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Is Sri Lanka on the cusp of its worst health...

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It was former United States President Ronal Reagan who famously observed that politics is said to be the second oldest profession but that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. The pandemic politics that the government is engaged in, in the midst of a deadly health crisis that is threatening to cost thousands of Sri Lankan lives reminds us of Reagan’s words. Last year, when the corona virus pandemic first hit Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was among the first leaders to close the ...Continued

Are vaccines like cocktails?

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Every effort should be made to prevent the deadly triple mutated Indian strain of the virus which was wreaking havoc there from entering the island The die is cast. Sri Lanka and its government has spectacularly bungled its Covid-19 management in the past few months, leading to a catastrophic ‘third wave’. In the words of a leading physician, it can only get worse before it can get better. The nation must, whether we like it or not, now prepare itself for thousands of corona virus ...Continued

Mismanagement of Covid 19: A tale of arrogance, incompetence and...

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BY KASSAPA
The manner in which the government has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, mismanaging the Covid-19 pandemic is a truly remarkable tale of arrogance, incompetence and inefficiency. Around late September last year, Sri Lanka was well in control of the pandemic. New cases were confined to single digits daily and the number of deaths were few and far between. The country was being hailed the world over as a model of how to deal with the deadly virus with limited resources. How that was ...Continued

Rajapakshe dilemma, isn’t it worth watching?

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There is a sense of déjà vu about this: when Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe decides enough is enough with a political party it usually heralds the beginning of the end for that party although the end does not come immediately. This has happened a few times now. Rajapakshe decamped from Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government previously. He had to wait for quite some time warming the opposition benches before being drafted into the ‘yahapaalanaya’ regime of Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe. That didn’t last long either. Rajapakshe began criticising ...Continued

SJB has a long way to go before reaching electoral...

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By KASSAPA
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year holiday season, where the nation symbolically pauses all activity during the ‘nonagathaya’, also offers a lull in politics and governance, providing an opportunity to reflect on the year that was and more importantly, the year that is yet to be. If the year that just ended began with the corona virus pandemic at the top of the country’s agenda, it had ended with the pandemic hardly on anyone’s mind. It appears that the government has given up the ghost ...Continued

Will the JVP remain the third party that never made...

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Wijeweera, a medical undergraduate dropout who imbibed more of Communism than Medicine at Moscow’s Lumumba University returned to Sri Lanka with dreams of replacing the ‘Old Left’ comprising of the Lanka Samasamaja Party (LSSP) and the Communist Party (CP), personified by the likes of N. M. Perera, Colvin R. de Silva, Peter Kueneman and S.A. Wickremesinghe. Wijeweera’s first attempt at an insurrection was amateurish. He believed that youth armed with shotguns could wrest control of the country by overrunning dozens of Police stations. Predictably, the ...Continued

Politics is the art of the possible

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BY KASSAPA
Once more, it is the Easter weekend and two years on from the deadly terrorist attacks that cost more than 250 lives, we are not really any closer to finding who masterminded the tragedy and who was culpable for the incidents. One name keeps coming up repeatedly though: Maithripala Sirisena, the sixth President of Sri Lanka and the Head of State, Head of Government and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces at the time of the attack who was unfortunately not in the country ...Continued

Do the people see SJB as a credible alternative to...

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This begs the question: Is the SJB the natural successor to the United National Party (UNP) or is it the UNP in everything but name? The answer to the first question is probably ‘yes’ but the answer to the second question is still ‘no, it is not. The more important question though is whether Sri Lankans, having experienced the Presidency of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and a Parliament with a virtual two-thirds majority for the SLPP, see the SJB as an alternative government? The answer to that ...Continued

The Name of the game is “diplomatic idiocy”

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BY KASSAPA
  If there is a prize for diplomatic idiocy, Sri Lanka’s conduct leading up to the annual sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva will be a sure winner. The UNHRC has been hounding Sri Lanka ever since the conclusion of the Eelam war a dozen years ago. This is based on an undertaking given by then President Mahinda Rajapaksa to then United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he visited the country three days after the end of the war. Sri ...Continued

Will the government “Cherry Pick” the PCoI recommendations?

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If you thought that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks was the real thing, you got it totally wrong. Sure, it could end up ruining what is left of Maithripala Sirisena’s political life and retirement and, in a worst case scenario, land him in jail. Even if that happened, that wouldn’t alter the course of Sri Lankan politics much, would it? Not now, anyway. Not that the recommendations of the PCoI will be implemented in full. The government will ...Continued

Will it be Hobson’s choice for the Cardinal?

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Like God, Presidential Commissions of Inquiry also work in mysterious ways- and it certainly has, with regard to Commission probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks of April 2019 and former President Maithripala Sirisena and the government find themselves in a frightful dilemma as a result. To begin with, there were quite a few committees and commissions looking into the deadly attacks that shattered Sri Lanka’s peace on Easter Sunday in April 2019. The first ‘committee of inquiry’ was appointed by then President Maithripala Sirisena, a ...Continued

Is Mahinda Rajapaksa not primus inter pares or first among...

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How much does his opinion count in the inner-circle of government when political pygmies such as Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and even Sudarshani Fernandopulle dare to defy him in public?   If politics is about marketing leaders to the masses, the leading brand and market leader in Sri Lanka is undoubtedly Mahinda Rajapaksa. The two-time President has his faults- of which there are many- but he is still the politician who wields the most clout in Sri Lanka. Why then is he being undermined, particularly ...Continued

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