Europe – After Brexit

By Anis H. Bajrektarevic A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US...

Mixed expectations on Zeid’s visit

The ongoing visit to Sri Lanka by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has brought mixed expectations, particularly...

What do ‘Human Rights’ mean for politicians in the South?

By S. V. Kirupahran in France   ‘Human rights’ may be a new phenomenon for many Sinhala Buddhists – SB and for some Tamils including a...

Tackling Asia-Pacific’s inequality trap

by Shamshad Akhtar Rising inequality threatens to derail,from the start, successful implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. Stronger, more...

Mixed reactions on Sri Lanka report

Statements made on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 30 after a report on Sri Lanka was submitted...

Now, Mangala’s Power to the fore?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Election time is also felicitation time in the country. Suddenly, ‘friends’ of politicians discover that their man – or, woman –...

UNHRC 22: Geneva braces for Swiss knives and Sri Lankan swords

The beautiful Palais des Nations building in Geneva, once the home of the Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, will host a screening of the...

No political solution for political prisoners

By Easwaran Rutnam The Government has ruled out a general amnesty to address the political prisoner issue which looks like erupting once again anytime soon. Minister...

Renewable Energy – Let’s Do It Right

By Bradnee Chambers The development and deployment of new technologies to deliver the world’s energy needs from renewable sources are essential if we are to...

Baby boy for mom locked up as Australian security risk

A woman who Australia deems to be a national security risk has given birth to a child who is likely to spend the early...

I have no problems with Ranil – Field Marshal Fonseka

Former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says some elements are attempting to reignite the ethic issue. Fonseka said that while he has no...

If ‘untenable’, it’s one for the CA

By N Sathiya Moorthy   For a second time in as many months, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has upheld his decision to name former President Mahinda Rajapaksa,...

Path to reconciliation: Consulting the victims

The brutal and bloody war in the country saw people from all sides suffer. Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims alike lost their loved ones to...

The first white van

By Emil van der Poorten Whatever is said about life around these parts, “dull” and “mundane” would not be adjectives that one would apply to...

Impact of caste in contemporary Sri Lanka

By Basil Fernando It is a basic tenet of social sciences that a person’s environment has a profound impact on every aspect of their social...

To be or not to be, the Gota question

By N Sathiya Moorthy By declaring that he was confident of winning the presidential elections later this year, Gota Rajapaksa has said that he wants...

We can’t abandon things, says Sampanthan

By Meera Srinivasan R. Sampanthan, leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, is also the country’s seniormost politician, having been in politics for more...

Northern issues threaten non-recurrence

By Easwaran Rutnam The inability to pay back loans, unemployment and the political prisoner issue has gripped the North ahead of the New Year. National Dialogue...

The ticking clock of extremism

Whipped up by hard-line groups, the anti-Muslim frenzy sweeping the country reached a pivotal moment last Thursday. Under the cover of darkness, an angry...

Should Tamils hear out the Rajapaksas?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Reports that war-time Defence Secretary and a prospective presidential aspirant/hopeful from the SLPP-JO met with Tamil journalists in Colombo recently should...