Looking beyond the current political gridlock

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape. The heavy focus on the political gridlock in the South has inevitably diverted our attention from the prevailing political trend in [...]

Where does a diplomat draw the line?

By Easwaran Rutnam The actions of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week came in for both praise and criticism. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was accused of undiplomatic conduct when provoked by pro-LTTE diaspora at the time the Sri Lanka national anthem was being sung outside the [...]

Modi’s ASEAN outreach: Will it succeed?

By Vidyadharan MP India this year had 10 top leaders from the ASEAN watching the Republic Day from the podium with prime minister Narendra Modi. This was for the first time in her history that so many persons were invited as the chief guests at this prestigious event on January 26. This idea too seemed [...]

Door opens for women to run for office. But will they be allowed in?

KOTTE, Sri Lanka — Madhu Hettiarachchi has no time right now for the brain surgery her doctors have recommended. She’s busy trying to take advantage of an unprecedented chance to get women elected in Sri Lanka. After more than a generation of struggle by women’s rights activists, Sri Lanka’s patriarchal political scheme has, reluctantly, opened [...]

Other lessons from the London affair: Anti-terror laws and British hypocrisy

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The recent incident involving the throat-slit gesture made by Defense Attaché Brigadier Priyankara Fernando in response to the Eelamist protesters in London has, rightly so, stirred much controversy. Developments following the incident also sparked ample debate, prompting the public to take sides under the prevailing circumstances. Instead, this incident compels me to [...]

PyeongChang Olympics: a new cornerstone for peace and prosperity

By Shamshad Akhtar All eyes are on the 23rd Olympic Winter Games and 12th Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang this February. Top athletes will carry their national flags in an opening ceremony which has come to epitomize the international community. Sports fans worldwide eagerly await the Olympics, and this time there is cause for cautious [...]

China’s shadow looms large in Sri Lanka local election

By Munza Mushtaq, Contributing writer   On Feb.10, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to vote for their local representatives. But the outcome of these village elections will have much wider repercussions as they will ultimately determine if China will play a bigger role in Sri Lanka’s development. The battle for Sri Lanka’s heartlands [...]

Indian Ocean life-line for Non-Aligned Sri Lanka

By Trevor Jayetileke As we Reflect back and Celebrate 70 years of Independence we can certainly be proud that we have weathered a series of Battles since 1948 and have come through as a resilient Nation with hope for the future and the Indian Ocean giving us a second opportunity to salvage so many missed chances. [...]

Padmavati’s Republic Day

By Vidyadharan MP India celebrated its 67th Republic Day on Friday, January 26. It was on this day in 1950 that the country’s vibrant Constitution came into effect. And every year, the country celebrates this with lots of pomp, show of its cultural diversity, military diplays showing its might, and other items.Ever wondered how much [...]

The Government has failed us. Do we fail ourselves?

By Tisaranee Gunasekera “The travails of the mountains lie behind us. Before us lie the travails of the plains.” Brecht (Observation) Does a president’s responsibility to protect the nation empower him to impose travel restrictions on specific countries? In a case dubbed as ‘a major examination of presidential powers,’[i] the US Supreme Court is to consider the [...]

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