Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 23, 2019

Asia Times: ISIS Sri Lanka claim mixes Tamil, Arabic

A video has emerged on ISIS media in Arabic and Tamil, claiming responsibility for the Easter bombings that killed more than 300

Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that killed more than 320 people and wounded hundreds of others.

The fresh statement appears to corroborate an earlier, ISIS-linked video received by the Asia Times, which threatens future attacks in Arabic and Tamil language.

“The day before yesterday, the brothers of the strike force set out for a number of churches and hotels where nationals of the Crusader Coalition were present,” Islamic State said in a statement, the coalition being a reference to the US-led military alliance that was tasked with defeating the group in Iraq and Syria.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 23, 2019

How did Islamist terrorism take hold in Sri Lanka? -- Shamil Shams, DW

A look at Sri Lanka’s troubled recent history marked by war -- AP

Indonesia election exposes ethnic, religious divides -- John McBeth, Asia Times

Sri Lanka’s Christians were left unprotected for far too long -- Tasnim Nazeer, The Guardian

The Specter Haunting Xi’s China -- Ian Johnson, New York Review of Books

Anatomy of a Taiwan Invasion: Missile and Naval Domains -- Rick Joe, The Diplomat

Iran’s Guard gets a long-overdue but much-deserved terrorist designation -- Alireza Jafarzadeh, Washington Examiner

Why Mohammed bin Salman May Not Want More Reform -- Paul R. Pillar, National Interest

Ukraine votes for fresh start with comedian -- Bernd Johann, DW

How Volodymyr Zelenskiy beat Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine -- Roman Goncharenko , DW

6 takeaways from Ukraine’s presidential vote -- David Stern,

The Fresh Young Face of France's Populist Right -- Britta Sandberg, Spiegel Online

Moscow Touts the Threat of Direct East-West Confrontation -- Pavel Felgenhauer, RCD

The return of the Cold War in the Caribbean -- Scott B. MacDonald, Global Americans

America and Russia Must Agree to Avoid a New Arms Race -- Lily Wojtowicz, National

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