Robert Fisk, in The Independent, 15 April 2018, with this title “The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack”
Izeth Hussain in The Island, 7 November 2016, where the title is “The Security of Small States,”... Highlights are my work–Editor, Thuppahi
Some years after the holding of the 1976 Non-Aligned Summit Conference in Colombo, the Marga Institute held an international seminar on the security of small states. I wrote the lead paper for it, which was fitting because at the Foreign Ministry I was in charge of the subject of the Non-Aligned Movement which had not given specific attention to the problem of the security of small states. The seminar was regarded as one of the most interesting ever held by the Marga Institute and as a path-breaking one. Substantial chunks of my paper were reproduced in the Lanka Guardian. Thereafter the idea that the security of small states was a problem that had to be addressed fell out of sight. Around 1990 I attended as a Marga representative a UN Conference on the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace at Sochi in the Soviet Union. My address focused on the problem of small state security, which particularly interested Howard Wriggins, scholar and former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, and an American observer who was there. It was thereafter published in the Lanka Guardian. That American observer told me that my address was exceptionally interesting and he was surprised that it made nothing like the impact that it should have made. Clearly I was dealing with an idea whose time had not come.
Zacki Jabbar, in The Island, 18 February 2016
Australia is to give a boost to the Sri Lankan private sector by assisting in the creation of jobs. The Australian High Commissioner Robyn Mudie who concluded her stint in Sri Lanka recently, in an interview with The Island prior to her departure said that trade in services was where she saw the real breakthrough taking place, particularly in tourism and education. In the future, “Australian development cooperation will be used to help create job opportunities in the private sector for unemployed women and men”, she revealed adding that her government would continue to support women’s economic empowerment through better access to training and work as well as by helping to tackle gender based violence, which would not only address inequality but generate significant economic and social dividends. Continue reading