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Mahinda Rajapaksa

Regime Change in Sri Lanka

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Asoka Bandarage

Local and international print media continue to bring charges against the former Rajapaksa government, but overlook the dangers posed by the current Sri Lankan regime to the rule of law, democracy and freedom of expression.

Getting Real about Rights and Justice in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

With a transfer of power in Sri Lanka, a complicated situation has become even more complex and the tension between geopolitics and human rights or justice is not a zero-sum game.

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.

A New Age for Sri Lanka?

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Akshan deAlwis

It's difficult to describe just how shocking it is that Maithripala Sirisena, not Mahinda Rajapaksa, is the seventh president of Sri Lanka.

Sirisena Sworn In As Sri Lanka's New President After Stunning Election Upset

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 03.11.2015 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was sworn into office Friday and vowed to curtail the powers amassed by his ...

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa Concedes Defeat In Presidential Election

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 03.10.2015 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in his bid for a third term in office, his spokesman said Frida...

Sri Lanka Election Puts President In Fierce And Pivotal Contest

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in his bid for a third term in office, his spokesman said Frida...

Can International Intervention Assist Domestic Reconciliation?

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Dinouk Colombage

The adoption of the third U.S.-sponsored resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka will now result in an international investigation being carried out in to the conduct of the civil war in the country.

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.

Sri Lanka Must Tackle Resolution Head On

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Time is clearly running out for the Sri Lankan government, the international community has shown that their patience is wearing thin.

Credible Sri Lankan War Crimes Investigation on the Horizon

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Karunyan Arulanantham

As the last four years have shown, repeated pronouncements by U.S. and numerous other officials recommending that Sri Lanka take proper action have done nothing to bring even the slightest measure of justice for the horrific crimes of 2009.

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.

What U.S. Businesses Must Consider In Sri Lanka

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business
Karunyan Arulanantham

U.S. businesses, primarily apparel brands that import Sri Lankan-made goods to the United States, must begin to act in a more socially responsible and thoughtful manner if they want to be regarded as good corporate citizens.

Two Years After Civil War, Sri Lanka Is Far From True Peace: Think Tank

AP | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's postwar policies are a hindrance to reconciliation between the country's embittered ethnic communities, two years af...

The Problem With Karma: Notes From The Conflict In Sri Lanka

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Faith that karma will mete out punishment with mathematical certainty may work against the potential for remorse, regret or reconciliation.

The S Word: South Sudan and Secession

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

A nation is like a marriage, or so Lenin imagined it to be, with each partner or province having a right to get out if things go horribly wrong. With so many post-Cold War precedents, you'd think secession wouldn't be dirty word today.

America, Sri Lanka, and the Future of Democracy in Asia

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

While a narrow view of what constitutes democratic government has periodically impeded U.S. foreign relations, particularly in Asia and the Middle Eas...

Sri Lanka's Opposition Party Crumbles in Public

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

The ongoing internal conflict within the main opposition United National Party (UNP) is now unfolding in public, with independent statements, accusations and denials highlighting the party's fragmentation.

The End of Term Limits Means the Decline of Democracy in Sri Lanka

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

The 18th Amendment will fundamentally transform Sri Lanka's political system; Its effect will be to remove vital checks on Executive power and further undermine Sri Lanka's democracy.

Treading Water in Sri Lanka

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

The aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war presents significant implications for the international community concerning counterinsurgency, terrorism and refugee flows.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wins Sri Lankan Election

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has won Sri Lanka's first postwar parliamentary elections further consolidat...

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President, Dissolves Parliament

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's president dissolved parliament Tuesday to make way for spring elections a day after authorities arrested a key ...

Seeking Justice after Sri Lanka's Elections

James Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Ross

Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election gives him a choice between continued nationalism versus addressing the serious grievances of the minority Tamil population that lay behind the country's civil war.

Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's President Wins Decisive Reelection

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI and KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa swept to a second term in office, but his chief rival vowed to challenge the results...