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Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, said Tuesday that his government would not cooperate with the United Nations investigation begun last month into suspected human rig...(full article)

Buddhist fundamentalism seems to be fast spreading its tentacles in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, as newspapers report violent attacks on religious minorities and shrill deman...(full article)

Legitimate concerns exist about alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. But they are unlikely to be helped by the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to launch an investigation ...(full article)

How did Sri Lanka come to chair the recent meeting of the Commonwealth....(full article)

Enchantment and affection will be in short supply at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Sri Lanka's Killing King - Kapil Komireddi, The Daily Beast

Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has tirelessly touted his country as a tropical Eden “full of promise, with an economy poised to take off.” But the message belies...

Sri Lanka's Climate of Fear - New York Times

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had a record of serious human rights violations and failed to provide accountabi...

Sri Lanka's Tragedy - Daily Telegraph

The Sri Lankan government must allow a UN investigation into the fate of the disappeared....

How Not to Win a War - Eric Ellis, The Global Mail

Four years after its brutal victory over Tamil Tiger rebels that ended a 26-year-long civil war, Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-led government is at pains to persuade the world that i...

When Buddhists Turn Nasty - Charu Lata Hogg, The Diplomat

As a religion synonymous with compassion and defined by non-violence, Buddhism has always been seen as a gentle way of life. It is for this reason that developments in Burma and ...

Burma, Philippines & Sri Lanka: Asia's Next Tigers? - Peter Coclanis, WAJ

The Philippines. Sri Lanka. Burma. Each, rightly or wrongly, was a darling of the development community in 1960. Each tanked, but each may soon be appearing on what Jim O’Nei...

Sri Lanka's Squandered Opportunities - Washington Post

Almost Four years ago, the Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a decisive victory in a 26-year-long civil war with rebels from the island's minority Tamil comm...

Island Nations Play China, India - Harsh Pant, Yale Global

China's new ties with Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka sink India’s influence over Indian Ocean....

Unrest Returns to Sri Lanka - Sudha Ramachandran, The Diplomat

Jaffna, the capital of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province and once the bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is once again experiencing unrest....

Why Asia's Insurgencies Are Europe's Shame - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Divide-and-rule European imperialists, favoring one ethnic group and persecuting or neglecting another, or drawing arbitrary lines in the sand or the grass, originally transformed ...

No International Impunity for Sri Lanka - Alan Keenan, CNN

International attention on Sri Lanka has focused recently on a devastating report from the United Nations reviewing its own failure to protect civilians during the humanitarian c...

Sri Lanka Rejoins the World - Sam Baker, Asia Sentinel

The government of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka has probably botched its dealings with the United States, the European Union and the United Nations. Still, the disenchantment with...

Are India-Sri Lanka Relations Deteriorating? - Banyan

ARE relations between India and Sri Lanka falling to bits, as various news outlets have suggested in the past few days? On the face of it, tensions are growing across the Palk Str...

China Breaks Ice on Northern Sea Route - Ravi Velloor, Korea Herald

In April, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Iceland and Sweden - both Arctic Council members. Economic opportunities aside, gripped by a growing sense of siege thanks to the Ameri...

Buddhists Behaving Badly - William McGowan, Foreign Affairs

Militant Buddhism was a driving force behind the 25-year war between the majority Sinhalese (74 percent of the population) and the minority Tamils (18 percent), who were fighting f...

Sri Lanka's Muslims Under Siege? - Joseph Hammond, The Diplomat

The end of the civil war brought hopes that the country could become united. But attacks by radical Buddhists suggest Sri Lanka faces a new challenge to internal harmony....

Ghosts of Sri Lanka Haunts India - M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

  Deep-rooted contradictions are surging to the surface in India's Sri Lanka policy.    The deep bonds of ethnicity, culture, geography and history make India and Sri Lanka ins...

Mrs. Clinton, Leave Sri Lanka Alone - Michael Rubin, Contentions

The civil war in Sri Lanka was both brutal and a human tragedy. The United Nations estimated that the death toll from the Tamil Tigers’ long secession struggle might exceed 100...

South Asia's False Spring - Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

  NEW DELHI – From the armed coup that recently ousted the Maldives’ first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, to the Pakistani Supreme Court’s current effor...

A Way Forward in Sri Lanka - The Hindu

Aside from allaying Tamil apprehensions about the heavy military presence in Jaffna and the rest of the region, the government must plan to hold early provincial elections in the...

Sri Lanka's (Nearly) Forgotten Massacre - Jonathan Kay, National Post

The word "massacre" is thrown around a lot in wartime. But in this case, there is solid evidence behind the charge. This is no Jenin-style pseudomassacre we're talking about....

