Author Archive for Michelle Alexander

The Syrian conflict

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Michelle Alexander With the escalation in the civil war in Syria, the USA is contemplating military action. This time however, they may have to do it without the UK, as Prime Minister David Cameron had to back down due to the House of Parliament voting against military action until more evidence is presented. This is […]

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Are we progressing or regressing

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Michelle Alexander Today, the Daily Mirror has highlighted a news report of a local Face Book user operating a closed group called “Kellanwa Rape karanna kamathi kollo”. It is said that there are several Face Book pages operated by locals with pictures that are taken of school girls and women going about their business (without […]

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For the want of clean drinking water

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Michelle Alexander 01st August 2013. Villagers from Weliweriya took to the streets protesting the lack of clean drinking water. The alleged source of the contamination is said to be from a well known factory. The army was brought in to quell the protests and things took a drastic turn for the worse. Three people have […]

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NSA to continue its surveillance program

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Michelle Alexander Lawmakers in the USA have voted to reject a proposal that would have restricted the NSA’s (National Security Agency) ability to collect information recorded from every call made by or to a US phone. The total vote count was 205 for the proposal, and 217 against the proposal. Defending the program Defending program, […]

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Is the end nigh for the UNP?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Michelle Alexander The United National Party has been affected by another crossover, this time with MP Dayasiri Jayasekara informing that a special statement will be released in Parliament on 24th July, informing of his resignation and that he will contest for the Chief Ministerial Post for the NWP elections on the UPFA ticket, despite statements […]

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UK’s hypocrisy exposed

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Michelle Alexander Despite incessant requests to other nations to not commit human rights abuses, the government of the United Kingdom stands exposed of its double speak after it has been revealed that more than 3000 export licenses has been issued for military and intelligence equipment, said to be worth a £ 12.3 billion (14.6 billion […]

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Death served on a plate – the tragedy of Bihar

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Michelle Alexander On the 16th of July, students in a school located in Chhapra, India, sat down to their mid-day meal. This is provided free to the students, with produce brought and prepared by the school.  The mid-day meal is part of a program to provide poor Indian students with at least one hot meal a […]

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Crimes against women and children of Sri Lanka

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Michelle Alexander There is an alarming increase of crimes against women and children in Sri Lanka. It is believed that a woman is raped every 90 minutes, and 3-5 children are raped daily. It is indeed sickening to read regular articles of rapes and abuses committed by MPs, principals, teachers, officers, clergy, ordinary citizens, et […]

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Jayalalitha does it again

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Michelle Alexander Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalaitha has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging the Central Government of New Delhi to “take all possible steps to bring pressure to bear upon the Sri Lankan government not to take any steps to repeal or even dilute the 13th amendment in any manner”. She […]

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Government Ministers of Sri Lanka should be more mindful of what they say

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Michelle Alexander Government Ministers in our country are developing quite a name for themselves when it comes to issuing statements that land them in a spot of bother. Some gems are reproduced for readers:- “I am so happy to answer a question by a beauty queen like Rosy Senanayake.   You are such a charming woman”. […]

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The Bodhgaya blasts

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Michelle Alexander On July 07th 8 – 9 low intensity bombs detonated in and around the Mahabodhi Temple. Little damage was caused to the structure and Bo tree, with 5 victims escaping with injuries. Was this site a target and did the authorities know about it? “”…” There have been reports that the Government of […]

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What are the values we are imparting on our children?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Michelle Alexander There was a time when the young men and women of this country were raised to be citizens we could be proud of. The bad egg was an exception, and not the rule. In this day and age however, this scenario is changing. There is no need to highlight examples in this article […]

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Egypt – back to square one?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Michelle Alexander Egypt was the ground for yet another revolution, this time leading to a military coup and ouster or for President Morsi. The question arises as to whether this will be good or bad for Egypt. The coup was a blow to democracy in Egypt, where Mr. Morsi was chosen by elections to lead […]

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Your Holiness, the Vatican and the Church is in dire need of spring cleaning

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Michelle Alexander The Vatican has been hit with another crisis, this time relating to a Senior Vatican cleric involved in a purported plot to smuggle millions of Euros into Italy from Switzerland.  The arrested cleric, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano believed he could act with impunity due to his connections with the Vatican Bank.  It is this […]

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Friends of Syria?

