Michael Keller (Sri Lanka)


Michael Keller (Sri Lanka)

Michael Keller (Home for Human Rights, Sri Lanka): Michael worked as a summer-school teacher, a research assistant at a counter-terrorism consulting firm, an intern at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and a consular intern at the US Consulate General in Naples. At the time of his fellowship, Michal was in the fourth of a five-year program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, pursuing a BS and MS in Foreign Service. He speaks Italian, French and German.



27 Nov

Getting to Know Sri Lanka

For me, the saddest thing I’ve experienced in Sri Lanka has not been the sight of limbless beggars or the sound of countless war stories. On my last day in Nilaveli, I walked up the beach and passed through a fishing village. Every available man was pulling on one of 4 or 5 ropes that […]

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Posted Nov 27, 2006

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24 Aug

Ceylon, Goodbye

This weekend I spent 16 hours on a train to get not even halfway across the island, a distance of less than 100 kilometers as the crow flies. When things get this bad I usually think about Ginny, a friend and fellow AP intern in Afghanistan, because I know she must be dealing with much […]

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Posted Aug 24, 2004

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13 Aug

Doing More

With only one week to go before returning to the States, I find myself looking back and wondering, “What have I actually accomplished over the past 9 weeks, besides posting these beautifully written blogs?” It was a lot, and at the same time I wish that I’d had the time and energy to do more. […]

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Posted Aug 13, 2004

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05 Aug

An Ethnic Conflict?

At a restaurant near the impressive rock fortress of Sigiriya – Sri Lanka’s most famous (and most outrageously high-priced) tourist attraction – I met a couple touring the country. They, like me, had just come in from the ancient mountain city of Kandy, where we attended one of Asia’s greatest festivals, including ten nights of […]

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Posted Aug 05, 2004

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30 Jul

A life of July 30, 2004

Sadly, for me, this was Mr. Xavier’s last week at Home for Human Rights. By the time he returns from his 3 months in Canada, I’ll be back in Washington, DC. So I thought this would be an appropriate time to write a little bit more about the Director of HHR, a man who serves […]

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Posted Jul 30, 2004

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23 Jul

Welcome to LTTE Country

I’ve just returned from a week in Jaffna, Sri Lanka’s northernmost city, which was largely destroyed during the war. The signs of recent conflict and destruction were everywhere. I saw several de-mining units, minefields next to houses, burned-out tanks, bullet holes in every other building, an enormous LTTE cemetery, fortified military posts on street corners, […]

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Posted Jul 23, 2004

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09 Jul

Attacks and disappearances

Thursday morning I found an interesting e-mail in my inbox. It was from the US Embassy, warning me to avoid Batticaloa on the east coast – the scene of an assassination two days earlier – and informing me of Wednesday’s suicide bombing in Colpetty, Colombo. Funny, I thought: I’d just returned from Batti, and I […]

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Posted Jul 09, 2004

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30 Jun

Tea, Oppression, and Other British Leftovers

The past few days have been very exciting for me here in Sri Lanka. One morning I watched two Home for Human Rights lawyers submit fundamental rights applications to the Sri Lankan Supreme Court, alleging that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution were denied to two of their clients. One Tamil man now living in […]

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Posted Jun 30, 2004

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24 Jun

Major Challenges

I’ve been working at Home for Human Rights for less than a week, yet I feel as though months have already passed by. After only a few days, my pre-arrival expectation of HHR as a small-scale, amateur NGO was gladly disproved; a few more days and I felt at home here (especially with my bed […]

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Posted Jun 24, 2004

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18 Jun

Trouble in Paradise

In the summer of 2002, while interning at a counter-terrorism consulting firm in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to attend a speech given by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. He spoke optimistically and at length about the negotiations between his government and the Tamil rebels, and though talk of a new era of […]

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Posted Jun 18, 2004

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19 May

Training in DC

My journey to Sri Lanka has already begun, though I have yet to see any of the elephants I’d been told I would run into on a regular basis. Instead I am in the company of a group of very capable interns that the Advocacy Project is preparing to unleash upon humanity. Our goal, we’ve […]

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Posted May 19, 2004

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