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A selected list of recent ramblings/petite liste sélectionnée d’écrits récents:
The Sampanthan Hour. Colombo Telegraph, 8 September 2015: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-sampanthan-hour/,
On war criminals and privileged holidaymakers, Colombo Telegraph, 27 August 2015: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-war-criminals-privileged-holidaymakers/
Reclaiming the Labour Party: Thoughts on the Corbyn phenomenon, Slugger O’Toole, 11 August 2015: http://sluggerotoole.com/2015/08/11/reclaiming-the-labour-party-thoughts-on-the-corbyn-phenomenon/
Sri Lanka’s JVP: Political Prospects and Challenges, Colombo Telegraph, 22 July 2015: http://bit.ly/1KMpkmL
My review of Religion in Times of Crisis, edited by Gladys Ganiel, Heidemarie Winkel, and Christophe Monnot (Leiden: Brill, 2014, ISBN: 9789004277786) in Numen (62:4, 484-486).
My latest article, co-authored with Rapi Siriwardane, was recently published in the German-language journal Südasien (35.Jahrgang, Nr. 1/2015). The article, entitled “Reis-Mafia in Colombo: Wahlkampf um das Präsidentenamt’, explored the significance of the rice processing business to the Maitripala Sirisena election campaign of late 2014/early 2015. A summary of the article and the very colourful journal cover appear below (credits: Südasien). The journal cover:
Since the end of Sri Lanka’s thirty year-long war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the island is often evoked internationally in relation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The UNHRC remains the only supranational body where the case of Sri Lanka has been evoked on a regular basis since the 1980s. Right from the outset of Eelam War IV, Sri Lanka attracted much criticism from policy research lobbies and senior personalities such as the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and present ICG chief Dr Louise Arbour. The UNHRC’s scrutiny of Sri Lanka was intensified in the aftermath of the final military offensive of May 2009. This was a justifiable move, given the substantive civilian casualties and the humanitarian catastrophe resulting in the displacement of some 300,000 civilians. Colombo’s treatment of displaced Tamil civilians caused considerable international alarm, as civilians were held in temporary shelters (which the government emphatically termed ‘welfare centres’ and critics categorically described as ‘concentration camps’), with accusations and considerable evidence over acts of violence and human rights violations.
This peer-reviewed article was published in the Revue française d’études canadiennes/French Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 75 (December 2013 – Special issue entitled “Canada and the Commonwealth”), pp 97-127. For the full-text, please click here: Article CW RFEC Dec 2013