Friday, February 26, 2021

Commentary

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...

Unilever & the Corporate Hijacking of the UN

• The EU is demanding a timeline on Sri Lanka’s rather mild ‘import ban’. How quaint they even ask such questions! May we ask...

Economy critics are glib, but fudge the basics

An ostrich with head buried in the sand talking about an ostrich with head buried in the sand? Surreal tough it may...

Yaka is a Scream!

The imperialist embassies patronizingly fund ‘poverty analysis’, as if they don’t know how they keep robbing us! Why not ‘wealth analysis,’ so we too can follow the path they took!?

Tamil Politics: Progeny of political assassins and war crime vendors

UNHRC, HRW, AI, Eminent Persons, Core Groups and other western agencies are working overtime to tarnish the image of the present government....

Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations: An exercise in world class diplomacy

Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in South Asia with which Pakistan has endeavoured to develop a broad-based relationship covering...

Sri Lanka draws UNHRC’s attention to progress in reconciliation efforts

Refuting OHCHR’s grave charges, Colombo hints that Sri Lanka is a victim of Big Power rivalry The OHCHR should have...

Authoritarian, hypocritical recommendations of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka

I can be very clear and blunt. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is going in the authoritarian...

How sanctions violate human rights

By Shiran Illanperuma A report on Sri Lanka published by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in...

The UN: From the sublime to the hilarious

The United Nations is an institution mired in politics focusing primarily on military conflicts, civil wars, economic sanctions, peacekeeping, plus sustainable economic...

US re-joining UNHRC: American attitude towards terrorism and human rights

‘The US returns to UNHRC, ahead of 46th session’ was a leading news item in The Island of 10.02.2021.

Food (In)security: A national action plan needed

Food security is defined by the United Nations Committee on World Food Security as “the means that all people, at all times,...

Appeal to lift LTTE ban in the UK declined

An attempt by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elaam (LTTE) fronts to lift the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) ban on the terror group was...

Missing Persons Report and Civilian Casualties: Darusman Report inflated estimates- Maxwell Paranagama

By Manjula Fernando Chairman of the Missing Persons Commission, retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama, said although it was...

The UN Network of Informers

The revelation by the Darusman Panel that the UN had networks of observers in ‘LTTE-controlled areas’ has not received the attention it...

The Complicity of the International Community in Causing and Exaggerating Death

The most serious canard advanced against Sri Lanka is of massive numbers of civilians having been killed. This was first floated in the...

Shoddy and Suspicious Details in the Darusman Panel Report

I have not yet seen the full report issued by the panel appointed by Ban ki Moon, but the Sunday Island of the...

Assessing the Secretary General’s Panel

I have now had an opportunity to read through what is supposed to be the Report of the Panel appointed by the...

Promoting Treachery – a new dimension to political affairs

I was told yesterday by one of those NGO activists who had benefited hugely from foreign funding that several...

The involvement of UN officials in the programmes of either Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu or Patricia Butenis

Yesterday I wrote a satirical account of a meeting held at the house of the American Ambassador, reportedly at the request of...

Yaka invests the Mimics

Nakano Shigeharu’s poem on 1930s Japan, The Imperial Hotel begins, “Here it’s the West: The dogs talk English…” Yet, Colombo’s canines actually understand English better than anyone....

The many personalities of Kiki Darusman

One of the more astonishing features of the Darusman Panel is the character of its chairman. I have in fact met him,...

Retirement Opportunities against Sri Lanka: Stephen Rapp, Ramsey Clark, Yasmin Sooka & Navi Pillay

We have 4 international figures serving in the international ‘justice & world peace’ system now closely associated with the TGTE. Ramsey Clark’s...

THE TENTATIVE WORLD OF THE DARUSMAN PANELISTS

Having now seem more of the report, I am impressed by the skill with which the three Panelists have woven a highly...

India loves Sri Lankan Tamils, ok?

The man has said it. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, speaking in Chennai (yes, that’s in Tamil Nadu), has said that his...

CONTINUING VICTIMIZATION THROUGH SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Darusman Panel  is grossly misleading about the way in which surrendees were handled. It sneers at Government figures for those in detention as...

Stephen Rapp Covered-up Rwanda Genocide to Absolve US Culpability

Former Head of the US State Department’s War Crimes and Global Criminal Justice (2009-2015) during the Obama regime, Stephen Rapp, who worked...

Must Read

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...