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  • Prez Sirisena's statement on Bond Commission report

    Prez Sirisena's statement on Bond Commission report

    Image: Commission report was handed over to president on 30th December 2017. May the Triple Gem Bless You! First of all, I offer my best wishes for the New Year. “As the people of the country are eagerly waiting with high interest, I wish to make a statement on the final report of the Presidential […]

  • Sri Lanka the latest victim of China’s debt-trap diplomacy

    Sri Lanka the latest victim of China’s debt-trap diplomacy

    Image: Beijing has been given a 99-year lease on Hambantota port as part of a debt-reduction deal, amid talk of creditor imperialism following China's buy-up of strategic ports in Piraeus, Darwin and Djibouti. This month, Sri Lanka, unable to pay the onerous debt to China it has accumulated, formally handed over its strategically located Hambantota […]

  • FGM in Sri Lanka: It's never 'just a nick'

    FGM in Sri Lanka: It's never 'just a nick'

    Image: FGM is practiced by a number of Muslim communities in Sri Lanka [Louise Gubb/Getty Images] By Zainab Ibrahim   & Ermiza Tegal. For decades, female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced in Sri Lanka. However, to those outside the practicing communities, this information elicits shock and disbelief. Secrecy about FGM in Sri Lanka is both imposed and internalised. Women […]

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  • Nurture bipartisanship to solve national issue

    Nurture bipartisanship to solve national issue

    (Press release/ NPC) Sri Lanka currently has a government of national unity comprising the two largest political parties, the UNP and SLFP, which have hitherto been rivals for political power. As can be expected the forthcoming local government elections have aggravated the tensions between them.  It is customary that those who seek to win an election engage […]

  • Sri Lanka: Priests, medicine men, professional politicians and the State

    Sri Lanka: Priests, medicine men, professional politicians and the State

    Siri Hettige, Professor Emeritus of SociologyUniversity of Colombo. Media headlines in recent months in Sri Lanka have concentrated heavily on the political role of Buddhist monks, agitations of government medical officers against the establishment of a private medical college and the increasing failure of the State to address many pressing social issues. These three matters […]

  • Mourning the death of Reform Agenda in Sri Lanka

    Mourning the death of Reform Agenda in Sri Lanka

      By Arjuna Ranawana. When President Maithripala Sirisena took office three years ago he voluntarily surrendered most of the powers of the executive presidency to the Prime Minister and Parliament, and supported a reduction in the term of office of the President from 6 to 5 years. It was a key part of the Reform […]

  • 2018: New beginnings, old challenges - Sanjana Hattotuwa ‏

    2018: New beginnings, old challenges - Sanjana Hattotuwa ‏

    Image credit: BBC. 07/01/2018. As the credit and bank statements roll in, come January, the revelry of late December gives way to sober reflection and serious resolutions. This extends to politics. The final reports, handed over to the President, by commissions appointed to look into Central Bank bonds and corruption garnered, rightfully, the most media […]

  • A. Sivanandan (1923-2018): A ‘Black intellectual’ from Sri Lanka

    A. Sivanandan (1923-2018): A ‘Black intellectual’ from Sri Lanka

    Meera Sivanivasan. A writer who focussed on ‘racism that kills’ as opposed to ‘racism that discriminates’ Sri Lanka-born British writer Ambalavaner Sivanandan, theorist of state racism and Black liberation politics and founding editor of Race & Class journal, passed away in London on Wednesday. He was 94. Best known for his political essays and his […]

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