“I was taken to hospital without my consent. They restrained me when I refused to be medicated, and gave me an injection to sedate me. I had a full-time job, supporting my mom, and yet I was ‘diagnosed’ as having Bipolar Affective Disorder without a proper clinical interview or...
Ramaphosa is no Messiah, and when the post-Zuma champagne corks stop popping, South Africans need to assess him as a mere mortal. One who is inheriting a country laid almost as bare as the country Mandela inherited in 1994. by David Everatt ( February 16, 2018, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Matamela...
South Korean President Moon has been calling for a new, positive era in north-south relations. He has been adamant in opposing any chance of war on the peninsula. by Eric S. Margolis ( February 11, 2018, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) Considering that a nuclear conflict over North Korea appeared imminent in...
Mahinda Rajapaksa impeached the CJ who didn’t give the decision he wanted. Maithripala Sirisena accepted the Supreme Court’s ruling with as much good grace as possible. The difference between the two reactions is neither technical nor negligible. by Tisaranee Gunasekara “The travails of the mountains lie behind us. Before us lie the...
The fact is that the Jawaharlal Nehru not only kept silent but also virtually recognized the occupation of Tibet by China. If he would not combat China on the Tibetan issue, he could have atleast refrained from providing recognition for China’s occupation of Tibet. by N.S.Venkataraman ( January 20, 2018, Chennai,...
There are two schools of thought here: natural law and legal positivism. Those who profess natural law argue that the link between law and morality is incontrovertible and inextricable.  In other words, the relationship is not contingent.  by Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne       The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to...
There is no question that the president, whatever the legal position, is morally bound to serve for five years and no longer. If the judges rule that his term is six years, there is nothing to stop him from vacating office at the conclusion of the fifth year and...
This is not an overtly anti-imperialist history.  Nor is it the opposite of one.  It is a comprehensive look at the methods used by the Hanoi government to keep forging ahead in its goal of reunifying Vietnam.  by Ron Jacobs ( January 14, 2018, Vermont, Sri Lanka Guardian)  Fifty years ago...
The polarized politics of the Middle East further erodes the possibility of resolving the conflict. In 2002, the Saudis proposed a peace plan: If Israel made peace with the Palestinians, the Arab states would normalize relations with it. by James L. Gelvin ( January 8, 2018, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) It’s...
Tibet has been grievously wronged and as yet, even after several decades, there is no sign that Tibet will regain it’s old glory and become an independent country, for the Tibetans to live with their cherished values. by N.S.Venkataraman ( January 7, 2018, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) I am not a...
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