The Lanka Academic

MAY 7, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 31


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Sri Lanka risks losing the peace
Australian, May 8. SOON after they killed him, the Sri Lankan government sent text messages to mobile phones across the country heralding the demise of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of militant group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam.

In case anyone missed the point -- or considered his death an elaborate hoax -- footage of Prabhakaran's lifeless body was aired extensively on television. A bright crimson wound on his forehead marked the spot where Prabhakaran's life, and the separatist movement he founded, ended.

These days you have to travel a long way to find Tamils who think Prabhakaran is still alive, although it was a fairly common belief in the immediate aftermath of his death. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 7 22:43:41 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka: Government Proposal Won’t Address War Crimes
HRW, May 7. (New York, May 7, 2010) – The Sri Lankan government's suggestion that a newly announced commission will provide accountability for laws-of-war violations during the armed conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is yet another attempt to deflect an independent international investigation, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take steps to ensure accountability through an independent international investigation into the alleged laws-of-war violations. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 7 22:44:34 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Pack your trunk for a Sri Lankan paradise
Mirror, May 8. Gliding down the Benthara river it’s hard to believe you are in a country ravaged by 25 years of civil war.

As you sit back and watch monitor lizards snaking through the water and electric-blue kingfishers darting between the mangroves, Sri Lanka seems every bit the perfect tropical paradise.

We touched down in Col­­ombo hours after the government declared victory in its violent struggle against the Tamil Tigers and were greeted by jubilation and dancing in the streets. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 7 22:46:08 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene smashes the West Indies' bowlers
Guardian, may 8. The Sri Lankans' batting against West Indies was even more effective than the Australians' had been earlier in the day, though the style in which they went about scoring their runs could hardly have made a starker contrast... Back to the top

Lankan PM tells West to crack down on separatist Tamils
PTI, May 7. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka today asked western countries to crack down on Tamils trying to revive Tiger separatist movement, which was crushed last year... Back to the top

LTTE threat shifted to diplomacy: Peiris
pti, May 7. Colombo, May 7 (PTI) Terming as a "dangerous development" the campaign by pro-Tamil Tiger groups abroad to form a provisional "transnational government," Sri Lanka has said the LTTE threat against it has now shifted to the diplomatic front... Back to the top

Rebuilding Sri Lanka's north Winners and losers
economist, May 7. TRAMPLING weeds underfoot, a group of people bound excitedly into an abandoned cemetery for Tamil Tiger rebels, hack bricks off the once pristine tombs and throw them into a waiting van... Back to the top

False dawn in Sri Lanka?
Expree Buzz, April 06, 2010. The Sinhalese and the Tamils celebrated the New Year on April 14... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to probe alleged wartime rights abuses
AP, May 6. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's government said Thursday it plans to probe alleged human rights abuses during its quarter-century long civil war that killed an estimated 80,000-100,000 people... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ex-army chief vows to expose war crimes
afp, May 6. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Thursday vowed to "expose" any war crimes committed during the end of the country's civil war last year and said he would go "out of his way" to assist with a probe... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fears revival of war crimes charges
afp, May 6. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lankan former army chief Sarath Fonseka could use his new position as an opposition lawmaker to revive calls for an international war crimes investigation, the government said Thursday... Back to the top

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