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MAMMOTY

March 14th, 2010 by Malathi de Alwis
by Jeyanthy Thalayasingham.
Adapted by Malathi de Alwis; translated by Lakshmi Jeganathan.
March 8th, International Women’s Day
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Among the few things she could gather
as she fled to this new place called Life
was a mammoty
Although the war chases and chases
and cheats her
Her belief in Life still remains
In this new place she will create
a beautiful garden
I thought

What I heard next
broke my resolve

She escapes multi barrel shells in Muttur
and saves her life by coming to
this place called Life
But not all can escape
many will also die along the way
and who will be there to bury them?

This is why she flees with a mammoty

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Sri Lanka’s Continuing Woes
January 28th, 2010 by Balakrishnan Rajagopal
voting_opujp_3868Sri Lanka’s problems may have just multiplied. An ugly electoral competition, shorn of elementary standards that would have made it free or fair, marred by violence, intimidation and repression of the media by the State, has just concluded. Indeed, Sri Lanka again joins the ranks of countries that conduct elections, but have dubious status …(cont.)

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Tags: Election, Human Rights, Sri Lanka
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An Open Letter to the President from A True Patriot
January 28th, 2010 by lines magazine
By Rohan Roamer (Published in Groundviews 2010/01/28)
voting_opujp_3868 We eagerly look forward to another six or maybe eight? years of glorious Mahinda Chinthanaya. …We wish you many more years of benevolent kingship which will help our country blossom into a great and powerful nation which can defeat the evil forces, both local and foreign, threatening to bring down our nation…(cont.)

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35 Muslim Organizations Appeal to Make 2010 The Year of Return of Expelled Northern Muslims
January 25th, 2010 by lines magazine
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2010 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the expulsion of the entire population of Muslims from the Northern Province by the LTTE. It will hopefully also be the year of return for the Northern Muslims to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and a shared future with all communities of the North….(cont.)

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An Appeal to the Two Key Candidates Contesting the Presidential Elections
January 20th, 2010 by lines magazine
From Jayantha Dhanapala
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This letter is addressed to you both — the two major candidates contesting the first national election as the country emerges from a devastating war. Having carefully examined your manifestos, we write to appeal to you to demonstrate vision and leadership to address the most pressing issue in the sixty-odd years of our country’s independent history. While you both contributed to winning the recent war, you should be aware of the dangers of losing the peace….(cont.)

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“The Vote is a Valuable Right …”: An Appeal by Collective of Tamil Professionals
January 18th, 2010 by Devanesan Nesiah
voting_opujp_3868The vote is a valuable right and we call upon Tamils, Muslims and all minorities to exercise it without doubt or hesitation on the 26th of Jan. There are a few candidates whose programmes uphold human, democratic and minority rights, and we believe it would be appropriate to support one of these candidates. However, we believe …

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