Disaster risk resilience: key to protecting vulnerable communities

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana The past five years have been the hottest on record in Asia and the Pacific. Unprecedented heatwaves have swept across our...

What do the Tamils want?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   As with all post-war elections especially, the nation’s Tamil community remains confused – as much as what they want of the...

Will ‘all roads’ to Colombo lead from H’tota?

By N Sathiya Moorthy For Sri Lankans who might have been complaining that under the 10-year Rajapaksa presidency, only native Hambantota got into the news...

Decoding the Rajapaksa-ticket

By N Sathiya Moorthy As expected, Mahinda Rajapaksa has named brother and his war-time Defence Secretary Gota Rajpaksa as his SLPP-JO’s presidential candidate. Equally predicted was...

New wine in old bottles?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Rumours that Minister Sajith Premadasa, if denied the ruling UNP’s presidential ticket, may join hands with incumbent Maithripala Sirisena, to face...

Could relations between Sri Lanka and China get closer?

As China wants to grow its global influence, the Asia-Pacific region seems to be key to start the process and Indian Ocean Island nation...

Is a ‘fourth alternative’ in sight?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   With PHU ally of the Rajapaksas’ SLPP, Udaya Gamanpilla, declaring that the US has cleared Gota R’s request for relinquishing his...

Has ‘political bug’ smitten the Cardinal too?

By N Sathiya Moorthy By reportedly asking the nation’s rulers to resign, Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith may have crossed the Rubicon...

Two rooms, too many elephants!

By N Sathiya Moorthy Talking about Sri Lanka’s geo-strategic options, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has always been fond of referring to the US as the...

Distorted flags, deceptive ‘nationalism’

By N Sathiya Moorthy Chennai, 8 July 2019 Going by media reports, participants at Sunday’s Kandy rally of the self-style ‘Sinhala-Buddhist nationalist’ BBS carried Sri Lankan...

Executions under Executive Presidency

By N Sathiya Moorthy It is anybody’s guess why and how President Maithripala Sirisena got to sign the death-warrants of four big-time drug-offenders, as he...

So what if 19-A has to go…

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithripala Sirisena may go down the history of world democracy as a leader who had no hesitation to acknowledge his...

West giving up on Ranil too?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Whoever said that the nation is yet to become normal post-Easter blasts need to have their eyes and ears tested –...

Why Sri Lanka co-sponsored the UN resolution

By S. V. Kirubaharan, France The UN Human Rights Commission was reformed by the former UN Secretary-General Kofi-Annan and the UN Human Rights Council was...

Whoever wants to become President?

By N Sathiya Moorthy It’s becoming increasingly clear that all things politics, the Easter blasts’ probe too has been mired in personalities and individual egos,...

Where from here, presidential polls?

By N Sathiya Moorthy After meeting with Narendra Modi while in New Delhi for his second swearing-in, President Maithripala Sirisena announced that the Indian Prime...

What does Modi’s return mean for Sri Lanka?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   The President’s Office in Colombo has since announced that incumbent Maithripala Sirisena would be attending the swearing-in of India’s Prime Minister...

Fears grow over Chinese “infiltration”

By Easwaran Rutnam Fears are growing over a Chinese infiltration of Sri Lanka by way of Chinese intelligence officers, especially after the Easter Sunday attacks. The...

US and Sri Lanka seek consensus on controversial deal

By Easwaran Rutnam The US and Sri Lanka are attempting to seek a consensus on a controversial agreement, which has come under strong criticism from...

Between a ‘secured’ State and a ‘Security State’

By N Sathiya Moorthy Weeks after the Easter blasts that rattled the Sri Lankan State, nation people out of their post-war slumber, we now have...