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Finance Minister and the education orthodoxy

BY RAJPAL ABEYNAYAKE The teachers are on strike. They have raised some issues about didacticism — are the elders...

July 1983 Riots : Sinhalese still waiting 38 years to be thanked for saving Tamils

For thirty eight years there has been little or no mention and complete silence in acknowledging the fact that scores of Sinhalese...

Non-LTTE Tamils/Diaspora vs LTTE-Tamils/Diaspora

While all LTTE were Tamils but all Tamils are not LTTE, it is important to also differentiate who are the non-LTTE Tamils...

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New security imperatives in the Indian Ocean

The creation of the Quad — with implications for small Ocean neighbours like Sri Lanka — has become a core concern for...

A new constitution, seriously?

Crisis. This is interestingly a word that at some level warms the cockles of a politician’s heart. Governments can point to calamities...

Traps and duplicity

Smaller states located in strategic locations in the world are in the same predicament as poor damsels in rough neighbourhoods; they suffer...

Mike Pompeo’s Predatory Diplomacy!

Are we now in the Predatory Era of diplomacy? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given us much...

An India-First Foreign Policy Amounts to a US-First Sell-Out

US Secretary for Foreign Wars Mike Pompeo is coming here to threaten to divide the country. The US wishes to arouse greater...

Dayan: The Last Brown Fan Boy – 2

Who is Funding Biden? “If as seems probable, Biden-Harris win, the changes will be...

Dayan: The Last Brown Fan Boy – 1

Biden’s ISIS Advisors What on earth is Comandante of Ethics Dayan Jayatilleka saying this week? 

Sri Lankans can monitor and patrol US elections

Sri Lanka should be sending observers, and troops if necessary, immediately, to monitor the US election and quell anarchy there. The world...

Trump or Biden: The world needn’t hold its breath

According to estimates based on previous patterns and polls, around 60 million citizens of the USA will go to the polls on...

Santa has claws, clauses & eyes

The Sri Lankan media was all pomp around the amply circumferential Pompeo romp in Colombo. We are very polite to the whites....

The undeliverable ‘Tamil aspirations’

It is ironic that Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka’s ‘Avoidable Crashes: Economics and External Affairs’ was published on 15 October. Exactly 30 years ago...

US-Lanka militaryalliance in the wake of Pompeo visit

In fact, a military alliance between the US and Sri Lanka already exists. By signing ACSA in 2007, and renewing it in...

The Doval mantra in India’s South Asian big brother strategy

India has begun showing Nepal who runs South Asia. In June this year, land locked Nepal’s upper house of parliament approved a...

The last days of Pompeo

Well, Mike Pompeo came. He saw. He mumbled something to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that amounted to little more than ‘we are pals,...

The 19th, 20th and cabinet-bloating

The ardent fans of the 19th, back in the day, bragged about the yahapalana regime putting a limit to the number of...

The Pompeo visit and the importance of being earnest

By Malinda Seneviratne Rohan Samarajiva, during a television discussion recently, opined that most of the work pertaining to bilateral...

SOFA: The reality in Iran under the Shah?

In 1964, Iran under Shah Reza Pahlavi, signed SOFA with the USA. Earlier his father Reza Shah had in 1928 abolished capitulations...

Dangers of Pompeo and pandemic

On May 3rd 2020, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC News that there was “enormous evidence” to prove that the...

Duel with Dual Citizenship

The 20A almost failed to get passed through because President Gotabaya wanted the ban on dual citizens holding the highest offices binned....

Dimensions of a ‘Sri Lanka First’ policy regime

Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Admiral (Rtd) Jayanath Colombage, said quite a mouthful when he said Sri Lanka has an ‘India First’...

Failed 2015 political project may have triggered Easter Sunday attacks

Brigadier Chula Kodituwakku, on April 26, 2019, attributed the Easter Sunday carnage to four specific reasons, namely (1) battlefield setbacks suffered by ISIS (2) ISIS directing...

Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Of all the weapons of mass destruction created throughout human history, nuclear weapons are the most destructive and indiscriminate. They can cause...

US turning on soft targets

The US presidential election is only a few days away. Why does Washington think Sri Lanka is so important as to be...

SL committed to neutral foreign policy – Foreign Minister

Sri Lanka is committed to the ‘non-aligned neutral Foreign Policy Friends with All’ under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and it is the driving...

Silent death of constitutional holy cows

That the 20th Amendment was passed does not come as a surprise. That some opposition MPs voted with the government also does...

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Finance Minister and the education orthodoxy

BY RAJPAL ABEYNAYAKE The teachers are on strike. They have raised some issues about didacticism — are the elders...

July 1983 Riots : Sinhalese still waiting 38 years to be thanked for saving Tamils

For thirty eight years there has been little or no mention and complete silence in acknowledging the fact that scores of Sinhalese...

Non-LTTE Tamils/Diaspora vs LTTE-Tamils/Diaspora

While all LTTE were Tamils but all Tamils are not LTTE, it is important to also differentiate who are the non-LTTE Tamils...