Sri Lanka Must Account for Civilian Deaths - Gordon Weiss, The Australian

Sri Lanka now smarts under increasingly detailed allegations it says unfairly targets them. It nominates the commission among a lengthy list of agitators supposedly bent on destr...

China-Sri Lanka Ties Worry India - Sudha Ramachandran, Asia Times

BANGALORE - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa would have returned from China a relieved man. The Chinese promised Sri Lanka more investment in ...

Sri Lanka's 'Killing Fields' - Stewart Watters, The Diplomat

In May, the UN Panel of Experts set up to investigate allegations of war crimes during the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 reported ‘credible allegations, whi...

The Revolution - and Its Crimes - Will Be Televised - The Observer

In Sri Lanka, Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere, human rights abuses are being recorded and the evidence is on the internet....

How India Kept Pressure Off Sri Lanka - Nirupama Subramanian, Hindu

In the final stages of the war with the LTTE, New Delhi played all sides but discouraged international attempts to halt the operations....

EU Pushing Sri Lanka Toward China - Madhav Nalapat, The Diplomat

Western pressure on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the defeat of the Tamil Tigers risks creating another Burma....

Sri Lanka's Forgotten Horrors - R. Subendran, National Post

The only hope for long-term peace is to share power with the Tamils, along with the acknowledgment by both sides of their past crimes....

The Politics & Price of Human Smuggling - Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star

No matter how much refugee advocates pretend there isn't a problem - or that it's a miniscule and manageable problem - doing nothing is an invitation to human smugglers to profit ...

Can Sri Lanka Keep the Peace? - Rowan Callick, The Australian

After decades of civil war, it's too soon to say whether Sri Lanka can achieve stability....

How China, India Displaced the West in Sri Lanka - Amantha Perera, Time

Support from China and India was critical during the bloody final three years of the conflict, as the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa faced increasing criticism from Wes...

Will Tigers Return to Sri Lanka? - Ross Tuttle, Foreign Policy

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka -- On a late-summer day, a dozen tractors stopped in front of a Hindu temple just north of Jaffna, the once-future capital of an independent Tamil state. Each veh...

A Power Grab in Sri Lanka - Japan Times

One year ago, Gen. Sarath Fonseka was a hero in Sri Lanka. As head of the army, he played a key role in crushing the Tamil insurgency that had waged civil war against the governm...

The World Must Stop Sri Lanka's Decline - Sonali Samarasinghe, Global Post

Increasing the presidential term hastens a dictatorship....

Why Do Terrorists Blow Themselves Up? - Riaz Hassan, Yale Global

Nine years ago, 19 young Muslims commandeered passenger jets and killed themselves, taking with them 2973 people to the inferno of fire. Since the 9/11 attacks suicide bombings hav...

The Lessons of Sri Lanka - Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review

The true tragedy of the Tamil people -- and of Sri Lanka -- was to see the legitimate cause of the Tamil minority hijacked by the militant extremists of the LTTE....

The Top 5 Most Religious Countries - RealClearWorld

While a handful of controversial stories and figures draw most of the media's attention, a silent majority of the faithful go about their business on a daily basis. Religion cont...

Another 'Pearl' in China's String - Michael Richardson, Japan Times

A newly constructed harbor at Hambantota, near Sri Lanka's southern tip, began filling with water recently in readiness for the first ships in November. The port — which wi...

China and India Compete for Sri Lanka - Harsh Pant, Japan Times

Today, China has displaced Japan as Sri Lanka's major aid donor with an annual aid package of $1 billion....

The Myth of 'Never Again' - Kofi Annan, International Herald Tribune

The time has surely come to ask some hard questions about "traditional" Holocaust education....

A Decisive Mandate in Sri Lanka - The Hindu

The results of post-conflict Sri Lanka's first parliamentary elections are on expected lines. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling United Progressive Freedom Alliance, led by the S...

Suicide Bombings Are Strategic Suicide - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times

Suicide bombers are rarely effective in achieving larger goals. And once the initial shock wears off, the brutality of such attacks rallies public opinion against the perpetrator...

Why Are Chechen Women Dangerous? - Pape, O'Rourke & McDermit, NYT

However much Russia may want to convince the West that this battle is part of a global war on terrorism, the facts about who becomes a Chechen suicide attacker — male or fe...

Sri Lanka's Tragic Triumphalism - Mahir Ali, Dawn

A YEAR ago, as Sri Lanka’s long and agonising civil war entered its endgame phase, there was little indication that the bloody denouement would make way for the healing and r...

Sri Lanka Arrests the Opposition - The Economist

NOT content with trouncing his main opponent, General Sarath Fonseka, in Sri Lanka’s presidential election last month, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had him arrested. Gener...

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