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China Faces New Competition as Japan, India Eye Sri Lanka Port
China Faces New Competition as Japan, India Eye Sri Lanka Port

India, Japan and Sri Lanka are weighing the development of a terminal at the bustling port of Colombo in a country that’s seen ongoing political controversies related to investments from China’s Belt and Road initiative. The three countries are set to sign a memorandum of understanding in the coming months to build out the east container terminal at the Port of…

Bloomberg - May 21 19:58 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, Japan, China ]

Ethnic and Religious Violence Surges in Sri Lanka
Ethnic and Religious Violence Surges in Sri Lanka

Collective punishment and blame are far too common in the immediate aftermath of ethnically and religiously motivated violence. The ideology of ‘bin Ladenism’ is fueled in large part by a persecution narrative, which reprisal attacks and draconian legislation targeting a religion only serve to reinforce. Groups like the Islamic State are transparent in their…

CipherBrief - May 21 19:56 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, World, SriLanka ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Afghan refugees face Jaffna’s hostility: These Sri Lankans are crazy

    Afghan refugees face Jaffna’s hostility: These Sri Lankans are crazy

    Sadly manyTamils saw it as an effort to bring Muslims to Jaffna because the Sinhalese did not want ‘suchdangerouspeople’ in their midst. Tamils could not see the parallels to 2007 when GotabayaRajapaksa as defence secretary declared Tamils as dangerous terrorists who had to be shipped out of Colombo to save Colombo from bombs. At the time the courts declared such…

    FT - May 21 20:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • One Month Since Easter Sunday, A Pledge From Us To You

    One Month Since Easter Sunday, A Pledge From Us To You

    We will shine the spotlight on as many stories as our resources will permit — from the children whose worlds were thrown off axis by the blasts to the small-time candle vendors outside Kochchikade Church who struggle to rebuild their businesses. We will continue to pass on the mic to those whose narratives need amplification, because we would have failed otherwise.

    Roar - May 21 15:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • After Sri Lanka attacks, anti-Muslim backlash points to new divisions

    After Sri Lanka attacks, anti-Muslim backlash points to new divisions

    Rights groups are warning of an escalation in inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka as Muslim minorities – and hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers perceived to be Muslims – face a growing backlash following April’s Easter Sunday suicide blasts that killed more than 250 people. Sri Lanka’s government declared successive days of overnight curfews this week…

    NewHumanitarian - May 21 15:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka is burning — again

    Sri Lanka is burning — again

    The government then failed to effectively stop the mob attacks. Local residents reported that the mobs roamed freely for hours without an apparent response from government forces. Residents of some towns said some police officers genuinely tried to control the mobs, but were grossly outnumbered: For example, a resident of the town of Kobeigane said that residents…

    Washington Post - May 17 18:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Random Musings

    Random Musings

    So we have lost faith in the government. But the answer is not to replace one problem with another and bigger one. We need a strong leader, but we don’t need someone who brutally eliminates his detractors and enemies. Cleaner roads and a beautiful environment cannot substitute for the freedom of speech, the freedom from fear of harassment for people holding…

    GV - May 13 18:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Mobs attack mosques, Muslim-owned shops and homes in Sri Lanka’s Kurunegala District

    Mobs attack mosques, Muslim-owned shops and homes in Sri Lanka’s Kurunegala District

    Mobs attacked several mosques, torched dozens of shops and homes of Muslims in Kurunegala District, some 100 km north-west of capital Colombo on Monday, in the biggest incident of violence since the April 21 Easter serial bombings. A police curfew, initially imposed in six villages in the district, was later extended to cover the entire island until Tuesday…

    Hindu - May 13 16:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, History, SriLanka ]

  • Westchester woman dies from injuries in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings

    A Katonah woman critically injured in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka died on May 4, according to her obituary. Chelsea Decaminada was on assignment with the Department of Commerce in Sri Lanka when suicide bombers detonated bombs on April 21 in hotels and churches. More than 250 people were killed. "Chelsea was a talented international program…

    LOHUD - May 13 00:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Police impose curfew on Sri Lankan town after mosques attacked

