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Sri Lanka: a hollow victory? – Highlights

Chaired by Priyath Liyanage (BBC)

Frances Harrison (journalist)
Charu Lata Hogg (Human Rights Watch)
Pearl Thevanayagam (Tamil journalist)
Raj Jayadevan (Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka)
Lal Wickrematunge (Sunday Leader, Sri Lanka) by phone


Media freedom and the humanitarian crisis

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Hunting The Tigers – Sri Lanka

After years of bitter fighting, the Tamil Tigers are finally surrounded and the army is moving in for the kill. But what will happen to the 200,000 Tamil civilians still trapped between the warring sides?

Rural Water Schemes in Sri Lanka

Tigers caged by government forces


A Short Film – Closed Zone -” Are there people in

Sri Lanka who are against war?”

Heroes for peace: A video against war

A Political Solution to end the Conflict in Sri Lanka

A Tribute to Dr. Manorani Saravanamuttu

Sri Lanka – Paradise Lost?  by Baxter Jackson

Filmed & Edited by Baxter Jackson

The Fabulous Picture Show -Machan- 13 Dec 08 –

Amanda Palmer and the FPS audience enjoy a special screening of ‘Machan’. The film, which is based on a true story, follows a group of desperate Sri Lankan slum dwellers who become their country’s unofficial handball team. The films director, Uberto Pasolini, discusses his first foray into directing.


Corruption in Sri Lanka: Interview with J.C. Weliamuna


Interview with S. Balakrishnan, Direktor of ‘National Peace Councils’


True story of the ‘Sri Lankan National Handball Team’, which disappeared in Germany in 2004

Original Clips from Youtube User mannitou89

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Today you can see the Documenter Film  “Machan”

Originaltitel: Machan

Kinostart: 30.10.2008
Jahr: 2007
Genre: Komödie
Land: Deutschland, Italien, Sri Lanka, Großbritannien
Verleih: 20th Century Fox
Regie: Uberto Pasolini
Buch: Uberto Pasolini, Ruwanthie De Chickera
Kamera: Stefano Falivene
Produzent: Uberto Pasolini, Conchita Airoldi, Prasanna Vithanage
Darsteller: Dharmapriya Dias, Gihan De Chickera, Dharshan Dharmaraj, Namal Jayasinghe, Sujeewa Priyalal

Uberto’s journey

Born in Italy a former investment banker, Uberto Pasolini entered the film industry in the international marketing and distribution departments of 20th Century Fox before joining David Puttnam’s Enigma Films in the early 1980s.

His first work for Puttnam was serving as a location scout on such films as Roland Joffe’s “The Killing Fields” (1984), “The Frog Prince” (1985) and Joffe’s “The Mission” (1986). When Puttnam was appointed as head of Columbia Pictures, Pasolini moved to L.A. and served as vice president of production, overseeing David Mamet’s “Things Change” and Emir Kusturica’s “Time of the Gypsies” (both 1988).

He rejoined Enigma in London in 1988 and served as an associate producer on “Meeting Venus” (1991) and was one of the producers of the British telefilm “A Dangerous Man: Lawrence Of Arabia” (also 1991; aired in USA in 1992), which starred Ralph Fiennes.

Working with writer David Epstein, he helped to develop “Palookaville” (1995), which marked the feature directorial debut of Alan Taylor. Pasolini stuck pay dirt with “The Full Monty” (1997), which went on to become the top grossing British film and was nominated for Best Picture of the Year 1997.

Originalvideos vom Spiel Sri Lanka – TSV Wittislingen

Sri Lanka: A Terrorist in the Family

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Sri Lanka: A Terrorist in the Family
Inside the life of a female suicide bomber

BY Beate Arnestad

Considered the most professional guerilla organization in the world and the first to employ suicide bombing, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have engaged the Sri Lankan government in a brutal civil war for the past 25 years. It’s one of the longest-running wars in Southeast Asia in which an estimated 70,000 people have lost their lives.

