Opinion

Planned introduction of religious censorship yet another measure of divide and rule, Rajapaksa-style

“Lies are believed amongst every race;
And was any race ever the sole possessor of Truth?”
Abdallah al-Mar’arri (973-1057)
Religious bigotry
When Martin Wickremesinghe’s Bhavatharanaya was first published, some Sinhala-Buddhists (lay and ordained) wanted it banned for ‘insulting’ the Buddha.
There are American Evangelicals who think that Harry Potter books should be prohibited for promoting anti-
Christian values.
The BJP student union […]

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Reflections on “Long War, Cold Peace”

“Sri Lanka faces a crisis of transition and transformation… Sri Lanka has been unable to make the transition from war to sustainable peace; from what I believe was fundamentally a just war to a just peace.
The crisis is at least in part a crisis of the post war discourse. … The discourse has not been […]

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The TNA the TGTE and the UNP

While it is by no means the place of a uniformed officer, however highly placed, decorated or both, to comment on the peaceful political conduct of members of parliament and/or of academics, the story told by the new Chief of Defence Staff, to the effect that Mr Sampanthan and Mr Sumanthiran attended an event of […]

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The Lies They Tell Us

“The most alarming aspect of the video to me was the seemingly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have. They….seemed not to value human life…”
Bradley Manning (Statement at the Trial – referring to an American attack on Iraqi civilians)
The ‘Rajapaksa Model’ of warfare had eight fundamentals, Indian journalist VK Shashikumar wrote in the Indian
Defence Review . […]

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Sinhala colonization in Mannar and large scale militarization of civil administration

REPORTS FROM THE GROUND
 
Some staff members of the Sri
Lanka Telecommunications had told Women’s networks working in Mannar that many i thier offices and especially those from the deep South have been offered relocation option with housing, relocation allowance and government job opportunities in the north.
Attached in this article is a letter sent by the new […]

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UN must investigate the TGTE and its call to create an Independent State of Tamil Eelam

Let the memory of these dark days of Black July instill in us the conviction that the one and only means by which Tamils can reach a life of safety and dignity would be the creation of an independent State of Tamil Eelam. With that same conviction, let us rededicate ourselves on this day to […]

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Grandpass, and the tolerance of religious intolerance

At a recent press briefing the new Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya reportedly warned of attempts by the Tamil diaspora to tarnish the country’s image ahead of several important events — the impending visit of Human Rights chief Navi Pillay, the upcoming Northern PC elections, the UNHRC session and CHOGM.
In view of recent […]

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Rethinking Patriotism; Re-imaging the Patriot

In honour of ‘Shanie’ (Lankanesan Nesiah)
“There can be no patriotism without justice… As soon as the right of one individual is violated, the right of everyone is jeopardised”.
– Georges Clemenceau
In the morning of January 13th 1948, Mahatma Gandhi began the final fast of his life.
The target of Gandhi’s last fast was not the Colonial rulers […]

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Opposition unity and the return of the uncle nephew party: Can Mangala work his magic of building alliances that matter for the beleaguered Ranil as he did for Mahinda

The assessment of the UNP
The jury is no longer out on the UNP-led protest rally in Colombo last week and what it revealed about the state of
that party. The Sunday Times (Colombo), the newspaper least sympathetic to the government, most hostile to the UNP’s dissidents and the most charitable to the existing opposition leadership carried […]

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Internal change is the best and maybe only hope

“The government’s strength as a political force is that it has within itself all shades of political opinion from within the ethnic majority Sinhalese community. It is dominated by leaders who hold to nationalist positions, but it also has the religious extremists, liberals and leftists within its ranks. The government has also been able to […]

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rajapakse and shiranthi

Planned introduction of religious censorship yet another measure of divide and rule, Rajapaksa-style

“Lies are believed amongst every race; And was any race ever the sole possessor of Truth?” Abdallah al-Mar’arri (973-1057) Religious bigotry When Martin Wickremesinghe’s Bhavatharanaya was first published, some ...

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Reflections on “Long War, Cold Peace”

“Sri Lanka faces a crisis of transition and transformation… Sri Lanka has been unable to make the transition from war to sustainable peace; from what ...

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Ranil Wickramasinghe

The TNA the TGTE and the UNP

While it is by no means the place of a uniformed officer, however highly placed, decorated or both, to comment on the peaceful political conduct ...

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The tinpot dictator

The Lies They Tell Us

“The most alarming aspect of the video to me was the seemingly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have. They….seemed not to value human life…” Bradley Manning ...

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Mannar

Sinhala colonization in Mannar and large scale militarization of civil administration

REPORTS FROM THE GROUND   Some staff members of the Sri Residents of Musali in the Mannar District have raised concerns over a ‘special resettlement’ programme in their ...

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Samantha Power

UN must investigate the TGTE and its call to create an Independent State of Tamil Eelam

Let the memory of these dark days of Black July instill in us the conviction that the one and only means by which Tamils can ...

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Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a staunch supporter of the venomous Bodhu Bala Sena  cuts the ribbon at an opening ceremony connected with the extremist group

Grandpass, and the tolerance of religious intolerance

At a recent press briefing the new Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya reportedly warned of attempts by the Tamil diaspora to tarnish the ...

Opinion

Sri Lanka's State run media and sections of the Buddhist clergy reacted angrily to a US-led resolution passed in March 2012 demanding a war crimes probe and said the island had done well to go down fighting at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.The state-run Daily News said the 24 nations which voted in favour of the resolution urging a credible investigation into alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka's battle against Tamil rebels in 2009 were being destructive. The countries that backed the resolution were making "a desperate attempt to disempower and undermine Sri Lanka and they are trying every trick in the bag to further this dark design," the Daily News said. (Photo shows a protesting monk)

Rethinking Patriotism; Re-imaging the Patriot

In honour of ‘Shanie’ (Lankanesan Nesiah) “There can be no patriotism without justice… As soon as the right of one individual is violated, the right of ...

Opinion

Mangala Samaraweera

Opposition unity and the return of the uncle nephew party: Can Mangala work his magic of building alliances that matter for the beleaguered Ranil as he did for Mahinda

The assessment of the UNP The jury is no longer out on the UNP-led protest rally in Colombo last week and what it revealed about the ...

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mahinda in sunglasses

Internal change is the best and maybe only hope

“The government’s strength as a political force is that it has within itself all shades of political opinion from within the ethnic majority Sinhalese community. ...