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Manmohan Skipping CHOGM Was A Lost Opportunity: Lankan Envoy To Delhi

India has lost an opportunity by not attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo last month, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam told the Telegraph in Calcuta. The newspaper said the Lankan envoy had described as “unfortunate” Manmohan Singh’s absence from last month’s Commonwealth meeting in Colombo. Kariyawasam denied knowledge of […]

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CHOGM, A Slanging Match Between Unruly Schoolboys

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena -  In retrospect, it appears that the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Summit hosted by the Sri Lankan government at huge economic cost represented nothing but a slanging match between unruly schoolboys boasting an unfortunate penchant for alpha male posturing. Engaging in farcical drama The stand-off between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and visiting UK […]

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After CHOGM Ecstasy, Preparing For Geneva Agony

By Rajan Philips –  After CHOGM Ecstasy, Preparing for Geneva Agony: The Right Way and the Wrong Way   CHOGM may not have been unblemished ecstasy, but Geneva will be every bit an agony unless the government gets its act together in time for the UNHRC sessions in March next year.  Three months are not […]

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CHOGM Balance Sheet

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CHOGM Balance Sheet

By Bandu de Silva – One might say it is too early to draw up the balance sheet of the CHOGM held in Colombo between 15th and 17th November 2013 and other events which were associated with it which the Government of Sri Lanka claimed were all part of the CHOGM programmme. This is because […]

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Indo-Lanka Relations Post-CHOGM

By Malinda Seneviratne - Now that the CHOGM circus is done, along with frills, clowns and performing monkeys, we can return to the man and country that had teased and taunted but in the end was hardly missed. That’s Manmohan Singh and India. India cannot wish away Sri Lanka and neither can Sri Lanka wish away India. […]

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The Madness That Took Over CHOGM

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – It was no mean an achievement for Sri Lanka to have prevailed as the venue of choice for CHOGM 2013 despite calls to change the venue. The government did well to prepare and beautify the capital city and build the expressway from the International Airport. From all accounts Lankans all over […]

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Aftermath Of CHOGM 2013: Will There Be Justice For The victims?

By G.K. Nathan – There were worldwide calls from International human right organizations, human right activists, a large number of media and Tamil diaspora to boycott Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. The boycott call was in response to the failure of President Rajapaksa to take action for alleged war crimes and […]

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Post-CHOGM Call For Accountability Needs To Be More Balanced

By Jehan Perera -  Within Sri Lanka, the government has reason to be satisfied with the outcome of CHOGM.  President Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained the Chairmanship of the Commonwealth which is being used politically within the country to bolster the President’s image.  However, internationally, the die has been cast and the controversy surrounding the end phase of Sri Lanka’s war are […]

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Cameron Stole The CHOGM And The Budget Before A Crisis

By Ahilan Kadirgamar – The 2014 Budget unveiled by the President is a Budget for everyone. It addresses infrastructure, health, education, business, banking, agriculture, fisheries, housing, pensions and anything and everything everyone wants. It is for this reason that it is confusing and difficult to criticise. What is the economic policy vision and strategy and […]

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Putting The Sri Lankan State On Notice Post CHOGM

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena - As the nation catches its breath following an extravagantly useless Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit 2013 (CHOGM), the only way in which Sri Lanka can avoid evident international pitfalls ahead is to put our internal democratic systems in order. TRC another procrastinating tactic It is time and more that we stopped wasting energy […]

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