Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pak Should Not Oppose India’s Role in Afghanistan

Pak Should Not Oppose India’s Role in Afghanistan

The US should make it clear to Pakistan that Indian support for Afghanistan’s stability poses no threat to its interests and should not be disrupted, an expert on South Asia has said. “Whether or not it further alters its planned troop withdrawal, the United States …

US drone attacks in Pakistan kill two al- Qaida leaders

US drone attacks in Pakistan kill two al- Qaida leaders

Pakistan — U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan killed two leaders of al-Qaida’s South Asia branch earlier this year, a spokesman for the militants said Sunday, confirming a major blow to the affiliate only months after its creation. In an audio message, spokesman Usama Mahmood said …

India Using its Economic Clout to Reshape International Relationships

India Using its Economic Clout to Reshape International Relationships

Ever since former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reshaped India’s foreign policy in the 1990s under the so-called ‘Look East’ policy India has strengthened ties with Southeast Asia. The current government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unequivocally said that it is keen to progress …

US, Cuban presidents hold face-to-face talks

US, Cuban presidents hold face-to-face talks

U.S. President Barack Obama, after a highly anticipated meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, said the two countries “are now in a position to move on a path toward the future.” The two met Saturday afternoon on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas …

Hillary Clinton would make ‘an excellent president’

Hillary Clinton would make ‘an excellent president’

Hillary Clinton would make a fine US president, Barack Obama told reporters Saturday, on the eve of the expected launch of her candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nod in 2016. Obama beat Clinton — who is vying to become the first woman president of the …

Sri Lanka, a nation that underwent a remarkable bloodbath

Sri Lanka, a nation that underwent a remarkable bloodbath

Sri Lanka’s A-9 highway connects Kandy in the deep south, site of the holiest Buddhist shrine of the country, with Jaffna, the main urban centre of the north. The A-9 serves as a template for Padma Rao Sundarji in her important attempt to explain what …

Indian Origin Tamils Seek Multi-Member Constituencies

Indian Origin Tamils Seek Multi-Member Constituencies

Since Sri Lanka is seriously thinking of going in for major electoral reforms to replace the present District-wise Proportional Representation System (DPRS) with a mix of the DPRS and the First Past the Post System (FPPS), Indian Origin Tamils (IOTs) have submitted proposals to safeguard …

How Sri Lanka Won the War

How Sri Lanka Won the War

How to win a civil war in a globalized world where insurgents skillfully exploit offshore resources? With most conflicts now being such wars, this is a question many governments are trying to answer. Few succeed, with one major exception being Sri Lanka where, after 25 …

China’s listening post in Indian Ocean

China’s listening post in Indian Ocean

When Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena recently visited China he was literally squeezed by the Chinese leaders not to review the Chinese investments and infrastructure projects in his country and secure Chinese interests. Sirisena had little room to manoeuvre Sri Lanka is in a …

Judge stops government deporting man who worked for Tamil Tigers

Judge stops government deporting man who worked for Tamil Tigers

A federal judge has stopped the government from deporting a Sri Lankan war criminal, ruling the former member of the Tamil Tigers could be at risk if forced to return to his home country. In a ruling released on the Federal Court website Friday, Justice …