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Sunday, August 26, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 13
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Political Column
  Athas in desperate situation
  By Our Political Editor
The reverberations that followed The Sunday Times exposures were more shattering than the burst of fiery engines of a MiG-27 fighter jet. Parliament on Tuesday decided to appoint a Select Committee to probe the latest procurement from Ukraine, badly tainted with allegations of corruption, misdeeds and even misinformation.
5th Column
  Here a terrorist, there a terrorist, everywhere a terrorist
  By Rypvanwinkle

"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "who is a terrorist?"
"A terrorist is someone who uses tactics of terror usually against unsuspecting members of the public" Bindu's father Percy explained, "but why do you want to know that?"

Situation Report
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Iqbal Athas
The Economic Analysis
  Foreign borrowing: When the costs outweigh its benefits
  By the Economist
Foreign borrowing has become an intense topic of discussion these days in and out of Parliament. The advisability of foreign loans has come to the forefront of discussions with the government's intention of borrowing US$ 500 million from the international money market. As is often the case political issues cloud the economic commonsense.
Thoughts from London
  The world laughs not with us but at us
  By Neville de Silva

Earlier this month a retired senior Sri Lankan diplomat wrote to the media chastising the foreign ministry-and by implication the government- for its amateurish approach to foreign relations and diplomacy.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  What is the meaning of this corrupt charade?
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Last week's (uncontradicted) leader news item in this newspaper that heads of state corporations and statutory boards have been called upon by presidential advisor Basil Rajapakse and Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle to dispose of idle assets and contribute the gains towards building the new headquarters of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party in Battaramulla is astounding.

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  The consequences of Lanka’s rude diplomacy
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
NEW YORK - The intemperate and raw language used by some of our politicians to lambaste UN officials, including a snide reference to the Secretary-General, has been widely described in the Sri Lankan media as the dialect of "street thugs". But that would be unfair to most street thugs.
  APRC demonstrates the south's inability...
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  Developments in the APRC during the past fortnight show it up for what it is - a clever device used by the government to cover its goal of militarily crushing the LTTE and terrorising the Tamil people of the North and East. The stripping of the APRC's pretences was precipitated by the UNP placing an August 15 deadline for the APRC's draft report.
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