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Book Review: Sri Lanka: The New Country

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

I was excited when I discovered Sri Lanka: The New Country online. The book came out recently and -- having covered the country for many years -- seasoned journalist Padma Rao Sundarji seems well-placed to write a longer work on post-war Sri Lanka.

Good Governance in Sri Lanka

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Asoka Bandarage

Human rights, corruption and other charges against the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime have received extensive international media coverage. Yet, there is hardly a word about the massive allegations against the current regime, even the Mahendran affair, despite their seriousness and international linkages.

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..

Book Review: In My Mother's House

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Given that Muslims have frequently been left out of discussions and reflections upon a war that pitted the (mostly ethnic Sinhalese) military against the (almost exclusively Tamil) LTTE, her devotion to Muslim issues and perspectives in general and displacement in particular is refreshing.

What's Next for Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Corruption and coup allegations coupled with the fact that Rajapaksa no longer heads the Sri Lanka Freedom Party makes a comeback very difficult, but ruling it out completely seems premature.

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?

Sri Lankan Government Faces Uphill Battle

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Pressure on the Sri Lankan government continues to mount as they appear not to be pursuing any genuine plan of reconciliation.

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.

An Uncommon Disrespect for Human Rights: Prince Charles, Sri Lanka and the CHOGM

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jack Healey

The island was plagued by considerable violence and horror during the civil war, but instead of learning the inevitability of a political solution to such violence the government ramped up force to unprecedented levels in a push to extinguish the opposition.

30 Years Later, Sri Lanka at a Political Crossroads

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Sri Lanka has paid the highest price to achieve the peace it now enjoys. The inability of politicians to do what has been asked of them by the people has left the country threatening to squander the bloodied peace that was achieved.

Sri Lanka: Forgetting to Remember

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Four years have passed since Sri Lanka's brutal and bloody civil war came to an aggressive end. At the time many rejoiced with the news. It now appears as though reconciliation is playing second fiddle to the growing political intrigue on all sides.

War Tourism: A Moral Dilemma

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

"History is written by the victors" is a phrase that can often be associated to a post-conflict country. As such, nations must be careful when promoting war tourism, ensuring that they do not blur the line dividing facts and propaganda.

Remnants of Sri Lanka's Civil War

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 04.07.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Travelling up to the northern region of Sri Lanka earlier in the month gave me an opportunity to ascertain how far along the rebuilding has progressed. My last visit to Jaffna was back in 2011, in the past two years much had been achieved in the way of developing the infrastructure.

Lessons of Srebrenica: How the 15th Anniversary of Srebenica Can Guide Sri Lanka

Grace Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Grace Williams

Now is the moment when the history of Sri Lanka could change, but in Sri Lanka there are no voices to speak up for what is right, and no space in which the truth can be spoken.

Sri Lankan Rebel Leader's Childhood Home

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anuradha K. Herath

A Tamil politician in Sri Lanka claimed this week that the army has destroyed the childhood home of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Sri Lanka's Defining Moment?

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandeep Gopalan

There are allegations that the media in Sri Lanka has been intimidated through killings, torture, disappearances and detentions. Accurate reporting is the casualty.

Today at the Supreme Court: Can Speech Constitute Terrorism?

Shayana Kadidal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shayana Kadidal

This morning the Supreme Court will hear argument in a case that asks whether political speech - writing an op-ed for, or teaching nonviolent conflict...

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 ...

EPRLF-P Gen. Sec. Sritharan to Diaspora: This is No Joke, Battlefront Not on Toronto Streets

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anuradha K. Herath

"They think the children are poor peoples' sons and daughters," Sritharan said. "The ordinary soldier from the Sinhala south is also from a poor peasant family."

A Tamil Tragedy

James Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Ross

Holding several hundred thousand civilians under lock and key, the government is keeping the survivors of the fighting from telling their stories to the media and human rights groups.

The Saga of Colonel Karuna

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anuradha K. Herath

Humanitarian organizations criticized the Sri Lankan government for collaborating with Karuna, a former rebel alleged to have committed war crimes.

Tamil Tigers To Regroup As Political Body

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The few surviving leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have announced that they are transforming the former Sri Lankan rebel movemen...

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 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.

Securing Peace and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Balakrishnan Rajagopal

The Tamil people need to see concrete improvement in their livelihood and economic security swiftly, in order to begin to trust the Sri Lankan government's intentions.