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Politics

‘First they had the book and we had the land.  Then they said “close your eyes, let us pray”.  When we opened our eyes, we had the book and they had the land.’  -- Bishop Desmond Tutu on the relationship between invader and missionary in the conquest of Africa. 
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
J.C.Weliamuna, the man heading the chapter of Transparency International in Sri Lanka is under the microscope for allowing himself to be compensated (a polite way of saying bribed) to the tune of Rs.3.5 million by the government of Sri Lanka to conduct a well-publicized which hunt of SriLankan Airlines’ previous management.
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
Former Director of UNESCO Wijayanada Jayaweera made a speech on media freedom at the Press Freedom Day event held recently at Hotel Janaki in Colombo. The event was organized by the Movement and Sri Lanka Press Institute. The speech highlighted vital points in the topic ‘Structural Changes for Media Freedom’.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
Regardless of the terms and conditions that may be imposed, the indication by a responsible TNA politician about a possibility of a ‘National Government’ is truly a heartwarming development. It is a sign of a series of positive changes in attitudes. The fears that arose in the minds of any rational and truly peace-loving citizen shall...
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
The 19th Amendment was passed. It remains this government’s first real reform “victory”, ironic given that it was approved after the 100-day program ended. During these past few months we’ve seen promises made and unkept. That’s natural, given the state our politicians usually are in whenever they try to win the people’s mandate. For the moment though, one important aspect…
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
The USA, the key mover of the UNHCR Resolution seeking investigation into the crimes said to have committed during the last phase of the war 2009 –based on speculative and questionable reports- is sending a high level representative to Sri Lanka for discussions on foreign relations and of course Sri Lanka’s domestic issues such as good governance etcat a time…
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
With thoughts of constitutional reform in the air and on everyone’s lips, I wondered why more people were not talking of another failed Amendment: the 13th. All these tags and triggers – federalism, regional autonomy, unitary status, separatism, consociational democracy, homeland theory, devolution of power, etc., seem have to have evaded our attention and slipped from the national consciousness.
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
The ‘100 days’ are done.  Much of the key elements of the ‘program’ part of it remain undone.  This should not worry President Maithripala Sirisena.  An electorate that has been burdened by a draconian constitution for more than 36 years can wait a few months more.  Indeed they have no option but to wait, at least until the next General…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
President Maithripala Sirisena was elected with 6.2 defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa with 5.8. We all know what Rajapaksa was trying to defend. It was a corrupt regime where the economic resources of the country were stagnating around a few families connected to the Rajapaksas. The former president tried to fool the public by using giant cutouts, state and private media,...
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
What is the future of the 13th amendment if the 19th amendment is passed into law? The 13th amendment was possible only because of the executive presidency. The system of provincial councils which was mooted by the Donoughmore Commission was never implemented under the Westminster model.
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
Productive day in Parliament, with the first reading of two amendments to the Constitution that I had proposed, seconded by Upeksha Swarnamali. The 24th, which is the more important I think, is about making Secretaries to Ministries Permanent, and restoring their appointment to the Public Service Commission. I hope that all those who are keen on independent commissions will...
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
The conspiratorial powers–the CIA, the RAW, the British,  MI 6 and their agents, the NGO bandwagon and the Tamil racist leaders had a fourfold agenda to achieve.They were firstly to oust Mahinda Rajapaksa, secondly to install a leader of their choice, thirdly to destroy the SLFP and fourthly to grant the desired Eelam.The first three objectives have been achieved.
Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00
Dr Dayan Jayatilleka who is an expert in many fields expressed his ideas regarding the present political developments in the country in an interview with The Nation. Dr. Jayatilleka did not agree with the formation of a National Government, suspending the normal competitive functioning of the two-party system. He considers this move as a “dangerous deviation” and said that Sri…
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
There are politically important and serious reasons why this piece of legislation called the 19 Amendment has to go before the people for their direct approval, before it becomes law. 1.There was no transparency, no accountability in the drafting process. It is an accepted democratic practise to have the process of drafting a constitution as an open, people based process.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has come out with a lengthy speech on the vexed matter of Treasury Bonds.  He has defended Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, pledged an investigation in the interest of affirming that there was no wrongdoing, defended the composition of the panel appointed to investigate and cast aspersion on several individuals and groups.
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Sri Lankan civil society intellectuals and commentators who support the new dispensation are making the same mistake as Francis Fukuyama did, but in a far more facile and therefore far less forgivable form. When the Cold War ended, Fukuyama famously posited the End of History. It was crudely misunderstood to mean that history as a narrative had arrived at a…
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Dilan Perera entered mainstream politics in 1994 after having made his contributions to the nation at local government level. He is a talented orator as well as a sports lover. Representing the Badulla District, he has offered his expertise in several ministries. Holding a commerce special degree, he is also qualified as an attorney-at- law. Recently he was appointed...
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
Controversy has plagued the recent Central Bank bond issue, where it is alleged that Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s son-in-law Arjun Aloysius had advanced information which was used to extract massive profits in ‘judicious’ trading.  Aloysius is reported to have sold several 5-10 year bonds at low interest rates and reinvested in the 30 year bond which had an unprecedented high interest…
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
 “It is my humble view Sir, if we are to progress as one Country with two nations…”  (‘Your Excellency Our President, we need one country with two nations’- CV Wigneswaran, Colombo Telegraph, March 3, 2015)  It became known as the Two Nation theory. That was the basis on which Jinnah fought for and obtained the partition of India and Pakistan,…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Nigeria is an important country for many reasons. First there is the jihadist group Boko Haram which has engaged in an expansionist campaign, freaking out everyone in the free world. Then there is the fact that Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy. Most recently however, everyone is interested in the upcoming elections with analysts predicting everything from widespread violence to a...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

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