Peace talks in Sri Lanka are temporarily on hold. The Ceasfire Agreement of 2002 has crashed and burned and the Norwegians and the SLMM have bid a quick but reluctant goodbye. To all intents and purposes, the country has been left to descend into its own spiral of ruin as the parties engage themselves in […]
Groundviews will be down tomorrow, 10th April, for a scheduled upgrade. The site should be up and running as normal by 11th April the latest, but we don’t really expect it to be inaccessible for anything more than a few hours at most. For the geeks out there, we are upgrading our back-end content management […]
A selection of videos on the the JVP in Sri Lanka, including footage from yesterday’s farcical press conference, interviews with JVP leaders from 1971 and interviews with Lionel Bopage. Note that most of the videos are in Sinhala. More more videos, please visit Vikalpa Video.
View Larger Map Ruki Fernando of the Law and Society Trust speaks about the present situation in Mannar, Sri Lanka. Click here for the video in Sinhala and here for more videos from Vikalpa Video. For more articles by Ruki on the embattled North and East of Sri Lanka, click here.
By Benita Sumita â€œBeware of suspicious looking objects” â€“ this is a commonly heard public announcement these days in airports, markets and metro stations from New Delhi to London to downtown Chicago. One cannot escape the voice of the sweet lady reminding us of the volatile and precarious times we live in. There is a […]
By Chandrika Yesterday one of my overzealous office buddies forwarded to me a sensational photograph (as she thought) of half of a mangled bomb victim who happened to have been a prominent public figure; I told her off for it but when I walked around the office I found clumps of my colleagues staring at […]
Presently located in areas under the control of the LTTE, but in the frontlines of the recent battle fronts, the Madhu Shrine has now become a prized target to claim in the ongoing battles between the Government and LTTE. For centuries, Madhu Shrine has been a sacred place of worship for Catholics from all over […]
Reuters reports that Mr Fernandopulle was “the second minister to be killed since January”, citing Minister for nation building, D.M. Dassanayake, as the first. I seem to recall the killing of the UNP’s T. Maheshwaran on January 1 2008, and the TNA’s K. Siwaneshan on March 6. I may be wrong, but it is my […]
I used to think that every little trip away was a wonderful respite from the madness most of us living in Sri Lanka are subject to. A respite whence one can return with an energized and renewed spirit. I’m rethinking this now. It is a respite. But rather than returning with renewed energy to chip […]
Mangalanath Liyanarachchi â€“ Trincomalee The students of the Trincomalee campus face an uncertain future if government plans to move their campus to an insecure location are realized. Students of the Eastern University’s Trincomalee campus have begun protests against the government’s plans under the Nagenahira Navodya programme to shift the campus to an unprotected area in […]
Early in February we were treated to a cogent, indeed, masterful, essay by Publius [Editors note - read ETHNOS OR DEMOS? - QUESTIONING TAMIL NATIONALISM]. Locating the debate within the general difficulty that liberal constitutional theory has with sub-state nationalisms and the problems associated with the disaggregation of â€œnation” and â€œstate,” Publius addressed the situation […]
In response to the appearance of posters in Colombo promising generous cash rewards for would be suicide bombers who gave themselves up, Sri Lanka’s military spokesman, Brig Udaya Nanayakkara, said last Friday (28th March) in a BBC news report that the police were investigating the posters. “He said there was no answer when he had […]
Responding to a friend’s inquiry on my silence I realised how much I valued being away from home. I actually responded saying I was out and glad to keep away from the madness when he asked me how I was keeping and why he hadn’t heard from me. Of course I was looking forward to […]
This video clip contains a brief interview with A.L Thavam â€“ Chairperson of Akkaraipattu Pradeshiya Saba (local government). It is presented here as is, without analysis or comment. Summary of the interview. Feels that Batticoloa election was successful because of the lack of incidents, and says therefore Government has been successful in liberating the Eastern […]
By K. Ratnam It is as if the city of Batticaloa has become a red hot furnace due to the scorching sun. Yet at high noon there is a pall of gloom that hangs over the city. People who have come to attend to their requirements are wandering about hither and thither in a mighty […]