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Elections 2015: The Stakes

Elections 2015: The Stakes

By Dayan Jayatilleka - The Sunday newspapers carried credible reports that the Presidential election would be held…

BBS And The Doctrine Of Taqiyah

BBS And The Doctrine Of Taqiyah

By Rifai Naleemi - Unfortunately Bodu Bala Sena failed to learn Islamic teachings and it’s principles from…

Now They Are On Muslims!

Now They Are On Muslims!

By Imtiyaz Razak - The recent mobilization by the Sinhala extremists against the Muslims of Sri Lanka…

Thuggistan!

Thuggistan!

By Tisaranee Gunasekara - “My opinion is that nobody can make men responsible for the…

From Gota’s War To Gota’s Crimes

From Gota’s War To Gota’s Crimes

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah - Learning from the Gotabaya Rajapaksa experience As Gotabaya Rajapaksa lectures on “counter-terrorism,”…

Our Toy Soldiers And A Boorish Political Culture

Our Toy Soldiers And A Boorish Political Culture

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena - The sheer buffoonery and boorishness reigning predominant in Southern Sri Lanka’s political culture…

NPC- “Driving” Or “Driven” To “Failure Of Administrative Machinery”?

NPC- “Driving” Or “Driven” To “Failure Of Administrative Machinery”?

By Austin Fernando - As Secretaries we have worked with Ministers with different attitudes, behaviors,…

When The Law Is ‘Plaything’

When The Law Is ‘Plaything’

By Malinda Seneviratne - The gains made by the Democratic Party (DP) and the Janatha…

The Return Of Great Power Conflicts

The Return Of Great Power Conflicts

By Kumar David - The Cold War ended rather abruptly and we thought we were…

A South East Asian Solution For The Muslims – Part 2

A South East Asian Solution For The Muslims – Part 2

By Izeth Hussain - I now approach the question of why the SL Muslims should…

Urgently Resume Dialogue To Avoid Dangerous Backslide To Past

Urgently Resume Dialogue To Avoid Dangerous Backslide To Past

By NPC -  Less than five years after the end of the three decade long…

Counter-Terrorism: Learning From The Sri Lankan Experience

Counter-Terrorism: Learning From The Sri Lankan Experience

By Gotabaya Rajapaksa - I thank the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security for organising the…

The Rise And Fall Of The BSO: Crisis Management UNP Style

The Rise And Fall Of The BSO: Crisis Management UNP Style

By Rajan Hoole - The 1990s: The Culture of Untruth and a Perilous Vacuum Part 3 Although…

What Next, A Ban On Laughter?

What Next, A Ban On Laughter?

By Malinda Seneviratne -  President Mahinda Rajapaksa knows how to smile.  Everyone knows this, even those who…

A Bottle Of Wine Throws A Premier Out!

A Bottle Of Wine Throws A Premier Out!

By Laksiri Fernando - This is a case of ‘accountability and responsibility’ that all Prime…

Bringing A Nation Into Line

Bringing A Nation Into Line

By Tisaranee Gunasekara - “It used to be that reading papers – Made you stupid…

Austerity Of Truth Can Starve This Government To death!

Austerity Of Truth Can Starve This Government To death!

By Vishnuguptha - “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important…

Duty Free Vehicles To Politicos And The Billions Rupee Scam

Duty Free Vehicles To Politicos And The Billions Rupee Scam

By Nagananda Kodituwakku - Dishonest politicians should be held accountable for unjust enrichment of taxpayers’…

An Unholy Alliance Of Buddhist Terrorists

An Unholy Alliance Of Buddhist Terrorists

By Tariq A. Al-Maeena - Siddhartha Gautama, who became universally known as the sage Buddha,…

Democracy And The Change Of Government

Democracy And The Change Of Government

By Kumar David - The stoutest defender of any government will grant that periodic renewal…

An Open Letter To Mahanayakes: Disrobe This Monk Or Disown His Acts!

An Open Letter To Mahanayakes: Disrobe This Monk Or Disown His Acts!

By Vishnuguptha - Would the rise of Balakayas cast a blemish on Buddhist Order in…

D.B.S. Jeyaraj And The Bogey Of The Reincarnation Of The Tiger

D.B.S. Jeyaraj And The Bogey Of The Reincarnation Of The Tiger

By Muttukrishna Sarvananthan - D.B.S.Jeyaraj and the bogey of the reincarnation of the Tiger: Battle of the…

Modi’s ‘Civis Romanus Sum’ Speech

Modi’s  ‘Civis Romanus Sum’ Speech

By S. Sivathasan - Reproduced is an exceprt of a 40 minute speech made by…

India Chooses

India Chooses

By W.A Wijewardena - India chooses: But what will happen when it is the thinking of 2…

