20 January 2019
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India’s one-man band

modiA year ago Narendra Modi came to office promising to bring India “good times”, by which he meant jobs, prosperity and international renown. His progress has been frustratingly slow. The problem is hardly a lack of

An Admonishment with Tears

my3No sooner Mr. Maithripala Sirisena was elected President on 09th January 2015, the loud and persistant outcry from many people – individuals and organizations, in fact, the whole country, was that the new

Police State and Human Rights: Rajapaksa’s Newest Discovery - Sunanda Deshapriya

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Rajapksas have now started to talk about a police state, Hitlerait dictatorship and press freedom and to file fundamental rights petitions at the Supreme Court. Read more...

The U.N. at 70: A 60-Year Journey with Sri Lanka

un 123The year 2015 marks an important milestone in Sri Lanka’s relationship with the United Nations. It is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and also the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s entry into the U.N. system.


Sri Lankan President Faces Arduous Challenge - M. Zulkifli Nazim

msToday, we Sri Lankans seem to be in a state of grave disappointment. We have a feeling of dissatisfaction that the results of our expectations are not realized under the new presidency; but we must bear in mind that this country was under the autocratic and despotic rule of the Rajapaksas who exercised unwarranted and tyrannical power for over ten long years. Read more...

"We need a new frontier in the human rights field. This frontier is the frontier of institutional reform."

basil fernandoThis is a speech delivered by Basil Fernando at The Fifth Human Rights Cities Forum- As the Keynote address for the Special Session on Asian Human Rights - Human Rights in Asia and Vision of Human Rights City- 16th May 2015. Read more...

Lanka’s judiciary and ‘Yahapalanaya’ contradictions - Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

law 123If the issue was not so serious, the more mischievous-minded among us would surely chuckle at the decidedly awkward predicament that the Government has got itself into, on the cusp of a general election no less. Ambitious proclamations that the independence of the Sri Lankan judiciary has been fully secured, coming hot on the heels of the executive designating a Chief Justice ‘as if he had never been,’ are now being exposed as simplistic if not dangerously naïve.


Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows

widowAlmost six years after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil conflict came to an end, an underreported legacy of the fighting is finally being acknowledged: the extraordinarily high number of war widows struggling to make ends meet. Read more...

War crime: NATO deliberately destroyed Libya's water infrastructure - Nafeez Ahmed

natoThe military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country's water infrastructure - and the suffering of its people - has only deteriorated further. Read more...

India v. China in Sri Lanka: Lessons for Rising Powers

sirimaThe changing fortunes for the two emerging global powers in Sri Lanka offer some interesting lessons.

John Kerry’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in 11 years, recognizes country’s geopolitical importance. It also highlights the outcome of the recent tussle over the island state by two emerging global powers. This is a contest in which India has now gained the upper hand over China, offering important lessons for rising powers as they begin a “Great Game” in Asia. Read more...

'Cameo' of Cameron - Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratna

david cameronThe victory of Conservatives` in United Kingdom should bring tears of happiness to Mahinda, as it shows even in UK the chauvinism has gained ground against Euro Corporation. Many have commented on the nationalist stand taken by the British PM and they have indicated that could be a factor for the victory. Read more...

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