Monday, October 26, 2020

Commentary

Sri Lanka’s Brahmin Left

Intellectual and cultural elites, driven by incentives like funding or employment from ad agencies and the donor-funded sector, have co-opted the rhetoric and branding of the Left.

Milinda Moragoda is on probation!

There’s a question though. Is Moragoda’s engagement framed by the aspirations associated with the tone and substance of the Gotabaya/SLPP platform or have Gotabaya and the SLPP reconciled themselves to being led (up the garden path?) by Moragoda?

Santa doesn’t exist, ok?

Saint (cough) Alaina B. Teplitz assumes we don’t know that China is not dead or even whimpering. She’s essentially saying ‘Hey dude, fall in line with our position on China!’

Strong executive presidency needed for rapid development – GL

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected with 6.9 million votes. There is no doubt about his mandate. But, how can he deliver? He cannot hold the defence portfolio. But, he is responsible for maintaining the law and order of the country. How can he deliver if he cannot even dismiss the Inspector General of Police

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.

Wigneswaran, a threat to peace and reconciliation

when Wigneswaran talks of his greatness because he speaks the Tamil language he is fooling himself and not impressing the world. Everyone knows that he is trying to shine in borrowed feathers.

Government and MCC: Give us clarity!

Udaya Gammanpila claimed that 70% of the draft agreement was good and 30% bad. It’s easy to pluck numbers out of thin air. He hasn’t detailed the good and neither the bad. He ought to.

People witnessed turmoil under 19A – Dr Jayatissa De Costa

The country degenerated economically, politically and socially. So-called narcotics, underworld operations, organised crime were on the rise.

Stubborn myths about Sri Lanka, China and the BRI

Professor Sumanasiri Liyanage’s analysis of China and the Belt and Road Initiative does little more than fall in line with propaganda churned out by the likes of The New York Times and Mike Pompeo.

The dual-citizenship ‘thorn’

This country has been and is still being run by people holding single-citizenship — IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

Defeating unseen foreign forces, our key objective – Yuthukama Chief

“The 19th amendment was also flawed due to the ad-hoc amendments brought in during the third reading of the committee-stage debate. We don’t want the same predicament to befall the 20th amendment,”

20th Amendment: ‘Yahapalanists’ are subverting objection

As such, the 20th is an improvement, simply because every single member is answerable to the voter They can elect them and they can throw them out of power using the ballot Regime-loyalists were routinely penciled in when ‘independent’ commissioners were appointed

An attempt to rediscover historical demarcation of provincial boundaries

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Wigneswaran’s tribalist shenanigans

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Draft 20A: The Urgent and not so Urgent

The draft of the 20th Amendment has now been Gazetted. Formulating a completely new constitution instead of making interim amendments to the existing one, is undoubtedly what most prefer.

What is the Left’s defense of the 19th Amendment?

The Left has always been in the business of institution building. But the difference between the Old Left and New Left’s approach to “independence” and “depoliticization” is stark.

Way forward with Sri Lankan-American Moragoda in India

The President could have Moragoda engage in Cabinet meetings periodically so Sri Lanka’s top legislators know how the nation’s point man in India is putting Sri Lankan interest first.

Over 60 obligations & responsibilities GoSL has to comply to obtain $480m MCC Funding

The MCC agreements binds Sri Lanka to make legislative changes before, during & after signing of its Compact. For a paltry $480m...

Ms Bachelet’s troubles

It’s a case of keeping quiet when ‘our guys err’ and screaming and whining when it’s ‘those other guys in power’ whether or not they err.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being the Son of Mervyn

Oh, once-Comrade Dayan. Even a bodhiliya arrays less spectra than you. Even better, here is a chameleon who makes the entire environment appear to change color, which yet remains the same shades of a lustrous green one minute, and a superficial veneer of red the next.

US sanctions China – Sri Lanka & MCC

The arm-twisting now taking place is pretty obvious. The sanctions on Chinese companies working in Sri Lanka also gives a clear message. It should also showcase the dangers of what Sri Lanka can expect, handing over all of Sri Lanka’s basket of eggs to US. China can well maneuver itself inspite of sanctions. Will Sri Lanka be able to do same if MCC signed and US decides to further throttle Sri Lanka with sanctions if Sri Lanka does not follow US orders!

THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN:

Dissecting malicious prosecutions against the Rajapaksa regime,and others

Pro-LTTE whiners trying a ‘Thileepan’ on Brigadier Bothota?

The long-winded whine of these pro-terrorist outfits is that Bothota is an Army Officer. There’s not a single mention of any act which implicates the man in any crime.

The hydra against the behemoth

In the ninth parliament of Sri Lanka, the Opposition has become a many-headed hydra fighting a formidable behemoth.

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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