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Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

In his 2009 paper entitled, Kattankudy in Eastern Sri Lanka: A Mullah-Merchant Urban Complex Caught between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalisms Dr.Ameer Ali had traced the history of the town and come to the ominous conclusion that Islamic radicalism which was being nurtured there, could pose …

OIC countries seek pro-active measures

OIC countries seek pro-active measures

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Wednesday to seek pro-active measures to ensure the safety and security of Muslims in Sri Lanka. The meetings took place in …

Facebook adds new limits to address hate speech

Facebook adds new limits to address hate speech

As Facebook grapples with the spread of hate speech on its platform, it is introducing changes that limit the spread of messages in two countries where it has come under fire in recent years: Sri Lanka and Myanmar. In a blog post on Thursday evening, …

Government has  abandoned a new Constitution.

Government has abandoned a new Constitution.

Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate(CTED) Ms Michele Coninsx met with the leader of the Tamil National Alliance Mr Sampanthan in Colombo Yesterday (8th June 2019). Highlighting the importance of the implementation of the United Nations …

The Charges sound silly but…

The Charges sound silly but…

The charges sound silly but the consequences are not. One Muslim lady’s crime was to wear a shirt printed with a ship’s helm. Her accusers said it looked like the wheel of dharma, so she must be mocking Buddhism, the religion of the majority A …

UK will continue to press for further progress

UK will continue to press for further progress

The British Foreign Office released the 2018 Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights report on 05 June 2019. The report said that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka was mixed in 2018. Key concerns included increased inter-communal tensions, the slow delivery of key reconciliation …

Asia should brace itself for more IS terrorist attacks

Asia should brace itself for more IS terrorist attacks

The world appears to be witnessing a new phase in Islamic State’s global war which began in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Shortly after the deadly coordinated terrorist attacks by an IS-claimed cell, an IS media outlet released a video of the group’s elusive leader, …

Sri Lanka And Terrorism

Sri Lanka And Terrorism

The massive ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) attack against Christians in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, just south of India) on April 21st came as a shock to most people worldwide, and especially in Sri Lanka, where Moslems are a prosperous minority (9.5 …

Swept aside

Swept aside

The enormity of Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings was pretty clear by the end April 21. At least 250 lives had been lost and the island was jolted into realising that its relative post-war peace was far from secure. Over a month since, as Sri Lankans …

Blasts widen communal divide

Blasts widen communal divide

The motive of the nine Sri Lankan Muslim suicide bombers, who attacked four hotels and three churches on April 21, might have been to punish the Western powers and their religion Christianity for the atrocities being perpetrated against Muslims in the Middle East. But what the …