The Great Indian Betrayal – India Voted Twice For Sri Lanka

The Great Indian Betrayal – India Voted Twice For Sri Lanka

By Paul Newman - India proved once again that it cannot be trusted by anyone.…

Future Of Tamil Nationalism In Sri Lanka After NPC Election

Future Of Tamil Nationalism In Sri Lanka After NPC Election

By R Hariharan - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA)’s thumping victory in Sri Lanka’s Northern…

The ‘Mad Monk’ Phenomenon: BBS As The Underside Of Sinhala-Buddhism

The ‘Mad Monk’ Phenomenon: BBS As The Underside Of Sinhala-Buddhism

By Kalana Senaratne - The marauding Buddhist monks, who appear to be tied to a…

There Aren’t Two Equal Nations (Or More) In Sri Lanka: Rejoinder To Laksiri Fernando

There Aren’t Two Equal Nations (Or More) In Sri Lanka: Rejoinder To Laksiri Fernando

By Dayan Jayatilleka - Laksiri feigns surprise that I sought to place Kumar David and him in…

If He Continues To Be Adamant He Will Perish

If He Continues To Be Adamant He Will Perish

By Veluppillai Thangavelu - If he continues to be adamant he will perish, even though…

Female Women’s Rights Advocates

Female Women’s Rights Advocates

By Arjuna Seneviratne - Female women’s rights advocates: the convenience of the plural identity for the singular…

Illusory Economy Versus The Real Economy Of Sri Lanka

Illusory Economy Versus The Real Economy Of Sri Lanka

By Muttukrishna Sarvananthan - Illusory Economy Versus The Real Economy Of Sri Lanka: A Rejoinder…

A Kindly Response To Dayan Jayatilleka On The National Question

A Kindly Response To Dayan Jayatilleka On The National Question

By Laksiri Fernando - I had a difficulty in understanding why Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka lumped…

Continuing Detention Of Tamil Women And A Girl Child Under PTA

Continuing Detention Of Tamil Women And A Girl Child Under PTA

By Women’s Action Network - In 2009 the government announced that the LTTE has been…

Counter Justification For A National Security State Through National Unity Charter

Counter Justification For A National Security State Through National Unity Charter

By Jehan Perera - Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge gave an early warning of…

Minority Report: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Question; A Response To Profs Kumar David & Laksiri Fernando

Minority Report: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Question; A Response To Profs Kumar David & Laksiri Fernando

By Dayan Jayatilleka - “The multitude of workers and peasants…cannot allow the dismemberment of the nation…” - Antonio…

Wiggie Vs Dayan And The Self-Determination As A 21-C Concept

Wiggie Vs Dayan And The Self-Determination As A 21-C Concept

By Kumar David - Wigneswaran and Dayan need to update their categories. Justice CV Wigneswaran…

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Video: “I’m Disappointed There Were So Many ‘Abstentions’ And 12 ‘No’ Votes” – Navi Pillay

“I’m disappointed that there were so many ‘abstentions’ and 12 ‘no’ votes. It’s the Security Council, General Assembly and Human Rights Council that establishes Commissions of Inquiries. Nobody is targeting Sri Lanka here. Commissions of Inquiry were appointed in respect of Palestine, in respect of Syria and more recently the Central African Republic. The African…

Video: “I’m Disappointed There Were So Many ‘Abstentions’ And 12 ‘No’ Votes” – Navi Pillay

Full Video: Charitha, Dhamma, Uvindu Live Censorship Case: Sri Lankan Government Tries To Prejudice Judges

There has been a new development in the fundamental rights application against the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and others, which concerns the stoppage of a live political chat program in 2008. In November 2008, Uvindu Kurukulasuriya was participating in a state media chat show where he made critical remarks concerning the government’s media policy. In…

Full Video: Charitha, Dhamma, Uvindu Live Censorship Case: Sri Lankan Government Tries To Prejudice Judges

Sinhala Video Weliweriya: Aney Nikan Pala Yako Yanda

Sinhala Video Weliweriya: Aney Nikan Pala Yako Yanda  Bandu Samarasinghe with Ministers Dullas alahapperuma, Mervyn Silva, DIG Anura Senanayake, Army Commander Daya Rathnayaka. AP…

Sinhala Video Weliweriya: Aney Nikan Pala Yako Yanda

Audio: Dayan’s Controversial Lecture At Nandadasa Kodagoda 16th Memorial Event

Deshamanya Nandadasa Kodagoda 16th Memorial Oration delivered by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka on “Sri Lanka and the World : Contemporary Challenges”. The event was held on 2nd August 2013 at the SriLanka Foundation Institute, to commemorate the 16th death anniversary of the late Professor Nandadasa Kodagoda, and was organized by the Nandadasa Kodagoda Memorial Trust.  …

