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 [...]

Dozens Of Men Describe Rape, Torture In Sri Lanka

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture [...]

The War Beyond April 2004 Has Brought Destruction

By V. Anandasangaree – TULF  Secretary General How is it the war that should have come to an end in April 2004, got extended for a further period of five years, and ended in May 2009 with the total eradication of the LTTE. It is not a secret that the war resulted in the death of [...]

The Son Also Rises

Dynasties have to start somewhere. For an aspiring Gandhi in India, or a Bhutto in Pakistan, exploiting the family name to get into politics is relatively simple. Getting a dynasty going in the first place is more testing. Sri Lanka’s President since 2005, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is evidently giving the matter some thought. His government is [...]

Using Elections To Disable Democracy

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “His smiling picture is everywhere…. He’s given his name to all the squares…. He’s burned the last soothsayer — Who failed to kneel before the idol…. From the Caribbean to China’s Great Wall — The dictator-dragon is being cloned.” — Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayyati (The Dragon) Thursday’s local government election marks a key [...]

How ‘Happy’ Is Sri Lanka?

By Romesh Abeywickrema With little fanfare and away from the limelight, the emerging South American powerhouse, Brazil, is in the process of doing something we in Sri Lanka could only look on with envy. It is in the process of enacting legislation incorporating “pursuit of happiness” into Article 6 of the Constitution, which states that [...]

In Dependence

By Romesh Abeywickrema – Photo by Thusitha Kumara in Kataragama On Friday, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka celebrated its 63rd year of independence from Britain. But if one were to critically look back on these past 63 years of so called freedom, the record isn’t anything worthy of celebration. During this relatively brief [...]

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