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(Newser) – America knows MIA as the rapper who dropped rhymes—and nearly a baby—at the Grammy Awards, but she’s a far more divisive figure in Sri Lanka, the New York Times reports. MIA’s father is a leader in the Tamil Tigers and critics say the rapper, whose videos are loaded with Tamil imagery, is an apologist for the rebels.

Being a prominent Tamil in Western media provides a “great opportunity to sort of bring forward what’s going on in Sri Lanka,” MIA said last month while discussing the government’s anti-rebel offensive. “There’s a genocide going on.” Sri Lankans from the country’s majority Sinhalese community say she’s lucky to get away with speaking in favor of a group branded as terrorists by the US government.

http://www.newser.com/story/50463/rapper-mia-gives-voice-to-tamil-tigers.html

King Prabhakaran Bio & Family Photos. Aerial shots of Vanni, Tamil Eelam Genocide in May 09. (LTTE Tamil Tigers, Hindus) Om. (Courtesy Tamil Hindu Warrior)

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration in Tamil Eelam – these days will come again!

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NORTHEAST COAST, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s former war zone is a wasteland, its earth scorched and pocked by craters. Cars and trucks lie overturned near bunkers beside clusters of battered tents.

The government has denied firing heavy weapons into what had been a battlefield densely populated with civilians. But the helicopter tour the military gave U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a group of journalists Saturday revealed widespread devastation.

Civilians who escaped the zone said they came under intense shelling from both the rebels and the government.

“We ran for our lives from the shelling in the north,” said one man who gave his name as Krishnathurai. “It was coming from both sides, the Tamil Tigers and the military, and we were stuck in the middle.”

The sandy coastal strip where the final battles of the quarter-century civil war were fought was dotted with patches of charred earth and deep recessions. Dark craters were visible amid the grayish earth along the coast.

One area was thick with endless rows of tents, many of them knocked down and damaged. Abandoned vehicles were overturned, some reduced to burnt skeletons. Some huts with thatch roofs were destroyed, others had no roofs.

In one area near the tents, bunkers appeared to have been constructed of sandbags and barrels.

Along a nearby beach lay a large boat with the rebels’ roaring tiger emblem.

After touring the area, Ban said the trapped civilians must have undergone “most inhumane suffering.”

The government declared victory over the rebels Monday in the civil war that began in 1983.

In the final weeks, with the rebels boxed into a tiny coastal strip and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside the battlefield, the government said it would no longer fire heavy weapons.

But government doctors in the area — as well as human rights groups and foreign leaders — said intense shelling continued, killing hundreds of civilians. The U.N. Human Rights Council has planned a special session on Sri Lanka on Monday in Geneva amid international calls for a war crimes investigation into the military’s conduct.

According to private U.N. documents, at least 7,000 civilians were killed in the final months of fighting.

The military said again Saturday it had not shelled the area, and blamed the craters on rebel fighters.

“We heard many explosions even in the last days as they exploded their ammunition dumps,” military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

But many of the trapped civilians, now living behind barbed wire in displacement camps, spoke of unrelenting shelling.

“We walked for three days to get here. We were shelled and bombed. There was no food. Both sides were shelling us,” said an elderly woman who gave her name as Lechchami.

Another woman, Krishnaleela, 42, said her family came under shelling from the military and one of her children was killed.

At the Manik Farm displacement camp, some civilians said there was little food or water. They complained they were not allowed to leave and that their male relatives had been detained by the military, presumably under suspicion they were rebel fighters.

“I don’t know where my husband is,” Krishnaleela said.

Ban appealed to the government to quickly improve conditions for the nearly 300,000 ethnic Tamil civilians displaced by the fighting. He also called for aid groups to get unfettered access to the camps and welcomed Rajapaksa’s promise to resettle the bulk of the displaced by the end of the year.

“We will try to work hard to make sure that promise is realized,” he said as he toured the vast expanse of white tents neatly lined up in rows on dirt paths.

Roads between the tents were crammed with people, and barbed wire fences encircled the area, keeping the tens of thousands of civilians from getting out. Soldiers were stationed across the camp.

