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31 May 2010 11:33:00 GMT

Written by: ECHO. By Malini Morzaria

I was last in Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, almost a year after India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had been assassinated by a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber. 1992 was still a fraught year in Sri Lanka’s civil war.

On-going hostilities between the government and the rebels in the north, thousands killed and displaced by the conflict, a naval commander killed by suicide bombers and senior army officials killed in a land mine explosion. (more…)

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KILINOCHCHI, 18 May 2010 (IRIN) – As Sri Lanka marked the first anniversary of its victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), many internally displaced people (IDPs) are still battling to rebuild their lives. (more…)

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By: Malathi de Alwis
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 4 May 2010 09.00 BST

It was heartening to hear President Mahinda Rajapakse identifying reconciliation and development as the priorities of his new government. However, it is crucial that both processes should unfold with the active involvement of Sri Lanka’s citizenry, rather than being imposed from above by an omnipotent state. We seem to already have plenty of intimations of the latter. (more…)

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By International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)

The Sri Lankan military announced on Sunday the capture of Puthukkudiyiruppu, the last remaining town controlled by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The battle is the latest in a string of defeats that have brought the LTTE to the brink of military collapse. The remaining LTTE fighters are now cornered in a government-declared no-fire zone—a strip of coastal land of about 17 square kilometres that is still under LTTE control.

Tens of thousands of civilian refugees are also crowded into the area, which, despite, government claims to the contrary, has been repeatedly subjected to army bombardment. Conditions inside the “no-fire zone” are appalling, with acute shortages of food, shelter and medicine. The military has allowed in only limited relief supplies.

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US marine guilty of Iraq killing
BBC News

A US marine has been found guilty of killing an Iraqi soldier while they were on night-time patrol in Falluja. (more…)

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Ho Chi Minh City; Following Bush’s logic, our best move is to re-invade Vietnam
By ROSA BROOKS
Los Angeles Times

Re-invade Vietnam!

Oh yes. You thought the Bush administration was fresh out of ideas? You thought that with Karl Rove leaving, the administration that brought us the war in Iraq and “Mission Accomplished” had no more tricks up its sleeve?

Think again. (more…)

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‘Rambo’ charged for Croatia bombs
Associated Press
The Independent (UK)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An ex-army officer, who was declared unfit for trial at a U.N. war crimes tribunal, has been charged in his native Serbia in connection with the 1991 shelling of the ancient port city of Dubrovnik. (more…)

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