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

“We have much to lose” — UNHCHR

( February 28, 2017, Geneva, Sri Lanka Guardian) Without commitment to fundamental human rights, to the dignity and worth of the human person and to the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, our world will become chaos, misery and warfare. Opening ceremony of the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, … Continue reading “We have much to lose” — UNHCHR

Target China: Military wars

South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Pentagon’s ‘String of Pearls’ Strategy China today, because of its dynamic economic growth and its determination to pursue sovereign Chinese national interests, merely because China exists, is becoming the Pentagon new “enemy image,” now replacing the false “enemy image” of Islam used after September 2001 by the Bush-Cheney Administration to justify the Pentagon’s global power pursuit. The new US … Continue reading Target China: Military wars

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

Weighing In on Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue 2017

Is it happening? by Maimuna Ashraf ( February 28, 2017, Islamabad, Sri Lanka Guardian) States usually conduct ‘strategic dialogues to conduct regular, high level, comprehensive and forward looking exchanges on wide ranges of issues’. Pakistan and United States last year recommenced the stalled series of extensive working groups, to revisit and manage the ties between two states at different levels, known as ministerial-level strategic dialogue. … Continue reading Weighing In on Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue 2017

Sri Lanka: Police Denied “Hong Kong Story”

( February 27, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) “Sri Lankan police Sunday formally denied hunting nationals who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and said their claims to the contrary could have been made to bolster asylum applications,” AFP reported while quoting the Sri Lanka police. Police said they had no interest in the two Sri Lankan men, both asylum-seekers, who in 2013 … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Police Denied “Hong Kong Story”

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 ?

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

Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty

by Dr. S.Chandrasekharan ( February 25, 2017, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is well known that Pakistan is one of the most “water stressed” countries of the world. Currently its per capita annual water capability is 1017 cubic metres- that is perilously close to a threshold of 1000 cubic metres. Back in 2009, it was 1500 cubic metres. Water is one source that cannot … Continue reading Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty