இவற்றிற்கான களஞ்சியம் August, 2006

Aug 29 2006

Don’t provoke Tigers

The Tamils of Sri Lanka are fighting for their independence after decades of oppression

By ERIC MARGOLIS, TORONTO SUN

CALGARY — This week’s arrest of six Canadians of Tamil origin on terrorism charges reminds me of Sir Peter Ustinov’s brilliant maxim: “Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.”

In an apparent rush to U.S. President George Bush’s ideology and policies, the Harper government recently added Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers guerillas to its terrorism list. The U.S. added the group last year.

In 1983, civil war erupted in Sri Lanka after decades of growing strife between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Hindu Tamils. Tamil Tigers guerillas have waged a ferocious, bloody struggle against the Sinhalese government for an independent Tamil state. Over 65,000 Sri Lankans have died. The war continues in spite of foreign mediation.

Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese control the army, navy and air force. The Tigers have only small arms, in large part purchased with money raised by Canada’s 250,000 Tamils.

Canada’s Irish did the same for the IRA. Canadian Jews raised funds to buy arms for Israel’s independence struggle from Britain. Sikh separatists in Punjab were funded by Canadian Sikhs.

The Tigers are courageous, highly effective fighters — call them the Hezbollah of South Asia. They used their bodies as human bombs to fight first the government army, then India when it invaded Sri Lanka in the 1980s in an effort to annex the island. A female Tiger blew up Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

The Tigers are exceedingly brutal and often murderous. They are a fanatical, highly dangerous totalitarian organization. But they are not “terrorists,” as the U.S. and now Canada claim.

Terrorism is generally defined as “attacks on civilians for political purposes.” Mad dogs who blow up airliners, trains and schools are terrorists, no question. But under this definition, then what do we call the Allied mass slaughter of civilians in Dresden, Hamburg, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

Or Russia’s massacre of 100,000 Muslim Chechens a decade ago; Israel’s 1982 bombardment of Beirut that killed 18,000 civilians; U.S. destruction in 1991 of Iraq’s water treatment plants, creating an epidemic that killed hundreds of thousands of children?

What about the indiscriminate bombing of Afghan villages by U.S., Canadian and NATO forces? Or the recent killing of over 1,000 Lebanese and Israeli civilians, denounced by Amnesty International as a war crime?

Those accusing others of terrorism are often far more guilty of it themselves.

Tamil Tigers ably govern a third of Sri Lanka. Dismissing them as “terrorists” is as meaningless and misleading as calling Hezbollah, which is Lebanon’s only effective, non-corrupt government, “terrorist thugs.”

Enough with propaganda labels. I detest this deceitful, poisonous term, “terrorism,” which has become a propaganda weapon to demonize political opponents.

Canada has recently made itself an enemy of the Muslim world and now faces attacks on its citizens and business interests abroad. This is not a good time to kick the Tamil Tigers hornet’s nest. Sometimes it’s better to avert your gaze, as previous Canadian governments did, and not seek trouble — particularly when the Tigers have committed no hostile acts against Canada or the U.S.

Terrorism is a tactic, not a thing. Tamil Tigers are fighting for independence after decades of oppression. We westerners have forgotten that armed resistance to intolerable oppression is a legitimate right of all peoples.

One really must ask why Ottawa is sticking its nose into another remote, bloody foreign war and creating new security problems for Canadians when it can’t provide even Second World health care to its own people.

Don’t provoke Tigers

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Aug 17 2006

Buddhist monks brawl at peace protest

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There was pandemonium in the peace rally organized by the National Anti-War Front (NAWF) held Thursday evening at Viharamahadevi Park when a group of members of the Sinhala extreme National Bhikku Front (NBF) arrived at the site carrying a banner asking the organizers of the NAWF to proceed to Killinochchi to preach peace.

Peach March

NBF activists thereafter climbed the stage and started shouting at the organizers of the peace rally.

