THE MIRUSUVIL CASE: WHY SEARCHING REFORM IS URGENT AND NECESSARY Image courtesy Daily News The High Court Trial at Bar’s recent conviction and sentencing of Staff Sergeant Sunil Rathnayake to death for what has come to be known as the ‘Mirusuvil massacre’ was met with the entirely expected and bellicose outrage of extremist nationalist Sinhala Buddhist elements. But a more interesting and nuanced response emerged from within the state ...

#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a ...

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In the past 6 months Ravi Karunanayake and Harsha de Silva have managed to make sure that you and the whole country pays dearly. The mismanagement of the economy is evident in the recent foreign reserves data of $6.4 billion or 3.8 months of imports, rising external debt cost of 6.125%, domestic debt increase of $216 billion (in the first ...

The Hambantota port project was a long overdue long term investment. The investment in the southern port was done with the intention of providing employment and capturing of significant foreign exchange revenue from fuel bunkering and transhipment facilities. This was discussed and debated during the 2002 government of Chandrika and Ranil but it did not get the required leadership and ...

The Parliament Has Left The Building. Let’s Elect Some Fools. Yesterday was historic. The US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the Dutch sued their government and ordered it to cut down on carbon emissions, and President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the 14th Sri Lankan Parliament. And I, with great personal strength, managed to say no to a piece of chocolate cake. Those are three amazing things. The first two have world-changing implications; the ...

Colombo-Katunayake Expressway: Corruption at its finest In 1984, a feasibility study prepared by Japan International Cooperation Agency recommended the construction of an expressway to the east of the existing Colombo-Negombo road. The proposal was accepted for implementation by President Premadasa in 1989.Estimated cost: Rs. 5,544 million or $ 110 million in 1991. The route was finalised, designed, and ready to be commenced when President Premadasa’s demised ...

Tourism mega-development in Sri Lanka results in human rights violations Sri Lanka has an increasing number of tourist arrivals which could be very good for the development of the island. Therefore, of course, the local communities should benefit from the tourism above all. This does not seem to be always happening. The Society for Threatened People (STP) Switzerland, together with the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), published a report ...

THE THREAT TO LIFE Image via 350 dot org It is very gratifying to see Pope Francis declare in his encyclical that, in terms of the Earth,  “We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorized to loot her” he states that “The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms ...

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 ...

A volunteer’s story from post-tsunami Sri Lanka Just over ten years ago, a powerful undersea earthquake caused a devastating tsunami that rapped around two-thirds of Sri Lanka’s coastline on Boxing Day, at around 8:30am. Being a holiday, locals were fishing, bathing and playing on the beaches. Within a matter of minutes some 35,000 people were dead, thousands were missing and over half a million survivors would ...

Recommended Reading: Authors on WordPress.com Looking for summer reading suggestions? Or perhaps winter reading suggestions, should your hemisphere be the Southern one? Look no further than these three authors who — like you — make their online home at WordPress.com. Claire Fuller Claire Fuller‘s debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, has been called “impossible to put down” by Amy Gentry at the Chicago Tribune. Claire ...

‘What is represented and what is made invisible’: Women and Transitional Justice Processes in Sri Lanka Photo via Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom During a recent conversation about campaigns to eliminate violence against women, and the participation and role of women working at the community level in these campaigns, particularly their ability to influence and shape the form and manner of these initiatives, a friend, who for many years has worked on issues ...

Plantation Community: A status revisit Image via Wikipedia Disenfranchisement of the Indian Origin plantation workforce in the year 1948 after independence stalled the development of the ‘plantation community’ (PC) in contrast to other communities in the country. Memoirs and research papers on labour movement and Trade union struggle of Plantation workforce is not new and many have attempted to describe the disenfranchisement of the ...

President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent statement that there will be a new government in September has fuelled speculation in political circles that Parliament will be dissolved shortly. The UNP is in a mighty hurry to face a general election and the SLFP wants the 20th Amendment to the Constitution passed before the polls.

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