Government, legitimacy and the ethics of violence

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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“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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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...