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Reflections On Governance, Politics Of The Bourgeoisie & The Role Of Progressives In 2017

Reflections On Governance, Politics Of The Bourgeoisie & The Role Of Progressives In 2017

By Siri Gamage – Kumar David’s recent article (Colombo Telegraph, 01.01.2017) reflecting on events in 2016 points to some of the global challenges facing us in 2017 and the need for the left to unite if we are to avoid returning to the ghosts of the past. This is a message – though not unfamiliar […]

Part III: Was Ceylon The Dream Island Of Thomas More’s Utopia?  

By Laksiri Fernando – We have just commenced the five hundredth anniversary (quincentennial) of Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’ as it was first published in Latin in December 1516. The publisher was Thierry Marten in Louvain, (now in) Belgium. As we have already said, born in 1478 to an aristocratic and intellectual family, More was an enigmatic […]

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ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව: දෘෂ්ටියේ පටලැවිල්ලක්?

සිරි හෙට්ටිගේ – මෑත කාලයේ රටේ ආර්ථිකයේ පවතින අඩමාන ස්වභාවය සහ සමාජයේ සහ රාජ්‍යතන්ත‍්‍රයේ අපිළිවෙළ ගැන මේ කොලමේ මීට පෙර ලිපි කිහිපයක් මා ලියා ඇත. ආර්ථිකය, ව්‍යුහාත්මක වශයෙන් සේම කෘත්‍යමය වශයෙන්ද, දරා ගත නොහැකි ආකාරයෙන් විකෘති වී ඇති අතර, දීර්ඝ කාලයක් තිස්සේ පවතින බොහෝ සමාජ ප‍්‍රශ්න පල්වෙමින් තිබේ. ප‍්‍රශස්ත මට්ටමින් ක‍්‍රියාත්මක නොවන දේශපාලන යන්ත‍්‍රයට, කොන් […]

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Maithri – Mahinda Deal Broker Says No One Can Topple Yahapalanaya Government

Just days since a declaration by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he will return to rule the country, several members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are scheduled to meet on Monday for a crucial discussion. The meeting also comes in the wake of a statement by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General […]

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Let’s Make 2017 Better Than 2016

By Kumar David – Year 2016 has been a dance with death! – Let’s make 2017 better than 2016 There have been very few years since the end of the war that have been as repugnant as 2016, mainly internationally but the domestic front too has been exasperating. The year will be remembered for Brexit, Trump, impeachment […]

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2017: Watershed Year For LGBTQI+ Rights In Sri Lanka?

By Chamindra Weerawardhana – A new year often dawns with new resolves and wishes, and this especially appears to be the case with the LGBTQI+ community in Sri Lanka. As dialogue on a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)-related equality clause in the proposed new constitution continues, an absolute priority is that of raising awareness […]

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Time For Plain Talk & Ordinary Wisdom

By Sarath de Alwis – This is the time for plain talk and ordinary wisdom. On the last day of the year I was relieved to see my son, the apple of my eye, recovering from a serious bout of Dengue fever discharged from hospital after several days spent in intensive care. Before that his […]

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