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Sunday May 4, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 49
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Political Column
  JVP claims it has Weerawansa confessions
  By Our Political Editor
  At least for members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), all roads led to the Town Hall grounds in Colombo last Thursday. A big turnout made theirs the largest attended May Day rally. That apart, fears that a section of the party would yet take a different road from the majority in their party's political journey became clear on May Day.
5th Column
  Confounded with priorities? Oh! but they had to .....
  By Rypvanwinkle

“Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, “what is more important, Uncle Ranil’s entire body or Uncle Mervyn’s toe?”

Situation Report
  After Muhamalai debacle, war on free media
  By Iqbal Athas
Just yesterday, the United Nations-designated World Press Freedom Day, to create greater awareness on the role of media in democracy and development, was observed worldwide. In Sri Lanka, listed by many international media rights groups as a country where media freedom is violated with impunity, the Free Media Movement (FMM) will mark the occasion on Tuesday with a vigil for journalists and media workers killed in action.
Thoughts from London
  Reporters Without Borders or without scruples
  By Neville de Silva
  In most parts of the world except where authoritarianism prevents it, Press Freedom Day would have been celebrated yesterday. It is as it should be. One need not have to reiterate that democracy cannot and would not function as it should without an unbridled fourth estate.
The Economic Analysis
  Food beyond the reach of the poor
  By the Economist
  It was a revealing experience. The village women were gathered to discuss the progress of their microfinance programme. They appeared inattentive to the remarks of their sponsor. They did not respond to the questions asked by him. Then the silence was broken and one of the women asked a question that appeared strange to the sponsor.
Focus on Rights
  A question of brutal law enforcement
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena
  One of the more improbable yarns heard in Sri Lanka concerns an unfortunate suspect being killed while in police custody; often the explanation is that he was attempting to escape and had attacked the custodial officers thus necessitating a return attack during the course of which he dies. In his country Report after a mission visit to Sri Lanka in 2005, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial,
Inside the glass house
  Pious declarations won't fill hungry stomachs
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations

When the first major World Food Conference was held in Rome in 1974 to help resolve a lingering food crisis, the delegates who took the podium lamented the widespread hunger prevalent at that time and sympathized with the men, women and children living on the razor edge of starvation worldwide. But during the conference.....

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