The deprivation of liberty under national security laws: What can be done to provide immediate relief? Image courtesy Sri Lanka Brief During the past fortnight there have been many calls for the immediate repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Given the fluid and complex political context, and the upcoming parliamentary elections, it appears unlikely this will happen in the short term. However, there are a number of immediate measures the government could implement ...

The Fault is in the stars! What? I mean if the planetary arrangement at present is faulty, not fawltry, what can be done short of removing oneself from that arrangement? Strangely, some people blame the stars for being, well, being where they are when they should be some place else. From what we know, and this knowing business started as ...

Awarded as Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2014 I’ve been awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) on November 2014. TOYP is an effort to recognize the young people (under 40) who excel in different fields and I received the award for the ‘Environmental Leadership’. I take this opportunity to THANK all those who guided and supported me in doing related environmental work that contributed on getting this award..!! ...

Much of the international press seems unable to grasp that Sri Lankan voters might have determined the recent election. They’re saying that Indian intelligence did it, or only America can push reforms forward. Actually I guess that’s just the New York Times. Let’s look at both propositions. 1. India Did It When Sri Lanka unexpectedly turfed out President Mahinda Rajapaksa ...

Yahapalanaya, 12 Days Later: Late Promises, Lamborghini Witchunts Sri Lanka cried out for the arrest of UNP Parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma, a man apparently competing for former Minister Mervyn Silva’s records for public humiliation (note to self: I think there’s a bondage fetish there somewhere). A lo and behold, Thewarapperuma was arrested. Whether he will stay arrested or be miraculously restored is still up for grabs, but my money’s ...

This graph shows the price of Lanka Petrol 95 Octane compared to the global price of a barrel of crude. The price of crude is in dollars and the price of petrol is in rupees, but I was just looking at how connected the two lines are. As you can see, it’s a bit of a political lever, but ...

Environmentalists hope Sirisena will honour pledge The lack of a minister for the environment in the new government has dismayed environmentalists even though they largely view the change in regime as being beneficial. Just days before his election, President Maithripala Sirisena signed a public pact presented by the Environment Organisations’ Collective (EOC), and the grouping hopes the new leader will honour the terms of the pact, ...

THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY AND THE SRI LANKAN STATE:  MYTHS AND REALITIES Photo courtesy The Business Times If there was a central plank to the common opposition platform in the presidential election, it was about what to do with the executive presidential system in general and the Eighteenth Amendment in particular, in view of the crisis of democratic governance created by the insidious authoritarianism and pervasive corruption of the Rajapaksa regime. ...

Sbarrkum had put up a post comparing JR and MR. This is my take on the question.It is a tricky question, undoubtedly JRJ's regime was a turning point, he set the stage for autocracy and escalated the conflict to the level of a real war.But what of MR, the man who took the maximum use of JR's constitution and then ...

Sigh. Someone needs to tell thugish UNPers like MP Palitha Thewarapperuma that we’re in a national government and our President is Chairman of the SLFP. In the video here, Thewarapperuma is making someone kneel as his supporters assault him. According to SLFP MPs speaking to NewsFirst, Thewarapperuma basically led a mob, throwing rotten eggs (I’ve always wondered how you find ...

Good Governance has started? WTF? I voted for Maithripala Sirisena. Or rather, I voted against Mahinda Rajapakse. I didn’t vote for Maithripala because of his 100 day programme. His new policy on good governance was an added bonus. But I didn’t vote because of it. I just wanted Mahinda Rajapakse out. I wanted his corrupt brothers out. I wanted his corrupt and dumb son out. ...

So, Maithripala Sirisena is President of Sri Lanka. Still feels weird to say that. Maithri campaigned on an ambitious 100 Days Plan and he’s mostly kept to it. What has he done in his first week? View image | gettyimages.com 1. He Survived Not easy. If Mahinda had won he would have surrounded Maithripala with troops and likely jailed him ...

Who was worse JR or MR I am a Sri Lankan and part Tamil. One who did not even bother getting a green card after living and working for 22 years in the US (Student Visa and 3 H1B Visas).Everyone else conveniently has forgotten JR Jayawardena the architect of the 1978 Executive Presidency.I have not forgotten.JR The one who after the 1983 riots said in Daily ...

First week of “Good Governance”: Three Good Speeches, One Promise Kept and One Postponed The One-Hundred-Day Programme of President Maithripala Sirisena (MS) was launched last week with three good speeches, one of two promises largely kept and the third postponed, hopefully to be fulfilled sooner rather than later. President Sirisena made three good speeches in the last seven days, the first at his swearing-in ceremony, the second in Kandy and the third when ...

The Curious Case of Shitting the Nut What’s more fun than winning an election is watching the losers go nuts. What’s even more fun is watching a nut go nuts. Sittingnut went nuts. You may wonder how this could happen. How could a nut go nuts? Well, I don’t know. What I know is that, Sittingnut (a.k.a. the-libertarian-fan-of-the-authoritarian-Mahinda-Rajapakse, Rajapkse’s-23rd-Ass-licker, the-lesbian-libertarian, the-biggest-cunt-ever, the-dumbest-motherfucker-ever-born), went nuts. The election ...

Ideas for a Road Map for Truth and Justice in Sri Lanka Photo courtesy Aquila Style The new year has brought significant changes in Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Government face many challenges and opportunities. Reform has been promised and expectations are high. In the wake of the elections, Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka to canonize the country’s first saint was a highlight. Those involved in setting out ...

Charting a New Course: Sri Lankan Foreign Policy Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images, via Time There could not have been a better time to be a student or a professional of International Relations in Sri Lanka, given the geopolitical dynamics in the region. As one government official told me, “India and China are on the rise, we simply need to jump on this bandwagon.” However we should ...

Anti-Corruption Commission for Sri Lanka: Some thoughts Photo via Transparency International There is renewed interest and concern among various quarters of Sri Lankan society about the need for a more effective system of preventing, investigating and curbing corrupt activities by government officials, politicians and those who are close to them. There is also a wide spread view among people that the existing mechanisms for these purposes ...

NDTV published two paraphrased tweets quoting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Those tweets said essentially what Rajapaksa loyalists had been fear-mongering about – that the new government would give ‘full autonomy’ to Tamil areas and that it would engage with the UN on war crimes probes. If you read the transcript (via Republic Square), however, Ranil said nothing like the tweets ...

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