A ‘Rajapaksa manifesto’ for presidential polls

By N Sathiya Moorthy In a recent interview to Colombo-based Daily Mirror, Basil Rajapaksa has set out what can pass for a ‘Rajapaksa manifesto’ for...

The first white van

By Emil van der Poorten Whatever is said about life around these parts, “dull” and “mundane” would not be adjectives that one would apply to...

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...

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...

The stuff some MPs are made of?

Thus far the innocent voter has only been thinking of the stuff that the nation’s political class, especially their elected representatives, is not made...

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...

Sri Lanka needs to ‘re-invent’ governance

By Hilmy Cader Since independence Sri Lankans have frequently and hopefully changed political parties, from blue to green, from green to blue, occasionally a blurred...

Diplomatic faux pas

The Government has taken offence to comments made by Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang and is likely to seek an explanation from...

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...

To hike, or not to hike

By N Sathiya Moorthy Where did it all begin, this talk of increasing the salaries for parliamentarians and ministers, equating them with those for corresponding...

Cooperation to mitigate weather extremes

by Dr.Shamshad Akhtar This month’s floods in Thailand are a worrisome reminder of the increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events. Thailand’s flood season usually ends...

Now, Maithri turns tables on Ranil?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Given his standardised prescription for friends-turned-foes, President Maithripala Sirisena should have announced a commission of inquiry on allegations of corruption against...

Fighting inequality in Asia and the Pacific

By Shamshad Akhtar Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region’s remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor....

Time for Asia and Pacific to lead on SD

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Asia and the Pacific is recognized for its leadership in global output, trade and development. The region has a new opportunity...

Come March, US likely to back probe without foreign judges

By Easwaran Rutnam The visit to Sri Lanka last week by US Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski has given the message...

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...

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...

End of the road for Sri Lanka’s ‘warrior king’?

In hindsight the odds were stacked against such a major comeback -- even for Sri Lanka's most powerful politician of the last decade. Former president...

No hidden agenda in China-Lanka cooperation

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka   Profound and complex changes are taking place in the current world regarding geopolitical and economic circumstances, with...

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...