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Fishing War Heats Up Between Sri Lanka and India

A war over dwindling fishing resources is being fought at the bottom of the Indian subcontinent as poor and desperate Indian fishermen cross into Sri Lankan waters and run into that nation’s unsympathetic navy.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE


Christopher Hitchens on Being Deified

In 1999, the Hitch got on stage at The Moth—a New York City venue dedicated to the art of storytelling—and gave an account of the time his Tamil driver accidentally killed a Sri Lankan, an act that saw Hitchens deified and led him to his reassurance that all tales about divine intervention are false.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Kailapillai Ruthiran

Great Floods Hit Sri Lanka

Massive flooding battering the island nation of Sri Lanka has been described as the worst natural disaster there since the 2004 tsunami, killing at least 27 people and inundating thousands of acres of vital rice fields.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Eranga Jayawardena

Sri Lanka’s Produce Army

Watch out Whole Foods. The Sri Lankan army, having triumphed in its long fight against the rebel Tamil Tigers, has now turned to selling vegetables to the country’s poor at reduced prices to help them through hard times.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Billionaire Arrested for Alleged Insider Trading

Billionaire hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam was arrested Friday and charged  with running the largest hedge fund insider-trading scheme in history. Charged with Rajaratnam, founder of Galleon Group, were executives of several prestigious U.S. companies.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 READ MORE



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20,000 Killed While No One Was Watching

The London Times reports that the final weeks of fighting in Sri Lanka’s civil war claimed more than 20,000 civilian lives, mostly at the hands of government forces. A U.N. official tells the paper the actual figure is “Higher. ... Keep going.” The government kept aid workers and reporters away during a three-week bombardment that ultimately ended the 26-year war.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE



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U.N. Official Calls for Probe of Sri Lanka War Crimes

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said both sides in Sri Lanka’s civil war “grossly disregarded the fundamental principle of the inviolability of civilians.” She has called for an “independent and credible international investigation,” although she’s up against the notoriously impotent U.N. Human Rights Council and a bristling Sri Lankan government.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


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U.N. Denounces ‘Blood Bath’ in Sri Lanka

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband declared themselves appalled  by the “blood bath” that took place over the weekend in Sri Lanka. An estimated 430 civilians—of whom at least 100 were children—have been killed in fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces on the country’s northeastern coast. The question of whether Sri Lanka should receive a loan from the IMF is now on the table. 

Posted on May 11, 2009 READ MORE


Sri Lanka Injuries
wn.com

U.N. Warns of Sri Lankan War Crimes

After an estimated 10,000 civilian deaths or injuries in only two months, the U.N. has called on the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to immediately suspend fighting, suggesting that actions by both parties may constitute violations of international human rights law.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Sri Lanka’s Civil War Takes a Toll

The toll in the recent spate of clashes in the decades-long battle between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government has been officially estimated: 40 civilians are being killed every day, with more than 100 wounded, as artillery shells and gun battles between the two sides devastate the Sri Lankan northeast.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE


Klein Shock Doctrine
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The Truthdig Interview With Naomi Klein

Critics and challengers of Naomi Klein’s work had better take a close look at her latest book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” before launching their attacks. This is one writer whose research and documentation are so exhaustive that would-be detractors will not only find her analysis to be dauntingly watertight, even if they don’t share her views about the unnatural disasters enabled by free-market capitalism, but they might also discover that some of her source material seems strangely familiar.

Transcript available here.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Klein Shock Doctrine
independent.com

The Truthdig Interview With Naomi Klein

Critics and challengers of Naomi Klein’s work had better take a close look at her latest book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” before launching their attacks.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


Sri Lankan Tamil refugees
AP / Eranga Jayawardena

Sri Lankan Disasters, Natural and Man-Made

As the rest of Southeast Asia emerges from the ravages of the tsunami, Sri Lanka, the small island country southeast of India, further deteriorates amid a brutal, decades-long civil war. The head of an international aid agency, just back from the region, reports.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


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