Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Modern nation-state: A blow from Digana

By Ameen Izzadeen Sri Lanka’s nation-building process, it appears, is a farce and the state-building process a failure. The communal tension in the past ten days, first in Ampara and then in Digana, Kandy, when seen together with the three-decades … Continue reading

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Ranil and Rajapaksa: The difference is how they play the power game

By Ameen Izzadeen The just ended local council elections remind students of politics of an age-old adage: Politics is a continuous and ruthless struggle for power. Those who understand this often grab political power and stay on in power. Even … Continue reading

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Hambantota can become Shanghai if security concerns are handled diligently

By Ameen Izzadeen The Hambantota port has seen a sea a criticism ever since the then Mahinda Rajapaksa government laid the foundation for it in 2010. In comparison, any opposition to last Saturday’s agreement between the Sri Lanka government and … Continue reading

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Protestocracy: Mind the rights of the silent majority

By Ameen Izzadeen It appears that protests have become a part of our lives. Not a day passes without a protest being held in Colombo or elsewhere. Indeed it is a good sign of a vibrant democracy, so long as … Continue reading

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Get on with the job, forget Rajapaksa’s deep state

By Ameen Izzadeen The Deep State is an extremely powerful network that controls nearly everything around you. You won’t read about it in the news because it controls the news. Politicians won’t talk about it publicly. That would be like … Continue reading

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World in transition, Lanka needs to be cautious in foreign policy

By Ameen Izzadeen As we welcome 2016 today, two issues that will continue to dominate in the New Year are China’s rise and the war on terror. But beneath the brinkmanship of China and the United States or the bloody … Continue reading

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