"Shoot! I am telling you, shoot! Shoot and run!" Seelan was demanding that his childhood friend Aruna kill him and escape. Aruna saw tears in Seelan's eyes as Aruna pointed the gun and fired. This would be the catalyst for one of the most damaging periods in Sri Lankan history.
Amarnath Amarasingam is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University, and also teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (under contract with The University of Georgia Press). His research interests are in diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, surveillance, social movements, radicalization and terrorism, media studies, and the sociology of religion. Add him as a friend on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. He is the editor of The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal. He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over forty national and international conferences, and has contributed op-ed pieces to Al-Jazeera English, The Daily Beast, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post and Groundviews. He can be reached at email@example.com
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06/20/2011 10:52 EDT
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05/30/2011 09:14 EDT
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