The Digital Storm: Blowing Away the Human Mind

  The digital storm forms a ‘new brain’ and, hence, human character. Transmogrification becomes complete. Perhaps it’s all evolution’s plan. But interesting symptoms appear indicating this could be devolution. by John Stanton “Temporal compression, as it is technically called, is an event that concretely modifies everyone’s daily life at the same time. In the face of this acceleration of daily life, fear has become an … Continue reading The Digital Storm: Blowing Away the Human Mind

Frederick Douglass and Diplomacy

Put simply, Douglass reasoned, racism was unacceptable policy. Whiteness was no substitute for competence. Historical facts rather than alternative ones mattered. And the nation—the people—owed no allegiance to a state more concerned with flexing its muscles than admitting its moral failings. by Brandon Byrd ( February 11, 2017 , Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Frederick Douglass was doing an amazing job and deserved more and more … Continue reading Frederick Douglass and Diplomacy

What Makes A Nation Rich?

by Helle Thorning-Schmidt Courtesy: Helle Thorning-Schmidt is a former Danish politician who was Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, and the Leader of the Social Democrats from 2005 to 2015. She is the first woman to hold either post. In 2016 she was appointed CEO of Save the Children International, the world’s leading independent children’s charity with responsibility for programmes reaching over … Continue reading What Makes A Nation Rich?

What is Patriotism? 

 Nationality, of which patriotism is the superstition, covers no real entity other than that of a common oppression, a unified government. It does not comprise any unity of race, for in no nation is there one pure race, or anything like it. It does not cover a unity of language, for scarcely a nation exists in which several distinct languages are not indigenous. Nor is … Continue reading What is Patriotism? 

Towards a cultural critique of Sri Lankan politics

Who knows, the future may show that we Sri Lankans are a very able people who are capable of achieving the first rate but whose achievement levels have been kept down to the third rate by our tenth rate politicians. Joke – but it has been said that nothing is more serious than a joke. by Izeth Hussain  ( January 21, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka … Continue reading Towards a cultural critique of Sri Lankan politics

Theravada Buddhism is a cultural heritage of Sri Lanka

Unlike the scriptures of many of the world’s religions, Theravada Buddhism is not regarded as gospel – as an unassailable statement of divine truth to be accepted purely on faith. It is a philosophical quest for ‘awakening’ by direct experience. by Tassie Seneviratne ( January 16, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva’s (M.deS) book on Amendments to the Constitution was launched … Continue reading Theravada Buddhism is a cultural heritage of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Leaders’ Comment on Thai Pongal

( January 14, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) President Maithripala Sirisena has, in a message to mark the Thai Pongal Festival which falls today said: “Since the dawn of civilization, humanity’s devotion to the sun that symbolises the wholeness of nature has remained intact. From among the many traditional festival and rituals of Hindus, in veneration of the sun, Thai Pongal is the foremost festival, … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Leaders’ Comment on Thai Pongal

Om Puri: We Lost a Great One

Om Puri was not an unadulterated hero. He would occasionally make progressive political statements — against jingoism, against nuclear weapons, against communalism. But then his life seemed to replicate the social crises of his films. by Vijay Prashad ( January 13, 2017, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) At least we have your films. Om Puri 1950–2017. Editors note: You know it when you see it. Talent on … Continue reading Om Puri: We Lost a Great One