The paradox of the Tamil vote

There are unassailable limits to the impact the Tamil electorate can have on the island’s political system.

A deficit in Sri Lankan democracy?

The assertion that peace requires the urgent democratisation of the Northeast conceals an unwillingness to confront two unavoidable realities of Sri Lankan politics.

Disarm the paramilitaries

Congress must pressure Sri Lanka's new President on Clause 1.8 of the Ceasefire agreement

All of us are patriotic

'We love our country and we belong to a party formed by the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka'

What is the LTTE up to?

Why, having quietly backed the UNP at previous Parliamentary elections, are the Tigers now uninterested when the most powerful political office in the country is up for grabs?

Today's UNP is no exception

A close examination of Ranil Wickremesinghe's policies and his brand of UNP also reveals latent Sinhala nationalist tendencies.

Is Sri Lanka's Presidency here to stay?

The winner of the Nov. 17 election is not going to give up his powers easily.

Bitter lessons, learnt well

Why has the international community’s extraordinary focus recently on humanitarian standards has been received with such skepticism?

All for one and one for all

Do the Tamils really expect the international community to heed our call? Or is there another reason for the Resurgence events?

Sri Lanka's buttock brouhaha

‘It is the intention of Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe to generate a ‘mod’ farmer without hanging cheeks and whose buttocks are not visible as in the traditional clothing.’ So read a pre-election press release this month by one Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Sri Lankan MP and member of the leading opposition United National Party (UNP), whose leader, the aforementioned Mr Wickramasinghe, hopes to become president when the country goes to the polls in three weeks’ time. There are many important issues being contested: recovery from the tsunami, an uneasy ceasefire in the long-running civil war, arguments over...

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