And then they came for the judges

His foes accuse Mahinda Rajapaksa of many sins during his seven years as Sri Lanka’s president. They blame him for the savagery that cost...

Unexpected political opening won’t last forever

Sri Lanka’s new government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, has now made a range of assurances via an extensive reform agenda and is now...

Hang him – NOT – let him go!

By N Sathiya Moorthy By presiding over the destruction of massive drugs seized by law-enforcers in recent years, and declaring that he had cleared the...

Transparency key as rights commission deadline looms

By Brad Adams January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change...

The Trinco-5 and a legacy of impunity

It was only the second day in a brand new year. And 2006 was new in more ways than one. Sri Lanka had a...

“Goni Billa” Hate Speeches Cause Rise in Attacks

There is much concern among members of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka over the increasing number of unprovoked attacks on Muslim women wearing...

“Economic Diplomacy”

By Sarath Wijesinghe The term diplomacy refers to dealings with other states on Trade, War, Economy, Culture, Environment, Human Rights, Strategic advantages and many other...

Fixing a ‘value’ on values

By N Sathiya Moorthy By taking bold to declare that ‘open economy has destroyed social norms and values of the nation’, Colombo’s Archbishop, Malcolm Cardinal...

Come March, US likely to back probe without foreign judges

By Easwaran Rutnam The visit to Sri Lanka last week by US Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski has given the message...

Life aboard a sanctions-hit Iranian ship which fled Sri Lanka

The eight Indian crew members on board the MV Amina had no inkling they were trapped on the frontline of the West's economic war...

Sri Lanka: The new persecution

“Is there no woman here? …Is there no man in this land? Is there no honest man or only the sort of man who...

Wigneswaran faces diplomatic pressure

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is facing diplomatic pressure as he pushes ahead with the newly formed Tamil People’s Council (TPC) which consists...

Casting aside caste and class

By N Sathiya Moorthy Addressing university students in the capital Colombo recently, President Maithripala Sirisena was reported to have said that “ending the caste discrimination...

A festering fisheries crisis amid cosy Indo-Lanka ties

Indo-Lanka relations have not looked this strong in decades, but renewed ties hold little hope for Sri Lanka’s northern fishermen, whose livelihoods are in...

Reconciliation to play a key role at polls

As the Government closes shop and prepares to face what is likely to be a hard fought battle at the Parliament election, the Tamils...

Building bridges in the air

Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Sripala de Silva’s Parliament announcement that the Government was not handing over the Palay Airport in the Tamil-majority Northern Province...

Safe spaces for youth

By Fadhil Bakeer Markar When you hear that there are thousands of young people who don’t qualify after their O/L examinations and there are hundreds of...

Effective governance key to economic growth

By Shamshad Akhtar The Asia-Pacific region’s high and steady economic growth has been an anchor of stability for the struggling world economy in recent years....

The stuff some MPs are made of?

Thus far the innocent voter has only been thinking of the stuff that the nation’s political class, especially their elected representatives, is not made...

Post-war trauma still haunts TNA

By N Sathiya Moorthy Sad but true, but then the nation’s Tamil polity has since made a fine-art of infighting that they do not any...