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Muslim Covid and Covid-19

Sampath Deshapriya  Millions of lives are already lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many countries are researching remedies, with the guidance of the World Health Organization. Several vaccines have already been introduced. Apparently, the US is concerned about the origin of the virus
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The Social Impact of Hate Speech

Gayan Yaddehige Swami Vivekananda once said, “Uttering harsh words when you have the ability to choose good words is similar to picking rotten fruit when you can pick ripe fruit.” This statement is more ideal for today than when it was first said. Hate speech aimed at an individual or group of people based on […]
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The Virus That Institutionalised Discrimination- Part 2

Neville Uditha Weerasinghe The incidents that took place in the town of Beruwala in the Kalutara district of the Western Province, which is considered to be a Muslim-dominated area, made it very clear that the community was being heavily discriminated in light of the COVID-19 situation. A statement made by a Health Official towards two […]
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The Virus That Institutionalised Discrimination- Part 1

Neville Uditha Weerasinghe We can identify three major turning points of racial tensions that arose against Muslim citizens in the recent post-war history of Sri Lanka. The anti-Muslim violence that erupted in Aluthgama on the 15th of June, 2014, the Kandy anti-Muslim riots of 2018, and the anti-Muslim violence that erupted as a result of […]
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Moulding of Human Thought by Facebook

Udeni Perera There is no doubt that you might have seen countless incidences where some humans thought to themselves that their own race and culture is better or more valuable than that of their neighbour’s. They even go so far as to think that any race other than theirs is inferior. Let us identify this […]
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Dhammika Paniya and the wave of fake news that followed

Neville Uditha Weerasinghe The news of the ‘Ayurveda Paniya’ developed by Dhammika Bandara, a traditional medical practitioner spread like wildfire in Sri Lankan social media circles as well as in some mainstream media circles.  According to a report by #Hashtag Generation, this was one of the most highlighted news items on social media in Sri […]
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Cyber Warders to Ensure a Safer Internet for All

Dilhani Thantirimudalige Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrated its 18th edition across the globe on 9th February 2021 under the slogan, “Together for a better internet”. The idea was to send an open call for all stakeholders to join in an effort to make the internet a safer place, especially for children, youth and women. Whether […]
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Continuing the cycle of hate

Neville Uditha Weerasinghe Until the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, the Tamil population in the country were the ‘other’ or the enemy, a notion created by the Sinhala extremists within the Sinhalese society. However, with the end of the long-drawn conflict, the Sinhala extremists no longer could point at this group of […]