International Women's Day:
Tobacco, alcohol and Women
Tobacco and alcohol harm men, women and children
physically, mentally, socially and economically. In Sri Lanka the
bulk of the social harm traceable to tobacco and alcohol is
inflicted on and borne by women. On International Women's Day, it is
salutary to focus attention on the load of silent suffering women
have to endure because of addictive substance abuse by men. Much can
be done and should be done to reduce this avoidable suffering.
The most beautiful child lives in Roxywatte
About ten years ago, my friend Ayca Cubukcu,
then an undergraduate at Cornell University and now a Professor in
Anthropology, alerted me to a poem by the most celebrated poet from
her native Turkey, Nazim Hikmet. It was about the most beautiful
things. This was written 64 years ago.
Sri Lanka's biggest-ever serial killer - Part
The birth of JVP fear psychosis
The JVP was led by Rohana Wijeweera, who once
deceived himself to be a socialist revolutionary, but was finally
revealed as a megalomaniac capitalist with a love for wine, women,
luxurious cars and raucous speeches inciting death and destruction.
Now, Wijeweera and the other leaders of the JVP had gone into
hiding, but the Politburo held secret meetings, some of them in
Colombo and the others in the provinces