Tara Kenny

Movie Night: Wild Wild Country

April 3, 2018

Wild Wild Country is a six-part documentary series directed by brothers Chapman and Maclain Way that premiered on Netflix last month. It chronicles the heady rise and diabolical fall of the guru/cult leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later called Osho), his magnetic right hand woman Ma Anand Sheela, and their devoted band of red and maroon … Read More

Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency Amidst Religious Attacks

March 7, 2018

Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency on Tuesday amidst mob attacks against the minority Muslim population, resulting in at least one fatality. Tensions have long existed between Sinhalese Buddhists, Tamil Hindus, and Muslims in the island country. These mob attacks were reportedly sparked by a road rage incident, in which a Sinhalese truck driver … Read More

New Study Recommends How to Keep LGBTQI Sri Lankans Safe Online

March 1, 2018

In a country where homosexuality is outlawed, the internet provides both an escape and meeting place for LGBTQ Sri Lankans. Experts in Colombo are now studying ways to ensure the safety of LGBTQ Sri Lankans as they log on. A recent study into internet use amongst LGBTQ Sri Lankans was launched in Colombo earlier this … Read More

Colombo Elects First Female Mayor

February 14, 2018

Local elections in Sri Lanka last week resulted in the appointment of Colombo’s first female mayor, Rosy Senanayake of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s center-right United National Party (UNP). Her win follows newly instated requirements that women make up at least 25% of candidates in local elections. This move is an attempt to address the fact … Read More

My Mother the Monk

January 30, 2018

During the first week of my recent family holiday to Sri Lanka, I was plagued by the unpleasant sensation of bile rising up in my throat. I wasn’t quite sure if I was reacting to the sudden stifling heat and one too many serves of sambol and coconut roti, or if it was the presence … Read More

Banis and Black Magic with Achi

December 18, 2017

In Sri Lanka, hooniyan, or witchcraft, is a commonly accepted fact of life. Every Bhagya, Kasun and Tharushi has a story about being hexed by a vengeful nemesis, behaving regrettably while under the influence of a love potion, or watching on as a friend or family member writhed in the throes of possession by a … Read More

Speaking with Rosanna Flamer-Caldera About Sri Lankan Queerness and Protection

November 5, 2017

In Sri Lanka, homosexuality remains a crime. Non-profit organisation EQUAL GROUND works to dismantle cultural and social stigma, and fights back against police corruption and government inactivity to seek human and political rights for Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ community. Kajal sat down with Executive Director Rosanna Flamer-Caldera to discuss Britain’s colonial legacy of homophobia, Colombo Pride celebrations, … Read More

Workplace Harassment Isn’t Just a Hollywood Thing

October 18, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks, the world has looked on, appalled but–if you’re a woman well-versed in the depravity of men–perhaps not entirely surprised, as a seemingly unending stream of “allegations” of sexual harassment and rape against influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have erupted into the public conscious. From the New York Times’ commendable … Read More

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