Politics

Validity of Parliament’s interpretation of the Constitution – re OPA response

On 26th September, 2012 at the request of the National Issues Committee of the OPA, I drafted a press statement which was issued by the then President on 27th September under his signature and was thereafter unanimously approved by the OPA Forum on 28th September 2012.
Sad to say, the only apparent result of that statement […]

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Sri Lanka: Patriotism for the Rajapaksas is a means to an end

“…..to not to be a fanatic means to be, to some extent and in some way, a traitor in the eyes of the fanatic”–  Amos Oz (How to cure a fanatic)
Removing a Nail in the Tiger’s Coffin, on VP’s Birthday

What if after the defeat of the JVP insurgency, the Premadasa administration prevented Sinhala families from […]

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“We must realize the importance of developing coherent policies”

I had been asked to speak on the votes of the Ministry of External Affairs
during the Committee Stage of the Budget Debate, but was subsequently told that there was no time for this. Since I had prepared a text, which I felt discussed urgent issues in the current context, I thought it would be useful […]

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Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi sentenced to prison

BREAKING NEWS: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison.An Italian court convicted the controversial billionaire on tax fraud. The case involved Berlusconi’s media business dealings.

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The Rajapaksa siblings like Pirapaharan guilty of strategically blind maximalism

“…when the plague begins, it’s easy for people to see the first blackbird as a harbinger. But when it lands on the climbing fence it’s just one bird” – Salman Rushdie
(Joseph Anton: A Memoir)
The constitutional path to tyranny is a well-worn one; its many previous travellers include a former corporal named Adolf Hitler.
Sri Lanka’s path to […]

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The Menik Farm Lie: ‘Who says we are resettled’ asks an IDP

“As you know the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place in Geneva in November, 2012. It is through this the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) will examine the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The government wants to score marks by announcing that they were able to re-settle all the IDPs who were […]

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Rajapaksas have rendered the judiciary as subservient as the armed forces or the police

“…they were cunning, ignorant and cruel like old beasts of prey and…if we let ourselves be overcome by fear or piety, they would finally destroy us”. Jose Luis Borges (Ragnarök)
The king can do no wrong’ was a foundational premise of absolute monarchy. The Rajapaksas
have taken this anti-democratic concept to the nethermost extreme. In Rajapaksa Sri […]

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“We want our land back as we are also citizens of Sri Lanka”

What is the meaning of resettlement in Sri Lanka
Report of the Field visit of NAFSO/ Praja Abhilasha Network / Rights Now/ PCHR team at Northern Province of Sri Lanka. 
When you read the field visit report of the resettlement of the Internally Displaced People[IDPs] you all will realize the reality of the so called
resettlement scheme of […]

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Looking to the parliamentary select committee to break deadlock

In a matter of three to four months the government will be facing scrutiny at the UN Human Rights Council which will be scrutinizing the four year
report of the Sri Lankan government for the period 2008-12 in terms of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review. This will be followed by the UN Human Rights Council meeting […]

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Reincarnation/rebirth of the Indo-Lanka accord

Reading this headline, extreme Singhalese may say, ‘another……. paving the way for a separate state’, extreme Tamil nationalists may say, ‘another one going against the independent state’, but the wisest from both communities may say, ‘the right thinking at the right time’.
Twenty five years ago on 29th July 1987, when the Indian Prime Minister Rajiv […]

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Opinion

Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayaka leaves the Supreme Court Complex to face impeachment proceedings. Photo taken from courtesy from Outlook India.com

Validity of Parliament’s interpretation of the Constitution – re OPA response

President Rajapaksa’s elder brother Chamal also The Speaker of the House On 26th September, 2012 at the request of the National Issues Committee of the OPA, ...

Issues

rajapakse and shiranthi

Sri Lanka: Patriotism for the Rajapaksas is a means to an end

“…..to not to be a fanatic means to be, to some extent and in some way, a traitor in the eyes of the fanatic”–  Amos ...

Opinion

Tamara Kunanayakam (R)

“We must realize the importance of developing coherent policies”

I had been asked to speak on the votes of the Ministry of External Affairs during the Committee Stage of the Budget Debate, but was subsequently ...

Politics

berlusconi21

Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi sentenced to prison

BREAKING NEWS: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison.An Italian court convicted the controversial billionaire on tax fraud. The case ...

Issues

Over 8,000 Sampur residents were reportedly evicted to make way for an Indian-funded coal power plant and a Special Economic Zone. Photo taken from The Sunday Leader

The Rajapaksa siblings like Pirapaharan guilty of strategically blind maximalism

“…when the plague begins, it’s easy for people to see the first blackbird as a harbinger. But when it lands on the climbing fence it’s ...

Human Rights

menik farm relocationsept2012

The Menik Farm Lie: ‘Who says we are resettled’ asks an IDP

“As you know the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place in Geneva in November, 2012. It is through this the United Nations Human Rights ...

Issues

Malaka Silva being released on bail

Rajapaksas have rendered the judiciary as subservient as the armed forces or the police

“…they were cunning, ignorant and cruel like old beasts of prey and…if we let ourselves be overcome by fear or piety, they would finally destroy ...

Human Rights

War displaced

“We want our land back as we are also citizens of Sri Lanka”

What is the meaning of resettlement in Sri Lanka Report of the Field visit of NAFSO/ Praja Abhilasha Network / Rights Now/ PCHR team at Northern ...

Issues

In a matter of three to four months the government will be facing scrutiny at the UN Human Rights Council which will be scrutinizing the four year report of the Sri Lankan government for the period 2008-12 in terms of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review

Looking to the parliamentary select committee to break deadlock

In a matter of three to four months the government will be facing scrutiny at the UN Human Rights Council which will be scrutinizing the ...

Issues

The India-Sri Lanka Agreement 1987, also known as the Rajiv-Jayawardene Accord, completed 25 years on July 29

Reincarnation/rebirth of the Indo-Lanka accord

Reading this headline, extreme Singhalese may say, ‘another……. paving the way for a separate state’, extreme Tamil nationalists may say, ‘another one going against the ...