21 May 2018
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Embattled Media- Democracy, Governance and Reform in SL - Leelananda De Silva

media freedomThere was a time when governments and political parties were frightened of the press. In the United Kingdom, press barons such as Lord Rothermere and Lord Beaverbrook ruled the roost in the 1930s, attacking governments and ministers whom they disliked in an unfair fashion. Stanley Baldwin, the then Prime Minister described the press barons in Parliament in colourful terms - having "power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot down the ages". Read more...

Marveling at Sri Lanka’s constitutional reform like no other - Kishali pinto jayawardena

parl insideFor those of us privileged, (if I may be forgiven the sarcasm), to witness the live Parliamentary telecast of Tuesday’s committee stage process on the 19th Amendment, the raucous scenes were beautifully illustrative of the mockery that passes for lawmaking in Sri Lanka today. Read more...

The U.N. at 70: Impressive Successes and Monumental Failures

us 124The United Nations was created to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, protect human rights, maintain international peace and security, and uphold international law. Its 70-year history is marked with many successes, but also disappointments. We need to look at both sides so that we can make the U.N. more effective in the future.

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Ecological Disaster – in Vallikamam, North Sri Lanka

waterThere is an ecological disaster of serious proportions taking shape over the last few years with the effects already showing in the Vallikamam area of Northern Sri Lanka. It is being realized by the more than quarter million people living in Vallikamam that their ground water is polluted by oil waste.
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What TIME has failed to mention - Mohan Samaranayake

msThe world famous weekly US magazine TIME in its 9 April 2015 issue published an article based on an interview the magazine had with President Maithripala Sirisena with the title "SL’s new leader has a tough job; restore democracy and pacify major powers". The article written by one Nikhil Kumar, in addition to being widely circulated along with a Sinhala translation by the President’s Media, has been prominently reproduced in several local English dailies. Read more...

Sweden Runs Out Of Garbage: Only 1% Ends Up In Landfills

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Something incredible has been taking place in Sweden over the past several years, somewhat of a “recycling revolution,” if you will. Currently less than one percent of the garbage produced in Swedish homes ends up in the landfill today, with the other ninety-nine percent being recycled or composted.

Sweden has been known for years now for the amazing and resourceful waste management system that they have had in place for some time. They have 32 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants and this burned waste powers 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating as well as electricity for about 250,000 Swedish homes.

In fact, Sweden has become so good at recycling their waste; the country now has to import 800,000 tons of trash each year from the U.K., Italy, Ireland and Norway to keep their WTE plants up and running.

According to Swedish Waste Management communications director Anna-Carin Gripwell, “Waste today is a commodity in a different way than it has been. It’s not only waste, it’s a business.”

This is pretty impressive especially when compared to Americans who recycled just thirty-four percent of their waste in 2010 and according to the Environmental Protection Agency more than fifty percent of the average U.S. household waste ended up in landfills, this is about 136 million tons of garbage in total. According to the New York Times there are some trash burning facilities in the United States, but only a small portion of the waste is burned, and most of that burned waste ends up in landfills anyways.

What About The Environmental Effects?
Of course there is some controversy over this method of waste management and energy production. There are fumes that are produced that are toxic, but many argue that this is still a much better alternative to the typical landfills that we see more often in America. On average, more than forty percent of the world’s trash is burned and mostly in open air, this is much different from the regulated, low-emission process that has been adopted by Sweden. This makes Sweden’s method a lot more eco-friendly.

It is unfortunate that at this time the options are to either pollute the air, or pollute the Earth because we are producing so much garbage and it doesn’t just simply disappear without leaving its mark. It doesn’t look like manufacturers are going to stop making products that can’t be recycled anytime soon, so it is up to us to be more conscious with what we are consuming. We need to stop the problem at the source.

How Can We All Be A Bit More Like The Swedish?
Sweden is an excellent example of a nation of citizens that care for their environment and their ecological footprint. If the Swedish are able to recycle 99% of their waste, why can’t we? Well we certainly can, however it does take a bit more effort. I believe that it is truly worth the effort, soon it will become so natural to us that it won’t even feel effortful, we just have to start taking that step!

There are many people now that are striving to produce zero or at least very minimal waste. You can read one of those stories here, check out the supermarket in Germany that produces zero waste here and read about the American restaurant that managed to not produce any waste in two years and counting here to get inspired on how you to can begin to implement a minimal waste, minimal footprint lifestyle.

