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Sunday, December 3, 2006
Vol. 41 - No 27
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Political Column
  Not bon-bons but bombs
  By Our Political Editor
Back in Colombo after a five-day private visit to India, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was busy at Temple Trees last Friday morning. He was with his personal staff attending to correspondence and related matters. With that over he was looking forward to chairing an unscheduled meeting of the National Security Council.
5th Column
  The same old parana katha makes no difference anymore
  By Rypvanwinkle
My Dear Velu,
I thought I must write to you after seeing your much awaited annual speech which has become something similar to the Queen's Throne Speech of yesteryear. Needless to say, every word, every sentence is analysed but I must admit I was rather disappointed with the latest edition.
Situation Report
  Terror strikes again, what next?
  By Iqbal Athas

The story did the rounds during a previous ceasefire and peace talks. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran held a meeting with his fighting cadres. He was asked whether the LTTE's acceptance of a ceasefire amounted to abandoning their armed struggle. It was not so, he replied.

The Economic Analysis
  Will the white elephant chase the birds away?
  By the Economist

The construction of an international airport at Weerawila has raised environmental concerns.

Thoughts form London
  Such honoured men and no doubt honourable too
  By Neville de Silva
  Mea culpa. My general computer illiteracy got me all tangled up and the wrong column ended up in this newspaper last Sunday.
Issue of the week
  When the king without a crown meets the emperor without clothes
  By Ameen Izzadeen
  Maliki in Arabic means king or sovereign. But in Iraq its Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is all but sovereign. Oh, I am sorry. How can a prime minister be sovereign in a democracy? After all, thanks to the George W. Bush administration's invasion, Iraq is now a democracy where the people are sovereign.
Focus on Rights
  Displacing the presumption of innocence of the government
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

As has been clear for many decades, the authority of the LTTE stems not from a genuine closeness to the Tamil people but rather as a result of decimating all legitimate dissenters. Unfortunately, the organisation is not led by a leader of the calibre of Nepal's Prachanda or East Timor's Guzmao.

  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  This way that way: Flying questions and dodging ministers
  Another hotchpotch of 27 ministries, was taken up for debate during the committee stage of the Budget in Parliament last week with subjects ranging from Womens’ Affairs, Transport, Power and Energy, Education and Health being among the subjects under discussion.
Inside the glass house
  Flushing the Palestinian cause down UN toilet
  NEW YORK -- Whenever an ambassador or a delegate receives instructions from his home country to play truant during a politically-sensitive vote at the UN, the hapless diplomat is told to take the easy way out: temporarily abandon his seat in the General Assembly hall and rush to the toilet pretending his bladder is about to burst.
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