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Post-4/21 PSC: Past imperfect, future tense

Daily FT The truth outs – Pic by Chamila Karunaratne  What is past is past … except when it makes the present – and future – tense. The findings of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks of April 2019 has set several cats among the pigeons. On one hand, it feels … Continue reading

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Baghdadi’s death: not enough to destroy Islamic State

Guardian Editorial The sociology of violence espoused by Isis will only be defeated by a political project that transcends the religious, nationalist and ethnic schisms in the region  ‘The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a blow to Islamic State but not a mortal one.’ Photograph: AP At the end of June 2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was announced … Continue reading

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A delicate issue called ‘Presidential Pardon’

Royal Park murder …… If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn. -Friedrich Nietzsche (Quote added by TW) With less than a month left to remain in office, President Maithripala Sirisena is reportedly pondering a presidential pardon for Royal Park murder convict Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha. If he actually signs … Continue reading

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A real “Parippu”

Daily Mirror Editorial The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, “If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.” Said Diogenes, “Learn to live on lentils and … Continue reading

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An Election Dilemma in Sri Lanka

Meera Seenivasan (Hinu) Progressives are united against having a Rajapaksa as President but divided over Premadasa’s abilities In less than a month, over 15 million voters in Sri Lanka will have a say in the country’s presidential election. A total of 35 candidates are in the fray, but the principal contest is between Gotabaya Rajapaksa of the … Continue reading

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