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August 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, MP seems to be asking Leadership  Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya to watch his step as he comes out from the  Election Department following Thursday’s meeting the Polls Chief had with party  seniors. UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake looks on.

(Pic by Nimal Dayaratne

Ukraine crisis: Obama blames Russia for violence

August 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

US President Barack Obama has accused Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine.

He said the fighting was not the result of a home-grown indigenous uprising but of “deep Russian involvement”.

Mr Obama said fresh satellite images of Russian forces inside Ukraine made its role “plain for the world to see”.

Touring a Kurdish capital in the US

August 28, 2014 at 9:15 pm

By Monica Campbell PRI’s The World

 a Kurdish bakery, complete with a tandoor oven A Kurdish bakery in Nashville’s Azadi International Food Market

In Nashville, Kurdish immigrants have built a community to replace the home many were forced to flee. In a co-production with the BBC, Public Radio International’s programme The World took a tour of the area.

Obama’s Quiet Consigliere: Gayle who?

August 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm


| by Thomas C. Mountain
( August 28, 2014, Eritrea , Sri Lanka Guardian) Gayle who? Obama’s quiet consigliere Gayle Smith is rarely in the public eye and seems to prefer it that way. At least most of the time, so when she mounted the podium to deliver a eulogy at the funeral for Ethiopia’s late, genocidal strongman Meles Zenawi in Addis Ababa in 2012 I stopped what I was doing and started paying attention.
Obama’s Special Assistant and Senior Director at the  National Security Council spoke fondly of her self described 30+ years of friendship with Meles Zenawi going back to their days together in the trenches of the Ethiopian and Eritrean resistance to the Soviet backed Mengistu regime and the great droughts of the early-mid 1980’s.

Rajiv’s dealings with LTTE

August 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm


| by K. Natwar Singh
( August 6, 2014, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) In November 1986, the SAARC Summit was to be held in Bangalore.
Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene were the most sought after leaders at the summit. The unwritten rule followed at summits is that bilateral issues are not raised. At the opening session, all Heads of State speak and controversy is avoided. We managed to get hold of a copy of Jayewardene’s speech, which was a severe indictment of our Sri Lanka policy. We conveyed our misgivings to him and he assured us that he would delete the portions which we found objectionable.

Why Mahinda went to Houston?

August 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm


| by Upul Joseph Fernando
( August 28, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Mahinda’s sudden visit to Houston in America has stirred the curiosity of many Sri Lankan watchers of the developing political scene. In January 2011 also Mahinda went on an unscheduled visit to Houston quite suddenly raising a whole host of speculations. To an inquisitive media the government sources at the time disclosed that the President was on a private visit to see his brother Dudley Rajapaksa who was an American citizen living in Houston. Later it transpired Mahinda had been actually visiting former American President George Bush.

Old Colombo, ‘Race And Class’ Through The Eyes Of Some Australian Women-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

August 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm

By Laksiri Fernando –

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Angela Woollacott wrote about “Australian Women’s Voyage Home” during the colonial period to the American Historical Review (AHR) in 1997. What she meant by ‘voyage home’ was Australian women going to England with some nostalgia. On their way to the West from Sydney, Melbourne or Perth, they encountered the East. This was before air travel became popular or cheap. As a result, they had to stop over mostly Colombo before they touched on Cape Town or Aden, depending on the route, but after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, the latter route was most convenient and popular. The universal mode of transportation was steamship. Australian commercial air travel to in England first started in 1934.

President Rajapaksa Is Disqualified To Seek A Third Term: Ex-CJ Sarath N Silva-Posted by Colombo Telegraph

August 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Despite the implementation of the 18th amendment, former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has has stated that President Rajapaksa became constitutionally disqualified to seek a third term on the very day he was elected for a second term.

Silva and the President Silva and the President

Silva who is presently heading a Committee to draft a new amendment to the Constitution, in an interview with Sunday Lankadeepa has stated that on January 27, 2010 when President Rajapaksa was elected for a second term, he automatically became ineligible to seek a third term since Section 31.2 of the Constitution very clearly states that any individual elected by the people as the President for two consecutive terms, stands disqualified.

Rajapaksa’s Daily Cost To Taxpayer A Staggering Rs 23.4 Million: Sobitha Thera- Posted by Colombo Telegraph

August 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Convener of the National Movement for Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha thera who is spearheading the campaign to abolish Executive Presidency has stated it is high time for the present presidential system that has dragged the country into depths of a corrupt and lawless reign, is abolished. SobithaSpeaking at the Hindu Cultural Center in Kandy, Sobitha thera who is also the Common Candidate in the offing at the upcoming Presidential Elections, has described the Executive Presidency as a ‘curse’ that has to be broken if better days are to dawn for Sri Lanka.

Syria conflict: IS ‘kills dozens of Assad soldiers’

August 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Photo posted online purportedly showing Syrian army soldiers in their underwear being led through the desert by Islamic State fighters (27 August 2014) Photos posted online appeared to show dozens of men being marched through the desert

Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) appear to have killed “dozens” of Syrian army soldiers, activists say.

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