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Thursday July 29th, 2021
Opinion

Sri Lanka import controls and their impact

Sri Lanka's import controls have created shortages and inflated prices giving profits to some domestic producers from fa...

3 min read

Sri Lanka debt crisis trapped in spurious Keynesian 'transfer problem' and MMT: Bellwether

In Sri Lanka politicians are blamed for the country's economic ills and rising default risk, but it is only partly their...

3 min read

“Your ‘Sri Lankanness’ will not be reduced to one aspect of your identity.”

On March 8, International Women’s Day the Friedrich Nauman Foundation for Freedom invited ten selected women to say w...

3 min read

The often futile quest for Justice in Sri Lanka affects all

Justice is central to the Christian faith and I hope that at least now, Sinhalese and Tamil Catholics can support each o...

3 min read

Sri Lanka's central bank should guard against bankruptcy as Fed lights commodity fires

Sri Lanka's central bank is running out of reserves, a part of the remaining reserves are tied up in swaps, the country ...

Sri Lanka's misguided state priorities and how to reset them

In the previous Arthashasthra columns, I showed that the Sri Lankan state’s priorities were all wrong; it was not doin...

Opinion: Building a common Sri Lankan identity a challenge

Are Sri Lankans of all ethnicities equal citizens and can this country build a nation that treats all groups equally?

Kshama Ranawana

8 min read

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Discrimination against minorities what is the endgame?

Obstinacy on the Muslim burial issue and the destruction of a memorial for the Jaffna war dead shows the government want...

Arjuna Ranawana

8 min read

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Sri Lanka Modern Monetary Theory experiment could be an untamed demon: economist

vSri Lanka's unprecedented monetary printing bout in the name of Modern Monetary Theory, a collection of ideas that advo...

14 min read

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Opinion: Moving Towards Necessary Balance

With multiple challenges ahead such as resolving the issue of burial of Muslims who die of Covid 19 and the contentious ...

Dr. Jehan Perera

7 min read

Arthashasthra, for new thinking on Sri Lanka statecraft

Arthashasthra is a treatise on statecraft, supposedly written by Kautilya, also known as Chanakya, in the time of Chandr...

Rohan Samarajiva

10 min read

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Opinion: Government needs to look at issues rationally

Sri Lanka needs to look at issues in a rational manner if it is to build a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation and e...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

7 min read

Why Sri Lanka cannot be a Singapore, a Chief Festus budget: Bellwether

Sri Lanka aspired to be a Singapore after liberalizing trade and ending a closed economy of the 1970s, but it all failed...

Bellwether

16 min read

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Ahab’s Nemesis: Sri Lanka may be the best place in the world to see sperm whales

Is Sri Lanka the world capital for sperm whales in terms of super-pod frequency, density and viewability?

Mark Hager

7 min read

Showing no compassion towards Muslim sentiments is shameful and dangerous

Sri Lanka’s continuing anti-Muslim policies are shameful as we as heirs to a civilization that goes back millennia are...

Arjuna Ranawana

8 min read

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Stand up for the interwebs

The proposed regulatory mechanism may or may not become a reality, and the fears expressed about it may well be exaggera...

Himal Kotelawala

6 min read

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Opinion: Unlocking the Potential of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Essential to Sri Lanka’s P...

Any hope of inclusive economic growth for Sri Lanka’s post covid recovery can only then be achieved if we utilize Mic...

K.D.D.B.Vimanga

6 min read

Why Sri Lanka cannot be a Vietnam, Coronavirus response: Bellwether

Sri Lanka was at one time talking about trying to be a Singapore, and then a Malaysia, and now it is talking about tryin...

10 min read

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Media-persons must be critical thinkers – Media panel

In an era when almost everyone attempts to disseminate information through a plethora of platforms available, the role o...

Kshama Ranawana

8 min read

Sri Lanka needs proactive, decisive Investment in health, not dependence, denial, and wishful-thinki...

In the parliament last week, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said Sri Lanka doesn’t need a vaccine and that we’ve other ways to...

Nipuna Kumbalathara

6 min read

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The Importance of being Mahinda

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's charisma and political capital needs to be used wisely by the government to deal with...

Arjuna Ranawana

6 min read

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Let the people meme

A year is a long time. This year has been longer than most. While that is not an indictment of the incumbent government ...

Himal Kotelawala

6 min read

Opinion: Government Alone Cannot Win War Against Covid-19

A fatal trend of non-transparent decision making was set early on in the Covid crisis. At the root of the problem was th...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

6 min read

Opinion: It is time to rethink how we are dealing with Covid

As the second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic continues to engulf the country, and the public is increasingly showing its ...

Arjuna Ranawana

8 min read

Opinion: Failed Government - A Year in Review

A year into President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's presidency, we are in the midst of a raging pandemic, with an ailing economy ...

By Rasika Jayakody – Samagi Jana Balavegaya

4 min read

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Sri Lanka women workers challenged by family attitude, transport, harassment

Though increasing numbers of women wanted and were working in super markets and nursing homes they faced many challenges...

6 min read

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