Archive | November, 2010

Wikileaks on Sri Lanka: A breakdown and implications

Updated 2.15pm, 30th November with added analysis of tags “The first is that, in Sri Lanka, it would never be possible for any one to play “Julian Assange” and dare face an open media briefing in Colombo, to justify his or her claims on war crimes and torture. Right or wrong, excessive or not, that […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Second-Term: A New Beginning?

When the LTTE showed, consistently and convincingly, that it did not understand the language of ‘peace’, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, correctly, turned to a language that the LTTE understood well; ‘war’. All other options were exhausted, and any option, other than the granting of a separate Tamil Eelam State, was bound to fail because what the […]

The Big Lie

Marx once said that “in all ideology”… “men and their circumstances appear upside down as in a camera obscura”. Professor Charles P. Sarvan thinks that the Sinhalese are fascists or pro-fascist. Writing in a Colombo paper last Sunday (‘The Sinhalese: Blasé!’ Nov 21st, 2010), and earlier in a British publication called Confluence last May, Sarvan […]

Economic prospects in post-war Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa (L) shakes hands with Reuters Editor for South Asia Duncan Pitcairn (R) as the Governor of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal looks on at a Thomson Reuters forum to discuss Sri Lanka’s post-war economic rebirth in Colombo November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte Earlier this evening in Colombo, […]

If you cannot protect your people, why should the sun rise on your country?

Missing for over 300 days On 25th November, far away from my motherland, I rang Sandya Eknaligoda to ask her, How are you? Yesterday was the 300th day that her loving husband has been missing. And for all Sri Lankans, one of our best cartoonists, writers, journalists, painters and activists has been missing for 300 days. […]

Growing social tension in Sri Lanka: The limits of development sans democracy?

Photos courtesy Vikalpa. Sri Lanka’s Ports and Aviation Ministry earlier this year said it would purchase two seaplanes from Canada to boot the tourism industry in the country. As noted in the media, “…the Ministry plans to use 12 inland lakes and waterways including Beira Lake, Victoria reservoir, Tisa Wewa, Parakrama Samudraya as destinations. In […]

The Gaza Monologues: An interview with Ruhanie Perera and Jake Oorloff

[Editors note: Also see A review of the Gaza Monologues for video footage from and a review of the production.] Ruhanie Perera and Jake Oorloff co-created Floating Space in 2007. Gaza Monologues was their latest production, running to packed houses and good reviews recently in Colombo. As noted on the  group’s blog, Floating Space a […]

Record-breaking rice cakes, but at what cost?

Photo of kiri bath courtesy le sauce Most performances of Dhananjaya Karunarathne’s brilliant script Last Bus Eke Kathawa (The Story of the Last Bus) are memorable not just because of the acting, but also because the audience becomes, without at first knowing it, part of the theatre. Chewing gum or boiled sweets are distributed to […]

“Chiran Jayathu” – “Aayubowewa”

Let all as citizens comprising the civil society of Sri Lanka, join together in unison and with one voice, in response to the earnest appeal made by Renton de Alwis in “Back to Basics” stating “Our President is taking on the next phase of his governance. There is so much more he has to do […]

These Sri Lankan whores! Serve them right!

Name and shame the whores that act in pornographic films online. Their seedy grainy stuck-between-teeth pictures plastered across newspapers will be the deterrent for other whores who have the same idea. Designate parks for young people to canoodle in (but ensure someone watches over the canoodlers for we don’t want them to canoodle with naked […]

Nation building post war

Written to mark the forthcoming publication of Challenges for Nation Building: Priorities for Sustainability and Inclusivity, Edited by Gnana Moonesinghe We are no closer to nation building post war than we were during it, and before it. More accurately, we are no closer to the recognition that nation building needs to embrace the possibility, and […]

THE LLRC AND COMPLAINTS OF DISAPPEARANCES OF PERSONS

It was reported in the newspapers a few days ago that  nearly a thousand individuals had come forward to make representations  to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission  during its sessions in  Jaffna.  The report said that a majority of them  are  persons seeking the help of the LLRC to  find their sons and daughters […]

Response to S. L. Gunasekara’s article titled ‘Cardinal Errors’

‘Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter’ - Dr Martin Luther King I feel compelled to defend the blasphemy committed through the article titled ‘Cardinal Errors’ (Island, 10th November, 2010) against holy Churchmen of the highest ranks who expressed their concerns in the interest of peace and reconciliation. It […]