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JULY 13, 2010 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 11, NO. 98

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Sri Lanka's ex-army chief faces new criminal charge
afp, July 13. COLOMBO Sri Lankan police have filed a new case against former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka for allegedly employing military deserters, his party said Tuesday. Fonseka, who is also now an opposition lawmaker, is accused of employing 10 army deserters in the run-up to the January presidential poll he contested unsuccessfully against President Mahinda Rajapakse. More...
Published: Tue Jul 13 12:19:17 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

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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