Posts Tagged ‘ opinion ’

The Apostate Children Of God

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

 I renounce… Gandhi in 1941; Ambedkar in his Buddhist deeksha robes Ambedkar knew that there would be outcasts as long as there are castes – SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK The Laws of Manu is one of the most exemplary texts of ideology in the entire history of humanity. The first reason is that while its ideology encompasses the entire universe,

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Weekly news roundup- British MP paid by Sri Lanka High Commission to attend CHOGM

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

By S. Skanda It has been revealed a  member of the British House of Commons – Ian Paisley– a member of the Democratic Unionist Party has declared that he was paid approximately sterling pounds 3,412 to attend the Commonwealth Business Forum in Colombo. British parliamentarians are required to declare foreign funds, gifts or invitations they

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Accountability Issues Must Not Displace Devolution

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Prior to the Commonwealth Summit there were several positive signals from both the government and TNA.  It was the government that led the way by boldly deciding to conduct the Northern Provincial Council election, campaigning at the polls with enthusiasm and accepting its verdict with an appearance of good grace.   However, after CHOGM there has been

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Correcting Hudson’s Crooked Political Vision

Nov 28th, 2013 | By

Image courtesy Business Today By Nimalka Fernando – on 11/27/2013 On the 4th of November 2013 I was contacted by many friends and relatives urging me to listen to Hudson Samarasinghe’s radio program on a state radio channel. I normally don’t listen to Hudson’s program because I perceive it to be low grade cheap propaganda by a producer who has self

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Festering opposition to the Rajapaksa cult is slowly rising

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

By S. Skanda Despite all efforts of the government to suppress dissent and steamroll all opposition, cracks in the monolithic structure are now happening. Not major incidents, but the cracks are beginning to appear and its happening in the Gampaha district where the president’s hand-picked men operate. First we had the case of the notorious

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POST-CHOGM CALL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDS TO BE MORE BALANCED

Nov 25th, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Within Sri Lanka, the government has reason to be satisfied with the outcome of CHOGM.  President Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained the Chairmanship of the Commonwealth which is being used politically within the country to bolster the President’s image.  However, internationally, the die has been cast and the controversy surrounding the end phase of Sri Lanka’s

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Finland-isation and Bhutan-isation

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

Good fences make good neighbours – Robert Frost Robert Frost, American poet, four times Pulitzer Prize and Congressional Gold Medal winner, in ‘Mending Wall,’ a poem published in 1914, used this line, which according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations originates in the 17th century. Frost could not see the need for a fence between his farm

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The right to challenge the legality of arbitrary detention: UN expert panel to develop new guiding principles

Nov 13th, 2013 | By

GENEVA (12 November 2013) – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention* will meet in Geneva from 13 to 22 November 2013 to further develop foundations for the draft guiding principles on the right of anyone deprived of his or her liberty to challenge the legality of the detention in court. “The right to

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Value Of Indian And South African Support To Resolve Problems

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera The invitation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Sri Lanka that was issued by Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, has shown the positive side of the current reconciliation process in the country.   The first weeks of the new born provincial council have been marked by expressions of

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The value and importance of political gestures

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

By Harsha Gunasena After winning the Northern Provincial Council elections, the Tamil National Alliance by arranging for Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to take oaths before the President has given a strong political message to the south that they are willing to go along the reconciliation path quite contrary to the picture portrayed by the southern

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