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Sri Lanka’s 2018 Gratiaen Prize Winning Play Put On Hold For Pride Celebration

A Sri Lankan playwright’s determination, despite censorship in Sri Lanka, to stage an immersive play dealing with LGBTIQ+ issues in Colombo wins a prestigious literary award. COLOMBO — A sense of calm has returned to the capital, two months after the Easter

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Sri Lankans ‘Rise Up’ After Easter Sunday Bombings in Colombo – CBC The World This Weekend

COLOMBO – It’s been two months since a series of bombs exploded at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, killing more than 250 people. A small group of Islamist militants were behind the attacks. Since then life for Sri Lanka’s

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Sri Lankans Unite to Stop the Spread of Hate and Violence – CBC News

COLOMBO – Two months after Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings, Sri Lankans gathered at Colombo’s central park. They held a moment of silence before they denounced the country’s political leaders for spreading hate and communal violence. Rise Up Sri Lanka was

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Thailand’s Future Not Looking Forward – CBC The World This Weekend

BANGKOK – This week, Thailand’s 2014 coup leader Prayut Chan-ocha was re-appointed prime minister – completing his transition from military to civilian leader. The leader of the pro-democracy party that challenged him — now faces charges that risk the party’s future.

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Life as Afghan Refugees, depicted on Malay Stage

Popular Parastoo Theatre group gives voice to the refugee experience. BANGKOK – Live at this year’s Refugee Fest in Malaysia is Parastoo Theatre group. In the Dari language of Afghanistan, “Parastoo” means swallow bird. “They are birds who fly and

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Thailand’s parliament meets, but military retains upper-hand

Elections took place on March 24 under a complicated new system that empowered small parties – and the military. Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand’s newly-elected parliament sits for the first time on Friday, as pro-military and pro-democracy parties manoeuvre for power

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Thailand: The Uphill Battle to Repeal NCPO Decrees

Stepping off the elevator and into the famed penthouse at downtown Bangkok’s Maneeya Center, Chonthicha Jangrew takes a seat close to the bar. The chairs and tables at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand begin to fill up around her

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