Sri Lanka: Karuna’s Split with Pirapāharan in 2004 in his Own Words

( February 28, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Jeremy Liyanage is a Sri Lankan of mixed Sinhala-Burgher ancestry whose family moved to Australia when he was 9 years old. He  has been deeply involved in a social service project called Bridging Lanka in Mannar Island since the years 2009/10.  As a spin-off from this work he and several colleagues were in Sri Lanka in mid-2010 in a venture … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Karuna’s Split with Pirapāharan in 2004 in his Own Words

Coal Mafia in Sri Lanka

by Charminda Rodrigo Courtesy: Ceylon Today ( January 23, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Former Chairman of Lanka Coal (Pvt.) Ltd Maithri Gunerathna said, “Just a week ago Lanka Coal (PVT) Ltd (LCL) floated the tender to purchase 2.2 million tons of coal for 2017. It was obvious that keeping me in the position would cause a serious effect on their income. So I was … Continue reading Coal Mafia in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Trump is focused on Mexico, not China – Prime Minister

“Rising Asian countries to use new clout against banks” ( January 19, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Tensions between the U.S. and China are unlikely to escalate into a global trade war, even as geopolitical friction intensifies across Asia, the Bloomberg reported by quoting the Prime Minister  Ranil Wickramasinghe. Ranil Wickremesinghe said President-elect Donald Trump’s election pledge to bring back jobs and revive U.S. manufacturing … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Trump is focused on Mexico, not China – Prime Minister

Espionage: More on CIA

Whistleblower John Kiriakou Critiques the CIA’s Behaviour (  December 19, 2016, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Joshua Scheer of Truth Dig, speaks with 15-year CIA veteran and whistleblower John Kiriakou about the U.S. intelligence establishment and its claims that hackers interfered with the 2016 U.S. elections at the behest of the Russian government. Kiriakou discusses President-Elect Trump’s refusal to receive daily intelligence briefings, the relationship between … Continue reading Espionage: More on CIA

Philippines: Duterte’s Killing Fields & People’s War

Given the massive archive of treaties, ideological control, customary habits, and various diplomatic constraints, only a radical systemic change can cut off the U.S. stranglehold on this neocolony. At least, that’s a first step in changing people’s minds, dreams, and hopes. An Interview with E. San Juan, Jr. by Andy Piascik ( December 17, 2016, Manila, Sri Lanka Guardian) E. SAN JUAN, Jr., emeritus professor … Continue reading Philippines: Duterte’s Killing Fields & People’s War

Sri Lanka: New Constitution Making Process Should Take a Middle Path

by Laksiri Fernando* ( November 28, 2016, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) Following is the full interview given by the author to Rashmin Tirimanne De Silva which was published mostly in the Daily Mirror (28 November 2016). Could you enlighten us on where exactly the constitution reform process of Sri Lanka stands at the moment? Formally, we are at the middle of the second stage as … Continue reading Sri Lanka: New Constitution Making Process Should Take a Middle Path

President-Elect Donald Trump’s First Televised Interview

Trump Talks Wall, Deportations, Roe v. Wade, and Clinton’s Future in 60 Minutes Interview. ( November 15, 2016, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Lesley Stahl: Well, congratulations, Mr. Trump. Donald Trump: Thank you. Lesley Stahl: You’re president-elect. Donald Trump: Thank you. http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swf Lesley Stahl: How surprised were you? Donald Trump: Well, I really felt we were doing well. I was on a string of about 21 … Continue reading President-Elect Donald Trump’s First Televised Interview

A Torture Victim Turned Human Rights Champion Ends His U.N. Run Fighting for Justice

by Jamil Dakwar Director, ACLU Human Rights Program ( November 7, 2016, Washington DC, Sri Lanka Guardian) This week, internationally renowned Argentinian human rights lawyer and torture survivor Juan Méndez is ending his six extraordinary years as the U.N. special rapporteur on torture. Méndez has been a fierce advocate against torture worldwide and a close ACLU ( American Civil Liberties Union)  partner in a wide … Continue reading A Torture Victim Turned Human Rights Champion Ends His U.N. Run Fighting for Justice

A man who makes videos to tell the agony of oppression!

 No society will move forward unless and until the citizens start truly respecting each other and restricting themselves to the principles of the norms and ethics on which moral power can be grown. Words without proper actions are nothing but vicious attempts to eliminate the opportunity for social change.  Listening to those victims in the program documented tells the story of agony and needs of … Continue reading A man who makes videos to tell the agony of oppression!

I spoke according to my conscience – President

by Ajantha Kumara Agalakada  ( October 27, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The recent controversial speech made by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) has become a subject of much debate among the people. The following is a discussion held  with the President and what he shared with our sister paper ‘Sunday Lankadeepa’. Commissioners of the relevant Commissions are not subjected … Continue reading I spoke according to my conscience – President