Youth building Peace: Sri Lanka’s best hope

By Una McCauley – UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative   In September of last year, I had the privilege of attending an event in...

A festering fisheries crisis amid cosy Indo-Lanka ties

Indo-Lanka relations have not looked this strong in decades, but renewed ties hold little hope for Sri Lanka’s northern fishermen, whose livelihoods are in...

Round One goes to Rajapaksa, but…

By N Sathiya Moorthy By formally signing in as a member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) or the ‘Sri Lanka People’s Front’, former...

Why UNHRC must stay engaged in Sri Lanka

By Alan Keenan | @akeenan23   As the United Nations Human Rights Council meets in Geneva this month, it’s time to assess how far Sri Lanka...

We have tremendous issues to resolve – PM

The Sri Lankan political situation has taken an interesting turn with the fairly narrow victory of the United National Party in the general election,...

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...

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...

A rightful fight for education

By Harsha Subhashana As an administrative professional working for SAITM and even before joining SAITM, I have been observing the SAITM saga going on for...

No other country could better understand the preciousness of Free Trade than Sri Lanka

By Cheng Xueyuan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka   The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and also...

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...

‘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...

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...

Many talk, few offer help – Father S.J. Emmanuel

The Global Tamil Forum is one of many organizations which were listed for links with the LTTE in Sri Lanka but was de-listed by...

Northern Polls vs. 13 Minus

By Easwaran Rutnam From 13 plus the government is now proposing 13 minus in order to pacify the allies in the government on the 13th...

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...

White flag killings raised again

By Easwaran Rutnam The much talked about and possibly most controversial incident related to the war known as the “white flag” incident has been brought...

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...

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...

Land acquisition in the North creates a stir

An attempt to acquire private land in the North has created a stir with Tamils in the area raising strong objections and accusing the...

Migrants shape a better Asia- Pacific – If we let them

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar and Ambassador William Lacy Swing   Over land, by air and by sea, the people of Asia and the Pacific are on...