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Spanish flu: The deadliest pandemic in history

By All About History  (Live Science) Reference article: Facts about the Spanish flu. An emergency hospital during Spanish flu influenza pandemic, Camp Funston, Kansas, c. 1918 (Image: © Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine) In 1918, a strain of influenza known as Spanish flu caused a global pandemic, spreading rapidly and killing indiscriminately. Young, old, … Continue reading

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Salmon, Singleton and Dr Colvin

‘Black’ humour in these testing times (Sunday Times’ Original Title) Sri Lankans are known for often turning government announcements and political pronouncement into jokes. That some see as a national trait. Humour after all is not essentially bad. It keeps people and nations alive at the worst of times. There I was isolating myself and … Continue reading

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“Me the people”

Daily FT “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”- ‘Hope in Darkness’ by Leonard Cohen When ‘we the people’ is replaced with ‘me the people’, there is no denying that democracy is in grave jeopardy. Autocratic governance is around … Continue reading

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A single issue contest and minorities

Daily FT Without a strong and united opposition in the next parliament, minorities, particularly Muslims, will face a dark future – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara Just as the 1956 General Election was contested and won by SWRD and his SLFP-led coalition, solely on the Sinhala Only language issue, the forthcoming one in April is also … Continue reading

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The two thirds majority and two tyrannies of two decades

Island Editorial Nominations for the forthcoming parliamentary election open later this week (March 12) and will continue to be received till March 19. Thereafter the big match will be played on April 25. In recent weeks we have heard President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as lessers say many times that … Continue reading

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