இவற்றிற்கான களஞ்சியம் August, 2007

Aug 20 2007

[Reuters] Mob of 50 attacks Indians in Germany

Published by under Bad Remark,Racism,Reuters

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – A mob shouting racial insults attacked eight Indians at a town fair in east Germany, then chased them and besieged them inside a pizzeria until they were rescued by police, officials said on Monday.

Around 70 police were required to disperse the mob of 50 people, which gathered after revellers shouted abuse and threw bottles at the Indians during the town fair in Muegeln, east of Leipzig, on Saturday night, police said.

“There’s never been an outbreak of violence like this in the town,” a police spokesman said.

All of the Indians, who were traders and asylum seekers, were injured, he said.

Eastern Germany has seen intermittent racist attacks on foreigners since German reunification in 1990.

The far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) entered the regional parliament in the eastern state of Saxony in 2004 with over 9 percent of the vote.

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Mob of 50 attacks Indians in east German town

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Aug 09 2007

Russia’s Cossacks and their tradition

Published by under BBC,Religion,Russia

The Cossacks play an increasingly important role in Russia. Their disciplined way of life, patriotism, large families and commitment to work, are seen by many politicians as a model that could help resolve many of Russia’s problems. For this, they receive support from the very top.

Local leader

Village leaders like “Ataman” Viktor Vasilyevich are greatly respected

Cossack family life is a rigid, hierarchical system in which the eldest man’s word is law.

One of his grandsons was boxing in the village gym – a converted bar. He said being a good Cossack was someone who “took responsibility” for his family and their well-being. Just 11 years old, he was already used to hard physical work on the farm.

Cossack family values are simple, rigid, and to a Western eye, seem to come from another era. The men build the home and provide an income; the women cook, clean and give birth to children. Traditional Russian values, culture, and Orthodoxy form the bedrock of their beliefs.

Before we sat down to a table laden with food, Ataman Viktor recited the Lord’s Prayer in Old Church Slavonic. There was no alcohol on the table, something unusual in Russia, town or country.

As I was told, a Cossack found drinking in this village would face a whipping. This was the village’s exemplary way of dealing with the rampant alcoholism that blights life in much of the Russian countryside.

Cossack values are deeply conservative, a mix of self-reliance, fervent patriotism and belief in discipline and authority.

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Russia’s Cossacks rise again

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Aug 05 2007

[Reuters] “I think the children in Colombo are very lucky. There is no shelling sound to disturb their studies and they can go to school everyday.” – 15 year old girl

 “I had only heard the noise all this while, but two weeks ago I actually saw one,” says Christa about the shelling in her home town of Batticaloa. “We all saw it. All the children in my class. We were in our school at that time and our classroom is in the second floor, so we could see everything. We saw it coming and we saw it falling into the playground in front of our school. No one was hurt, but it was so terrible.”

 The fifteen-year-old has decided to stay at home since she saw the shell falling into the playground. For her, the ‘most scariest thing’ in her hometown is “shelling”.

 “I think the children in Colombo are very lucky. There is no shelling sound to disturb their studies and they can go to school everyday. I want to go to Colombo, I will never be able to study here,” Christa says.  

 “Even the machine gun noise is so terrible. It shakes our school buildings. We get so terrified that the building will collapse,” she says, “At those times our principal asks us to vacate classrooms and gather in our school grounds. All the students come and we wait there until it stops.”

 But for Christa, her home town has lost all meaning. “I don’t want to stay here any longer. I’m just waiting to leave this place. If I go, I will never come back; even if the war is over,” she says.

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“Home town has lost all meaning.” Story from Sri Lanka

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Aug 03 2007

[UPI Asia Online] Lessons Learned from Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord?

JEHAN PERERA

Column: Pursuit of Peace

When the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam backed out of its commitment to go along with that agreement, to which it was not a signatory, a terrible war broke out that marred relations between the two countries.

The present provincial council system that is operative in the country is the sole remaining legacy of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord.

The urgent need today, as it has been for the past two decades, is for a viable political package that can meet Tamil aspirations, a wholehearted economic development program for the north and east, and a genuine willingness to engage in peace talks with the LTTE. Unfortunately, the present government has not been able to even make a start on any one of these three essentials for sustainable peace. The future is indeed bleak for the people of Sri Lanka, especially the Tamil people in the north and east.

(Dr. Jehan Perera is executive director of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, an independent advocacy organization. He studied economics at Harvard College and holds a doctorate in law from Harvard Law School. ©Copyright Jehan Perera.)

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Commentary: Lost lessons of the failed Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord

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Aug 01 2007

[Al Jazeera] Sri Lanka battles Sea Tigers

Published by under Al Jazeera

The Sea Tiger’s suicide craft are almost impossible to detect. They are dark, sit low in the water and cannot be detected by radar. The only way for the Sri Lankan navy to find them is through heat-detecting systems, but even then they travel at such speed that they are very difficult to shoot at.

The boats, packed with explosives, are modelled on an American stealth bomber, but a more recent development is a human torpedo craft designed especially for suicide attacks.

Commander Sanjeewa Dias, a Sri Lankan navy chief, tells Al Jazeera: “If the attack boat hits [our ship] and our maneuverability is gone, then that’s it.

“Because then the suicide craft is going to come and ram you.”

Samarasinghe told Al Jazeera the navy needed international help, saying the supply lines to the Tamils were “something the foreign countries and organistaions can prevent”.

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Sri Lanka battles Tigers at sea

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