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Editorial

Ranil Wickremesinghe didn’t run for the Presidency. Indeed, we can safely conclude that Ranil Wickremesinghe could not have won had he contested simply because if ‘reform’ was his thing then it is more easily obtained by winning the Presidency rather than waiting on the largesse of someone else who was elected. As things stand, we are not even sure if...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The new Government has hit the ground running when it comes to ‘show’.  Allegations are a dime a dozen so to speak, these days.   There’s a lot of ‘show’, but little to see, strangely.  Sure, the law doesn’t move as fast as the vengeful or the righteous want it to.  There is a thing called ‘due process’ after all.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has passed a resolution charging successive governments of perpetrating genocide on Tamils in Sri Lanka. For a Council that has an ex-judge of the Supreme Court as Chief Minister the interjection of the word ‘genocide’ is mischievous at best. If language legislation in 1956 amounts to ‘genocide’ then clearly Wigneswaran does not understand the meaning…
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
Apart from the goodies promised (and delivered with a view to win votes in a soon-to-be-held General Election) there are two elements of President Maithripala Sirisena’s manifesto that can have far-reaching and democratizing impact. The first is the promise to interject checks and balances to the all-powerful office of the Executive President through the repeal of the 18th...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
The existing electoral system is seen as a serious problem and one which encourages corruption and violence. This was observed by President Maithripala Sirisena in his manifesto. He also observed that it is an issue that successive governments failed to address. He pledged to abolish the existing system. The replacement would be a mix of the first-past-the-post system...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
With the 100-Day program of the Maithripala Sirisena government now in effect, it has become all about promises -- the ones kept, the ones that need to be kept and the ones that have already been broken. Some pledges, such as the one to limit the Cabinet of Ministers to 25, have already been quietly pushed aside for the sake…
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
Of all that is pernicious in all resolutions tabled in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka the most scandalous and disgusting perhaps is limiting investigations calls for to the last few months of the war.  We are talking about a conflict that dragged for almost three decades.  We are talking about a couple of hundred thousand killed.
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
An election was held. Someone won and someone lost. Accordingly, those who voted for the winner would consider themselves shareholders of the victory and those who backed the loser would partake of the defeat. On the other hand, the winners do not automatically become special and the losers lesser citizens. Maithripala Sirisena is the President of the entire country,...
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

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