Breaking Sri Lanka’s Economic Gridlock

The 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...

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 very high expectations from the new president they ...

Torture of Tamils Continues in Sri Lanka

Despite 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 tor...

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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UN Seeks More Accountability For Sri Lankan Civil War

Approval 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 quandar...
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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’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 President Pushes Reconciliation

In 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 th...
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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...