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A revolt that could turn into a revolution

Ahilan Kadirgamar Courtesy The Hindu Without a new social contract, there could be unrestrained conflict with the working people in Sri Lanka The great revolt of the masses has overthrown an authoritarian president in Sri Lanka, but it has not abolished the executive presidency. Indeed, on July 18, within days of assuming office as acting…

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Sri Lanka battles political and economic challenges

Last month’s mass demonstrations in Sri Lanka have sent warning signs to the rest of the world. This as several middle-income and developing countries are dealing with similar problems of political dysfunction and the impact from external economic shocks. Sri Lanka has a higher GDP than Peru, Egypt and South Africa, yet it’s devolved into…

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Left with Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Sri Lanka yet to understand the immense tragedy of economic depression and the dangers of famine What are our policymakers and economic experts from both divides of the political spectrum going to do about the food crisis? The morons who were part of and advised the Rajapaksa regime crippled agricultural production with the overnight chemical…

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No International Economic Fix for Democracy in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan peoples’ calls for change cannot be set aside with quick economic fixes. Ahilan Kadirgamar and Devaka Gunawardena write: Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the regime of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was on the ropes. On 9 May, the supporters of his brother and the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, attacked protestors, especially…

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Sri Lanka’s Economic Depression and the IMF

Farzana Haniffa, Ahilan Kadirgamar The public are facing tremendous suffering from the economic depression currently underway. We hope to initiate a discussion centred on questions such as: How long the depression is likely to last, and what social and political consequences can we anticipate? What are the possible consequences of the economic policies already underway…