corruption

Handbags And Massive Losses: Everything Wrong With The Railway

I take the train to work. Like a lot of people, I wake up every morning and cast a bleary eye on the clock. There’s a train at 8:10. Good. I can reach the station at 7:50 AM, enough time to buy a ticket and realize that there’s nowhere for me to sit. All is normal. Sri Lankan trains are divided into “Express” and “Slow” variants. The difference is that… Read More »Handbags And Massive Losses: Everything Wrong With The Railway

On Yahapalanaya, Corruption, Integrity and How You Can Make a Difference

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!” -The Who, We Won’t Get Fooled Again I think every sane, responsible Sri Lankan, at some time during the past 30 days, has wondered whether the new Yahapalanaya government will turn out to be the same as the old regime. It was a risk we took. One month later, things are rolling roughly in the direction we wanted it to, though… Read More »On Yahapalanaya, Corruption, Integrity and How You Can Make a Difference

Yahapalanaya, 12 Days Later: Late Promises, Lamborghini Witchunts

The President’s brother, Kumarasinghe Sirisena, was appointed the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom. That’s the old nepotism creeping in, alright. On one hand, the dude is qualified. He has a Bsc in Public Administration Management, a Bsc in Management (wait, isn’t that the same thing? Is one more corrupt than the other?), and MBA and something called a “Master of Public Administration.” Google also thinks he’s a whole bunch of hot women.