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Tamil Guardian 21 August 2014
Clashes at Liberia Ebola protests

Protests have hit the Liberian capital Monrovia, after a quarantine was imposed to halt the spread of Ebola.

Police opened fire on the protestors, leaving four people injured. Liberia is the worst affected country in the current crisis, with at least 576 deaths.

The protestors said the quarantine, enforced with a heavy police presence and barbed wire, stopped them from obtaining food and working.

A total of 1,350 have died in four countries, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

South Africa meanwhile has banned the arrival of non-citizens from West African countries affected by the deadly virus. Senegal has suspended flights with the countries and closed its border with Guinea.

The African Union has announced it will send a special team to the West African countries, including volunteer doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.

Tamil Guardian 21 August 2014
'We will not forget what happened' US warns Islamic State as air strikes continue
The United States has warned that the killers of American journalist James Foley will be brought to justice, as they continued to carry out air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq on Thursday.

US Attorney General Eric Holder, stated that the Department of Justice had opened a “criminal investigation” into the killing, adding,
“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defence, this nation – we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened, and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

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Tamil Guardian 21 August 2014
UN shelter camps in South Sudan deemed inhumane, China calls for immediate ceasefire
The conditions faced by over 40,000 people sheltering in a UN camp in South Sudan are in humane warned Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF).

“People are living in conditions that are barely compatible with life and are incompatible with human dignity. What we have now is a 1.5 sq km camp in the middle of the largest grass swamp in the world, so it’s not a place you would chose. It’s not fit for human habitation – at least not for 40,000 people,”, the Guardian reports an emergency coordinator for MSF as saying.

Child Soldiers used by both Sides in South Sudan

South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers in recent conflict with oppositions forces and is in violation of international law, said Human Rights Watch today.

“South Sudan’s army has returned to a terrible practice, once again throwing children into the battlefields. Civilian and military leaders should immediately remove all children from their ranks and return them to their families,” said the Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

The statement said that government forces had used child soldiers in during recent fighting in August.

China presses South Sudan for immediate ceasefire


China’s foreign minister demanded an immediate ceasefire and political dialogue in South Sudan, reports Reuters.

“An immediate ceasefire is a precondition for a return to peace and stability in South Sudan,” said the Chinese Foreign minister in a meeting with his South Sudanese counterpart.

“Opening a political dialogue is the only way for South Sudan to achieve national reconciliation,” said Wang Yi.
Tamil Guardian 21 August 2014
Britain to pledges fighter jets to combat Boko Haram amidst Nigerian army mutiny
The British government announced today that it would be sending three RAF warplanes to help locate Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants.

The fighter bombers will help Nigerian authorities track the movement of militants, a government source told The Times.

The announcement comes as Northern Nigeria’s riot police training academy was captured by Boko haram militants today and Nigerian soldiers refused to fight the Boko Haram militants until they received better equipment. 

“The Nigerian army is not ready to fight Boko Haram”, a soldier told the BBC.
Tamil Guardian 21 August 2014
Philippines government agrees to review MILF self-rule proposal
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a separatist militant group in the Philippines submitted, a final proposal for self-rule which was agreed upon by the government, reports Reuters.

“As agreed upon by the parties, the MILF submitted the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to the Office of the Executive Secretary yesterday evening,” the presidential adviser on the peace talks, said the presidential adviser to the peace talks.

“As further agreed upon, the latest draft has been submitted to the president for his review. Further discussions may be held based on the guidance of the president,” said Tersita Quintos Deles.

The two sides signed a deal earlier this year in March to end over five decades of conflict.

Tamil Guardian 21 August 2014
3 senior commanders killed by Israel says Hamas
The Israeli military has killed three senior Hamas military commanders in air strikes on Thursday, said Hamas.

Raed al-Attar, Mohammed Abu Shamala and Mohammed Barhoum, described by Hamas as the "founding generation" of Hamas' military wing, Qassam Brigade, were killed in the southern Gazan town of Rafah.

Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Abu Shamala were considered to be two of the most senior commanders.

A security source told the Jerusalem Post on Thursday "this strike represents a very significant intelligence achievement, and an intelligence infiltration."


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Tamil Guardian 21 August 2014
Coup leader appointed Prime Minister in Thailand
The leader of Thailand's military coup in May was appointed prime minister on Thursday.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a bloodless coup, was appointed by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and pledged to form an interim government to supervise reforms as well as three phase path towards reconciliation. However, power is widely considered to stay with the military junta.

"Nobody had any problem. Nobody disagreed," Prayuth reportedly said after the vote on Monday.

