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Some Thought-Provoking Words from Colombo

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.01.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Colombo-based journalist Namini Wijedasa has recently penned a clear, thought-provoking piece about the current situation in Sri Lanka and the perform...

Sri Lanka's President Makes More Inappropriate Remarks

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 10.28.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's president, was already having a bad month. Nevertheless, according to The Daily Mirror, Mr. Sirisena is looking to m...

The Troubling Detention of Ruki Fernando

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

On October 1, Sri Lankan human rights activist Ruki Fernando was detained at Bandaranaike International Airport. This is Sri Lanka's principal interna...

Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) 33rd session began on Tuesday and Sri Lanka is on the agenda. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disa...

More Worries Over Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Process

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.02.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

According to a group of Tamil human rights activists, Sri Lanka's incipient transitional justice process is deeply flawed. Several organizations have recently delivered a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon -- who just visited the war-torn island nation.

Sri Lanka's National Security Fearmongers

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.17.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lankan police have recently uncovered ammunition, a suicide vest, and explosives in Chavakachcheri, a town in the country's north. It's widely (an...

Sri Lanka's Port City Project Will Resume

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.13.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka has recently announced that a major development project (that had been suspended since March 2015) will finally resume. The Colombo Port Cit...

Sri Lanka Should Finally Release Tamil Political Prisoners

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The government's continued detention of these individuals is a matter of great concern for the Tamil community; over the past several months, there have been intermittent protests (throughout the historically Tamil Northern and Eastern Provinces) about this matter.

Sri Lanka: Why There's Always a Next Time

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 02.10.2017 | Travel
Taylor Dibbert

Before I know it we're wheels up at Dulles International Airport and I'm looking forward to visiting the Middle East (airport style) yet again. One da...

Did the FBI Kill My Father?

Anthony Colombo | Posted 02.09.2017 | Crime
Anthony Colombo

Forty-five years ago, my father, Joe Colombo, the alleged boss of the "Colombo" crime family, and founder of the Italian-American Civil Rights League, was gunned down among a crowd of thousands in one of the most highly publicized shootings in New York City's history.

Sweating It Out on the Island

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 01.26.2017 | 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 01.10.2017 | 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 12.22.2016 | 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 09.05.2016 | 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 08.26.2016 | 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 08.23.2016 | 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..

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.

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...

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 elect...

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.