Opinion and Issues

Sri Lanka’s strongman is back, and he’s brought his family too

Views - 317 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Bloomberg: In a compound secured by the Sri Lankan elite special task force that protects the island nation’s top leaders, beneath framed photos of himself in Army uniform, the brother of the country’s newly-insta


Use of Islam to acquit Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy

Views - 160 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Pakistan is currently witnessing widespread violence following the Supreme Court’s acquittal of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was previously sentenced to death by lower courts for blasphemy.


The conundrum about the prorogation of Parliament

Views - 494 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

There is a big debate going on about the President’s decision to prorogue the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Apparently foreign parties and missions too are getting involved in the commotion, according to the reports in circulation. It is prud


Enter in peace and exit in pieces!

Views - 183 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:09

Social media is abuzz with the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage There were many missives but what gripped my attent


A creeping calamity

Views - 165 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:01

“No other country I knew had so many layers of wretchedness, and few countries were as populous. I felt I was in a continent where, separate from the rest of the world, a mysterious calamity had occurred. Yet what was overwhelming to me, so much in


US weighs in on political crisis in Sri Lanka

Views - 67 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (AP): The United States weighed in Wednesday on a political crisis that has engulfed the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka since the President abruptly fired the Prime Minister and replaced him with an authoritarian former leader who


A new level of audacity for impunity and journalist murders

Views - 98 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

By Andrew Heslop It may be business as usual for those who seek to silence journalists, intimidate the media, or discredit our public information role, but recent weeks have seen an entirely new level of contempt for a profession desperately seeking


Don’t hold country to ransom through the ‘crossover’ mockery

Views - 145 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

The present distressing situation in the country could have been surely prevented, if the ‘crossover ban’ was passed with the 19th Amendment. It was removed on the floor of the Parliament after the Opposition protested at the time when the 19th 


US calls on Sirisena to allow people’s representatives to decide on leadership of Govt.

Views - 119 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Washington, DC: The United States this week reiterated its call to President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene the parliament in consultation with the Speaker to allow the democratically elected people’s representatives to decide who should lead th


Leaders are readers – Kalana mithuru poth sumithuru!

Views - 204 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:29

The month of October has come to an end and the end indeed had real surprises. Some may say that if one can read writing on the wall, some of these surprises are not really surprises. Reading the writing on the wall is different and understanding cha


Current crisis and contribution by encroachers in State lands

Views - 251 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:22

From the beginning, the Yahapalanaya Government faced serious financial problems, which they claimed were due to loans obtained by the previous Government, with payments becoming due after ending of grace periods. Today, the depreciation of the rupee


Blue Sea or Red Sea: Sport fishing by the rules

Views - 34 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:21

By Philip Weinman Sport fishing is not just about the number or the size of the fish you catch but also the manner in which you do so. Commercial fishermen fish for numbers in order to make a living and feed their families. Recreational anglers fish


Lankan housewives lift their heads but BCI at low 87

Views - 310 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:21

Whilst the country is moving to unravel the constitutional challenge at hand, the good news emerging is that consumption that has been in decline quarterly has seen a turnaround in the last quarter (Q3-2018), as per the latest Nielsen Report. But the


Is Sri Lanka’s Grade 5 Scholarship exam an accurate predictor of intellectual ability?

Views - 29 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:12

By Ashani Abayasekara It is the time of the year when 10-year olds across the country feel like their academic futures hang in the balance. With the recent release of the 2018 grade five scholarship exam results, young students, parents, teachers, an


Arguments from both sides exhibit flawed patterns of reasoning: Go for Parliamentary election

Views - 182 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:06

According to Article 3 of our Constitution, sovereignty is in the people. In terms of the Article 30(2) of the 19th amendment, the President is elected by the people of the entire country. The President is the Head of the State, Head of the Governmen


Liberty at the barricades

Views - 471 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:03

I am not a political animal. Not enamoured of personages, I have sought out principled politicians who could or should have rescued Sri Lanka from the mire and turned our blessed isle’s face towards the sun again – after a bitter and brutal war,


