The ticking clock of extremism

Whipped up by hard-line groups, the anti-Muslim frenzy sweeping the country reached a pivotal moment last Thursday. Under the cover of darkness, an angry...

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...

“Goni Billa” Hate Speeches Cause Rise in Attacks

There is much concern among members of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka over the increasing number of unprovoked attacks on Muslim women wearing...

Losing the ideas battle

The heavy Police guard at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo early Monday morning created the impression that there would be VIP movement at the hotel...

Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate in papal race

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith heads the Catholic church in a predominantly Buddhist nation, but a stint in the Vatican has made him a...

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...

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...

Delegates At London Conference Call For Probe

As the United States pushed for accountability in Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, another meeting was underway in...

UNHRC 22: Geneva braces for Swiss knives and Sri Lankan swords

The beautiful Palais des Nations building in Geneva, once the home of the Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, will host a screening of the...

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...

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...

LOOKING TO SRI LANKA TO CHAMPION COMMONWEALTH VALUES

Opinion by Alistair Burt, Minister for The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office When the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam met their demise in 2OO9 at...

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...

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...

Breaking the silence

By Chrishmal Warnasuriya   The calm ex post facto the storm – Since the sudden “fizzling down” of the hyperactivity in Hulftsdorp I’ve been hounded with questions...

STRATEGY FOR DEMOCRATIC RESISTANCE, MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka   However bad things are in Sri Lanka today and however bad things may get, there is almost nothing that cannot be reversed...

Geneva 2.0: Lessons unlearnt

“I received information from a third party. Either myself or the Government does not know anything about Eknaligoda – it is only God who...

Life aboard a sanctions-hit Iranian ship which fled Sri Lanka

The eight Indian crew members on board the MV Amina had no inkling they were trapped on the frontline of the West's economic war...

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...

And then they came for the judges

His foes accuse Mahinda Rajapaksa of many sins during his seven years as Sri Lanka’s president. They blame him for the savagery that cost...