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Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Massacre: Lessons for the International Community Book Review

By |2024-03-28T15:39:43-10:00March 28th, 2024|

Book review by Dr. Lumpy Lumbaca In his deeply unsettling yet meticulously researched book, Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday Massacre: Lessons for the International Community, Dr. Rohan Gunaratna peels back the layers of horror that unfolded on Easter Sunday, 2019, in Sri Lanka. Published by Penguin Books, this isn't just a recounting of the attacks; it's a chilling exploration of the radicalization process, a stark warning for the international community, and a poignant reflection on the resilience of the Sri Lankan people. Gunaratna, a recognized expert on counterterrorism, leverages his extensive experience to provide unparalleled access to the attackers' mindset. Through [...]

The Uprising in Sri Lanka

By |2023-03-17T11:51:08-10:00January 3rd, 2023|

By Shyam Tekwani The denouement came with big screaming headlines, “Sri Lanka’s President Flees country on a military jet.” For the youth and women-led ‘Janatha Aragalaya’ (People’s Struggle), like so many in the island nation, the political obituary of the Rajapaksa clan-led government, in a manner so undignified, is seen as the first step in their months-long demand for good governance. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the 73-year-old retired lieutenant colonel, had built his reputation on being efficient and ruthless as de facto head of the military, under his elder brother President Mahinda Rajapaksa, by exterminating the Tamil separatist movement after 26 years of [...]

Update from Sri Lanka

By |2020-06-09T15:40:59-10:00June 9th, 2020|

By Admiral Jayanath Colombage With a total population of 22 million and a land area of 65000 square km, the island of Sri Lanka was monitoring the developing situation regarding the spread of Coronavirus, or Covid -19. The President immediately established a National Action Committee to implement health measures to prevent the spread of deadly Coronavirus in Sri Lanka. This was one of the first in our region and done on January 26, 2020 when the news of the virus spreading in Wuhan in China came to light. These preemptive measures were established well ahead of our region being impacted by the Coronavirus. The Action Committee consisted of the Minister of Health as the chair, secretaries of health, defence [...]

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