May 19, 2009
The Sri Lankan government has beheaded the Tamil Tiger separatist insurgency, claiming victory in a quarter-century war that claimed upward of 70,000 lives -- more than 7,000 since January alone. This was a brutal rebel force that deployed suicide bombers, assassinated scores of politicians -- including former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi -- and forcibly recruited child soldiers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1993
In response to " 'Affirmative Action' Gone Awry," by William McGowan, Commentary, May 13: I am much obliged for your article and emphasizing the real reasons behind the current problems in Sri Lanka. Thank you highlighting the quota system that was instituted in Sri Lanka to admit Sinhalese students over more qualified Tamils, which was indeed one of the major turning points. As McGowan mentioned, Sri Lanka's nightmare should be a warning to any multiethnic society, including our own. NANDA SENATHI Los Angeles
February 21, 2009 |
The number of civilian deaths in Sri Lanka has risen sharply in the last month, Human Rights Watch said Friday, calling on both sides in the protracted civil war to stop firing at civilians or shelling areas where they are concentrated. The government has been battling the Tamil Tiger rebel group, which wants a homeland for the Tamil minority, for the last 25 years. In recent weeks the army has stepped up its offensive, boxing in the rebels in a smaller area in the north.
May 23, 2009 |
Sri Lanka's victory this week after a 25-year battle against the Tamil Tiger rebels represents a rare success story for governments fighting insurgencies. Even as leaders in Colombo, the capital, declared a national holiday and citizens danced in the streets, military planners and analysts around the world began scrutinizing the war for lessons on how to fight Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups.
May 20, 2009 |
Sri Lanka has won its quarter-century civil war against the rebel Tamil Tigers at a cost of billions of dollars, a crippled economy and more than 70,000 lives. A central question now facing the bloodied island nation is whether it can win the peace by sparking reconciliation between its majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil ethnic populations, healing a rift that has seeped into almost every corner of society.
February 10, 2009 |
A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up in northern Sri Lanka on Monday at a processing center for displaced residents fleeing the war zone, killing 28 people and wounding dozens, the military said. The attack in Vishwamadu comes as the rebel group -- which experts say pioneered the use of suicide vests as part of its three-decade fight for a Tamil homeland -- finds itself encircled and increasingly desperate.