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Viyath Maga – A Morbid Symptom

Viyath Maga – A Morbid Symptom

By Sarath de Alwis – Bashing Viyathmaga: It is much easier to be critical than to be correct is the caption of an article that appears in the Daily FT issue of Monday 20th March. The writer notes that it is a response to my article Viyath Maga: Reverting to the dictator state that appeared […]

A Reply To Vinod Moonesinghe On Western Australian Elections, Nationalism & Dangerous Historical Pronouncements

By Laksiri Fernando – From the very first sentence of his confused response to my article “A Ray of Hope from Australia: Lessons for Sri Lanka,” Vinod Munesinghe today (The Island, 21 March 2017) has revealed his ideological orientation of ‘servitude to political regimes’ and ‘xenophobic nationalism’ which are regrettably unhealthy, in my opinion, for […]

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Selection Criteria For Prospective MPs

By Somapala Gunadheera – I wish to draw the attention of all public-spirited citizens to the following extract in the Island Editorial of March 13, under the topic, “Speaker’s plight”, “The most effective way of addressing the problem of the deterioration of political institutions is to end the deplorable practice of nominating unsavoury elements to […]

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Reflections On Governance, Politics Of The Bourgeoisie & The Role Of Progressives In 2007

By Siri Gamage – Kumar David’s 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 in […]

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Keith Noyahr Attack: Another Army Intelligence Officer Arrested

The CID has arrested a 34 year old Army Corporal attached to the Army Intelligence Directorate over the abduction and assault of senior journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008. Apart from the latest arrest, Five other army officers, including a Major are in remand for allegedly abducting and assaulting Noyahr. The five officers have also been […]

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Racism Still Haunts Humanity Despite International & Constitutional Guarantees

By Lukman Harees – “Racism is a scourge affecting every element of conflict with dramatic, often uncontrollable consequences. Only together and fighting relentlessly on all fronts can we destroy these seeds of hatred sown in the minds of men, seeds which flourish in times of economic unease, social exclusion and psychological despair.”- Koïchiro Matsuura(former Director-General of […]

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Wimal Supporters In Britain Threaten To Beat Up Tamils

By TU Senan – On 18 March, to mark the UN international anti-racism day, trade unions in Britain supported a demonstration held in London. Tamil-speaking people also took part in this demonstration with a sizable contingent. In addition to putting forward slogans against racism, they also demanded rights for refugees such as an end to deportations, […]

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