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Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapakse in the Departure Lounge

Paper No. 5834                                        Dated 01-Dec-2014

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David

This piece is premised on the assumption that President Mahinda Rajapakse (Mahinda) may be defeated on 8 January 2015, which is not the same as saying it is a certainty - that is too early to judge since the Maithripala Sirisena (Maithri) challenge needs to prove its endurance.

Sri Lanka: Karuna’s allegations about IPKF’s human rights violations

Paper No. 5819                                  Dated 10-Nov-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

Sri Lanka Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, known as Karuna Amman in his earlier incarnation as LTTE commander of Batticaloa, accused the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) of rape and killings during its war against the LTTE in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 90.

Speaking in Parliament on November 4, he said the IPKF had raped several Tamil women and also killed Tamils and “there is evidence for that.”

Security concerns over Chinese submarines visit to Colombo

Paper No. 5818                                     Dated 10-Nov-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

Chinese Submarines in Sri Lanka

Paper No. 5817                                  Dated 10-Nov-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

The docking of two Chinese submarines in Sri Lanka within a space of two months raises pertinent questions. As any naval expert would agree docking of submarines is essentially different from port-calls or docking by a warship, because a submarine is a stealth weapon.

Sri Lanka: Comments India and the ECJ judgement annulment of the LTTE's inclusion in the EU's list of terrorist organisations

Paper No. 5808                                  Dated 21-Oct-2014

By Col R Hariharan

[Here are answers to e-mail questions raised by a legal analyst on the recent ECJ judgement annulment of the inclusion of the LTTE in EU terrorist organisations list.]

General Court of the European Union PRESS RELEASE No 138/14 Luxembourg, 16 October 2014 Judgment in Joined Cases T-208/11 and T-508/11  Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) v Council

Sri Lanka: Comments on military presence in Northern Province

Paper No. 5801                                         Dated 13-Oct-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

[Answer to a print media question on the subject is given in this article.]

‘Buttterfly: Stories of Sri Lankan child soldiers: Documentary film by Vishnu Vasu (pseudonym) - A Review

Paper No. 5796                                          Dated 25-Sept-2014

Guest column by Charles Sarvan

Butterfly’ is a work of moral indignation and compassion aiming, through the Sri Lankan example, to point to the cruelty inflicted on children worldwide.

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