Featured image courtesy Afriel Youth Network “Knowledge is power vs. power is knowledge” Politics has played a significant role in the Sri Lankan conflict which some consider to be an “ethnic” conflict, some as a “civil” war while others as a “state versus terrorist” war. Moving aside from the semantics and syntax, the conflict itself caused significant pain and ...

[Featured image courtesy IRIN News. Editor’s note: This is the second of a series of poems submitted by the author as entry criteria for the Write to Reconcile Programme, which brings together emerging writers with the goal of writing fiction, memoirs or poetry on the issues of conflict, peace, reconciliation, memory and trauma in Sri Lanka, post-war.] She marched through the streets in ...

The Floods: An Update Featured image courtesy the Straits Times [Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Yudhanjaya’s blog, accessible here] Gripped by a desire to help out our fellow Sri Lankans, we’ve cooked, delivered, run supplies by the truckload and picked clean the shelves of our supermarkets over the past few days. The result? Incredible good – people fed, clothed, supported for another ...

Writing about Handagama’s cinema is no easy task. The subsequent debate, predominantly in Sinhala, generated by the first public screening of his latest film “Let Her Cry” – which has the much more powerful Sinhala title “ඇගේ ඇස අග”, translated literally, meaning ‘In the Corner of Her Eye’ – makes this simple fact abundantly clear. Perhaps there is no other ...

[Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of poems submitted by the author as entry criteria for the Write to Reconcile Programme, which brings together emerging writers with the goal of writing fiction, memoirs or poetry on the issues of conflict, peace, reconciliation, memory and trauma in Sri Lanka, post-war]  Some suicides are never recorded. She stared at the pill ...

I went to the place on May 18th around 10am, where we had the commemoration last year thinking that security would be eased and space given for people to commemorate the tragedy of May 18th. To my surprise there was no arrangement done and just a few who had braved the harassment were trying to fill in the low ground ...

Featured image courtesy the Star The floods in Sri Lanka have brought out the best in social media. Whatsapp and Facebook were used extensively to save lives and mobilise relief. An unprecedented initiative indeed, in this age when parents are concerned about the negative impact of social media on their children. Facebook in fact had initiated a post that confirmed ...

Featured image courtesy SBS Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst natural disaster since, arguably, the tsunami. Thousands have been displaced and hundreds killed by the floods and landslides caused by the unprecedented rain (ironic in itself given that many for weeks before had been praying for rain to bring some relief to a heat wave that had been plaguing the ...

Featured image courtesy Washington Post Two things trouble and pain me. The Mullivaikkal “remembrance” on 18 May, of the dead and missing people due to war, whose families are still agitating to know the “truth” and want justice and now in the South, reports coming in on the same day of the displaced, the dead and the 03 buried villages ...

The Galle Music Festival was a true celebration of the diversity between and within cultures of Sri Lanka. The many facets of the Sinhala and Tamil communities, based on their geographical locations and origin histories, were illustrated through song, dance and music. The event is a breath of fresh air from its more well-known literary counterpart, making a space for ...

Featured image courtesy oneworld.org Sure, I heard Someone tap on the wooden door At the rear of our house. Sure, I heard Some one call your name. Ruben he called you, One night, last year.   I kept calling you since, “Ruben!”, I wept all this time. Officers said, they never heard me, Gods above never said, They’ve seen you ...

When I first travelled to Sri Lanka in the nineties, the country was still recovering from the shocking violence of mass disappearances in the late eighties.[1] It was difficult for people to talk about this period and sometimes friends would close down, the memories were simply too raw.  It was only years later that I learnt a close friend had ...

ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images via IB Times “Sometimes a pebble is allowed to find out what might have happened – if only it had bounced the other way.” Terry Pratchett (Jingo) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is unlikely to know the poem or the poet, but the sentiments would have been his as he watched Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni swearing in as president ...

Revisiting ties with China, a bailout deal from the IMF, and increases in VAT have been making headlines recently. What does this all mean from an economic standpoint, and is Sri Lanka following the right tactics? Groundviews spoke to some economists to ask if they could unravel these issues. Those interviewed include Eran Wickramaratne, Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development, Chief ...

Panama Papers: List of individuals, intermediaries and addresses connected to Sri Lanka A large tranche of documents was released on 9 May 2016 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) around “Panama Papers”, a fraction from a trove of more than 11.5 million leaked files from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the world’s top creators of hard-to-trace companies, trusts and foundations. As noted on the ICIJ website, The Panama Papers ...

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