Mark Cutts, a senior U.N. humanitarian officer, said Manik Farm was erected almost overnight and is the world’s largest displacement camp.

“There’s 200,000 people here. This is a very overcrowded place, a very big place, and there’s a lot of work still to be done. Conditions, you can see, they’re very basic,” he said.

After his tour of the battlefield, Ban flew to the central city of Kandy. There he met with Rajapaksa after the nation’s top Buddhist monks presented the president with the country’s highest honor at a temple reputed to house the Buddha’s tooth.

Ban and other world leaders have called on Rajapaksa to quickly address the grievances of the country’s minorities in the wake of the war. The Tamils, 18 percent of the population, claim systematic discrimination and harassment by the Sinhalese majority.

Postscript from the US Committee to Support the LTTE: When reviewing the article above, we would ask readers to pay attention to two specific points: 1.) Why did it take hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians being confined in what has now been described as the world’s largest concentration camp in order for the Associated Press to publish even somewhat truthful accounts concerning the massive humanitarian crisis and genocidal activities taking place in northern Sri Lanka? 2.) Why has the United Nations played apologist until the very last minute to the demon Rajapaksa and his packs of Buddhist extremist cronies in their racist crusade against Tamils and why have they only decided to make cursory statements only after the DEATH of over 25,000 TAMILS? LTTE IS THE VOICE OF TAMILS – all who support human dignity and freedom should prepare for an unprecedented resurgence in the fight for Tamil Eelam. FORWARD – LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM! LONG LIVE PRABHAKARAN!

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[TamilNet, Friday, 22 May 2009, 09:49 GMT]

Head of International Secretariat of the Intelligence wing of the LTTE, Mr. Arivazhakan, who contacted TamilNet Friday categorically denied the reports that the LTTE leader Mr. Velupillai Pirapharan has been killed. Mr. Arivazhakan urged the global Tamil community not to trust the “engineered rumours,” being spread by the Government of Sri Lanka and its military establishment.

“Our beloved leader is alive,” he said and added that the LTTE leadership will make contact with its people at a suitable time in future.

“These rumours have been set afloat to confuse the global Tamil community which has been voicing support for the liberation of Tamil Eelam,” he further said.

Mr. Arivazhakan, who verified his identity through a senior reporter in Sri Lanka, did not reveal his location due to security reasons.

Blessed King Prabhakaran (ALIVE), 10 am, May 19. SLA-Indian army killing Tamils-Hindus in Wanni Sri Lanka. Om Brahman, Hail LTTE Tamil Tigers!

* King Prabhakaran is ALIVE, May 19 8am. Confirmed from London.
* Prince Charles Anthony, return to Heaven in battle.
* Over 100 000 Tamils inside War Zone, with 1000 Tigers, May 18.

* SLA shooting surrendering Tamils & Hindus.
* GoSL asked SINhala women to deposit jewels into National SL Bank, broke for weapons.
* Indian Army leaving Vanni, soon. False victory propaganda.

* Over 40 000 SLA & Indian killed in 2009. Payroll stopped for dead SLA, demonic widows aware. SLA members not receiving payment for services from GoSL. SLA looting temples, and civilians.

* SINhala demons attacked London Embassy in Sri Lanka, place on fire, May 18.

* LTTE is reborn with new members.

LTTE = Freedom Fighters
Tamil Tigers = Freedom Fighters
King Prabhakaran = Our Leader
Tamil Eelam = Only Solution

Om Shiva, your time to slay SLA.

Courtesy: Tamil Hindu Warrior http://www.youtube.com/user/genocidebysoniagandh

Is this Prabhakaran? Are you really sure?

By: S Suresh Kumar

Some reasons this body may not be Prabhakaran’s

Is the Sri Lankan government playing a trick on the international community by showing a body double and claiming it to be Prabhakaran? Here are some questions observers are asking.

Why is he so good looking?

Not matching: The skin tone on the face and the ear aren’t the same. His son (inset), also killed in the battle, looks older than him.

