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Newborn survival rates in US only slightly better than in Sri Lanka
Newborn survival rates in US only slightly better than in Sri Lanka

The risk of dying as a newborn in the US is only slightly lower than the risk for babies in Sri Lanka and Ukraine, according to Unicef. A report by the UN children’s agency found that five newborn babies die around the world every minute, or about 2.6 million every year. The figure is described as “alarmingly high”, particularly as 80% of these deaths are…

Guardian - Feb 20 14:54 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, World, SriLanka ]

American Obsequiousness in Sri Lanka Continues
American Obsequiousness in Sri Lanka Continues

An institution that’s rotten to the core, Sri Lanka’s security forces are widely (and credibly) believed to have committed crimes against humanity and other egregious human rights violations during the country’s three-decade-long civil war – in addition to major violations that have occurred post-war (which the statement conveniently doesn’t mention). The…

Diplomat - Feb 08 14:43 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, USA, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • GR8 Inspiration: Tampa teen pens book to help orphans in Sri Lanka

    GR8 Inspiration: Tampa teen pens book to help orphans in Sri Lanka

    DNA kits and learning about our ancestry is all the rage right now, but when one Tampa teenager found out from her parents about their homeland and culture, she took her passion to a whole new level. Anuksha Wickramasinghe traveled to Sri Lanka to learn more about the island nation, and while there visited an orphanage named Grace. There she met young girls that…

    WFLA - Jan 31 15:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

    Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

    Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks. The comments cast further doubt on prospects for talks to modernize the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),…

    Reuters - Jan 15 14:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada, World ]

  • Sri Lanka’s dubious honour at Washington corrupt quartet

    Sri Lanka’s dubious honour at Washington corrupt quartet

    The progress of domestic investigations are equally disappointing. The failure is blamed on the delay in the legal process and heavy workload at the Attorney General’s Department. There are proposals to expedite the process, such as Trial at Bars at High Courts and appointment of a special prosecution authority under the Attorney General, enabling anyone to appeal…

    Daily Mirror - Dec 19 17:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, History, WarCrimes ]

  • US to transfer Coast Guard Cutter to SL

    US to transfer Coast Guard Cutter to SL

    A US Coast Guard Cutter would be transferred to Sri Lanka further enhancing US-Sri Lanka Indo Pacific Partnership, the US Embassy said today. Ahead of the transfer, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon said this Coast Guard Cutter is a tangible symbol of growing partnership between the two countries and reflects shared commitment of…

    Daily Mirror - Dec 07 14:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, USA, WarCrimes ]

  • Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Sailors bring smiles to children at Sri Lanka hospital

    Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Sailors bring smiles to children at Sri Lanka hospital

    Sailors from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and members of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka visited children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo, Oct. 29, during a port visit. "This was great opportunity to really interact with some folks out in the community," said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Mehaffey, from Norfolk, the air warfare officer for Princeton. "We got to play with…

    CPF - Oct 31 16:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Colombo, USA ]

  • Two US Navy Ships arrive at Trincomalee harbour

    Two US Navy Ships arrive at Trincomalee harbour

    Two US Navy Ships named Lewis and Clark arrived at the port of Trincomalee yesterday to attend the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise – 2017, Navy said. The ship which is 210 m in length and 32 m in width features a helipad which is capable of providing landing facility for 2 helicopters. The ship, upon completion of the training exercise, is…

    Sunday Times - Oct 03 10:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • US’s meagre budget allocation for SL comes with major conditionality Do we need it?

    US’s meagre budget allocation for SL comes with major conditionality Do we need it?

    This relates to Alice Wells’s reference to the US’s growing interest in establishing military ties with Sri Lanka, in her statement to the Congress Sub-committee where she said “The current coalition government’s commitment to a reform agenda has prompted growing interest in expanding engagement with the U.S., including in military-to-military relations.”…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 25 13:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World, Genocide ]

  • More US military assistance to Sri Lanka

    More US military assistance to Sri Lanka

    Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Alice Wells told The House Foreign Affairs Committee that Sri Lanka government’s "commitment to a reform agenda has prompted growing interest in expanding engagement with the U.S., including in military-to-military relations". While the assistance secretary of state was pleased about Sri Lanka's progress on reform, human…

    JDS - Sep 13 10:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Lankan PM to tame, not sack, maverick Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

    Lankan PM to tame, not sack, maverick Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

    The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is expected to resist an overwhelming demand to sack the maverick Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. According to well placed sources, Wickremesinghe may not sack Wijeyadasa for speaking against the collective decisions of the cabinet on critical issues and cultivating a particular…

