Sbarrkum had put up a post comparing JR and MR. This is my take on the question.It is a tricky question, undoubtedly JRJ's regime was a turning point, he set the stage for autocracy and escalated the conflict to the level of a real war.But what of MR, the man who took the maximum use of JR's constitution and then ...

Sigh. Someone needs to tell thugish UNPers like MP Palitha Thewarapperuma that we’re in a national government and our President is Chairman of the SLFP. In the video here, Thewarapperuma is making someone kneel as his supporters assault him. According to SLFP MPs speaking to NewsFirst, Thewarapperuma basically led a mob, throwing rotten eggs (I’ve always wondered how you find ...

Good Governance has started? WTF? I voted for Maithripala Sirisena. Or rather, I voted against Mahinda Rajapakse. I didn’t vote for Maithripala because of his 100 day programme. His new policy on good governance was an added bonus. But I didn’t vote because of it. I just wanted Mahinda Rajapakse out. I wanted his corrupt brothers out. I wanted his corrupt and dumb son out. ...

"ශ්‍රී ලංකා වසන්තය" ඉබේ පහළ වන්නේ නැත. - Spring Comes Late   "අරාබි වසන්තයක්" එනවෝ කියා ළෝකේ පෙරලාගෙන දුවපු උන්ට, මාතලන් කීවේ, එහෙම අරාබි වසන්තයක් එන්න, අම්මට සිරි ලංකාව තියෙන්නේ අරාබියේ නෙමෙයි කියලාය. නමුත් "අරාබි වසන්තය" යන කොන්සෙප්ට් එක ලංකාව තුලද ජය ගත්තේය. අපේ ගොන් වහන්සේලා දැන ගෙන උන්නේ, අරාබි වසන්තේ ආවෝත් ගඩාෆි වගේ වෙඩි කාළා මැරෙන්න වෙනවා කියලාය. ඒත් අරාබි වසන්තය මුලින්ම උදා උන ටියුනීසියාවේ පවා, "බෙන් අලීලාට" නහින්න උනේ ...

So, Maithripala Sirisena is President of Sri Lanka. Still feels weird to say that. Maithri campaigned on an ambitious 100 Days Plan and he’s mostly kept to it. What has he done in his first week? View image | gettyimages.com 1. He Survived Not easy. If Mahinda had won he would have surrounded Maithripala with troops and likely jailed him ...

Who was worse JR or MR I am a Sri Lankan and part Tamil. One who did not even bother getting a green card after living and working for 22 years in the US (Student Visa and 3 H1B Visas).Everyone else conveniently has forgotten JR Jayawardena the architect of the 1978 Executive Presidency.I have not forgotten.JR The one who after the 1983 riots said in Daily ...

First week of “Good Governance”: Three Good Speeches, One Promise Kept and One Postponed The One-Hundred-Day Programme of President Maithripala Sirisena (MS) was launched last week with three good speeches, one of two promises largely kept and the third postponed, hopefully to be fulfilled sooner rather than later. President Sirisena made three good speeches in the last seven days, the first at his swearing-in ceremony, the second in Kandy and the third when ...

The Curious Case of Shitting the Nut What’s more fun than winning an election is watching the losers go nuts. What’s even more fun is watching a nut go nuts. Sittingnut went nuts. You may wonder how this could happen. How could a nut go nuts? Well, I don’t know. What I know is that, Sittingnut (a.k.a. the-libertarian-fan-of-the-authoritarian-Mahinda-Rajapakse, Rajapkse’s-23rd-Ass-licker, the-lesbian-libertarian, the-biggest-cunt-ever, the-dumbest-motherfucker-ever-born), went nuts. The election ...

Ideas for a Road Map for Truth and Justice in Sri Lanka Photo courtesy Aquila Style The new year has brought significant changes in Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Government face many challenges and opportunities. Reform has been promised and expectations are high. In the wake of the elections, Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka to canonize the country’s first saint was a highlight. Those involved in setting out ...

