At the invitation of Her Majesty's Government, a contingent of Sri Lanka's Tri Forces participated at the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant and official birthday held on Sunday, 05 June 2022.
We live in a world of emerging new terrain where violent conflict, information technology and global media intersect and where the old distinction between battle front and home front, between soldier and civilian, between war and entertainment and between public and private are being redrawn.
Having entered into a Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) with the LTTE in February 2002 brokered by the Norwegian government, the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) quickly realised the need to control dissemination of information relating to LTTE operations.
Indo - Pacific region is an area of concern in the present-day geopolitical context. In the contemporary scenario, island states in the Indo-Pacific region face political, economic and societal spears of influence from the larger states. There are 35 Littoral States and 12 landlocked countries, and 47 countries in the Indian Ocean region. In the present day context, China's Belt and Road initiative has headed to 21st-century maritime civilization. China's white paper discusses this maritime strategy's mutual benefits, especially the Indian Ocean (IO) region's island states.
‘Diplomacy’ is a term widely used in both the analysis and practice of international relations. As an approach to the topic, it’s worth understanding a few definitions in the launch. ‘Diplomacy’ is basically the management of international relations...
The story of V Viyaskanth in Jaffna written by Shenali Waduge is published here with due courtesy:
UK, France, Canada and wherever LTTE asylum seekers are increasing their numbers and presence has seen an increase in violence and even murders. This attributes to the inherent violence that has been part and parcel of their modus operandi since taking up arms.
The 21st century entire gamut of the nature of security is changing rapidly. Indian Ocean (IO) receives attention from state and non-state actors. Extra-regional countries such as the U.S., China and Japan are keen to have some presence in the IO.
The beauty of the Indian Ocean was described by the great voyagers, maritime historians, intellectuals, and sea fares,...
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly & Association and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression are receiving letters to tell Sri Lanka to allow LTTE to commemorate a dead ‘martyr’. Who is LTTE? An internationally banned terrorist organization.
Colombo, September 16 (newsin.asia): Dr.Rohan Gunaratna, an international expert on terrorism who is now Honorary Professor at the Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Sri Lanka, has called for the arrest and trial of pro-LTTE Tamil leader and former MP, M.K.Shivajilingam and others who glorify terrorists.
I shall give Yasmin Sooka the benefit of the doubt. I’ll get to that presently. The back story is as follows:
On 22 February 2019, the British Tamil Forum (BTF) issued a statement regarding the court ruling that found BTF guilty of sexual harassment & demanding the LTTE front pay compensation to the victim. The amount sterling pounds 70,000 was tuppence considering the Janes Intelligence Military magazine claiming LTTE annual profits to be $300million.
JR, if alive, would be a very happy man. His constitution after 42 years saw a single party win a majority without going on bended knee to minority kingmakers.
Some years ago, the then Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon appointed ‘a panel of experts’ to advise him on Sri Lanka’s three-decades long battle to rid the island of terrorism. The panel was led by a man called Marzuki Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia. The others in the panel were Steve R Ratner, a professor of law and Yasmin Sooka, a South African high court judge.
The now-defunct LTTE’s arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan, known as ‘KP’, has urged the Tamil diaspora to be cautious about raising and donating funds to disrupt normalcy in Sri Lanka or revamp the LTTE, because such causes would be futile under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Government.
The COVID-19 pandemic created an immense humanitarian crisis that severely affected almost all countries in the world. Due to the health security measures taken by the governments, it forced organizations and individuals to adopt new practices such as social distancing and working from home.
With the outbreak of new coronavirus and the world’s most powerful nations have become powerless and confused as to how to defeat the invisible enemy.
Defence Secretary Maj.Gen( Retired) Kamal Gunaratne , in an interview with Daily Mirror, spelled out the mission of his office in containing COVID-19, the present status of the country and also responded to allegations regarding militarisation.