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The difference between ‘slash and burn’ and scorched earth politics

The real environmental conundrum in this country seems to be that nobody knows where slash and burn cultivation left off, and slash...

Lessons Learnt from Lies of Trump

After giving leadership to his futile and disastrous insurrection to remain in the White House Donald Trump, the lame duck President of...

Justice for Sri Lanka @ UNHRC 46

To: The United Nations and its Member States Re: Take Impartial Action against Terrorists and Supporters

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Creature disowning creator

TNA Leader R. Sampanthan is reported to have lashed out at his critics, saying that nobody could intimidate or ban his party,...

Has COPE forgotten its own report?

Former yahapalana high-ups currently in the SJB, which is only old UNP wine in a new bottle, keep daring the incumbent SLPP government to...

A disease, a vaccine, a ‘cure’ and the resurrection of burials

THE WEEK THAT WAS  The third reading of the Budget 2021 was passed in parliament with amendments on Thursday...

Tamil heroes hid behind baby brigades

The post-independent era was convulsed by two violent mass movements : 1. communism in the South and 2. communalism in the North....

Time to explore a new economic structure

The title of the book by Dr. Robert Schuller, ‘Tough times never last, but tough people do’ is an ideal quote to...

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appropriate counter to Modi’s Thirteenth Amendment

Managing Indo-Sri Lanka relations is prioritised as the most important item in the agenda of the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry. In fact,...

Ranil influenced the judiciary – Arundika Fernando

Minister of Industries Wimal Weerawansa condemned the Opposition’s attempt to draw parallels between the Mahara prison riot...

China has overtaken the US – says IMF

It was expected but not so swiftly, possibly the Covid-19 has expedited what was inevitable. A report published in “The Our Asian...

How & Who are bringing illegal drugs/narcotics to Sri Lanka?

Millions the world over are addicted to drugs. Their whole lives are ruined. Their families are in disarray. All this suffering is...

Fires of communalism were fanned by anti-Sinhala-Buddhist ideologues

The abuse of history has been one of the major contributory factors that led to the exacerbation of the North-South relations. If...

Between Mahara and Buravi, amid anxiety and relief

Fire and brimstone. That’s one way of talking about the week that has passed. Fire, on account of the tragedy that unfolded...

Public health paradoxes

In the early days of HIV infection, a well-meaning initiative was conducted in one of the southern states of India, to reduce...

India tells Sri Lanka and Maldives size doesn’t matter. For how long?

India’s on-when-it wants and off-when it doesn’t security pacts with smaller neighbours is more destabilizing than the supposed risk from powers it wants countered.

Politics as usual no remedy for Islamic extremism

A heated exchange took place in Parliament a couple of days ago (November 26 or 27) about the so-called Batticaloa Sharia University,...

Future cannot be built on the failed past of minorities

Managing a democracy in normal times is bad enough. Managing it in times of crises can be a horripilating nightmare. Choices have...

Mahara prison riot: How pills meant for mental patients triggered violence

* Over 2,400 inmates on their own within complex * Death toll reachers 11, could rise further

UNHRC Resolution 40/1 and International Law

During the recent committee state debates in Parliament on the financial vote of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, exception was taken by...

Easter Sunday carnage: How P CoI boomeranged on former Prez Sirisena

Many an eyebrow was raised when Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, intervened in the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI), tasked...

36 years gone, but, dark memories remain

The Kent and Dollar Farm massacres were one of the earliest massacres carried out by the LTTE during Sri Lanka’s darkest era....

DISGRACEFUL – UK commemorates dead LTTE terrorists by lighting UK Parliament

LTTE was banned by UK in 2001 though UK was LTTE’s international headquarters from 1980s. While Lord Naseby remains...

Sectoral Oversight Committee Report on National Security gathering dust!

The Easter Sunday attack was a clear indictment on the then government’s shortsightedness on national security issues....

Pandemic, ‘Great Reset’ and Resistance

According to the Center for Systems Science at Johns Hopkins University, as of November 29th, there have been 62,150,421 COVID-19 cases, including...

Period poverty or period capitalism?

The SLPP Government’s proposals for Budget 2021 have revived a simmering debate about the taxation on imported menstrual hygiene products. Some Sri...

A child by any other name would smell as sweet

A book dedicated to all our children in times of terrorism. Children with and children without names. Children remembered and children forgotten....

Indian Ocean security a must for nations to prosper – FM

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Saturday said that the security of the Indian Ocean remains paramount for our nations to prosper.

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Post-conflict Sri Lanka: Blessed are the children, for they will not be snatched

By Malinda Seneviratne These are days of self-righteous chest-beating and bleeding-heart humanitarianism about the plight of Tamils in Sri...

The difference between ‘slash and burn’ and scorched earth politics

The real environmental conundrum in this country seems to be that nobody knows where slash and burn cultivation left off, and slash...

Lessons Learnt from Lies of Trump

After giving leadership to his futile and disastrous insurrection to remain in the White House Donald Trump, the lame duck President of...

Justice for Sri Lanka @ UNHRC 46

To: The United Nations and its Member States Re: Take Impartial Action against Terrorists and Supporters