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Sri Lanka Drills for Oil

Sri Lanka, battered by four decades of Tamil separatist violence that ended a year ago, appears finally able to begin to exploit its sizable domestic oil and gas sources and reduce its crippling depend...
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Waiting for the Jaffna train

Ceylon/Lanka is our respected motherland A good land endowed with environmental benefits A Land where precious gemstones and beautiful sceneries cover our minds When we pronounce the word Jaffna the tas...
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Sri Lanka’s Diaspora Won’t Give Up

With the grim civil war that wracked Sri Lanka finally over after 26 years, and with the Tamil minority seeking to pick up their lives after their rebellion was crushed mercilessly, only one group appears determined to continue the fight, and that is a lar...
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Sri Lanka’s Tragic Missing

More journalists have gone missing in a country that is becoming notorious for missing journalists. Missing along with them is Sarath Fonseka, the popular former military commander who dared to challenged...
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Violence Isn’t Slowing in Sri Lanka

Despite promises by the Sri Lankan government to ease curbs on civil rights and a new era of reconciliation following its defeat of the Tamil Tigers, human rights and press freedom organizations say littl...
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A Boatload of Money

The saga of the 255 Sri Lankans stuck on a boat in the Indonesian port of Merak last week involves at least five countries: Sri Lanka, where they came from; Australia, where they said they were going; and Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia where the people-...
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The Sad Detritus of the Sri Lankan Civil War

As the international community observed the United Nations International Day of the Disappeared on August 30, four police officials in Sri Lanka were jailed for their part in disappearances. Former S...
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Can Sri Lanka’s Civil Society Be Rebuilt?

With the rebel Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran finally dead and the military declaring total victory after 26 years of war, Sri Lanka's traumatized citizens are hoping that their society ca...
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Death of a Journalist

On January 8, Lasantha Wicrematunge, the editor in chief of the Sunday Leader newspaper in Sri Lanka, was shot in the head and murdered by an assailant on his way to his office. Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapakse has sworn to find the murderer. Give...
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Tigers No More

The Tamil Tigers are on the run. Their ‘capital’ Kilinochchi has fallen to the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Eelam, their self-declared homeland in the island’s northeast, is doin...