The Lanka Academic

MAY 19, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 43


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IMF team visits war-torn Northern Province of Sri Lanka
PTI, May 19. May 19 (PTI) The IMF, which is providing financial assistance to Sri Lanka in post-war rebuilding efforts, sent a high-level team of officials to Jaffna to discuss rehabilitation efforts and estimate the financial requirements needed for the crucial development.

Sri Lanka has so far received two tranches of the SBA loan totalling $658.8 million and discussions are on for the third instalment of $320 million.

The mission was led by Brian Aitken, Mission Chief for Sri Lanka of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 19 22:12:12 EDT 2010

The Sins of Sri Lanka's Great War Victory
time, May 20. The International Crisis Group, an international human rights group based in Brussels, released an alarming report on Tuesday, timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka's civil war. The report, "War Crimes in Sri Lanka," calls for an international inquiry into violations by Sri Lankan security forces, describing several incidents in which civilian targets, including hospitals and humanitarian aid shelters, were shelled.

The group also claims to have evidence suggesting that civilian casualties in the last months of the war were much higher than earlier estimates: "The period of January to May 2009 saw tens of thousands of Tamil civilian men, women, children and the elderly killed, countless more wounded," the report said. The Sri Lankan Army defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, an ethnic Tamil separatist group, after 26 years of conflict. May 18, 2009, marked the official end of the war, when the LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 19 22:15:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

'Prabhakaran’s flawed strategy sealed LTTE fate'
ENS, may 19. COLOMBO: The LTTE chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was thought to be a military genius and invincible by most Sri Lankan and international analysts. Admittedly, he did hold the Sri Lankan state to ransom for three decades, and performed many military feats. But ultimately, he completely failed.

Asked to explain the dramatic turn of events in the course of 2008-2009, Prof.Rohan Gunaratna, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore said that Prabhakaran made two strategic mistakes: One was to transform his guerilla and terrorist outfit into a conventional armed force. The other was to believe that the Sri Lankan state could be militarily defeated.

“Turning the LTTE into a conventional army was the single biggest mistake Prabhakaran had made,” Gunaratna told Express over the phone on Tuesday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 18 21:09:30 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamil killings 'ordered from the top'
Channel 4, May 19. Exclusive: a senior Sri Lankan army commander and frontline soldier tell Channel 4 News that point-blank executions of Tamils at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war were carried out under orders... Back to the top

Bahrain author faces Lanka court today
GDN, May 19. A BAHRAIN-BASED author arrested under Sri Lanka's emergency laws will appear before a court in Colombo today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ethnic divisions still deep and dangerous
Brisbane Times, May 19. The President shows little sign of using his dominant political power to push through serious political reforms, writes Matt Wade... Back to the top

UN warns of Sri Lanka 'donor fatigue'
bbc, May 19. The UN has warned that "donor fatigue" in Sri Lanka has meant that it has received only 24% of the donor funds it needs to help displaced Tamils... Back to the top

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