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Pawns of Peace

Pawns of Peace

    By Shamindra Ferdinando. In the wake of the then Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran agreeing for direct negotiations under Norwegian facilitation in February, 2002, Norway launched a major NGO initiative to support the peace process.The expensive NGO project was meant to …

Wigneswaran on Good Governance

Wigneswaran on Good Governance

    “Democratizing the North : A Dialogue on Governance, Development and Vulnerability.” By  C.V Wigneswaran. New Year 2014 is starting well for us. The War had got us into a cocoon in which we  managed howsoever we could, not really appreciating the changes taking …

India-Sri Lanka: Conflict Over Fishing Rights

India-Sri Lanka: Conflict Over Fishing Rights

     The conflict between the Sri Lankan and Indian Tamil fisher communities resonates with the larger ethnic struggles of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. The civil war which ran into three decades stifled Sri Lankan fishing activity, and this created a vacuum for …

The Irrelevancy of the 13A in finding  a solution to the national question

The Irrelevancy of the 13A in finding a solution to the national question

  By Kumaravadivel Guruparan.                                                                                      …

Assault on other religions is an assault on Buddhism

Assault on other religions is an assault on Buddhism

     “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~Martin Luther King Jr. On a widely read website it was reported thus: ‘Saffron terror descended upon the coastal town of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province on Sunday, 12 …

UK war crimes under spotlight ahead of Geneva session 2014

UK war crimes under spotlight ahead of Geneva session 2014

     A prominent British law firm, Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) on Friday (January 10) lodged an unprecedented formal complaint with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. …

Mikhail Kalashnikov asks “if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by his weapon”

Mikhail Kalashnikov asks “if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by his weapon”

  In a regretful letter penned a few months before his death, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, asked the head of the Russian Orthodox Church if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by his weapon. The Russian …

Four steps to secure lasting peace in Sri Lanka

Four steps to secure lasting peace in Sri Lanka

  “While building the nation, we have set aside all differences and divisions.  As a result there is today a new political and development culture before the country,” Sri Lanka’s media reported President Mahinda Rajapaksa as saying in his New Year’s message. “Further consolidating this, …

A corruption-free South Asia?

A corruption-free South Asia?

     By Charitha Ratwatte A new thunderbolt has hit the political scene in South Asia. The South Asian voter after decades of being lied to and cheated by a class …

TNA meets to discuss ways of resolving functioning of the NPC

TNA meets to discuss ways of resolving functioning of the NPC

   By D B S Jeyaraj. The Northern province chief minister was invited by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a discussion on January 2nd.A direct meeting with the Executive …