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MAY 18, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 42


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'Prabhakaran’s flawed strategy sealed LTTE fate'
ENS, may 19. COLOMBO: The LTTE chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was thought to be a military genius and invincible by most Sri Lankan and international analysts. Admittedly, he did hold the Sri Lankan state to ransom for three decades, and performed many military feats. But ultimately, he completely failed.

Asked to explain the dramatic turn of events in the course of 2008-2009, Prof.Rohan Gunaratna, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore said that Prabhakaran made two strategic mistakes: One was to transform his guerilla and terrorist outfit into a conventional armed force. The other was to believe that the Sri Lankan state could be militarily defeated.

“Turning the LTTE into a conventional army was the single biggest mistake Prabhakaran had made,” Gunaratna told Express over the phone on Tuesday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 18 21:09:30 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka Tamil killings 'ordered from the top'
Channel 4, May 19. Exclusive: a senior Sri Lankan army commander and frontline soldier tell Channel 4 News that point-blank executions of Tamils at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war were carried out under orders.

In August 2009 Channel 4 News obtained video evidence, later authenticated by the United Nations, purporting to show point-blank executions of Tamils by uniformed Sri Lankan soldiers.

Now a senior army commander and a frontline soldier have told Channel 4 News that such killings were indeed ordered from the top. More... [Listen] Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 18 21:43:08 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Bahrain author faces Lanka court today
GDN, May 19. A BAHRAIN-BASED author arrested under Sri Lanka's emergency laws will appear before a court in Colombo today.

Sarah Malanie Perera is facing charges over her book From Darkness to Light describing her conversion to Islam, but which has been deemed offensive to Buddha.

The 38-year-old was detained on March 20 after being accused of "anti-state" activities and having links to Islamic militants. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 18 21:44:15 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ethnic divisions still deep and dangerous
Brisbane Times, May 19. The President shows little sign of using his dominant political power to push through serious political reforms, writes Matt Wade... Back to the top

UN warns of Sri Lanka 'donor fatigue'
bbc, May 19. The UN has warned that "donor fatigue" in Sri Lanka has meant that it has received only 24% of the donor funds it needs to help displaced Tamils... Back to the top

TNA’s mourning call a fizzle
ENS, May 18. COLOMBO: A call by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to observe May 17 as a ‘Day of Mourning’ to mourn the alleged mass killing of civilians by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the last few days of Eelam War IV, had little or no response in the Tamil-speaking North and East of Sri Lanka ,sources in the area told Express... Back to the top

Gotabaya rejects TNA’s demand
ENS, May 18. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has rejected the demand of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that the Northern and Eastern provinces be de-militarised since the war against the LTTE had ended a year ago... Back to the top

S.Lanka seeks harmony between elephants and humans
AFP, May 18. LUNUGAMWEHERA, Sri Lanka (AFP) – In the early hours of a hot dry day, four orphaned elephants begin a bumpy truck ride back to the jungles of southern Sri Lanka where they had been rescued from near certain death... Back to the top

Sri Lanka War Abuses Killed Thousands, Group Says (Update1)
bloomberg, may 18. May 17 (Bloomberg) -- Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the final five months of Sri Lanka’s civil war as security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels repeatedly violated international humanitarian laws, an advocacy group said today... Back to the top

Rains delay Sri Lanka victory parade, 200,000 displaced
AFP, May 18. COLOMBO (AFP) – Heavy rains forced the indefinite postponement of Sri Lanka's military parade marking the first anniversary of its defeat of Tamil rebels, officials said Monday as flash floods killed four people... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Interest Rates Likely to Stay Unchanged, Cabraal Says
bloomberg, May 18. May 18 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s benchmark interest rates will likely remain unchanged this week as inflation remains “benign,” central bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said in an interview in Singapore today... Back to the top

Investigate end of Sri Lanka's war, rights groups say
Reuters India, May 17, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Rights groups on Monday urged the United Nations to investigate potential war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka's 25-year war, repeating charges that tens of thousands died in the final months... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: need to restore trust
The Hindu, May 17, 2010. It is one year since Velupillai Prabakaran, founder leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, died with his aides in the final stage of the Eelam War... Back to the top

Asylum plea for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses
ABC Online, May 17, 2010. The International Crisis Group has called on Australia to support an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Marks First Anniversary of Civil War End
VoA, May 17, 2010. Sri Lanka holds a series of ceremonies this week to mark the first anniversary of the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels and the end of a quarter-century of civil war... Back to the top

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