Harim Peiris

Political and Reconciliation perspectives from Sri Lanka

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Archive for August, 2010

Why the lessons learned; reconciliation commission must deliver

Posted by harimpeiris on August 19, 2010

Chitta Ranjan De Silva PC, eminent lawyer and  former attorney general, better known as CR De Silva, heads the lessons learnt and reconciliation commission, the body tasked by the president among other things to ensure that Sri Lanka is not forced to relieve its bitter, polarized and strife torn history of the past three decades.

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UPFA gets two MPs and a popular movement ejects Mervyn

Posted by harimpeiris on August 12, 2010

President Mahinda Rajapakse and the UPFA succeeded in luring over to government ranks, UNF MP’s Prabha Ganeshan and Digambaram, two up country Tamil MP’s from the Colombo and Nuwara Eliya districts, bringing to 147 the government’s majority in the house. With UNP MPs Abdul Cader, Ranga Bandara and Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam being publicly unhappy campers in the opposition fold, the government is all but assured of its one hundred and fifty members or two thirds of the House. This without counting the SLMC members who are also being wooed and if history repeats itself, Rauf Hakeem may also face in miniature form, what his fellow old Royalist and opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe faces in the UNP. With this move, the initiative towards constitutional reforms that strengthen executive presidential powers may get a new lease of life, though President Rajapakse who has an acute political nose, is sensing that this would be unpopular in the country, though possible in parliament.

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The Elders Speak out and an Israeli model for Sri Lanka

Posted by harimpeiris on August 5, 2010

Mahinda Rajapakse has for decades been the Patron of the Sri Lanka – Palestinian solidarity association, and is widely popular in Palestine with a road named after him in Ramallah, the West Bank capital of the Palestinian Authority.  Accordingly the important role that Israel played in assisting Sri Lanka conduct its own war on terror through the supply and servicing of the Israeli built Kfir jet squadron and other defense cooperation is indeed paradoxical.

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