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Sri Lanka is becoming a one-family state

Image: The Rajapaksas’ landslide election win may see them hold power for a long time. Usually, when people speak of an electoral landslide, they exaggerate....

Sri Lanka drops Tamil national anthem from Independence Day celebrations

Image: For the first time since 2016, there will be no Tamil national anthem at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka(AFP). (Press Trust...

Sri Lanka: SPC to strip civic rights of the officers who investigated Rajapaksa era crimes

The Government is to strip the civic rights of those responsible for falsely implicating or involving others in murders or related investigations.

Presidential Election 2019: In simple terms, the choice is between dictatorship and democracy – Jayadeva Uyangoda

Image: The Sword of Damocles. With the presidential election campaign now well underway, it appears that the contest is between the two main candidates, Sajith Premadasa...

Sri Lanka: To defend Democracy, a broad conversation among all Democrats needed – Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Image: A protester during the Oct 2018 constitutional coup. In democracies, elections usually are significant political turning points. In democratic theory, an election marks two key...

‘Rubbing salt in our wounds’: Thajudeen’s family hits back at Mahinda

Aanya Wipulasena. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s claim that the star rugby player was killed driving at 175km per hour has irked the murdered sportsman’s family after his...

Resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka passed by consensus at UNHRC

Geneva, March 21 (newsin.asia): The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC): on Thursday through consensus passed a resolution giving the government of Sri Lanka two...

SLPP and the Gotabaya Chinthanaya – Harim Peiris

The press in Sri Lanka, especially the Sinhala press has been avidly following the progress of the proposed alliance between the Sri Lanka Podujana...

Sri Lanka: President should beg pardon from country for political crime he committed. – Anura Kumara

At the very moment the political conspiracy was committed with the mediation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the JVP resolved that the political conspiracy would...

Lawyers for Democracy Responses to Mahinda Rajapakse’s Misleading Statement

3RD DECEMBER 2018. Lawyers for Democracy Response to Mahinda Rajapakse’s Misleading Statement made in the wake of the Supreme Court case. Lawyers for Democracy expresses its...

Sri Lanka: This is a sloppy but de facto dictatorship

The proto-fascist rouge-regime is floundering trying to consolidate itself. Kumar David. Much ink has flowed discussing recent events and much moral judgement offered; another such piece...

Sri Lanka: Ven Dambara Amila Thero impugns acts of President

Image: Ven Dambara Amila. ©s.deshapriya. S.S. Selvanayagam. Nayake Thero Ven Dambara Amila attached to the Nalanda University College has filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the...

Sri Lanka PM Wickremesinghe mourns fate of democracy

Image: Sri Lanka police shielding speaker Karu Jayasuriya from the attack of Rajapaksa loyalists MPs, 16th Noc 2018. ( Photo AP) Warns public confidence in...

Reigning in the Executive President – Radhika Coomaraswamy

Image: Radhika Coomaraswamy. (ada derana) For the most part of the last few weeks we have been in a suspended state of disbelief. Yes, the...

A fight to reset Sri Lanka’s constitutional clock – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

As the core of Sri Lanka’s Democratic Socialist Republic implodes in multiple critical ways today, it cannot be said that we were not forewarned. For...

Hope has been murdered, but there is no reason to despair. – Tisaranee Gunasekara

"A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse and has said so much to her about the great love and friendship she...

U.S. and others denounce dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament as undemocratic

Image: Civil groups have been protesting the unconstitutional move by President Sirisena since 27th Nov. (Reuters) - Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve...

The Second Coming of Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa – Rajesh Venugopal

In Sri Lanka, it’s yesterday once more. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family are back in charge. For those who are very young, or with...

Sri Lanka has suffered a ‘coup without guns’: parliament speaker

Image: Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, looks on during a party leaders and members meeting at the parliament in Colombo,...

Sri Lanka: Stop foreign funding to NGOs,rescind the OISL Report & resolution 30/1 – Pro Rajapaksa professionals

The National Association of University Academics met the Prime Minister at the Secretariat and forwarded a memorandum with 5 points to be implemented expeditiously. The...

Sri Lanka journalists caught in power struggle: RSF

Sri Lanka's journalists have become caught in the centre of the bitter power struggle between the country's rival prime ministers, an international media watchdog...

Prez Siriena’s recent actions are shocking says students of South Asian University, New Delhi

"The mandate of the 2015 election in which Your Excellency was elected as President pledged to abolish the executive presidency and mitigate the balance...

The continuation of the Rajapaksa black decade starts again – Anura Kumara Dissanayaka

What has been set up is a continuation of the black decade that existed before 2015. This collective has been assembled for an ugly...

State media in Sri Lanka: Lake House taken over & ITN, Rupavahini came under attack by Rajapaksa loyalists

Image: State TV station SLRC taken over by pro Rajapaksa gang. State-owned Lake House newspapers Daily News, Dinamina and Silumina Editorials were taken over by...

A staunch Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalist speaks of Gotabaya’s alugosuwa of Jaffna

Image: Alugosuwa with his mentor - File Photo ( Caption from the original article) A staunch supporter of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has published an article...

Former Sri Lankan diplomat arrested for human trafficking in Italy

Media Releases | Tue, 18 Sep 2018. On receipt of media reports from Italy that a Sri Lankan with a Diplomatic Passport has been arrested at...

19 Amendment has saved Sri Lanka from the burlesque rule of a Baby Doc – Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Without liberty, the understanding would be to no purpose, and without understanding, liberty (if it could be) would signify nothing.” Locke (An Essay Concerning Human...

Latest EIU report forecasts Rajapaksa’s Party will win Sri Lanka’s upcoming elections

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in its latest report, has forecasted that the party backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will win the next Presidential...

Too many Rajapaksas, too long too? – N. Sathiya Moorthy

  Can he, can’t he? That’s the question. The 19th Amendment issue on the possibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting the presidential polls has turned national...

Military & Politics: A Scene worth watching- Jayadeva Uyangoda

The relationship between Sri Lanka’s military politics is a topic that gets occasional media attention. However, there is hardly any serious scholarly work on...
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