West Enables China’s Suffocating Embrace of the Sri Lankan Economy

West Enables China’s Suffocating Embrace of the Sri Lankan EconomyWith Sri Lanka still emerging from the ruins of a 26 year civil war that ended in 2009, the government in Colombo is once again turning to China as the only option at its disposal to modernize the economy by introducing sweeping infrastructural development projects. The story of the Sri Lankan capital’s hopes to transform…

Breaking Sri Lanka’s Economic Gridlock

Breaking Sri Lanka’s Economic GridlockThe Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package. Despite growing signs…

Hope Fades for Sri Lankan Justice for Rajapaksa

Hope Fades for Sri Lankan Justice for RajapaksaThe election of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s last January to presidency gave rise to hopes for all sections of the island nation, especially the Tamils and Muslims as major minorities who had very high expectations from the new president they happily elected. Elections in January when Sirisena defeated the increasingly authoritarian Mahinda Rajapaksa in…

Torture of Tamils Continues in Sri Lanka

Torture of Tamils Continues in Sri LankaDespite generally high marks for its attempts at reconciliation by the Sirisena government in Sri Lanka from one of the world’s longest and bitterest civil wars, Tamil citizens continue to be abducted and tortured by security forces, according to a new report by the International Truth and Justice Project. The report details the suffering of 20…

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Headed for War Crimes Tribunal?

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Headed for War Crimes Tribunal?Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, apparently fearing punishment for his alleged role in war crimes against ethnic Tamils during the 26-year-old civil war that ended in 2009, said he opposes the international war crimes apparatus created by the United Nations and urged all parties in the island nation to oppose the passage of new…

UN Seeks More Accountability For Sri Lankan Civil War

UN Seeks More Accountability For Sri Lankan Civil WarApproval by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Oct. 1 of a resolution aimed at increasing accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of its bitter civil war now leaves the 10-month-old government in Colombo with a quandary over how to put to rest the decades-long conflict. Sri Lankan President…

Sri Lanka’s Former President Still a Threat

Sri Lanka’s Former President Still a ThreatAlthough support for former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is waning, as exemplified by parliamentary elections on Aug. 17, he remains a significant force and reform president Maithripala Sirisena must play his cards carefully to remain viable, according to a new report by the Hong Kong-based Asianomics Ltd. financial advisory firm. In political terms, the…

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Seeks a Comeback

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Seeks a ComebackAfter an unexpected defeat in January’s presidential elections, ex-President Mahinda Rakapaksa, who ruled Sri Lanka for over nine years, is seeking a comeback. Often criticized in the West for alleged human rights abuses during Sri Lanka’s protracted civil war against the Tamil Tigers, which came to a close in May 2009 after more than 25…

Sri Lanka’s President Pushes Reconciliation

Sri Lanka’s President Pushes ReconciliationIn a continuing and dramatic departure from the decades of oppression and civil war that devastated Sri Lanka, the country’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, has vowed to pursue reconciliation efforts with Sri Lanka's benighted Tamil minority, tens of thousands of whom were exterminated by the Sinhalese-majority government during and after the end of the conflict.…

New Sri Lankan Government Solidifies Reforms

New Sri Lankan Government Solidifies ReformsThe electoral ouster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Jan. 8 appears to be a refreshing and ultimately hugely significant moment of destiny for what what Cosmas Indicopleustes, a seafaring Alexandrian monk, once called "this great island in the ocean." A new, smaller cabinet is being assembled, and with it, hopefully, a political will…
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