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China’s Contretemps on Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Issues

China’s Contretemps on Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Issues

    By Col. R. Hariharan At the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Colombo on November 17, Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa is probably a happy man having seen through the prestigious event despite global media focus on Sri Lanka’s alleged …

From Sri Lanka, questions about wars

From Sri Lanka, questions about wars

     The real question in the debate over India’s Sri Lanka policy isn’t whether it is pragmatic or ethical. It goes, instead, to the heart of the ethics of the wars our country fights, and will fight in years to come Florence-on-the-Elbe, they used …

The Commonwealth Summit: the aftermath

The Commonwealth Summit: the aftermath

       The Commonwealth Summit has now ended. It was broadly seen as a complete disaster for both the Commonwealth and Sri Lanka. Only 27 of the 53 invited Heads of Government attended. 23 nations sent lesser representation (Antigua, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Canada, Mauritius, …

Editor of the Daily News says “it was journalism on the far side of the moon.”

Editor of the Daily News says “it was journalism on the far side of the moon.”

     The figures they pluck from the air! Channel 4’s John Snow in the run up to CHOGM interviewed the affable Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, and in his ignoble hurry to trip him up, tripped himself up, with a figure of 12000 disappeared in Sri …

What are the names of the ‘40,000 dead’

What are the names of the ‘40,000 dead’

    There appears to be a scramble among LTTE supporters to compete with each other as to whose guestimates can embarrass the Sri Lankan Government and its Armed Forces. What is preposterous is that the sources for these guestimates come from LTTE sources. Leaving …

My brother Jani

My brother Jani

   Senaka De Fonseka     I am writing to share with you the simple truth: that there can be no winners in human conflict. We are not wired that way. Even if we do what we think is the right thing to do. Even if we …

Tamil civilians killed by LTTE

Tamil civilians killed by LTTE

    Shenali D Waduge When propagandists can project a terrorist organization and a terrorist leader as martyrs and there are people who accept this version despite evidence showing the exact nature of their terror – there is cause for concern. No organization or leader …

Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Summit and the international media

Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Summit and the international media

     In the run up to the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka there is burgeoning media attention on the human rights abuses and suspected war crimes the host nation has tried to conceal. Many hope the attention will keep Sri Lanka accountable and also …

Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

   One of the trends we’ve seen is how, as the word of the NSA’s spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. But where to start? The bad news is: if …

Demonising the enemy to seem self-righteous

Demonising the enemy to seem self-righteous

      The Committee for the Protection of Journalists – CPJ has released a list of 19 ‘journalists’ it claims to have been killed since 1992 in Sri Lanka. CPJ says that 1008 journalists were killed since 1992. It includes 151 in Iraq, 30 …