Prabhakaran is 54, but the picture shows him without a single wrinkle. His son Charles looks older in the picture the Lankan army has released. There’s something dubious about the way his face is shown. If his skull were blown off, as claimed by the army, how come his face is so neat and untouched? If he were hiding and on the run, as claimed by the army, how come he looks fresh and clean-shaven? Have the soldiers put a Prabhakaran mask on someone’s face?

Why isn’t his ear matching his face?
The skin tone of his ear is darker than the tone of his face. Have the soldiers hired a prosthetic expert to graft a face on to some corpse? Are they doing a Dasavatharam gag in real life? It looks like the mask is peeling off when the soldiers move the body.

How could they do a DNA test in two hours?
Experts say it takes at least four days to do a DNA test. How could the army do it in two hours, that when they say they found the body in a remote jungle? How did they move his blood or bone marrow sample to a forensic lab so quickly? Did the army have an ante-mortem report (say, tissue or blood samples from before his death) against which they could corroborate their theory that it was Prabhakaran who was dead? Questions, questions.

Do Tamil politicians know something we don’t?
Nedumaran of Tamil Desiya Iyakkam said he knew for sure that Prabhakaran was alive. Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi said he wouldn’t react to reports of Prabhakaran’s death. What’s stopping them from accepting the footage released by the Lankan army?

Wasn’t cyanide Prabhakaran’s preferred mode of exit?
He gave capsules to all his Tigers so that they could kill themselves instantaneously when cornered. Why didn’t he bite his cyanide capsule when he knew his game was up? Few believe he was shot in battle. Tamil lore has it that he always carried two capsules with him. The army claimed to have identified him with the help of rebel LTTE leaders Karuna and Daya Master, and posted a picture of the body on the country’s army website. The body here and the body in the TV footage don’t match.

(These questions were asked as of 3.30 am today. Lanka may come up with some explanations through the day, but many questions are likely to remain unanswered).

DNA in 2 hours? Just impossible

Chandrashekhar G was a part of the forensic team assigned the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Now retired, he lives in Yelahanka. We asked him what he thought of the Lankan army claims about Prabhakaran, and he was incredulous they had done a DNA test within two hours. “It is impossible,” he told MiD DAY. “We need at least four days to put it through a DNA sequencer and arrive at some conclusion.”

In his own words:
When I visited Sri Lanka some years ago, they had no lab to do DNA tests. I had several questions when I saw the footage. I wondered if a prosthetic expert had been at work to put a face on top of some other. Ante-mortem reports, or reports from before death, are always necessary to confirm identity.

Whenever a leader dies, they need to keep the body till the case is done. But governments are sometimes in a hurry to dispose of the body like Pakistan did when Benazir was blown up. If they preserve the body, they can always get tissue samples for culture. I don’t know if Lanka will keep this body and allow cross verification.

When Sivarasan was killed, we checked with people close to him. Indian law accepts identification by people close to the dead person. We look at moles and marks and such other identification indicators.

Source: http://www.mid-day.com/news/2009/may/200509-Prabhakaran-allegedly-alive-fake-corpse-Ears-unmatched-Bangalore-news.htm

While rejecting Colombo’s claim of the killing of LTTE leader V. Pirapaharan and assuring his safety and well-being, LTTE’s International Relations Head S. Pathmanathan Tuesday accused Colombo of treachery in the killing of the political wing leaders B. Nadesan and S. Puleedevan. Mr. Pathmanathan said it is a crime against humanity that needs to be investigated. Meanwhile, informed sources told TamilNet that what happened in the early hours of Monday was a well-planned massacre of several unarmed civil officers of the LTTE with the aim of annihilating its political structure. At the orders of a ‘top defence figure,’ an international arrangement involving ICRC, European diplomats and a Colombo government diplomat to arrange safe exit to the civil officers was defied, the sources said.

Political observers compared Monday’s massacre with the prison massacre of Tamil liberation fighters in 1983 and events leading to the collective death of 12 senior leaders and cadres of the LTTE in 1987.

