Author Archives: ameenizzadeen

About ameenizzadeen

journalist and global justice activist

Nuclear holocaust: Clock ticks closer to midnight

By Ameen Izzadeen Hibakusha in Japanese means bomb-affected persons and the word is exclusively used to refer to the survivors of atomic explosions in Hiroshima or Nagasaki in August 1945. Today, there are about 170,000 Hibakusha and they are fast … Continue reading

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Why Lanka needs a NewsGuard like body to rate media

By Ameen Izzadeen The double whammy that jolted journalism this week exposed the wide gap between what journalism is and what it should be. In an ideal sense, journalism is a noble vocation, the voice of the voiceless and the … Continue reading

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US withdrawal from Syria: Fighting may end soon, but causes not addressed

By Ameen Izzadeen Less than a month after United States President Donald Trump declared that the US troops in Syria would be called back, four Americans, including two soldiers, were killed on Wednesday in a suicide blast carried out by … Continue reading

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Whatever Trump does, Sri Lanka needs to deliver transitional justice and take the high road

By Ameen Izzadeen In 2012, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions Sri Lanka’s then Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe questioned the United States’ moral right to bring in a resolution, while it itself was being accused of committing … Continue reading

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Trump’s aversion to multilateralism plunges world into multilateral crisis

By Ameen Izzadeen Pax Americana 2.0 was the title of a political discussion on Russia Today television on New Year’s Eve. The Crosstalk programme conducted by Peter Lavelle had as its theme a recent speech delivered by the US Secretary … Continue reading

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Abolish the executive presidency or reduce its powers further

By Ameen Izzadeen For forms of government, let fools contend; whatever is best administered is best, said Alexander Pope. The 18th century poet’s one-liner still rings true, in the context of ceaseless constitutional crises and ubiquitous debates over political reforms. … Continue reading

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Lanka on judicial cliffhanger: A lesson from Pakistan

By Ameen Izzadeen Sri Lanka’s constitutional coup or crisis, as the case may be, has an eerie similarity to a constitutional coup that took place in Pakistan in 1953 – and the evolution of that country’s judiciary – from servility … Continue reading

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