Monthly Archives: April 2013


Duplicitous bullying of Sri Lanka by USA in the guise of protecting human rights

I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another – Homer Illiad (Deceit)
Sison and next steps
It was reported in recent media reports that US Ambassador Michele J. Sison in an address to the Foreign Correspondents Association in
Colombo spoke “about the next steps for US engagement with Sri […]

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By Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe | Published on April 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Sri Lanka says its will not change policy towards US, as extremism overruns island

Unyielding
The Sri Lankan government continues to be unyielding in its approach to governance and reconciliation issues. Having fought against the United States for two successive years in the diplomatic arena at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and failed
to win against it, the government now appears to have changed its strategy. It has hired […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on April 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Is Bodhu Bala Sena Sri Lanka’s Taliban?

“Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.” ~Arnold J. Toynbee
Base instincts
Fundamentalism, whether it’s Christianity, Islam or any other religion has been the order of the day in modern society. Its attraction to the elements that dwell on the fringes of any religion is beyond doubt. Its perverse focus on […]

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By Vishnuguptha | Published on April 15, 2013 at 4:21 am

Sri Lanka not a multi-racial or multi-religious country says Bodhu Bala Sena

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country.
Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura on MArch 24, 2013 the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over.
The monk […]

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By | Published on April 15, 2013 at 4:18 am

Sri Lanka: Cheating Tamils and demonising Muslims, that is the Rajapaksa way

“With or without anticipation, Israeli policies helped shaped the kinds of enemies that pledge to sacrifice their lives to fight the Jewish state…”
Saul Landau (IPS – 29.2.2009)
Political marketeers
The Rajapaksas are masters at the art of political marketing. They have developed an ‘all you need to know’ crash course in building innocuous facades to hide insalubrious […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on April 14, 2013 at 3:03 am

Sri Lanka: Racism, religious fanaticism and the Bodu Bala Sena

Taking on Sinhala racists
I wasn’t at the vigil because I don’t do vigils and if I were to make an exception it would be for an anti-BBS/SR demonstration spearheaded by
the Left (in our case that would be the JVP and FSP), as are most anti-racist demonstrations all over the world. That is in fact the […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on April 14, 2013 at 2:42 am


Issues

Ambassador Michele J Sison

Duplicitous bullying of Sri Lanka by USA in the guise of protecting human rights

I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another – Homer Illiad (Deceit) Sison and next steps It was ...

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Whether the government will act differently on the ground in regard to good governance and reconciliation within Sri Lanka is doubtful. Addressing Parliament, External Affairs Minister Prof GL Peiris made it clear that the government was not going to yield on substance. He said “there is no change of government policy towards the United States. We do not concur with their resolution and our representative in Geneva distanced Sri Lanka very clearly from its contents.”

Sri Lanka says its will not change policy towards US, as extremism overruns island

Unyielding The Sri Lankan government continues to be unyielding in its approach to governance and reconciliation issues. Having fought against the United States for two successive ...

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Monk protest East heritage 1

Is Bodhu Bala Sena Sri Lanka’s Taliban?

“Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.” ~Arnold J. Toynbee Base instincts Fundamentalism, whether it’s Christianity, Islam or any other religion ...

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“Muslim women should not be allowed to wear the Niqab in Sri Lanka” says the extremist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Driven by fundamentalist monks the extremist group is widely thought to be supported by the Island's repressive Rajapaksa regime and particularly nudged on by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's younger brother and Defence Secretary Gotabaya. The Rajapakse family have a stranglehold on the country.

Sri Lanka not a multi-racial or multi-religious country says Bodhu Bala Sena

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country. “Muslim women should not be allowed ...

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In reverence: Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family members paying obeisance at Sai Baba temple in Shirdi on Sunday, February 5, 2012. Photo: PTI – courtesy: The Hindu

Sri Lanka: Cheating Tamils and demonising Muslims, that is the Rajapaksa way

“With or without anticipation, Israeli policies helped shaped the kinds of enemies that pledge to sacrifice their lives to fight the Jewish state…” Saul Landau (IPS ...

Issues

GR-BBS

Sri Lanka: Racism, religious fanaticism and the Bodu Bala Sena

Taking on Sinhala racists I wasn’t at the vigil because I don’t do vigils and if I were to make an exception it would be for ...