26th November 2014

Why tolerate all this to sustain one single family in power.

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By Vishwamithra 1984 “Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.” ~Matthew Prior There is no escape. Not for anyone who continues to be part and parcel of this administration. The story begins way back in 2009. No. I’m not talking about the war. Over the last thirty years, of course, many hands have been stained with blood; blood of our countrymen and women. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam and their bedfellows of the Tamil ilk on the one hand and Sri Lankan security forces, the Police, Rohana Wijeweera-led Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in the nineteen eighties were all embroiled in an orgy of violence […]

Vanni UPFA MP Farook joins the UNP

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Vanni District United People’s Alliance (UPFA) MP Hunais Farook today joined the opposition United National Party (UNP). UPFA Vanni District Parliamentarian Hunais Farook joined the United National Party (UNP) a short while ago, during a meeting held at Sirikotha. Hunais Farooq said that he has decided to join the UNP during a meeting held at Sirikotha where Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe participated. Hunais Farook represents the Vanni multi-member electoral district and was a member of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance and he was elected in the 2010 Parliamentary elections. Only the Rajapaksa govt. capable of abolishing ex. presidency – Dilan Only the UPFA government could abolish the executive president as it had a two-thirds majority in Parliament, Foreign Employment Promotion […]

Mahinda, the problem of the west

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Mahinda Rajapaksa, who defied the west by not allowing them to send a ship to rescue Prabhakaran The thirteenth amendment though linked with India or rather Gandhi family is the product of the west, mainly England and US as well Rajapaksa there will be no more devolution in the sense of the thirteenth amendment and the west is not happy with it. by Nalin de Silva How to solve a problem like Mahinda must be a question asked in London, Washington and may be a few other cities in the west. However, it is a major problem in London and a problem to a great extent in Washington, which will be solved by the west in their usual “democratic” way of good governance and what […]

The political need of the hour: Transformational approach to constitution making

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A long awaited concerted action has now been initiated by the opposition parties in their identification of a common candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, and the agenda for action. Understandably, the opposition needs a simple yet mass rallying slogan for their campaign. The abolishing of the executive presidential system has been designated by them as the call and the cause. In his first press conference as a proposed presidential candidate, Mr Maithripala Sirisena spelt out this agenda as abolishing the executive presidency within 100 days of his being elected as the executive president, and appointing Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Prime Minister. Perhaps, for a short 50 day election campaign this agenda would suffice. Leaving aside the arguments on whether a person contesting for […]

Maithripala, a good governance challenge from within to Mahinda Rajapakse

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This analyst has always maintained that the formulae for the defeat of the Rajapakse regime, was a divided government and a unified opposition. Given the absolute fragmented disarray in which the main opposition United National Party was in, only a very short while ago, it was nearly impossible to imagine a situation in which the opposition could coalesce around a single candidate and a common program. However, due to the astute political coalition building of a few key national political leaders, including opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, we have today what was thought the near impossible, a common opposition presidential candidate, in Maithripala Sirisena, around whom everyone can rally. So seasoned were the key leaders, that despite all the phone […]

Remembrance Day on 27th November in ExCel must be stopped – Lord Naseby friend of President Rajapaksha.

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The British House of Lords, yesterday (Monday), discussed Sri Lanka, including the lifting of EU sanctions on the LTTE and the Presidential elections. In response to a question, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, a cabinet spokesman at the House of Lords, said that the British Government and others are talking about the best way in which to make sure that there is effective monitoring of the elections. Full discussion Lord Naseby: What action they are taking in response to the European Court of Justice verdict on 16 October and its conclusions in respect of restrictive measures currently in place since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was proscribed by the European Union in 2006 and by the United Kingdom in 2000. Lord Naseby (Con): My Lords, I beg […]