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Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

   One of the trends we’ve seen is how, as the word of the NSA’s spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. But where to start? The bad news is: if …

Demonising the enemy to seem self-righteous

Demonising the enemy to seem self-righteous

      The Committee for the Protection of Journalists – CPJ has released a list of 19 ‘journalists’ it claims to have been killed since 1992 in Sri Lanka. CPJ says that 1008 journalists were killed since 1992. It includes 151 in Iraq, 30 …

The Diaspora Regroups

The Diaspora Regroups

      Seated at a desk piled high with court documents and yellowed newspapers, Visvanathan Rudrakumaran remembers leaving Sri Lanka and coming to New York for the first time, …

Dawn of a new age in Lankan Tamil politics

Dawn of a new age in Lankan Tamil politics

 By G Parthasarathy.      The election result in the Northern Province redefines relations between Jaffna and Colombo. India should use it as an opportunity to strengthen ties between Colombo and …

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 …

Good governance alone is not sufficient. That governance should be people oriented. All measures have to advance their cause.“

Good governance alone is not sufficient. That governance should be people oriented. All measures have to advance their cause.“

    By CV Wigneswarwn.  Speech made  on October 11, 2013   on the occasion of Oaths taking by Members of the Northern Provincial Council . Chairman, fellow members of the Northern Provincial Council, …

From Mogadishu to Mumbai, managing urban conflict

From Mogadishu to Mumbai, managing urban conflict

    At first glance it is an unlikely comparison – the 2008 attack on Mumbai by Pakistan-based gunmen and the disastrous 1993 operation by U.S. troops against a Somali warlord in Mogadishu. But David Kilcullen, a former adviser on counterinsurgency in the U.S.-led wars …

Sirima Bandaranaike: The Grand Old Lady of Sri Lankan Politics

Sirima Bandaranaike: The Grand Old Lady of Sri Lankan Politics

   D.B.S. Jeyaraj October 10th was the thirteenth death anniversary of the world’s first woman prime minister Mrs.Sirima Bandaranaike. I am therefore reproducing on my blog an article written about her by me thirteen years ago. It was published in the Indian news-magazine “Frontline” of …

Sri Lanka: Centre vs. NPC

Sri Lanka: Centre vs. NPC

     Dr Kumar David.       The time for euphoria is past, celebrations must wind down. A carousing Tamil gentleman of my vintage and neighbourhood has drunk his whisky cellar dry. The serious stuff is getting started, so time to buckle down. The …

Sri Lanka’s classic dilemma

Sri Lanka’s classic dilemma

    In what has become an all too familiar refrain, India has once again renewed calls for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. Of course, the call was coated in a lot of diplomatic saccharin, with its External …