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Election Day is less than three weeks away.   Campaigns are gathering intensity.  Candidates and their supporters are falling over each other promising the sun, moon, stars and whatever else they think could please the voter.  They all talk about a clean society and don’t seem to mind the dirty friends that surround them.  They talk of a new political culture...

Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
One of most crucial issues that is bound to come up in the forthcoming presidential election is leadership. Having eliminated the terrorist menace that dragged on nearly thirty years, the present government under president Mahinda Rajapakse (MR) has restored peace in record time, and put the country on reconstruction and reconciliation mode by launching major development projects based on strategic…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Folks, it sure looks like we’ve got a game on.A couple of weeks ago it seemed like President Rajapaksa was cruising to another term in office. After the initial euphoria, the cohesiveness of the opposition camp seems to be crumbling. It was starting to look a lot like 2010. That has changed dramatically of late. Maitripala Sirisena,has managed to...
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Given what we know of the Opposition’s declared strategy and policy at this stage, I am unconvinced that we should vote Mahinda Rajapaksa out. Change is necessary; even imperative. But what kind of change, where, when and to whom? There is a case for peaceful democratic regime change, but what has the current Rajapaksa regime to do with the decades...
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
The story from the Book of Genesis ii (1-9) recounts that a group of sinners after coming from the eastern part of the world settled in the land of Shinar in Babylonia. Being ambitious and full of vengeance towards God, they planned to build a city and a tower reaching the sky, so that they need not depend on God…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
In a process where a choice has to be made, naturally it singles out a person as the choice while the others, who are not chosen, end up as ‘Rejections’. ‘Election’ in its true meaning should be to ‘single out the best and the most suitable’ not to punish the ‘demerits’ in an act of vengeance.
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
These are days of political loyalty.  Political betrayal too.  Crossing lines.  Shifting allegiances.  The shifts and the speed of movement bring to mind a soliloquy in UdayasiriWickramaratne’s ‘Suddek Oba Amathai’ (A white man addresses you).  This particular segment was called ‘Ithihasaya Oba Amathai’ (History addresses you).  Jayalath Manoratne played ‘History’ or rather gave voice to a note on history.
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
In politics there are no permanent friends or enemies.  Given the heavy two-way traffic, pole vaults, crossing and double-crossing (e.g. Udaya Gammanpila), that line seems to be the key definer of Sri Lankan politics come election time.  Crossing party line provides entertainment, especially when sober claims and self-righteous statements about principles previously made are considered. This happened in April 2004,…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
Walls normally are meant to separate, to keep people and things apart. However, not all walls are about separation. Walls can also be about inspiration, unification and purification. Sri Lanka needs a wall to bring us together, to unify, to inspire and to glorify our differences. For far too long we have allowed the carrions of our society to...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
As the sole survivor from Friday’s (December 12) Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) plane crash at Hokandara, Athurugiriya, fights for his life in hospital, members the Court of Inquiry appointed by the Air Force Commander have commenced the arduous task of piecing together what exactly happened.
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
The next Presidential Election has pitted two candidates both belonging to the same party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party. One is sitting and the other a choice from circumstances, arising from the divisive and divided opposing parties and groups who got united for the common purpose to defeat Rajapaksa’s family empire and their foothold in Sri Lanka, while seeking...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri is better known by a nickname he earned as an undergraduate, ‘Vamaa’, translatable as ‘Lefty’. Whether or not this had anything to do with ideological preferences, Nirmal has certainly been fascinated with Left politics. Indeed, to the extent that left-right distinction is still valid in Marxian and subjective terms (read self-identified) Nirmal is still ‘Left’. Perhaps this...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
The Republic of South Korea was an underdeveloped state in 1950s witha poverty stricken and illiterate peasantry in politically tense mood. After the Korean War, (ideology based), and coming under strong political leaders South Korea moved rapidly into a phase of smart development:  human resource developmentcombined with acquisition of advanced technology.
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
“I hate the goddamn system! But until someone comes along with changes that make sense, I’ll stick with it.” – Clint Eastwood as “Dirty Harry” Callaghan, in ‘Magnum Force’ (1973)  Those who criticize my continued ‘nonaligned’ approach to the Presidential election and the candidates, as well as my refusal to convert unthinkingly to the cause of the joint opposition, make…
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
Your Excellency, I must confess at the outset that I am deeply hurt and miffed by the fact that I was overlooked when the names of the jounos to receive new laptops was finalized by your administration. I don’t care much about car loans or car permits because I want to reduce my carbon footprint. I do admit that I...
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
Bruxelles (AFP)- Belgium's former queen Fabiola, the Spanish-born widow of the popular king Baudouin, who was recently at the centre of a row over her yearly allowance, died on Friday, the palace said. She was 86. A devout Catholic who burst on the scene 55 years ago, Fabiola was widely celebrated for bringing spark to a sullen king struggling to…
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
The International Maritime Conference, “Galle Dialogue 2014”, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, gets underway in the port city of Galle on December  1, 2014 for the fifth consecutive year. Local and foreign scholars and experts in maritime and naval affairs representing 39 countries are expected to share their…
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
Another presidential election is due in early January next year to elect a president for a six-year term. This presidential election is different due to several reasons. The incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) is due to contest for re-election following the Amendment 18 to the Constitution recently.
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
Like the majority of my fellow citizens I am an undecided voter. My father Mervyn de Silva used to characterize me slightly critically, as “a Romantic”, and the romantic in me would like to vote for change. But right now, I cannot make that decision because the Realist in me raises a fundamental question: “who rules?” Or rather, who would…
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
The vast majority of new HIV infections in the Asia–Pacific Region are occurring among population most vulnerable to HIV: Men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, sex workers, people in prisons and other closed settings.Nearly five million people were living with HIV in the Asia–Pacific Region in 2013–about one sixth of the global burden.
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

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