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Sunday December 2, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 27
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Political Column
  The inside story of Kampala chaos
  By Our Political Editor
  The controversial 'Pakistan issue' spilled over to Sri Lanka's Parliament this week when Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama came and defended the country's performance at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kampala, Uganda.
5th Column
  It's taken the wind out of my sails-so.....
  By Rypvanwinkle

My dear Velu,

Situation Report
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Iqbal Athas
The Economic Analysis
  Heading for another large trade deficit this year
  By the Economist
  This year's trade deficit is likely to be around the same as that of last year. In 2006 the country recorded the largest trade deficit ever of US $ 3370 million. Although there has been a slight improvement in the trade balance in the first nine months of the year, there are signs that we are heading for another massive trade deficit this year too.
Thoughts from London
  Musharraf manoeuvre and the messy make-over
  By Neville de Silva

Some individuals are more sinned against than sinning, as the Bard said. I would not characterise Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama as one more sinned against because much of the sinning is the result of his own volition, particularly his predilection for publicity and his rather casual and uninformed approach to international diplomacy.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  The question of equal justice
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

I am irrepressibly amused when proponents of government policy in Colombo compare themselves with their counterparts in Kilinochchi for the express purpose of patting themselves on the back.

  Civilian deaths and a House on fire
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  Last weeks twin bomb attacks in Colombo and Nugegoda once again put the terrorist/national/ethnic issue to the forefront of discussion in Parliament as the debate on the Committee stage of the budget concluded its second week.
Inside the glass house
  Ethnic conflict and religious tolerance: Media in the dock
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  VENICE-- The tranquil island of San Servolo, resembling both a university campus and an isolated fortress in the water-logged city of Venice, was the venue last week of a seminar on the role of the media in covering two politically sensitive issues: ethnic conflicts and religious tolerance.
  Looking for the message behind the Nugegoda blast
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  In his Heroes' Day address, LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran did not attempt to disguise his disappointment with the international community, or his contempt for the southern political parties, on their part in Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict.
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