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Who packed the bombs?
Sunday, 1 July 2007 - 8:40 PM SL Time

Isn`t the guy in the bottom RHS pic lifting finger prints off the bombs??

Interesting!
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Who is recruiting child soldiers in Sri Lanka?
Monday, 2 July 2007 - 7:20 PM SL Time

FACTBOX-Who is recruiting child soldiers in Sri Lanka?
02 Jul 2007 09:45:58 GMT
Source: Reuters

July 2 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka`s Tamil Tiger rebels and a breakaway faction seen allied to the government are both still recruiting children as soldiers, despite promises not to, United Nations childrens` agency UNICEF said on Monday. Here are some key facts about the island`s underage fighters:

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How many LTTE caders would have died since 01 Jan 2007 upto 30 June? Anyone for a Guess?
Monday, 2 July 2007 - 11:09 PM SL Time

If you take TamilNet`s account it wouldn`t be more than a handfull and most of those also would have died from accidental explosions. However www.sankathi.com has 2 pages of LTTE caders who attended maveerar status during March and April this year.

I have no idea if this is a complete and accurate listing however according to the Images casuality figuers seems to be

March 2007 : 92 (http://www.sankathi.com/0editor/flyer_maveerar0307.html)

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Brendan Nelson admits oil behind Iraq deployment
Thursday, 5 July 2007 - 9:10 AM SL Time

* John Howard admits oil a reason to stay in Iraq
* Another reason is to uphold prestige of US, UK
* Kevin Rudd says they make it up as they go along

THE Prime Minister has admitted that the need to secure oil supplies and to help protect US interests in the Middle East are major factors in Australia`s continuing military presence in Iraq.

John Howard has said Islamist terrorism remains a threat to Australia and it would be against `our national character` to let terrorists prevail.

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Ajan could use this pic next time )
Saturday, 7 July 2007 - 4:07 PM SL Time

There are masked soldiers in Colombo too it seems.

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A soldier checks identity documents of a woman before she enters Sri Lankan capital Colombo July 4, 2007. Sri Lanka`s Tamil Tiger rebels celebrated their suicide bomber squads on the eve of the 19th anniversary of their first attack on Wednesday, but in Colombo troops nervously scanned streets fearing new blasts. The first attack took place on July 5, 1987, when rebel Captain Miller drove a truck packed with explosives into an army camp. REUTERS/Buddhika Weerasinghe (SRI LANKA)

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Eastern elections `will spark violence`
Saturday, 7 July 2007 - 5:08 PM SL Time

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka say that the proposed local government elections in the East will spark new violence in the country.
Talking to BBC Sandeshaya, Bishop of Batticaloa, Dr. Kingsley Swampillai said the violence in the East had eased in the past few weeks.

`[It`s] a little bit better but the problems are still there`.

`The greater part of the area is under army control, but they are still fighting the LTTE in the western part of Batticaloa,` he said.

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History of the Car Bomb
Monday, 9 July 2007 - 12:56 PM SL Time

History of the Car Bomb
New-generation car bombers are graduates of CIA terrorism schools

by Mike Davis

Global Research, July 8, 2007

In a column on March 23, 2006 (A Vision, Bruised and Dented), David Brooks of the New York Times` wrote about `the rise of what Richard Lowry of the National Review calls the `To Hell With Them` Hawks.` In part, Brooks characterized these hawks as being conservatives who `look at car bombs and cartoon riots and wonder whether Islam is really a religion of peace.` One of the advantages of history is that you have to check such thoughts at the door. If Islam can`t be considered a `religion of peace,` thanks to what Mike Davis calls `the quotidian workhorse of urban terrorism,` then at least its jihadists join a roiling crowd of less-than-peaceful car-bombers that has included Jews, Christians, Hindus, anarchists, French colonials, Mafiosos, members of the Irish Republican Army, and CIA operatives among others.

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The Dead Heart - Midnight Oil
Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:45 PM SL Time

One of my Favorite Aussie Bands! This one is from the album `Diesel and Dust`. Other songs I like from the same album are `Beds are Burning`, `Whoah`, `Bullroarer` and `Sometimes`.

BTW lead singer of Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett is now a Labor Party MP in Australian Federal Parliament. He has the funniest dance routines you`ll ever see :D it`s more like he has stepped on an electric wire!


Lyrics :

We don`t serve your country
Don`t serve your king

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The Rules of War Enable Terror
Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 4:01 PM SL Time

Human rights are being used to promote human wrongs.

