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Is There A Cadmium-Toxicity Health Risk In Eating Sri Lankan Rice?

By Chandre Dharmawardana – A few years ago a newspaper report (Sunday Times, 2013) stated that Sri lankan rice took second place in a twelve-country list of rice containing high amounts of the toxic metal known as cadmium. Many people even now claim that Sri Lankan rice has excess cadmium (Cd), and that this must be […]

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How The Glyphosate Ban Will Trigger Political Violence In The Hill Country

By Chandre Dharmawardana – It is well known that ecosystems and societies are complex systems that do not permit careless tinkering. Social revolutions led by visionaries – usually with tunnel vision narrowed down by some ideology- have almost always ended in reigns of terror or long-lasting social chaos. However, when the government, goaded by eco-extremists and […]

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What Could Save The United Kingdom?

By Laksiri Fernando – This is of course a speculative investigation, but not without any foundation. One may say it is already too late, but better late than never. The lessons even may shed some light on our own issues in Sri Lanka. At the Brexit referendum on the 23th June, the United Kingdom became […]

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Brexit – A One-Night Stand In Political Decision Making?

By Chandre Dharmawardana – Brexit – a one-night stand in political decision making? Complex political questions cannot be solved using referenda The Brexit vote once again demonstrates the well understood but rarely acknowledged fact that referenda do NOT constitute a valid instrument of democracy when it comes to resolving complex questions. Most countries end up deeply […]

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Is The Samapura Coal-Power Generator Necessary?

By Chandre Dharmawardana – Kumar David, well-known columnist and past Professor of Electrical Engineering in Hong Kong has come forward to defend the controversial coal-power installation which has become a thorn of controversy (May 8, Colombo Telegraph). The ancient name of the city itself (saama-pura, the “city of Peace”), has been long forgotten; it has been a […]

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Hardline Ethnic Mind-Sets: Jane Russell’s Findings & Reflections

By Michael Roberts – Rajan Hoole is now presenting his studies of Sri Lanka Tamil political ferment in the 20th century via the Colombo Telegraph and local newspapers. This earnest endeavour is to be applauded. However, such surveys are not without their problems. Serious commentary on his arguments – as distinct from off-the-cuff blog comments […]

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Moving From Conventional Farming To Organic Farming

By Chandre Dharmawardana – Moving From Conventional Farming To Organic Farming – Jumping From The Frying Pan Into The Fire? I number of people have expresses surprise about my statement that “Organic fertilizers made by repeated composting of leaves can have dangerous amounts of metal toxins like Cd and As, as plants bio-accumulate them”, quoted from […]

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“Whole-Some Agriculture” For A “Toxin-Free Nation” ?

By Chandre Dharmawardana – The President unveiled a three-year program put forward by the agriculture minister, promising a “toxin free nation” based on ”wholesome agriculture”. The minsters as well as Ven. Athuraliye Ratana are acting with what they believe are the best interests of the people. That “modern agriculture” is responsible for an alleged deterioration […]

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Limiting The Human Rights Of Buddhist Monks!

By Chandre Dharmawardana – The Minster for `Parliamentary reforms and Mass Media’ is said to have proposed a bill to curb a number of human rights enjoyed by one section of the Sri Lankan public who are eligible to vote – namely, the Buddhist monks. For instance, they are to be denied the right to […]

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Nagadeepa & Nainathivu: Upholding All Parts Of The Cultural Mosaic

By Chandre Dharmawardana – It has been reported that some Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members have initiated moves to change the name of Nagadeepa to Nainathivu, triggering polarization of opinion back to the feverish days of the TNA rallies in Vaddukkoddai (a town known even up to 1900 as Batakotte, marked as such in Dutch […]

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