July 7, 2005
Despite decades of ethnic terrorism, Sri Lanka has managed to remain a democracy, a beacon to other South Asian nations trying to advance from dictatorship to representative government. Attacks on police, soldiers and civilians have rocked its foundations, but the December tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka offered the hope of forging at least a temporary unity between the government and rebel terrorists. The hope was in vain.
November 17, 2003
Stable democracies are not known for coups d'etat, but the president of the strange hybrid government in the South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka engineered the next-closest thing this month. The maneuvering would have been worthy of comic opera were it not for its threat to derail a peace process aimed at ending a 20-year civil war that has killed more than 60,000 people.
June 19, 1985 |
Under pressure from neighboring India, the five largest Tamil separatist guerrilla groups and the government of this island nation have agreed to a "cessation of violence" as a prelude to political negotiations, Sri Lanka's national security minister said Tuesday. If the truce holds up, it will be a significant foreign policy achievement for Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who has been trying for several months to resolve the bloody conflict on this island, which used to be known as Ceylon.
February 20, 2013 |
Facing continued pressure over alleged wartime abuses, Sri Lankan officials rejected renewed accusations that a 12-year-old boy was executed in the final throes of its bloody civil war. Questions surrounding the death of Balachandran Prabhakaran, the young son of the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, were stirred up again by photographs from an upcoming film, "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka. " The documentary, slated to screen next month at a Geneva human rights film festival, includes photos purporting to show the boy being held by the military shortly before his death.
February 4, 2009 |
The United Nations said today that cluster bombs had hit the last functioning hospital in Sri Lanka's northern war zone and that 52 civilians had been killed in the region in the previous 24 hours. On Tuesday, the United States, European Union, Japan and Norway urged the Tamil Tiger rebels to consider surrendering to avoid more deaths. It was the first time cluster bombs were known to have been used in the government's push to defeat the rebels since the collapse of a cease-fire in 2006.
December 16, 2002
The suicide bombings and assassinations that have plagued Sri Lanka for nearly two decades have so poisoned the air that neutral locations are needed to discuss how to stop the killing. Norway has played a key role in mediating between the Tamil terrorists and the Sri Lankan government, and Oslo was chosen for talks this month that centered on how to maintain the cease-fire that has worked well for a year.
March 7, 2010
AFRICA Presentation Adventure photographer TJ Korst will present a video, "Don't Forget the Sunsets," about West Africa, including visits to a Benin village and Timbuktu and a boat trip on the Niger. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220 or email@example.com SRI LANKA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island."
December 20, 1990 |
In this island nation, hot curries are what most Sri Lankans eat throughout the year. But Christmas is different. That's when roast turkey with stuffing and fruit-laden steamed puddings hit the table. These dishes, accompanied by a salad, vegetables and dinner rolls, appear in upper-middle-class homes, whether Christian or not (Sri Lanka is 70% Buddhist). Turkeys are shipped in from the United States, but the pudding is English in origin.
May 3, 2009 |
Sri Lankan forces shelled a makeshift hospital in the war zone Saturday, killing 64 civilians despite a pledge to stop using heavy weapons in its battle with the Tamil Tigers, a rebel-linked website said. A health official in the war zone confirmed that the hospital was hit twice by artillery through the day, but said he did not know who was responsible. The military denied launching the attack.
March 4, 2009 |
A deadly gun and grenade attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team Tuesday, staged in broad daylight on a busy street in Lahore, delivered a powerful blow to Pakistan's national pride and threatened to further undermine the fragile political stability of a nation under increasing pressure from the United States to crack down on terrorism. The assault left eight people dead, six of them policemen, and half a dozen Sri Lankan players, a coach and an umpire injured.