Monthly Archives: May 2013


Chances of the Thirteenth Amendment survival down to slim and none

“We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.”
~Mahatma Gandhi
The Thirteenth Amendment which saw passage in Parliament in August 1987 amidst civil chaos and political turmoil, once again has gained unusual attention from political quarters, both international and local. What is even more bewildering is, after accomplishing a military victory of unprecedented scale […]

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By Vishnuguptha | Published on May 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm

A shared dream: Sonali gives keynote speech on MLK Day on the ‘Fierce Urgency of Now’

 

21st January 2013
I am deeply honored to be apart of these celebrations in remembering one of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thank you Don Austin for that generous introduction. Thank you also to the Greater Ithaca Activities Centre, to the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, […]

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By Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge | Published on May 31, 2013 at 2:36 am

Sri Lanka: Rape by UNHCR staff – UN Judge Rules In Long-Running Investigator’s Case

GENEVA/AP: After nine years of legal wrangling, former U.N. investigator Caroline Hunt-Matthes has won a judgment that she was unfairly punished for
documenting a woman’s rape case in Sri Lanka a decade ago.
Hunt-Matthes told The Associated Press on Wednesday the long-running case is “a consummate story of abuse of power” by U.N.’s oversight unit.
The twin rulings […]

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By | Published on May 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Sri Lanka: The land of the indifferent

“That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him, who’d never heard
Of any world where promises were kept,
Or one could weep because another wept”
Auden (The Shield of Achilles)
The Lankan crisis 
The Lankan crisis is a multi-dimensional one. There is the political crisis which encompasses the crisis of democracy and the crisis of […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on May 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

JHU Bill to abolish 13th amendment will legitimise secessionism

Fate of Yugoslavia 
Yugoslavia was a sister country of Sri Lanka; a fellow founder of the Non Aligned Movement in that country’s capital Belgrade in 1961.
Yugoslavia no longer exists. The breakup of that country resulted from a chain reaction that commenced with the dramatic change of the Yugoslav Constitution promulgated by the sagacious socialist Marshal Tito […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on May 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

“I am ashamed today to live in a country with such blatant disregard for human life”

Dear Sirs/Madams,
 
Forgive me for sending out an impersonal email. I wish to draw your attention to the following.
Last night (28.05.2013), a young trainee nurse from Nawalapitiya was tossed out of a moving bus unto the bustling street in Kirulapone and
fell right in front of my moving car. While a Police Officer from the Wellawatte Station […]

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By Selyna D Peiris | Published on May 30, 2013 at 1:44 am

The search for loved ones is the most primordial of human sentiments not a conspiracy against the government

In most of the country, there is still a considerable amount of freedom for political parties and civic organizations to work with the people, to create awareness amongst them and to mobilize them on issues as befits a functioning democracy.
Conspiracy against government
The government’s recent decision to question the director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on May 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

President Rajapaksa impressed by the ‘obedient nature’ of the Ugandans

“….developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy……to get people to love their servitude. This is the, it seems to me, the ultimate in malevolent revolutions” — Aldous Huxley (The Ultimate Revolution)
When MR went to Uganda
During his recent Uganda tour, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was reportedly enchanted by the servile conduct of the […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on May 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Breast cancer, Hollywood style: Was the media blitz on Jolie’s double mastectomy more harmful than it was helpful?

Breast cancer is often triggered by external factors, so perhaps the best prevention is a healthy world.
There has been much recognition of Angelina Jolie’s public revelation that she has had a prophylactic double mastectomy and reconstructive
surgery to avoid breast cancer. She says that although the decision was hard, she made the right choice for herself; […]

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By Zillah Eisenstein and Sarah Eisenstein Stumbar | Published on May 25, 2013 at 5:52 am

Proportionality: A Legal basis for Judicial Review of Administrative Action in the greater public interest

We as judges of this land must take the lead from our departed friend and colleague, that no bullets of any calibre, knives of any depth, clubs of any weight, shall ever deter us from taking the exalted and well traversed path to do justice for all those who come before us.’ – Rohini Perera […]

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By Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe | Published on May 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm


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Chances of the Thirteenth Amendment survival down to slim and none

“We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.” ~Mahatma Gandhi Champaka Ranawaka The Thirteenth Amendment which saw passage in Parliament in August 1987 amidst civil ...

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A shared dream: Sonali gives keynote speech on MLK Day on the ‘Fierce Urgency of Now’

  21st January 2013 I am deeply honored to be apart of these celebrations in remembering one of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time – Rev. ...

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Associated Press/John Heilprin - Former U.N. refugee agency investigator Caroline Hunt-Matthes poses Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in front of her former employer’s headquarters in Geneva.

Sri Lanka: Rape by UNHCR staff – UN Judge Rules In Long-Running Investigator’s Case

GENEVA/AP: After nine years of legal wrangling, former U.N. investigator Caroline Hunt-Matthes has won a judgment that she was unfairly punished for Former U.N. refugee agency ...

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Sri Lanka: The land of the indifferent

“That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third, Were axioms to him, who’d never heard Of any world where promises were kept, Or one could weep ...

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JHU Bill to abolish 13th amendment will legitimise secessionism

Fate of Yugoslavia  Yugoslavia was a sister country of Sri Lanka; a fellow founder of the Non Aligned Movement in that country’s capital Belgrade in 1961. JHU ...

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“I am ashamed today to live in a country with such blatant disregard for human life”

Dear Sirs/Madams,   Forgive me for sending out an impersonal email. I wish to draw your attention to the following. Last night (28.05.2013), a young trainee nurse from ...

Opinion

The search for loved ones is the most primordial of human sentiments not a conspiracy against the government

In most of the country, there is still a considerable amount of freedom for political parties and civic organizations to work with the people, to ...

Opinion

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni declared open the New Sri Lankan High Commission in Uganda on May 13, 2013. (Pix By : Sudath Silva)

President Rajapaksa impressed by the ‘obedient nature’ of the Ugandans

“….developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy……to get people to love their servitude. This is the, it seems to me, ...

Opinion

Angelina Jolie

Breast cancer, Hollywood style: Was the media blitz on Jolie’s double mastectomy more harmful than it was helpful?

Breast cancer is often triggered by external factors, so perhaps the best prevention is a healthy world. There has been much recognition of Angelina Jolie’s public ...

Opinion

Court of Appeal Judge Mrs. Rohini Perera Marasinghe was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 26, 2013 by President at Temple Trees. Secretary to the president Lalith Weeratunga also in the picture

Proportionality: A Legal basis for Judicial Review of Administrative Action in the greater public interest

We as judges of this land must take the lead from our departed friend and colleague, that no bullets of any calibre, knives of any ...