Interview

“People are starting to see that we were right”: Interview with University Students by Hasini Lecamwasam

University students are not new to political dissent and action, and the current wave of anti-government protests in Sri Lanka have been no exception. They have been actively denouncing many actions of the current government since early on, independently as well as in solidarity with other movements. In this interview, Hasini Lecamwasam from Polity speaks …

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‘The Act of Protest is a Privilege’: Serika Siriwardhana from Yellow for Democracy interviewed by Treshan Fernando

On 4th April 2022, Independence Square was filled with an estimated 8000 people, possibly in one of the biggest political gatherings the square has seen in recent times. Most of them were young people reiterating the call reverberating through a number of smaller protests across Colombo in the month of March—for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to …

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Restructuring, Audit, Suspension and Abolition of the Debt
Éric Toussaint interviewed in 2015 by Maud Bailly for CADTM

According to Eric Toussaint, debt restructuring has always been the result of economic and geopolitical calculation, rarely producing a favourable long-term outcome for the debtors; unless the creditors saw a strategic advantage for themselves in it. Sovereign debt “restructuring”, as it is now called by the IMF, the Paris Club and the big banking corporations, and more recently by the …

Restructuring, Audit, Suspension and Abolition of the Debt
Éric Toussaint interviewed in 2015 by Maud Bailly for CADTM
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‘Ecological Agriculture is a Political Question’

The government’s overnight ban on the import of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and weedicides, to make Sri Lanka’s agriculture “100 percent organic”, of 06 May 2021, caught everyone by surprise. No preparation had been made. Local production and supply of organic inputs was nowhere near the level needed for substitution. There had been no prior restoration …

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In and Out of Place: A Conversation between Shyam Selvadurai and Neloufer de Mel

This conversation was part of a panel discussion on Imaginative Geographies: The Place of Sri Lanka in Contemporary Sri Lankan Writing in English, featured at the virtual festival on Imaginative Geographies organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College, London (UCL) on 5 May 2021. The panel was co-hosted by the Department of English, …

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‘The government didn’t care’: Katunayake Free Trade Zone Workers in the Pandemic in Sri Lanka

During the first coronavirus pandemic lockdown in Sri Lanka for over two months, beginning 20th March 2020, workers in the export processing zones faced immense hardship as they were confined to their boarding houses without pay, or lost their jobs, and were unable to return to their villages. Many had no money to survive, and …

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