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In a move that caught many by surprise the government last week announced it was appointing three ‘international experts’ to advise the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons. It is a step that calls into question the government’s long-term stance on the issue.The announcement itself was a low-key affair. It was attributed to an unnamed

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The public spat between United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Harin Fernando and ex-UNPer and now Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera during a television talk show last week highlights the changing trends in the local political landscape.Such incidents are not entirely new. There is the anecdote of how M. S. Themis, returned to Parliament after the 1956...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

South African Vice-President Cyril Ramaphosa this week joined a long list of special envoys tasked with bringing about lasting peace in Sri Lanka through ethnic reconciliation and arrived in the country on Monday, generating a domestic political controversy in the process.Peace envoys for Sri Lanka have been many and have come from different continents.

Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

The communal fires at Aluthgama may have been doused but Sri Lanka faces an uphill task in convincing the rest of the world that its ethnic issues are being redressed, as the country gears for an inquiry by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).The riots at Aluthgama could not have come at a worse time for the government

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

The events of the past few weeks culminating in racial riots in Aluthgama that left at least two persons dead has brought into focus the changing role of the Buddhist clergy in national politics. This also comes at a time when two Buddhist monks are seeking to become presidential candidates.In the limelight is Galagoda aththe Gnanasaara Thera, the

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

The recent events at Aluthgama where a minor incident flared into racial riots that left two people dead, dozens injured and many properties burnt to the ground are a sinister sign that ethnic harmony in the country is a distant dream at this point in time.Many questions are being asked about the incident itself, the most pertinent among them

Full Article Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

The next battle of Sri Lanka’s war with the United Nations Human Rights Councils (UNHRC) began this week with the UN agency informing the Sri Lankan government that an international panel has been appointed to inquire into alleged war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka.Colombo has been informed that Sylvia Cartwright, a former Governor General of New Zealand and Sandra Beidas,

Full Article Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

Just when the dust settles on one government politician being involved in an unsavory incident, it appears as if another quickly moves in to fill that void. This is what happened last week when a police officer serving on the southern expressway was brutally assaulted and his vehicle was set on fire.

Full Article Sunday, 08 June 2014 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India to attend the inauguration of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attracted much attention this week as both countries made a conscious attempt to mend relations which had been under strain under the previous Congress administration.There were many welcoming gestures - the President telephoning Modi after his victory,

Full Article Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

The votes have now all been counted in the world’ largest democracy and Narendra Modi has been elected as India’s 14th Prime Minister. His party, the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) commands an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, the first time in 30 years that a ruling party has done so.The Indian polls have played out in a manner that

Full Article Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00

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