Sunday, January 17, 2021

Commentary

Ambassador Alaina B Teplitz and US ‘perfection’

It took US Ambassador Alaina B Teplitz five days to say something about the assault on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. She was...

The political economy of accusation, guilt and punishment

Whenever predictions are made about repercussions from the international community for things said or left unsaid or else things done or left...

No, Ranjan Ramanayake is not a hero

Sri Lankans are an emotional lot. They like conspiracy theories, and where they can’t find one they cook it up. The Ranjan...

America’s descent into the depths of disastrous Trumpism

It is more fragile that the window panes of the Congress that were smashed by the mob unleashed by President Donald Trump....

Quotes in/on black and white

• “ My colour is black and brown and not white so my words have not been taken, because of the money...

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...

Chaos in THE Banana Republic

Events in Washington, USA, have made political commentators talk about the appearance of fissures in the fabric of that nation. The assumption...

The Quad halved, then drawn and quartered

This column focuses on local politics. As opposed to global affairs. However, ‘local-global’ is, as sociologists would point out, a false dichotomy....

Subramanyam Jaishankar and pounds of flesh

The Indian Foreign Minister arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday. His schedule includes discussions with the President, Prime Minister and the Foreign...

Ambassador Teplitz, are you traumatized too?

Compared to what the USA has done all over the world, what happened (and is happening) in the Capitol is kids’ stuff....

What’s the buzz Jaishankar?

The man’s here. India’s External Affairs Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar arrived on Tuesday. At 4.29 pm (what precision!). He will meet President Gotabaya...

We need to convert elephants from economic liability to economic asset – Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya

Development cannot take place in the absence of ecosystem servicesWe have been using one concept to manage HEC for the last 60...

It will take a lot to bury 2020, but let’s give thanks for being alive

The year 2020 was eminently forgettable and that has very little to do with politics. The obvious need not be stated. As...

American envoy on the wrong side of history

In May 1996 Madeleine Albright, who was then U.S. ambassador to the UN, was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in...

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...

Islam is under threat– Prof. Rohan Gunaratna

One of the globally burning issues today is the activities of extremist groups spawned by the radicalisation of the Muslim faith. The...

MUSLIM OUTCRY OVER CREMATION OF COVID-19 DEAD – Politically motivated, says Minister Johnston Fernando

Chief Government Whip and Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando said that it is very obvious the protest against cremation of Covid-19 victims...

The International Criminal Court: Now Simply Indefensible

Support for the rule of international law, and for the institutions which uphold it, is one of the principles of this blog....

The Rationality of a National Peace Council Funded by Warmongers

Srilankabriefly Rationality would first demand to know why the world’s largest and most bloodthirsty warmongers are funding his ‘peace’ council.

Uncorking the Sinhala genie

In the annals of horribilis, 2020 wasn’t just an annus horribilis; it was much more and much worse. Sri Lanka fared better than did...

The Goddamn Heathens

The 1881 colonial census listed 71 ‘races’ in Ceylon, including Chaldeans, Circasssians, and Kelts, etc!  After Lanka’s second war...

Will the real rentiers please stand up?

Sri Lanka’s resident neoliberals claim to disdain “rentiers”. But who or what do they mean by a rentier? According...

There’s movement within and without (parties and nations)

Those who worship free markets would say, ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch.’ Nothing comes free. Everything has a...

The woes of Kotte

In 2015 after the yahapalana government came into power, Harsha de Silva, then Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs and UNP Electoral...

The Public Utilities Commission: should it go or stay?

On December 1, 2020, Presidential Secretary P.B. Jayasundera wrote to Treasury Secretary S.R. Attygalle to close down the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)....

‘Scrap the presidency’ is a conditioned reflex

Why is Sri Lanka unsuited for a presidential system of government? Because, it was an idea that was hatched in the head...

To bury or not bury is NOT the question

Is it absolutely safe to bury those who have died of COVID-19? No one can say with absolute certainty. The World Health...

MCC: did we miss the bus or escaped being thrown under it?

The MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation) Compact was, in the words of a) MCC people, b) US Ambassador, c) Mangala Samaraweera, d) Yahapalana...

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TNA seeks an ‘almost separate state’

The TNA has submitted its proposals to the Experts Committee appointed to draft a new Constitution (The Island 04.01.2021). What it has asked for...

The SJB-TNA combine as India’s pawn

Sajith Premadasa appointed Dayan Jayatilleke as his advisor on international affairs. Dayan’s genuflection before India is legendary. Not surprisingly, in an article...

Ambassador Alaina B Teplitz and US ‘perfection’

It took US Ambassador Alaina B Teplitz five days to say something about the assault on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. She was...

The political economy of accusation, guilt and punishment

Whenever predictions are made about repercussions from the international community for things said or left unsaid or else things done or left...