Sri Lanka

Hope Fades for Sri Lankan Justice for Rajapaksa

The 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 v...

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 i...
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Sri Lanka’s Former President Still a Threat

Although 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 ...
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Sri Lanka Puts Rajapaksa in his Place

Sri Lanka can breathe a collective sigh of relief with the defeat of the United People’s Freedom Alliance in parliamentary elections held August 17.  The election was simply a referendum on former strongman Ma...
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Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Seeks a Comeback

After 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 ...
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Sri Lanka’s Political Earthquake Continues

The political upheaval that began in January with the election of new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, an unassuming 64-year-old technocrat, continues to shake up a country on many fronts that had lit...
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New Sri Lankan Government Solidifies Reforms

The 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 Alexandri...
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Electoral Earthquake in Sri Lanka

With the fog having cleared away from Sri Lanka’s Jan. 9 election, there is cautious optimism that the country, devastated by one of the longest and bitterest ethnic conflicts in history followed by a thuggish ...
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Sri Lanka Once Again on the Brink

Fears are growing in Sri Lanka that communal violence will break out again following the worst clashes in five years, leaving at least two dead and over 80 injured. On 15 June clashes between Muslim community m...