A bit embarrassed, to say the least

The horrendous butchering of Nihal Perera, the manager of Noori Estate in Deraniyagala, has even left the major apologists of the current regime at...

A cry for justice

The quote “Justice delayed is justice denied” is very near to the family of British national Khuram Shaikh after he was killed in Tangalle...

Whoever wants to become President?

By N Sathiya Moorthy It’s becoming increasingly clear that all things politics, the Easter blasts’ probe too has been mired in personalities and individual egos,...

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...
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Breaking down the Interim Report

October 30 marked the beginning of a Parliamentary debate around the recently released draft interim report on constitutional reform by the Steering Committee in the Constitutional...

A brutal conflict ended, but questions remain

By Tejshree Thapa The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist...

The need to support conflict prevention

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Over the past three decades, regional cooperation and integration (RECI) has benefited Asia and the Pacific, powering trade, economic growth and stability....

Which ‘vote’ are you talking about?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Now that President Maithripala Sirisena has called a session of Parliament that he had prorogued, the question arises if the House...

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...

Asia-Pacific moves towards global development goals

By Shamshad Akhtar   With just over a year since the adoption of a historic blueprint to end poverty and protect the planet, positive signs have...

New wine in old bottles?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Rumours that Minister Sajith Premadasa, if denied the ruling UNP’s presidential ticket, may join hands with incumbent Maithripala Sirisena, to face...

No political solution for political prisoners

By Easwaran Rutnam The Government has ruled out a general amnesty to address the political prisoner issue which looks like erupting once again anytime soon. Minister...

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...

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...

Child Soldiers In Sri Lanka Not A “Closed” Issue

The Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict recently adopted the ‘Draft Conclusions on the situation of children and armed conflict in...

Are we a democracy? Maybe?

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   Counting Votes is just one aspect of democracy On the face of it, we exercise our franchise, vote and often turn...

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...

Modi’s views on caste hierarchy a malignant cancer

The abominable 30 year barbaric war ended up by massacring thousands of innocent human beings, devastating billions from government coffers and extorting hard earned...

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...

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...