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Ranil’s Reckless Radicalism

Ranil’s Reckless Radicalism

By Dayan Jayatilleka – “When the prison doors open, the real dragon will fly out”—Ho Chi Minh Mao Zedong once famously chided a group of young loyalists, saying “you say you want to make a revolution, but you don’t know where the bourgeoisie is! The bourgeoisie is in the party!”  Similarly, I have long wanted […]

Morality, Politics & The Farce Behind The UNHRC Resolution

By Laksiri Fernando – There was nothing fundamentally wrong in Sri Lanka endorsing the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution in October 2015. That was the best the country could achieve politically in that forum, under the circumstances, after 2009 resolution. This does not mean that it is the best for ‘reconciliation, accountability or human […]

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Viyath Maga: Who Are Intellectuals & Where Are They?

By Siri Gamage – The term intellectual is often used in the Sri Lankan media particularly in the context of political reporting.  For example, Shyaman Jayasinghe questions the use of this word in a recent meeting organised by Viyath Maga this month in Boralasgamuwa, Sri Lanka (Colombo Telegraph March 11, 2017). At other times, especially […]

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Suck-Up Society: Where Collective Decisions Are Worse Than One-Man Shows

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – When an Executive takes decisions (on hiring, tenders etc.) he can abuse his powers. A Committee therefore decides collectively. All are responsible. It works well in western society (in general) because the boss “guiding” his committee towards a particular decision will be resisted by persons of integrity. In our […]

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Investor Confidence At Risk: Ports Minister Arjuna Accused Of Violating Tender Rules

Fresh on the heels of Senior government Minister and General Secretary of the United National Party Kabir Hashim making representations to the President and the Prime Minister of serious lapses that can lead to billions of rupees of damage to the state coffers due to actions or inactions by the management of the Sri Lankan […]

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My SAITM Story

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My SAITM Story

By Vinu Grero – A few days back I went for a leaflet campaign and one question asked by the people was if the students at SAITM are qualified to do a medical degree. A lot of SAITM students are speaking up and this is what I have to say #mysaitmstory I am a 5th […]

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Secret Behind The Rajapaksa Myth; Is It Still Continuing?

By Vishwamithra1984 – “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” ~John F. Kennedy The fabric of each civilized society is being woven with one common thread. That common thread is the rule of law. Any society that does not adhere […]

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