Audio: Dayan’s Controversial Lecture At Nandadasa Kodagoda 16th Memorial Event

Event Invitation: Pathma Wijesinghe @ Rue Erlanger – Paris

Pathma Wijesinghe @ Rue Erlanger – Paris This exhibition will be presented at 53, Rue Erlanger, Paris 16  from 15 March 2014 to 16 March 2013. Opening ceremony – from 18h-20h on March 15. The exhibition is open to the public on 16th March from 10h-20h. Pathma Wijesinghe’s painting have been exhibited in Paris and at Lionel…

Event Invitation: Pathma Wijesinghe @ Rue Erlanger – Paris

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Canada’s Conservative-minority government domestically designated the LTTE/Tamil Tigers under Canada’s Criminal Code on April 10, 2006. The GOC did not, however, list the many Canadian front organizations for the Tigers, despite the fact that Canada’s anti-terrorism act allows the GOC to…

WikiLeaks: Tamil Diaspora Is In Danger Of Becoming More Radicalized – Blake

WikiLeaks: Tamil Diaspora Is In Danger Of Becoming More Radicalized – Blake

“In a luncheon discussion with Co-Chair Ambassadors and the Acting Indian High Commissioner on November 14 Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Special Envoy Paul Murphy exchanged views on how the Northern Ireland peace process might be relevant for the Sri Lankan…

Our Cry For Justice Is Not Only For Those Who Come Seeking Justice But Judges Who Can Not Speak For Themselves: President BASL

Our Cry For Justice Is Not Only For Those Who Come Seeking Justice But Judges Who Can Not Speak For Themselves: President BASL

“The Judgment Justice Sri Skandaraja wrote presiding a divisional bench quashing the parliamentary select committee proceeding on the 43rd Chief Justice  made him pay the Supreme Sacrifice which cost him, his family and the loved ones dearly.” said the president…

Tamils Worldwide Welcome The Sri Lanka Investigation

Tamils Worldwide Welcome The Sri Lanka Investigation

Tamils Worldwide today welcome the establishment of an International Investigation and urge UN to support political space for Tamil aspirations. Issuing a Joint Statement today British Tamils Forum, Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America, Global Tamil Forum, Ilankai Tamil Sangam, People for Equality and Relief…

Sri Lanka In Fact Won – G.L. Peiris

Sri Lanka In Fact Won – G.L. Peiris

The most educated member of the Rajapaksa regime with a doctorate from Oxford, External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L Peiris says that the voting tally at the UN Human Rights Council on the resolution against Sri Lanka was “23 for, and…

Two Senior BBC Sinhala Service Producers Suspended

Two Senior BBC Sinhala Service Producers Suspended

Two senior producers of the Sinhala Sandeshiya Service of the BBC World Service have been suspended from service until further notice, allegedly on charges of harassment, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. According to inside sources, Chandana Keerthi Bandara and M.J.R. David…

‘South Africa Abstained In Sri Lanka Voting To Remain Neutral To Be A Potential Facilitator’ Says GTF

‘South Africa Abstained In Sri Lanka Voting To Remain Neutral To Be A Potential Facilitator’ Says GTF

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) praises the adoption of the latest UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka and says it is a significant and historic step towards achieving truth, accountability and justice for the victims of the armed conflict…

‘We Are Extremely Disappointed On India’s Abstain’ Says TCSF

‘We Are Extremely Disappointed On India’s Abstain’ Says TCSF

While expressing its appreciation for those countries that sponsored and voted for the resolution on promoting accountability, reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka last night, the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) says; “We are extremely disappointed that India chose…

Countries Supported Sri Lanka Are “Not Free Countries”

Countries Supported Sri Lanka Are “Not Free Countries”

The 12 countries that voted against the Sri Lanka resolution today in the UN Human Rights Council are “not free countries” according to Freedom House and EIU Democracy Index. The first column in the table below shows the 9 out…

‘Today’s UN HRC Vote Sends A Clear Message’ Says US Secretary Of State, John Kerry.

‘Today’s UN HRC Vote Sends A Clear Message’ Says US Secretary Of State, John Kerry.

Today’s vote in the UN Human Rights Council sends a clear message: the time to pursue lasting peace and prosperity is now; justice and accountability cannot wait, says the US secretary of state, John Kerry. Issuing a statement on UN Human…

UN Mandates War Crimes Probe In Sri Lanka Stronger

UN Mandates War Crimes Probe In Sri Lanka Stronger

The UN Human Rights Council today adopted the resolution that mandates an international inquiry into allegations of major human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the last seven years of the war with 23 countries voting in favour of the document in the…

Concerns Raised Regarding AG Dept. Conduct In British Aid Worker Murder Case

Concerns Raised Regarding AG Dept. Conduct In British Aid Worker Murder Case

Concerns have been raised regarding the conduct of the Attorney Generals departments prosecuting officials after they refuses to re-examine to the main witness at the trial into the murder of British Aid worker Khuram Shaikh. In criminal cases once a witness…

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