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Donald Trump & Constitutional Reform

Donald Trump & Constitutional Reform

By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of…

Towards A Cultural Critique Of Sri Lankan Politics

Towards A Cultural Critique Of Sri Lankan Politics

By Izeth Hussain – My title is meant to indicate that what is being initiated…

Bigger Is Not Always Better

Bigger Is Not Always Better

By Ranil Senanayake – With mega cities and mega economic zones, the current crop of…

Sri Lanka Stands At The Crossroads Of Change

Sri Lanka Stands At The Crossroads Of Change

By Mangala Samaraweera – The lessons and the choices of our history are clear to…

The Background Of Road Accidents In The Post-Mullivaikkal Scenario

The Background Of Road Accidents In The Post-Mullivaikkal Scenario

By Parani Krisnarajani – It has become customary for the Tamils to pay a hefty…

Yahapālanaya Lapses – Is Mahinda The Option For Muslims?

Yahapālanaya Lapses – Is Mahinda The Option For Muslims?

By Hilmy Ahamed – Former Minister, Speaker and Premadasa/Rajapaksa loyalist and National List nominee Parliamentarian…

Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ Equality Stalemate & Victorian Hangovers: Reflections On A Decolonizing Approach To Sexual And Gender Justice

Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ Equality Stalemate & Victorian Hangovers: Reflections On A Decolonizing Approach To Sexual And Gender Justice

By Chamindra Weerawardhana – The week of the 16th of January 2017 carried bad news…

Dilemma Of The Involvement Of International Judges: CTF Recommendations & Political Stance

Dilemma Of The Involvement Of International Judges: CTF Recommendations & Political Stance

By Anushka Kahandagama – The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) has handed over…

A Dividing Society, A Divided Self

A Dividing Society, A Divided Self

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Not only is the government increasingly divided, I am too. It…

Two Years Of “Yahapālanaya”: Is Development A Mere Mirage?

Two Years Of “Yahapālanaya”: Is Development A Mere Mirage?

By Ratnam Nadarajah – 8th January 2015 for most people in Sri Lanka was a…

Four Brothers To Maithri/Ranil Combo – The Jury Is Still Out

Four Brothers To Maithri/Ranil Combo – The Jury Is Still Out

By Vishwamithra1984 – “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” ~ Plato…

Who Is Afraid Of A New Constitution?

Who Is Afraid Of A New Constitution?

By Laksiri Fernando – I have simply ‘plagiarized’ the title from the theme on which…

Gunaratne’s Road To Nandikadal

Gunaratne’s Road To Nandikadal

By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan – Book Review – Major General Kamal Gunaratne, Road to Nandikadal:…

Peoples Participation In Governance – Acute Need Of The Hour

Peoples Participation In Governance – Acute Need Of The Hour

By Chrishmal Warnasuriya – Proposed Constitutional Reforms – “Grama Raajya” So, almost 70 years on…

Unity Of Muslims In Sri Lanka

Unity Of Muslims In Sri Lanka

By Nishthar Idroos – “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt…

That Inconsistency Problem

That Inconsistency Problem

By Uditha Devapriya – If facts exist, factoids shouldn’t. If facts stare you in the…

Government Needs To Take On The Challenge Of The Consultation Task Force Report 

Government Needs To Take On The Challenge Of The Consultation Task Force Report 

By Jehan Perera – The disquiet about the government’s commitment to deliver on its promises…

The Constitutional Process Gives Sri Lanka A Real Chance

The Constitutional Process Gives Sri Lanka A Real Chance

By Veluppillai Thangavelu – The Constitutional Process Gives Sri Lanka a Real Chance to Move…

GSP + May Be Restored But Sri Lanka Has To Act Fast To Harness Its Full Benefits

GSP + May Be Restored But Sri Lanka Has To Act Fast To Harness Its Full Benefits

By W.A Wijewardena – A positive report by EU on Sri Lanka A report published…

Part V: Is Thomas More’s Socialist Society Possible Today? And In What Form?

Part V: Is Thomas More’s Socialist Society Possible Today? And In What Form?

By Laksiri Fernando – With the publication of Chapter 3 of ‘Thomas More’s Socialist Utopia…

Is Sri Lanka Drifting Towards “Duterte-ism?”

Is Sri Lanka Drifting Towards “Duterte-ism?”

By Emil van der Poorten – The title of this might seem to suggest something…

Impact Of Buddhism, Politics & Corruption On The Rule Of Law

Impact Of Buddhism, Politics & Corruption On The Rule Of Law

By Mass L. Usuf – “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent…

Good Subcommittee Reports; Political Omens Not So Good – Whither The Constitution?

Good Subcommittee Reports; Political Omens Not So Good – Whither The Constitution?