Tamil circles also commented that any surrender of the LTTE as pressed by the International Community would have seen a similar fate to its cadres, had it been heeded.

The clarifications from Mr. Pathmanathan follow:

Statement 1:

I wish to inform the Global Tamil community distressed witnessing the final events of the war that our beloved leader Velupillai Pirapaharan is alive and safe. He will continue to lead the quest for dignity and freedom for the Tamil people.

The President and the Government of Sri Lanka needing to carry on and gloat in the planned Victory Celebrations on Tuesday, had their military establishment deliberately come up with the story detailing the demise of the leader of the LTTE. We categorically reject this and wish to inform the Tamil community to be vigilant and to exercise maximum restraint whilst grieving for the loss of Tamil civilian lives in the barbaric conduct of the final chapters of this battle.

The Tamil freedom struggle is a just cause and will not be quashed by the events of the last 24 hours. Truth and justice will always prevail.

Statement 2:

We wish to bring to the notice of the International Community the events of the last 24 hours in the so called safety zone in the war in Sri Lanka.

Subsequent to our announcement that the LTTE had decided to “silence the guns” in view of the unbearable civilian carnage at the hands of the Sri Lankan military and the heavy weaponry donated to it by third parties, we were informed by some member states of the International Community that arrangements had been made with the Sri Lankan military for discussions on an orderly end to the war.

We were instructed to make contact with the 58th Division of the Sri Lankan forces in the war zone, un-armed and carrying white flags. Head of our Political Wing, Mr. B. Nadesan and Mr. Puleedevan then proceeded to do so. They were un-armed and carrying white flags and were called on by the Officers of the 58th Division to come forward for discussions. When they complied they were both shot and killed. We vehemently condemn this action. The International Community needs to take this into account in its deliberations about charges of “Crimes against Humanity” against the members of the Sri Lanka Government and its military establishment. This act is even more unpalatable when one takes into account that the LTTE released as an act of goodwill, seven Sri Lankan Prisoners of War the day before totally unharmed.

We appeal to the International Community to act now to ensure the safety and basic needs of the displaced people who are suffering in the prison camps of the Sri Lankan military. The onus is now on the International Community to see that further war crimes and crimes against humanity are not committed on Tamils by the Sri Lankan state and to force the Sri Lankan state to yield in to the political aspirations of the Tamil people.

courtesy: TamilNet

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From the Desk of the Central Committee of the Rural People’s Party

May 17th, 2009 (98 Juche) – RPP will continue to support the LTTE unremittingly and fully during this critical point as they face a potential White Night and are forced to move into phases of unconventional warfare. Our hearts go out to the families of the civilians trapped in the war-zone by the SLA and facing internment at the hands of the Sinhalese bourgeois dictatorship. Barack Obama and U.S. Hegemonic Imperialism continues to back Rajpaksa’s government and take an anti-LTTE stance even as thousands of innocent men, women and children perish at the hands of heavy-shelling amidst the Sinhalese ethnic genocide campaign against the oppressed Tamil minority population. Any suicide that may take place will be in certainty a revolutionary suicide and, with the spirit of the martyrs sacrifice, the mood of the Vedic kshatriya will rise en masse across the planet because there are millions willing to see Tamil Eelam become reality. No force of oppression will stop such unceasing waves and the atrocities of the Sri Lankan government will not be forgotten. The Black Tiger will continue to roar in Sri Lanka! Up with Tamil Eelam!

Rural People’s Party: http://ruralpeople.atspace.org

Fears of mass suicide as Tamil Tigers face final defeat: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6301821.ece

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US Committee to Support the LTTE encourages ALL LTTE SUPPORTERS to do whatever they can to INCREASE THE PRESSURE ON WASHINGTON D.C. including but not limited to attending in person as are the individuals pictured above at protests in the capital area.

Recruit others to accompany you to the protest, because at present anyone who stands against genocide and world superpowers turning a blind eye to the indiscriminate ethnic slaughter of Tamils in Sri Lanka need to be involved and should have clarified for their full understanding the situation as it is unfolding.

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=29388