31st December 2014

The Incident at Kumbukgate: Reflections on the Attack on Young Artists and Activists

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Artistes tell of horrors in MR ‘Disneyland’  Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:49 A large number of the artistes today condemned the attack on a group of young artistes by political goons in Kurunegala … Read More…– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/#sthash.9v00XYDl.dpuf The chilling news came in the afternoon – our friends, colleagues and comrades who had been holding a small scale meeting in Kumbukgate, Kurunegala, were under attack, surrounded by a group of goons clad in blue t-shirts of Nil Balakaya. ‘What on earth can we do’ was the question that we both silently shared but were frightened to ask out loud. We could call our friends in the media, of course, and alert them of the horror unfolding there. But all that could only have […]

Faizer Mustapha joins Maithri

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Investment Promotion Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha said this morning that he had decided to support Opposition Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena for the January 8 election.   He announced his decision at a function held in Colombo. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/60083/faizer-musthapa-joins-maithri#sthash.PnxsKgLi.dpuf

Pot calling the kettle Black. – Buddhist extremist BBS says TNA joined Maithri to spread extremism

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President Mahinda Rajapaksha who is expected to loose the election on the 8th January after the main Minority parties TNA and the SLMC have asked their supporters to vote for the common candidate has got his Sinhala and Buddhist extremist associated parties to release racist statements to gain Sinhala votes. Mahinda and his associated parties calls all minority parties who do not support him has extremists and terrorists and ask the Sinhala majority to support him. In real term President Mahinda and his associated parties are the only parties who are racists in Sri Lanka who wants to stay in power by creating division among the community. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation a well known Buddhist Extremist organisation which had attacked Muslims and Mosques with […]

A Congregation by National Youth front Uk towards democracy in Sri Lanka

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UNP national youth front UK branch is organising a multi religious awareness meeting in London on the forthcoming presidential election in Sri-Lanka. The meeting will be held in Rayners Lane, London on Sunday , 4th of January 2015 @ 446 Rayners Lane HA55DX, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Its is imperative all Sri-Lankans living in the UK voice their concerns regarding the current situation in Sri-Lanka and to establish a democratic society free from violence and intimidation, hence the reason why a decision has been made by the UK UNP youth front to organise this event. The main objective of this awareness meeting is to assemble all democracy loving Sri-Lankans in the UK to exert pressure on the current government of Sri-Lanka to hold […]

Postwar Sri Lanka’s Awkward Peace

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KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — Two men were riding the train known as the Queen of Jaffna as it rattled through the haunted battlegrounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war. One of them, Nisal Kavinda, a 20-year-old man from the Sinhalese ethnic group, was jubilant. He had wanted to ride this train since 2009, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared victory over separatist rebels in the Tamil north, an event he called “the most happiest thing in our lifetime.” As the train approached Elephant Pass, the site of three pivotal battles, Mr. Kavinda jumped down onto the platform with his camera. A burned-out rebel tank stands as a memorial to a government soldier who, famously, carried out a suicide mission by clambering up its side and throwing grenades […]

Muslim Leader is a “political prostitute”- Gnanasara Thera

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Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization has accused former Justice Minister and Sri Lanka Muslin Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem of being a “political prostitute” who stood up against the government at all the Presidential elections. Gnanasara Thera said that Rauff Hakeem had defected to the opposition at the Presidential elections in 2005 and 2010, however, later joined the government once again. “This time he is halfway through, and repeated the same move,” he added. The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo, this morning. Gnanasara Thera also charged that Rauff Hakeem has signed a secret and harmful agreement with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. “The BBS urges the relevant parties to disclose the […]

Regime Is Desperate

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By Helasingha Bandara – Election campaign strategy and tactics of the President seem a desperate attempt to keep the head above water. It is normal that people resort to ineffective tactics in desperate situations not knowing that they always backfire. Rajapaksa campaign shows signs of dying. Masses seem to have resolved to make a change. From the ordinary villager to the sophisticated urbanite, everyone seems to be coming together to restore, peace, democracy, law and order and fairness and justice. Rajapaksa rule has shown scant respect for any of those or for human dignity. This piece attempts to scrutinize some of the ineffective tactics that the current regime is employing to give Mahinda a third term. People in the forefront Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent the […]