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More on worshipping politicians


Field Marshall Sarth Fonseka’s diatribe against the worshiping of politicians is the most refreshing utterance that came out of the mouth of a politician in the recent past. This is perhaps because FM Fonseka is the only person who burst into the top ranks of Sri Lanka’s politics without crawling and cringing before leaders of political parties.

F M Fonseka the man who commanded our forces to victory against the LTTE has reason to be bitter. His mission to punish the rogues of the last regime was thwarted by the refusal of the present regime for reasons best known to the latter to make him the minister of Law and Order. Had he grovelled before the party leaders and promised to act according to the latter’s whims, the FM would have got the assignment he liked. The inertia that has crippled the law enforcement machinery would also have disappeared!


The unsavoury sale of the Roman Empire


On March 28th, 193 AD, the Roman Empire was auctioned off by the Praetorian guards to the wealthy senator Didius Julianus for the price of 6,250 drachmas per soldier. The Praetorian guards had murdered the emperor Pertinax and after some discussion wit...

Glyphosate, half-truths and that "plate of organic food"


We return again to another posting in The Island, (May 21st) by Lal Jayasinghe (LJ), who takesup my article in the same newspaper (May 15th), where I exposed commonly held myths about glyphosate being toxic. LJ who confessed to his dream of a plate of ...

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