23 June 2018
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economic system killing much more than military power - Johan Galtung

john gultanJohan Galtung is a Norwegian professor and author who is widely regarded as the “Father of Academic Peace Research.” His pioneering and continuing efforts have greatly contributed to inspiring the creation of Peace and Conflict Resolution academic programs in universities throughout the world. Read more...

This Is Not A Drama – Wimal Weerawansa


wimal 23National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa has issued an ultimatum to the Government on several issues and warned in no uncertain terms that he will not hesitate to leave the Government if the concerns of and proposals by the NFF are not taken seriously. Read more...

Tamil diaspora deny blocking peace

emanuelThe Tamil diaspora deny allegations that they are hampering moves towards peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, five years after the war.

Reverend Father S. J. Emmanuel who heads the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), one of many groups recently proscribed by the Government, says the GTF is absolutely committed to a non-violent agenda and seeks lasting peace in Sri Lanka, based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated political settlement. Read more...

There Needs To Be Political Will – Erik Solheim

eric solheimThe Norwegian Government played a key role in mediating between the Government and the LTTE during the war, including under the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government. However as soon as the LTTE was defeated the Norwegians were accused by many within the Government of playing into the hands of the LTTE and being biased towards the rebels. The man who took center stage as Norwegian mediator is former Minister Erik Solheim. Yet active on expressing his views on Sri Lanka, Solheim told The Sunday Leader, he is still fully convinced the peace process could have succeeded. Read more...

Another dissenting voice from the government

rajiva wijesingheGoverning party parliamentarian Rajiva Wjesinha has joined the list of dissenting voices in the government by saying that Sri Lanka’s post war reconciliation process was “not going well at all.” Read more...

Common Candidate Is Not The Immediate Issue – Eran Wickremaratne

eran wickramarathnaUNP MP Eran Wickremaratne says that with the anticipation of provincial council elections for Uva, the forming an alliance for a common candidate is not the immediate issue.  Read more...

There Is No LTTE – Suresh Premachandran

suresh premachandraTNA MP Suresh Premachandran stated that the TNA have serious doubts that a common candidate would be a smart move at this moment. Read more...

They Are Part Of The Problem – Ravi Karunanayake

ravi karunanayakeThe UNP charges that the government has tried to hoodwink the international community with false promises and now they have to face the consequences, when asked to deliver on their promises. In an interview with The Sunday Leader UNP parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake alleged that the Sri Lankan government ‘thinks that they can just make false promises to the international bodies and get away. These foreign institutions are not asking the Sri Lankan government to keep to the promises made by them. The bluff has been called off.’ Read more...

The struggle for justice and freedom cannot be determined by temporary setbacks - Reverend Father S. J. Emmanuel

 

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Reverend Father S. J. Emmanuel is a priest, activist and the president of the Global Tamil Forum, an umbrella organisation for Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups.

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We Fell Into The American Trap – Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe

rajiva wijesingheReputed for his outspoken nature Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe feels that the government has been too hasty in proscribing the Diaspora groups, and the Foreign Ministry has done nothing about the LLRC recommendation to build up positive relations with the Diaspora. Instead, Professor Wijesinghe said, in an interview with The Sunday Leader, “as happened with Dayan Jayatilleka, they engaged in adverse propaganda about those who talked to the moderate Tamils. Read more...

I am still trying to be a writer - Daya Dissanayake

 

daya dissanayakeDaya Dissanayake is a stubborn and adamant young man. In reality or on a picture, he can be seen as someone who is aging. But it is not true. He is young. He is someone who never allows his youth to run away. Those who roam in the cyber space know about his merciless criticisms; About Daya’s ironical sarcasms; About his cordial quarrels. But most of them do not know about his endowments extended towards the cyber space to take literature beyond the boundaries of the island.   This was the very reason leading us to chat with him.

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