Dharisha Bastians

And miles to go

/ Thursday, 21 July 2016 00:00

The clashes at the University of Jaffna indicate that the process of national reconciliation may be progressing far too slowly &nb...


Gambling on good governance

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:10

 Indi Samarajiva, Sri Lankan blogger and founder of the popular website yamu.lk, recently released a video that simplifies the Treasury bond s...


Fault Lines

/ Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:01

On economic affairs and foreign policy, political fault lines inside the ruling UNF-SLFP coalition have begun to emerge more clearly than ever this...


‘Something is rotten’

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:10

The appointment of ex-TRC Director General Anusha Palpitato high bureaucratic office in the Home Affairs Ministry and tolerance of senior officials...


Corruption: The inconvenient truth

/ Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:10

   Slow progress on investigations against the former regime and ongoing allegations of Government corruption threaten the stabil...


A crisis of the ‘deep state’

/ Thursday, 5 May 2016 00:10

   After the success of his dissident May Day rally that drew huge crowds to Kirulapone at the beginning of the week, former Preside...


Out of the shadows

/ Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:05

He’s back.  After a year in the shadows, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the controversial monk who leads the radical Buddhist group Bodu B...


The slow death of ‘politics as usual’?

/ Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:04

  In the end it took only five days for the unthinkable to happen.  For the first time in recent memory, a mi...


The long road from Geneva

/ Thursday, 1 October 2015 00:05

   For two weeks, Sri Lanka has been a hot topic at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, after a report ...


Human rights, foreign policy and the battle for Sri Lanka’s soul

/ Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:05

   Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera     Sri Lanka's controversial human rights record c...


The fallen king?

/ Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:10

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa   After a double whammy of electoral defeats this year, will spoiler-in-chief be t...


Battle lines drawn in Hambantota

/ Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:00

With Rajapaksa shining less brightly in the family’s home base, Sajith Premadasa making inroads for the UNP in the district and Sirisena loya...


The new political order

/ Thursday, 6 August 2015 00:00

The post-8 January public seek more than just cosmetic changes in the body politic. They seek systemic, institutional change. They seek to reclaim ...


Rajapaksa 2.0

/ Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:10

    Unaccustomed to running election campaigns without State power, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa finds himself in a...


The Darley Road rebellion

/ Friday, 17 July 2015 00:26

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the head of the table at the SLFP’s Darley Road headquarters, flanked by the two General Secre...


Revolution, betrayed?

/ Friday, 10 July 2015 00:01

 Did President Maithripala Sirisena just betray the 8 January ballot box revolution and put the lives of his ‘revolutionaries’...


Chasing Mahinda’s ghost

/ Thursday, 25 June 2015 00:50

As President Maithripala Sirisena grows more assertive in the presidency and focuses predominantly on consolidating power within the SLFP, will he ...


The emerging crisis of cohabitation

/ Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:10

As the Sirisena-UNP cohabitation crosses the six-month mark, the minority Government formed on 9 January faces a struggle for survival against an i...


Paving the way for Rajapaksa renaissance

/ Thursday, 11 June 2015 00:00

Every distraction, legislative or otherwise, that delays a Parliamentary poll invariably plays into Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hands. A polling ...


Freedom Party Blues II

/ Thursday, 14 May 2015 01:45

Divided and confused, the SLFP is morphing into President Sirisena’s greatest vexation, with its shifting allegiances towards his predecessor...


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Sustainability now: The waste challenge

27 July 2016

Shifting waste from one place to another is no solution; nor is burning it in the backyard. The moment waste is understood as resource, a multitude of solutions are already available to develop a waste free Sri Lanka   ...


Elephant-human conflict, the most crucial issue not even identified

27 July 2016

Since 1950, a minimum of 4,200 elephants have perished in the wild as a direct result of the conflict between man and elephant in Sri Lanka. During the last 12 years, a total of 1,464 elephants were killed, along with 672 humans &...


Let us say ‘Black July: Never again’ through the right electoral system

27 July 2016

    The challenge in constitutional reforms is to have the long-term goal of a Sri Lankan identity, while giving the space for identity politics in the short term and convincing the Sinhala majority the necessity for doing s...


Kilinochchi: The forgotten city of today!

26 July 2016

I still remember travelling in an armed car on route to Kilinochchi and then taking an Air Force chopper that hugged a railway track to avoid sniper attacks way back in 2007-2009. At that time Kilinochchi was making headline news daily, given that...


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