    Police impose curfew on Sri Lankan town after mosques attacked

    Police have imposed a curfew in the Sri Lankan town Chilaw after a dispute between Christians and Muslims, that began on Facebook, turned violent. Mobs threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores on Sunday after residents believed a posting on the social media site was a threat to Christians. Residents in the mainly Christian town 80km north of the capital…

    Al-Jazeera - May 13 00:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • Muslims afraid, resentful as ethnic divide deepens in Sri Lanka

    Muslims afraid, resentful as ethnic divide deepens in Sri Lanka

    In recent years, Buddhist hardliners, led by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”, have stoked hostility against Muslims, saying influences from the Middle East had made Sri Lanka’s Muslims more conservative and isolated. Last year, scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as Buddhist mobs ran amok for three days in Kandy,…

    Reuters - May 10 20:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • After bombings, Sri Lanka is caught between the good and evil of social media

    After bombings, Sri Lanka is caught between the good and evil of social media

    Easter Sunday, a series of coordinated bombings killed hundreds in Sri Lanka. In the tense hours following the attacks, a social media blackout left much of the country barred from major communication channels—Facebook, Viber, WhatsApp—in the interest of “national security.” The ISIS-supported attack marks the most violence the country has faced since its…

    CJR - Apr 30 17:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s President Lifts Ban on Social Media

    Sri Lanka’s President Lifts Ban on Social Media

    Sri Lanka’s president on Tuesday called for the “immediate” lifting of a temporary ban on several social media networks, a clampdown that had been intended to prevent the spread of misinformation after devastating suicide bombings on Easter. The restrictions, which were put into place quickly after attacks at three churches and three high-end hotels killed…

    New York Times - Apr 30 17:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • The big risk after Sri Lanka attacks

    The big risk after Sri Lanka attacks

    One of the greatest risks now is that in its fully justified effort to uproot the organization that carried out Sunday's attacks, the authorities may further spread the seeds of extremism, giving terrorists precisely what they want. Fanatics intent on sparking unrest, on boosting recruitment and weakening the state like nothing more than to see the state make life…

    CNN - Apr 24 12:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan president asks police chief, defense minister to quit following attacks

    Sri Lankan president asks police chief, defense minister to quit following attacks

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the police chief and defense secretary to quit following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 359 people, two sources close to the president said on Wednesday. The sources declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter amid accusations within the government of…

    Reuters - Apr 24 12:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • On a Day of Mourning in Sri Lanka, Religious Tension Builds

    On a Day of Mourning in Sri Lanka, Religious Tension Builds

    “I feel like going and killing those Muslims in a suicide attack,” he said. “My friends and relatives died at the church.” The mood has been jittery. In different parts of Sri Lanka, Muslim-owned shops have been vandalized, and hundreds of Muslim families have begun to flee religiously mixed areas, fearing for their lives. “We would do anything to…

    New York times - Apr 23 19:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • A Scholar of Extremism on How Religious Conflict Shapes Sri Lanka

    A Scholar of Extremism on How Religious Conflict Shapes Sri Lanka

    There is another important component in this, which is that we are going into an election, in December. The Rajapaksa family, which was in power during the last days of the conflict, is trying to get back into power. And I also think the Rajapaksa family will again use this as an argument against the Prime Minister, to say, “This guy is weak on terrorism. This guy…

    New Yorker - Apr 23 19:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Scale of Sri Lankan attacks suggests Isis ‘sub-contracted’ bombings

    Scale of Sri Lankan attacks suggests Isis ‘sub-contracted’ bombings

    But extremists like these would have needed significant assistance to put together such a complex operation. The bombs on Sunday needed thorough reconnaissance of targets, bomb-making skills, safe houses, explosives, vehicles and coordination. Most Islamic extremist attackers in recent years have sought the support of senior militant leaders and often the religious…

    Guardian - Apr 23 19:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Chilling Warning

    Sri Lanka’s Chilling Warning

    The Easter Sunday attacks are symptoms of a spreading regional sickness. Though terrorism is a depressingly familiar feature of modern life, some attacks are so awful they rattle even the most hardened among us. The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed at least 290 people, certainly qualify. First there is the shocking bloodthirstiness…

