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Astrologers and us - We cannot see or predict or forecast the future. We can only imagine the future. That is what the astrologers have done before the last presidential election and what all of us are doing at present.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
Considering the negative developments and experiences loaded on them, the ordinary citizens of this country should not be blamed for their skepticism. They are no longer interested in postmortems as well as the very familiar sugar quoted assurances, but the real results. The only consolation one can have is the undeclared assurance that all can be reformed and therefore, things...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Here’s some powerful news you may have missed buried amid the footnotes of major news websites: Costa Rica’s Supreme Court has formally declared the nation’s GMO approval process to be highly ‘unconstitutional.’ In what amounts to great news in the fight to regain the global food supply, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica struck a...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
A day after US President Barack Obama’s state of the union address, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed Washington for embarking on a path of confrontation with Moscow. “Following the United States’ actions, a mood of confrontation has prevailed in the North Atlantic alliance. It has made an absolutely politicized decision on suspending cooperation on military and civilian matters.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
A sixth grade Yemeni boy was among the three victims killed by a U.S. drone strike on Monday, a human rights group has said.The alleged CIA strike, which marked the first reported U.S. drone strike in Yemen this year, came just two days after U.S. military officials announced that the drone campaign would not by deterred by ongoing unrest in…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The Socialist Workers’ Union (SWU) attached to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held a commemorative event “Read Lenin: The great man who changed the world” to mark the 91st death anniversary of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin on January 22, at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theater. The keynote speaker was JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva. An abridged translated version of his speech…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
There is no justification for murdering journalists or satirists. No degree of offence legitimizes the use of violence. The deaths of the journalists should be mourned for that particular reason, but no more so than the two officers or the maintenance man who were also killed in the tragic shootings. Therefore, when we refer to this sensitive subject we must…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Sri Lankan politics and the framework is backward. Two or three main parties start thrashing each other and development of a nation turns into a coffee cup in the main banquet! Sri Lankans must learn not to kill a king using a cannibal. Some have chosen a bunch of reformers in Sri Lanka. You must ask whether these reformers are...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Political vendettas have been with us for quite a long time. In fact, for about the past three decades vendetta has been a practised sport following every election.  Only a fool can deny that witch-hunts, revenge and paybacks in politics are as Sri Lankan as hoppers and ‘lunumiris.’
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
University lecturers and Legal Professionals are demanding the resignations of two very important figures. University Lecturers’ Trade Union, Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) is demanding the resignation of University Grants’ Commission Chairwoman, Kshanika Hirimburegama while the legal fraternity headed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is demanding...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The whole political landscape of Sri Lanka shifted not only when the incumbent president as the minister of health crossed over after all the hair splitting speculations regarding a common candidate, but also because of what went on for months behind the scene. Everyone was taken aback by the sheer modus operandi of the actors that paved the way for…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Last week, this writer analyzed some of the points in the 100 day program. This analysis continues with other points in this program.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Greece has a new government, a left government headed by the 40-year-old charismatic Syriza party leader, Alexis Tsiparas. Syriza managed to secure 149 seats of 300 seats in the Hellenic Parliament at the General Election held on 25th January and for the first time in a long time, Europe’s hope for a better future has turned towards the left.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
A certain minister in the present government is reported to have said that the vote of the minorities did not make any impact in the final outcome of the recently concluded presidential election. He has said that was insignificant, vote base of the minorities being only 12%, it did not make any difference whatsoever.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
After a 30-year passage of bloodletting and devastation, the latest step proposed to foster ethnic harmony among all the communities living in the country, the singing of the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil languages, ran into rough and turbulent seas and then into thin air. We feel that it should be commenced with more simple endeavors that wil
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
An election has come and gone. The saying goes that good brooms sweep well. And that, by itself, may not mean much but we have to ensure the basics are right. First on the list of good governance has a three-sided meaning. Firstly, all systems must be in place. Secondly, it is essential to maintain the Rule of Law. Thirdly,…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
1. The Attorney General’s Office has informed the Supreme Court that all who have been accused and convicted of felonies between 2005-2014 will be allowed to use “Rajapaksas did it” and “Rajapaksas forced me to do it” as valid and acceptable arguments in their defense and/or appeal of their convictions even if there is no credible evidence to validate those…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
American Madamulana - Basil’s Madamulana is situated at Los Angelis. Chinese Poem - O so vast, O so mighty, The Great River rolls to sea,Flowers do waves thrash, Heroes do sands smash, When all the dreams drain,
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is well known for gaffes.  One can’t blame him.  He’s an honest politician.  With Mangala, what you see is what you get.  If he trips it is because he has been careless about where he puts his foot.  If he puts it in his mouth it is just because he doesn’t know any better.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
I am a Kolombian, so please don’t expect me to know the meaning of all Sinhala words that politicians toss around.  To be honest, I hadn’t heard this word ihapaalanaya before Ranil and Chandrika baited Maithripala, as they say.  I made some discrete inquiries about the word from some Kolombians, who knew a bit of Sinhala. 
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

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