James Ross

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Qu'est-il vraiment arrivé aux 17 travailleurs humanitaires assassinés à Sri Lanka?

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:29 AM

L'hommage sur lequel s'ouvre le dernier rapport de l'organisation internationale Action Contre la Faim est bouleversant. Il s'agit de 17 photos en noir et blanc, d'hommes et de femmes d'une vingtaine d'années aux visages lumineux. La plupart sont des travailleurs humanitaires. Ils ont tous été abattus lors...

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Seeking Justice after Sri Lanka's Elections

(12) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 7:09 AM

The decisive re-election of Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday presents the president with a momentous choice. He can continue the Sinhalese nationalist policies that defined his first term, or he can address the serious grievances of the minority Tamil population that lay behind the country's 26-year-long civil war. That turnout...

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A Tamil Tragedy

(5) Comments | Posted July 29, 2009 | 5:02 PM

Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam was slated to be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1999. A renowned constitutional lawyer from Sri Lanka, Neelan was better known to me as a leading Tamil human rights activist who had thrown his hat into the political ring. As a...

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Tigers End Game In Sri Lanka

(19) Comments | Posted May 1, 2009 | 1:09 PM

The last stand of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger insurgents appears to be nearing its horrific end. Reduced to a sandy strip no bigger than New York's Central Park, the Tigers seem intent on fighting to the last man, woman and child. Disastrously, the Sri Lanka army has obliged the Tiger's...

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The US, the UN and My Friend Leah

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2007 | 4:41 PM

It was a typically steamy day in the Mekong Delta in 1994 when I first met Leah Melnick. Thousands of ethnic Vietnamese fleeing violence in Cambodia had been stuck for months in horrendous conditions on small fishing boats on the Cambodia-Vietnam frontier. Leah, a diminutive, 20-something UN official was giving...

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Psychological Torture and the Bush Administration

(11) Comments | Posted August 22, 2007 | 3:47 PM

(New York, August 22, 2007) -- The crystal blue waters and bright, hot day begged for a jump in the surf. But my friend, a refugee from Ethiopia, just wouldn't go near the ocean. "I haven't gone swimming for years," he said, shaking his head sadly, "Ever since the...

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