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Indian Elections and Sri Lanka

Indian Elections and Sri Lanka

 By Susantha Goonatilake                                                     The Indian elections are now on. And they might have repercussions on Sri Lanka. India is …

Head in my hands, Five years after the war

Head in my hands, Five years after the war

By Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy.                                             Five years after the war I often think of how it could have been. A President who, the day …

THE CIA AND THE MEDIA

THE CIA AND THE MEDIA

    In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America’s leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do …

Has Pope Francis Got A Genuine Picture On Sri Lanka?

Has Pope Francis Got A Genuine Picture On Sri Lanka?

   Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda. It is heartening to note, in his statement made after the meeting with the Bishops’ conference of SL, that Pope Francis has drawn attention to the victims of violence and war. Among many words of wisdom found in the statement, I …

Sri Lanka: Terror Interrupted – Analysis

Sri Lanka: Terror Interrupted – Analysis

      Apprehensions of an attempted revival by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) were proven true when, in the early hours of April 11, 2014, a Security Forces (SFs) team launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area off Padaviya …

Why Sri Lanka is Severing Ties Between Tamils at Home and Abroad

Why Sri Lanka is Severing Ties Between Tamils at Home and Abroad

 J. S. Tissainayagam.              Days after the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution calling for an international inquiry into war crimes in Sri …

The problems and aspirations of Malaiha Tamils

The problems and aspirations of Malaiha Tamils

  In the heated debate relating to ethnic conflict between Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese-dominated government, the problems and aspirations of Malaiha Tamils (hill country Tamils of Indian origin) do not find any mention. This subject is of vital importance, because Sri Lankan Tamils, mainly …

How strategic is Sri Lanka?

How strategic is Sri Lanka?

   Five hundred years ago as the Spanish and Portuguese empires were carving up the Western hemisphere into colonial spheres, Europe’s imperial competition in the Indian Ocean was equally intense. …

BBS mayhem at Media briefing

BBS mayhem at Media briefing

  By Latheef Farook.                                                              A small minority of Muslim families were living peacefully for centuries in …

India refuses to rock Sri Lanka’s boat on human rights issues, but for how long?

India refuses to rock Sri Lanka’s boat on human rights issues, but for how long?

    India has managed to negotiate a dangerous curve in its relations with Sri Lanka, a crucial Indian backyard where China and Pakistan have steadily enlarged their strategic footprints in recent years. As the closest neighbor, with thousands of years of relations with Sri …