December 18, 2020

State of Authoritarianism: Domineering Governance Structure

Aarthi U. Dec. 18, 2020 Ah, authoritarianism. The word gets thrown around a lot. But what does it actually mean? To put it simply, authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by strong, often corrupt- central power and limited political freedoms. Sound familiar?  When it comes to the word “authoritarianism” itself, we often think of …

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November 27, 2020

State of Despair: Slow Motion Ethnic Cleansing

Aarthi U. Nov. 27 2020 When it comes to understanding a specific ethnicity, most people often think about the things typical of a shared culture. Food, religion, dress, history, and art- while all important- overshadow a bigger part of what constitutes one’s ethnicity and culture.  When my parents first immigrated to America, the unfamiliarity of …

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November 1, 2020

Sri Lanka is still in the State of War: Heavy Militarization in Tamil Areas

Aarthi U. Nov. 1. 2020 Making that weekly trip to the grocery store- for some is therapeutic- but for me, it’s a total chore. Just the sheer thought of having to immerse myself into the center of consumerist America with annoying music playing in the background and people everywhere amidst a pandemic fills me with …

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October 12, 2020

Sri Lanka is Still in the State of War: Slow Motion Ethnic Cleansing

Aarthi U : Sept. 6. 2020 For many of us, 2009 seems like it was decades ago. While 2009 boasts of various historical artifacts like President Obama’s inauguration, everything-Sarah-Palin, and Michael Jackson’s death there is one event of the year that should not- ever- be dismissed as an artifact of its time and deserves further …

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September 9, 2020

6 Reasons Why Kamala Harris’ Candidacy Benefits the Tamil Cause

Aarthi Uthaya9/3/2020 Kamala Harris, Fundraiser, Flickr The Female Obama, Momala, The Chosen one who dare utter “Chithi” on national television – VP candidate Kamala Harris has been making quite the news these days. From her historical candidacy as the first Black woman to be on the Democratic party presidential ticket to her iconic Masala Dosa-making …

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June 12, 2020


Seven years ago this month, a quarter century of armed conflict in Sri Lanka reached its violent conclusion. The Government of Sri Lanka’s take-no-prisoners approach to defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the “Tamil Tigers,” was accompanied by massive violations of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international …

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