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Sunday September 9, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 15
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Political Column
  Change of course after talks in India
  By Our Political Editor

It was a week packed with local, regional and international significance for both the Government and the Opposition.Main among them was a surprise visit by the front runners of governance in Sri Lanka, led by senior-most official Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President.

5th Column
  Feeling blue over the Blues than the Greens
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Mahinda Maama,
I thought I must write to you when I saw you launching what was called the National Agricultural Policy, surrounded by a backdrop of green vegetables. I thought that was most appropriate, Mahinda Maama because that is precisely what has happened to you, being surrounded by green vegetables, led by Karu and his horu!

Situation Report
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Iqbal Athas
The Economic Analysis
  The debate on the controversial dollar bond continues
  By the Economist
The government’s intent to borrow US$ 500 million continues to hold centre stage in political controversy. This is perhaps the first time that a foreign loan has turned into a battle among contending political groups. The arguments for and against the bond issue, though couched in terms of economic implications, are in fact based on political commitments and political affiliations.
Thoughts from London
  The cogent case should drown the raucous din
  By Neville de Silva

One of the major problems the Sri Lankan government faces in winning support for its case is that it has not been cogently and competently presented to the world in a manner that generates thinking and invites understanding.

Issue of the week
  Can Brown whitewash Britain’s black history?
  By Ameen Izzadeen
  History is being repeated in Iraq. British troops are finally leaving. It's their third such departure from Iraq in the past 100 years. Their previous two departures were ignominious, to say the least. This time around, they are leaving before a similar disgrace befalls them, but not before their country's international reputation was sullied.
Focus on Rights
  The media's confrontation with shadowy .....
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

In past decades, Sri Lanka had experienced censorship of the media in a blunt, sledgehammer-like manner. There were times when not only defence news reports but even analytical comment on the workings of government was slashed across by the scissors of the Competent Authority.

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  It's big business and nobody's business
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  Nicholas Cage, who plays the role of an unscrupulous arms wheeler-dealer in the 2005 Hollywood movie 'Lord of War', contemptuously dismisses military embargoes -- whether imposed by the United States or the United Nations -- as little or no hindrance to the world's illegal arms trade.
  Govt., opposition taking cover behind counter-terrorism
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  In its latest indictment against Sri Lanka’s human rights violations, Amnesty International states, “Unlawful killings, abductions and enforced disappearances of civilians are daily occurrences in Sri Lanka. Several hundred cases of enforced disappearances and several hundred unlawful killings have been registered in the first six months of 2007.” (AI 4/Sept./2007)
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