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

The Real Reasons Behind China\'s Big Investments In Sri Lanka
The Real Reasons Behind China's Big Investments In Sri Lanka

What’s China doing in Sri Lanka? Officially, it’s building the country’s infrastructure. Like the ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which have left the country heavily indebted. Unofficially, China is setting up outposts in the Indian Ocean as part of Beijing’s broader strategy to secure the passage of Middle East oil through the Strait of Malacca and…

Forbes - Mar 25 17:10 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, China ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Preet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney

    Preet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney

    Preet Bharara, the Manhattan federal prosecutor who was asked by President Trump to remain in his post shortly after the election, was fired on Saturday after he refused an order to submit his resignation. Mr. Bharara’s dismissal capped an extraordinary showdown in which a political appointee who was named by Mr. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama,…

    NYT - Mar 11 20:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

  • U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). The HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on…

    US Embassy - Feb 21 15:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka has potential to become next Asian Tiger: US

    Sri Lanka has potential to become next Asian Tiger: US

    Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Tiger, a top US official said, lauding the government's renewed commitment towards reconciliation and unprecedented level of cooperation between the two countries. "The United States will continue to stand with you as your friend and your partner. While our level of cooperation today is unprecedented, there is…

    PTI - Feb 08 14:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Economy ]

  • If It’s Back To H’tota For China And Trinco For US, Is It Neo-Cold War For Sri Lanka?

    If It’s Back To H’tota For China And Trinco For US, Is It Neo-Cold War For Sri Lanka?

    The Cold War dictum that “there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, but only permanent national interests” seems to be working overtime in the case of Sri Lanka just now. No one disputes that the Government is keen on giving away a piece of sovereign real-estate to China even as a respectable Opposition veteran has claimed that the eastern Trincomalee…

    Sunday Leader - Dec 28 02:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, China ]

  • 'Pride of the Pacific' trains new Sri Lankan marine corps

    \'Pride of the Pacific\' trains new Sri Lankan marine corps

    Camp Pendleton Marines wrapped up the first official training mission with the newly created Sri Lankan marine corps last week, the latest sign of the U.S. military stepping up engagement in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Sri Lanka stood up its new naval infantry this year with a core force of seven officers and 150 sailors and modeled it on the U.S. Marine Corps,…

    Marinec - Dec 10 13:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, USA, WarCrimes ]

  • Brooklyn judge reduces convicted terror trio's jail sentence over haunting 'injustice' in Sri Lanka case

    Brooklyn judge reduces convicted terror trio\'s jail sentence over haunting \'injustice\' in Sri Lanka case

    Three men convicted of being terrorists are getting their sentences reduced by 10 years after a Brooklyn judge revealed that he had been “haunted” by the case. “I just believe in my heart of hearts that an injustice has been done and I can’t correct it,” Federal Judge Raymond Dearie said, according to a transcript of a July 15, 2015 conference with…

    NY Daily News - Oct 14 14:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World, WarCrimes ]

  • U.S. remembers victims 15 years after 9/11 attacks

    U.S. remembers victims 15 years after 9/11 attacks

    Americans prepared to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on Sunday with the recital of the names of the dead, tolling church bells and a tribute in lights at the site where New York City's twin towers tumbled. The names of the 2,983 victims will be read slowly by relatives as music plays during a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial plaza in…

    Reuters - Sep 11 11:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

  • Joint Statement on the U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Inter-Sessional Meeting

    Joint Statement on the U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Inter-Sessional Meeting

    Sri Lankan government’s commitment to democracy, accountability, human rights and economic reform while noting that there was significant scope to expand on the existing trade and investment relationship where the United States is the number one destination for Sri Lankan exports. Ambassador Keshap noted that the United States, through a number of ongoing…

    US Embassy - Colombo - Sep 02 12:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • America Shouldn't Rush to Support Sri Lanka's MilitarySri Lankan politician and officer Sarath Fonseka

    America Shouldn\'t Rush to Support Sri Lanka\'s MilitarySri Lankan politician and officer Sarath Fonseka

