Need to defend the space for reconciliation

The political space opened up by the government over the past three years has enabled political parties and civil society to engage in public activities without restriction.  The National Peace Council is concerned that this political space is being utilized most fully by ethnic nationalists. This has increased the divisions in society, as manifested in the [...]

Pushing Gota into a corner?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   If nothing else, someone in the ruling UNP partner in the Government seems too keen for Gota Rajapaksa to contest the next presidential polls than he himself may be inclined to, just now. Otherwise, there is no reason why veterans like Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera should be poking Gota on [...]

“Buddhist monks are a reflection of the divisions in a divided society”

By Taylor Dibbert Jehan Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Colombo. We’ve witnessed significant political volatility since the local government elections in February. Where do things stand at the moment? Will the power-sharing arrangement between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party [...]

Magic Bullet for Self-reliant Economy in Sri Lanka

On the back outer cover of a souvenir  from a recent concert in Melbourne were 2 lines which read “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”… John F Kennedy. Since Independence for the past 70 years our Leaders have failed to develop a self-reliant Economy. [...]

Modi and Putin: Friends in need now, and game changers in the region

By Vidyadharan MP The scenes at Sochi on Monday, on 21 May, reminisced Narendra Modi’s historic meeting with Barack Obama nearly three years back, more than three months after he took over the power in New Delhi after a sensational victory. The body camaraderie shown by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Modi  not anyway less [...]

This is not a “Third Force” initiative

The recent attention paid to an event designed to promote the Presidential candidacy of the man constantly accused of orchestrating the violence of the Rajapaksa Regime is fascinating, to say the least. An extensive description of the event titled “The Shindig at the Shangri La” by the much-respected journalist Sarath de Alwis has appeared both [...]

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. A gap that’s trapping people in poverty and, if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve sustainable development. This is the central challenge heads of state and government [...]

Deception continues by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence

By S. V. Kirubaharan, France “Deception can cost billions. Think Enron, Madoff, the mortgage crisis. Or in the case of double agents and traitors, like Robert Hanssen or Aldrich Ames, lies can betray our country. They can compromise our security. They can undermine democracy. They can cause the deaths of those that defend us”.  – [...]

OMG, it has to be an OMP still!

Army commander Lt-Gen Mahesh Senanayake needs to be commended and thanked for telling everyone concerned not to politicise the ‘sacrifices’ of the fallen soldiers who all had laid down their lives in the cause of the nation, fighting LTTE terrorism. He has put their numbers at over 28,000 – over the 30-long years of war, [...]

Nine years after the war: 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 insurgency, who was for so long considered invincible. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president at that time, kissing the ground in gratitude for the end of a 27-year-long war that resulted [...]

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