Can We Keep Our “Hopes Alive” Under (My3-Ranil) Yahapālanaya?

Can We Keep Our “Hopes Alive” Under Yahapālanaya?

By Gamini Jayaweera, Source Colombo Telegraph
The people of Sri Lanka have placed their trust and pinned their hopes when they voted in millions in favour of the new government, that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will fulfil their aspirations by laying a strong foundation to rebuild a democratic, compassionate, peaceful, law abiding, and sovereign society by the advancement of social, religious, cultural, economic, and technological developments in the country. After the appointment of the new cabinet by the President and the Prime Minister, the time is right for us who have risked their lives and livelihoods by publically supporting Mr. Maithripala Sirisena during the presidential election, to examine whether the “Yahapalanaya” government is on the right path to keep our “Hopes Alive”. Continue reading

Israel is not a Muslim but a national issue for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Hide & Seek Honeymoon With Israel Spells Disaster For Communal Harmony

By Latheef Farook Courtesy Author/ Colombo Telegraph

An Israeli Parliamentary delegation visited Sri Lanka from 24 to 30 of September 2015. According to reports the delegation had discussions with Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake on areas of mutual interest, security arrangements in Parliament, the public outreach and employing disabled people in Parliament.

However Mr. Dassanayake did not disclose the areas of mutual interest he discussed with the visiting Israeli team. The question is how could Sri Lanka have areas of mutual interest with Israel in view of its long list of war crimes which has turned the Middle East into a killing field. Continue reading

‘Muslim Merkel’ German TV image causes outrage

Source Daily Telegraph

German TV network accused of Islamophobia for producing mock-up image of “Muslim Merkel”, as Pegida shows resurgence with 9,000-strong rally

ARD television broadcast a mocked-up picture of Mrs Merkel wearing a chador against a backdrop of the Reichstag surrounded by minarets

ARD television broadcast a mocked-up picture of Mrs Merkel wearing a chador Photo: ARD

ARD television was inundated with complaints after it broadcast a mocked-up picture of Mrs Merkel wearing the garment, known as a chador, against a backdrop of the Reichstag surrounded by minarets. Continue reading

Rajapaksa, and his take on the police

(Daily News Editorial)

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is these days not seen on the temple circuit (with the elections over, this may now be a cumbersome exercise). Instead, he has taken to issuing media statements on selected topics. Predictably a lengthy media statement was released the other day on the consequences of the UNHRC resolution, on Sri Lanka. That salvo it appears has now lost its echo. Rajapaksa has now trained his guns on the police.

An English daily yesterday quoted the former President as saying that he was not satisfied with the ongoing investigations into the killing of five-year-old Seya. He said there are serious flaws in the investigation. Not stopping at that Rajapaksa has faulted the police for only netting in the sprats and letting the sharks get away. In the former Presidents own words: “the police only brought to book petty thieves, but those engaged in large scale robberies, extortion, murder, rape, drugs, ethanol etc. escaped from the long arm of the law. Continue reading

The Witches do not make promises. They utter riddles.

Reading Macbeth – The Riddles of The Witches

Dr. Senarath Tennakoon Source Daily News

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s shortest plays. There is no sub-plot. Shakespeare has constructed it with great structural economy even without introducing the main characters. Shakespeare wrote Macbeth during the last quarter of his writing career.

He probably wrote it in 1606 and it comes amid other tragedies including King Lear, and Anthony and Cleopatra after Hamlet and Othello and before Coriolanus, the last of his tragedies before he moves to the romantics (Smith, 2013). Continue reading

Colombo Stinks and More Concerns

(Island Letters to the Editor’s Page)

Recent letters in The Island have drawn people’s attention to the filthy toilets at the Bandaranaike International Airport. In fact, the entire city of Colombo stinks. No other city in Asia has pavements splashed with spittle from ‘bulath hapayas’ who have complete freedom to ‘paint the town red’.

Stray dogs roaming the city are fed by the people who throw their leftover food onto pavements in order to obtain merit to have a better life when the cross the great divide. Continue reading

Revealing the dark face of the Gulf state UAE

Source Independent, UK

United Arab Emirates: Revealing the dark face of the Gulf state where human rights abuses are a daily occurrance

Behind the glittering facade, arrests, imprisonments and torture go largely unchallenged by countries keen to secure business deals. Now an award-winning activist says Britain must take a stand. Bill Law lifts the veil on life in the UAE

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