Political Column
Mahinda R in the eye of a storm

It was most unfortunate for President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he, of all politicians, should have his effigy burnt and stand accused of suppressing media freedom in Sri Lanka.

5th Column
‘I’ll cross the bridge when I know the time is right for me’

“Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, “have we won the war now?”

Situation Report
Not issued on this week


Thoughts from London
Goodbye and all that
Today I write finis to a column that has appeared regularly for almost 10 years. I move on to another assignment during which it would not be possible to contribute a regular column.
The Economic Analysis
The importance of controlling inflation
The high rate of inflation last year made it very clear that whatever be the causes for such increases in prices, inflation hurts. It hurt the poor and wage earners the worst. As the year advanced, the country learnt another lesson that, Sri Lanka’s competitiveness in international markets was being eroded owing to the impact of inflation.
Not issued on this week
Focus on Rights
Dictatorship in the guise of democracy?
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's strident outburst this week against dissenters in the media underscores the fact that we now live in a dictatorship cloaked in an exceedingly thin guise of a democracy.
Inside the glass house
Despite war crimes, Ban sees Israel as responsible UN member

At a news conference in Jerusalem last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a politically indefensible statement when he said that "Israel is one of the responsible members of the United Nations."

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