Returning to my roots in Sri Lanka

By Mohamed Hussain Shareef  - Ambassador of Maldives to Sri Lanka Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno...

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...

Outrage as President insists no foreign judges

A public statement made last weekend by President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not agree to inviting foreign judges to get involved in the...

Needed: New Narratives

By N Sathiya Moorthy In eastern Ampara over the weekend, ‘Leader of the Opposition’ Mahinda Rajapaksa has reiterated their resolve “not to allow anyone to...

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...

‘Outright Opportunism’, is thy other name ‘national government’?

By N Sathiya Moorthy By the very definition, ‘politicians’ are an ‘opportunistic’ breed. Greater the success of the individual or the party, more ‘opportunistic’ they...

Transparency key as rights commission deadline looms

By Brad Adams January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change...

Improved infrastructure plays major role in real estate values

With the recent announcement that the much-anticipated Colombo Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is all set to proceed with Phase 1 following the green...

Diplomats call Ministers over cracks in UNP-SLFP

By Easwaran Rutnam @easwaranrutnam Diplomatic circles were abuzz on Thursday as speculation spread that the police had been placed on standby following what seemed to be...

Building bridges in the air

Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Sripala de Silva’s Parliament announcement that the Government was not handing over the Palay Airport in the Tamil-majority Northern Province...

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...

The truth is sacred, it has to surface says Mano

By Easwaran Rutnam The government has made several promises with regards to the accountability issue and is in the process of taking steps to ensure...

Rushing to ignite a religious war

By Tisaranee Gunasekara That last refuge of the persecuted might be vanishing. Faraz Shauketaly of The Sunday Leade was shot in his place of residence. The...

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....

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...

Sandya Eknaligoda has not lost hope

In an interview conducted by Amnesty International, Sandya Eknaligoda, the wife of the disappeared Sri Lankan journalist/cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda says she is hopeful a proper...

Bring your own catheter or obstetrical care in Sri Lanka

Not so long ago I wrote at some length about the fact that my neighbours and I are reduced to repairing the roads supposed...

Geo-political reality bites

Late last week, increasingly influential hardline groups in the country rallied against the internationally-acclaimed TIME Magazine for its cover story featuring controversial Burmese monk...

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...

50 years on: LGB&T equality brings success

By James Dauris - British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka On 27th July the United Kingdom will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation...