Former UN top brass and experts back UN Rights Commissioner’s recommendation in a joint statement The statement based on unverified sources, has major lacunae           A number top-notch former UN officials and independent experts have called on the international...
The Israel-Palestine conflict festers in the absence of powerful mediator with high stakes in peace there. The Iran-Pakistan clash is being resolved because there is a powerful mediator with high stakes in peace there, namely, China. By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, January 24:...
It’s election year worldwide in 2024. Sixty four countries and 4.2 billion people, roughly half the world’s population of over eight billion, are going to the polls. While all eyes are on President Biden’s battle royal with former president...
The temptation to link the Maldivian absence to either the Indian troop withdrawal or the Muizzu leadership continuing with the pre-poll demand for revisiting the international maritime border with the host, Mauritius, or both was inescapable in certain circles N...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, January 30: The Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu, who has been clashing with India, accusing it of trying to impose its will on the Maldives, is now on a collision course with the Maldivian parliament. The opposition Maldivian Democratic...
  UNHRC resolutions are not binding, but powerful countries could use them to arm-twist targeted States into submission or wrest political and economic concessions from them.   By P.K.Balachandran   Colombo, January 25: Sri Lanka is gearing up for a hard battle at the...
  By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 25: Recent events make one wonder if the US will be able to maintain its dogged support for Israel’s hard line on Palestine and Gaza. A number of smaller but important European countries have openly said that...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 14: A recent survey done by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre (PRC) shows that democracy had suffered a decline globally between 2017 and 2023 and that there had been a rising preference for authoritarianism, especially in...
In an apparent bid to fish in the troubled waters of Sri Lanka, pro-Tamil Tiger forces in Tamil Nadu and the Diaspora, have come out with the claim that Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who was killed by Sri Lankan...
The coming UNHRC session and the visit of the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan may have influenced the reversal of the highly divisive policy of not allowing the burial of COVID victims. Colombo, February 10: The Sri Lankan Prime Minister...
The two governments make contradictory statements after the core group’s meeting in New Delhi on Friday.   By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 3: In pursuit of its strategic objectives in the Western Indian Ocean, India has adopted a carrot and stick policy...
History is studded with femme fatales. They will kill for love. In ancient Mesopotamia Ishtar,the oldest known goddess and seductress lovedGilgamesh, a handsome semi divine king who did not love her back.  As the old adage goes hell hath...

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