On the first listen Matangi, is like one of those books that you wanna stay up and read. With Matangi M.I.A. is the tenured cool professor, doling out lessons and earworms.
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.
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.
While the many accomplishments of women and girls, so far, need to be celebrated, it is also necessary to persist with addressing the many remaining challenges, both in developed and in developing countries. Inequality in opportunity for women and girls persists, even in parts of the world which are considered to be developed.
I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union (WU) at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO H...
While foreign-born "natives" imagine India with grand religious tradition or Bollywood songs, to people in places like Sri Lanka, India is a neighborhood bully -- an interfering sibling at best and a manipulative oppressor at worst.
In 2009, the civil war in Sri Lanka ended with the Tamil Tigers admitting defeat. While tourism to the island has been growing rapidly since then, it is still a relatively new trend, which is precisely why musician Luke Temple opted to visit the South-Asian nation.
Here is my virtual road map, through objects I have collected from traveling to the ends of the earth and back. What inspires you to travel? What have you collected to save the memories?
Sri Lanka serves as a powerful example of what can come when two peoples share the same territory and yet possess different religions, cultures, and languages.
News should not come from a handful of journalists who supposedly know what you need to know; it should percolate up through email and social-media channels into tablets and handheld devices and into the public discourse.
The story of Khuram Shaikh was awful but not unheard of. People go away and never come back. They get in terrible accidents; they are caught up in senseless crimes. What usually does not happen is that everyone knows who is responsible, and no one is convicted.
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's tea-producing region is not only vastly different from anywhere else in the country, but is one of the most mysterious, awe-inspiring landscapes I've ever seen.
Whether you're looking to discover the Tokyo of Bill Murray's Lost in Translation, or the explosive battle scene of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Asia has set the scene for some of film's most epic adventures.
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.
On Mother's Day -- and every day -- I am reminded of how important it is to listen to mothers in the developing world, share their stories and be a partner in their struggle for human rights