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Enough reasons to worry about social media

Enough reasons to worry about social media

Cambridge Analytica has dominated headlines following revelations of how it exploited Facebook data of millions of users to potentially help swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed to the company’s Sri Lanka connection when he …

Political Hara Kiri

Political Hara Kiri

The No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsingheis to be taken up for debate and voting in Parliament on April 4. It is clear that whether the NCM is defeated or not, it will be a clear case of political hara kiri for …

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

A federal judge has chided an immigration officer for imposing a virtually “impossible standard” in assessing the risk and danger faced by a failed Tamil refugee if he was to be deported to Sri Lanka. In concluding Suresh Nagarasa would be safe to return to …

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Former advisor on Muslim issues to the Howard government in Australia, Dr Ameer Ali is a graduate of the University of Ceylon who went on to read for a Master of Philosophy from the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University …

A way to revive SAARC

A way to revive SAARC

Foreign policy experts have said China should be granted full membership of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to give new life to the almost defunct regional body owing to the rivalry between India and Pakistan, Myrepublica news reported on Sunday. Addressing a …

Cannot ignore India’s influence

Cannot ignore India’s influence

A lawyer, a member of Parliament and the son of one of Sri Lanka’s most powerful politicians. These are amongst the titles that 31-year-old Namal Rajapaksa, son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa balances. Namal belongs to a political family accused of carrying out …

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai:      As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history …

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

The No Confidence Motion (NCM) submitted by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to be doomed to failure because Wickremesinghe’s party and alliance, namely, the United National Party (UNP) and the United National Front (UNF), are almost fully with him. And …

From Denial to Delay

From Denial to Delay

At the ongoing 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore reiterated her concerns over the slow progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. While presenting the High Commissioner’s report on …

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka can be attributed to the spread of ultranationalist Buddhist rhetoric propagated by Buddhist extremist groups which use Buddhism to justify their narrative. The ambivalent nature of religion allows it to be interpreted by its adherents both as a source of …