Friday, February 26, 2021

Rajpal Abeynayake

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Sri Lanka Core Group leader admits Gash reports not submitted to UNHRC

UK hindered war crimes investigation – Naseby tells Bachelet By Shamindra Ferdinando Leader of Sri Lanka...

The President’s position probably has empathy from all quarters

Writers, commentators and all types of Toms, Dicks, Harriets, Girigorises and Haramanises have gone into a state of apoplexy over the President’s...

Foreign Policy: an examination of alleged ‘incorrigibility’

By Malinda Senevirathne In 1996 Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup. The internet was in its infancy at...

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Any hope for an Opposition that martyred itself?

The failure of a political project in this country can be predicted with certainty by the number of persons who have martyred...

The desperate NGO wish for Lanka to be Myanmar

What happened in Myanmar? The military ‘coup’ in Myanmar is not a coup in the truest sense of the word for the...

It was the same judiciary they lit crackers for

Can anyone remember November 2018? That was the year the UNP praised the judiciary so fulsomely that the party leaders and elders...

Udaya and Patali: A riveting study in contrasts

There are some former Hela Urumaya politicians doing the important work of the State, deciding national energy policy, and participating in collective...

A blessed nation, relative to the socially divided Western world

A British Guardian article that’s written by a family that came from Zimbabwe to London makes me want to laugh — and...

They desperately want a do-nothing era of ‘governance’

Going through the recent opinion pieces in our national dailies, this writer comes across a reference to a recent meeting that President...

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...

Low hanging fruit isn’t a route to political success

Politicians who don’t have much of a pubic base of support, generally dominate the right wing opposition in this country. It’s not...

In 2021, the one issue news agenda has to end

Not only should Covid-19 end this year, Covid-19 should also stop being the main topic of public discourse. This was difficult particularly...

Behold those copious tears shed for democracy

Karu Jayasuriya’s comments about the pillars of democracy being assailed by the present government has a plantation Raj era flavour to it....

Turning the page on the culture of confrontation

The new indigenous medical cure that an Ayurvedic physician is credited with, has created a certain low-level simmering confrontation between doctors and...

Have less sympathy for symbols

Too many symbols that make up society makes everything rather uncomfortable for everybody, said Jiddu Krishnamurthy, the philosopher. Cardinal...

They say the sky is falling again

Local Cassandras and Fitch Rating Cassandras may be two sides of the same coin but they seem to be also on the...

There could be disappointment, even if you are defamed

A gentleman by the name of Satarasinghe sued a certain John Fernando and the Attorney General for...

Science and science only should decide Covid burial controversy

There is a line between baiting a community, and being politely concerned about extremism. This tension between keeping extremism at bay and...

State sector enriches oligarchs, or thrives in greatness?

The new Pfizer vaccine for Coronavirus will probably take time to become commercially available and safe in a country such as ours,...

Was it assault and death and an infringement of rights, or a simple case of epilepsy?

In a case of possible police brutality, where a man had been arrested and had died in the police station the next...

Judge Barrett’s appointment shows, 20th Amendment was democratic

When Judge Amy Coney Barrett placed her hand on the Bible and was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge of the...

Reality is, Sri Lanka has got talent

The New Delhi Metro was designed and built by Indians with an Indian engineer E. Sreedharan in charge. The Sri Lankan Government...

Mapping the size and shape of post Covid economic recovery

It was Amarthya Sen the Nobel prize winning economist who revealed after extensive research that famine is avoidable if there is good...

Learning from the ‘annus horribilis’ 2020

The people are ready for change that the Government must be contemplating after the passage of the 20th Amendment in Parliament.

What’s behind a legal-eagle’s lament against 20 A?

But where does consensus come from? Is it from Parliament, or from the ‘professionals’ she goes on about, or from the people? Vox populi should be the measure of consensus especially under a constitutional regime that vests sovereignty in the people.

Hallucinations for those who see demons in the 20th Amendment

Until a new Constitution is promulgated, Sri Lanka has a distinctly presidential system of government. This fact among other things has been given the Supreme Court imprimatur in the court’s decision on the 19th Amendment.

THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN:

Dissecting malicious prosecutions against the Rajapaksa regime,and others

Mapping end of history in Northern theatre

It’s the end of history for Tamil politics, they say — or the Tamil politics as we knew existed. Mapping out the...

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Take Human Rights seriously, not so much the council or office

By Dr Laksiri Fernando The 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council started on 22 February morning with...

Sri Lanka Core Group leader admits Gash reports not submitted to UNHRC

UK hindered war crimes investigation – Naseby tells Bachelet By Shamindra Ferdinando Leader of Sri Lanka...

The President’s position probably has empathy from all quarters

Writers, commentators and all types of Toms, Dicks, Harriets, Girigorises and Haramanises have gone into a state of apoplexy over the President’s...

Foreign Policy: an examination of alleged ‘incorrigibility’

By Malinda Senevirathne In 1996 Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup. The internet was in its infancy at...