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Sunday September 30, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 18
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Political Column
  Policy shifts or policy shows
  By Our Political Editor
  It is strange but true. Some of the key stakeholders in the country's festering ethnic conflict -- the Government, the main Opposition United National Party (UNP) and even their protagonists, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -- were making fresh policy pronouncements this week.
5th Column
  Soaring cost of living: It's all for our benefit aney
  By Rypvanwinkle

"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedara asked, "what is all this fuss about the cost of living?"

Situation Report
  Heavy casualties as battles in north intensify
  By Iqbal Athas
  For the past eight days the Security Forces have continued a major thrust from their defended localities near the Western seaboard town of Mannar. Though it is premature to discuss details related to the aims and objectives since the offensive is ongoing, a look at the overall scenario in the North, including the Wanni, reveals a stark picture.
The Economic Analysis
  Unravelling the exchange rate depreciation puzzle
  By the Economist
  The exchange rate continues to depreciate at a fast rate, though the country’s foreign exchange reserves are satisfactory, the trade deficit is decreasing and there is a balance of payments surplus this year. Surprisingly, these improvements in the international financial scene appear not to have any beneficial impact on the exchange rate.
Thoughts from London
  Violators as preachers: The shame of Diego Garcia
  By Neville de Silva

Now and then the heads of missions in Colombo, of the Transatlantic cousins come up for air and preach us homilies on human rights, the rule of law, disappearances and abductions and the gamut of what might be broadly called rights violations.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Statistics and rhetoric on combating human rights violations
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

There is no point in government representatives taking violent umbrage at criticism of Sri Lanka's domestic institutions in regard to prosecution of grave human rights violations, during discussions in the conference halls of the United Nations.

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  Why world body is incapable of dealing with Myanmar
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  As more than 140 world leaders descended on the security-conscious, heavily-barricaded United Nations last week, the focus of the international community dramatically shifted to the protests, violence and the brutal crackdown of demonstrators, including Buddhist priests, in Myanmar (formerly Burma).
  No shock as UNP shifts gear
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  In his article last Sunday this writer said, "While President Mahinda Rajapaksa unleashed a war that has killed over 5000 persons in the past two years and displaced many hundreds of thousands, the newly-formed National Congress too is, understandably, working within the constraints of extreme Sinhala nationalism brewed by the SLFP-JVP-JHU combine."
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