Tag: Sri Lanka Easter Bombings (April, 2019)

‘We Needed a Modi After the Easter Attacks’

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka was among the first democracies to defy the tide of populism. In January 2015, when India was seven months into Narendra Modi’s sectarian reign and the United States was two years from falling to Donald Trump, voters in this South Asian island nation defeated their strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa. […]

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Sri Lanka’s Powerful Rajapaksa Family Set to Win Presidential Election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared victory on Sunday in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, marking the return to power of a divisive family credited for ending the country’s long civil war through brutal means. Tallies from Sri Lanka’s election commission showed Mr. Rajapaksa leading by several percentage points a day after polls opened, with […]

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In Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election, a Question of Security vs. Rights

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankans on Saturday voted for president after a year of political meltdowns and deadly terrorist attacks, in an election that could return the polarizing Rajapaksa family to power. The two leading candidates are Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense chief known for his hard-edge leadership, and Sajith Premadasa, the son of […]

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The World Is Fighting More Than ISIS

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, is profoundly important. He was a powerfully inspirational figure, more formidable and perhaps more evil than Osama bin Laden. He was an Islamic scholar who claimed to be a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He built on the apocalyptic ideology and extraordinary cruelty […]

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It’s Easy for Leaders to Make Promises After Disasters. But What Happens Next?

CreditToby Melville/Reuters CreditKim Hong-Ji/Reuters Of all the tragedies, wars, natural disasters and terrorist attacks we’ve reported on over the years, the one that even now, as I think of it, makes my knees go weak is the sinking of the Sewol ferry in South Korea. More than 300 people died that day in 2014, and […]

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