21 Jan 2020

Sri Lanka civil war: Rajapaksa says thousands missing are dead

For the first time, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa acknowledged that roughly 20,000 people who disappeared during the country’s civil war are dead. The remark was made during a meeting with the UN in the capital, Colombo. Rajapaksa ‘s office stated that steps to issue death certificates for those formally

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18 Nov 2019

Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president of Sri Lanka on Sunday, amid concerns over election security. For the majority population of Sinhalese Buddhists, Rajapaksa is well-positioned to take on the task of defeating enemies such as those responsible for the horrific Easter Sunday attacks earlier this year. However, he is accused

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24 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka Bombings Claimed by ISIS, and President Vows Shakeup

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings in Sri Lankan churches and hotels that killed over 350 people on Easter Sunday, more than in any other ISIS attack outside of Iraq and Syria. The terror group also released a video that allegedly shows the perpetrators of the attack

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22 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka suspects international terror link to Easter Sunday atrocities

On Easter Sunday, at least 290 people were killed and over 500 wounded in 8 explosions in churches and hotels in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. At least some of the attacks were suicide bombings. The government admitted that it received various warnings days before the attacks took

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12 Jul 2018

Sri Lanka seeks to “replicate the success” of the ongoing drug war in the Philippines

4 local government officials have been killed in the Philippines in one week, raising the number of mayors and vice-mayors killed during Philippine’s war on drugs to 16. The death toll among citizens has surpassed 12,000 since the campaign began in mid-2016, according to Human Rights Watch. Recently, the Sri-Lanka

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29 Jun 2018

China’s “debt trap” in Sri Lanka and beyond

China’s financial practices in Sri Lanka have created a deteriorating debt balance approaching 100% of GDP. Along with Sri Lanka, eight other nations are projected to fall into a “vulnerable” debt situation with China, according to the Center for Global Development, through Belt and Road Initiative investment debts. These countries

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