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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 07
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Political Column
  War on media to defuse Tiger deal
  By Our Political Editor
  Even if the war with Tiger guerrillas is over in the East, for the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration there seemed many other wars are still in store. The war on the Media was nearly declared this week. It came about when the agenda for this Wednesday's Cabinet meeting was listed.
5th Column
  Hats off to Toppigala: No big deal
  By Rypvanwinkle

"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "what is all this fuss about Toppigala?"
"Why, Bindu," Bindu's father Percy said, "troops have now captured that area..."

Situation Report
  Toppigala: A victory but bitter battles ahead
  By Iqbal Athas
  Compared to some of their Asian counterparts, there is a distinct difference between those in the Sri Lankan Security Forces and the Police, including the Special Task Force (STF).
The Economic Analysis
  Inflation enemy number one: Dangerous and damaging
  By the Economist
  Inflation is deemed to be the most serious economic problem facing the country and the one that appears to be most intractable at present. Inflation continues to be at a double digit level, fluctuating between 12 to 20 percent.
Thoughts from London
  Controlling the media under the pretext of policy
  By Neville de Silva
  There has been a deafening silence from the government and its media after President Rajapaksa told state media moghuls that they must rid themselves of the “prevailing political culture” and play a “more vibrant and efficient role”, to quote from a Daily News report.
Issue of the week
  Mush, Bush and the duck that lays golden eggs
  By Ameen Izzadeen
  General Pervez Musharraf in his autobiography 'In the Line of Fire' revealed a bombshell: US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage warned him that if he did not cooperate in the war against terror, the US would bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age.
Focus on Rights
  Who thought of bringing criminal defamation back?
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Apparently, the inspired legal mind who had suggested to President Mahinda Rajapakse that the law of criminal defamation should be brought back to our statute books had done so on the brilliant reasoning that this was necessary as civil proceedings are not proceeded with at the expense of the State but of the individual concerned.

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  The UN veto: From cold war to Kosovo
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  NEW YORK - At the height of the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union in the 1960s and 70s, the United Nations was a key battle ground to settle international political disputes. The weapon of choice was the veto.
  Divide and rule: It's democracy stupid, in east
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  Local government elections are expected to be called in the East soon. The government has already taken steps to invalidate nominations received for the 2006 polls and will probably call for fresh nominations when the election is announced. Words such as 'elections,' 'democracy' and 'participation' are loaded with associations.
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