What the change of Government means for Sri Lanka’s foreign policy

Views - 80 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

By Amila Wijesinghe The appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister has undeniably been a huge surprise for most people in Sri Lanka. Scenes of celebration have been seen throughout the country, with fireworks and milk-ric


Killer politicians

Views - 90 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

By Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” asked Henry II as he instigated the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, in 1170. Down through the ages, presidents and princes around the world have


A call for democratic action in a moment of crisis

Views - 198 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

We are alarmed by the recent turn of events, where Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has called upon Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who does not command a majority in the Parliament, to form the government. In 2015, the country voted in Mr. Sirisena, on the promise


The case for selling non-strategic State assets

Views - 210 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:58

The Government has announced its decision to divest State-owned Hilton and Hyatt Hotels. The problem with this announcement is not the announcement per se, but the justification of this decision. Poor justification The motives given for the sale are


Ranil holding on to power is unconstitutional and undemocratic

Views - 828 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:51

The present turn of events undoubtedly is not ideal for the country, but perhaps inevitable. If the UNP could have changed the Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, as he was straying away from democratic norms and interests of the country, it would have bee


Sacking of PM is unconstitutional

Views - 752 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:50

President Sirisena’s sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place has been described by some as a ‘constitutional coup’. The phrase ‘constitutional coup’ is a contradiction in terms,


CPA condemns President Sirisena for Constitutional crisis

Views - 37 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:43

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in a statement yesterday condemned in the strongest possible terms the attempt by President Maithripala Sirisena to purportedly remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from office and appoint Mahinda Rajapa


A coup in Asia’s oldest democracy

Views - 462 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:43

We are a group of Sri Lankan students currently pursuing our education overseas. We write today to express our deep concern about Sri Lanka’s ongoing Constitutional and political crisis. Since 1931 Sri Lanka has had an imperfect and fragile, yet el


Legitimacy of Sirisena’s move and missed options

Views - 117 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:42

By Chandani Kirinde President Maithripala Sirisena has plunged the country into an unprecedented political crisis. His arbitrary actions have pitted the Legislature against the Executive and made a mockery of the mandate given by the people, both in


Whose sins are we to expiate?

Views - 11 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:00

“The sin was his, and he must expiate it; it was I and my children who were the innocent sufferers.” Cabral’s latest expression of his concern on ‘Forex Borrowings & Rupee Depreciation’ in the Daily FT of 24/10/2018 takes our mind and thoug


The urgent need for neutral, independent anti-corruption agencies

Views - 55 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:00

By Jayasri Priyalal Institutionalisation of independent commissions and councils through an Act of Parliament was perceived by the public as a step in the right direction to eradicate corruption, the number one enemy that hinders social progress in S


Presidential coup that will send the country into darkness

Views - 4382 Monday, 29 October 2018 01:30

By an activist of the 2015 social media group ‘So Sri Lanka,’ you are back to square one! In most countries when politicians fail, we see military coups; however in Sri Lanka, for the very first time, we are witnessing a presidential coup against


With this man-made Constitutional crisis, economy will be the casualty; resolve it quickly or perish

Views - 6018 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:20

Two prime ministers without a Government The political change that took place in Sri Lanka last week has driven the country to a constitutional crisis. The President, while removing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from office, has appointed form


Our national purpose… once again

Views - 409 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:15

Once again, dramatic political events in Colombo remind us that branding is primarily an internal project. Nine years after the end of the civil war, a monumental failure of leadership has left us looking inward rather than finding our own place in t


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Untruth is the crisis

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Political language, said George Orwell, is designed to make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Dr. Sarath Amunugama is the subject of this essay. In addition to his current incarnation of a p


Rise, Sri Lankans – our country needs you now!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and listening to lamentatio


Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President Kumaratunga: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in Government. The Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He ha


The Bench must ensure that the judges will continue to be trusted

Monday, 12 November 2018

In the backdrop of the recent developments and the strong arguments that have been presented against the dissolution of Parliament saying the President has no constitutional power to do so, before four and a half years into a Parliamentary term, as s


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