Prioritising Truth in Post-War Sri Lanka Photo courtesy Daily Maverick “How do we keep the past alive without becoming its prisoner? How do we forget it without risking its repetition in the future?” Ariel Dorfman, ‘Death and the Maiden’ The Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman poses these questions in his play Death and the Maiden after witnessing massive human rights violations in his home country and ...

Is Sri Lanka sinking in to an abyss of racism and apartheid? Photo by Shilpa Samaratunge Two months since the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) inspired anti Muslim attack in Aluthgama took place causing scores of damage, destruction and death to the livelihood, properties and life of the Muslim community, evidence is emerging that the attack is not spontaneous but a well orchestrated plan to attack Muslims and to incite more violence. It ...

Slums, shanties or stories? Image courtesy Sharni Jayawardena and Tarika Wickremeratne, Walkabout: Slave Island An article titled A slum and shanties free Colombo by 2020 recently published on the infamous defence.lk site notes that, “Our effort is to see a slums and shanties free Colombo in year 2020″ said Mr. Weerasena Adikari, Senior Consultant of Urban Development Authority speaking at the weekly media ...

No More July #4 Prosthetic legs displayed at “No More July”, Victoria Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 35mm, 1/60, f/4, and ISO 100. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, anti-racism, anti-war, artificial limbs, Black July, Colombo, concert, exhibition, No More July, paving stones, peace, prosthetics, Sri Lanka, Victoria Park

Mob disrupts meeting of families of disappeared: Police & Government hound participants Image courtesy Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai. More photos on her Twitter feed as well as from Marisa de Silva. Families of the disappeared from the Northern Province, gathered in Colombo on 4th August 2014, at 2.30pm, at the Centre for Society&Religion (CSR), which is a Church (Oblates of Mary Immaculate – OMI) run institution situated in the premises of a Catholic Church. ...

POST-UVA POLITICAL PIVOT Image courtesy Lanka Puvath Perhaps the most interesting single thing to watch about the upcoming Uva election is whether or not the UNP will get significantly more than half of the vote that the Government succeeds in obtaining. Will the Govt’s percentage of the vote increase, decrease or remain roughly static? If it is a decrease, will that be ...

I spend quite a lot of my time analysing events, a process that sometimes ends with a prediction or forecast. Another little thing that I do is to review some of my predictions or positions with the benefit of hindsight.Hindsight is a great thing and spending some time contemplating one's previous positions or opinion can be very enlightening. Often it ...

Want To Track Your Droid? Here’s What You Should Do You’ve lost your smartphone. The hub that connects you to your online life – and friends – is gone forever. Your options are to panic, panic again – or, if you’re smart enough to follow the advice below, you can just click around and use the power of everyday tech to get that phone back. Welcome to phone tracking 101. ...

All Out of Christians Today Meat stall displays “Sinhalese Meat”, “Tamil Meat”, and “Muslim Meat”, at No More July, Victoria Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 40mm, 1/80, f/4.5, and ISO 800. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, Black July, Colombo, display, ethnic conflict, exhibition, meat stall, Muslim, No More July, Sinhalese, Sri Lanka, Tamil, Victoria Park, weighing scales ...

OPPOSITION TRENDS IN THE ELECTION SEASON Image courtesy JVP Media Unit If the Rajapaksa administration wanted to mislead and confuse the mainstream opposition and lead it to an electoral dead-end, it could hardly do better than the opposition has itself done, and done unto itself. The main Opposition candidate remains Ranil Wickremesinghe who has no rural resonance. As Mervyn de Silva wrote, “the road to ...

Recent weeks have seen much controversy over the performance of the Mattala Airport, stemming from an interaction in Parliament between opposition MP Dr Harsha De Silva and Minister for Civil Aviation MP Priyankara Jayarathna. Linked to this, the BBC’s Sinhala service ‘Sandeshaya’ wanted to explore the success or failure of mega infrastructure projects like Mattala (and others […] ...

The Advisory Council of Experts: A council, a council, my kingdom for a council? Photo by REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte via Malaysian Insider Some observations are in order on the President’s appointment of an international panel of experts to advise the Commission on Disappearances. The Commission comprising Maxwell Paranagama, Mesdames Ramanathan and Vidyaratne were appointed to look into disappearances. They have held public hearings throughout the north and east and received over 19,000 complaints. They are ...

No More July #6 “No More July” exhibition and concert in commemoration of the Black July 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom; Victoria Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka, shot with a Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 18mm, 1/80, f/3.5, and ISO 200. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, amphitheater, auditorium, band, Black July, blue, circles, Colombo, concert, crowd, dusk, ethnic conflict, evening, music, No More July, people, ...

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