There is a lot to be said about race relations in America. With protests and riots sparking up in various states is clear that there is a problem. The question that America is focused on is not so much “why” people are rising up, but “how” people are showing their displeasure about the state of […]

The 19th Amendment: A Walk To Remember “No one man should have all that power.” – Kanye West If you were to liken the 19th Amendment to poop,  you’d end up with an incredibly crude but hilariously accurate description. It was a long poop. Protracted. Painful. It even made me want to quote Kanye West. But it was necessary, oh, so necessary.  Because Kanye, despite being ...

After 100 days the stark contrast between the Rajapakse and Sirisena Administrations Image courtesy Salon The conclusion of the one hundred (100) days is a good time to compare and indeed contrast the Maithripala Sirisena Administration from the Rajapakse rule that it replaced. This is particularly relevant in the context that Brother number two (no pun intended), Gotabhaya Rajapakse, has suggested that Mahinda Rajapakse should be prime minister, under President Sirisena. ...

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 Lucky Ones Photo via Open, Equal Free I wish it were easier not to care. I wish I could grow up to be a corporate lawyer or a banker and just be content with a “normal” life. Have common, cliché` dreams like a beautiful house, a flashy car, a happy marriage and kids, learn to find joy in the little victories ...

Arjunan Mahendran and Central Bank Loss Costs LKR 12.5 Billion The whole Arjuna Mahendran Central Bank Fiasco explained very simply.Bottom line one is a minimum of LKR 12.5 billion lost to the country.Bottom Line two, no law has been broken, the beauty of high finance white collar crime.The Numbers:a) 1 billion was needed to roll over expiring bonds.b) Expected Interest Rate was 9.5% c) Instead 10 billion was accepted at ...

Methods of student protest betray stagnation and lack of ingenuity in local higher education system The recent tear-gassing of a student protest has been the topic of much conversation, especially since the newly appointed government was seen as being much more student-friendly than the previous one.Protests by students enrolled at state universities and higher education institutes are nothing new. Every year, these students cumulatively spend thousands of hours sitting/standing/walking/running from charging riot police in congested ...

Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your WordPress.com account with both ...

The Central Bank Bond Controversy Revisited By Sam Samarasinghe and Dushyantha Mendis The Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs has on April 19 issued a press release announcing some findings of the three-member committee that Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe appointed “to look into matters related to the 30-year bond issued on February 27” (PM’s special statement to Parliament, 17th March). The “findings,” however, instead ...

The Ceylon Today reported that a gold ring worth Rs.1.8m was discovered by an officer of the housekeeping unit when he went to clean the room where a group of MP's had been protesting.It was returned to the MP, who was so grateful that he offered the ring as a gift to the housekeeper, who after some reluctance accepted it. ...

Nikto – Web Vulnerability Scanner – Tutorial So Nikto!!! Is your site safe on the internet? Are you sure? Let’s make sure you are safe from hackers. Today we’ll divine into a tool which will help us to stay safe. The name is Nikto. It is a vulnerability scanner else can be called as a security testing tool that scans web servers for vulnerabilities and other known issues. ...

Nikto – Web Vulnerability Scanner So Nikto!!! Is your site safe on the internet? Are you sure? Let’s make sure you are safe from hackers. Today we’ll divine into a tool which will help us to stay safe. The name is Nikto. It is a vulnerability scanner else can be called as a security testing tool that scans web servers for vulnerabilities and other known issues. ...

A Clear-eyed Assessment from Afar Photo courtesy The Republic Square Darkness, movement in the bathroom. No need for lights until somebody breaks a toe. Ouch. I would’ve never known it was broken if it weren’t sticking so clearly in the wrong direction. There is not that much pain, but a visit to the emergency room seems to be in order. And then I’m there ...

A Port City or a Garden City for Colombo? The call for full transparency regarding the negotiations that led to the Port City must be provided to the public, however the deliberations and resolution at a political level will take a ponderously slow pace. The information that is now before us, suggest that the entire ‘Port City’ project, was done on the whims and personal interests of certain ...

Keep Connected! Expats and Nomads Blog Around the World We don’t write blogs purely for ourselves — we write them to be read. For people who live far from family and friends, blogs serve twin readerships: they give the intrepid traveler a simultaneous way to chronicle travels for a broad audience and update those back at home. We love following the worldly adventures of these four expats and nomads, and we’re sure their friends appreciate the ...

Field Notes: Hispanicize 2015 Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Two weeks ago, Happiness Engineers Karen Arnold, Marjorie R. Asturias, and Jamil Abreu, as well as Code Wrangler Damian Suarez, attended the sixth annual Hispanicize conference in ...

Celebrating Poetry, All Month Long April is National Poetry Month, and we love each day’s flurry of new posts tagged #nationalpoetrymonth in the WordPress.com Reader and across the internet. WordPressers are busy in the #napowrimo tag as well, participating in NaPoWriMo, Maureen Thorson’s annual project that encourages and challenges poets to write a poem a day in April. Let’s look at some poetry we’ve stumbled upon recently across the WordPress.com community. ...

Are Sri Lankan Tamils prone to collective political suicide? Photo by AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena via SBS We have entered the ninth decade since the Donoughmore Reforms leading to the first State Council elections of 1931. Through the early part of these eight and a half decades, Sri Lankan Tamils had occupied a dominant position in this country, politically, economically and socially. The leading political institution of this community in ...

Why Did They March? (Galle Road | March | 2015) On the 31st of March, a cordon of Sri Lankan Police – in full riot gear, truncheons and shields at the ready – stood on one corner of the Kollupitiya junction. One of them carried a gun that rained tear gas cartridges on the road ahead. In front of them was a short stretch of Galle Road, empty save for ...

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