    Bloomberg - Apr 23 17:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Australians killed in Sri Lanka bombings planned to move back to Australia next year

    Australians killed in Sri Lanka bombings planned to move back to Australia next year

    An Australian woman and her daughter who were killed in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka had planned to move back to Melbourne next year. Australian citizens Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter Alexendria were killed when a bomb exploded in a church in Negombo, north of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. Ms Suriaaratchi's husband, Sudesh…

    ABC - Apr 23 17:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Australia ]

  • Sri Lanka bombings kill 5th-grader from prestigious Sidwell Friends School

    Sri Lanka bombings kill 5th-grader from prestigious Sidwell Friends School

    A fifth-grade student from Washington, D.C., was among the victims of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and injured 375 others. Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, who would have turned 12 in August, was on a leave of absence from Sidwell Friends School to study and live in Sri Lanka, where his mother is originally from. …

    NBC News - Apr 23 17:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Law regarding gender parity in Sri Lanka

    Law regarding gender parity in Sri Lanka

    “A woman shall not be disqualified by reason only of her sex: (a) from being admitted and enrolled, or from practising, as an attorney at law; (b) from being authorized to practise as a notary by a warrant issued under the provisions of the Notaries Ordinance, or from practising or functioning as a notary under the provisions of that ordinance or of any other…

    VantageAsia - May 21 20:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • In Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them

    In Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them

    In the towns hit by violence, both Muslims and Sinhalese said they still felt unsafe, despite the increased presence of armed forces in the region. Jiffriya's Sinhalese neighbour said he feared reprisal attacks, and pointed to the presence of naval officers as evidence of such a threat. Meanwhile, many Muslims said they feared they could be attacked again. In…

    Aljazeera - May 21 15:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • EU issues statement on Sri Lanka’s communal violence

    EU issues statement on Sri Lanka’s communal violence

    The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issuing a joint statement said they were concerned about the recent incidents of communal violence that have occurred following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. Clear leadership as well as the wholesale rejection of hate and violence are of paramount importance, and we encourage the Government to take all appropriate…

    LBO - May 17 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • ACJU calls for responsible social media use by Muslims

    ACJU calls for responsible social media use by Muslims

    Expressing its shock over the incident reported from Chilaw yesterday, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) today called on the Muslim community to exercise caution when posting on social media. A Facebook comment made by a Muslim youth in the area triggered a tense situation, forcing the police to impose curfew in Chilaw till 4am today. The comment in question…

    RN - May 13 18:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew after mosques attacked

    Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew after mosques attacked

    Sri Lankan police fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and shops owned by Muslims on Monday and imposed a nationwide curfew after the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since the Easter bombings by Islamist militants.The militants targeted churches and hotels, most of them in Colombo, killing more than 250 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State and…

    Reuters - May 13 16:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SLMilitary, SriLanka ]

  • Who is to blame? If it’s all about the Muslims, why have a State?

    Who is to blame? If it’s all about the Muslims, why have a State?

    The UNP has no alterative candidate other than Ranil Wickremesinghe. The SLFP always picks its incumbent. And for the newly minted SLPP, the permanent Supreme Leader is Mahinda Rajapaksa, and only another Rajapaksa can be a presidential candidate. Sri Lanka apparently has no alternative but to elect its next President from this short list of deadwood people. The three…

    Island - May 13 00:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Saudi educated trainer of Easter bombing kingpin held in Sri Lanka

    Saudi educated trainer of Easter bombing kingpin held in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahabi Islam on the island’s Muslims. Mohamed Aliyar, 60, is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance (CIG), which boasts a mosque, a…

    Hindu - May 13 00:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • Govt. to find out how Hisbullah’s son got shares worth Rs 500 mn

    Govt. to find out how Hisbullah’s son got shares worth Rs 500 mn

    State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament, yesterday, that the government would hold an investigation to find out how son of Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hisbullah had secured shares amounting to 500 million rupees in the proposed Sharia University in Batticaloa. The University is a gift from Saudi Arabia. President Maithripala Sirisena in…

    Island - May 10 20:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • The lesson from Sri Lanka: Be wary of radical preachers

