Some say there are ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, but the government denies it. With the recent CHOGM meeting shining a light on the issue, Crikey intern Virginia Millen explains the situation and looks at both sides.
Sri Lanka hoped that hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting would showcase its development since the Tamil war. But it hasn't quite worked out that way.
People don't feel that you're serving and protecting them when you're taking to their neighbours with a baton.
If her approval ratings do not improve because of it then Labor really will have reason to despair.
If the police outnumbered the protesters, it seemed to me, then the media outnumbered the police.
Crikey media wrap: Julia Gillard will open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth today with a warning to Europe that it needs decisive action to cope with its financial crisis.
The honour of hosting this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting fits in perfectly with the Perth's idea of itself as a cultural and economic powerhouse.
Australia's high commisssioner for the UK, Richard Alston, will represent the Australian prime minister at this year's imminent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kampala, writes Ava Hubble.