Death by a thousand cuts

“…A soldier when answering to his conscience not only has the right, but also the duty, to disobey an unlawful order. It is one...

Another pro-Sri Lanka resolution likely in March

The government is expected to gather support for another pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in March. The resolution is to back...

We have tremendous issues to resolve – PM

The Sri Lankan political situation has taken an interesting turn with the fairly narrow victory of the United National Party in the general election,...

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...

Freedom party blues II

Mahinda Rajapaksa, defeated in an unprecedented third bid for the presidency on 8 January this year, is living in a bubble - again. This bubble...

Pressure mounts as D-day nears

Pressure has been mounting on Sri Lanka during the past week as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) begins its 22nd session in Geneva...

Pillay pessimistic after visit (Interview)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay – who concluded her seven-day visit yesterday – said she is happy about post-war developments, particularly in...

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...

Debate over 13A resurfaces

By Easwaran Rutnam With the elections for northern Provincial Council scheduled to be held in September the debate over the 13th Amendment to the constitution...

Development begins with reconciliation

By Prasad Kariyawasam - Foreign Secretary (Speech made at the UN Peacebuilding Commission) I am not sure how many of you have visited my country. Of course...

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...

The reconciliation gap

A swashbuckling opening for the country’s second airport ahead of a vote on a US backed resolution against Sri Lanka could not quite take...

Wigneswaran gives reconciliation a boost

By Easwaran Rutnam Reconciliation has been the key word from the day the war ended in 2009 and many feel now is the best time...

Transforming commitment into action

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Nothing erases development gains as suddenly and severely as natural disasters. Earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones wreak destruction, not only across...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Return of Exiles: To the President and Prime Minister, “Cleaning up is not Quarrelsomeness”

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   In responding to a question in Parliament by Charles Nirmalanathan on Wednesday 8 August, 2018, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured...

Parliament polarised on Constitutional reforms

Sri Lanka was ushered to Independence under the Soulbury Constitution in 1948, followed by the Constitution of 1972, making the current Constitution, the second...