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Sunday, March 18, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 42
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Political Column
  High-flyers in double disaster
  By Our Political Editor
It seemed a bizarre mix. Cricket lovers and champions of human rights the world over were paying equal attention to Sri Lanka this week. At a virtually empty stadium in Trinidad in the Caribbean, Sri Lankans beat the babes of world cricket, Bermuda, in their first encounter.
5th Column
  Some food for thought to our malnourished Green Man
  By Rypvanwinkle
My dear Green Man,
I thought I must write to you, especially as you are now holding party conventions and promising to carry out reforms while at the same time assuring everyone that the Greens - or what is left of it - will agitate against Mahinda maama and try to drive him out of office.
Situation Report
  LTTE shifts focus to north
  By Iqbal Athas

As the Security Forces and the Police Special Task Force (STF) step up their offensive against Tiger guerrillas in the East, the contours of the Government's "war on terror" seem to be changing. Contrary to reports of large-scale ground operations, small groups are continuing to hunt down guerrillas. The only exceptions have been limited search- and-destroy missions jointly by the Security Forces and the STF.

The Economic Analysis
  Understanding the causes and dangers of inflation
  By the Economist

Inflation is uppermost in people’s minds. Economists, business people as well as ordinary citizens are quite disturbed by the high rate of inflation. The interests of ordinary citizens lie in the rising cost of living that erodes the buying power of their fixed incomes. The poorer sections of the community are finding the costs of living onerous.

Thoughts from London
  Thanks Mr. Blair but where have we heard it before?
  By Neville de Silva
  So prime minister Tony Blair, who has declared his own war on terror, says that “terrorism and violence can never be the way to achieve a negotiated solution.” Replying to a question at prime minister’s question time in the Commons, Mr. Blair put his faith in the Norwegian brokered ceasefire and the subsequent peace process.
Issue of the week
  Not published with this week issue.
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Treating human beings like chaff in the wind
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The realisation that I live in a system that responds to the abduction of a Vice Chancellor of a University from the heart of a high security area in the capital city with a casually cold, stony silence for more than three months is hard to become accustomed to.
Let us recall this incident somewhat more in detail.

  Not published with this week issue.
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  How US lost its right to fight for human rights
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  For the second consecutive year, the United States has decided to judiciously keep out of the race for a seat in the revamped 47-member UN Human Rights Council (HRC), currently meeting in Geneva. The reasons for the American boycott of the elections — scheduled to take place in May — are hardly convincing.
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