    NewsIn - Aug 17 16:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, History, SriLanka ]

  • US Homeland Security staff return to Manus Island for resettlement interviews

    US Homeland Security staff return to Manus Island for resettlement interviews

    Staff from the United States Department of Homeland Security have returned to Manus Island to interview refugees about resettlement in the US. Refugees in Australia's offshore detention centre on the island have been told that interviews will resume this week. Immigration authorities at the centre provided a notice to the men telling them only some will be…

    ABC - Aug 16 16:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, USA, Australia ]

  • China Opens First Overseas Military Base

    Only a few miles down the road from the U.S. base at Camp Lemmonier, China has just announced the opening of its first overseas military base in the tiny nation of Djibouti on the Bab al-Mandeb straits at the southern end of the Red Sea. China secured rights to the base, which can house up to 10,000 troops, through at least 2026 by granting loans to Djiboutian…

    American Interest - Aug 03 16:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, USA, China ]

  • U.S. offers 7.4 mln USD for Sri Lanka under Millennium Challenge Corporation

    U.S. offers 7.4 mln USD for Sri Lanka under Millennium Challenge Corporation

    A delegation from the U.S. government has pledged 7.4 million U.S. dollars in funding for Sri Lanka that aims to reduce poverty and promote economic opportunity for Sri Lankans, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said on Thursday. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) delegation led by Fatema Z. Sumar, regional deputy vice president for Europe, Asia, the Pacific and…

    Xinhua Net - Jul 28 15:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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  • How Omar Khadr was caught in the American fog of war: Mallick

    How Omar Khadr was caught in the American fog of war: Mallick

    The U.S. failed to learn from its own history, repeatedly waging war with guerrillas who spoke languages Americans couldn’t be bothered to learn. The blowback has been fantastic.The U.S. attitude to warfare is a puzzling thing. It has been so since the Second World War, which was a clear battle between armies with distinctive uniforms Then the clarity ended. It…

    Toronto Star - Jul 25 11:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada ]

  • Women warned: When in Sri Lanka don't use tuk-tuks

    Women warned: When in Sri Lanka don\'t use tuk-tuks

    The US embassy in Colombo warned Thursday its citizens visiting Sri Lanka to avoid travelling alone in tuk-tuks after a spate of sexual harassment complaints. The embassy, in a message posted on its website, advised women against hailing the brightly-coloured autorickshaws used widely to get around in Sri Lanka. ”The US embassy Colombo has been made aware of…

    AFP - Jun 30 10:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World, SriLanka ]

  • Freeland rejects Trump's nationalist policies, says Canada will step up to lead on world stage

    Freeland rejects Trump\'s nationalist policies, says Canada will step up to lead on world stage

    Canada will step up to play a leadership role on the world stage as the U.S. turns inward to focus on its own national interests, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a major policy speech today. "The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership, puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us…

    CBC - Jun 06 16:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada ]

  • Canada, under Trump pressure, says will boost defense spending

    Canada, under Trump pressure, says will boost defense spending

    Canada, which like other NATO countries is under pressure from Washington to increase defense spending, on Wednesday promised major new investments in the military but stopped short of saying how much. In unusually frank comments, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said poor decisions and under funding by successive governments had left the armed forces short of…

    Reuters - May 03 19:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada, World ]

  • US must not ignore Sri Lanka's human rights violations

    US must not ignore Sri Lanka\'s human rights violations

    Since Sirisena was elected president, America’s Sri Lanka policy has been disappointing, shortsighted and naive. It appears that the U.S. will continue to deprioritize human rights concerns in general and minority issues specifically. These regrettable decisions will not go unnoticed — especially by Tamils residing in the country’s Northern and Eastern…

    Hill - Apr 18 14:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Snowden shelterers in Hong Kong seek Canada asylum: lawyer

    Snowden shelterers in Hong Kong seek Canada asylum: lawyer

    Three families who helped shelter former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013 after his mass leak of information about surveillance programs have asked Canada for asylum, their lawyer said on Friday. The families - three Sri Lankan adults, a Filipina, and three stateless children - have had long-pending asylum claims in Hong…

    Reuters - Mar 11 20:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada ]

  • President Trump: Implications for Sri Lanka

    President Trump: Implications for Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka could thereby make strategic “trickle down” gains under a Trump administration, even if it faces possible constraints in leveraging Chinese interests and ties in Sri Lanka against India. In harnessing these gains, however, Sri Lanka should watch for any changes in the sub-text of U.S. references to its “convergence of interests” with India and, in…

    Diplomat - Feb 21 15:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, USA, WarCrimes ]

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