Charting a New Course: Sri Lankan Foreign Policy Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images, via Time There could not have been a better time to be a student or a professional of International Relations in Sri Lanka, given the geopolitical dynamics in the region. As one government official told me, “India and China are on the rise, we simply need to jump on this bandwagon.” However we should ...

Anti-Corruption Commission for Sri Lanka: Some thoughts Photo via Transparency International There is renewed interest and concern among various quarters of Sri Lankan society about the need for a more effective system of preventing, investigating and curbing corrupt activities by government officials, politicians and those who are close to them. There is also a wide spread view among people that the existing mechanisms for these purposes ...

NDTV published two paraphrased tweets quoting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Those tweets said essentially what Rajapaksa loyalists had been fear-mongering about – that the new government would give ‘full autonomy’ to Tamil areas and that it would engage with the UN on war crimes probes. If you read the transcript (via Republic Square), however, Ranil said nothing like the tweets ...

It’s Personal; It Should Be To Us All Mahinda Rajapakse; via Groundviews, via The Daily Beast. Originally published on Groundviews on January 12th, 2015. So you see, democracy is not just a system, a structure; it is also a feeling. It is a feeling within each one of us; a desire to be led, a desire to be led by the things we believe in and the people ...

Sri Lanka Elections : The Muslim Vote First published here for Groundviews. Images have been making the rounds on facebook, with various hues and shades, highlighting the fact that the sixth executive President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, won with the support of minority communities in Sri Lanka, whereas Mahinda Rajapakse, the last President obtained the votes of a majority of the majority. There is another ...

#ShapingConflict 'Why Young People are Our Best Chance for Peace' (Feature on the World Economic Forum Blog_ I have been very privileged since 2013 to be a a member of the Global Shapers Community - which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Last year I traveled to Geneva to attend the Annual Curators Meeting, and wrote about the experience which literally changed my life.This year - in lieu of the Forum's flagship event - the ...

An end to culture of retaliation: Transitional justice in Sri Lanka Photo via Asia News “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”—St. Augustine “When will our conscience grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”—Eleanor Roosevelt Former President Mahinda Rajapaksha did not gracefully turn over power to Mr. Maithripala Sirisena after losing the election and step down peacefully as ...

SECURING THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE NEW SRI LANKA: ESSENTIAL INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS Cartoon by Awantha Artigala via Sri Lanka 16 days Chapter 11 of the common opposition candidate’s presidential election manifesto is devoted to media freedom. Among other things, it includes simple commitments such as lifting the bans on news websites run from abroad. Such infantile measures were typical of the tin-pot – and ultimately self-defeating – despotism that emanated from ...

යහ පාළණේ, වෙස්සන්තර හා නැව් බොරු -    Good Governance, Vessanthara & White Lies ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ සියළුම දෙනාට අපගේ ගෞරවය හිමිවිය යුත්තේය.. මාතලන් සිරි ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයට පෞද්ගලිකව කැමති නැතිය. ඒත්, මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ නම් සට කපට නායකයාට පට්ට ලයික්ය. ඊට මේන් රීසෝන් එක නම් මහින්ද මහත්තයා, රනිලත් වඩා පට්ට ලිබරල්වාදියකු වීමය. අනික එකෙක්වත් පයිසෙකට මායිම් නොකල ලීඩර් කෙනෙකු හින්දාය. මහින්ද මහත්තයා, (අර පිස්තෝල නගරංදිපති හොරයාට දී ඇති සහතිකේ ගැන කොයි කවුරුත් සිහියේ ...

Maithri’s Mandela Moment: An open letter to the President Dear Mr President, Please accept my good wishes on your election victory on a platform for good governance, justice and fairness. During the past few weeks, we watched – first in astonishment, and then with mounting hope – how you set out as the underdog yet resolutely worked towards election victory. Your short and swift journey to become the ...

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