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Participatory democracy: People’s power vital for Sri Lanka

By Ameen Izzadeen In recent days and months, Hong Kong, Iraq, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Lebanon and several other countries have seen mass-scale public protests. Though the reasons that drew the people to the streets vary, a common thread or a … Continue reading

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Presidential poll: A holistic view of security

By Ameen Izzadeen Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election is likely to be decided on one key issue – security. The candidate who the voters will perceive to be the most suitable to ensure their security and that of the country … Continue reading

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Kashmir:Modi drags India into Hindutva fascism

By Ameen Izzadeen Narendra Modi could have been right, only if he had acted democratically with the consent of the Kashmiri people. His supporters may point out that in repealing Kashmir’s special autonomous status, Modi acted democratically as he was … Continue reading

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Death of Morsi and democracy in Egypt going the ISIS way

By Ameen Izzadeen Mohammed Morsi died on Monday inside a soundproof glass cage in a courtroom. His death symbolizes the chokehold on democracy in Egypt, which appears to be still under the spell of the Pharoah’s curse. Democracy what? It … Continue reading

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Mr. President, be a statesman even at this late hour!

By Ameen Izzadeen As Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis deepens, whatever ways-out political analysts may propose, only a principled solution is desirable and should be called for. This is because the health of the country’s democracy depends on a rule-based order, … Continue reading

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MPs’ defections a betrayal of the voters

By Ameen Izzadeen An elderly gentleman, a United National Party supporter, cast his preference vote for a teledrama actress who contested the 2010 parliamentary elections from the UNP, for he felt she was being unfairly vilified by the then government … Continue reading

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Khashoggi killing: We can’t worship God and money

The United States and Britain killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and faced no punishment. China has sent one million of its Uyghur population to forced ‘brainwashing’ camps and dismisses with contempt worldwide criticism. Saudi Arabia massacres … Continue reading

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People’s power vital for participatory democracy

By Ameen Izzadeen As you read this article, a series of people-power explosions of different magnitudes are taking on regimes that claim to be democratic or working towards democracy. While Thailand and Ukraine have been witnessing huge demonstrations for the … Continue reading

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Information poverty in democratic states

By Ameen Izzadeen Every State has secrets. A state keeps certain happenings, dealings, moves, countermoves, inventions, discoveries and plans secret because it believes its survival will be at risk if they become public. In other words, national security issues prompt … Continue reading

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Choice before Maldives: How to save democracy

By Ameen Izzadeen It’s all happening again amidst a strong sense of déjà vu. Hasn’t the Maldives gone through similar crises before? Yes it has. Twice before; once when the country’s first President Mohamed Amin Didi was overthrown while he … Continue reading

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