In an effort to create an independent Tamil state in northeastern Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers, as they are also known, have conducted at least 170 suicide-bombing operations since fighting began — by far the most attacks carried out by any rebel group until the Iraq war in 2003. In recent weeks, government forces have pushed deep into Tamil territory toward the Tigers’ administrative capital of Kilinochchi in an all-out offensive to destroy the network for good.

When filmmaker Beate Arnestad, a 20-year veteran of the Norwegian Broadcast Corporation, moved to Sri Lanka in 2002, she became interested in what happens when an entire generation grows up surrounded by a constant threat of violence.

“I wanted to try to understand what goes on in a country suffering and trying to live in a war zone — not for one or two years but for their whole lives,” she told FRONTLINE/World.

Arnestad was surprised to learn that 30 percent of these suicide missions were carried out by women. When she asked Sri Lankan journalists about the prospects of making a film about women in the LTTE’s Black Tigers division — the unit specifically trained as suicide bombers — she was told that it would be dangerous and pointless as the Tigers would never grant her access.

Nevertheless, she started driving into the rebel-controlled territories for more than year, establishing a network of contacts within the organization and asking to make her film.

“Finally, I think they were just tired of me. And at some point they gave in,” she said.

The resulting film, “My Daughter the Terrorist,” is believed to be the first time any selected suicide bombers have spoken on film about their training and motivations. In this version for FRONTLINE/World, we see a portion of the full-length feature along with director Arnestad discussing what it was like to make it.

The film introduces Dharshika and Puhalchudar, two 24-year-old women who have been living, training and fighting side-by-side for the past seven years. They are part of the Black Tigers, and are prepared to strap Claymore mines to their chests and blow up themselves and anyone within 100 feet of them to benefit their cause.

“When we have no bullets left and can’t do anything, we have our cyanide capsules,” Dharshika said, revealing the small glass cylinder filled with cyanide that both she and Puhalchudar wear around their necks.

Gradually, the film shares some of Dharshika’s troubled past, and her personal reasons for fighting with the Tamil Tigers become apparent. She left home and joined the group before she even became a teenager.

“When a child experiences too much sadness, she can’t feel anymore,” her mother Antonia told Arnestad during several emotional interviews during the film. “Not all children are able to accept the suffering,” she said.

For Arnestad, Dharshika’s mother’s story is equally important, describing how protracted and bloody civil wars can fracture and destroy families. Antonia rarely sees her daughter, and often checks through pictures of dead soldiers to see if Dharshika is one of them.

Since the film was completed, Arnestad has not been able to track down Dharshika or her mother. But as of July 2008, she did receive word through an aid worker that he’d seen Dharshika and that she was still alive.

But with the fighting in Sri Lanka intensifying again, Dharshika’s future remains uncertain.

— Matthew Vree

Source :Front Line World

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Situation in WANNI is “Crually pathetic and precarious”

Anita Pratab’s speech at “Tamil in SriLanka” book release

“Tamils in Sri Lanka” is comprehensive history of Tamils in Sri Lanka from (C. 300 B.C – C. 2000 A.D) by Dr. M Gunasingham.

Tamils in Sri Lanka
by Murugar Gunasingham Ph.D.
இலங்கையில் தமிழர் — ஒரு முழுமையான வரலாறு (கி.மு. 300 கி.பி. 2000 ) – கலாநிதி முருகர் குணசிங்கம்
published by MV Publications, Sydney, Australia, 2008

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Are we protected minority`s rights ?


“Hearts for Peace”: International Day of Peace movie

Sri Lankan troops close on the Tigers’ lair

While fierce fighting continues between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers, the war has reached what the Sri Lankan government calls “a decisive and impressive” phase”.

Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez reports from Sri Lanka where government forces had captured a key Tamil Tiger strong hold in the north of the country.

