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How Sri Lankan Cinnamon Invaded Mexican Cuisine

In 711, a force of 7,000 Berber horsemen, commanded by Tariq Ibn Ziyad, crossed the narrow strait (“of Gibraltar”, named after him) that divides…

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Freedom Of Speech And Defamation In Sri Lanka: Where To Draw The Line

Sri Lankans are not entirely unfamiliar with the word “defamation”. You do hear, for instance, news of one politician suing another for millions of…

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How Sri Lankan Militants Tried To Topple The Maldives Government In ’88

There is a Maldivian legend about a Sri Lankan prince named KoiMalé who was marooned in a Maldivian lagoon with his wife, the daughter of…

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Life Under Sirimavo

‘During her first ten months in office as the world’s first woman Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, 45, has a record of more trouble…

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Is The New Constitution A New Con?

The Government has pledged us a new constitution, an inclusive constitution, an openly drafted constitution, a referendum approved constitution. Last year, the whole Government seemed…

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Assassinations That Shocked Sri Lanka

The answer to the question “how many prominent Sri Lankans have been assassinated?” should always be “too many,” but there have been a handful…

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Female Firsts: Sri Lanka’s Women Pioneers

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) is “Be Bold for Change” – and with good reason. Although many may argue that Sri…

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Right To Information: How Sri Lanka Trumped India

The introduction of the Right to Information Act is considered a transformation of the character of Sri Lanka’s government. It was a ritual of…

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Slave Island’s “Key Cutters”

A few decades ago, the pavements of Union Place (now Colvin R de Silva Mawatha) were lined with artisans and traders. The most aristocratic…

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Dynasty And Double Standards: Women Leaders In South Asia

While the U.S. has arguably shown the world that it would rather have a leader that grabs pussies than has one, in South Asia…

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Air Turbulence: SLAF’s Costly Procurement Plans

The Sri Lanka Air Force put on a spectacular display on Independence Day, but appearances could be deceptive. Is the SLAF fit for purpose…