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How Canada is trying to protect its last three spotted owls

2021-04-19 16:08:00

Canada announced a more full-throated response to the potential extinction of the owl within its borders and boost the species..


Nil-by-mouth foodie: The chef who will never eat again

2021-04-18 14:40:00

Loretta Harmes hasn’t eaten for six years, but she hasn’t lost her passion for cooking. Even though she cannot taste her recipes, she has a growing following on Instagram, where she’s known as the nil-by-mouth foodie...


Gotabaya - Forensic analysis more important than Archaeological analysis in the North and East!

2021-04-17 13:41:00

Greek (Athenian) philosopher, Plato said: “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty – free hand”...


Myanmar could be Asia’s next failed state

2021-04-16 12:49:00

WHEN THE generals who run Myanmar drew up a constitution to pave the way for an elected government, albeit one that would have no authority over the army, they termed the arrangement “discipline-flourishing democracy”. Untrammelled political competition, they suggested, would lead to disorder and impede development; only the army could ensure order and prosperity. So it is ironic that, since the army took complete control of the country again in..


The Sri Lankan Trans Community’s Experience Navigating the Digital Sphere

2021-04-14 18:19:00

Social media is a critical means of communication in the digital age and has grown beyond its original purpose to encompass many different functions. It now serves as a space for activism, sharing news, promoting businesses, and more...


Aflatoxins in Coconut oil

2021-04-13 02:17:00

Edible vegetable oils are an important component of the Sri Lankan diet. They are widely used to frying or temper during cooking or used in food processing industries...


SRI LANKA: Institutional theories about the use of torture

2021-04-12 20:59:00

There are a number of entrenched beliefs which have become institutional doctrines within the policing system which contribute to the continuing practice of torture...


Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from Chile and Israel

2021-04-11 18:28:00

Contrasting lessons from the two countries, both with high rates of inoculation against the virus, show the danger is not past..


Girl Love, Mrs. Sri Lanka and Patriarchy

2021-04-09 16:09:00

It also points to some realities about the arguments on ‘women supporting women, the stigma that surrounds divorce and the status of the beauty pageants in general. Therefore, what is more thought-provoking than the incident itself are the reactions to it by the netizens...


Sri Lanka: Ensuring equality and non-discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender people

2021-04-08 20:14:00

In his tweet commemorating Zero Discrimination Day, he declared his intent to ‘secure everybody’s right to live life with dignity regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, physical appearance and beliefs’..


A Tough Road Ahead for Military Regimes

2021-04-04 16:59:00

This may appear to be a bold title just two months after the February 1 coup in Burma but it’s true. For starters the Burmese junta is in a tight spot – the army opened fire in 40 locations on Saturday; Rangoon saw dozens of deaths and killings were recorded from Kachin in the north to the far south; more than 400 protesters have been killed by army since the coup and there is no sign that the surge of public anger will subside...


How New Zealand’s Covid success made it a laboratory for the world

2021-04-04 13:26:00

Small outbreaks and universal genomic sequencing provides unique insights into how coronavirus spreads..


Sri Lanka: Learning from UNHRC resolution

2021-04-03 17:00:00

As expected, the 46th session of the UNHRC adopted the resolution titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” (A/HRC/46/L.1Rec.1) with 22 countries voting for it while 11 against (for Sri Lanka) on March 23...


Why do Sri Lankan police officers torture suspects?

2021-04-01 21:30:00

“Police officer” refers mostly to persons working for the Sri Lanka Police Service. But in the context of custodial torture, it also includes others who at times are called upon to do police-related duties such as conduct interrogations, similar to the military and other agencies. Another aspect, relevant to this discourse, generally speaking, concerns persons from low income-earning groups...


British Parliament must also discuss payment of reparations for colonial crimes committed in Ceylon

2021-03-29 08:35:00

On 18 March the British Parliament will be having a full-scale discussion on the Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with a view to holding the Government of Sri Lanka, its machinery, and senior officials accountable for alleged war crimes in the last days of the war against terrorism which ended on 18 May 2009...


