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Inter-ethnic goodwill must be built upon

The government leadership is presently charting out a roadmap to reconciliation in Sri Lanka along with the political leadership of the Tamil and Muslim parties. There are two important processes taking place that are intended to lead to the development of a new constitution and the establishment of reconciliation mechanisms. Both are going to be

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The Golden Age of Bullshit

Obscuring the end game by Jason Hirthler ( September 22, 2016, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) A new band out of Los Angeles called PartyBaby recently released their excellent pop-punk debut album, the title of which perfectly captures the time we’re living through: The Golden Age of Bullshit. On the cover three or four teens scamper

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Killer Cops and Capitalism

For several years now, America’s police abuse of black people has been played out on an international stage, courtesy of high-tech video gadgetry.  Yet, these now routine revelations of deadly encounters with “law enforcement” practices and policies have not had the same effect upon white people today that mid-20th century televised depictions of these selfsame


Book Reviews

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Comparing Kant and Sartre

Sorin Baiasu (ed.), Comparing Kant and Sartre, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 262pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137454522. Reviewed by Henry Somers-Hall Royal Holloway, University of London ( September 23, 2016, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) As Jonathan Head et al. note in the introduction to this volume, while there is growing interest in the connections between Sartre and

Education

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Education: BCIS pipes a new tune

The face of a resurgent BCIS by Darshanie Ratnawalli Views expressed in this article are author own ( September 26, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) In meeting the present Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) Director Dr. Harinda Vidanage, ostensibly to interview him, I have an ulterior motive. I go to judge him. The BCIS

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Call to Indian Govt. to Release Parvez

Call to Indian government to release detained human rights defender Khurram Parvez  The following statement issued by the Sri Lankan Human Rights groups and civil society members  ( September 23, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) We, the under mentioned Sri Lankan citizens and organizations express our serious concern over the arrest and detention of the

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Sri Lanka Guardian Essays: The Ethics of Espionage

by John G. Breen ( September 26, 2016, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) I have just asked a classroom filled with U.S. Army officers (with a few sister service and civilian counterparts thrown in) to name some of the ethical challenges they believe are associated with spying. They have little trouble helping me fill a large

Eli Chavez was a former CIA Para Military Office during the battle of Skyline Ridge in 1971, Laos.

Obama and the US secret war in Laos

The CIA was centrally involved, as the war did not have congressional approval and was kept under a cloak of secrecy by the American political and media establishment. As the Royal Laotian army crumbled, CIA operatives recruited, armed and trained an anti-communist guerrilla force estimated at 30,000 from among hill tribes, largely the Hmong. These

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