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Nationalism,politics of humiliation and the Geopolitics of Emotion – Notes on Possibilities after the UN Report

by Darini Rajasingham Senanayake

It was my sense after May 18, 2009 when the LTTE was defeated that Sri Lanka was missing an opportunity to redefine itself as part of a kinder, gentler, global community. Instead it heightened nationalist discourse, extended emergency rule, surveillance and militarization, and devised new forms of censorship. Sri Lanka missed the opportunity to become one of South Asia’s more enlightened nations by not reaching out to one of its more battered and war-scarred communities after 18/09. The UN report has returned us to that moment, and if intelligently and constructively used may help us explore roads not taken, toward a better, brighter and kinder future for all its citizens.
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Sampanthan statement welcoming report of Ban-Ki-moon advisory panel

by Durand Appuhamy

Mr. Sampanthan on behalf of himself and the TNA welcomed the findings of the Ban-ki- Moon’s Panel Report as confirmation of what they had been saying in Parliament during the period of terrorism. Only a careful perusal of the Hanzard would establish the veracity of his statement.
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