Govt. committed two mistakes: Dr. Jayawickrama

2021-03-27 15:59:00

The 2021 Resolution endorses the Report of the High Commissioner, and expresses serious concern at what it describes as “trends emerging over the past year, which represent a clear warning sign of a deteriorating situation of human rights in Sri Lanka,” said Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror...


The presidency was supposed to save us from oblivion, but what can save us from the presidency?

2021-03-24 09:22:00

In 1978, J.R. Jayawardena ushered in the executive presidential system in Sri Lanka as a panacea for all the nation’s woes. By 1991, his co-architects in this venture, Gamini Dissanayake and Lalith Athulathmudali, had realized the dangers inherent in the executive presidency...


Crisis in the Himalayas: climate change and unsustainable development

2021-03-21 16:39:00

The disaster last month in India demonstrated the risks from rising temperatures to the eight countries in the region..


DEFORESTATION IS A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY

2021-03-18 13:09:00

When the forests are cut down, less moisture is evaporated into the atmosphere resulting in the formation of fewer rain clouds. Subsequently there is a decline in rainfall, subjecting the area to drought. If rains stop falling, within a few years the area can become arid with the strong tropical sun baking down on the scrub-land. Such losses of freshwater resources are considered one of the most immediate threats to national security. Freshwater..


John Magufuli, Tanzania’s President, dies

2021-03-18 10:41:00

John Pombe Magufuli, the son of a peasant farmer who became Tanzania’s president in 2015, has died aged 61. Once praised for his no-nonsense approach, he went on to become a controversial leader, especially over his response to the coronavirus pandemic...


Joe Biden faces a humanitarian crisis at the southern border

2021-03-17 12:23:00

THE FIRST thing one sees after crossing the bridge from Reynosa, in Mexico, into Texas is a large white sign with bright red letters that spell out “BINGO”. It is meant as an advertisement for a hall where people can play the game. But it also serves as a reminder of the long odds and random luck that lie in store for those making their way to America...


Sri Lanka adoption: The babies who were given away

2021-03-14 17:34:00

Thousands of Sri Lankan babies were put up for adoption between the 1960s and 1980s - some of them sold by ’’baby farms’’ to prospective parents across Europe...


When to go to Sri Lanka

2021-03-13 14:30:00

If anywhere deserves the title of a true year-round destination then it’s Sri Lanka. The teardrop-shaped isle’s proximity to the equator ensures pleasantly warm, stable temperatures whatever the season, while its annual dual monsoons means that while one side of the country is taking a soaking, the other is primed for afternoons on the beach...


Long Covid more likely in working-age women than in men – study

2021-03-13 13:24:00

Preliminary data presented to Sage shows women five times as likely to report new disability or increased fatigue..


How is climate change driving conflict in Africa?

2021-03-11 16:48:00

In light of recent events, such as the mass kidnapping of the 343 schoolboys in Nigeria, the war in Tigray in the northernmost region of Ethiopia, as well as decades-long issues such as the Darfur war, the accumulating news headlines seems unequivocal: there is a growing link between climate change and conflict, and that link is seen right across the African continent...


Sri Lanka’s cautionary tale of pandemics and sorcery

2021-03-10 21:50:00

When the state buys into local superstitions and home-made potions, it makes for an unhappy ending..


Will the EU emerge from the coronavirus crisis stronger or weaker?

2021-03-09 21:36:00

After its mixed Covid response, the EU must now focus on really delivering what its citizens want..


Justice still remains elusive to the Tamil people 12 years on!

2021-03-09 15:44:00

This year marks 12 years since the genocidal massacre of over 70,000 Tamils in Mullivaikkaal, Sri Lanka...


Black Sunday- Mourning the Death of Criminal Investigating Capacity

2021-03-08 15:46:00

In answering the call of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka, the faithful living in various parts of the country wore black and attended the churches as a protest against the failure to provide justice for all those who were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in 2019...


Covid fightback: the critical role of HIV experts

2021-03-06 10:32:00

The speed and cooperation of the Covid response has been honed by decades of dealing with ‘the biggest pandemic the world has ever seen’..