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Tamil Guardian 24 July 2014
Over 1,700 die in most deadly week of Syrian conflict
Over 1,700 people have been killed over the last week as fighting against the Syrian President’s forces intensified.

At least 700 people are have thought to have died over the past 2 days, in the recent escalation of conflict, reports Al-Jazeera.
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Nigeria's Kaduna hit by deadly explosions
The city of Kaduna in Nigeria was hit by two explosions leaving at least 40 people dead, reports the BBC.

The first explosion was targeted at a Islamic cleric Dahiru Bauchi whilst the second was directed at a senior opposition leader, Mugammudu Buhari.

Though no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, government officials believe that Boko-Haram militants are responsible for the attacks.
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
UNHRC agrees to investigate alleged rights violations in Israel offensive on Gaza
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Wednesday, agreed to launch an international inquiry into human rights violations that may have been committed during Israel’s most recent military offensive in Gaza.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, earlier warned that Israel may have committed war crimes in its offensive against Hamas, reports the Guardian.

Speaking at an emergency debate at the UNHRC, Nabi Pillay said,

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes."

Notably, India, who had previously abstained on voting for an international inquiry into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict, voted in favour of an inquiry into Israel’s latest offensive.

Israel’s envoy to the UNHRC, disputed Pillay’s comments and accused Hamas of committing war crimes and stated that Israel was defending its citizens.

“There can be no moral symmetry between a terrorist aggressor and a democracy defending itself,” said Eviatar Manor.

The US Secretary State John Kerry said Wednesday that ‘steps forward’ had been taken in his visit to Israel and Palestine after talking with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Independent investigation needed into possible war crimes in Israel-Gaza conflict says Human Rights chief
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay called for an independent investigation into the killing of civilians during the recent escalation of violence in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," she said this morning during a special session at the UN Human Rights Council.

"Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated," she added.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Nigerian President vows to free kidnapped girls and defeat Boko-Haram
The Nigerian President, in a meeting with parents of the girls kidnapped by Boko-Haram, pledged to do everything possible within his government to secure their release.

Goodluck Jonathan met the parents of the kidnapped girls for the first time on Tuesday, reports the BBC.

"Anyone who gives you the impression that we are aloof and that we are not doing what we are supposed to do to get the girls out is not being truthful. Our commitment is not just to get the girls out, it is also to rout Boko Haram completely from Nigeria," said Jonathan.

Boko Haram has offered to free the girls in exchange for the release of its fighters and relatives held by Nigerian security forces.
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
EU to impose new sanctions on Russia
The European Union foreign police chief, said Tuesday that the EU is preparing to introduce sanctions on more Russian individuals and organisations to pressure Moscow to end its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine, reports the BBC.

“Those directly or indirectly responsible for bringing down this plane must be held accountable and held to justice,” said Catherine Ashton after a meeting of European Foreign Ministers.
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
Al-Jazeera offices in Gaza attacked by Israel's military, international flights suspended to Israel
The Gaza offices of Al-Jazeera were targeted by the Israeli army, reports the Guardian on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera staff who were preparing to broadcast live from a balcony in their building experienced gunfire at their building.

“Two very precise shots were fire straight into our building. We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated,” said Stefanie Dekker of Al-Jazeera.

The Jerusalem Post reports that a spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said no warning shots had been fired but could not confirm or deny whether there had been indirect damage to the building from firing at nearby military targets.

The number of Palestinians killed rose to over 600 as the Israeli military reported a death toll of 27. Over 100 targets were hit in the area of Shujai’ia in the most intense fighting seen to date.

International flights to Israel were suspended today after rockets fired by Hamas fell near Israel’s major airport.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, today pledged £28 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians

Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Britain will vote to leave EU unless there is reform warns Foreign Sec
Britain will vote to leave the European Union if Brussels refuses to offer substantial reform, the new British Foreign Secretary warned.

Phillip Hammond said that an unreformed Europe cannot work for Britain in the future and must change, reports the Telegraph.

"If there is no change at all in the way Europe is governed, no resolution in the challenge of how the Eurozone can succeed and coexist, that is not a Europe that can work for Britain in the future. I have no doubt that Britain gains enormously from being inside the European single market. The British people will want to look at what is on offer and balance the benefits of being in with the benefits of being out,” said the British Foreign Secretary.
Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Boko Haram captures strategic town of Damboa in Nigeria
The Nigerian Boko Haram militants, today gained control over Damboa, a key town in north-eastern Nigeria, reports the BBC.

A leader of a vigilante force defending the town threat fled on Sunday, told foreign press that Boko Haram’s black flag was now flying on Damboa.

At least 40 people were killed when Boko Haram attacked the town over the weekend.

A military spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said that forces were preparing to be deployed into the area.

The military will not “concede any portion of this country” to Boko Haram he added.


Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
UN accuses South Sudan rebels of breaking ceasefire
The United Nations today accused South Sudanese rebels of violating a ceasefire in an attempt to recapture its former headquarters, reports the BBC.

The rebel spokesperson Lul Juang said they launched an offensive in response to several attempts by government forces to arrest their commander.

“The fall of Nasir now paves the way for military resources to be refocused on Poloich Oil Fields, Maban and Malakal,” he added, outlining the rebels’ future plans.

The South Sudanese army spokesperson denied the city had fallen after clashes between the two sides.

The conflict in South Sudan occurred sparked after the former deputy president Riek Machar was accused of plotting a coup against the president Salva Khir.

 
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Silences between the shouts
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  Opinion
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]

Tamil Guardian 18 June 2014
‘Australia’s dangerously close relationship with Sri Lanka’

The Australian government’s “dangerously close relationship with Sri Lanka” has put it at odds with its allies and leaves it at risk of violating international human rights obligations, [more]


  Feature
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]

Tamil Guardian 18 July 2014
US should push prosecution of individuals in Sri Lanka - Congressional Caucus hears

The US has the opportunity to prosecute Sri Lankan war criminals and place sanctions on Sri Lanka, [more]

Tamil Guardian 16 June 2014
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict concludes with declaration

 

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict concluded in London last week, [more]


  Culture & Community
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]

Tamil Guardian 03 June 2014
Heavy defeat for Tamil Eelam against current world champions Kurdistan
The Tamil Eelam football team suffered a heavy 9-0 defeat today, at the hands of VIVA World Cup holders Kurdistan, at the 2014 World Football Cup in Sweden. [more]



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