Author: Peyton Cross

SAUDI ARABIA: The Passion of al-Nimr

PEYTON CROSS WRITES – With its attractive cityscapes and strong economy, Saudi Arabia can give the impression of being an advanced desert nation. Then it announces plans to crucify and behead a young political dissident, and the world goes, Hmmmm. Priya Joshi of the International Business Times reports that on September 7,  21-year-old Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was sentenced to death by crucifixation after his final appeal was dismissed. In Saudia Arabia, crucifixion entails the removal of the victim’s head while their body is tied to a cross in a public. Ali was 17 when he was arrested on charges of participating in...

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SRI LANKA: Women Represent!

PEYTON CROSS WRITES- International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. Since then, it has grown in popularity as more countries have began observing and celebrating it. To commemorate the special day, The Independent Television Network (ITN) organized a special day-long program titled “Liya Waruna.”  According to the ITN News, it featured shows hosted by beauty therapists, chefs, and handicraft artists. The event then ended with the selection of the Liya Waruna Queen. The ITN wasn’t alone in celebrating. South Asia Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI) Chairperson Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratung delivered a key note address titled “Celebrating Women: Towards...

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Sri Lanka: Sirisena, White Knight of the Free Press

PEYTON CROSS WRITES- With a world press freedom index rating of 165, it is no surprise that the Sri Lankan media is corrupt. Thanks to a recent election, however, it may only be a matter of time before this score improves. On January 24, the Colombo Telegraph called into question the credibility of the Sri Lankan media.  In the article, several independent newspapers are berated for always painting former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a favorable light.  These papers included the Daily Mirror and the Daily Island. While this bias is frowned upon, it must be noted that these newspapers...

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SRI LANKA: Can the Web Mafia Make an Offer Presidential Candidates Can’t Refuse?

PEYTON CROSS WRITES-  As we are coming to terms with our recent midterm elections, Sri Lanka is approaching an election of its own.  Scheduled for January 2015, Sri Lankans are already being bombarded with ads and other negative campaign tactics regarding their future presidential candidates.  Most of these are funded through different parties, but recently some have supposedly originated from web journalists. On November 18, Ceylon Today posted an editorial discussing something called the “Web Mafia.”  The term “Web Mafia” is defined as those who slander and tarnish the characters of politicians and other reputable persons. They claim that the...

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SRI LANKA AND INDIA: The Great Ebola Freakout

PEYTON CROSS WRITES — The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has sent ripples of panic around the globe, from Fox News talk shows in New York to the small island nation of Sri Lanka. On August 18th, the Sri Lankan website News First reported the country’s first possible case. The victim passed away shortly after displaying common symptoms of the disease.  It has not been officially diagnosed as Ebola, however. The Daily Mirror posted an editorial on October 17 stating that Sri Lanka must strengthen its monitoring  procedures if it hopes to escape the wrath of the deadly...

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