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Baldwin’s Impersonation riles Trump into “Declaration of War” on Twitter

AFP News Item from DAWN, where the title reads as “Trump sparks new Twitter war with actor Alec Baldwin””

Donald Trump sparked a Twitter war with Alec Baldwin on Friday, reviving his public opprobrium of the actor’s critically acclaimed role impersonating the president on hit television show Saturday Night Live. If Baldwin started the row by telling The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that it was “agony” to play the 71-year-old commander-in-chief, regardless of picking up an Emmy award for his efforts, Trump hit back in good measure.

The president lashed out against Baldwin again for impersonating him on Saturday Night Live

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London is Brewing: Tamil Tigers, Brigadier Fernando and British Double Standards

Tamils in support of Pirapaharan, the LTTE and Tamil cause TODAY

 Brigadier Priyanka Fernando’s Injudicious Challenge

Two Essayists Lambast the British Government for their Positions on Terror, the Pro-LTTE Tamils and the Brigadier Fernando Incident

ONE = Sara Dissanayake: Anti-Terror Laws & British Hypocrisy,” in Colombo Telegraph,” February 2018,

The recent incident involving the throat-slit gesture made by Defense Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando in response to the Eelamist protesters in London has, rightly so, stirred much controversy. Developments following the incident also sparked ample debate, prompting the public to take sides under the prevailing circumstances. Continue reading

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In Honour of Ambalavaner Sivanandan as Anti-Racist Radical Intelelctual in Britian

Meera Srinivasan, in The Hindu, 4 January 2018, where the title is “A ‘Black intellectual’ from Sri Lanka”  …. Emphasis added in this version

Sri Lanka-born British writer Ambalavaner Sivanandan, theorist of state racism and Black liberation politics and founding editor of Race & Class journal, passed away in London on Wednesday. He was 94.

Best known for his political essays and his novel When Memory Dies, Mr. Sivanandan made original contributions to understanding communities of resistance in Britain, focussing on the Black working class that he felt was more prone to the “racism that kills”, as opposed to the “racism that discriminates” against middle-class Black people. Continue reading

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Walter Keller’s Striking Images of People and Places in Lanka

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Camera in the Sky: Sri Lanka from Above

Sri Lanka: The Island from Above  by Dominic Sansoni, Sebastian Posingis & Richard Simon …. Published by Barefoot Books

For years, Dominic Sansoni dreamed of photographing Sri Lanka from the air. Having extensively documented the island’s multicultural populace, its urban and rural beauties, its architecture, its culture and festivals and even its wars, he had come to be acknowledged as the most successful and artistically committed Sri Lankan photographer of his generation; yet he found himself still unable to attain the longed-for aerial perspective.

Dominic    Sebastien

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Appreciating Iromie Wijewardena’s Artistic Universe

Darshanie Ratnawalli, in Island, 21 October 2017,  with title as “A long, beautiful woman carries a garland,”

An elongated woman, not as elongated as a fashion designer’s sketch, but in exactly the right proportion for visual grace sits on the floor at her ease. The gold colour of her jacket and cloth shimmers, almost blazes out, creating a pearlescent cloud of luminance, behind which the darkness of the room is a solid backdrop. Both the luminance and the golden colour have texture that leaps out of the canvass inviting touch. An invitation revoked by norms of polite society, which insists that touching is the exclusive province of ownership. And ownership will not change at any price. Iromie Wijewardena will never part with her ‘Artist Collection’ of which ‘After the performance’ just described is part. One can only admire from the safe confines of her art deco living room, while under a guest’s obligation to respect the host’s possessions.

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In Search of Sunil Santha

Tony Donaldson, courtesy of THE CEYLANKAN, Vol  XX, November 2017, … with highlighting emphasis being an imposition by The Editor, Thuppahi

In November 2016, I travelled to Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Sunil Santha Society to deliver the inaugural Guru Devi Sunil Santha Memorial Lecture in Colombo. I wrote the lecture in September and titled it Sunil Santha: The Man who Invented Sinhala Music for a Modern Age. The cardiologist Dr. Ruvan Ekanayake, a great fan of Sunil Santha’s music, translated the lecture into Sinhala. I spent 25 days in Sri Lanka. What follows is an account of the trip with a few critical reflections. I will not expand on the lecture as it exists as a published book and it need not be repeated here.

  With the Sunil Santha Samajaya. l-r. Upali Ariyasiri, Lanka Santha, Tony Donaldson, Vijith Kumar Senaratne, Lloyd Fernando, and Pushkara Wanniarachchi.

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