Thursday, October 22, 2020

Commentary

Drafting of new constitution begins

The drafting of the new constitution to replace the 1978 constitution has begun even before the 20th Amendment has been through the...

Suffered from Rajapaksa Derangement Syndrome: UNP–SJB, a damp squib

The Light Rail project which was criticised by the former Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation Lalithasiri Gunaruwan in the presence of...

A Red Carpet for Mike Pompeo

Leftish lecturer at Colombo University, Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, argues that “Western imperialism” is better than so-called “Chinese imperialism”. Meanwhile,...

The 20th, the temple and the church

The 20th (Amendment) has made for lots of stories. And most of the stories are created by people behind the screen, on...

Pompeo tipped to win Nobel Prize for October Soup

My Matara mother always insisted if she fed everyone there would be peace. Same for the home. Same for the world. Makes...

Can Sri Lanka be a player in COVID-19 diplomacy?

Sri Lanka has the potential to become a key player in pandemic diplomacy. What’s needed is a government push to support research that can make it a power worth listening to.

The 19th, 20th and sanctimonious humbuggery

There were voices. Loud voices. The end of democracy is at hand, we heard them say. Sovereignty is at stake, they said....

How about decolonizing the colonizer?

Raja Raja Chola I build temples using wealth plundered from various lands conquered. The Dutch, British, Belgians, Danes, French, Germans, Italians, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedes, Russians and Japanese were all looters. They all ‘house’ artifacts. The looters built cities and financed development.

The USA, Brandix, biological warfare and other noxious things

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Let us welcome Mike Pompeo

This is a first-note. Pompeo can look forward to a lot of missives from us. There’s so much to tell him. It’s unbelievable, really.

Princess Dayan’s Despond in the Non-Diplomatic Dry Zone

Dayan Jayatilleka has become a broken-winged messenger for imperialism and its subpostmasters, threatening dire ramifications if Sri Lanka insists on its attempt to rise from 500 years to shake off the shackles of subjugation.

Closer scrutiny of criticisms against 20A

Over the past several days, we have been hearing various criticisms of the 20A by members of the opposition as well as...

Foreign policy can’t survive on myths and fiction

The Indian Government has repeatedly intervened in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka based on the assumption that the policies of the...

Warlike and like-war nations

Wars. Nations. War-like nations. Like-war nations. Raja Raja Chola, a name almost coterminous with the Golden Age of the Cholas, was war-like....

Teplitz and diplomatic ‘tutoring’

US Ambassador Alaina B Teplitz speaks as though Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans cannot think for themselves. Just check the headline quote...

#SolidarityNotStigma

The World Health Organization (WHO) hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory vis-à-vis COVID19. Excusable because it was unanticipated and moreover is one...

India has no moral right to ask for implementation of 13A: Weerasekera

India has no moral right to ask for the fully implementation of the 13th amendment to the Constitution, Local Government and Provincial...

Colonialism Is Not Dead, it has Acquired A New Face

Sri Lankan Author of a New Book Warns SYDNEY (IDN) – In the 19th century, European powers came to...

Alaina B. Teplitz: A Karen for an Ocean called Indian

Radhika Kumarasingha-Gonagala "Karen" is the sarcastic name given to any white woman in white countries who starts crying for...

Post 2019 prez poll ‘reporting, discussions and analysis by a range of sources’ prompt Sri Lanka bashing in Geneva

BHC sidesteps query on Lord Naseby’s disclosure The British High Commission in Colombo has claimed stepped up harassment,...

Give Ambassador Teplitz a dictionary, please!

It is not hard to understand US Ambassador Alaina B Teplitz’ angst. China, along with Japan, owns the debt of her country,...

Focus on Swiss role in Garnier ‘abduction’ as Furgler succeeds Mock

The new Swiss Ambassador, Dominik Furgler, presented his credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sept 30. Furgler, who succeedes Hanspeter Mock, steps...

Dual citizens and foreign funded locals

The 20th Amendment has given rise to a debate over whether dual citizens should be allowed to contest elections in this country....

The Quad Virus: worse than COVID19

Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance. Don’t ever blink.

COVID19 and Terrorism: the parallels

When the guard was dropped, terrorists struck. Same with a virus like COVID19.

‘We wouldn’t have spent 30 years of our lives fighting a war if we had right leaders and intellectuals’

‘Then the war would never have even started’ – Ex Army Commander Gen. Daya Ratnayake Former Army Commander and...

Europe Marks Distance from Indo-Pacific Strategy

In the European estimation, it is simply impractical to try to isolate China and, importantly, China’s rise on the global stage is...

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, the President and the Prime Minister have stretched every nerve since they came into power to go beyond the official diplomatic interactions to maintain a personal rapport of the best kind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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