Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lessons unlearnt

Lessons unlearnt

   The campaign in Tamil Nadu’s political circles to have India boycott the forthcoming Commonwealth meet in Colombo comes as no surprise. Whether it was over New Delhi’s attempt to negotiate a workable draft of a UN resolution on human rights in Sri Lanka or …

Case filed against India attending Commonwealth Summit

Case filed against India attending Commonwealth Summit

    Acting Chief Justice Agarwal and Justice M.Sathyanarayana of Chennai High Court heard a case yesterday (22) against India’s External Affairs Ministry for delaying a response to a petition urging India not to participate in the upcoming Commonwealth Conference in Sri Lanka due to …

U.S. intercepts French phone calls

U.S. intercepts French phone calls

    The U.S. ambassador to France met with French diplomats Monday over allegations that the National Security Agency intercepted more than 70 million phone calls in France over a 30-day period. Ambassador Charles Rivkin was summoned to the French Foreign Ministry in Paris after …

The Prime Minister should reverse his decision

The Prime Minister should reverse his decision

     The British Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, called on David Cameron to reverse his approach with Sri Lanka in an article written to The Guardian Newspaper. Next month Commonwealth leaders gather in Sri Lanka amid a bleak human rights situation as the country emerges …

Sri Lanka deserves support

Sri Lanka deserves support

   Sadly, pressure for a boycott of next month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in Sri Lanka is gathering significant momentum. India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, is now considering joining the campaign to stay away. The campaign has been spearheaded by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen …

Brian Mulroney speaks out against Harper’s plan to boycott Commonwealth meeting

Brian Mulroney speaks out against Harper’s plan to boycott Commonwealth meeting

     Canada should not boycott the upcoming Commonwealth meetings in Sri Lanka, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said Sunday. “If you were going to boycott the Commonwealth because of illustrations of improper government or abusive treatment of people within some of the member countries, …

Kenya lobbies commonwealth summit boycott

Kenya lobbies commonwealth summit boycott

      Kenya is quietly lobbying African countries to boycott the upcoming 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka from November 15 to November 17, 2013. Diplomatic sources told the Star that Kenya is pushing the move over the union’s failure …

Decolonizing Sri Lanka’s Sepoy Press

Decolonizing Sri Lanka’s Sepoy Press

        Shenali D Waduge With only days apart for the Commonwealth Heads of Government to arrive in Sri Lanka for what is being looked forward to as ‘the’ most prestigious event on Sri Lanka’s calendar; what cannot escape attention is the manner that …

Indian PM letter indicates growing concern about domestic political cost

Indian PM letter indicates growing concern about domestic political cost

   Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, has written to powerful politicians in the south of India to assure them he has yet to make a final decision on whether to travel to the controversial Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next month. Observers say his …

Activists oppose India’s participation in CHOGM

Activists oppose India’s participation in CHOGM

     About 150 activists of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam were arrested after they staged a rail roko demanding the Centre to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka next month. Over 50 activists were arrested at Tambaram …