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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...
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Sri Lanka’s crumbling democracy

It is disappointing that Sri Lanka, a country with such a serious democratic deficit, is chairing the Commonwealth for the next two years. All signs indicate Sri Lanka is descending into authoritarianism, and much work is needed if democracy is to be saved. ...
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Survival Sex in Sri Lanka’s Crippled North

Their husbands dead or missing, more women are being forced to turn to survival sex as family breadwinners in Sri Lanka' northern former war zone. According to estimates by local groups working with women to bo...
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Housing Crisis for Sri Lanka’s Tamils

Four years after Sri Lanka's bitter, 26-year civil war ended in 2009, thousands of permanent homes needed for returnees to northern Sri Lanka are not being built because of a lack of donor funding. "Al...
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Sri Lanka’s Ominous Authoritarian Turn

The Mahinda Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka, more than three years after the end of the devastating civil war that paralyzed the country for 22 years, has instituted a virtual reign of terror against not only its defeated Tamil minority but against many of i...
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Sri Lanka Rejoining the World

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 Colombo may be overblown thre...
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A Cautionary Tale on Sri Lankan Refugees

During the final quarter of 2009, a cargo ship called the Jaya Lastari, with 256 Tamil asylum seekers aboard, was impounded off the island of Java by the Indonesian navy. The Tamil asylum-seekers refused to dis...
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Sri Lanka’s Missing Thousands

Three years after the government of Sri Lanka declared an end to decades of civil conflict with separatist rebels, thousands of people are still missing, according to the United Nations and Sri Lankan activists, and more continue to disappear. The Workin...
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Sri Lanka’s Top Media Jobs Still Elude Women

In post-colonial Sri Lanka, women have reached the top in medicine, engineering, banking and business. But while this encouraging trend has spread to family-owned business houses and even small-scale enterprise...