Andrew Jakubowicz in The Australian and in The Conversation 15 November 2017…. with the title “How social conservatism among ethnic communities drove a strong ‘no’ vote in western Sydney
The “yes” vote on same-sex marriage carried the day in every state in Australia, but the “no” vote was strongest in New South Wales – particularly around western Sydney. The results suggest that, as predicted, social conservatism among many ethnic communities loomed large as a factor.
In NSW, the “yes” vote came in at 57.8% and the “no” at 42.2%, with a participation rate of 79.5% – but in some western Sydney electorates the “yes” vote was as low as 26.1%.
I began this research engagement via my interest in ethnic violence in Sri Lanka and my study of the 1915 anti-Moor “riots” when at Peradeniya University in the 1970s. Neelan Tiruchelvam revived my interest when he invited me to attend Conference in Kathmandu in the late 1980s and to present my thoughts on the 1915 pogrom–invariably undertaken in the light of the July 1983 pogrom directed against Tamils.
At this point I decided that I had to break free of my immersion in Sri Lankan material and needed to gain comparative insights by looking at secondary literature on racial violence in USA directed at Blacks and at “communal violence” and “riots” in India. A short-term Research Fellowship at Teen Murti in Delhi in 1995 provided me with the data and experience for this route. The newspaper material on the Anti -Sikh violence in Delhi and the north in 1984 after Mrs Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards was especially thought-provoking (and has recently fed into two articles on “Anguish as Empowerment” and “Kill Any Sikh“). Continue reading
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Jayadeva Uyangoda, in The Island, 17 November 2017, where the title is “Our Constitutional Conundrum–A Commentary”
Sri Lanka’s current political debate on constitutional reform is significant for a variety of reasons. The Interim Report of the Constitutional Assembly has inspired a spirited opposition from Buddhist monks, reminding us of the similar opposition emerged in 1995 when Professor G. L. Peiris unveiled the August 1995 proposal of the People’s Alliance government. Although Professor Peiris has changed his political beliefs beyond recognition, the leading Buddhist monks, who continue to be very vocal on matters constitutional, have not.
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LUMEN: “New VC comes home” …. from https://www.adelaide.edu.au/lumen/issues/95962/news96043.html
Peter Rathjen, incoming Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Adelaide
In January 2018, Professor Peter Rathjen will become the 22nd Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide. An Adelaide graduate and Rhodes Scholar for South Australia, Professor Rathjen is only the third Adelaide undergraduate to rise to the position of Vice-Chancellor of this University, and the first in more than 70 years; he follows in the footsteps of Sir George Murray (1915) and Sir Herbert Parsons (1942).
WION London, United Kingdom Nov 14, 2017, 12.21 PM (IST) Padma Rao Sundarji … AT http://www.wionews.com/world/un-fudged-sri-lanka-war-casualty-figures-uk-parliamentarian-says-citing-classified-files-24164
For eight years now, western nations and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva have slammed the Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAF) and the former Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for brutal human rights violations during Sri Lanka’s three-decade long civil war against the separatist terror group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Of special focus for the West has been the last phase of the war that took place around the Nanthikadal lagoon in North Eastern Sri Lanka.
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