    The United States is poised to deepen ties with Sri Lanka’s military. Such an initiative would likely include increased military cooperation between the two countries, training programs and possibly an uptick in military assistance heading to the war-torn island nation. While seemingly good intentions may be underpinning this policy shift, the Obama administration…

    NI - Aug 19 10:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • A.R. Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award

    A.R. Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award

    Oscar-winning music maestro A.R. Rahman has been honoured by the America Tamil Sangam with its Tamil Ratna Award. Presenting the award after Rahman's concert at the United Nations General Assembly chamber on Monday, Sangam president Prakash Swamy said the double Oscar and double Grammy winner is "an embodiment of peace, humility and charity". Swamy said that…

    IE - Aug 17 11:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Arts&Culture ]

  • Vasu blames US for passage of OMPB

    Vasu blames US for passage of OMPB

    The US influence over Sri Lankan parliament had made the government rush through the House the Office of the Missing Persons Bill (OMPB) on Friday, despite the widespread criticism it had faced, Leader of Democratic Left Front (DLF) MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said yesterday. Referring to the OMPB, he said the bill had been designed to grant police powers to the officials…

    Island - Aug 16 10:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, USA, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka steps into a new Cold War

    Sri Lanka steps into a new Cold War

    Every country, including Sri Lanka, is either on China's to-woo-list for its ambitious overland and maritime Silk Road projects, heavily reliant on cheap Chinese financing, or locked in a territorial dispute with the communist regime...Washington’s interest in Sri Lanka also stems from fears it shares with New Delhi that China is pursuing a triangular approach to…

    Daily Times - Aug 15 14:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, China ]

  • Tamil-American is youngest delegate to attend DNC

    Tamil-American is youngest delegate to attend DNC

    Sruthi Palaniappan, whose parents immigrated to the United States in 1992 from Chennai, was the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) that ended on Thursday night. The 18-year-old high school graduate is set to join the Harvard University to study government. She spoke on behalf of the Iowa state delegation during the voting process for…

    Hindu - Aug 05 12:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

  • Deepening Militarization in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka’s cabinet has recently approved the creation of a development organization which is to be comprised of both civilians and members of the military. The announcement was made by cabinet spokesperson Gayantha Karunathilake in Colombo. How significant might this news be? According to Kusal Perera, a journalist based in Colombo, this development…

    Huffington Post - Jul 16 13:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, USA ]

  • US officials insist sustainable peace must include peace dividend

    US officials insist sustainable peace must include peace dividend

    Visiting State Department officials insisted that accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka continues to be a key focus for the US Government, but defended their apparent focus on economic growth and investment on a two-day visit to the island, saying peace would not be sustainable in the country without a peace dividend. Concerns have mounted about the…

    FT - Jul 16 13:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, USA ]

  • Obama tells us what we want hear, and Canadians love him for it: Neil Macdonald

    Obama tells us what we want hear, and Canadians love him for it: Neil Macdonald

    U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledges people chanting "Four more years" after addressing the Parliament in the House of Commons in Ottawa Wednesday.....And in Ottawa on Wednesday, when he lifted his chin the way he does, and pursed his lips, and glared out at Parliament and said that Americans and Canadians "see ourselves in each other and our lives are better for…

    CBC - Jun 30 09:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada, World ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition: A New Era for the U.S.–Sri Lanka Relationship

    Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition: A New Era for the U.S.–Sri Lanka Relationship

    U.S.–Sri Lankan relations have been on an upswing ever since Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January 2015 election. Sirisena defected from Rajapaksa’s cabinet and ran against him on pledges to restore parliamentary democracy and rein in corruption. President Sirisena formed a coalition government with the opposition…

    Heritage - Jun 19 01:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, History, WarCrimes ]

  • US eases military trade restrictions on Sri Lanka

     US eases military trade restrictions on Sri Lanka

    The United States government has eased long-standing military trade restrictions imposed on Sri Lanka, the US Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has announced. The sanctions previously imposed on Sri Lanka were outlined in US appropriations acts in response to Sri Lanka's civil war, which started in the early 1980s and ended in 2009.…

    Janes - May 09 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, USA, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - U.S. eases military trade restrictions on Sri Lanka - MoD
      - Policy on Exports to Sri Lanka - DDTC
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