Sri Lanka’s Muslims in the cross hairs

Sri Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist nationalists have opened a new front in their war against the island’s minorities. If for decades it was the island’s Tamils who were the focus of their hostility, it is the Muslims who are in their cross.............

Military meddling in Sri Lanka elections: What will the UN do?

The Sri Lanka Army has said it will vacate camps in the country’s northern Jaffna Peninsula before crucial provincial elections in September. Despite the international publicity the move has attracted, Jaffna’s residents say there is.............

Anti - Muslim violence and Sri Lanka’s recipe for renewed failure

A mistake once committed is rarely repeated by a rational entity.  However such is not the case with the government of Sri Lanka.  It is becoming increasingly obvious that following the 30-year war with the Tamil minority, the.......

Women under LTTE: 'Cannon fodder' or women's liberation?

Standing during peak hour in 2004, on the main road that runs through Kilinochchi, which was the last administrative capital of the LTTE, all visitors experienced a feeling that they are witnessing something very different.............

Sri Lanka government must rein in Buddhist bigotry

One popular view of Buddhism is of a peaceable religion, some of whose devotees sweep brushes in front of them, so that they do not step on and destroy any living creature. Unfortunately there is another, far from placid....

Tamils and Palestinians: Parallel realities of occupation

At the close of 2008, I joined thousands in Toronto to protest Israel’s attack on Gaza, and even spoke at some of the rallies. Like people all over the world, we called for an immediate end to the war. At York University....

Politics of sleepwalking: Stifling the voices of dissent

The virulent attack by a state-run television channel on reputed writer, translator and media activist Gamini Viyangoda on July 14 is another decisive (and derisive) step in the state’s top-priority project to create  obedient....

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