By Kumar David – The good news is that the six subcommittees (Fundamental Rights, Judiciary,…

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Event Invitation: A Discussion On The Role Of The Sangha

Colombo School for Critical Studies has organized a discussion on the role of the Sangha on this Friday, the 20th January at the University of Colombo.…

Event Invitation: A Discussion On The Role Of The Sangha

Navy Commander Attacked Journalist On Human Rights Day

Employees of the Hambantota Port and journalists covering a protest were attacked while Human Rights activists around the world were celebrating the Human Rights Day. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been accused of attacking journalist Dileep Roshan Gunasekera. The journalist was reporting the tense situation at the Hambantota Port yesterday. Employees of the Magampura Port Management Company…

Navy Commander Attacked Journalist On Human Rights Day

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

Sri Lanka Is In The Hands Of A Single Family: Rathana Thera

The country is being run according to the whims and fancies of a single family, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP Athuraliye Rathana thera has stated. Speaking at the launch of the proposal for the 19th Constitutional amendment prepared by Pivithuru Hetak (A better tomorrow) movement led by him, the monk whose party is a member…

Sri Lanka Is In The Hands Of A Single Family: Rathana Thera

‘You Journalists Should Do Your Jobs’ – Assange’s Mother

Christine Assange has launched a scathing attack on media organisations over their reporting of WikiLeaks matters and her son Julian‘s bid for asylum in Ecuador. To listen click here…

‘You Journalists Should Do Your Jobs’ – Assange’s Mother

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Transparency International Begins Corruption Investigation Against Sri Lanka Chapter

Transparency International Begins Corruption Investigation Against Sri Lanka Chapter

A formal complaint filed from the membership of the Sri Lanka chapter of Transparency International (TISL) regarding serious irregularities and allegations of financial mismanagement within TISL has been referred by the Board of Ethics of TI-Head Office, Berlin to the…

Lasantha Tapes: More To Come But It Becomes Clear

Lasantha Tapes: More To Come But It Becomes Clear

It’s eight years since Lasantha was murdered. Recorded conversations between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Lasantha Wickrematunge have been released to the media via websites. That is understandable if one puts his thinking hat on. The persons releasing them do…

Leaked Tapes By Mahinda Begs More Questions Than Answers

Leaked Tapes By Mahinda Begs More Questions Than Answers

The leaked tape of a conversation between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Lasantha Wickrematunge was…

Sri Lanka’s Anti-Corruption Event Fetes Man Charged With Corruption

Sri Lanka’s Anti-Corruption Event Fetes Man Charged With Corruption

The man who bribed and attempted to bribe media has been invited as the chief…

Duty Free Permit Abuse: Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma’s Brand New Duty Free Land Cruiser For Sale

Duty Free Permit Abuse: Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma’s Brand New Duty Free Land Cruiser For Sale

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Cultural Affairs and Wayamba Development and UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma‘s brand…

Yahapalana MPs Now Boldly Advertise Duty Free Vehicles For Sale In The Open Market

Yahapalana MPs Now Boldly Advertise Duty Free Vehicles For Sale In The Open Market

Ruling United National Party party member, member of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Legal Affairs…

Honourable Rathana Imports Brand New Toyota Land Cruiser, Despite Being Vocal On Anti-Austerity And Poverty

Honourable Rathana Imports Brand New Toyota Land Cruiser, Despite Being Vocal On Anti-Austerity And Poverty

Parliamentarian Athuraliye Rathana Thero who is very vocal on anti-austerity and poverty has imported a…

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The Tamil Polity: From Ambivalence To Violence

The Tamil Polity: From Ambivalence To Violence

By Rajan Hoole – 1979 – 83: The Mounting Repression – Part I “The youth…

Where Majoritarian Part Subsumes The Whole: The Ideological Foundation Of Sinhala Extremism

Where Majoritarian Part Subsumes The Whole: The Ideological Foundation Of Sinhala Extremism

By Michael Roberts – It is a commonplace in reviews of the ethnic conflict at…

A Response To Thisuri: We Know All Forms Of Violence Better Than You

A Response To Thisuri: We Know All Forms Of Violence Better Than You

By Elanko Muthu – An article by Thisuri Wanniarachchi on the recent violence at Jaffna…

To The Tamil Students In The Recent Fight At Jaffna University

To The Tamil Students In The Recent Fight At Jaffna University

By Thisuri Wanniarachchi – I write this fully aware of my privilege. I’m aware of…

The Rupavahini Black-Out Of The Jaffna University Clash

The Rupavahini Black-Out Of The Jaffna University Clash

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya – I watched Rupavahini news the night (16th July) Jaffna University students clashed. The…

Achieving Balanced Regional Development Through Devolution

Achieving Balanced Regional Development Through Devolution

By Laksiri Fernando – Whatever the weaknesses of the 13th Amendment or devolution in the present constitution, there is a clear socio-economic philosophy behind it, for the benefit of the people living in the provinces. That is the objective of…

A Year Of Political Rights & Economic Wrongs

A Year Of Political Rights & Economic Wrongs

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Have you learned nothing from history?”~ Freud (The Future of an Illusion) One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is on track politically. One year after winning the parliamentary election of August…

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