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Achieving Balanced Regional Development Through Devolution

Achieving Balanced Regional Development Through Devolution

By Laksiri Fernando – Whatever the weaknesses of the 13th Amendment or devolution in the present constitution, there is a clear socio-economic philosophy behind it, for the benefit of the people living in the provinces. That is the objective of ‘balanced regional development’ which can hardly be achieved under a complete unitary state. This is […]

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A Year Of Political Rights & Economic Wrongs

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Have you learned nothing from history?”~ Freud (The Future of an Illusion) One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is on track politically. One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is straying economically. In the year gone by, Sri Lanka has moved […]

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The Tamil Polity: From Ambivalence To Violence

By Rajan Hoole – 1979 – 83: The Mounting Repression – Part I “The youth and the more radical elements felt that the parting of ways had come and that coexistence with the Sinhalese was no longer possible. Thus the Tamil bourgeois leadership had to adopt the slogan of “Tamil Eelam – the cry of […]

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Where Majoritarian Part Subsumes The Whole: The Ideological Foundation Of Sinhala Extremism

By Michael Roberts – It is a commonplace in reviews of the ethnic conflict at the popular level of web comment for the blame to be heaped on our politicians in the past, and any perusal of web-commentary would turn up criticisms of politician A or politician B, or particular temporal moments/events. This is over-simplistic. […]

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A Response To Thisuri: We Know All Forms Of Violence Better Than You

By Elanko Muthu – An article by Thisuri Wanniarachchi on the recent violence at Jaffna University is being shared by many of my Facebook friends. It is great that she acknowledges her privileges and apologizes throughout the article. Her point about how women respond to everyday violence against them with “tolerance” (rather than violence) is […]

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To The Tamil Students In The Recent Fight At Jaffna University

By Thisuri Wanniarachchi – I write this fully aware of my privilege. I’m aware of the advantages, and the ease of life that is granted to me simply for being born to a Sinhalese Buddhist family. The moment I step outside of my motherland I am a woman of colour, a minority and I’ve seen […]

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The Rupavahini Black-Out Of The Jaffna University Clash

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya – I watched Rupavahini news the night (16th July) Jaffna University students clashed. The purpose was to find out about the clash that had taken place at Jaffna University. Let’s consider the time allocated by this state-run television station for various news stories, in the order telecast: 1. The Turkish coup attempt: 3.12 minutes […]

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Progress & Backsliding

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “One step forward and two steps back Nobody gets too far like that One step forward and two steps back This kind of dance can never last.” (The Desert Rose Band) Rizana Nafeek was the first Lankan woman to be executed in Saudi Arabia. She was beheaded after a questionable trial. […]

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A Monstrosity

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A Monstrosity

By Rajan Hoole – Tamils & The Political Culture Of Auto-Genocide –XII It is difficult for outsiders to understand the intractable nature of the LTTE however much one highlights its killings of its own people. Some basic calculations performed by dissidents after dividing those killed into categories such as persons killed for spontaneous village-level dissent, for […]

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Rethinking Needed

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Rethinking Needed

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – Today the world, especially the western, is filled with fear of IS-attacks, and leaders are nervously conferring about further security measures and escalating all forms of attacks against those suspected of terror and suicide attacks. In Sri Lanka we have had our own history of state terrorism vs Tamil terrorism. […]

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