Sri Lanka : Democracy at Work , by Eric Meyer

24 janvier 2015
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The South Asia Democratic Forum (www.sadf.eu) organized at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, 21st January 2015, a post-electoral briefing on Sri Lanka, which was attended by an international audience including South Asians, and European MPs. We publish here the text of the intervention of Eric Meyer, who was invited to present his...
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" Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat" by Shihar Aneez

24 janvier 2015
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(Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government is to investigate "black money" transferred overseas by powerful figures in the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. via: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/22/us-sri-lanka-politics-corruption-idUSKBN0KV20J20150122 DMMore Posts
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"Sri Lanka Premier Wickremesinghe: ‘Huge Challenge’ Ahead" by Gordon Fairclough

24 janvier 2015
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n an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Wickremesinghe said one of his most urgent priorities was to depoliticize the police and “dismantle the apparatus that was built up” under Mr. Rajapaksa to stifle dissent. His government has called on journalists and intellectuals who have fled the country to return. via: http://www.wsj.com/articles/sri-lanka-premier-wickremesinghe-huge-challenge-ahead-1422000150 DMMore Posts
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"Implementing the Thirteenth Amendent: The First Step of a Long Journey" by Asanga Welikala

24 janvier 2015
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In other words, a ‘comprehensive devolution audit’ must be undertaken with regard to all existing law, policy, and practice, and recommendations made for amending, repealing, and replacing anything that is inconsistent with the maximum level of devolution permissible under the constitution. Needless to say, the sustained commitment of the government to implementation is crucial,...
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"Helping Sri Lanka’s New Democracy" by Ryan Goodman

24 janvier 2015
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former defense secretary, oversaw the Sri Lankan armed forces’ worst atrocities during the final stages of the civil war and, as it happens, he is a naturalized American citizen. (Indeed, he used to live in Los Angeles, where he worked as a computer systems operator at Loyola Law School.) As a...
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"What Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Means for Foreign Policy" by Frederic Grare

24 janvier 2015
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The international community could also play a positive role in Sri Lanka’s progress toward reconciliation. Sri Lanka’s relations with the United States and Europe were notoriously bad during the Rajapaksa regime, but the election creates the opportunity for a revision of U.S. and European policies vis-à-vis Sri Lanka. To help control corruption and promote...
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"Charting a New Course: Sri Lankan Foreign Policy" by Yohan Senarath

24 janvier 2015
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Adopting an antagonistic approach towards the West only further strengthened their resolve and the resolve of other regional powers to tighten the noose against us. It is critical that if we are to tread delicately and get the best of what the game of international politics has in store for us, that we are...
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"‘The Jewel of the East yet has its Flaws’ – The Deceptive Tranquillity surrounding Sri Lankan Independence" by Dr. H Kumarasingham

24 janvier 2015
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The piece below recounts a story about the early years of independence that is familiar to many Sri Lankan readers, in terms of the broad brush-strokes if not in terms of the detailed palette-work. But I hope it also serves to remind us again of a number of important, yet often ignored, matters, including...
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"Northern power plant’s waste oil contaminates region’s water supply" by S. Rubatheesan

24 janvier 2015
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When the Northern Power Plant (NPP) was set up in 2009 in the Valikamam area, nobody would have thought of having to face a serious shortage of drinking water, which made them demand an immediate closure of the station after five years. Residents of surrounding areas took to the streets yesterday to protest opposite...
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"In Gesture to Tamils, Sri Lanka Replaces Provincial Leader" by Dharisha Bastians

24 janvier 2015
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Tamil leaders have long complained that, five years after declaring victory over Tamil separatists, Sri Lanka’s government remained reluctant to demilitarize the former conflict zone, instead maintaining large detachments of army troops and vast military compounds there. Particularly irritating to them was the man chosen as the province’s governor: Maj. Gen. G. A. Chandrasiri,...
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"Il y a 10 ans... le tsunami" - expo photos - Puteaux (92) - janvier 2015

24 janvier 2015
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"Il y a 10 ans... le tsunami" - expo photos - Puteaux (92) - janvier 2015   La mairie de Puteaux (92) et l’association Suravi organisent une exposition de photographies pour commémorer les 10 ans du tsunami du 26 décembre 2004. 40 photographies N&B de Jean-Michel Delage sont exposées au Palais de la Culture de la ville. Pour en savoir plus sur le tsunami de 2004, l’exposition et le photographe,...
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"New Evidence on Cultural Exchange between the Roman and Indic Worlds: The Discovery oh the Second-century BCE shipwreck at Godavaya" by by Prof. Osmund Bopearachchi

24 janvier 2015
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We would like to share this link to a video lecture, on the ancient Godavaya shipwreck near Hambantota, by Prof. Osmund Bopearachchi (CNRS Paris), presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013.  His presentation includes extensive photos and maps that situate the Godavaya wreck in the larger context of Roman and South Indian maritime trade...
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"Anthropology, Politics, and Place in Sri Lanka: South Asian Reflections from an Island Adrift" by Jonathan Spencer

24 janvier 2015
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Abstract How does the idea of ‘South Asia’ play out in the politics and public culture of Sri Lanka? As an island, long connected by the trade routes of the Indian Ocean, it has always been a place of comings and goings. Yet, paradoxically, this fact seems to often generate efforts to imagine it...
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REVUE SAMAJ n°10 / Ideas of South Asia / Symbolic Representations and Political Uses

24 janvier 2015
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REVUE SAMAJ n°10 / Ideas of South Asia / Symbolic Representations and Political Uses SAMAJ is pleased to announce the publication of its tenth thematic issue: South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal Ideas of South Asia Symbolic Representations and Political Uses edited by Aminah Mohammad-Arif and Blandine Ripert   accessible in full at http://samaj.revues.org/3699 Introduction. Imaginations and Constructions of South Asia: An Enchanting Abstraction? by Aminah Mohammad-Arif 'India, that is Bharat...': One Country,...
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Radhika Coomaraswamy: je suis fière de mon pays

15 janvier 2015
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Nous reproduisons ci-dessous l'article publié dans le blog de DBS Jeyaraj par Radkika Coomaraswamy, célèbre juriste sri lankaise, militante des droits humains, et jusqu'en 2012 sous-secrétaire générale des Nations Unies chargée de la question des enfants dans les conflits armés. “Why The Elections Last Week Made me Triumphantly Proud of my Country” By Radhika...
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