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Non Alignment: Will Lanka abandon principles

Not many seem to have noticed it; nor would any to have missed the news; but the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) began its 17th Heads of Government summit yesterday. Sri Lanka, a one-time chairperson of the now 120-member nation Movement, the second largest grouping to the United Nations Organisation, was not represented by either the President [...]

Are People losing faith in elections?

The two main political parties, the UNP and the SLFP at 70 and 65 respectively, celebrated their anniversaries over the past two weeks. In the meantime, however, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has re-launched a campaign to get eligible voters to register for next year because the level of interest has seemingly, waned. That disinterest [...]

UN’s “hollow” ring for SDGs worldwide

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday spoke in Colombo under the auspices of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) on the topic of “Sustaining Peace and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals.” He referred to the many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN, but clearly went off track to [...]

Hail and farewell with UNanswered questions

The United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon visits Sri Lanka on Wednesday for what is a virtual farewell call as he completes his term of office at the helm of the 193- nation world body. According to unconfirmed reports he is now a possible contender for the Presidency of his native land, South Korea. [...]

The harmonious balancing of power

The LAWASIA conference concluded this week in Colombo, its jubilee celebrations marked with a Colombo declaration signed by the Asia Pacific Region Chief Justices calling for a further commitment to the Separation of Powers between the Executive (Government), the Legislature (Parliament) and the Judiciary (Courts). Coming as it did in Colombo in the backdrop of [...]

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