Witness to Thileepan’s fast

As we entered the premises of the Nallur Kandasamy temple we were confronted by a sea of people seated on the white sands under the blazing sun.

Crime Without Punishment: The Strange Case of Colonel Karuna

The trial, imprisonment and release of a former Tamil Tiger leader raises some tricky and potentially embarrassing questions for the British government

Vavuniya attack: How it happened and why

Barely two weeks after their foray into Eastern Naval Area Headquarters in Trincomalee, Air Tigers showed up again.

Global implications of Sri Lanka's civil war

At first glance, Sri Lanka's vicious civil war might appear to have little consequence beyond the island's own teardrop-shaped shores.

'Pain' of Sri Lanka aid pullout

Fears of a humanitarian crisis are mounting in northern Sri Lanka as troops press ahead with an offensive to capture territory from Tamil rebels. A week ago the UN and other agencies pulled out of the area, where more than 200,000 people are displaced by fighting. Here one aid worker describes how hard it was to leave.

A return to 1815 is the way forward

The Congress of Vienna divided the continent into spheres of influence. Similar rules are needed for the 21st century

How did Norway do?

A view on Oslo’s peace-making efforts in Sri Lanka.

Why I had to recognise Georgia’s breakaway regions

The President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev explains why he recognised South Ossetia and Abkhazia as Independent States.

Sri Lanka's east in shadow of war

A year after troops overpowered the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in Sri Lanka's eastern province and took control of the area, normality has yet to return.

'Conversations in a Failing State'

Patrick Lawrence an experienced US journalist adresses the question that by 2006 whether Sri Lanka could be called 'a failed state,' writes Patrick Lawrence in his recent book ‘Conversations in a Failing State’, brought out by Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in March 2008.