The northern election and historical stumbling blocks

Earlier this week, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa made what was possibly the most remarkable ruling party promise yet during its electioneering in the...

The fires within

Rajeswari Ganesan, mother of a 28-year-old Vavuniya prison inmate who died under suspicious circumstances in June last year, sobbed out her grief to visiting...

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...

Learning the rules of engagement

The small strip of coast beside the emerald waters of the Indian Ocean, in the Mullaitivu District, was a rapidly shrinking space between February-May...

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...

Enter Navi

Louise Arbour, the last UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Sri Lanka, arrived in the country in October 2007, just over a...

Can Sri Lanka survive a Ranil Wickremesinghe government after a Mahinda Chinthanaya?

Particularly since the Weliveriya atrocity, there has been a surge of “Ranil Wickremesinghe is the only hope” thinking!  Many moons ago, in an article...

The second battle

Still grappling with the Weliweriya controversy, the Government was forced to open a battle on another front, this time in Grandpass, Colombo, where agitations...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The perspective of a corrupt government

In the not-too-distant past, a cynical fallback for those who took a jaundiced view of the future of humanity was, “In the long run,...

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...

Remembering Sri Lanka’s Black July

Thirty years ago, Tamil separatists stepping up militant attacks in northern Sri Lanka killed 13 soldiers who reported for duty only a day earlier....

On being “targeted”

I make no apologies for the fact that this piece is less concerned about “rural perspectives” than it is about being on someone’s “hit...

Cometh the hour

Seven months after the unceremonious sacking of the country’s 43rd Chief Justice, another former Supreme Court Justice assumes political centre stage following a decision...

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...

The disconnect between principle and practice in Sri Lankan governance

By Emil van der Poorten The fooforaw about the 13th Amendment to the constitution has effectively camouflaged the fact that all the indulgence in debating...