Monthly Archives: May 2013


Like in Iran and Saudi Arabia, BBS wants to give Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksas a Sinhala-Buddhist religious police

Saudi Arabia is the perfect example of what can happen to a country, even in our own time, when a ruling clan combine religion with politics to perpetuate itself in power.
“The BBS will take immediate steps to form a ‘Cane Force’ against those who act in a manner insulting to Buddhism during the Wesak season”. Rev. […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on May 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Devolution, Sri Lanka’s defence and security

G.L Peiris and the unit of devolution
Prof G.H. Peiris in his latest response (‘The Case against the Thirteenth Amendment’, The Island Midweek Review, May 22-23, 2013) to my article in The Island of 15th May 2013, argues that the distribution of ethnicity renders the district rather than the province the more suitable unit of devolution […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on May 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Hate, dishonor and the agony of peace in Sri Lanka

“To change masters is not to be free” – Jose Marti (eddosrios.org )
The photograph is iconic; Alavi Moulana, 83 years old and an SLFP veteran of 52 years, bending down and kissing the hand of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
That picture is revelatory of the current Lankan reality at multiple levels. It shows what citizens have to do […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on May 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

SRI LANKA : Fourth Anniversary war victory celebrations will impede reconciliation and foment triumphalism

May 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war, but with the absence of a joint commemoration to
remember all who lost their lives in it as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The end of the war has greatly improved the lives of […]

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By National Press Council | Published on May 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

How to make miracles happen

CandleAid
I didn’t need a map to get there. Elmo had helpfully sent a Google Earth graphic together with the invitation. The location was St Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, just off the road down which my maternal grandparents had lived. Captain Elmo Jayawardena, aviator, master mentor of pilots, award winning writer, is Moratuwa’s Hemingway or more accurately, […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on May 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

A questioning people and a united opposition would be hell for Rajapaksa siblings

“Never will tyrants freely consent to the extirpation of servitude….” – Thomas Raynal
Of all the spectres the Rajapaksas fear, Oppositional-unity would arguably be the most terrifying.
The Rajapaksas began getting jittery when it became evident that the May 15th demonstration against the electricity hike would be supported
by both the UNP and the JVP. The usual bag of […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on May 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

Massive land grab of private land by Sri Lanka’s military deals death blow to reconciliation hopes

The acquisition of about 7000 acres of land in the Jaffna peninsula has become a major issue that impacts upon the post-war reconciliation
process. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommended the release back to their owners of private lands taken over for military purposes during the war. This was also the position taken by President […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on May 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Resist Rajapaksa rule or be condemned forever to a life of servitude

“….instead of looking for necessary and sufficient conditions of change we must train ourselves to be on the lookout for unusual historical developments, rare constellations of favourable events, narrow paths, partial advances that may conceivably be followed by others…. We must think of the possible rather than the probable”. – Albert Hirschman (New York Review of […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on May 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm

UN High Commissioner for Human rights can now visit Sri Lanka with authority

“The significance of the US draft is the establishment of an international mechanism to monitor an internal process.”
— Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s representative at the UN Geneva, 2011-2012, in an interview on 17 March 2013
The resolution gives monitoring powers to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – OHCHR. An external mechanism is mandated […]

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By S.V. Kirubaharan | Published on May 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Loutishness has become as much of a Sri Lankan norm as injustice, abuse and corruption

“Everything is going to end in violence….and who knows what limits of madness will be reached?”
Georg Forster (Works XVII)
A Presidential offspring hammers a referee, in full view of hundreds of spectators.
An Appeal Court Judge has a temper tantrum in an international airport and throws a water bottle at another Judge.
Fellow referees do nothing either to […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on May 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm


Opinion

Bodu Bala Sena rally

Like in Iran and Saudi Arabia, BBS wants to give Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksas a Sinhala-Buddhist religious police

Saudi Arabia is the perfect example of what can happen to a country, even in our own time, when a ruling clan combine religion with ...

Opinion

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid

Devolution, Sri Lanka’s defence and security

G.L Peiris and the unit of devolution Prof G.H. Peiris in his latest response (‘The Case against the Thirteenth Amendment’, The Island Midweek Review, May 22-23, ...

Opinion

alavi moulana and MR

Hate, dishonor and the agony of peace in Sri Lanka

“To change masters is not to be free” – Jose Marti (eddosrios.org ) The photograph is iconic; Alavi Moulana, 83 years old and an SLFP veteran of ...

Statements

The body of the once elusive LTTE supremo Pirapaharan is carried by Sri Lanka's troops at the end of the war in May 2009

SRI LANKA : Fourth Anniversary war victory celebrations will impede reconciliation and foment triumphalism

May 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war, but with the absence of a joint ...

Opinion

How to make miracles happen

CandleAid I didn’t need a map to get there. Elmo had helpfully sent a Google Earth graphic together with the invitation. The location was St Sebastian’s ...

Opinion

The Rajapaksa triumvirate

A questioning people and a united opposition would be hell for Rajapaksa siblings

“Never will tyrants freely consent to the extirpation of servitude….” – Thomas Raynal Of all the spectres the Rajapaksas fear, Oppositional-unity would arguably be the most terrifying. The ...

Opinion

Hundreds of Tamil protesters were met with riot police and Sri Lankan security forces, at a demonstration on April 29, 2013 in Tellipalai against the Sri Lankan Army's seizing of private land in Valikaamam North in Jaffna

Massive land grab of private land by Sri Lanka’s military deals death blow to reconciliation hopes

The acquisition of about 7000 acres of land in the Jaffna peninsula has become a major issue that impacts upon the post-war reconciliation Hundreds of Tamil ...

Opinion

President Mahinda Rajapaksa (L) and his brother Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Contemplating their next big move?

Resist Rajapaksa rule or be condemned forever to a life of servitude

“….instead of looking for necessary and sufficient conditions of change we must train ourselves to be on the lookout for unusual historical developments, rare constellations ...

Issues

UN High Commissioner for Human rights can now visit Sri Lanka with authority

“The significance of the US draft is the establishment of an international mechanism to monitor an internal process.” — Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s representative at the UN ...

Opinion

Loutishness has become as much of a Sri Lankan norm as injustice, abuse and corruption

“Everything is going to end in violence….and who knows what limits of madness will be reached?” Georg Forster (Works XVII) A Presidential offspring hammers a referee, in ...