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Buddhist extremism: is monk Gnanasara’s jailing a sign of Sri Lankan enlightenment?

The surprise sentencing of the Bodu Bala Sena leader, which comes in wake of anti-Muslim riots, brings hope of a new approach in a country that seldom brings its Buddhist extremists to justice.

26 Jun 2018 - 12:04PM

The surprise sentencing of the Bodu Bala Sena leader, which comes in wake of anti-Muslim riots, brings hope of a new approach in a country that seldom brings its Buddhist extremists to justice.

Buddhist extremism: is monk Gnanasara’s jailing a sign of Sri Lankan enlightenment?
Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women?

When Sri Lankan women won the right to buy a drink at a bar, they had barely enough time to get a round in before their president brought the ban back. What some saw as mean spirited, others saw as a cheap trick to win votes.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

When Sri Lankan women won the right to buy a drink at a bar, they had barely enough time to get a round in before their president brought the ban back. What some saw as mean spirited, others saw as a cheap trick to win votes.

Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women?