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War Crimes Being Pivot Of Transitional Justice Stalls Progress 

War Crimes Being Pivot Of Transitional Justice Stalls Progress 

By Jehan Perera – The government achieved its main goal at the UN Human Rights Council at the session just completed in March. It was able to obtain a two year extension to deliver on the promise it made at a previous session of the UNHRC in October 2015. There is a consensus that the […]

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Education Is Not A Commodity: But It Is And It Should Be Negotiable

By W. A Wijewardena – Students claim that education is not a commodity ‘Education is not a commodity’ has been a popular view almost universally held by Sri Lanka’s student community in higher learning institutions. For them, it is non-negotiable. Even some university academics at the country’s state universities have been ardent proponents of this […]

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The Tragedy Of The Common Class

By Uditha Devapriya – Last week I sketched out the political content of the Professional Nationalist class (or “ProNats”). I can’t vouch for their sincerity, but I think I can vouch for the disjuncture between their aims and their social conditioning, a disjuncture that has historically felled other similar political cliques in the past, both […]

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The Political Hypocrisy Of President Maithripala Sirisena – Muslim IDPs Tossed Out

By Hilmy Ahamed – A Tamil saying goes thus “Stealing the neighbour’s chicken for the mother’s almsgiving“. President Sirisena in his total betrayal of the Muslims did just that with one stroke of his pen from Moscow on 24th March, 2017, when he signed the gazette notification declaring Mavillu, Weppal, Karadikkuli, Marichchikadi and Vilaththikulam forests […]

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A Review Of Razeen Sally’s “Sri Lanka: Three Scenarios For The Future” 

By Laksiri Fernando – “But it is also time to step back and examine the practice of scenario analysis and invest in addressing its weaknesses. We need to bolster its scientific credibility by adding rigour to its procedures.” – Joseph Alcamo A scenario analysis undoubtedly can be used effectively to visualize the future under different […]

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The Islamic Hijab & Veil

By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan – A Quiet Revolution (Yale University Press, 2011) is by Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian-American; Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. Unless otherwise made explicit, what follows is from this study. The work’s focus is mainly from the 20th century onwards, with much of the reference being related to Egypt (to a […]

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SAITM Controversy & Making Of The Middle Class Medical Professional: Net Loss To Sri Lanka!

By Siri Gamage – In my article on class domination in Sri Lanka, I identified two segments of the Sri Lankan Middle Class, i.e. English speaking vs. Sinhala speaking (we could easily add Tamil speaking also to the latter). In this paper, I argue that the SAITM controversy not only reflects this division, competing interests […]

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Ramanujan, Hardy & The God Debate

By Kumar David – Where do truths lurk before they are discovered by humans? Suppose a mathematician discovers a theorem in 1916, does it mean that this truth was invalid before then? Of course not; it existed in 1915, in 1815, in BC 1915 and before. Where then did it hide? This discourse has overtones […]

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Welcome To Jaffna Madam Chandrika!

By C.V. Wigneswaran – “It is not enough to say war is violent and brutal. Even in war there are standards laid down internationally to be followed. Not to have followed them requires adequate after action. That is the accountability and justice our people are craving for. The reluctance of the powers that be to […]

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A Response To “My (Typical) Pera Story”

By Nipuna Jeewanthaka Wadimuna – I’m Nipuna Jeewanthaka Wadimuna, a student from Peradeniya Medical Faculty. I was born in Madawachchiya in 1991 and faced my advanced level examination at Anuradhapura Central College. And got selected to the Peradeniya Medical Faculty. I write in response to the article published on Colombo Telegraph on 22nd of March, […]

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