Will to Freedom - An Inside View of Tamil Resistance
- By Adele Balasingham
Tamils of Sri Lanka: The quest for human
- A Tamil Information Centre Publication
The Politics of Duplicity - By Anton Balasingham
On The Net
Lanka: The National Question and the Tamil Liberation Struggle. By Satchi
Pen & The Gun
Some aspects of Sivanayagam’s professional career,
such as itinerant journalism and escape from Sri Lanka to India
following persecution from ruling authorities, show marked parallels
with Comrade Colvin’s career as well. Though best known as a
tract-writer, Colvin published his only tome, Ceylon under the
British Occupation, 1795-1833 (2 volumes), when he was in his
mid-30s. However, Sivanayagam has produced his first tome, after
reaching his biblical span of ‘three score and ten’ years.
& Lament: Tamil writings from Sri Lanka
Conflict Resolution between Sri Lanka & Tamil Eelam by Nadesan
on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in
Hoole et al.’s The
Psychology of Nationalism
Prof. Searle’s book is especially relevant for the
Sri Lankan situation at this moment because one of his stated goals is
to show how lessons learned from his study of the psychology of
nationalism can be used to make negotiations between warring groups in
nationalist conflicts more effective.
Will to Freedom - An Inside View of Tamil Resistance
Adele Balasingham introduces her new
book, The Will to Freedom. Written in a historical, semi-autobiographical
style, it provides an internal study of two decades of armed resistance by
the Tamil Tiger movement and its leadership.
“Restuctured Safe Havens: a Proposal for Reform of the Refugee Protection System,”
Ahilan T. Arulanantham
The current system for handling refugees was set up after WWII to handle individuals fleeing to the NATO countries from communist ones...
|“Ethnic Warfare on the Wane,” Prof. Ted Robert Gurr |
This article is relevant to the situation in Sri Lanka because it clearly identifies the liberal Western establishment’s allegiance to the use of devolution of state power,
autonomy and power sharing for the amelioration of ethnic conflicts within existing state boundaries.
|Ethnic Warfare on the wane|
Prof. Ted Robert Gurr’s article, “Ethnic Warfare on the Wane,” in the May/June, 2000 issue of the journal Foreign Affairs [Vol.79, Number 3] reviewed.
This is a series of essays edited by Prof. Bartholomeusz of Florida
State University and Prof. de Silva of Old Dominion University in
Peace in Sri Lanka: Civil War and Reconciliation|
in a discussion of peace in Sri Lanka, neither at the conference, nor
in the book, was there any attempt made to hear the voice of one of
the warring parties, the LTTE or of their supporters in the Northeast
or in the diaspora.
The SIDA report
provides a snapshot of the recent history of economic policies
implemented by the Sri Lankan government and considers the
implications of the role that the state has played in the economy.
protection for whom, from whom?|
While the work of UNHCR,
especially under its current leadership, has been praised around the
world, there are instances when not all is well. Sri Lanka is a good
case in point and a recent article by Andrew Bruce Kendle highlights
some of the problems with the operations of the UNHCR there.
fundamentalism comes in all shapes and sizes. Chauvinist ideology is
part and parcel of everyday political life in Sri Lanka. The country’s
politicians preach their divisive rhetoric, the state’s military
machine turns the lethal words into deadly bullets and the island’s
media faithfully recounts racist dogma.But Sinhala Buddhist
fundamentalism is not always so easy to spot.
in Civil Society|
An important, if not vital, element of
democratic societies is a vibrant and thriving ‘civil society’.
Long before academics, aid organisations and multilateral agencies
started insisting on the promotion of ‘civil society institutions’
in emerging democracies, the idea had taken root in democratic theory.
Civil society can be taken to mean that part of a society that falls
outside the realm of the State and the private sector.
|Pious performances and
Ranasinghe Premadasa was unique among Sri
Lanka’s Sinhala political elites. He was the country’s first
low-caste, lower class, inner-urban head of state. He was also the first
from a Sinhala speaking household and the first without internationally
recognised higher educational qualifications. However, Premadasa was not
unique in his (ab)use of Buddhist doctrine to further his own political
ambitions and to fuel Buddhist chauvinism. Like others before him and
since, Premadasa manipulated legend and folklore to suit his own
|"Suffering Nation and
It is not often that Sri Lankan Tamils are
the subjects of detailed and balanced research and even rarer for the
Tamil perspectives to be presented in mainstream academic literature.
E Valentine Daniel has been one author who has for at least two
decades written ethnographies of various groups of Tamils.
Ethical Ambiguities in Refugee Determination
and Repatriation of Tamil RefugeesEthical Ambiguities in Refugee Determination
and Repatriation of Tamil Refugees
This report attempts to redress the
imbalance and respond to the justification of Western governments for repatriation of
Tamil asylum seekers based on the claim that the government of Sri Lanka has taken serious
steps to address abuse of human rights by the security forces, that there are adequate
improvements in the human rights situation and that the Sri Lankan government
has taken measures to protect the human rights of all its citizens.
in Flight : The Global Crisis of Internal Displacement|
Institution of Washington, DC has put out a 2 book series on internally displaced people
(IDPs).. Prof. Seneviratne undoubtedly had the major hand in a chapter and he is a
Sinhalese. Just as one would be cautious asking a Serb to discuss the situation in Kosovo,
or a Chinese to talk about Tibet, it is difficult to see the rationale for asking a
Sinhalese to write about a problem which is currently primarily one affecting the Tamils .
|Sri Lanka's War
Crimes A Journal Review.|
Sri Lanka's policies of denial of food and medicine, and of arbitrary arrests and
detentions, constitute War Crimes, asserts Prof. Paust in an article published in the
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.
|Love in a
By Dr. Margaret Trawick
Publisher: University of California Press, 1992,