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A $200 cup of tea

A $200 cup of tea

It’s no secret that the British are very serious about their tea.Now a London hotel has taken this dedication to new heights by offering what’s been dubbed the UK’s most …

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 …

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 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 …

Avoiding Sri Lanka’s next civil war

Avoiding Sri Lanka’s next civil war

18 May 2019 was a doubly significant day in Sri Lanka. Not only did it mark the ten-year anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, it was also …

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 …

Understanding the Easter 2019 Attacks

Understanding the Easter 2019 Attacks

Abstract: Over the course of Easter Sunday 2019, eight bombs went off in popular hotels and historical churches across Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka; other coastal cities in the west; and towns in the east of the country, killing hundreds. The Islamic State-claimed attack …