The Geneva Conventions are so outdated and are written so broadly that they have become a sword used by terrorists to kill civilians, rather than a shield to protect civilians from terrorists. These international laws have become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.

Following World War II, in which millions of civilians were killed by armed forces, the international community strengthened the laws designed to distinguish between legitimate military targets and off-limit noncombatants. The line in those days was clear: The military wore uniforms, were part of a nation`s organized armed forces, and generally lived in military bases outside of population centers. Noncombatants, on the other hand, wore civilian clothing and lived mostly in areas distant from the battlefields.

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Amnesty International urges LTTE to live up to its pledge to end child recruitment
Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 8:48 PM SL Time

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Public Statement

AI Index: ASA 37/017/2007 (Public)
News Service No: 131
10 July 2007

Sri Lanka: Amnesty International urges LTTE to live up to its pledge to end child recruitment

On 18 June 2007 the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) released 135 child soldiers and pledged to rid its ranks of all children under 18 by the end of the year. Amnesty International welcomes the release of these soldiers as well as the commitment by the LTTE to stop child recruitment. The LTTE must immediately return all remaining child soldiers to their families and engage in transparent procedures with UNICEF to reunite remaining child soldiers with their families.

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LTTE duplicity in the presidential stakes of 2005
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 9:02 AM SL Time

LTTE duplicity in the presidential stakes of 2005
By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The presidential election of 2005 saw two candidates before the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. One was Mahendra Percival Rajapakse who had aligned with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), contesting on a Sinhala hardline platform.

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Cut off the Tigers
Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 8:02 PM SL Time


A group of congressmen is urging the Bush administration to increase its involvement in Sri Lanka. A recent letter from Reps. David Price and Rush Holt and 48 other congressional Democrats and Republicans to President Bush calls on the administration to step up diplomatic engagement in order to help the small island nation reach a long-term peace with the terrorist rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Noting `a pressing need for a more concerted effort by the international community to bring both sides back to the negotiating table,` the congressmen conclude that the United States `has the opportunity to serve as a leader of such a renewed international effort.`

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Sri Lanka rebels vow to cripple economy with attacks
Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 8:13 PM SL Time

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka`s Tamil Tiger rebels aim to cripple the island`s economy with major attacks on military and economic targets, a top rebel leader told Reuters on Thursday.

Tiger political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan said peace was `not possible` with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, pouring cold water on international community hopes of halting a deadly new chapter in a two-decade civil war.

`Our targets would be in the future major military and economic structures of the government of Sri Lanka,` he said in an interview in the rebels` northern stronghold of Kilinochchi.

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Rifles, rockets: Sri Lanka rebels train for the kill
Friday, 13 July 2007 - 6:16 PM SL Time

By Simon Gardner

DEEP INSIDE REBEL TERRITORY, Sri Lanka, July 13 (Reuters) - First there is a blazing back-flash, then a thunderous explosion -- squeezing the trigger of his rocket-propelled grenade launcher, Tamil Tiger fighter S. Kadalarasan imagines future kills.

Lying in a `foxhole` during a practice assault where Tiger fighters learn jungle warfare, he thinks of a Tamil homeland the rebels have fought for two decades to carve out in the north and east.

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Record-breaking Muralitharan breaks racial barrier in divided Sri Lanka
Saturday, 14 July 2007 - 10:49 PM SL Time

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Muttiah Muralitharan`s 700th test wicket was more than a cricket milestone, it was a rare opportunity for the divided people of the teardrop isle to celebrate as one.

In a society bitterly divided along ethnic and religious lines and bruised by a two-decade-long separatist war, Muralitharan - the only ethnic Tamil in the Sri Lanka national team - stands out as a unifying factor.

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Dearth of doctors in Jaffna
Sunday, 15 July 2007 - 6:28 PM SL Time

By N.Parameswaran

The Jaffna district is hit by a severe shortage of doctors. Though the Jaffna University has produced 1300 doctors from 1979 to 2005, there are 239 vacancies for doctors in the Jaffna district. Most of the medical students who have passed out as doctors from the Jaffna University have had their names announced at the convocation, in absentia.

