America legalized gay marriage today, in a historic ruling. God bless them. Why is gay marriage good for everyone? Just read this beautiful paragraph from Justice Anthony Kennedy: No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once ...

For all the contention over whether Mahinda will run for Prime Minister, there already is an SLFP candidate, by default. Nimal Siripala De Silva. While I’ve heard the gentleman from Badulla is intelligent, I’ve often seen photos of him asleep at various functions. Under Mahinda, that was an essential qualification for being Prime Minister, but these current times might require ...

Sri Lanka is having a really bad case of H1N1 swine flu that has killed 24 people so far. I’m wondering why more people aren’t worried about this. I’ve heard of a young mother being killed not much older than me, and the sickness has claimed 8 pregnant women so far. In my office, two people have the flu and ...

Sri Lanka is having a really bad case of H1N1 swine flu that has killed 24 people so far. I’m wondering why more people aren’t worried about this. I’ve heard of a young mother being killed not much older than me, and the sickness has claimed 8 pregnant women so far. In my office, two people have the flu and ...

Fazl Muhammed Nizar has been asking if women should be blamed for rape. Now he stands accused of rape and abuse himself. I know the accuser Ashwini and personally think she’s very brave for coming out. Rape is a crime and guilt should be determined in court, so I can’t judge what the author Mr. Nizar has done. I can ...

Today is a strange anniversary. It’s like a birth and a death. On this day Vellupilai Prabhakaran was killed, ending nearly 30 years of a terrorism in Sri Lanka. He took thousands of civilian hostages to try and save his cause but it didn’t work. The Sri Lankan military eliminated him and the LTTE while suffering great losses. Contrary to ...

In what basically amounts to a big Ctrl-Z on the Constitution, Sri Lanka has passed a 19th amendment. What we have here is actually amazing – a President willing to give up power (and a Parliament fighting this for some reason). The results aren’t perfect, but it’s still a step back from the brink that Mahinda’s 18th amendment took us ...

The modern UNP was the more urban, business-friendly party and the SLFP was the more rural, socialist-friendly party. Now, insomuch as we have parties at all, the UNP has turned. In this interim government, Ranil Wickremsinghe is leading the most business-unfriendly incarnation of the UNP I’ve ever seen. Not only are their policies mixed at best, he and Finance Minister ...

People have asked me if I regret voting for this government given all their cock-ups, missteps and backwards assignations. Well, no. That annoying noise you hear is democracy. Under Mahinda things were dreadful quiet, mafia quiet. This is better. That said, man, these guys are messing up. The difference is that our complaints actually make a difference, which is great. ...

In House Of Cards, Frank Underwood schemes his way into unelected power but finds it hard to actually govern. Then he runs headlong into an election he may lose. Ranil Wickremesinghe is in a similar position. The Caretaker Governor Ranil has been appointed Prime Minister but he hasn’t won an election for 14 years. He was actually something of a ...

I recently met a friend who’d been traveling around the north and east, talking to people. A lot of people there seem to be struggling to make ends meet, if they can find ends in the first place. One major economic issue there is military possession of land, which I think can be addressed while still ensuring the city of ...

Eelamists will never be happy with what Sri Lanka does. Eelam is the answer and human rights is just another stick to beat Sri Lanka over the head with. That’s why they never seem happy with incremental change or, indeed, with an entire change of government. They don’t want to be governed by a pluralist democracy at all. They want ...

It’s under-reported, but in a recent bond issue the Central Bank Governor’s son-in-law made out like a bandit while everyone else bidding lost out. Arjun Aloysius and Perpetual Capital somehow ‘guessed’ the rates the Central Bank was going to issue while no one else did. It’s not proven that insider information was leaked, but it doesn’t look good. This government ...

These are Rohan Samarajiva’s comments on the draft Right To Information Bill. Rohan Samarajiva is my father but these are not my opinions, indeed this is the first time I’m reading this. I mean, he sent it before but it was long… anyways. If you want my tl;dr it would be – 1) make sure the bill applies to ...

They say ‘dance like no one is watching‘, but that’s not how you should govern. The Mahinda government seemed to think they’d never be out of power and they didn’t even bother covering their tracks. Hence you get cases like Wimal Weerawansa’s wife (and apparently him) giving false information for diplomatic passports. Why? What is the point even, of being ...

Anni, or Mohamed Nasheed, is no stranger to imprisonment. He spent 18 months in solitary confinement under the Gayoom dictatorship. He emerged from that to become President of the Maldives in its first democratic election. When he tried to reform the corrupted judiciary, however, Gayoom forces staged a coup and forced him out. In the next election Gayoom’s brother won ...

Right now this government is a western media darling (especially Ranil), but that won’t help them win the upcoming Parliamentary Election. Indeed, looking favored by the West can actually lost you votes at home. This government was elected on domestic issues but they’re spending a lot of time on foreign policy, it’s a risk. Foreign Policy Without a doubt, having ...

Mahinda is still a popular politician among the people, as you could tell from the big rally in Nugegoda yesterday. The problem is that he’s just not very popular in his own party. If he wants to be Prime Minister, that’s a problem. The Nugegoda rally saw thousands of people and made for some impressive drone photography, no doubt. If ...

You could sum up the previous government’s approach to foreign policy in one quote: “You are only a f*****g High Commissioner. I am a street fighter. I will have you f*****g thrashed”. That is what Sajin Vass Gunawardena reportedly said to Chris Nonis, then the High Commissioner to the UK. It gives you a rough sense of the priorities. In ...

A lot of international coverage about the election just remixes the broken record about the war. One narrative seems to seek prosecuting the victors and dividing the country along racial lines. Thankfully, these are not Sri Lankan voters. Rolling back the war through international courts and dividing the country are not things this government will do. Rolling Back The War? ...

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