mirror UN’s actions before S..
    22.04.09 Nambiar reluctant to brief UN Security Council on ..
    18.04.09 Colombo shouldn’t block UN visiting safety zone: N..

    26.08.09 SLA war crimes eerily similar to Srebrenica Scorpions’ terro..
    23.08.09 Boyle debunks Kohona’s war-crimes braggadocio
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30063
    Winners are never tried for war crimes, says Colombo’s foreign secretary
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=30056

  17. Thaya, T said on November 17th, 2009 at 11:03pm #

    Thank you Ron for this timely article.
    Aunt of a 9/11 victim Valerie Lucznikowska add voice to democratic process for a civil court trial against military tribunal for 9/11 suspects. Pls listen her interview and her thoughts, which promote democracy and democratic process.
    http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/podcast.html
    (move the cursor to half way through)
    Her article also appear on below website:
    http://www.peacefultomorrows.org/article.php?id=919

    In the name of “war on terror”, violence was imposed on 9/11 suspects and their hosting countries under the Bush doctraine. To achieve same objective, Obama administration is trying democratic process to bring 9/11 suspects under the civil law.

    “war on terror” is “war of ideas” as NYTimes’ 6-series article explore the options.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/08/opinion/08FRIE.html

    MLK’s dream, which is unimaginable at that time became reality, by President Obama’s election to oval office.
    Obama will succeed in his approach as history shows.

    “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peace” – MLK Jr

    Tamils (Eezham nationals) in Srilanka have been living under oppressive sinhala regimes since 1948.
    They have denied their basic civil rights, freedom and equal rights.
    Srilankan president Mahinda Rajapakse conducted the war under Bush’s doctraine, ignoring the history.
    Almost every state actor supported his so called “war on terror” under the guise of globalization and geopolitical interest. Unfortunately CUBA-ALBA also support this regime regardless of their revolutionary history and leftist ideals, I beleive they forsee economical benefits in doing so, very short sighted decision.

    “Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated stronger than evil triumphant” – MLK Jr

  18. Dias said on November 19th, 2009 at 4:40pm #

    “Tamils had a homeland, two kingdoms, for centuries before the Sinhalese came to the island and for centuries afterwards. …”

    Does the author realsize that “American Indians had a vast homeland, stretching from Alberta to Chihuahua, Mexico, for centuries before the White man came to North America and for centuries afterwards.”

    GET REAL my friend, Ron!

    The best that Tamils can ever expect to have in Sri Lanka is a truly secular state where all of her people will be treasured as equals – but it will be ONE natio under one flag and no, there shall not be any Quebecs inside the tiny island. If what you truly wish is peace and equality ALL of the people on the island I suggest that you give this matter much broader thought – than your obvious biases.

  19. Suren said on November 20th, 2009 at 4:11am #

    Mr. Ron is thoroughly misinformed. You are not serious if you build your articles on hear say. Do some research yourself.

    The LTTE and the Tamil fanatics change their story according to who they speak to. When they speak to right wing and other anti-communists, they say they are totally against Marxism and when they talk to left wing people, they say another story. :)

    LTTE themselves have said that they are anti-Marxists, because the SL govt trying to get the support of USA tried to label them so, in the 80′s.

    By the way the Tamils never had a homeland in Sri Lanka. The Tamil homeland is Tamilakam, present day Tamil Nadu. Tamil language, culture, customs everything originated in Tamilakam, not in Sri Lanka.

    The Sinhalese people are the admixture of the Hele people, Veddahs and the people who brought the Prakrit language to Sri Lanka. The Sinhala language is a mixture of the Hele language also called Elu and the Prakrit language, of the North Indian colonisers. The Veddahs still speak a dialect of this language greatly influeced by the Sinhala language too. Their racial memory is that they are partly descendent from Prince Vijaya. They have been the protectors of the Sinhala royalty all throughout the South Indian raids and later the European colonisers. The British butchered these people in the thousands for their support to the Sinhalese. Tamils share no ancestary with the Veddhas.

    See http://www. vedda.org

  20. Ananth said on November 20th, 2009 at 9:34am #

    Dias,

    “Does the author realsize that “American Indians had a vast homeland, stretching from Alberta to Chihuahua, Mexico, for centuries before the White man came to North America and for centuries afterwards.”