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Michelle Alexander “Friends of Syria” is a collective of nations and bodies that meet periodically to discuss the issue of Syria outside the UN Security Council. The last meeting has put pressure on what action the US Government should take, particularly the specifics of aid to the Syrian rebels. The rebels are pressing for heavy […]

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It’s just not Cricket

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Michelle Alexander “At approx. 21:00hrs on Monday 17 June, officers on-duty outside the Oval Cricket Ground became aware of a number of items being thrown by members of the crowd. The crowd had dispersed by 21:35hrs. No arrests were made in connection with the incident.” London Metropolitan Police. Sri Lankan cricket fans in London became the […]

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Oh, what a tangled web they’ve weaved….

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Michelle Alexander The Government of the USA has been rocked by the allegations made by Mr. Edward Snowdon on the practices of the NSA. As the saga continues, more political and diplomatic embarrassments appear to be in the pipeline. However, putting aside the ongoing revelations and whether or not Mr. Snowdon is a traitor, this […]

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Sri Lanka, thuggery and the culture impunity

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Michelle Alexander  During the course of this year alone, there have been many reported cases of violence and thuggery. This seems to reflect even with the off-spring of the highest in the land. Sadly, this culture has permeated to schools where even students now engage in acts of violence, and is spreading to every sphere, […]

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Iran has a new President – Key issues facing the new leader

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Michelle Alexander Wild celebrations erupted as Hasan Rowhani was elected as the new President as Iran. Viewed as a moderate and reformer, his victory is seen as a signal for change. However, victory in an election does not equate to real influence in changing policies. The new president faces quite a few challenges. The final […]

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Repeal 13A

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Michelle Alexander July 29th marks the 26th anniversary of the Indo-Lanka peace accord.  The purpose of this accord was to end the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the terrorist outfit known as the LTTE. Further, this pact introduced the 13th amendment (13A) to the constitution of Sri Lanka, devolving power to Provincial […]

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Must the USA involve themselves in every conflict?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Michelle Alexander It has been reported this week that the USA is close to approving lethal aid to Syrian rebels. They are also weighing the feasibility of a “less likely move” to lend US airpower to enforce a no-fly zone. Already caught in the quagmires that are Iraq and Afghanistan, they are contemplating moves that […]

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Spying, Lying and Whistle-blowing

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Michelle Alexander The Government of the USA has been rocked by the allegations made by Mr. Edward Snowdon on the practices of the NSA, which exposed and laid bare one of Washington’s darkest secrets.  Many, especially those in mainstream US media have called Edward Snowdon a traitor and law-breaker, much like Private First Class Bradley […]

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The lessons we can learn from Bhutan

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Michelle Alexander  The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked state in South Asia. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by the India. Further west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while further south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West […]

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Do we need so many Casinos?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Michelle Alexander It has been reported that plans are currently underway to build a massive Las Vegas-style Casino resort in Colombo, with an investment of US$ 350mn. While the Animal Welfare Bill is yet to be enacted, the Casino Business Regulation Act appears to be alive and kicking and already in use.  It is also noted […]

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Why the double standards

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Michelle Alexander The 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November 2013. However, this occasion is being marred by several International, Diaspora and Sri Lanka-based organizations calling the consideration of Sri Lanka as host ‘grossly inappropriate’, with Sri Lanka standing accused of rights abuses, war crimes and […]

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Self Immolation by Bowatte Indraratana Thera – Will it be successful?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Michelle Alexander “As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him.” Journalist David Halberstam describes the death of ThƒÆ’†’­ch QuƒÆ’†’ ng ƒÆ’-¾ƒÆ’†’ºc, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk who set himself on fire in Saigon in 1963. ThƒÆ’†’­ch QuƒÆ’†’ ng ƒÆ’-¾ƒÆ’†’ºc’s self-immolation triggered a massive […]

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Spare a thought

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Ms. Michelle Alexander In Sri Lanka the laws pertaining to the welfare of animals are antiquated, and lag behind other nations which have incorporated higher ethical and scientific standards into their legislation. The current bill on Animal Welfare has already been sanctioned in 2006, but is yet to be enacted.  The governing ordinance is the […]

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