For the past few weeks I have been asking people to join the Samagi Youth Corp, and rightly so many of them have asked me what exactly is the Samagi and what are the goals of the Samagi Youth. I am taking this time to write a brief summary of what the Samagi is and how the youth corp will ...

Sixty-five years on since the United Nations General Assembly voted to partition a territory in the Middle East into a Jewish state and an Arab State, the state of Palestine has been officially recognised by the UN. While the state of Israel was admitted as a member of the UN back in 1949, it took the very people that created ...

Cricket has come to that period where a generation says goodbye to the legends they grew up with. A few years back the world said farewell, albeit a little later than they expected, to Sanath Jayasuriya. Last year India’s most underrated batsman, Rahul Dravid, bowed out of international cricket; and today the world prepares to say goodbye to Ricky Ponting. ...

Egypt’s newly instated President, Mohamed Morsi, successfully orchestrated a ceasefire between Palestine and Israel this past week. In doing so he has announced himself as a key player in the post Arab Spring Middle East. For many outside of Egypt, Morsi was a relatively unknown character prior to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Despite being a political figure ...

He stood at the top of his mark, barely able to hold himself upright. A deep breath was taken and he came charging down, an in-swinging yorker upended middle stump and suddenly the crowd was brought to its feet. There was a sense that he had got something out of nothing. On the other end a man stood on his ...

I wrote an article the other day about religious intolerance around Asia and it prompted discussion both online and among friends.  One of the interesting comments, which can also be seen on the article, was that I had been making “a mountain out of a mole-hill”. Now obviously I do not agree with this otherwise I would not have written the ...

Polling stations have closed in Ohio and now the public eagerly awaits the results of the key swing state. Ohio has 18 electoral votes up for grabs and whoever wins the state has been predicted as winning the 2012 Presidential election. To make matters more interesting, no Republican candidate has won the Presidential election without winning this state. Republican candidate ...

Election Day in the US will see millions of people around the country line up at polling stations ready to cast their vote. Unlike Sri Lanka, something I have noticed in the US is that the number of polling stations are far fewer and casting the vote itself would also take up to ten minutes. This means that people are ...

While the whole world prepares for the United States presidential election, many, both inside and outside America, are still unsure how the system works. The 2000 presidential election debacle involving George W. Bush and Al Gore fueled this confusion with Gore winning the popular vote but still failing to win the election. In the US, despite a candidate winning the ...

At 64 years, Marie Jenson has been a volunteer for the past 6 presidential elections in the Democrats’ camp. Back in 1988, while Democrat candidate Michael Dukakis was soundly beaten, winning only 111 electoral votes, Jenson was bitten by the election bug. “I was forty years old and a stay at home mother when I first volunteered. Elections were not ...

The state of Ohio is considered the biggest swing state in the 2012 US Presidential election. With 18 electoral votes up for grabs, both campaigns have been tirelessly wooing voters in the state for the past month. Recent polls show that as of Thursday (November 1) Barack Obama has a slender lead of 2 percentage points. However, early voting has ...

I went last night to observe Halloween first hand in Ohio, and it certainly was an experience like none other. In today’s modern word Halloween seems to be celebrated by everyone, costumes parties are held all over and even in some countries kids go trick or treating. But it got me thinking why is Halloween so big in America, in ...

Hurricane Sandy has taken the US by storm, literally, and in doing so has swept aside the focus that has been on the Presidential election. For the past two days cable news has been dominated by coverage of the storm; live reports from the ground showing the impending arrival of Sandy, explanations of precautions that can be taken, continuos updates ...

The weekend is coming to an end, and with it starts the final week of campaigning for the Presidential election. As for me, I bid farewell to Washington D.C. and say hello to Ohio. I spent Saturday (my free day) exploring the capital, and it was an amazing experience seeing all that history in one place. Americans have been known ...

So I have just returned to my hotel room after the first official day of the US election tour 2012. Having met the journalists from all around the world who have been selected for this program, I am now ready to start on the campaign trail. Day one, like day two will be, was full of seminars designed at giving ...

This will be the first of many blog posts documenting my journey in the United States. Before I go on any further, let me explain what I will be doing. Thanks to the US Embassy in Colombo and the International Center for Journalists, I will be in the United States covering the ongoing Presidential Election between Barack Obama and Mitt ...

The Failing Revolution of Cricket When one day cricket was first seen in the late 1970s, in the form of the controversial “World Series Cricket”, supporters of the game described it as a “game played in pyjamas”. Now, 20/20 is here and it can only be likened to a fancy dress party whose hosts have never been to a party before. The World T20, which ...

For the past few weeks the talk around Colombo has been the end of free media with the buy over of The Sunday Leader and the subsequent resignation of its editor-in-chief Frederica Jansz. They are right, to an extent; free media in the country is slowly being encroached upon by political figures. Yet the end of this freedom of media, ...

The Sri Lankan armed forced currently number 400,000 strong, the budget allocated to Defense spending is Rs. 230 billion (or 14% of our total budget has been allocated to the armed forces). Four years ago when the war was being fought our military budget stood at Rs. 200 billion (at that point it was estimated that the size of the ...

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