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14 April 2009

Sri Lanka’s war

14 April 2009
A vicious and increasingly one-sided war is taking place on the island of Sri Lanka – a few dozen miles off the coast of south east India.

Massive Tamil demonstration in central London demands Sri Lanka ceasefire

12 April 2009
Well over 100,000 Tamils and their supporters marched through central London on Saturday to protest at the Sri Lankan government’s continuing attacks on Tamil areas.

Tamils protest against war in Sri Lanka

07 April 2009
Thousands of Tamils in Britain joined a vigil in Parliament Square on Tuesday to protest against the Sri Lankan government’s military offensive.

Tamils demonstrate in London against offensive in Sri Lanka

03 February 2009
Over 50,000 British Tamils led an angry march through central London over the ongoing military offensive in North Eastern Sri Lanka on Saturday of last week. Several thousand of demonstrators occupied Westminster Bridge for several hours demanding to know why the BBC, which covers the Indian continent more than most news services, has ignored the plight of ethnic Tamils.

Sri Lanka: what lies behind the latest violence?

03 February 2009
After more than 25 years of civil war, the government of Sri Lanka believes it is on the verge of finally crushing the rebel Tamil forces on the island.

New beats from MIA

04 September 2007
Kala is the latest album from British songwriter and rapper Maya Arulpragasam, better known as MIA. Her first album Arular was named after her father, a fighter for Tamil freedom in Sri Lanka. Now she’s back with a second album – this time named after her mother.

Sri Lanka: Mark Bracegirdle and the revolt against empire

27 January 2007
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Bracegirdle Incident, a crucial event in Sri Lanka's struggle for independence from the British Empire.

Gary Younge on racism

10 June 2006
Read our monthly supplement, featuring an interview with journalist Gary Younge on the battle for equality in Britain and the US. Jacob Middleton takes on the slurs that Respect is a 'communalist' party, while Dave Crouch looks at how the Communist Party organised in the East End Jewish community during the 1930s. Also we interview Steven Rose about Darwinism and Stephen Jay Gould, there are Third World Reports on Western Sahara, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Egypt, and much more

Fears for the future after the tsunami

09 April 2005
Three months have gone by since the Boxing Day tsunami battered the coastal regions of Sri Lanka. To mark this passage of time, the bereaved have given alms in remembrance of their loved ones. But amid the rekindled grief — and despite the talk of reconstruction — ordinary people still fear for the future.

Trouble brewing on Sri Lankan tea plantations

02 April 2005
I WANT to start by explaining a few things about the history of the tea plantations. The plantation industry was introduced around the world by countries such as Britain during the colonial period.

Why Sri Lanka is still divided

22 January 2005
Many commentators hoped that the effects of the tsunami would bring peace to Sri Lanka. At the end of 2004 it seemed that the fragile peace that had ended the 20 years civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), known as the Tamil Tigers, was collapsing. For a moment after the disaster it seemed that everyone would work together to rebuild the country. Now these hopes seem to be crumbling.

Poor pick up the pieces as stock market booms

15 January 2005
Two weeks after the Indian Ocean tsunami, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans are still suffering. But the corridors of power are buzzing with talk of commissions to be skimmed off reconstruction contracts.

System that keeps us poor made the tsunami so lethal

08 January 2005
THE BOXING Day tsunami, caused by an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, has caused devastation across Sri Lanka. It engulfed buildings up to one kilometre from the shore and killed thousands of people.

The blind woman facing cruel deportation

11 December 2004
A BLIND woman from Sri Lanka faces deportation unless David Blunkett uses his discretionary powers to grant her exceptional leave to stay in Britain on humanitarian grounds.

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