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Sweating It Out on the Island

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Taylor Dibbert

I'm looking for my driver at the Colombo airport, but don't see him. I wait a few minutes and then realize I need to make a move.

Wash, Rinse and Repeat: Some Travel Ruminations

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 01.11.2016 | Travel
Taylor Dibbert

Getting to Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport in the small hours. Hoping that my luggage is coming. Grabbing my bag. Walking outside. Feeling the warm weather and embracing the chaos outside.

Reconsidering Colombo and Sri Lanka's Political Rollercoaster

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 12.22.2015 | Travel
Taylor Dibbert

I recently read an interesting piece about Colombo. After having read the article, I felt like searching for flights online to purchase a plane tick...

Book Review: The Amazing Racist

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.05.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

The Amazing Racist is Tenduf-La's first novel; he's off to a good start. The author knows how to tell a compelling story that's also accessible and fun. Readers looking for an easy, amusing read are likely to enjoy this one.

Where Are the Most Promising Megacities of Tomorrow?

Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann

While megacities in the more developed world are becoming saturated in terms of population, their counterparts in the emerging markets are really showing progress. Cities including Jakarta, Manila, Karachi and Mexico City are becoming drawcards for young, tech-savvy and mobile adults.

Beyond What the Eyes Can See

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Upon discovering I had been chosen as a short-term observer for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election on August 17, it felt like Christmas had come early. Dallas to Doha to Colombo. And then on to Jaffna for the election!

Book Review: This Divided Island

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Subramanian weaves in numerous details and provides context and insight without being pedantic. This isn't a short book, but he describes the richness of the country as concisely as one could hope to..

Muslims Close Shops To Protest Buddhist Attacks In Sri Lanka

AP | BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Muslims shut their shops in Sri Lanka's capital on Thursday to protest recent attacks by hard-line Buddhists and demand th...

Understanding India's UN Abstention on Sri Lanka

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

In a move that appeared to surprise both Washington and Colombo, however, New Delhi abstained from voting on the UN resolution. What explains New Delhi's decision?

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

Amazing Experiences In Sri Lanka

Kensington Tours | Posted 02.13.2013 | Travel
Kensington Tours

Boasting far more attractions than we can list from jungle safaris, elephant sanctuaries and white water rafting to spiritual temples, sun-drenched beaches and mouthwatering cuisine, this once inaccessible country is quickly climbing its way up every globetrotters' bucket list.

1.5 Carat Meal: Man Swallows Diamond In Sri Lanka

AP | BHARATHA MALLAWARACHCHI | Posted 09.06.2012 | Weird News

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A man visiting a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka's capital swallowed a 1.5 carat diamond in front of the owner and was taken by poli...

Chinese Tourist Accused Of Swallowing $13,600 Diamond At Sri Lanka Fair

Reuters | Ranga Sirilal | Posted 11.05.2012 | Weird News

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police arrested a Chinese tourist suspected of swallowing a diamond worth 1.8 million r...

Sri Lanka Clears Nun Of 'Baby Farm' Allegations

AP | Posted 02.14.2012 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A Sri Lankan court on Thursday cleared a Roman Catholic nun from Mother Teresa's charity who was accused of selling babies ...

Nails, Needles Removed From Abused Sri Lankan Maid

AP | BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Doctors removed 13 nails and five needles from a Sri Lankan maid who says the couple she worked for in Saudi Arabia hammere...

U.N. Ambassador Kohona: Sri Lanka Refugee Situation Improving

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Fourteen years after the civil war in Rwanda, refugees are still living in mud huts.  In Bosnia, following Balkanization, people lacked heat and ...

Dominick (Black Dom) Dionisio, Mob Suspect, Pizza 'Job' At Brooklyn Lucali's A Sham, Feds Say

New York Daily News | John Marzulli | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A reputed gangster is allowed to leave his house every day for a job at the famed Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali's - but prosecutors don't think he's actual...

Italy Hosts Child Soldiers Symposium

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

With the changing nature of armed conflict, the impact of war on children and young people has become more brutal than ever.

In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics.

In Sri Lanka: Explaining the Tamil Tigers

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Sri Lankan government has battled the Tamil Tigers on two fronts for almost three decades: on the battlefield and in the arena of world opinion. No one thought they could win militarily, but they did.

In Sri Lanka: A Look at the Refugee Camp

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Sri Lankan government has moved mountains to accommodate more than a quarter million displaced people since the war ended ten days ago. But they have many more to move.

In Sri Lanka: A U.S. Congressman Gets It

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Congressman Heath Shuler's visit was the first time I have heard an American elected official seem to understand what has transpired here in Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka: On the Streets of Colombo

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Since the defeat of the revolutionary Tamil Tigers, the streets of Columbo, the capital of Sri Lanka, are alive with euphoria.

Sri Lanka: The Last Battle

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Standard wisdom has it that conventional armies can't win guerilla wars. But last week's defeat of the Tamil Tigers shows there are important exceptions to this general rule.

Sri Lanka Triumphant At Last

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

In spite of the slaughter, of using their own people as human shields, of creating the largest, bloodiest hostage drama of modern times, the Tigers have at long last been defeated.