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Alanna Ketler

Hi, I'm Alanna! I have been a contributor with CE since 2010, but I have been on this path of "truthseeking" since around 2007. Wow, has it been an incredible journey so far! I am extremely passionate about learning new information! I aim to have a voice for animals and animal rights, I also enjoy writing about health, consciousness and I am very interested in psychedelics for healing purposes! "If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." -Jack Kornfield

-Source http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/11/26/sweden-runs-out-of-garbage-only-1-ends-up-in-landfills/

International Space Station Commander Opens Up About His UFO Sighting In Space

leroyLeroy Chiao, commander of the International Space Station in 2005 recently opened up about his UFO sighting from space. They were 230 miles above the Earth, and traveling at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour when Chiao spotted a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object). Chiao told the Huffington post:

“I saw some lights that seemed to be in a line and it was almost like an upside-down check mark, and I saw them fly by and thought it was awfully strange. It wasn’t just one, but a line of them strung out along the South American coast” (1)

“I’m skeptical of claims that we’ve been visited by aliens from another planet or other dimensions, but I don’t rule it out 100 percent. I have an open mind and I do believe there’s other life in the universe.” (1)

A growing amount of evidence has emerged, especially within the past few years that has more people asking questions. For example, dozens of governments around the world have recently released previously classified UFO documents. Documents detail how governments have special departments to monitor the UFO phenomenon and obtain information. One example are the UFO files released by the United Kingdom in June 2013, you can view those here.

Documents also reveal that UFOs are constantly tracked on ground radar, air radar, accompanied by visual conformation by military pilots who are scrambled to take a closer look.

Agencies like the NSA have done the same, you can view examples here , here and here. It’s safe to assume that more sensitive documents remain classified, especially with the recent disclosure of the black budget and special access programs by Edward Snowden. You can read more about that here.

Apart from official documentation proving the reality of UFOs (performing maneuvers that defy our known laws of physics like starting and stopping on a dime), we’ve had incredible statements made by hundreds of very high ranking political and military personnel. Paul Heyller, Canada’s former Minister of National Defence recently said that there are “at least four known alien species that have been visiting Earth for thousands of years.” You can read more about that, and watch him make that statement here.

This is a very minuscule amount of evidence that I’ve presented regarding the UFO issue. The UFO phenomenon cannot really be denied anymore, for anybody who has looked into this subject,the evidence can be quite overwhelming. Coupled with this evidence are the experiences people have all over the world involving UFOs, as well as purported extraterrestrial beings. It’s definitely an interesting subject and one that is gaining some well deserved attention as we move through 2014 and beyond. This is thanks to the efforts of researchers, whistle-blowers and more.

Chiao joins a long list of astronauts that have openly spoken out about UFOs and their own individual experiences with them. Other astronauts of the past have made remarkable claims and comments about UFO’s and intelligent extraterrestrial life. Below are a few of many examples. To view some of the best, officially documented UFO footage from the NASA STS-48 Discovery Space Shuttle, click here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tKWElDHhY4

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/02/nasa-unexplained-files-are-we-alone-science-channel_n_4880334.html

-source- http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/05/international-space-station-commander-opens-up-about-his-ufo-sighting-in-space/

Minister Mangala Samaraweera's speech on foreign policy delived at the Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute

mangalaThe Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute is the training ground for our future ambassadors to the world. Started twenty one years ago, its courses have rightly emphasized the importance of professional competence in our diplomatic corps - focussing on training in negotiations, public speaking, economic diplomacy and policy analysis.
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Fascistic farce founders - Dr Vickramabahu

wickramabahuWe are all angry with a sense of disgust. We who braved the risks of resisting Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime knew that the death could be standing at our door-step. To day we laugh merrily about the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena which expressed this reality: “I would have been seven feet below the ground where I stand today if we had lost the election”.
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hope of finding a national consensus on the ethnic question - min. Samaraweera

mangala sMin. Mangala Samaraweera Speech in Parliament on 19A

Mr. Speaker,

I hope that good sense will prevail and that today, the 28th of April 2015, will be a historic day for Sri Lanka. It should be remembered as the day which heralded the beginning of the end of the all powerful executive presidential system in our country.

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What is National Security for Rajapaksa(s)?

dayan mahindaI am one of those who believed that bringing back Mahinda Rajapaksa as President was the only way forward for the people in the North and East to find a durable political solution - with the support of the International Community, especially the help of India. I wrote extensively on this subject during the last Presidential election.

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