Monthly Archives: June 2019

Islamic State was initially unaware of Easter attacks

Islamic State was initially unaware of Easter attacks

The Islamic State (IS) may have claimed responsibility for the Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka, but its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was initially not aware of the horrific serial bombings, according to a top official familiar with the probe. The ongoing investigation in Sri …

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, …

Hiding the truth?

Hiding the truth?

The head of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka on Thursday issued a scathing criticism of the government over the Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, decrying a “total lack of interest” in determining why intelligence reports were ignored. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith spoke …

ISIS shift in Strategy may threaten India, Sri Lanka

ISIS shift in Strategy may threaten India, Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka are likely to be under threat with terror group ISIS turning its attention to the Indian Ocean Region in the wake of losses across Syria and Iraq, intelligence reports have warned. Three letters sent by the state intelligence to top Kerala …

Military victory is seen as moral and racial vindication

Military victory is seen as moral and racial vindication

I isolate the following two from an email message I received recently: “The anti-Tamil feeling began in 1949  with the de-citizenizing of Tamils” “In Kandy there was a Mudali by the name of  A. Premadasa whose lorries brought fish from all over the coastal areas …

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 …

US Representatives discuss radical Sinhala nationalism

US Representatives discuss radical Sinhala nationalism

United States Representatives from both main parties discussed the threat of radical Sinhala nationalism in Sri Lanka and the country’s lack of progress on transitional justice during a briefing of the ‘Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka’ held in Washington DC last month.  …

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 …

Significance of Modi’s visits

Significance of Modi’s visits

Thanks to former President Abdulla Yameen’s pro-China policies as also his crackdown on the opposition on the eve of Prime minister Narendra Modi’s March 2015 state visit to the Maldives, not only that visit had to be cancelled at the very last minute but Modi …

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 …

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