A world gone dark. A life gone dry. Days deprived of inspiration. There is nothing for me here anymore. Only pain. More pain. I’ve had my dose of unparalleled happiness. Perhaps this is nature’s way of keeping the balance. This must end.

The Ending: A Short Story: ambivalent-ambition: It felt like a dream, one that was slowly fading away. I kicked desperately at the ground till my back reached the stump of the wall that remained. A trail of blood remained in my wake. I leant back, hands still pressed against the flesh, blood streaming between my fingers. I had felt invincible,… Excellent

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. ...

“‘Talk to us about reconciliation Only if you first experience the anger of our dying Talk to us of reconciliation If your living is not the cause of our dying Talk to us about reconciliation Only if your words are not the product of your devious scheme to silence our struggle for freedom Talk to us about reconciliation only if ...

Tamils, Trincomalee and the Real Scope for Peace | I was in Trincomalee for a few days after a long time. The trip was fantastic. But, fun aside, the trip was also a harrowing experience as a Tamil. The speed at which the history and heritage of the town has been reversed by the hegemonic state is remarkable. For example, a huge statue of Buddha (annexed) has been erected ...

·     |Myth-I: Ragging brings unity The claim that ragging brings unity is a patently false one since in almost all universities ragging is ethnic-based. A Sinhalese first-year student can only be ragged by Sinhalese seniors, a Tamil first-year student by Tamil seniors and so on. Moreover, ragging is faculty-based. Despite multiple attempts in many universities common ragging has been ...

Bullets For Water: Militarization Comes Home:  By Tisaranee Gunasekara - “We asked for water tanks; they sent army tanks” -A woman resident of Weliveriya[i] (BBC – 3.8.2013) They had every reason to feel confident and safe, to expect consideration and justice. They were almost exclusively Sinhalese and predominantly Buddhist. They would have supported the military wholeheartedly (quite a few would ...

I Am photo-story finalists | Facebook: Hello folks! I am (Elijah Hoole) a finalist in the I Am photo-story competition. If you find my photo-story interesting, you can vote for me by hitting the ‘like’ button. Check out the other interesting photo essays as well.  Thanks. 

Northern Provincial Council Election and the Future of Lankan Tamil Politics (via http://www.groundviews.org) This year promises to be a decisive one for Lankan Tamils. Events that take place this year will considerably determine the future trajectory of Tamil politics. It is only a beginning where the end of the LTTE’s totalitarianism gives the Tamils opportunity to evaluate their nationalist ...

The Politics of Omanthai Checkpoint   Four years have passed since the end of the war. Indeed, the scenes from this year’s victory celebration event are still fresh in our minds. We are told that the country is free. But, little has changed for the ‘liberated’ people. One only has to travel via Omanthai (on A9) in public transport to understand what I mean. It was ...

| In this excellent paper Mahmood Mamdani traces the political roots of terrorism. The writer lucidly demonstrates that it is, in fact, USA’s Cold War and post-Cold War policy of nurturing terrorist groups to counter USSR that laid the foundations for Islamic terrorism of the 21st Century. “The link between Islam and terrorism became a central media concern following September 11, resulting ...

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