GL-Vas “Diplomuttsy” and Current Diplomacy

Towards A Vibrant Diplomacy

Sunday Leader Editorial

It is an axiomatic principle that the foreign policy of a country is a projection of its domestic policies. It also happens that at times foreign policies boomerang on domestic policies as was evident during the last regime. Thus it is evident in the study of foreign affairs that the dynamics of domestic policy and foreign policy are in a state of flux and needs constant attention of students of foreign affairs. Continue reading

Myths and Realities of Ageing

Retire those myths of aging

by Lionel Wijesiri

What exactly is ‘old age’? When does it begin? These are tricky questions to answer because old age has not been yet universally defined. The United Nations has agreed that 60+ years may be usually denoted as old age. That is why most developed countries set the age of 60 or 65 for retirement and old-age social programs eligibility.

The simple truth is that none of us want to lose our youthfulness and face other health problems that are inevitable with age. Most of us are afraid of growing old. Right since the dawn of mankind, humans have been searching for the mythical ‘fountain of youth’. The tales and exploits of the explorers in search of the waters of this fountain are quite well known. Continue reading

Seeing, is believing | “Significace” of November


Sunday Observer Editorial

‘Seeing, is believing’ is an old English adage that argues that it is easier to believe in the factual nature of something once one has seen it in the physical form whether as an image or as an activity. Relevant to a legal action last week is also another adage: that ‘justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done’, which derived from a 1920s British court ruling. Continue reading

Does Islam subjugate women?

by Siraj Qureshi Source The Lincolnite

Source: The Lincolnite

Subjugated, subdued, suppressed, dominated, degraded, disgraced – some of the adjectives wrongly attached to the Muslim woman. Far from it – Islam elevates women to the highest status. I’m not telling you this as an academic, I’m telling you this from my experiences as a Muslim woman living with my family in Lincoln for the past 40 years.

Contrary to common misconceptions, in Islam men and women are equal in their worth in the sight of God. The best proof being that the Qur’an addresses them together; it prescribes the same religious obligations: daily prayers, fasting, giving charity to the poor and pilgrimage to Makkah once in ones lifetime if one is able, it offers the same rewards and it grants the same rights – with very few exceptions to suit their different physique, biological needs or responsibilities. Continue reading

Saudi Hypocrisy and Stoning to Death

Lankan maid to be stoned to death for adultery in Arabian nightmare

(Sunday Times)

NOTE:  This article is not for fanatics but for persons who can analyse things in the light of religion and reason. -TW

The Quran rules 100 lashes only but Saudi laws demand brutal punishment for love in the sand.  (It must be noted that this punishment is given to unmarried persons only.  Otherwise, stoning to death is the punishment. Anyway, only once (repeat only once) this punishments has been meted out during Prophet Mohamed’s time.  A married person (male) voluntarily confessed to the prophet that he committed adultery and wanted the Prophet to give him the punishment. The Prophet asked him several times whether he was sane enough to accept the sin and he told yes four times.  Then he asked some of his companions to stone him to death and left on an urgent business.  After the sinner died, the companions told the prophet that he (sinner) told them while he was being stoned “Had the prophet been present while being stoned, he would definitely have saved me from this punishment.” He may have told this unable to bear the pain.  The Prophet then reported to have reprimanded the companions who organized the punishment for not consulting and getting his counsel.  This explains two things:

The sinner’s uncompromising Imaan (faith) 

It demonstrates the Prophet’s concern and his remorse”

In a few weeks, if not in a matter of days, a Lankan woman who had been working as housemaid in Saudi Arabia for three years will be dragged out of her Saudi jail and forcibly led to a downtown public square in Riyadh. This is the place commonly known as chop-chop square, where public beheadings are generally carried out nearly every Friday. Continue reading

Hard Power + Soft Power = Smart Power

From hard power to soft power

Sarala Fernando (Sunday Times)

The transition from the heady victory of 2009, having defeated the “worst terrorist group” in the world, to building a sustainable peace has not been easy for Sri Lanka. The Rajapaksa government is reproached for “triumphalism” and the positive humanitarian achievements, the rescue and re-settlement of hundreds of thousands of IDP’s, near 100% completion of demining by the Army, the rebuilding of roads, bridges and essential infrastructure in the affected areas, the re-training and release to society of former LTTE combatants have been eclipsed in the recent pressure for “accountability” on alleged “war crimes”. Continue reading

Saudi Arabia must follow better traditions of Islam

Death by stoning is barbaric

By Fr. Augustine Fernando, Diocese of Badulla (Island)article_image

In some countries of the Middle East, punishment for adultery by stoning has been so institutionalized that it is part of their law. Some women of Sri Lanka and other Asian countries go to these Middle East countries to work as housemaids and domestic workers. While some of them are subjected to unending work and certain forms of abuse, they all have to be very careful because it is not only adultery that is punished by death; even a mistake made due to ignorance, could bring on the chopping off of limbs and even the penalty of death. Continue reading