The contradictions of state policy on the TNA

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka While it is desirable that a leader has an enlightened and transcendent vision for post-war nation-building, it is also understandable that...

The Trinco-5 and a legacy of impunity

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It was only the second day in a brand new year. And 2006 was new in more ways than one. Sri Lanka had a...

The first white van

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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...

Geo-political reality bites

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Late last week, increasingly influential hardline groups in the country rallied against the internationally-acclaimed TIME Magazine for its cover story featuring controversial Burmese monk...

Saffron marches and the ides of September

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Last Wednesday, police officials paid a visit to the beef stall at the Bambalapitiya Market on Galle Road. They had a polite warning for...

Devolution dilemmas

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As the country witnesses the outbreak of a veritable epidemic of ruling party politicos running rampage in their respective fiefdoms and a senior police...

A move to make the sword mightier

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By Easwaran Rutnam In journalism there is a popular quote which states that “the pen is mightier than the sword”. In other words it means...

Mutiny in the ranks over dilution of 13A

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“It is necessary that we give to these people the freedoms that are the right of people in all others parts of our country....

Northern Polls vs. 13 Minus

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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...

Debate over 13A resurfaces

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By Easwaran Rutnam With the elections for northern Provincial Council scheduled to be held in September the debate over the 13th Amendment to the constitution...