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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…

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After Snowden

“Hong Kong’s version of untouchables” – the asylum seekers (three Sri Lankans and one Filipino), who “opened doors and hearts” to whistle-blower Edward Snowden,…

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Of SLC, Sumathipala, And Teflon

“Accountability and transparency in administration and credibility of conduct were lost in a mad power struggle that would leave Sri Lankan cricket with no…

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Dangerous Waters: Sri Lanka And Pirate Encounters

Eight Sri Lankan sailors recently had a close shave with several Somali pirates who captured an oil tanker they were onboard. After being held…

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How Sri Lankan Cinnamon Invaded Mexican Cuisine

In 711, a force of 7,000 Berber horsemen, commanded by Tariq Ibn Ziyad, crossed the narrow strait (“of Gibraltar”, named after him) that divides…

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Freedom Of Speech And Defamation In Sri Lanka: Where To Draw The Line

Sri Lankans are not entirely unfamiliar with the word “defamation”. You do hear, for instance, news of one politician suing another for millions of…

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How Sri Lankan Militants Tried To Topple The Maldives Government In ’88

There is a Maldivian legend about a Sri Lankan prince named KoiMalé who was marooned in a Maldivian lagoon with his wife, the daughter of…

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Life Under Sirimavo

‘During her first ten months in office as the world’s first woman Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, 45, has a record of more trouble…