Paving the way for Rajapaksa renaissance

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, arguably the previous regime’s most powerful man, may be under fire from a plethora of investigations into procurements and...

Beyond accountability: the struggle for co-existence in Sri Lanka

By Ahilan Kadirgamar and Mahendran Thuruvarangan Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. For years, the lack of accountability for the grave human rights abuses...

The blight of militarisation

THE HINDU EDITORIAL Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities...

I have no problems with Ranil – Field Marshal Fonseka

Former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says some elements are attempting to reignite the ethic issue. Fonseka said that while he has no...

Inclusive growth: Vital for Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development

  Dr. Shamshad Akhtar The level of global debate about sustainable development is reaching new heights as the United Nations gears up for Member States to...

Freedom party blues II

Mahinda Rajapaksa, defeated in an unprecedented third bid for the presidency on 8 January this year, is living in a bubble - again. This bubble...

Ties with China not severed – Mangala Samaraweera

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera stated that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family at large had stashed away US $ 18 billion abroad. The...

Sri Lanka still has a lot to do – EU Envoy

The European Union (EU) celebrated its birthday on the 09th of May. In 1950 the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made a dramatic...

Gotabhaya : I tried to control Mervyn

He was considered a powerful Defence Secretary during his term in office but Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the media portrayed the wrong image about him....

No hidden agenda in Sri Lanka says China

From the day the new Government took office, China’s dominance in Sri Lanka has been slowly pushed to the back seat. The suspension 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...

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...