A move to make the sword mightier

By Easwaran Rutnam In journalism there is a popular quote which states that “the pen is mightier than the sword”. In other words it means...

India may regret sooner or later

By S. V. KIRUPAharan, France “It’s not a mistake to make a mistake, but it is a mistake to repeat the mistake.” During the 39th session...

The emerging crisis of cohabitation

A strange revelation was made this week, after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed four new Deputy Ministers in his continued efforts to consolidate power within...

The end game

“The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a...

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...

Saying goodbye to Sri Lanka and her resilient people

By Subinay Nandy In my 25 years at the United Nations I have had the privilege of serving in a number of countries. In May...

New policy to protect rights of IDPs

By Easwaran Rutnam A new National policy on war displaced, which was approved by the cabinet last week, will ensure the rights of internally displaced...

‘Political stability’, the emerging polls cause?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Half-way through the five-year term of the incumbent Government that commenced its journey in January 2015, it is becoming increasing clear...

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...

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...

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...

Entrepreneurial about gender equality

By Hong Joo Hahm Asia and the Pacific needs more women entrepreneurs. Women’s economic empowerment and gender equality depend on it, as does the inclusive...

Jointly building the Belt And Road

By Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador of China   In January 2018, I arrived at Colombo and assumed the office as the 21st Chinese Ambassador to Sri...

Foot soldiers of the Empire

Hard-line Sinhala groups like the Bodu Bala Sena essentially have a singular objective. They aim to spread fear and suspicion about communities and people...

‘War crimes probe’ by another name

By N Sathiya Moorthy Even as the nation continues to be immersed in the current constitutional crisis of unprecedented proportion, possibly for any country in...

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...

No hidden agenda in Sri Lanka says China

From the day the new Government took office, China’s dominance in Sri Lanka has been slowly pushed to the back seat. The suspension of...

Do not touch: Nuclear, Chemical and Biological

By Dr, Dayan Jayatilleka Does anyone know who made the decision to dabble with nuclear power sources and if that weren’t enough, attempt a tie up...

When public relations meets militarisation

By Alan Keenan (@akeenan23) Some recent moves by Sri Lanka meant to show it was finally confronting the country’s entrenched culture of impunity have been...

Mutiny in the ranks over dilution of 13A

“It is necessary that we give to these people the freedoms that are the right of people in all others parts of our country....