    The lesson from Sri Lanka: Be wary of radical preachers

    Sometimes, I admit, we fail to appreciate the good work done by the police. Certainly there are corrupt policemen, and officers who abuse their powers; certainly there are officers who are unprofessional and politicised. And certainly the police force can do much more to curb crime. But, on the whole, most of them carry out their duties well enough to keep us safe,…

    Free Malaysia Today - Apr 30 17:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka: Refugees Threatened, Attacked

    Sri Lanka: Refugees Threatened, Attacked

    The Sri Lankan government should take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of South Asian refugees and asylum seekers from violence. Since the April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday bombings by alleged Islamist militants on churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people, angry crowds have threatened and assaulted primarily Muslim South Asian migrants.“Sri Lankan…

    HRW - Apr 30 17:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Scale, sophistication of Sri Lanka attack point to foreign links: U.S. ambassador

    Scale, sophistication of Sri Lanka attack point to foreign links: U.S. ambassador

    Lakshman Kiriella, the leader of parliament, said senior officials had deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks. “Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully ... the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions,” Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, told parliament. He said…

    Reuters - Apr 24 12:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Perfect Storm of Failure

    Sri Lanka’s Perfect Storm of Failure

    There are questions surrounding exactly who sponsored this attack, but the real question is whether it could have been stopped. Although more evidence will emerge over time, the information trickling out paints a damning picture. The attacks were preventable, but compound failures let them happen. Sri Lankan authorities failed to anticipate the threat from Islamist…

    FP - Apr 24 12:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • ISIS claim for Sri Lanka bombings supported by 'some of the evidence,' PM says

    ISIS claim for Sri Lanka bombings supported by \'some of the evidence,\' PM says

    But if nothing else, its boasts about marking the "infidel holiday" of Easter with the six Sri Lankan strikes demonstrates that the group retains ambitions to be the world's foremost terrorist brand, despite losing the last remnants of its caliphate in Iraq and Syria. ISIS has also claimed responsibility for a Sunday attack in Saudi Arabia, in which four men armed…

    CBC - Apr 23 19:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • UNICEF Statement on Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

    UNICEF Statement on Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

    UNICEF is deeply shocked and saddened by the terrible violence directed against families including children, gathered in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday (21st April 2019) across Sri Lanka. We express our deepest sympathy to the victims, families and communities impacted by these brutal attacks. News of how these attacks have affected children and adolescents…

    UNICEF - Apr 23 19:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Mass funerals mark Sri Lanka's day of mourning

    Mass funerals mark Sri Lanka\'s day of mourning

    But amid the grief, there was also growing anger. With reports emerging that Sri Lankan officials had been warned of the risk of attacks on church services and hotels over Easter, Fernando said the government should take responsibility for the tragedy; a view repeated at the many wakes being held in homes along the streets leading to the church."It's their fault,…

    Aljazeera - Apr 23 19:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan PM says more attacks possible in wake of Easter bombings

    Sri Lankan PM says more attacks possible in wake of Easter bombings

    Sri Lanka's prime minister says there is the possibility of more attacks following the weekend Easter bombings that left at least 321 people dead, and warned there are more explosives and militants "out there." Ranil Wickremesinghe said Tuesday at a news conference that he believed the attacks had links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria after the militant…

    CBC - Apr 23 17:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • British reality star: Don’t pray for Christians killed in Sri Lanka

    British reality star: Don’t pray for Christians killed in Sri Lanka

    A British reality TV star sparked outrage by urging people not to send “prayers” to victims of the Sri Lanka terror attacks — instead attacking Christian missionaries in the devastated nation as “cult leaders.” “There is no excuse for terror attacks against innocent people but as a journalist I saw Western Christian missionaries unscrupulpusly [sic]…

    New York Post - Apr 23 17:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka: boy, 8, related to Bangladeshi leader and UK MP, among young victims

    Sri Lanka: boy, 8, related to Bangladeshi leader and UK MP, among young victims

    An eight-year-old relative of the Bangladeshi prime minister was among more than 300 people killed in a wave of coordinated suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, according to reports in the country. Zayan Chowdhury, who was also a relative of British Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, was having breakfast with his father at a hotel in Colombo when a suicide bomber…

    Guardian - Apr 23 17:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

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