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How the Rest of the World Sees The US Election

Ah, the US Election. The one event in recent history where the entire world looks at the most powerful nation on the Earth and goes “what the fuck are they smoking?” Hillary Clinton Putting the ‘old’ in ‘old guard’ On the surface, Hillary Clinton looks sane. Clean energy, pro-abortion? Yeah. Until, that is, you look at the rest of her promises. “The most important thing …is to keep Americans safe. That means… Read More »How the Rest of the World Sees The US Election

The Flip Side Of Sinhalé (Aka Minority Racism)

When is racism not racism? Apparently, when it’s a minority doing it. Many people who read my article ‘Wali Kukul Le’ liked it. Many didn’t. Ironically, it was those who hated it that saw through to the next question: why are we bashing one particular ethnic group for being inordinately proud of their race? What about the others?  Granted, the question was never worded as politely as that. The closest… Read More »The Flip Side Of Sinhalé (Aka Minority Racism)

Wali Kukul Le

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Observer  (10/1/2015). A long time ago, there was an Indian Prince. His name was Vijaya. Later generations would practically worship the guy, but despite the marketing, said Prince was a deeply disturbed individual. His grandmother had been carried off and knocked up by a lion. History tells us the lion is a metaphor; that’s good, because the alternative is a bit too weird… Read More »Wali Kukul Le

A lookback on 2015: may you live in interesting times

They say the Chinese have a curse: may you live in interesting times.  We Sri Lankans have definitely been cursed by the Chinese. This isn’t just a pun on the Port City: In the space of one year we, as a nation, have toppled a dictatorship, installed another one, cried out against Saudi Arabia and argued passionately the subject of bras being thrown at concerts. We’ve watched from afar as… Read More »A lookback on 2015: may you live in interesting times

Fuck You, Saudi: An open letter to the UNHRC

The government of Sri Lanka has filed an appeal before the Riyadh Court in Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the Sri Lankan female domestic worker who was recently sentenced to be stoned to death after being found guilty of having a clandestine affair, the Foreign Employment Ministry said. The Ministry sources said the woman was married and having children in Sri Lanka when she was convicted for adultery with a… Read More »Fuck You, Saudi: An open letter to the UNHRC