Monthly Archives: October 2011


TNA Report to Parliament exposes Negative Peace

The government has laid much emphasis on the behavior of the LTTE over the course of the past three decades in justifying its conduct during the war to the international community. Much of what the LTTE did was indefensible from a human rights perspective. Although there was a high level of destruction of life and […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on October 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Hedge Fund Billionaire Raj implies Sri Lanka’s Justice system corrupt

Oct. 27: Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund billionaire at the centre of history’s biggest insider trading case that has also snared Rajat Gupta, has said
that “every bloody Indian co-operated” with US authorities to entrap him.
“Every bloody Indian co-operated ‘ Goel, Khan, Kumar,” Rajaratnam told Suketu Mehta, the author, in an article published in Newsweek magazine.
But […]

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By | Published on October 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Commonwealth leaders must stop Sri Lanka hosting key summit in 2013

 
The Commonwealth risks becoming ‘irrelevant’ if its leaders allow Sri Lanka to become its next host, Amnesty International said today ahead of the organization’s biennial summit.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) begins in Perth, Australia today, with Sri Lanka due to chair the next summit in 2013 despite an appalling human rights record.
“It’s absurd […]

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By Amnesty International | Published on October 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Open letter to the Elected Representatives of the UNP…

Introduction
We all entered politics at various points of our lives not because we wanted to serve our kith and kin but the people. All of us have been elected at the levels which we chose as our strong domain, be it Parliament, Provincial Council, Municipality, Urban Council or Pradesheeya Sabha. Our areas of influence and […]

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By Association of Former UNP Parliamentarians | Published on October 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

NEWSBITES: Rajapakse snubbed by New Zealand as he tries to include World Cup in official trip

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse was snubbed by New Zealand, when he tried to include the Rugby World Cup Finals in Auckland as part of
an official trip. Sources in New Zealand told Lanka Standard Prime Minister John Key had refused to meet President Mahinda Rajapakse. Failing to secure any meetings with the World cup host […]

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By Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge | Published on October 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Australian AG reacts politically says former diplomat and Rajapakse gets to hide behind immunity

MELBOURNE, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland has ruled out a war crimes case against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, saying he has diplomatic immunity.
Sri Lankan-born Australian Jegan Waran filed charges against Rajapakse, who is in Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,
the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday. Waran, who now […]

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By Staff Correspondent | Published on October 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Press freedom groups roundly condemn blocking of Lanka-e-News

Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 11:31 am: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its Sri Lankan affiliates in condemning the continued blocking of the news portal Lanka-e-News by internet service providers in Sri Lanka since October 18.
According to information received from IFJ affiliate the Free Media Movement (FMM), two major internet service
providers in Sri Lanka, the […]

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By Staff Correspondent | Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mahinda Rajapakse gets hit by war crimes suit in Australia as well

OCTOBER 24, 2011:Just days after Sri Lanka’s chief diplomatic envoy to Australia former Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe was named in an extensive war crimes dossier now being deliberated upon by the
Australian Federal Police,  its President Mahinda Rajapakse has been slammed with another war crimes suit – this time in Victoria, Australia.
Already grappling with war crimes cases […]

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By Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge | Published on October 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

Progressive Politics and the right kind of left

Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s grieving daughter (and possible political successor) was probably not even born when several of us in the SLMP’s leading ranks rapidly disembarked at his house in Kolonnawa, an hour after he had survived the assassination attempt by the JVP. His aged father, a trade-unionist of the Old Left, had surprised the hit-man […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on October 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Sri Lanka one of the most corrupt nations in the world

‘If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and to damn the consequences’– Alfred, Lord Milner (1854-1929)
This column dedicated to the notion of making Sri Lanka the Wonder of Asia turns its spotlight today on another malpractice: ‘Bribery […]

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By Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe | Published on October 23, 2011 at 10:22 am


Opinion

TNA Report to Parliament exposes Negative Peace

The government has laid much emphasis on the behavior of the LTTE over the course of the past three decades in justifying its conduct during ...

Issues

Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam

Hedge Fund Billionaire Raj implies Sri Lanka’s Justice system corrupt

Oct. 27: Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund billionaire at the centre of history’s biggest insider trading case that has also snared Rajat Gupta, has said Galleon ...

Issues

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Commonwealth leaders must stop Sri Lanka hosting key summit in 2013

  Thousands trapped in camps were injured or killed in the last days of Sri Lanka's war. Photo taken from AI website The Commonwealth risks becoming ‘irrelevant’ ...

Letter

unp

Open letter to the Elected Representatives of the UNP…

Introduction We all entered politics at various points of our lives not because we wanted to serve our kith and kin but the people. All of ...

Issues

New Zealand  Prime Minister John Key

NEWSBITES: Rajapakse snubbed by New Zealand as he tries to include World Cup in official trip

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse was snubbed by New Zealand, when he tried to include the Rugby World Cup Finals in Auckland as part of New ...

Issues

Attorney General Robert McClelland

Australian AG reacts politically says former diplomat and Rajapakse gets to hide behind immunity

MELBOURNE, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland has ruled out a war crimes case against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, saying he ...

Issues

Prageeth Eknaliyagoda of Lanka-e-news still remains missing

Press freedom groups roundly condemn blocking of Lanka-e-News

Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 11:31 am: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its Sri Lankan affiliates in condemning the continued blocking of the news portal ...

Issues

Accused of War Crimes

BREAKING NEWS: Mahinda Rajapakse gets hit by war crimes suit in Australia as well

OCTOBER 24, 2011:Just days after Sri Lanka’s chief diplomatic envoy to Australia former Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe was named in an extensive war crimes dossier now ...

Opinion

Progressive Politics and the right kind of left

Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s grieving daughter (and possible political successor) was probably not even born when several of us in the SLMP’s leading ranks rapidly disembarked ...

Opinion

President Mahinda Rajapakse and younger brother and cabinet Minister Basil Rajapakse. President Rajapakse's son Namal - a government MP worships uncle Basil (Inset). President Rajapakse's other two siblings Gotabaya Rajapakse and Chamal Rajapakse are the Defence Secretary and the Speaker. Various other nephews and relatives  adorn other government positions. Together the Rajapakse family control 85 percent of the country's wealth

Sri Lanka one of the most corrupt nations in the world

‘If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent ...