Filed under Laments

What happened to World Cup winners?

S H Moulana (Island Opinion Page) It was the year 1996, 22 years to be exact, we defeated Australia by 7 wickets to win the Cricket World Cup in Lahore. Sri Lankans working in Riyadh celebrated the occasion by distributing T-Shirts with the team’s logo to all expatriates, irrespective of their nationality, in the hospitality … Continue reading

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Aimless search for puppet Presidents

Heavy campaigning for self-nominated candidates is an indication of a huge crisis In these messy situations, the Hitler type candidate can gain better validity We need candidates who would back reforms the society endorses through serious dialogue Media is agog with conspiracy theories over alleged assassination attempts on President Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Importance of … Continue reading

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Cashew nuts and Murunga leaves

Island Editorial Political leaders are going for one another’s jugular over various issues in Colombo. They thunder in Parliament and elsewhere, claiming to be the saviours of the nation, which has come to such a pass that the need has arisen for it to be saved from its saviours. The Joint Opposition (JO) held a … Continue reading

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Uighur repression

Mahir Ali  (Dawn, Pakistan)     NOWHERE in China has the extraordinary wave of authoritarianism that has accompanied the rise of Xi Jinping been more evident than in the supposedly autonomous Central Asian region of Xinjiang, where an estimated million or more members of the Uighur minority are reportedly undergoing a process of ‘re-education’. Chinese officialdom … Continue reading

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Failing Afghan Women – Again

Rafia Zakariya (Dawn, Pakistan) THE war in Afghanistan, the world was smugly told, was to save Afghan women. Laura Bush announced it during a radio address, and Hillary Clinton repeated it ad nauseam. Even as late as 2012, when the war was in its second decade, these mantras were ubiquitous, repeated by nodding interpreters at … Continue reading

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