Sri Lanka’s war has entered a new phase

The Tamil Eelam Air Force of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which has been in existence for at least nine years without the Sri Lankan intelligence having the least idea about its location and capability, went into action for the first time since its creation in the early hours of March 26. It was a conventional air attack and not a suicide mission. Two aircraft of the TAF flew over the Sri Lankan Air Force base at Katunayake near Colombo and dropped four bombs. At least three SLAF personnel were killed and about 20 injured. Two helicopters, reportedly given by Pakistan, were badly...

Sole representatives: why claim and why oppose?

The impossibility of the Tamil nation and the rejection of the most powerful Tamil actor’s sole representative claim have historical precedents in South Asia.

Flying Tigers send stark message

The Liberation Tigers’ bombing raid on the main Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) airbase at Katunayake last Monday has signalled what one security analyst has termed a new phase in the island’s protracted conflict. Other commentators, on the other hand, have questioned the efficacy of the Tamileelam Air Force (TAF). They point to the limited firepower of a handful of light aircraft in comparison to SLAF’s fleet of powerful jet fighter-bombers. Some have argued this has been further reduced by the loss of the element of surprise. But this analysis not only misconstrues the specific capabilities the...

Three-pronged strategy to undermine Tamils

The Tamils are being forced to look at precisely the solution that the international community does not want them to: the LTTE.

Return to sender

So much for Australia’s obligations under the refugee convention.

The LTTE makes its case

A strategic and astute ploy designed to exploit the fundamental weakness of the Colombo regime.

Militarization in Sri Lanka

For the most part, the Sri Lankan media establishment has lined up behind Rajapakse´s war.

World should not ignore Rajapakse

Sri Lanka is seeing an escalating military campaign by the most hardline government since independence.

Independence: a sham without human rights protection

There is no way in which effective human rights monitoring can be conducted by national institutions.

Clientilism: an entrenched obstacle

Donors' diagnosis of inefficiency or political interference does not capture the problem of pervasive and entrenched clientilism.