July 2018

The Rajapaksas devoured the country’s wealth and good name.

4th July 2018 // 0 Comments

We Need A Clear & Bold Message & It’s Not Coming From The Rajapaksas In the deep conclaves of libraries and reading houses philosophers and great thinkers exchange a vast array of ideas and thought, yet only a rare few of political leaders have come out as shining beacons studying the complex human condition and what cascades from that condition either to a benevolent or destructive effect on the future. While these great philosophers and thinkers are many and sometimes innumerable, those who chose politics as their profession or livelihood are a few and far in between. If the system of government is democratic in structures and processes, the most cynical kind of these politicians travel to unthinkable distances to exploit the weak susceptibilities of […]

Sampanthan Laments Lack Of Political Will To Enact New Constitution

4th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan told the United Nation’s Resident Coordinator Terrence D Jones yesterday that despite a lot of work done regarding a new constitution since 1998, political will and courage is lacking ‘to take it further’. Sampanthan had highlighted the need to adopt a new constitution ‘to ensure the non-recurrence of the past’ and had flagged key concerns of Tamil people when Jones was making a courtesy call on him in Parliament according to a media statement released by the TNA. In a veiled reference to State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran of the United National Party (UNP) bing nostalgic about the LTTE and calling for its resurrection, Sampanthan said ‘when the government overreacts to the extremists its only becomes […]

Time to heal Sri Lanka’s wounds

3rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

Despite fine words and promises from political leaders, peace and reconciliation remain as elusive as ever The Sri Lankan civil war ended in May 2009. In 2010, Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected as president and his party, the United People’s Freedom Alliance, won a landslide victory in the parliamentary election due to the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Even though the victors promised many policy changes for all the people, they were unable to bring in a new set-up to establish true peace, reconciliation and coexistence between the Tamils and Sinhalese. Instead they only thought of remaining in power by bringing in many changes to the constitution — and the people did not oppose such moves by the leaders. The U.N. Human […]

Winning Trust & Confidence Internationally & Locally

3rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera The war ended nine years ago but the country has still to address issues of healing and transition meaningfully or effectively. This may be disappointing but it is not too surprising. Dealing with the past is never easy. In Colombia, where a peace accord between the government and rebels was signed in 2016, and ended a five decade long civil war which had led to more than 200,000 deaths, a presidential election was held last month. The government candidate from the party of the president who had signed the peace accord lost and the opposition candidate from the party of a hardline president who fought the war against the rebels won. This has thrown the internationally backed peace process into doubt […]

After Buddhist Monk Call For Dictatorial Sinhale Hitler Type Rule, Jaffna MP Wants Return of Authoritarian LTTE Leader Veluppilaai Prabhakaran.

3rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

After Asgiriya Anunayake Called For Dictatorial Hitler Type Rule, Jaffna MP and State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran Wants Return of Authoritarian LTTE Leader Veluppilaai Prabhakaran. A legislator in Sri Lanka has reportedly expressed a preference for feared Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Pirabharan who ruled a part of northern Sri Lanka by the gun, shortly after a southern monk called for rule by Hitler, in the latest twist in a country where authoritarianism is worshipped by sections of society. Vijayakala Maheswaran, a legislator from the Northern Jaffna province had told a public ceremony that the Tamil Tiger leader was needed to make sure that children returned safely from school, after a 6-year old child was found brutally raped and killed, media reports said. Continue reading ‘After Asgiriya […]

Sri Lanka reopens probe into Rajapaksa election funding but PM or President will block it soon.

3rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Police has been asked to revive an investigation into alleged Chinese funding of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election bid following a foreign newspaper report that $7.6 million was paid through the Standard Chartered Bank. Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Ranjan Ramanayake lodged a complaint with the Financial Crimes Investigation Division on Friday after the New York Times (NYT) last week said that the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) paid the money days before the January 2015 election. The amount of money allegedly pumped into the Rajapaksa campaign was considerably less than the 24 million dollars thought to have been paid following preliminary investigations by the police two years ago. The NYT put the figure at 7.6 million dollars. Official sources said it was the Central […]

