Pro LTTE elements attempts to disrupt a Havard discussion on Sri Lankan reconciliation and rehabilitation

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Pro- LTTE elements threatened to disrupt a panel discussion: “Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka” at the Kennedy School at Harvard University if it was attended by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr Palitha Kohana. Apparently the organizers received more than 500 emails and phone calls threatening public disturbances but I think for ONCE the LTTE propaganda machine ...

IDP's in Sri Lanka: Update by Al Jazeera

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Al Jazeera posted an update on the IDP's today and I think its a fair assessment. Things are better for the IDP's as most of the IDP's now have free movement but its still a ragged situation. They are yet to re-build their livelihoods and currently meet their daily needs via the food rations offered by the Government and aid ...

IDP's in Sri Lanka: 64% released, 53% returned to places of origin

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The final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War created 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were transferred to camps in Vavuniya District and detained under military supervision in refugee camps as it was suspected that a large number of LTTE Terrorist cadres had covertly joined their ranks. Savvy PR abreast of the upcoming Sri Lankan Presidential elections (to be ...

Damn it Mahinda!!

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I was surprised to realize that SLUNA (SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA) which I consider to be the most active representation of Sri Lankans here in Canada and the only one which effectively counters the vile pro-LTTE propaganda spewed out by certain quarters of the Tamil diaspora is actively raising funds for Mahinda's reelection campaign. As an unbiased ...

Tamils don't have a voice?

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One thing I hear often at Canadian Sri Lankan expatriate gatherings is that the Tamil population doesn't have a voice.The pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora claim that they have been inadequately represented in parliament and the upper echelons of civil service since 1956, when the Official Language Act was enacted. The pro-Sinhalese extremist crowd claim otherwise and point out that the current ...

Weird Statistic? Or intimidation?

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I was discussing Sri Lankan groceries with an acquaintance recently, and was shocked to find that in this city of over 80,000+ Sri Lankans there happens to be no Sri Lankan Sinhalese run grocery stores anywhere in the Greater Toronto region. Every single retail Sri Lankan grocery store or supermarket is run by members of the Tamil diaspora. Add to ...

The war is over but the acts of hatred continue

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Much to the dismay of my Pro-LTTE brethren who hail from Sri Lanka the civil war is over. There are no LTTE Terrorist controlled areas in Sri Lanka and there certainly is no de facto terrorist run governing authority in the East and the North of the country anymore. The Sri Lankan government forces won, took back control of Sri ...

As ignorant as I am...

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I can spot passion and a well written blog post. I was sent this link on facebook and think the post is an absolute scorcher ! I've reproduced it below for your reading pleasure:As posted on Lankaweb.com on 2nd November 2009:AN OPEN LETTER TO MS. RADHIKA COOMARASWAMY: Radhika I read that you are planning to bring yet another UN official, ...

Heroics at York University

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Like most expatriates, I've been distracted lately. Distracted by the daily grind, the economy, and well by life in general. Once the seething mass of pro-LTTE Tamil and their cries of 'genocide' receded away from the streets of Toronto the war in Sri Lanka and its related aftermath slipped from slipped mind. I'm a bit embarrassed, but its true. Like ...

Colombo or Jaffna?

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So there I am buying a suit at a large department store when the chap fitting me for it in the chatty way that salesmen have, asks me where I'm from. Now I get asked that all the time (I obviously stand out as an immigrant, or perhaps its because I keep saying 'men' and 'no' after everything in an ...

And now......?

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Vino Raja weeps for missing family members in Sri Lanka as she attends a Tamil demonstration on University Avenue yesterday (Craig Robertson, Sun Media) .....she pretty much sums up the sentiment I get from the pro-LTTE protesters here in To

Am I happy that the LTTE is defeated?

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Its Victoria day here in Canada and as the firecrackers are being lit my mind wanders to the elation in Sri Lanka and the military defeat the LTTE Terrorist Organization faced this weekend. Certainly there are firecrackers being lit aplenty back in Sri Lanka and the friends and family that I spoke to are all happy. Personally I don't know ...

Arson at the Scarborough temple in Toronto

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Arsonists set fire to the temple in Scarborough, Ontario this morning amidst news that the war in Sri Lanka was coming to an end. Its not really known whether the arsonists had prior knowledge of the latest developments in the Sri Lankan conflict, but despite the situation in Sri Lanka; regardless of whether the LTTE Terrorist leaders were encircled by ...

Pro-LTTE Protest shuts down the Gardiner

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The Pro-LTTE Terrorist protests have been getting really disruptive of late. Running up the Spadina on-ramp and causing the Gardiner Expressway to be shut down last Sunday for six hours or so was insane. We're lucky this didn't happen on a weekday for the city core would have literally shut down.Kudos to Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair for curtailing the ...

Ask the LTTE to grant the civilians safe passage

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I just came across this video: True, its taken by Sri Lankan government forces but what it shows can not be denied. The video shows the LTTE blocking civilians from crossing over to cleared areas and designated no-fire safe zones by firing at them.WHY? aren't the red-LTTE terrorist flag waving protesters demonstrating at Queens park right now not talking about ...

Genocide?

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Protests in Toronto by pro-LTTE groups have been the rife these days and have really jumped into media view due to the disruption being caused to our city. Most Canadians don't really understand the reason for it, but swivel around and pay attention when they hear the word "Genocide" being brandied about by a crowd that's 12,000 strong.Genocide? By whom? ...

LTTE !!! Let them go...!!

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I'll join the protesters on parliament hill, or any of the protests currently being being staged in Canada. Heck I'll even wave one of their bloody red and yellow Terrorists flags, I'll do whatever, as long as the LTTE promise to release the poor civilians they are holding hostage...The LTTE terrorist group are right bastards; cowering behind civilians and abusing ...