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JULY 12, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lankan president, opposition leader discuss constitutional reform
Xinhua, july 11. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his rival opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe met here Saturday for talks on the island's constitutional reform, officials said. "I met President Rajapaksa this morning to discuss constitutional reforms. I told him that my party would support any change that would be people oriented," Wickremesinghe, who is the leader of the United National Party (UNP), told reporters. More...
Published: Sun Jul 11 00:09:18 EDT 2010

Tamil who turned against Tigers urges more aid to repatriate refugees
The Australian, july 13. He is an outspoken critic of the war in Sri Lanka who said the "glamour and the glory" of the separatist struggle had disappeared, leaving only "the grim suffering of our people". Dr Nadesan was the Tamil who turned; the founder of a Tamil medical unit supported by the Tamil Tigers in the 1980s who believed violence was necessary, but who came to believe that the separatist dream of Tamil Eelam was a dangerous delusion and its leaders sadistic terrorists. A veterinary surgeon in Melbourne, Dr Nadesan established an Australia-wide community newspaper, Uthayama, printing 10,000 copies a month for 13 years. He used it to urge peace in Sri Lanka. More than once the paper was burned in protest by supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. More...
Published: Mon Jul 12 22:09:04 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship?
guardian, jul 13. It is now over a year since the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, claimed victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But war is still being waged on the "paradise island" by the government, against the country's journalists. Last week alone saw one media outlet receive a threatening letter and the head of another charged with fraud by the supreme court after publishing stories critical of the government. And two international NGO workers involved in protecting journalists had their visas revoked. The situation has been deteriorating for some time. According to Amnesty International at least 14 media workers have been killed in the country since 2006 and more than 20 are thought to have fled more per capita than have left Iran. Arbitrary arrests, abductions and assassinations have been documented for over three decades. No one has ever been prosecuted for these attacks on the media. More...
Published: Mon Jul 12 22:10:31 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tamil who turned against Tigers urges more aid to repatriate refugees
The Australian, july 13. He is an outspoken critic of the war in Sri Lanka who said the "glamour and the glory" of the separatist struggle had disappeared, leaving only "the grim suffering of our people"... Back to the top

TNA objects to Chinese fishing in Nanthikadal
ENS, july 11. COLOMBO: Vino Noharaathalingam, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for the north Sri Lankan Tamil-speaking region of Wanni, has expressed opposition to a reported plan to give China fishing rights in the Nanthikadal lagoon in Mullaitivu district, where the Liberation Tamil Tigers Eelam leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed in May 2009... Back to the top

Muttiah Muralitharan is not a chucker - Warne
IC, July 11. Speaking to Australia's Herald Sun, Warne said that he always thought Muralitharan's action was legitimate and it was unfortunate that the world record holder's bowling action has been "been dogged by drama... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may shed presidential system in reform package
0, July 13. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa (R) presides over a meeting with a delegation from the main opposition United National Party (UNP) on the proposed constitutional amendments at the presidential office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 12, 2010... Back to the top

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