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One Belt, One Road, One China?

China’s ambitious moves to become a major player on the world stage has escaped no one’s attention. The giant nation’s political and economic heft…

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The Story Behind Our Solid Waste (Mis)management

In 1969, at an oil well in Santa Barbara, California, a drill sunk under the sea-surface made a wound too deep. An uncontainable eruption of…

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One Year After The Floods, Lion Roars Back

You enter the Lion Brewery in Biyagama by going up a steep ramp. This ramp is much steeper and higher than it was a…

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Revolutionary Strategy: The JVP’s 1971 Insurrection

The military strategy used by the revolutionaries in the April 1971 insurrection was unique in the history of armed rebellions. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna…

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Journalists Slain in Sri Lanka

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The Farce That Is The May Day

Ninety years ago today when pioneering trade unionist Alexander Ekanayake Gunasinha led a group of men and women in what was Ceylon’s first ever…

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A Dengue Vaccine Exists, But Sri Lanka Has Yet To Approve It

Sri Lanka has seen an unprecedented outbreak of dengue this year, overwhelming hospitals throughout the country. Since January 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the…

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Political Kunu Harupa: Badly Used ‘Bad’ Words

In Sri Lanka, even the best-laid arguments can be overturned by a single word or phrase: ‘imperialist conspiracy’, ‘NGO karayas’ and ‘diaspora’s haunt our…

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A Day In The Life Of A Stilt Fisherman

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Full Face Helmets: To Ban, Or Not To Ban?

In February 2017, the Sri Lankan government released a gazette regarding revised helmet regulations. As per these regulations, a controversial full face helmet ban…

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Out Of The Blue: Navigating Postnatal Mental Illnesses In Sri Lanka

Pregnancy was the best thing that ever happened to Kavindi*, a secondary school teacher, who had been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for nine years….

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The April Struggle

It was April 9, Good Friday, 1971. Dr. Rex de Costa, a retired and decorated lieutenant colonel and a reputed medical practitioner, was at…