Monk protest

Monk argue

Monk quarrels

Mervyn Silva, a deputy minister was on his feet with 200 other activists, politicians and religious leaders, including pro-peace Buddhist monks, on stage when NBF monks and their supporters entered the stage forcefully. Pandemonium reigned as NBF monks attempted to seize the mic of a speaker

At that time about two hundred personalities including parliamentarians, ministers and leaders of political parties were on the stage.

Fisticuffs ensued between the volunteers of NAWF and NBF. NBF protestors were pushed out of the stage forcibly by volunteers of the peace rally.

Monks quarrel

Monks fight

Monks tackle

Monks fight

Thereafter the rally continued peacefully, although many parliamentarians and religious leaders left the site as the peace rally turned a site of violence.

However, some parliamentarians and peace activists spoke at the meeting and the meeting was concluded with the applause of the participants.

NBF is a wing of all monks party-Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).

Large number of people of all three communities and representatives of all faiths participated in the peace in Colombo, Thursday, under the auspices of National Anti-War Front.

The peace foot march which commenced from Hyde Park in Colombo at about 2.30 p.m. arrived at Viharamahadevi Park around 3.45 p.m.

Parliamentarians Dilan Perera of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Rajitha Senaratne United National Party (UNP), T.Maheswaran of UNP, Ravi Karunanayake of UNP, M.S.Sellasamy of Ceylon Workers Congress), P.Radhakrishnan of Western Peoples Front and Dr. Kumar Rupesinghe and pro-peace Buddhist monks led the peace march.

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Aug 15 2006

Cartoon protest slogans condemned

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Cartoon protest slogans condemned

Many Muslims do not believe the protesters are representative

Many Muslims do not believe the protesters are representative

There has been widespread condemnation of a demonstration by Muslim protesters who threatened violence during a march. Shadow home secretary David Davis said some of the messages on the placards amounted to “incitement to murder”.

The protest on Friday in London over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad saw slogans such as “7/7 is on its way”.

The police say they are studying photographs of those who attended and that arrests, if necessary, will be made at the “most appropriate time”.

Separate protests held on Saturday passed off peacefully.

Police said more than 100 complaints had been received about the protests.

Among the images which have sparked outcry is one of Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban on his head. Newspapers in Spain, Italy, Germany and France reprinted the material.

‘Disgraceful’

Mr Davis told the Sunday Telegraph that protesters should be dealt with firmly by police.

It’s irrelevant whether it’s Muslims causing hatred or anyone else – freedom of speech has to be responsible

Asghar Bukhari

BBC TV interview

“Clearly, some of these placards are incitement to violence, and indeed incitement to murder – an extremely serious offence which the police must deal with and deal with quickly,” he said.

“Whatever your view on these cartoons, we have a tradition of freedom of speech in this country which has to be protected.

“Certainly there can be no tolerance of incitement to murder.”

On Saturday, Asghar Bukhari, chairman of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, said the demonstration in London on Friday should have been stopped by police because the group had been advocating violence.

He said the protesters “did not represent British Muslims”.

Mr Bukhari told the BBC News website: “The placards and chants were disgraceful and disgusting, Muslims do not feel that way.

The cartoons were deeply offensive to hundreds of millions of Muslims

Labour MP David Winnick

In quotes: UK protest

“I condemn them without reservation, these people are less representative of Muslims than the BNP are of the British people.”

He said that Muslims were angry over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published in European papers but it was “outrageous” for anyone to advocate extreme action or violence.

“We believe it [the protest] should have been banned and the march stopped.

“It’s irrelevant whether it’s Muslims causing hatred or anyone else – freedom of speech has to be responsible.”

Prosecution call

Meanwhile, Labour MP David Winnick called for people who waved threatening placards to be prosecuted.

Mr Winnick, a member of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, said: “The cartoons were deeply offensive to hundreds of millions of Muslims.

Protesters waved placards outside London embassies on Friday

Protesters waved placards outside London embassies on Friday

“But it is totally unacceptable that, on British soil, there should be thugs demonstrating for people to be beheaded and actually glorifying the atrocities of July 7.

