The struggle for liberty: 65 years on

“The rise of the Nazis was made possible because the elite of German society worked with them, but also, above all else, because most...

The CHOGM trade-off!

In what feels like a repeat of Geneva 2012, behind-the-scenes manoeuvring by New Delhi may have tipped the scales in Sri Lanka’s favour in...

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first...

Apathy in the aftermath

A return to the status quo seems inevitable in the impeachment aftermath. A new administration at Hulftsdorp, a dormant Opposition, and a disengaged people...

Justice for a Sri Lankan massacre

By James Ross “The house has beenemptynearly 10 years,” the local aid worker told me. “No one wants to live there.” The small,one-story building is enclosed...

Dayasiri’s defection drama

“Harima dukayi (very sad)” muttered a senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) legislator, almost to himself inside an elevator at the Parliamentary complex two...

Sri Lanka still has a lot to do – EU Envoy

The European Union (EU) celebrated its birthday on the 09th of May. In 1950 the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made a dramatic...

Why even shaky chairs command a high price

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Sad but true. At a time when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is asking the nation to increase exports for the nation...

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...

Group of 16 feels Mahinda must be made PM – Dayasiri

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The split from the Government by 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members, including some Ministers, created ripples in the political arena. Now known...

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...

Government, legitimacy and the ethics of violence

The ancient Chinese, most notably Confucius, used to call it The Mandate of Heaven. Rulers may rule successfully only so long as they respect...

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...

Winter Olympics a cornerstone for peace

By Shamshad Akhtar All eyes are on the 23rd Olympic Winter Games and 12th Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang this February. Top athletes will carry their...

Gnanasara reignites anti-muslim sentiments

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has reignited anti-Muslim sentiments after he warned that another “Aluthgama” was in the offing. The...

The northern election and historical stumbling blocks

Earlier this week, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa made what was possibly the most remarkable ruling party promise yet during its electioneering in the...

Building on seventy years of success

By Shamshad Akhtar The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marks its 70th anniversary this year. This is a...

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...

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...

Northern Polls vs. 13 Minus

By Easwaran Rutnam From 13 plus the government is now proposing 13 minus in order to pacify the allies in the government on the 13th...