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Jul-28-2011 00:06printcomments

Sri Lanka Withdraws Funds from Tamil Areas

So much for democracy in this war crime suspect island nation.

First a terrible tsunami, then swept by government terrorism; the Tamil region is again on the road to autonomy.
First a terrible tsunami, then swept by government terrorism; the Tamil region is again on the road to autonomy.

(SALEM / COLOMBO) - This week the political party representing the battered Tamil population in Sri Lanka, the Tamil National Alliance, leaped back into power in the country's northern regions, sweeping local elections. This is happening as the government reels under very serious allegations of war crimes and Genocide, charges Sri Lanka denies.

What the government apparently is not denying, is its new plan to leave the surviving Tamil population to fend for itself in post war status. Until now the Rajapaksa administration has been touting its rebuilding efforts.

The election results were not likely what the government anticipated, yet cutting the Tamils off from government funding seem contrary to crushing to highly developed separatist state in order to build national unity. Tamil Eelam had a fully developed government, educational and healthcare system, culture, industry and infrastructure, prior to the Sinhalese government destroying it.

Power and Energies Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka already suggested that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) develop the north on its own

"It was not the Sinhalese who destroyed the tanks, electricity and railway lines," he charged. Tamils who were there fully disagree.

TNA MP Sumanthiran in response said, "the government is trying to negate the Tamil people's democratic will by economic force".

Minister Ranawaka added that the TNA with the new found support should not demand police and land powers or federal status.

Background

The Sri Lanka Sinhalese government led by President Majinda Rajapaksa and two of his brothers, is sliding down a greasy pole into a pit of the worst type of public exposure. The heat is on, they're feeling it, and so far the best excuse the government has offered for their possibly direct role in Genocide, is that they are being persecuted by Channel 4 News in London.

Two years ago the armed forces they command slaughtered somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 Tamil civilians or more in the country's north coastal regions. They're people who because of discrimination, had tried for decades to establish their own independent state, Tamil Eelam.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were the military arm of this secessionist movement in Sri Lanka, and the LTTE is frequently blamed for what went wrong, but that is appearing increasingly less possible as more and more photos and video of the orgy of violence emerge. And now, the direct testimony of a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officer, states that the orders to exterminate human beings indeed came from the sibling Rajapaksa trio.

We've been covering it, Channel 4 in London has been following it with actual resources, and plenty of Asian media has paid attention, but it really is amazing that so many people can die in the modern world and yet so few people know about it. However the evidence without question shows that Sri Lanka's government exterminated the journalists before they went for the Tamils, and it almost worked. The emergence of information is indicative of the heartache in the SLA today from people who would never have pictured themselves associated with such cruelty and madness, when indeed they are.

It all came to light slowly, and then in one big shot with the recent release of the documentary 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' by Channel 4 in London, which did more than open eyes. Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, said this week that her 28-year old son called her tearfully expressing that he was ashamed to call himself a Sinhalese Sri Lankan. It was reported yesterday, that she publicly criticized the current regime in Colombo, for plunging the country into such a pathetic world view.

Special thanks to BBC Sinhala for information in this report.

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Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 82 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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King July 28, 2011 4:17 pm (Pacific time)

This Tim King is a absolute lier. Has he ever visited Sri Lanka?
Do not Lie!

Tim King: Please, do not say I am a liar, that is not correct.  I present information that is well researched, and not unique by any means.  I have visited many places in the world as a reporter, but no, I have not been to Sri Lanka.  Perhaps that is why I am here now able to write this.


Bachan July 28, 2011 5:18 am (Pacific time)

Don's comments are the typical Sinhala Racist types. They could never accept the fact that Tamils are subjucated to torture, rape, arbitrary arrests, abductions, killings, occupation of the tamil lands by a brutal army, who prey on innocent young girls and women. This has been systematic oppression of the tamils since independance in 1948. The International community has turned their backs on the Tamils for so long, I hope that GOD's hand will punish these perpetrators. Mr. King, you are doing a yeoman service to this forgotten TAMIL race. May the Lord continue to protect and bless you for writing the truth.

Tim King: I sincerely appreciate that Bachan, and each part of it makes me more compelled to continue, thank you.


don July 28, 2011 2:59 am (Pacific time)

This is bullshit story.
I recon Tim King is a gay guy(well known)who had bad time with sri lankan law enforcement authorities for his do.. do.. s(you know what I mean?)And since then he turned his way against the government and continuing his propaganda campaign against Sri Lankan government.
Get a life looser!!

Tim King: Wrong Tim King Don, and are you suggesting that I loosen up?  Don't I seem relaxed?  You should atone friend, not attack.  And I'm the last person you are going to get to with the gay stuff, that is really interesting.  

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