“It is to be hoped that prosecutions will follow very quickly indeed.”

He said those responsible who were temporarily in Britain should be deported, even it meant stripping them of permission previously given to remain in the country.

The Walsall North MP added that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Britain “have the same distaste as the rest of us about these thugs”.

“I hope it will be the last time we ever see such a demonstration, totally unacceptable to the Muslim community,” he said.

Police estimated Friday’s crowd at between 500 and 700 and no arrests were made.

On Saturday more protesters, organised by the Hizb ut-Tahrir group, gathered outside the Danish embassy in London.

It appeared that the rally was far more restrained than the one on Friday.

Police later said two men had been arrested near the embassy during the protest.

“They were arrested to prevent a breach of the peace, after a search by officers found leaflets including cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed,” a Met spokeswoman said.

Many Muslim groups have condemned Friday’s protests and the images that were used there

Taji Mustafa, Hizb ut-Tahir

Q&A: Hizb ut-Tahrir

Flanked by a forest of messages such as, “‘Freedom’ to insult”, a speaker at Saturday’s rally told the crowd they were demanding an end to “vilification”.

“If you want to debate and criticise then we are ready and we have been waiting, but we are not going to accept these images,” he said.

He called on “the governments of the Muslim world to completely sever all contact with European governments” until they had “controlled the media”.

Taji Mustafa, a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahir, told BBC’s Sunday AM that the posters, images shown by the television programme, had featured in Friday’s protests which his group had “nothing to do with”.

“It had absolutely nothing to do with us, and we condemned those – they are not acceptable,” he said.

“And many Muslim groups have condemned Friday’s protests and the images that were used there.

“Our protest yesterday was very peaceful.”

He said the group advises Muslims “not to stoop to the level of those who want to resort to insults on the Prophet of Islam” and instead to engage in peaceful, responsible protests.

And these protests should demand the media outlets who published the cartoons should apologise, retract them and pledge to “never to repeat this offence” in the future, he said.

He added that it was an “issue of respect” between people.

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Aug 14 2006

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Aug 10 2006

Porn star Carey off and running again in California

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By Dan WhitcombLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sporting new breasts and draped in a cream-colored, ankle-length gown, porn star Mary Carey, who gained worldwide fame running for California governor in 2003, set out on Wednesday to do what she could not three years ago — beat Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mary Carey

“I think I’m more serious now,” Carey said as she arrived at a Los Angeles County elections office to launch her 2006 gubernatorial campaign. “As you can see I’m dressed more seriously. I’ve got brown in my hair because brunettes are taken more seriously.”

The star of “Boobsville Sorority Girls,” and “Cheerleader School” said her campaign had already hit a snag because she had collected only about 40 of the 164,000 signatures required to register as an independent candidate.

Undaunted, Carey said she would enter the race as a write-in candidate and barnstorm across California colleges in a “shock the vote” tour aimed at her core constituency: young men.

Carey, who announced in December that she had lost weight, replaced her teeth and acquired new, size 36-D breasts, drew a throng of photographers and gawkers as she entered the building, inspiring one man to call out: “Mary, you’re thinner!”

The porn star responded: “Thank you. Smoking cigarettes and quitting birth control.”

Carey said a San Diego college student was serving as her campaign manager and she was accompanied by her publicity man and husband-to-be, Harry Shevlin. Asked by a photographer if Shevlin was being paid, she answered: “Um, in sex.”

Carey said she believed porn and politics went together, inspiring her slogan: “Finally, a politician you want to be screwed by” and was determined to win.

“I’ve actually been sober for five days now,” she said, adding that she intended to give up alcohol until election day in November to focus her energies on the campaign.

Carey’s platform includes getting the FBI to “leave porn stars alone” and concentrate on the war with Iraq and said that if elected she, like Schwarzenegger, would put her film career on hold while she served as governor.

“Although my movies only take a day or two to shoot, so I could probably do them on weekends,” she said.

Porn star Carey off and running again in California

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