ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday December 30, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 31
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Political Column
  Mahinda-JVP remarriage on the cards
  By Our Political Editor
  As a New Year dawns tomorrow, the many challenges facing Sri Lanka in the coming days, weeks and months seem clearly defined.The most important among them, no doubt, is the escalating undeclared Eelam War IV and a political settlement to the ethnic conflict.
5th Column
  Incorrigible though I be, invincible I pose in your hour....
  By Rypvanwinkle

Mahinda maama was furious. Mervyn was getting out of hand and causing him so many problems-as if he hadn’t enough problems to deal with already.

Situation Report
  2008 Year of War, ban on LTTE likely
  By Iqbal Athas
  Despite the customary lull during the Christmas season, an intelligence warning last Monday sounded a note of caution. It said the Sea Tigers were planning to attack Dvora fast attack craft (FACs) of the Navy in the North in the next day or two.
The Economic Analysis
  Increasing debt, high prices and deceleration
  By the Economist
  The economic performance of 2007 has been characterised by very high inflation, the rise in the public debt and foreign debt, depreciation of the currency, massive increase in military expenditure and a slowing down of economic growth.
Thoughts from London
  New diplomacy or not Kabul throws them out
  By Neville de Silva

The “new diplomacy” that the west advocates and expects us to respect does not seem to have penetrated the rugged terrain of Afghanistan. There the old battle against a foreign presence and political extremism continues.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Street justice and the rule of law
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The outpouring of amused acclaim by some and outright if not unholy glee by others at the sight of ministerial thug Mervyn Silva and his murderous acolytes being cornered and given a classic taste of their own medicine by the staff of Rupavahini Corporation is good testimony to the abysmal state of the rule of law in Sri Lanka today.

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  Not issued with this week issue
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
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