Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Thoughts on Sri Lanka’s post-war media

Note prepared for Lasantha Wickremetunge Memorial lecture on  21st September 2013 in Toronto, Canada. For full video of full presentation and the ensuing discussion, click here. ### Over four years after the end of the war, what is it about Sri Lanka that still resists greater freedom of expression? At a recent meeting with members […]

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A review of ‘The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lankan & The Last Days of the Tamil Tigers’

This review was originally written for and published on Groundviews. ### I was elated to take delivery of my copy of The Cage by Gordon Weiss yesterday. Having pre-ordered it off Amazon UK, I fully expected it to be held up by Customs officials in Sri Lanka, given the incendiary issues the book is anchored […]

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A review of The Travelling Circus

The late review is at an advantage, in that it is informed by the published critiques of others and subsequent responses online and in print. In this respect, watching Tracy Holsinger’s The Travelling Circus on the last day of its run was to juxtapose the live performance against reviews that dismissed the production as highfalutin nonsense and […]

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Media in Sri Lanka

For over three years, I have discussed media and conflict resolution at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) in Colombo in classes with high-ranking officers in active service from the intelligence community, Police, Army, Navy and Air Force as well as staff from NGOs, university students and ordinary citizens. My fundamental emphasis in these […]

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A new media

There are three worlds in Sri Lanka defined by Sinhala, Tamil and English media. Consume only Sinhala or Tamil media and the construct of Sri Lanka is framed by lens so deeply ethnicised that ‘Other’ communities often cease to exist. This trend towards the essentially ethnic is particularly evident in heightened conflict – now and […]

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Post-War and Post-LTTE, but not Post-Racial

Six years ago almost to the day, I was in Kathmandu when the Maoists made their first public appearance in seven years. We were travelling to a meeting and did not at first know why or where the sea of red we found ourselves suddenly in the midst of was flowing. On 3rd April 2003, […]

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War on principles

I don’t oppose all wars… What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war… A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Speech by Sen. Barack Obama, delivered on 26 October 2002 at an anti-war rally in Chicago I’m […]

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Eastern “elections”

In the backdrop of a country at war and democracy that’s hostage to the whim and fancy of a President and his coterie of murderous brutes, it’s hard to be even cautiously optimistic about the upcoming elections in the East. For the average voters in the South however, the fact that they are being held […]

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Post-CFA politics, war and peace in Sri Lanka

Sunanda Deshapriya and Sanjana Hattotuwa[1] Article written for Mail Today. It was a bloody New Year. The high profile assassination of an Opposition MP and a bomb explosion in the heart of Colombo are tragic markers of what 2008 holds for Sri Lanka. To add to the drama, the Government of Sri Lanka on the […]

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What we can expect in Sri Lanka in 2008

It is impossible to prophesise political developments in Sri Lanka with any degree of accuracy. For starters, there is little that is logical about party politics and nothing that is principled. From the pathological condition of politicking for short-term and personal gain to random acts of terrorism and responses that change individual and communal fortunes […]

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