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Sunday March 9, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 41
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Political Column
  HR crisis: Lanka facing last rites
  By Our Political Editor
  For the first time since the January abrogation of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement, international attention focused sharply on Sri Lanka this week. The buzz was in Geneva where the seventh session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is under way.
5th Column
  How green could you be! Even we poor mortals could.....
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Green Man,

Situation Report
  Troops make progress in north, but major battles ahead
  By Iqbal Athas
  State intelligence agencies have been paying close attention in the past two days to the goings-on in Mallavi, located in the Mullaitivu district west of the A-9 (Kandy-Jaffna) highway. This small township was once the centre of power for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This was when Kilinochchi was under security forces control.
The Economic Analysis
  In borrowed plumes, we relish
  By the Economist
  The massive trade deficits that the country has been incurring in recent years is not viewed with any anxiety or concern as there have been small balance of payments surpluses and the foreign reserve position is good.
Focus on Rights
  A slow choking of legitimate dissent
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

It appears that the silencing of legitimate opinions and reasonable dissent is inexorably advancing. Witness this week's arrest of a columnist of this newspaper and the government's announcement of a national media policy that is expected to result in heightened censorship.

Inside the glass house
  Israel's 'H' word and Ban's 'T' word spell duplicity
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  When Israel's Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai threatened the Palestinians with "holocaust" -- defined as the destruction or slaughter on a mass scale -- he crossed a line drawn by the Jews themselves who claim to hold a monopoly of that dreaded word. The mass killings in modern times, including the murder of some two million Cambodians in 1975-1979 and about 800,000 Rwandans in 1994, could never be categorized as a "holocaust" because of the political taboo imposed by Jews.
Thoughts from London
  Flip side of Britain’s human rights coin
  By Neville de Silva
  While Britain’s foreign minister overseeing Asia, Lord Malloch-Brown was giving the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva a lesson in human rights in Sri Lanka, not too far away in Strasbourg, the British had already been taught an even more profound a lesson. Whether Malloch-Brown, sometimes derisively called Bullock-Brown for conduct akin to a ......
  13th Vs 17th: The rising toll
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  The Government now wants to fully implement the 13th Amendment so that more powers can be devolved to the provinces, the JVP does not want that but wants the 17th Amendment fully implemented by way of appointment of the Constitutional Council (CC), while the UNP wants both these amendments implemented.
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