    I think not only the author but everyone realizes that. That is why there needs to be a strong support for the native people of the land and we must help them in acquiring that support for them so that they can win back what is rightfully theirs.

    “The best that Tamils can ever expect to have in Sri Lanka is a truly secular state where all of her people will be treasured as equals”

    The Tamil people asked for equality but the Sinhalese population and the Sinhalese politicians never gave them that. Instead they stripped them even more pushing them into absolute slavery and humiliation. I think the following quote explains that quiet clearly:

    “You must not run away with the thought that our sole objective is to establish Tamil Eelam. Tamil Eelam certainly remains an objective because we have learnt through bitter experience over the past several years that it is only by establishing a State of Tamil Eelam can Tamils live with self respect. But our vision is broader than that. Our vision is global. Wherever there is oppression, wherever there is violation of human dignity, whether in Africa or in Latin America, we are prepared to link hands with the oppressed and the under dog. When our vision is so global how can it fail to take into account the future good of the Sinhala people?… “ – Nadarajah Thangathurai’s Statement from the Dock (1 March 1983)

  21. Ananth said on November 20th, 2009 at 10:06am #

    Suren,

    “LTTE themselves have said that they are anti-Marxists, because the SL govt trying to get the support of USA tried to label them so, in the 80’s.”

    Can you please provide the source if they said that.

    “Tamils share no ancestary with the Veddhas.”

    From the website you provided (http://vedda.org/1-who.htm):

    “Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas — or Wanniya-laeto (‘forest-dwellers’) as they call themselves — preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating from at least 16,000 BC and probably far earlier according to current scientific opinion.1
    Even today, the surviving Wanniya-laeto community retains much of its own distinctive cyclic worldview, prehistoric cultural memory, and time-tested knowledge of their semi-evergreen dry monsoon forest habitat that has enabled their ancestor-revering culture to meet the diverse challenges to their collective identity and survival.”

    According to geological history the island was attached to the Indian subcontinent and that to what is now the state of Tamil Nadu. I guess the Tamils or the ancestry of the Tamils just walked to the island.

    “By the way the Tamils never had a homeland in Sri Lanka.”

    Tough argument given that the Tamils had empire with great naval capacity and could see the island from the shore on a clear day.

    “The Sinhalese people are the admixture of the Hele people”

    Who are the Hele people?

  22. Annie Ladysmith said on November 20th, 2009 at 11:12am #

    To Anath, hey! glad you voted for what’s turning out to be THE WORST PRES. IN US HISTORY! How left, how global of you. Ya know Americans have a lot to deal with right now like losing our freedoms, and jobs, and farms, and food, and shelter, and defenses, on and on. So you’ll forgive some American’s like me when i tell you to piss off and go let Ceylon figure it out for it’s self. Ya know, my ethnic hereitage is from a terrorist, war torn, walled with barriers, torn apart by hate, dismal part of the world, and guess what??
    THE US DIDN”T CAUSE OR SOLVE THE PROBLEMS! You can blame everything on imperilism or Chrisianity but guess what, PEOPLE JUST HATE EACH OTHER! Find your way through it without looking for that, typical of Marxist ‘thinking’, SCAPEGOAT.

  23. Ananth said on November 20th, 2009 at 11:41am #

    I never voted for any presidents.

  24. Ananth said on November 20th, 2009 at 12:05pm #

    I hope you are not suggesting that McCain with Sarah Palin was a better choice.

  25. Danny Ray said on November 20th, 2009 at 1:00pm #

    hell Ananth, my aunt Fanny’s cat would have ben a better choice for everybody, you on the far left hate him we on the far right hate him he has no where to go.

  26. Danny Ray said on November 20th, 2009 at 1:00pm #

    hell Ananth, my aunt Fanny’s cat would have been a better choice for everybody, you on the far left hate him we on the far right hate him he has no where to go.

  27. Suren said on November 20th, 2009 at 7:31pm #

    Pablo and Mr. Ron,

    I have followed the plight of the Venezuelan people for years, at the hands of corrupt politicians and the greedy oil companies and the imperialists. Just like Chavez managed to get them off Venezuela, Sri lanka managed to get the LTTE and the Tamil fanatics off Sri Lanka.

