What is the Samagi Balawegaya

Changing Perspective
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 ...

What is the Samagi Balawegaya

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Palestine’s Dream Becomes A Reality

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Palestine Given A Boost At The UN

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Goodbye To A Legend

Changing Perspective
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. ...

Goodbye To A Legend

Changing Perspective
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. ...

Morsi; The New Kid On The Block

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Morsi; The New Kid On The Block

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Test Cricket Is The Ultimate Test

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Test Cricket Is The Ultimate Test

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Speak Up Before It Is Too Late

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Speak Up Before It Is Too Late

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Voting Closes In Key Swing State

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Voting Closes In Key Swing State

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Early Voting In The US

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Early Voting In The US

Changing Perspective
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 ...

The US Electoral System; No Simple Process

Changing Perspective
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 ...

The US Electoral System; No Simple Process

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Volunteers; Backbone Of A Campaign

Changing Perspective
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 ...

Volunteers; Backbone Of A Campaign

Changing Perspective
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 ...