Prayathna Peoples Movement – Sri Lanka

Prayathna, the People’s Movement is a campaign inaugurated on November 10th 2007 to transform Sri Lanka into a just, peaceful and prosperous country which respects diversity and guarantees the well being of all. Its mission is to provide leadership to build a challenging people’s movement that is capable of spiritual, cultural, social and structural transformation.

Landmine awareness in Sri Lanka

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Island of Blood: Frontline Reports from Sri Lanka

Island of Blood
by Anita Pratap

Frontline Reports from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Other South Asian Flashpoints

An award-winning journalist recounts her firsthand experiences in the political hot spots of South Asia

In this distillation of frontline experiences and cultural insights, Anita Pratap, one of the finest journalists India has ever produced, faithfully reports on the consequences of war, ethnic conflict, earthquakes, cyclones, prejudices, and the mindless hatred and fear that has hurt so much of the world. Wherever there was a story to be told-from her native India to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka – Pratap braved the odds to send in reports from the front, managing to track down elusive stories and make headlines. With determined diligence she exposed the terrors inside such frightening regimes as the Taliban, returning home each time with a renewed determination to appreciate and celebrate the ordinary.

At the End of a Gun – Sri Lanka ( 27.07.2008 )
About This Vedio:- ( Source : Journeyman Pictures)

February 2000
“I just don’t know what will happen. We have lost everything and we were forced to suffer without any reason,” says Saraswathi Ramendra. In the bloody civil war which has torn Sri Lanka apart for over 17 years, as in most other wars, it is the women civilians caught in the cross-fire who suffer. “There’s death, there’s injury, there’s loss of loved ones. There’s rape – rape goes hand in hand with conflict, we know that,” says Dr Gaya Gamhewage of Save the Children. This week Life reports on how armed conflict destroys women’s lives. It was filmed in Sri Lanka, but it could also have been made in any of the other 30 or so regional and ethnic conflicts, where women suffer in war.

250 more families in Slave Island to be evicted ( 20.07.2008 )

More families have been ordered by the defence Ministry to leave their houses at Slave Island, as a security measure for next month’s SAARC summit in Colombo.

The latest eviction order to nearly 250 families living in Elephant House Watta, came after a similar notification to residents of adjoining Glain Place early this week.

These people have been living in these areas for as long as 70 years and some have even made permanent houses.

Despite the order, they have not been offered any alternative housing.

In addition, distraught parents question the education of their children, who attend nearby schools.

Glain Place and Elephant House Watta house nearly 1,000 families.

These people charge the government is trying to send them to wooden shanties near Thotalanga, which are uninhabitable even by animals.

They say that they have no option by to jump into a train with their whole families if they are forced out of their homes.

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One Response

  1. All these things are happening due to the ongoing war created by the politicians and continued by the politicians to keep their JOBS.

    No one is taking any measures to end the conflict/war. Why? The answer is best known to those who are continuing and want to continue the war.

    The words below are taken from a publication of the “Society of just people (SJP)”

    I agree with those who say that TODAY
    * Our Nation is in peril
    *Our future and the future of our children are being ruined day by day.
    *POLITICS and POLITICIANS are the main culprits responsible for this tragedy.
    *Therefore there is an urgent need to DO SOMETHING.
    *I can no longerignore MY DUTY.
    *As a PATRIOT T too have a responsibility to DO SOMETHING.
    * T realize I MUST DEMONSTRATE/DISPLAY my displeaure from today in some tangible way.

    The above is what the publication says and I dont see anything in it.

    For my part I have moved towards a solution rather than continue to express or analyze the problem and have prepared a set suggestions that would bring in sustainable peace, prosperity and a pleasant living for all the people in this beautiful and BOUNTIFUL country of ours that has enough resources to support each and every person to have enough for a pleasant living without fighting with each other.
    Part one of that set of suggestions was published in the Sunday Island of June 6th 2008. You can read it and request for the second part, if interested.

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