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For Sri Lanka, the only relevant resolution at this year’s UNHRC sessions is the one tabled by the United States of America.  It is relevant because it was on (read ‘against’) Sri Lanka.  If, however, the world is serious about the UNHRC and therefore whatever resolutions are tabled, voted on, adopted or rejected, then we would see decent coverage in

Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

It is pathetic, to say the least, when media rights advocates stretch and strain to scratch out some logic when they come out to defend their friends.  The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, the Free Media Movement, and the Federation of Media Employees’ Trade Unions are up in arms about the arrest of two persons who have nothing to do with the

Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00

Only a mother who has lost a child can fathom the grief of a woman who has lost her son.  Balendra Jeyakumari is not a mother who lost a son. She’s a mother who lost three sons.  That’s not three-times the grief.  It is unfathomable grief.  This side of death, whatever closure is possible can only be wrought from

Full Article Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

To plan for year, they say, you have to plant rice. To plan for a decade you have to plant trees and to plan for a century, you have to teach the people. I believe that’s a Chinese saying. Politicians think of the next election while statesmen think of the next generation. That’s common knowledge across time and space.

Full Article Sunday, 02 March 2014 00:00
With the much hyped Norochcholai Coal Power Plant breaking down for the 26th time, the hapless public pray to rain gods on a regular basis.  This has yielded very little results and with corruption being rife and mismanagement being the order of the day at the Ministry of Power and at CEB, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure
Full Article Sunday, 26 January 2014 00:00
It’s almost never discussed in the political mainstream. But thousands of foreign troops have now been stationed in Britain for more than 70 years. There’s been nothing like it since the Norman invasion. With the 15-month Dutch occupation of London in 1688-9, a distant competitor, there has been no precedent since 1066 for the presence of American forces in a
Full Article Sunday, 26 January 2014 00:00
January 16, 2014 “Information Clearing House - “Daily Mail” - - Shocking images depicting U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents, have emerged today.The explosive photographs, reportedly taken in Fallujah in 2004, have already sparked a Marine Corps investigation, but many of the 41 gag-inducing shots are just too grisly to publish.
Full Article Sunday, 19 January 2014 00:00
It is certainly a pleasure for me to be here amongst you this morning to be part of this ceremony organized by the National Research Council to recognize the achievements our researchers, with Presidential Awards for Scientific Publications. This event brings together a significant cross-section of researchers, within the not-so-large science and technology community in this country, and in that
Full Article Sunday, 19 January 2014 00:00

Two questions have been posed by journalist Hafeel Farisz on the subject of Lasantha Wickremathunge: Has Lasantha’s journalistic panache evolved into a more vibrant and potent form of media, or have we been left still fighting to sift through the rubble after his death? What does it mean to the rule of law and the right of the public to

Full Article Sunday, 12 January 2014 00:00

Eric is a common name in the United States of America.  I’ve met many Erics in my time, but one of them I will never forget. This Eric lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I met him more than twenty years ago and might never see him again.  
Eric was a panhandler.  That’s ‘American’ for beggar.  Sanitized term, sociologists and literary theorists

Full Article Sunday, 12 January 2014 00:00

When the nation was hit by the DCD controversy, several things happened. For a few days Fonterra products were off the shelves. People also became wary of purchasing milk powder products from New Zealand. Maliban went on an advertising spree, claiming that they import from Australia and that the Government of that country claims milk powder DCD-free milk powder. Local

Full Article Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00
Asoka Weerasinghe, long time anti-LTTE advocate and one time diplomat has written to Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP, for Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario House of Commons, Ottawa about her statements on Sri Lanka.  Sitsabaiesan was in Sri Lanka recently. She arrived on a tourist visa and met with representatives of several extremist Tamil groups.  She claimed they were not ‘political meetings’
Full Article Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00
“Go to the peasant people, live among them, learn from them.Love them, work with them. Start with what they know; build on what they have….Teach by showing, learn by doing. Not a show case, but a pattern,Not odds and ends, but a system…When the work is done, and the task accomplished,
Full Article Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

These are diary days. Calendar days too. All institutions, big and small, private and public, are busy getting diaries out. It is probably considered a serious come down for a self-respecting corporate entity not to print diaries for distribution among clients, employees, politicians and friends, corporate and otherwise. The diary bug seems to have stung the SME sector as well.

Full Article Sunday, 29 December 2013 00:00

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) does not trust the Government.  Nothing wrong in that.  If all political entities trusted and agreed with one another there wouldn’t be separate political parties for too long, never mind the fact that politics would be quite boring.  Mistrust, however, is not a one way street.  Those who do not trust and harp on the

Full Article Sunday, 29 December 2013 00:00
The young Indian journalist Tamil Prabhakaran (22), who was arrested earlier this week in Kilinochchi on charges of filming and photographing military installations, was not the innocent Indian ‘tourist’ he claimed to be, and may be a pawn in a larger plot to revive separatist ideologies in the North, The Nation learns.
Full Article Sunday, 29 December 2013 00:00

‘How’s Christmas?’ someone asked.  When everyday seems ok, there’s nothing special about Christmas, even for  Buddhist who gets surrounded by ‘Christmasness’ come December.  This Christmas was special though.  Now we know in general that not only is everyday not Christmas for some, but the kind of festivity associated with that word is foreign to come every day of the year.

Full Article Sunday, 29 December 2013 00:00
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran yesterday denied he was seeking credit for allegedly resolving a land dispute in the North and claimed the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper report, which claimed he had, was ‘a distortion  of fact’.An article, which appeared in the Colombo Telegraph and written by Rajasingham Jayadevan, regarding a case of illegal land
Full Article Sunday, 22 December 2013 00:00
I experienced a very serious illegal land grabbing endeavor by a group of Tamils on my visit to Jaffna on December 6, 2013. This is part of much wider land fraud perpetuated by the Tamil criminals in the North.One has to experience the scandalous culture practiced widespread by Tamils against the fellow Tamils to understand the seriousness of the fraud…
Full Article Sunday, 22 December 2013 00:00

The love that the British have for Sri Lanka is of such magnitude that one wonders if Sri Lankans should bother to love their country. They so loved this island, let us not forget, that they pillaged, burnt, robbed and perpetrated genocide and ethnic cleansing of a kind that even the LTTE in its most terrible days couldn’t come close

Full Article Sunday, 22 December 2013 00:00

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