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Violence in Sri Lanka: Slipshod Scholarship

Michael Roberts

I recently circulated a whole set of articles by some Muslim scholars (located in the Eastern Province and abroad) as well as a few others in Western universities — mostly written in the 2011-19 period. I am beginning to go through them slowly when I can carve out time for this set of tasks. A few have focused on the incidence of crime and communal violence in the post 2009 period.

What strikes me on reading these ventures is the limited degree of reading of past works that has been pursued and the appalling gaps in their background – lapses which also impinge on their comments on the death toll in the last stages of Eelam War IV.

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Birds in Lanka: Janaka Gallangoda’s Photographic Virtuosity

Dr Janaka Gallangoda spent two years at Flinders University in 2014/15 and I have been fortunate in gaining access to his scintillating camera-work previously. Here are a selection from his snap shots of birds in Sri Lanka

 Kashmir Flycatcher (Ficedula subrubra) …. Rare winter migrant to the central hills of Sri Lanka from the Kashmir region of Himalayan foothills. This is a globally threatened bird. Many birdwatchers from all over the world travel to Nuwara Eliya to watch this little jewel.  It is a solitary and fairly territorial bird found near forest edges, gardens and tea estates. 

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Essays on Sinhala Buddhist Extremism towards the Muslims in Sri Lanka

 Iselin Frydenlund** presenting a review article in the Journal of Religion and Violence, Vol. 6, No. 2, 201830 … reviewing Buddhist Extremists and Muslim Minorities: Religious Conflict in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Edited by John Clifford Holt. Oxford University Press, 2016. 254 pp. Hardcover $105.00 /ISBN: 9780190624378. Paperback $35.00 / ISBN: 9780190624385.

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Murali’s Marching Tune …. the Alston Koch Way

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Wikipedia: Summary Notes re 2009 Attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia …. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_attack_on_the_Sri_Lanka_national_cricket_team … with underlining in RED by The Editor, Thuppahi, to isolate central poitnts or suggestions

Coordinates 31°30′38″N 74°20′25″ECoordinates31°30′38″N 74°20′25″E
Date 3 March 2009
08:40 PKT[1] (UTC+5:00)
Attack type Ambush
Weapons AK-47s, 6–7 RPGs and 22–70 hand grenades
Deaths 6 Pakistani police officers 
2 civilians
Injuries Sri Lankan cricketers and 2 staff and 1 reserve umpire
No. of participants 14–15[2][3]
Defenders Punjab Police/Elite Police[4]

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Riddled with Deceit and Fallacy: The Western World’s Appraisal of Eelam War IV

“Deceit Magnified: The Western World’s Appraisal of Eelam War IV” by Michael Roberts in FAULTLINES The K.P.S. Gill Journal of Conflict & Resolution Volume 24 September 2019 ……………… https://www.satp.org/Docs/Faultline/24.pdf– with some minor tweaking and the use of highlights to emphasize points of particular value

The last stage of Eelam War IV in Sri Lanka in 2008/09 has generated a large volume of literature. In addressing the issues arising from this work, it is possible to proceed by assertions founded upon previous articles with their supporting evidence.[1] The focus here is on the pursuits of the US State Department through its point man in Colombo, US Ambassador Blake, as well as its ‘auxiliaries’ in the UN and European Union.[2] The arguments here are deliberately provocative. They commence with eleven  assertions that highlight a worldwide ignorance of alarming proportions in 2009, a shortcoming that persists today.

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The Venerable Upstairs Domain of the Dutch Burgher Union

Courtesy of Fabian Schokman whose interest in Sri Lankan affairs is as deep as searching — the fruits to be seen soon I trust. ………And it all began with the Thuppahi item on Sister Aloha — courtesy of Myrna Setunga

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