NY Times journalist explains report

3rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

Thejournalist who published a report in the New York Times stating that Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained funds from China at the 2015 Presidential Election has explained the findings via Twitter. The main charge against the journalist over the past few days has been unilateral media reporting. However, rejecting the allegations, South Asia correspondent at The New York Times Maria Abi-Habib said on several occasions, various efforts were made to inquire Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa before releasing the relevant research report. Taking to Twitter, Abi-Habibi said “They allowed our photographer access to Rajapaksa but refused multiple requests for comment made via email, phone, Whatsapp. They didn’t seem to want to provide their side of the story, which we REALLY wanted to include. We tried […]

“SUPPORTING A RAJAPAKSA FOR PRESIDENT WILL BE SUICIDAL FOR LANKA” – MAHINDA SAMARASINGHE

3rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

Refuting claims that Sri Lanka should exploit the situation created by the sudden departure of the United States from the UN Human Rights Council, to take the country off HRC agenda, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said,it was easier said than done. ” We cannot escape the resolution..we have undertaken certain commitments and we should deliver on those commitments.. there will be follow up,” he said. As the former Human Rights Minister the subject of UN HRC was under his purview for many years. In reference to the 2020 Presidential election, Minister Samarasinghe who is also the Senior Vice President of the SLFP said, ‘fielding another Rajapaksa would be suicidal to Sri Lanka given the developments in the Geneva Human Rights Council.’ He added […]

Why? Ranil Wickremesinghe has avoided making a full disclosure of everything that happened under the Rajapaksas?

1st July 2018 // 0 Comments

The NY Times exposé: Mahinda’s and Ranil’s Harbour cough-ups BY Rajan Philips We might as well call them harbour cock-ups in true British slang. “How China Got Sri Lanka to cough up a Port” is the title of a long New York Times feature article that first appeared online, in English and Chinese, on Monday, June 25 (a printed version followed on Tuesday, entitled: In Hock to China, Sri Lanka Gave Up Territory). Written by Maria Abi-Habib, NYT’s South Asia correspondent based in Delhi (with reporting contributions by Keith Bradsher and Sui-Lee Wee from Beijing, and Mujib Mashal, Dharisha Bastians and Arthur Wamanan from Sri Lanka), the article is by all appearances a well-researched and well-sourced piece of journalism. The article acknowledges as its multiple sources, […]

Coughing up a Port!

1st July 2018 // 0 Comments

Revelations that we in Sri Lanka suspected for long or knew about. I refer to the article by Maria Abi-Habib in the June 25, 2018 New York Times titled very succinctly How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough up a Port I received emailed not once but from three persons in the US and then listened to its exposé by the MTV Channel TVI on its English news broadcast at 9.00 pm on June 26. And now denials are flying around, with MP Namal Rajapaksa quoted in The Daily Mirror of June 28 as tweeting – NY(sic) article has many inaccuracies. He continues by noting: The country’s assets shouldn’t be used as a geopolitical pawn in the power struggle. Rich, coming from him, the eldest […]

‘If Gota Becomes President, I Will Run The Country’ — Basil

1st July 2018 // 0 Comments

Basil Rajapaksa laid to rest rumors of a rift between himself and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa with respect to who would be the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna, saying that it will be former president and their elder brother Mahinda who will nominate the candidate.   Basil In an interview with the ‘Ada’ newspaper (June 29), Basil said that his primary concern is to defeat this government and it doesn’t matter if it is Gotabaya or anyone else who contests the next presidential election. ‘No one has suffered at the hands of this government as I have. If one of my brothers comes forward I can play a more prominent role. The relationship I have with President Mahinda is the same as the one […]

Buddhist Hitler,Nazi Nirvana and the Saffron – Khaki Collaborative Effort to Set up a Patrimonial Garrison State.

1st July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sarath de Alwis “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Adolf Hitler Shine as they may, there are no kings, adorned with jewellry and pearls, that shine as does a man restrained, adorned with virtue’s ornament. – Visuddhimagga The two quotes – one from Dear Adolf’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the other from Buddhagosha’s ‘Visuddhimagga’ – path to purification, demonstrate the incongruity of the dhamma that emanate from the Monastic monopoly, that holds hostage our national consciousness. The Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Vendaruwe Upali thero has told us not to politicise or misinterpret his references to the words ‘Hitler’ and ‘Military’ used in his 30-minute long ‘Anushasanawa’. He has advised us to consider it in the correct […]

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