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Hawks and dogs
A hawk thinks, “If I am a dog I will not have to fly in this empty  sky. I’ll run through the jungles and over the meadows, hide in the bushes and swim in the rivers.” A dog thinks, “ If I am a hawk I’ll be as free as a bird and fly over the hills...

Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
Twenty five years ago this month we fled Sri Lanka. We have since returned intermittently, to live and work there, and on vacation. We fled days after the bullet-riddled body of our good friend and colleague, Richard de Zoysa was found.Richard worked for the Interpress Service (IPS) at the time, and was due to take up a position abroad for…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
The British and European authorities are faced with a dilemma: How to curb the flow of youth to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Drastic measures are planned now to scrutinise every travel document at exit points: Harbors and airports after three teenage schoolgirls took advantage of the school mid-erm to sneak off to the Turkish Border and then...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Attachments - Beauty makes the world a nicer place, but our attachments to beautiful things mess things up. Government support - The government supported the National Freedom Party by remanding Shashi and helped the Frontline Socialist Party by trying to deport Kumar. The government seems to be very clever when it comes to supporting opposition parties.

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
The voice of people is the voice of god, so declared the famous saying in the Western political thoughts, probably harking back to the days of French Revolution. The people assembled at Nugegoda rally, strange enough appeared, to express the similar sentiments, a cry for a just cause: bring back our Mahinda to us. It was certainly not for a...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
It was the first week of August in 2013. An unexpected news item was received by media that one time Police Spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakody’s service has been suspended. SSP Jayakody who had gone on a foreign tour had not returned as due and the Police Department had to suspend his services. However, media found out that he had received…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The secret - A flower is beautiful and attractive because it looks and smiles, but speaks not a word. Beautiful girls retain their beauty while they keep their mouths shut. Not a regime change, but regime reversal - We did not change a regime. We have merely turned it upside down.  We have affected a regime reversal. Earlier we had MR regime. Now we have RM regime. I mean Ranil Maithri regime.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is suffering from an identity crisis.  The signs are all over the place.  The SLFP has more Members of Parliament than any other party, and yet finds itself in the Opposition.  The man who secured the support of a majority of voters is the leader of the SLFP, and yet neither he nor the...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Memories
Jorge Luis Borges once wrote about someone he once encountered thus: ‘His memory was wonderful. He could reconstruct all his dreams, all his half dreams. He told me, “I alone have more memories than all mankind has probably had since the world has been the world.”  And again “My dreams are like you people’s waking hours”.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

A group of essentially one-man parties have organized a rally.  They’ve invited the 5.8 million who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa in a losing cause on January 8, 2015 to attend.   They have asked for a show of force.  Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila are all fiery speakers no doubt, but in terms of political endowments such as membership,...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
On January 8, 2015 Sri Lankan voters voted for a President to lead the nation. The election that was to vote a President ended up with a Prime Minister being sworn in followed by close to 50 MPs majority belonging to the UNP while the rest composed of MPs that crossed over from the previous government and those that were…
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
Recent regime change in Colombo, Sri Lanka did not take place in vacuum. There was international support and networks to depose the former regime led by Mr. Rajapaksa who provided political leadership to defeat the Tamil Tigers and local political actors contributed to the scheme planned by powerful actors.
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) enjoys a Parliamentary majority.  The party has all but elected the new President as its leader, the very same individual who ran against the candidate fielded by the SLFP.  The United National Party (UNP) has the second largest number of MPs (second by a large margin, note).

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Wickramabahu Karunaratne of the Nava Sama Samaaja Party (NSSP) has claimed that ‘the working class fulfilled a massive task’ in securing the victory of Maithripala Sirisena. What is implied here is that class consciousness was what compelled this particular populations segment to vote for Sirisena. ‘Bahu’ as usual inscribes a lot of ‘motive’ on the actions of all kinds of...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

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