The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China's growing global military presence are overdone.
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.
English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Chamomile -- give me a pot with boiling water, a strainer designed to catch the excess leaves, a cup and a macaron or scone on the side, and I'm set for life.
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.
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.
The attack and subsequent suicide in 2012 of Alem Dechasa-Desisa--an Ethiopian Domestic worker in Lebanon--was a turning point in the consciousness of the Ethiopian and African Diaspora.
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..
Sri Lanka is feast for all senses, whether it comes to nature, architecture, culture, historic sites, culinary experiences, or design.
As India continues to gain its footing on the global stage, it continues to revise the manner in which it approaches bilateral, regional and international relations.
NEW DELHI -- China's ambitions in the South China Sea have extended well into the Indian Ocean, and the prospect of an emerging superpower casting its shadow has roused anxiety in a number of littoral states, which look to India as an alternative security provider.
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.
Green leaves are flickering and peacocks are howling outside my tent. I lie in an enormous bed strewn with flower petals as the night begins to lighten, with a half-moon still in the sky.
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.
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.
Sri Lanka must deal with the deep and languishing divisions created by past human right abuses. A policy of impunity does the opposite and would be a grave mistake. Impunity is pernicious and suggests that atrocities can be condoned. They cannot.
The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.