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Unfettered global capitalism has met its match at last. Ever since Bishop Bergoglio picked St Francis of Assisi to be his guiding inspiration and lead a “church for the poor”, all his actions have been in the same direction...    
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Pope Francis proclaimed The Apostle of Ceylon Joseph Vaz a Saint at a special mass held at Galle Face Green in Colombo on January 14.Joseph Vaz became the first Catholic Saint of Sri Lanka. As he was born in Goa, he can also be named as the first Catholic Saint from Goa...
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The air traffic control tower at Donetsk Airport has been destroyed by pro-Russian forces surging from two sides against a depleted Ukrainian military. Separatist forces had offered a 5 p.m., local time, deadline (10 a.m. EST) for the government’s soldiers to vacate the airport, but Ukrainian artillery reinforcements have slowed the attack, according to the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency...  
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The election victory of the common opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, can be characterized as a victory for democracy in its broadest meaning of the term. However, the specificities of the future processes of democracy or good governance are still to be worked out, not to speak of reconciliation for the moment...
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Sri Lankans are now living in the very early days of the promised “ideal country” which, according to the Manifesto of Maithripala Sirisena – Ranil Wickremesinghe – Champika Ranawaka Government, will be created within six years...
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So I wake up on the day of France’s huge ‘Republican March’ in time to hear ‘Les Racines Du Ciel’ (The Roots Of Heaven), a weekly France Culture radio program that takes an all-comers-welcome approach to spiritual development. Very predictably, the usually-excellent content has been replaced by someone labeled a Muslim and keen to condemn the recent events by distancing…
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Since William Latimer, the 4th Baron and the English noble, soldier and diplomat was impeached in 1376 [the earliest recorded], several impeachments of Heads of State, CJs and highest level public servants have taken place in democratic world over the centuries.  Richard Nixon President US, faced an impeachmentIn 1974, compelling him to tender his resignation...    
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Same-old, same-old or better? whatever manner or for reasons, Mahinda Rajapaksa left. It is now up to the new President to deliver, being conscious that this country has a tradition of being misled and abandoned somewhere, and the ordinary citizens should not be blamed for being skeptical, as the people have given the verdict for a change.
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
I love the aftermath of elections in our country. It is all about upholding our rights and dignity. Those lovable leaders we elect just can’t seem to wait till they can give us all these goodies...
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
MEANWHILE IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE Post-mortems are for losers, and I have had to listen to hundreds of pundits explaining to me what went wrong.   I am sick of it.  I am the guy that lost.  I died.  I should know better than any mother’s son or daughter what did me in.  So here goes, once and for all, the…
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Notes of an unrepentant KolombianWhat a feeling!  That’s what I felt when the results came.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not that I didn’t like Mahinda Rajapaksa.  I loved and still love the guy, never mind the fact that he didn’t use his middle name, Percy, and thereby qualify for Kolombian citizenship.  We would have gladly given it.
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History has seen several famous ‘hundred days.’ Almost exactly 200 years ago, Emperor Napoleon returned to France from exile in Elba, taking power dramatically and abdicating for a second time just under 100 days later. Napoleon was fighting against a daunting alliance of almost all European powers, and defeat at the Battle of Waterloo just accelerated the inevitable...  
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Maps lie. Most obviously, the world isn’t flat, but more relevant to Sri Lanka, ‘winning’ districts is not the same as winning votes. I’ve been experimenting with maps to see how to accurately display the 2015 Presidential Election. I can’t. You can see different levels of mapping above. Each of them tells a different story and they’re all arbitrary...
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