    Just like every time Chavez shows good results for the country and the people, the so called opposition start bashing the results, and sabotaging the growth of the country, Tamils have tried to sabotage every good thing in Sri Lanka. Just like the opposition in Venezuela, the Tamil fanatics never have anything constructive, they are just always in opposition, whining about so called Tamil grieviences . I am a Tamil, born in Jaffna and brought up in Colombo, I have never had any of these grieviences, these people are talking about. Please go to Sri Lanka and find out for yourself.

    I don’t think the Venezuelan people, ie the masses are going to fall easily to Tamil propaganda and unfounded accusations and allegations. They read and research, and thanks to Chavez, alot of them can do that now. What the Tamil fanatics wanted was more like what Venezuela’s upper crust want. They just wanted to rule the majourity without the slightest consideration to the poor people.

    If you are interested in what really happened in Sri Lanka, go to Sri Lanka and do some research yourself. Or go to any good library and find good old books and read, without reading Tamil fanatic’s propaganda.

    Tamil fanatics always see everything on ethnic lines. They shout and whine about Tamil grieviences, they never bother to think about national grieviences or the suffering masses. They drain the energy out of good people in Sri lanka, and upto now, we have been unable to properly organise any socialistic movements, without the govt stampling us as terrorists. What Sri Lanka needs is help from all over the world, to get a fair and just government. Not this ethinic biased, propaganda.

    The problem in Sri Lanka is not what the Tamils are saying. It is like most third world countries run by corrupt politicians. They really don’t care whether you are Tamil or Sinhala, they care only about their own pockets.

  28. Ananth said on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:38am #

    [TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 May 2009, 00:09 GMT]
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and police arrested 14 Tamil youths in searches conducted in Colombo city since Saturday, sources in Colombo said. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse, addressing the Parliament Tuesday, declared Wednesday as a national holiday to celebrate the victory over the Liberation Tigers and called on the people of the country to celebrate the occasion for a week, the sources added.

    When Rajapakse began his address in the parliament Tuesday around 10:00 a.m, people in Colombo and its suburbs lit crackers and fireworks.

    Cordon and searches launched by SLA and police continued amidst celebration and festivities held by Sinhalese people.

    Sri Lanka Air Force planes and helicopters flew above Colombo flying lion flags in celebration.

  29. Ananth said on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:42am #

    Sri Lanka: Hundreds of Tamils forcibly expelled from Colombo
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/jun2007/sri-j12.shtml

    “This transparent attempt at political damage control should fool no one. The expulsion of hundreds of innocent Tamils from Colombo is a logical product of the communal war, which Rajapakse has restarted and been waging since he narrowly won the presidency in November 2005. The government has reimposed tough security laws allowing the arbitrary detention without trial of “terrorist suspects,” giving the security forces wide powers to harass and persecute Tamils.

    At the same time, hundreds of people, mainly Tamils, have been murdered or “disappeared” in circumstances that clearly implicate the military and associated paramilitaries. The Tamil media and journalists have been particular targets of these pro-government death squads. Virtually no one has been arrested or charged over any of these incidents, leading international human rights organisations to accuse the government of sanctioning a climate of impunity.

    While Rajapakse claims to be waging a “war on terror” against the LTTE, the persecution of ordinary Tamils underscores the real purpose of the protracted war, which is to maintain the political and economic dominance of the island’s Sinhala ruling elites. Rajapakse and Wickremenayake have only stepped back from their latest repressive measure because it threatens to trigger protests at home and undermine support from the international backers of the war—the Bush administration in particular.”

  30. Ananth said on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:54am #

    Suren,

    Don’t visit Colombo, Ganesan tells NorthEast Tamils
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25932

    Tamils resent surveillance in Colombo
    http://www.dawn.com/2008/09/25/int14.htm

    Sri Lanka: Is peace possible?
    http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/keyword/Nationalist_and_National_Liberation/Liberation_Tigers_of_Tamil_Eelam/1666

    If you still insist that the Tamils were never discriminated then you seem to have no touch with the reality. The insignificant Tamil bourgeois in Colombo are used by the imperialists to crush the Tamil peoples struggle for equality and self-determination. You repeatedly claiming that you are Tamil to make your argument shows your desperation to defend the racist policy of the Sinhalese government. Look at it from the perspective that they are humans and that they have an identity which them want to live by in peace and security.