191 out of 194 members voted in favour of Prayuth's appointment. He was the only candidate fielded.

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Tamil Guardian 20 August 2014
UN to deploy full CAR peacekeeping force in September
The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic will reach full deployment in the region by the 15th of September 2014,  the UN Security Council heard today.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General , Barbacar Gaye said that the presence of United Nations military, police and civilian personnel would be essential in bringing about an immediate improvement in people’s lives an create an environment for ‘sustainable peace’ to develop, reports AllAfrica News.

 The announcement comes as a Red Cross worker was killed and at least 31 civilians injured by violence that erupted after residents of the PK-5 neighbourhood accused EU forces of killing a man on Tuesday.
Tamil Guardian 20 August 2014
Germany to arm Kurdish military
Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, said the German Defence Minister on Wednesday.

“We are prepared, in principle, to provide weapons and ammunition within our means,” said Ursulla von der Leyen, reports the Associated Press.

A spokesperson from the German Defence Ministry said that a decision on the type and quantity of arms would be decided within a week.
Tamil Guardian 20 August 2014
US condemns journalist's killing by ISIL, pledges justice
The United States condemned the killing of an American journalist, James Foley, by Islamic State militants, after a video was released showing Foley being beheaded.

"The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done and we act against ISIL, standing alongside others," President Barack Obama said at a press conference on Wedcnesday.

"The people of Iraq, who with our support are taking the fight to ISIL must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their community," he added.

The video which was sent as "A message to the US", included an audio message by an ISIL militant, speaking in English with a distinctly British accent, which warned the US that more Americans would be killed if air strikes in Northern Iraq did not cease.

Condemning the killing as "barbaric and brutal", the British Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC it was "deeply shocking" that a British citizen may be responsible.


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  Editorial
Editorial Tamil Guardian 08 July 2014
Significance of Aluthgama
  Illustration Keera Ratnam Almost at the centenary of the first anti-Muslim riots by Sinhala mobs in 1915, [more]

Editorial Tamil Guardian 13 May 2014
Silences between the shouts
The idea that Sri Lanka's opposition parties should unite to topple President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government has surfaced yet again, with much discussion of a common Presidential challenger and speculation over likely candidates. [more]

  Opinion
Tamil Guardian 02 August 2014
‘Legal Avenues to Prosecute a US Citizen for War Crimes—The Case of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’

Ryan Goodman, Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law has called on the United States to prosecute Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for war crimes, [more]

Arani Kumaran Tamil Guardian 28 June 2014
Review: 'This Land Belongs to the Army'
'This Land Belongs to the Army’ is a strong documentary about the manner in which the lands in the traditional Tamil homelands of the North-East of the island of Sri Lanka have been appropriated by the government and the military. Made by Indian journalist and filmmaker Maga Tamizh Prabhagaran, [more]

J. S. Tissainayagam Tamil Guardian 24 June 2014
'Sri Lanka’s Scapegoat for its Own Terror'

Sri Lanka is using the mask of ‘counterterrorism’ to hide its own terror, whilst increasingly becoming a hub for international crime, said award-winning exiled Tamil journalist J. [more]


  Feature
Tamil Guardian 14 August 2014
14 Aug 2006: 53 Tamil school girls killed by Sri Lankan air strike on children's home
On 14th August 2006, four Sri Lankan Air Force jets dropped sixteen bombs over the Sencholai children's home in Vallipunam for orphaned girls. Fifty-three Tamil school girls and 3 staff members were killed, and over 150 injured. [more]

Tamil Guardian 05 August 2014
Call for submissions as 'OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka' begins
The terms of reference for the UN inquiry on mass atrocities in Sri Lanka - 'OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL)', which begins work this week, were published on Tuesday, [more]

Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Black July 1983 remembered
Today Eelam Tamils around the world mark thirty-one years from the horrors of the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, [more]


  Culture & Community
Tamil Guardian 26 July 2014
Tamil youth mark Black July raising awareness of ongoing genocide
Piccadilly Circus, London. Photograph TYOUK Tamil youth commemorated the 31st anniversary of the anti-Tamil pogrom of Black July, [more]

Tamil Guardian 07 June 2014
Tamil Eelam defeats Darfur United
In the last game for the team at this tournament, Tamil Eelam defeated a weakened Darfur United by ten goals to nil. [more]

Tamil Guardian 05 June 2014
Sápmi defeats Tamil Eelam in closely contested match
The Tamil Eelam football team managed to net their first goals of the 2014 World Football Cup tournament, but succumbed to a 4-2 defeat to hosts Sápmi. [more]



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