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Facebook came along and made things worse

Facebook came along and made things worse

With Sri Lanka under a state of emergency after a spasm of anti-Muslim bloodshed, lawyer Jeevanee Kariyawasam went on Facebook to complain. The company hadn’t blocked users inciting violence, she …

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Former advisor on Muslim issues to the Howard government in Australia, Dr Ameer Ali is a graduate of the University of Ceylon who went on to read for a Master of Philosophy from the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University …

Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka

Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka

Little disturbs the serenity of Guan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, as her statue sits in contemplation at the centre of Mattala Rajapaksa international airport. The last flight from the …

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai:      As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history …

From Denial to Delay

From Denial to Delay

At the ongoing 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore reiterated her concerns over the slow progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. While presenting the High Commissioner’s report on …

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka can be attributed to the spread of ultranationalist Buddhist rhetoric propagated by Buddhist extremist groups which use Buddhism to justify their narrative. The ambivalent nature of religion allows it to be interpreted by its adherents both as a source of …

Crisis can be resolved

Crisis can be resolved

Ethnic dissidence is a worldwide phenomenon and Sri Lanka is no exception to it with her multiplicity of ethnic composition. Within the ethnic frame lies the religious societal subdivisions also with its cognitive diversity impacting on internal political dynamics. Sri Lanka, a nation of immigrants …

Striving for sanity after madness

Striving for sanity after madness

Just over ten days ago Mohammed Lafeel was the proud owner of a shop selling mobile phones and latest phone related gadgets. Wanting to diversify his business, he had also branched into selling antique bric-a-brac and jewelry. The modern and the ancient had existed side …

China is challenging American dominance

China is challenging American dominance

As China grows more powerful, it is displacing decades-old American pre-eminence in parts of Asia. The outlines of the rivalry are defining the future of the continent. Last week, a group of 11 nations signed a trade deal + that had originally been conceived as …

Stop spreading hatred and promoting violence

Stop spreading hatred and promoting violence

Whenever violence is unleashed on ethnic minority communities, political leaders from South almost by rote, hold a small group responsible and reiterate that an overwhelming majority of the majority community …