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Report: Political instability on the rise

Report: Political instability on the rise

    Growing levels of conflict, terrorism, and the toppling of regimes in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as political violence in East Africa, are driving a rise in political instability worldwide, according to research by UK risk analysis firm, Maplecroft released …

S. African Rugby Hero Reflects on Unlikely Friendship with Mandela

S. African Rugby Hero Reflects on Unlikely Friendship with Mandela

   In 1995, South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup tournament.  It was just a year after the country’s first democratic elections, the first time black people had been allowed to vote after decades of white minority rule. But South Africa then was even more …

Robbing the victory of Sri Lanka through Commissions

Robbing the victory of Sri Lanka through Commissions

   When the country has allocated Rs.59million to send its delegation to Geneva in March 2013 to defend the country against mounting human rights allegations the simple question is why has it been so difficult to defend the country against terrorists – banned by the …

Hijacked justice? Truth and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Hijacked justice? Truth and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    As the dust settles on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo, the press has reported that Sri Lanka may be considering the establishment of a South Africa style Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the assistance of the Commonwealth and South African …

Sri Lanka’s twin challenges

Sri Lanka’s twin challenges

    Many in Sri Lanka had hoped that the arrival of world leaders for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo recently would have signalled the triumphant re-emergence of Sri Lanka on the world stage, having cast off doubts about war crimes committed …

Global Terror Threat: LTTE fundraising in Australia

Global Terror Threat: LTTE fundraising in Australia

  Why have 32 countries banned the LTTE and continue to do so even after its demise in 2009? Obviously its intelligence feels there is sufficient threat to maintain the ban overseas. A ban becomes meaningful only if these countries enforce local laws to ensure …

‘Tamil Diaspora’ Tag Can Cut Many Ways

‘Tamil Diaspora’ Tag Can Cut Many Ways

      By N Sathiya Moorthy The ‘Tamil Nadu factor’ in the Centre’s Sri Lanka policy, aided and possibly abetted by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora inputs and resources, may have flagged a discourse on ‘multiple identities’ in contemporary Indian context. Given the increasing …

The Hypocrisy of the UN’s Human Rights Council

The Hypocrisy of the UN’s Human Rights Council

    It’s time to disband the United Nation Human Rights Council. Just look at the latest appointees to the council, whose job is to promote universal respect and protection for human rights around the world. This month, Russia, China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia were elected …

Forbes Asia: The 6 Richest Sri Lankans

Forbes Asia: The 6 Richest Sri Lankans

    By Jon Springer Dhammika Perera didn’t become one of Sri Lanka’s richest people by luck. It was actually by design. Back in 1999, when he was 32, he …

A Child Of War Speaks Her Mind To The Commonwealth

A Child Of War Speaks Her Mind To The Commonwealth

   Text of presentation delivered by Salma Yusuf at 9th Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013 at the Magam Ruhunupura International Convention Centre, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Your Excellencies, Respected dignitaries, distinguished panelists, eminent delegates, observers, ladies and gentlemen, It is indeed an honour to be addressing emerging …