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Militarization of the Indian Ocean

Militarization of the Indian Ocean

By P.K.Balachandran :                                           One of the fallouts of the rise of China as an economic and military power in recent times has been the militarization …

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Hang on to your truth and respect the truth of others Choose to be happy Forgive those you can forgive and seek forgiveness of someone who deserves it  Do something …

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on his party’s stance on the national question makes interesting reading; especially in the context of the current constitution making process. Herath, asked to explain the JVP’s current position, …

Visit of enormous significance

Visit of enormous significance

The visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Sri Lanka on 5 January is going to be short – just a day. But it is of enormous significance …

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

This month, Sri Lanka, unable to pay the onerous debt to China it has accumulated, formally handed over its strategically located Hambantota port to the Asian giant. It was a major acquisition for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – which President Xi Jinping calls …

From owning a home to feeling at home

From owning a home to feeling at home

S. Indira Gandhi owns a brand-new house now. She is one of the first few from Sri Lanka’s hill country Tamil community – that has a two century-history in the island – who can call this home, and the piece of land beneath it, her …

Glyphosate ban must be lifted

Glyphosate ban must be lifted

Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha: Now that Europe has reaffirmed the safety of Glyphosate and re-approved it for five more years, Sri Lanka should immediately lift its ill-conceived ban gazetted of October 2015, if it is to save its agriculture. Sadly, it is only the tea industry …

The new political alignments

The new political alignments

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Political parties are busy filing nominations to contest local government elections scheduled for early 2018. As many political analysts have observed, the elections, postponed for more than two and a half years, have aroused the same interest as that of a general election.The …

Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

By Taylor Dibbert:  The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a …

Can the two parties continue to work together?

Can the two parties continue to work together?

Two years and three months after the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) formed the National Unity Government, doubts are being raised as to whether the two parties can continue to co-habitat for the duration of the present Parliament. The …