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Sky Pilot - The Animals
Sunday, 15 July 2007 - 8:02 PM SL Time


LYRICS :
He blesses the boys as they stand in line
The smell of gun grease and the bayonets they shine
He`s there to help them all that he can
To make them feel wanted he`s a good holy man
Sky pilot.....sky pilot
How high can you fly
You`ll never, never, never reach the sky

He smiles at the young soldiers
Tells them its all right
He knows of their fear in the forthcoming fight
Soon there`ll be blood and many will die
Mothers and fathers back home they will cry

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Sri Lanka rebels forcing Tamils to join war effort
Friday, 20 July 2007 - 1:21 PM SL Time

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, July 20 (Reuters) - In Tamil Tiger territory, youths like Rajathurai Ponnambalam are living in hiding to avoid being forcibly recruited by the rebels and sent to fight in a Sri Lankan civil war they don`t believe in.

Many residents Reuters spoke to during a rare visit to the rebels` heartland in the north said the Tigers are demanding every family contribute at least one member to a movement widely banned as a terrorist organisation by the likes of the United States, Britain and the European Union.

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Trouble overseas
Saturday, 21 July 2007 - 9:45 PM SL Time

From the US to Australia, governments have begun to crack down on LTTE leaders and operatives for violating anti-terrorism laws.

A STRIKINGLY recurrent phenomenon in recent times is the legal action being taken by the law-enforcement agencies of several Western nations against accredited leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) among the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. In what appears to be an orchestrated action, the LTTE is being penalised globally. From the United States to Australia, several suspected LTTE leaders and operatives have been detained by the authorities and made to undergo due legal process.

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Yet another bungle in Haneef case
Monday, 23 July 2007 - 6:46 AM SL Time

* Police wrote names of suspects in Haneef`s diary
* Police asked Haneef why he wrote the names
* No evidence of Q1 attack plot

NEW bungle has emerged in the investigation of Mohamed Haneef as Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty yesterday dimissed reports that the Indian doctor was suspected of being involved in a plot to attack the Gold Coast`s tallest building.

The Australian can reveal that investigating AFP officers wrote the names of overseas terror suspects in Dr Haneef`s personal diary, only to later grill him during an interrogation over whether he had written the potentially incriminating notes.

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Wee mistake in morning cuppa lands maid in jail
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 - 2:11 PM SL Time

AN Indonesian maid has been jailed for six days in Hong Kong for serving her boss a cup of water containing urine.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of `administering poison or other destructive or noxious substance with intent to injure`, but insisted she had used the urine to treat a skin condition and its appearance in her employer`s cup was a mistake.

Her boss, Szeto Ching-han, smelled the urine after asking for a cup of water, and then asked the maid to drink it - which she did.

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Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment
Thursday, 26 July 2007 - 8:58 PM SL Time

Some public schools and universities are granting Muslim requests for prayer times, prayer rooms and ritual foot baths, prompting a debate on whether Islam is being given preferential treatment over other religions.
The University of Michigan at Dearborn is planning to build foot baths for Muslim students who wash their feet before prayer. An elementary school in San Diego created an extra recess period for Muslim pupils to pray.

At George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Muslim students using a `meditation space` laid out Muslim prayer rugs and separated men and women in accordance with their Islamic beliefs.

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UNREGISTERED
Sunday, 29 July 2007 - 8:38 PM SL Time

Karuna`s party debarred from contesting polls

By Munza Mushtaq
In an obvious blow to LTTE renegade leader Karuna Amman`s much hyped political future, his political arm Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) will not be allowed to contest the forthcoming Eastern Province election scheduled to be held before the end of this year, The Nation learns.

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Branson`s no mile-high virgin
Monday, 30 July 2007 - 11:18 AM SL Time

RICHARD Branson, the Virgin Atlantic airline chief, lifted the lid on how he joined the mile-high club in a plane toilet, in interview extracts released today.

The British entrepreneur said it was `every man`s dream`, adding that he had to wipe handprints off the toilet mirror following the high-flying high jinks.

The 57-year-old knight also admits to having tried cocaine, ecstasy and Viagra, in the forthcoming edition of GQ monthly men`s magazine.

`I was sitting in economy on a Freddie Laker flight, next to this very attractive lady, as we headed to Los Angeles,` said the boss of Virgin Atlantic.

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Sri Lanka`s female Tamil Tigers
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 - 6:53 PM SL Time

The Tamil Tigers` female fighting force has developed a reputation for their focus and determination.
Their all-female combat units are currently fighting on the frontline as the Sri Lankan military prepares for what it says could be its final offensive in the north of the country.

Most of the girls are prepared to fight to the death to defend what they say is their rightful homeland in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

But President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s government is equally determined to finish the civil war and finish off the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE).

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