Let’s Make Sri Lanka a shining example of Justice — Mangala at UN

Following article based on the speech made by Mangala Samaraweera, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council by Mangala Samaraweera ( February 28, 2017, Geneva, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is an honour for me to be here today at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which I believe … Continue reading Let’s Make Sri Lanka a shining example of Justice — Mangala at UN

Resisting Donald Trump’s Violence Strategically

Donald Trump has formidable institutional power at his disposal and he and his officials will use it to inflict enormous damage on us and our world in the months ahead. by Robert J. Burrowes ( February 28, 2017, Victoria, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States would signal the start of … Continue reading Resisting Donald Trump’s Violence Strategically

Indo-Sino Diplomacy: A dialogue without strategy

India should lighten its China baggage by MK Bhadrakumar ( February 27, 2017, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) The India-China Strategic Dialogue held in Beijing last week was not productive. But Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said in his statement not less than four times that his talks with Chinese officials were “useful”. Nuances are what make diplomacy an absorbing pastime. The Chinese side assessed positively … Continue reading Indo-Sino Diplomacy: A dialogue without strategy

India: Why Neduvasal Residents Protest Against Gas Exploration Project ?

by N.S.Venkataraman ( February 27, 2017, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The writer had the opportunity to interact with the local people living in and around Neduvasal in Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu , who are protesting against the proposal to take up natural gas exploration projects in the region. The interaction took place during a two hour session with the concerned people in a programme … Continue reading India: Why Neduvasal Residents Protest Against Gas Exploration Project ?

Sri Lanka: Muslim Congress Betrayal— Muslims should join national parties

Sri Lanka’s Muslims had been averse to a community-based separate political party. It was the then UNP leaderships’ indifference towards Muslim issues that pushed them to form a party. by Latheef Farook ( February 26, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A spate of controversies involving the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has underscored the call that the Muslims in Sri Lanka should reassess their politics … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Muslim Congress Betrayal— Muslims should join national parties

Sri Lanka: Inept government stuck between the legacies of 1956 and 1977

It is not always that political economy and class interests drive and explain politics. Political outcomes are invariably shaped, or ‘over-determined’, by a host of factors. Oftentimes politics succumbs to human depravity, stupidity, and of course ineptitude. by Rajan Philips ( February 26, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) There is no good governance in Sri Lanka, only inept governance. But the alternative, i.e. bad governance, … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Inept government stuck between the legacies of 1956 and 1977

Skulduggery Most Foul

A number of shady North Korean ‘diplomats’ are on the lam. One was arrested in Kuala Lumpur. North Korean diplomats are hardly innocent social workers. DPRK agents have in the past launched deadly attacks in South Korea and Burma, and kidnapped Japanese civilians. by Eric S. Margolis ( February 26, 2017, New York City, Sri Lanka Guardian) Palm Beach – A serious curse on the … Continue reading Skulduggery Most Foul

To be or not to be, living in Singapore?

I need hardly be apologetic for being Sri Lankans? There is a feeling that if we are like Singapore, we will be better off. Who knows? by Victor Cherubim ( February 25, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) I am perfectly happy to be Sri Lankan, but many others think otherwise. I visited Raffles Hotel some 50 years ago and of course I was enamoured by … Continue reading To be or not to be, living in Singapore?

Afghanistan: Failure of Ashraf Ghani Government

Let us see how he responds to Pakistan’s surgical strikes in the areas across the Afghan border; usually terrorists refer to these areas as ‘Safe Haven’ for them. Use of Afghan soil for terrorist activities in Pakistan is nothing new; it is simply an old story. by Ali Sukhanver ( February 24, 2017, Islamabad, Sri Lanka Guardian) Pak-Afghan relationship is at present facing the ever-worst … Continue reading Afghanistan: Failure of Ashraf Ghani Government

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

The chickens have come home to roost. In our misguided efforts to keep the country safe, we have neglected to keep it free. We have enabled a deep state to become powerful enough to control a powerful president. We have placed so much data and so much power in the hands of unelected, unaccountable, opaque spies that they can use it as they see fit … Continue reading The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost