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Sunday November 25, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 26
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Political Column
  D-Day on December 14
  By Our Political Editor
  In a sense, both the Government and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) emerged victorious last Monday during the vote on the second reading of the budget. By clearing the first hurdle over the Budget vote for its survival, the Government showed it was retaining its majority no matter what hype was being created about its downfall.
5th Column
  Phew! It's blown hot and cold, and left us high and dry!
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Mahinda Maama,

Situation Report
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Iqbal Athas
The Economic Analysis
  Three fundamental issues in economic management
  By the Economist
  This column has for sometime focused on three fundamental issues confronting the economy-inflation, fiscal imbalance and foreign borrowing. These three issues have been understandably the focus of the latest State of the Economy 2007 report of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). The policy perspectives on these issues are indeed enlightening.
Thoughts from London
  Cat let out of the diplomatic bag
  By Neville de Silva

Hearing about the efforts of the foreign ministry to discredit this column of two weeks ago and reading some of the ensuing correspondence, I could well understand why the Roman emperor Gaius, popularly called Caligula, wanted to make his horse a consul.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Reflecting on Chogm and chewing gum
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

What I found most amusing in the ordinary Ugandan's reaction to the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) held in Kampala last week was exemplified in one resident's remark when, tired of the blaring sirens, closed roads and suddenly exorbitant prices of ordinary goods, she snapped irritably that CHOGM was to her, nothing more than 'chewing gum.'

  Victors ride high amidst new-found foes
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  The Government managed to survive the first round of the voting on the Appropriation Bill in Parliament last Monday but as the Legislature warms up for the next round of voting on December 14, there is no telling which friend will turn foe and vice versa on the decisive day.
Inside the glass house
  It's Bush-Mush democracy, stupid
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  How credible is a world leader's judgment when he publicly embraces a universally-acknowledged military dictator as "truly somebody who believes in democracy"? Last week President George W. Bush virtually went into raptures over the Pakistani President when he said that Pervez Musharraf hasn't crossed .....
  Politics of terror in devil's playground
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  Last week this column highlighted UPFA parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa hinting that TNA's Suresh Premachandran security could not be guaranteed when travelling in the East, if he supported the LTTE.
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