The Sunday Leader

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 [...]

Independent Of What? What Is A Nation, And Who Cares?

63 Years Of Independence By Indi Samarajiva Angry Apes In the broadest sense, nations are illusions, an extension of ape territoriality. Our earliest ancestors simply followed food and defended territory only temporarily. Around 70,000 years ago, a small population walked out of Africa and eventually settled the world. The idea that they would need passports [...]

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