The chips are down

Self-interest is the name of the game and both Rajapakse’s and the JVP’s are served by the arrangement that has been made.

Being Tamil: pluralist or tribalist?

The irony of Lakshman Kadirgamar is that despite his famous assertion that he was not a tribalist, his effectiveness in justifying and rationalising Tamil civilian suffering depended critically on his ethnicity.

A state is defined by its practice

The willingness of governing bodies to strive for the welfare of those in their care, especially in the wake of a catastrophe, is a critical measure of their moral authority.

Sri Lanka’s rising risks whet investor appetite

Investors who expect their preferred political outcome to be a done deal may be underestimating the power of unabashed populism

Ending violence means urging dialogue

To deny militants political space and to try and isolate and demonize them and disempower their discourse is the wrong way to resolve the conflicts they are engaged in.

Keeping an eye on the opportunity of Gaza

Whilst media attention is focused upon the movement of the settlements in the Gaza strip, there no attention is being paid to the expansions of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

On Tamils’ economic, social and cultural rights

It is indeed a pity that a natural calamity that should have brought the two nations closer, has, on the contrary, driven a wider cleavage between them.

SLFP under stress ahead of election

The SLFP feels the consolidation of Sinhala nationalist and left wing votes is necessary to beat the UNP. But it cannot hope to win with a brazenly communal agenda either.

Rajapakse's dilemma: balancing rival demands

No candidate can win a Presidential election mainly or solely on the support of the Sinhalese electorate.

Kumaratunga is neither down nor out.

Mahinda Rajapakse’s selection as the SLFP’s next Presidential candidate is not necessarily inimical to Chandrika Kumaratunga’s ambitions for power