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Black Flag Day in Tamil Nadu Expresses Solidarity with Eelam TamilsPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Americans remain in the dark about the war crimes, ethnic cleansing and Genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Salem-News.com will join media in India to observe Black Flag Day on the 4th March 2013. We do not let a single day pass without lamenting the fate of Sri Lankan Tamils who were slaughtered without mercy by the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) in the final months of the country's 26-year long civil war.
Any journalist, particularly those of us who have covered war operations, should bear in mind that the GoSL remains indifferent to its role in slaughtering more than 160,000 Tamil people in an effort to crush a long running resistance program carried out by The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
It seems the first and most important target has consistently been the brave media personnel (both Tamil and Sinhalese) who refused to cower and play by the government's rules.
The killing that took place in this island nation was nearly unprecedented.
Keenly aware of the tragic Genocide that eradicated Sri Lankan Tamils, the Chennai Press met on March 2nd to plan for this observation.
The Press Club's G. Kurinji stated:
Those planning a similar approach in the USA can meet at the Sri Lankan embassy, 2148 Wyoming Ave NW Washington, DC. In Canada, the Sri Lanka embassy is located at: 333 Laurier Ave W #1204 Ottawa, Ontario.
Regarding the event in Tamil Nadu, India, G. Kurinji says optimism is running high.
Sadly, most Americans remain in the dark about the war crimes, ethnic cleansing and Genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils. The U.S. government is responsible for setting up the final demise. Of course it is no surprise that war crime presidents like George W. Bush and Tony Blair and Majinda Rajapakse stick together like glue, they are all guilty of the same crimes and deserve the harshest and most unsympathetic punishment for engineering this conflict indirectly and directly in the case of Rajapakse.
Most of all, it is the sneering cruel streak of cowardly domination that is so rife in this mostly Buddhist country.
Sri Lanka and now Burma, have shown us that Buddhism is in fact in many cases (countless), a warring philosophy that embraces rape, murder, child torture and extreme inhumanity.
Are these Buddhists a representation of the faith and belief system? I sincerely doubt it. Of course they no better represent Buddhism than the American drones and a false flag war in Iraq represents Christianity; Israel's ethnic cleansing of Arab Muslims and Christians is no expression of Judaism. The enemies are the radical religious zealots and they come in all sizes and shapes.
As time progresses, from my perspective as the editor of Salem-News.com, these times are changing. Syria is on the verge of retaking power from the terrorist rebel groups who have killed so many with the blessings of the west, Israel is being outed continually for torture deaths, and good old Sri Lanka is back in war crime court, with large numbers of high powered officials from the UN Human Rights Commission on down, pushing for accountability.
My message, as one of the only American journos who has reported the crimes of this war, is to keep going, push push push! Call for accountability, take part in the Boycott of all Sri Lankan goods, boycott everything to do with this country. Urge your political leaders to end the suffering, because it did not end when Sri Lanka defeated the Tamil Tigers. Sex crimes and crimes against humanity are a daily occurence along with murder and torture and the dreaded 'white vanning' of those who ask the wrong questions. It is time to bring the Rajapakse regime to justice.
(Note: Links to all of Tim King's articles on the Sri Lankan Tamil Genocide are listed below these photos)
Special thanks to Chennai Press Club, Dr. Paul Newman and Visvanathan Sivam
Keep it real, peace out...
3 March 2013
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Tim King's previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:
Feb-23-2013: The War Crime Sri Lanka Can't Hide
Jan-17-2013: Special Feature: A Spark of Unity for Sri Lanka?
Nov-21-2012: Why Did Sri Lanka Kill So Many Children?
Jul-30-2012: Blindness Sweeps Large Parts of Sri Lanka
Jul-20-2012: Why Are Buddhists Committing Genocide Again?
Jul-01-2012: Did a Ghost Crawl Inside My Laptop?
May-07-2012: Sri Lankan Buddhist Mobs Call for Mosque Demolition
Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training
Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka's Ghosts?
Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests
Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam
Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes
Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka
Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy
Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism
Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament
Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes
Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues
Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real
May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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