CTF and Wijedasa’s “lack of confidence”

By Ayesha Zuhair   Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Minister in charge of Justice, Wijedasa Rajapakshe has declared that he has “no confidence” in the government appointed Consultation...

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...

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...

Uproar over Paranagama’s ‘panditha katha’ on cluster bombs

By Easwaran Rutnam The controversy over the alleged use of cluster bombs during the war took a different turn last week as a result of...

The second battle

Still grappling with the Weliweriya controversy, the Government was forced to open a battle on another front, this time in Grandpass, Colombo, where agitations...

The blight of militarisation

THE HINDU EDITORIAL Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities...

Push to make enforced disappearances a crime

Last week saw the fight for justice for those missing continuing with the families of those missing gathering in Colombo and making a push...

The ghosts of expediency

Domestic political victories in the short term, often won at a great cost to democracy, liberty and the rule of law have a way...

Devolution dilemmas

As the country witnesses the outbreak of a veritable epidemic of ruling party politicos running rampage in their respective fiefdoms and a senior police...

The political garbage that is

By Hilmy Ahamed The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio. Street protests are happening around every...

Moving towards a new development pathway

By Subinay Nandy  On 25th September, world leaders will meet at the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York. This milestone high-level plenary meeting of...

Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate in papal race

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith heads the Catholic church in a predominantly Buddhist nation, but a stint in the Vatican has made him a...

Saffron marches and the ides of September

Last Wednesday, police officials paid a visit to the beef stall at the Bambalapitiya Market on Galle Road. They had a polite warning for...

Sri Lanka: A Lesson for U.S. Strategy

For much of the period since its independence, Sri Lanka attracted scant regard throughout the West. At the culmination of its civil war, some...

Sri Lanka after the Tigers

By Meenakshi Ganguly The causeway that links northern Sri Lanka’s mainland to Mannar Island is lined with vast military barracks. They have a nicely settled...

My vision for a pollution-free planet

By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment For too long, the relationship between prosperity and environment has been seen as a trade-off. Tackling pollution was considered...

Beyond accountability: the struggle for co-existence in Sri Lanka

By Ahilan Kadirgamar and Mahendran Thuruvarangan Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. For years, the lack of accountability for the grave human rights abuses...

Delegates At London Conference Call For Probe

As the United States pushed for accountability in Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, another meeting was underway in...

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...

Sustainable living alongside natural risks

By Shamshad Akhtar The past few weeks have been a grim reminder that naturaldisasters know no borders. They canstrike countries at opposite ends of the...